Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
October 23, 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. 

Marketing Plan Scholarships
Congratulations to Peter Mcleod and Steven Weiss, winners of $2,000 scholarships for their award winning marketing plans in the "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer" seminar held this summer at Chicago-Kent.  We hope that all attendees found the program beneficial.  If you turned in a marketing plan for review, you will be notified when they are ready for pick-up in our office.  Please keep in mind that this program will most likely be repeated next summer.  If you missed this year, make sure to attend in summer 2001.  We'll announce registration in the late spring. 

Student Careers Committee Seeks Volunteers
Here's an opportunity to help us help you!  The CSO has a working committee of student volunteers called the Student Careers Committee (SCC). The SCC works with the CSO to increase resource materials available to students and outreach efforts to the legal community.  This is a pro-active committee and student volunteers should have an interest in people-intensive activities and career development issues.  The SCC meets a few times each semester to discuss programs, organize the annual Spring Jobathon, and work on other projects with our staff.  SCC involvement is a perfect opportunity for you to learns the ins and outs of the CSO and how we help students find jobs. 

If you would like to volunteer on this committee, stop by the CSO to pick up an application form.  Applications are due Wednesday, November 1, 2000.  The first meeting will take place sometime in early November.  If you are interested in applying and/or have any questions, please contact Christine Sturman, Assistant Director of Career Services. 

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. 

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
Noon in Rooms:
Section A1 - Room 170
Section B1 - Room 270
Sections A2/B2 - Room C40
Wednesday, October 25th
Evening Division
5:15 p.m. in Room C40
Attention Day Students: Please attend the program in the room assigned to your section.  If you are not able to attend on Tuesday, you are welcome to come to the evening program on Wednesday.  Please keep in mind however, that the evening program will be geared toward students with professional experience prior to law school and/or working full-time during school.

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!

Practice Tracks 2000!
You've heard CSO staff talk over and over again about the importance of information gathering in identifying a career path and conducting a job search.  We've recommended that you do some informational interviewing with practitioners to help you decide what you want to do and how best to market your skills.  Now we, and the other members of the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, have made the process even easier by bringing the practitioners to you! 

On Saturday, November 4th from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., J.D.s from over 60 practice areas will be at Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago, for the express purpose of talking informally with students about careers in different practice areas from Administrative Law to Zoning Law.  It's your chance to find out directly from practitioners how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in an area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should stress in applying, and more!  Note: The participating attorneys have volunteered their time.  Participation in the program does not indicate job openings at represented organizations. 

If you are interested in attending Practice Tracks 2000, please stop in the CSO to register or e-mail us at kentcso@kentlaw.eduso we know how many handouts to copy.  1Ls are strongly encouraged to attend and walk-ins are welcome! 

ABA/IPL Section Panel on Practicing Intellectual Property Law
Interested in practicing Intellectual Property Law?  Then don't miss the ABA/IPL Section Panel on Practicing Intellectual Property Law on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, from 12 - 1:30 p.m. in the Ogilvie Auditorium.  Traci Ellis, in-house for Transamerica, Stephen M. Heaton, partner at ArthurAndersen, Cristen Kogl, in-house at OpenTV Inc., Susan Meyer, Kent alumn and solo practitioner, William Schaller, Chair of the ABA/IPL subcommittee on inevitable trade secret disclosure, and Timothy Vezeau, partner at Katten, Muchin & Zavis, will describe their backgrounds, explain their current positions, discuss the most interesting case/ project that they've worked on and review current IP topics. 

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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Federal Law Clerk Information System
On Monday, October 2, 2000 a new Federal Law Clerk Information System (FLCIS) was launched.  FLCIS is intended to provide prospective law clerk applicants a single, free, accessible source of information on clerkship opportunities.  Applicants can search for vacancies by searching on type of court, court location, name and type of judge, starting date, "open" or "filled" status, and/or type of clerkship.  FLCIS can be accessed through the federal judiciary's Web site at www.uscourts.gov, or directly at http://lawclerks.ao.uscourts.gov.

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.

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.

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:

JOB FAIR

Interview Program for LL.M. Candidates
New York University School of Law cordially invites all full-time LL.M. students who possess foreign law degrees to participate in the 15th Annual International Student Interview Program (ISIP). ISIP will take place at New York University School of Law on Friday, January 26, 2001, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  This one day consortium brings together 100+ employers with positions in approximately 35 countries, including the U.S., and over 700+ foreign trained law students.   Interested students should pick up an information packets in the CSO ASAP. Applications must be returned to the CSO by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27th. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Pro2Net Legal & Brobeck Phleger & Harrison
Pro2net Legal has teamed up with Brobeck Phleger & Harrison to award four $2,000 scholarships to talented, articulate law students.  Scholarship applications will be judged on essays submitted in response to a specified topic.  Complete rules for the scholarship can be found at http://lawstudents.pro2net.com.Applications are due December 1, 2000.

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:

  • 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.

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. 

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. 

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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