Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
November 13, 2000

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MISCELLANEOUS

Winter Office Hours & Holiday Closings
Starting Monday, December 4th, the CSO will observe Winter Hours as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday     8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday                                                     8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The CSO will be closed the following dates:
  • Thanksgiving: Noon on Wednesday, November 22nd, re-opening Monday, November 27th
  • Office Cleaning and Reorganization: Tuesday & Wednesday, December 19th & 20th

  • Winter Break: Noon on Friday, Dec. 22nd, re-opening Monday, January 3rd
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).

Lexis-Nexis Training for 1Ls
Ever wonder how to use Lexis-Nexis to conduct a job search?  Well, here is your chance to find out!  Learn how to find summer associate and judicial clerkship opportunities, research firms and interviewers, find alums at area law firms and much, much more. 
 
Tuesday, November 14, 2000
12:00 - 12:30 Room 760
Tuesday, November 14, 2000
12:30 - 1:00 Room 760
Tuesday, November 14, 2000
1:00 - 1:30 Room 760
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
3:00 - 3:30 Room 760
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
3:30 - 4:00 Room 760

Out of State Job Searches
If you're considering working in another state, don't miss this program!  On Tuesday, November 14, 2000, from 12 - 1 p.m. in Room 270, members of the CSO will give you all the details about available resources and answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can map out your job search wherever it may lead you!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Chicago Police Department (CPD)
The Chicago Police Department was on-campus last week to talk to students about joining the force and receiving tuition assistance towards law school.  If interested in this opportunity, see the Resource Manager for detailed information regarding their program, application dates, and exam dates. 

Clerkship Opportunities
The CSO recently received information regarding the availability of clerkships in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  If interested, check out the Federal Clerkship Directory located on the shelves of the Resource Center.

Haynes and Boone - New Direct Contact Employer
Haynes and Boone, a Texas-based law firm with a global practice, is looking for 3Ls for the following:
Dallas - Erisa, Real Estate and IP (one associate in IP)
Richardson - Corporate
Houston - Labor and Employment
Interested students should submit their resume and a copy of their transcript to: Melanie Kraft, Haynes and Boone, LLP, 901 Main Street, Suite 3100, Dallas, Texas 75202-3789.  Information may also be faxed to (214) 200-0669.

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 are available in the Law Offices reception area  and in the CSO.  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.

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 FAIRS

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference will be held at Northwestern University on February 17, 2001.  Public interest and government employers from throughout the country will be invited to interview and/or participate in the informational "Table Talk" session.  If you're interested in participating, please stop by the CSO to speak to Barbara Clemmer and sign upYou will be notified when the job fair packets arrive in the CSO.

NEW RESOURCES

The American Bench, Judges of the Nation
This is a non-circulating book composed of over 2000 pages.  Provides judicial boundary maps and court outlines, which depict the judicial structure of each state by providing descriptions of judge selection methods, jurisdication, geographic boundaries and lists of judges serving the courts.  Biographic data on judges is included as well as contact info for federal court clerks and supreme court clerks.  At the beginning of the book, the alphabetical name index provides instant access to over 18,000 judges.

State and Local Government 2000-2001
Collection of articles and up to date views on a wide range of issues.  Discusses problems faced by state governments from Internet voting to term limits to redistricting.

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.

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.

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. 


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