Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
October 16, 2000

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JOB POSTING SYSTEM
The CSO apologizes for the technical difficulties students and alums have been experiencing while attempting to access the LawCareer system to view job postings.  We ask that you contact our office at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5200 with any problems you may encounter.  We appreciate your patience as we work with the computer center to rectify the situation. 

PROGRAMS

Please pre-register for any of the following CSO programs by signing up in the office, calling (312) 906-5200, or e-mailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the title, date and time of the program you wish to attend (unless otherwise noted).

CSO Programs for 1Ls!
The CSO staff is looking forward to meeting all 1Ls. We will present the following programs to introduce first year students to the office and the legal job market. 

Career Services Orientation - Mandatory for all 1Ls
Staff members of the CSO will provide you with an overview of today's job market, advice on how to take control of your job search and information about staff and available resources. Two meeting times are being offered.  Attendance at either program is mandatory if you wish to use the CSO while at Kent; however, the day and time at which you attend is left up to you.
 
Tuesday, October 17th 
12 p.m. in the Auditorium
Wednesday, October 18th
 5:15 p.m. in the Auditorium

Resumes and Cover Letters for the Legal Market - Required for Resume Review
Wondering what employers in the legal sector look for in a resume and cover letter?  Now is the chance to find out.  The CSO staff will discuss how to make your college and/or work experiences work to your best advantage as you begin applying for legal positions.  They will address questions and concerns about formats, structure, and content for resumes and provide general tips on writing cover letters.  Attendance  is required for all students who wish to have their resume reviewed by a career strategist.
 
Tuesday, October 24th
3 Sections at Noon in Rooms 170, 270, C40
Wednesday, October 25th
5:15 p.m. in Room C40

Tours of the Career Services Office
Asha Vishwanath, the CSO Resource Manager, will conduct office tours for all 1Ls interested in learning about CSO resources and staff members.  Tours will be held every Monday & Wednesday at noon, and every Tuesday & Thursday at 5:15, from October 30th - November 10th.  Be sure to sign up and see what the CSO is all about!

RESOURCES

Directory of Management Consultants
The CSO recently received the Directory of Management Consultants which contains a wealth of information about U.S. management consulting firms.  The book is non-circulating and can be found in the Business/Industry section of the resource center.

American Lawyer - Associate Speak Edition
The American Lawyer - Associate Speak binder in the resource center now contains the latest information about firms across the country from recent summer associate surveys.  Check out this valuable  resource to get the inside scoop on firms from the student perspective.

2000 FALL INTERVIEW PROGRAM: 
CLASS OF '01, '02, & LLMs

As fall on campus comes to a close, we realize numerous students' expectations weren't met.  Please feel free to stop by or make an appointment with the CSO to provide us with your perspective on the process and to discuss other options.  Remember, the majority of students do not obtain employment through the fall on campus program. 

Wiley, Rein & Fielding - Collect Resume
The law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C. is "eager to receive materials from students who might be interested in our cutting-edge IP and Internet practices."  2Ls and 3Ls are encouraged to submit a cover letter to Mr. Jerry Nash, Director of Recruiting and a resume to our office by Wednesday, October 18, 2000.  Please see the law firm's Web site, www.wrf.com and the grey file in our office for information about their practice.

CTA Law Department - Extended Deadline
The CTA Law Department has extended their deadline for 2Ls & 3Ls in the Top 20% of their class.  Interested students should check the CSO bulletin board and the Web page for application information.

Reminders:

For additional on-campus & direct contact employers, check out the "2000 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2001 & 2002 Graduates" Web page or the CSO bulletin board on a daily basis. 

Callbacks and Offers: Please let us know how you are faring in the program!  E-mail our office about any callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs.   Don't forget about the NALP standards for the maximum number of offers students can hold open from the fall on-campus interviewing process and response dates: 
 
2L/3L Student Response Dates
 
November 1st
December 1st
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made before September 15
X
 
2L/3L student with an offer deadline of November 1 may extend to this date with employer's permission if student holds only ONE OTHER offer  
X
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made after September 15  
X
2L/3L student not previously employed must respond  
X
Number of Offers Students May Hold
 
4 Offers
3 Offers
2 Offers
1 Offer
After October 15, maximum offers held by student
X
     
After November 1, maximum offers held by student with December 1 response deadline  
 X
   
Maximum offers for student requesting employer's extension from November 1 to December 1    
X
 
After December 1, maximum offers student may hold with employer's consent      
X

Negotiation to extend the decision deadline must occur with an employer before the original deadline date.  If you have any questions about this, please see one of the CSO staff members or the FOCI web page. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SPRING 2001 LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM - 3Ls ONLY
Do you wish to develop your legal skills, gain practical legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation, firm or government agency, and make yourself more marketable to prospective employers upon graduation?  If so, consider applying to the Legal Externship Program for the Spring 2001 Semester.  The Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour non-graded program.  The program is open to students in their last two semesters of law school.  The student selects the area of law in which he/she wishes to extern.

For the fieldwork component, an extern is placed in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 16 hours a week at his/her designated placement.  Externs interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms or specific government agencies.  Externs may specialize in such diverse legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate, health care, medical malpractice, general corporate law, etc.  Those interested in criminal law may select to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office.  Many externships offer the externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court. 

Information about the program and an accompanying application form will be available in the Law Offices reception area  and in the CSO as of Monday, October 23, 2000.  Applications must be turned in to Room 612 by 12:00 P.M. on Friday, November 17th.  All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications.  If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.

Presidential Management Intern Program
The Presidential Management Intern Program was created "to attract to the Federal service outstanding individuals from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs." The program provides opportunities for recent graduates of masters-level or doctoral-level programs to work for the federal government.  Interns receive an initial two-year appointment with a salary of $35,000 in the first year, and higher salaries in succeeding years.  To qualify, you must satisfy all graduation requirements by August 31, 2001, and must be nominated by the Law School.  If you are interested in being nominated, please contact Assistant Dean Steve Sowle no later than Wednesday, October 18Applications must be submitted by October 31.  For more information about the program, go to www.pmi.opm.gov.

New Advice Desk Position Open
The Advice Desk program has immediate openings for law students to work with live clients in an exciting environment.  The Advice Desk is located at the Daley Center in Chicago.  In this program, senior law students interview, counsel, and advise clients, and draft pleadings and motions for indigent defedants being sued in Cook County.  Students work under the supervision of an experienced liscensed attorney.  The Advice Desk, often referred to as  the "E.R. of Law," offers a unique opprotunity to receive mentored, on the job training and to learn the workings of the Circuit Court of Cook County Municipal Division.  Students must be eligible for a 711 License, which requires that a student has completed 52 or more credit hours in law school.  Pay is $12.50 per hour, and we are seeking 20-40 hours of work per week.  Prior experience as an Advice Desk class student is preferred but not required.  We will provide all necessary training.  If interested, contact Professor Pamela A. Kentra at pkentra@kentlaw.edu.

D'Ancona & Pflaum - 2001 Associate Positions
D'Ancona & Pflaum is seeking 3Ls with a genuine interest in corporate or real estate.  They prefer top 25% or a B+ average.  Interested students may send a cover letter, resume, and transcript to the attention of Dalene Bryl, Recruitment Coordinator, at 111 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60601 or fax same to (312) 602-3113.

Externships with the Office of the Attorney General
The Office of the Attorney General is interested in working with Chicago-Kent students who are in need of an office in which to complete their externship programs.  During the fall semester, there will be openings in the Medicaid Fraud Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Revenue Prosecutions Unit and the Environmental Crimes Unit.  See the Resource Manager for descriptions of each unit.  If interested in earning course credit for an externship, please see Vivien Gross.

Record Handouts
The CSO receives numerous notices throughout the year about internships (paid & unpaid); fellowships; judicial clerkships; and miscellaneous opportunities that would be of interest to our students.  Detailed descriptions are maintained on our Special Opportunities & Record Handouts web page.  Recent entries include:

SCHOLARSHIPS

Roxana C. Arsht Scholarship
The Roxana C. Arsht scholarship is sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association in an effort to encourage attorneys to work in public interest positions in Delaware.  See the Resource Manager for detailed information regarding criteria and application materials. Applications are due November 1, 2000.

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) Scholarship Program for Law Students
The PRLDEF scholarship program ensures that talented Latino law students have the resources needed to pursue a career in public interest law.  2 scholarships are available: the Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund - $1,500 and the Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship - $2,000.
See the Resource Manager in the CSO for application forms.  To be considered for both awards, apply by November 15, 2000.  Applications received after this date will only be considered for the Father Fitzpatrick Scholarship.

National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)
The NIABA is offering scholarships for the 2000-2001 academic year.  See the Resource Manager in the CSO for an application.

SEMINARS

Practising Law Institute (PLI)
PLI invites law students to attend the following seminars being held in Chicago free of charge through their scholarship program:

  • Cable TV Laws: Competition in Video, Internet & Telephone - October 19-20 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
  • Employment Law Institute - October 23-24 at the Fairmont Hotel
  • Negotiating Commercial Leases - November 2 at the University of Chicago
  • Title Insurance - November 3 at the University of Chicago
Scholarship applications are available on the table outside of the CSO and from the Resource Manager.  PLI asks that applications be submitted about a month in advance.

MISCELLANEOUS

National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)
The NIABA is seeking students to join their ranks and also promote a law student chapter at Chicago-Kent.  Information is available from the Resource Manager in the CSO.

Fall Semester Office Hours
Starting Monday, August 21st, the CSO will begin to observe Fall Hours as follows: 

  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday                                8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday                                     8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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