Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
February 5, 2001

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MISCELLANEOUS

Spring Semester Office Hours
Starting Monday, January 15th, the CSO will observe Spring Semester Hours as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday                                             8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday                                                  8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Please note office closings for the following dates:
  • February 6th, 7th, & 8th for Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2001
Funding Sources for Summer Public Interest Positions
  • NAPIL Summer Funding List - located at www.PSLawNet.org under "Helpful PSLawNet Resources."  The list is made up of "fellowships" or "internships" wherein funding is tied to a specific position.
  • Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowships - "general" source of funding for which students apply for funds after securing their volunteer positions.
  • KJF Fellowships
Need to Sublet Your Apartment this Summer?
  • The NALP Apartment Exchange is a free on-line service to law students to help you find housing over the summer or sublet your apartment. Visit www.nalp.org and click on the link to the NALP Apartment Exchange.  The service is available until May 1, 2001.  It doesn't get much easier than this!
  • Seyfarth Shaw's 2001 Summer Associates are seeking housing for the summer.  If you're interested in subletting your apartment this summer, e-mail detailed information about the apartment to Carol Hogan at chogan@seyfarth.com or Dawn Norkus at dnorkus@seyfarth.com.
PROGRAMS

To pre-register for any of the following programs, please stop by the CSO or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the title, date and time of the program you wish to attend.  Walk-ins the day of the program are ALWAYS welcome. 

Law Career Training - Open to all 1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls
Law Career is a database system that enables students to update their contact information, access employer information and job postings, and register for the fall on-campus interview program.  Several 1/2 hour training sessions will be held to familiarize students with the system.  1Ls should attend 1 session to receive password.  Sign up in the CSO for one of the following dates and times as space is limited. 
DATE
TIME
February 2nd - Lab 700
12 - 12:30, 12:30 - 1 & 1 - 1:30 
February 5th - Lab 700
12 - 12:30, 12:30 - 1 & 1 - 1:30
February 6th - Lab 700 Day
                         CSO Evening
12 - 12:30, 12:30 - 1 & 1 - 1:30
5:15 - 5:45
February 8th - CSO
12 - 12:30, 12:30 - 1, 1 - 1:30 & 5:15 - 5:45
February 9th - Lab 700
12 - 12:30, 12:30 - 1 & 1 - 1:30 

SEMINARS

CBA/YLS Law Career Days
Confused about Careers?  What area of law to pursue? What jobs are out there?  The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association invites you to its Fourth Annual "Career Days,"taking place throughout the month of February (6th, 7th, 8th & 22nd).  You'll be able to meet with individuals from government agencies, large firms, small firms, and corporations as they provide their perspectives on how to conduct a job search and prepare for a career in the law.  All programs will be held over the noon hour at the CBA.  Visit the CBA website (see link below) for more information.

Meet the Firms Night
As part of Career Days, the YLS is also hosting Meet the Firms Night on February 21, 2001 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. Firm representatives from large and mid-sized firms will provide hiring and firm culture information.  Visit www.chicagobar.org closer to the event for a list of participating firms.  Don't miss out on this excellent networking opportunity!  The program is free to all law students but reservations are required.  Call (312) 554-2032 to RSVP.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NOTE:  In addition to the highlighted opportunities listed below, the CSO receives numerous job listings which are posted daily in the password protected "LawCareer Job Posting System" accessible through the CSO website pages.  If you are seeking employment, you should check those listings on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password for "LawCareer" please contact Navreet Basati, CSO Administrative Manager, at nbasati@kentlaw.edu.

Informational Meeting: Judicial Externships For Summer & Fall 2001 Semesters. Students Must Have a Minimum 3.25 G.P.A. To Apply

On Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 370, there will be a meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge for the Summer or Fall 2001 Semesters.  Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply.  If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems.  Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom.  Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Application Process
Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the CSO as of Monday, February 5th
Summer Externships - Completed applications should be submitted to Ms.Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m.
Fall Externships - Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Thursday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m.

Tribune Co. Law Department Seeks Summer Intern
The Tribune Company law department is seeking a first- or second-year student to work as an intern for the summer of 2001.  The intern will assist attorneys on broadcast, publishing, internet, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and new media related matters.  Applicants should have strong interest in media law and the multi-media business.  Some experience in a media related field helpful.  Internship is paid at a nominal hourly rate.  Interested students should send cover letter, resume, and law school transcript to:  Rita Mirman, Counsel/Intellectual Property, Tribune Company, Law Department, 435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611.

Circuit Court Summer Internship Opportunity
The 18th Judicial Circuit Court (DuPage County) is seeking to hire a law student as a summer intern to assist the judiciary and two staff attorneys in legal research and other duties.  Internship is approximately 13 weeks, beginning June 1st.  This is a full-time position (37.5 hour week) paid at $10.00/hr.  Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and GPA/rank to:  Robert Fiscella, Court Administrator, Judicial Office Facility, 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL  60187-7706. Resumes must be received by March 2, 2001.

American Judicature Society Research Internships
The American Judicature Society, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice, seeks part-time research associates to assist the AJS Hunter Center for Judicial Selection in conducting a two year project of judicial selection in all fifty states.  The purpose is to provide a comprehensive source of neutral information on judicial selection methods in each state.  Applicants with background/knowledge of law and the courts preferred.  Candidates should also have superior analytical and communication skills and have training in research methods and data collectlion, analysis, and interpretation. This part-time position is flexible but an average of 15 hours per week is expected.  Salary is $13/hr.  Submit resume, law school transcript, and two letters of recommendation by February 15, 2001to: Malia Reddick, Ph.D., Director of Research, American Judicature Society, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 600, Chicago, IL  60601-7401.

1L Summer Clerkship Opportunity/Omaha, Nebraska
Students from Nebraska or Iowa (or anyone interested in a legal career in Omaha) are invited to apply for a summer clerkship with Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, a twenty-four attorney, full service business law firm.  The firm's clerkship program  includes attendance at client meetings and court hearings, as well as the opportunity to do quality research, writing, and legal drafting projects.  Clerks are paid $21/hr.  To apply send resume, cover letter and transcript to Mr. Aaron D. Weiner, Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP, 8712 West Dodge Road, Suite 300, Omaha, NE 
68114-3419 by February 13, 2001.  For more information about the firm visit the firm's web site at www.akclaw.com.

U.S. DOJ Volunteer Summer Legal Intern Positions
The CSO recently received copies of the DOJ's Volunteer Summer Legal Intern Positions booklet for summer 2001.  The booklet outlines the available opportunities for legal interns.  Booklets can be found in the grey files and on the web at www.usdoj.gov/oapm

Public Interest Opportunities with NAPIL
The 2001 NAPIL Equal Justice Fellowships Opportunity Guide, Volume I & II, is now available on the NAPIL Web site at www.napil.org.  The guides contain descriptions of 2001 NAPIL Equal Justice Fellowships for which third-year law students and recent graduates can apply.  These two-year, postgraduate legal fellowships will start in September 2001.  Also available on the NAPIL Web site is information pertaining to summer opportunities through the NAPIL/VISTA Summer Legal Corps and the Summer Corps.  Be sure to check out both programs for eligibility information and program requirements.  Information is also available in the CSO resource center.

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
Reminder:  The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, will be held at Northwestern Law School, 357 E. Chicago Ave., on Saturday, February 17, 2001. Although the deadline for interviewing registration has passed, students may still take advantage of the "Table Talk" session the day of the conference (9:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.).  At least 22 participating employers will share informational materials about their organizations.  If you're interested in a career in the public sector, this is a great networking opportunity!  A list of participating employers is available in the CSO. 

15th Annual Patent Law Interview Program
The 15th Annual Patent Law Interview Program sponsored by Loyola School of Law will be held Thursday, August 2, through Saturday, August 4, 2001 at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare.  Last year, the program included 155 patent law employers, 125 law schools, and 900 registered law students from across the country. 

The program is only open to law students who will be returning to school in Fall 2001.  It is not for students beginning school in the fall, students graduating this semester or summer, or alums. Prospective positions are for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions for 2002. 

If interested in participating, sign up in the CSO and pick up a registration form and preliminary packet of information. The registration forms and a non-refundable registration fee check for $25 made payable to Loyola School of Law is due to the Career Services Office by February 23, 2001 at 5:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please stop by the CSO.

CONFERENCES

13th Annual International Law Society Career Day 
The Chicago-Kent College of Law International Law Society is pleased to announce the 13th Annual International Law Society Career Day: Exploring Opportunities in International Law.  The event will be taking place on February 23, 2001.  Career Day is a daylong conference designed to introduce students to International Law and to opportunities available in this field. 

Career Day begins with introductory remarks at Chicago-Kent followed by a series of panels.   Panelists will highlight the importance of International Law in today’s society and introduce students to careers in International Law by describing their particular responsibilities.  Practitioners on the panels also offer insight into pursuing an international legal career.  At the conclusion of the panel presentations, speakers and hosts will join students for a luncheon, which will include a presentation by a keynote speaker.  Following the luncheon, participating firms, corporations and organizations host students for on-site presentations.  These visits provide an opportunity for each firm, corporation or organization to demonstrate its uniqueness and for students to experience these environments.  At the conclusion of the day, the members of the International Law Student Association invite you to join them for a cocktail reception at Chicago-Kent.

If you would like more information about Career Day or to obtain a registration formplease contact Sara E. Frank, sfrank@kentlaw.edu, Career Day Coordinator.

Rebellious Lawyering Conference
The Rebellious Lawyering Conference is being held February 16 - 18, 2001 at Yale Law School.  The conference brings together public interest lawyers, activists, advocates, and students from around the country to explore innovative advocacy for social change.  The weekend will include panel discussions, workshops of interest to law students, and networking opportunities.  To learn more about the conference or to register, log on to www.reblaw.org

14th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat
The 14th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Retreat will take place March 2 - 4, 2001 at Boston University's Sargent Camp in Peterborough, NH.  If you are interested in public interest and are looking for job and career possibilities, don't miss this chance to learn about employment opportunities and make contacts with public interest minded people.  The cost of the conference is $100, which covers lodging, food, activities, and organizing expenses.  Stop by the CSO for more information.  Registration deadline is February 23, 2001. 


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