Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
February 19, 2001

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MISCELLANEOUS

Volunteers Sought for Spring Job-A-Thon
The CSO and the Student Careers Committee (SCC) seek volunteers for the Spring Job-A-Thon which will be held Tuesday, March 20th through Wednesday, March 28th.  Volunteers will spend hour increments in the CSO calling legal employers to inquire about available summer positions, PT law clerk positions and FT attorney positions.  In the past, over 50 previously unknown job openings have been discovered through the Job-A-Thon. 

What are the benefits of volunteering you might ask?  How about learning to speak to employers without getting tongue-tied; having access to new postings before the rest of the student body (callers have been known to obtain summer positions this way); and learning about the SCC for possible participation next year!

Still hesitant?  Don't be.  We make it easy by providing the scripts, phones and office space!  To volunteer for specific time slots between the hours of 9 a.m. & 5 p.m., please stop by the CSO to sign up.  You can sign up for as many hours as you wish.  If you're unable to get to the office to sign up, or if you have any questions, please contact Sarah Gallagher (sgallagher@kentlaw.edu) or Cindy Stuyvesant (cstuyvesant@kentlaw.edu) via e-mail. 

LawCareer Reminder
In order to change your assigned LawCareer password to something that's easier to remember, follow these steps while accessing the system within the law school:
1.  Open up Windows Explorer and go to the [:s] drive. 
2.  Double click on the LawCarer (it's spelled wrong) folder.
3.  Double click on student.exe, which will be over to the right, and next to the 2nd fox icon.
4.  Enter your Student ID and originally assigned password, then press F2 on your keyboard.
5.  Follow the prompts to change your password.
Please Note: The password you have selected will not be activated until the following day.

3Ls/4Ls: Interested in Taking the Massachusetts Bar?
Students at other Chicago area law schools have expressed interest in lobbying BarBri to offer their Massachusetts Bar Review Course in Chicago this summer.  At least ten students are needed.  If you are contemplating practicing law in Massachusetts and would like to participate in a Massachusetts Bar Review Course, please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu with your name and contact info.

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.
  • Sciff Hardin & Waite's out-of-town 2001 Summer Associates are seeking summer housing.  Any availabilities, along with all the details, should be forwarded to the attention of Lilly Beltran by regular mail or e-mail (lbeltran@schiffhardin.com).
  • Jenner & Block is looking for summer sublet opportunities for their 2001 summer associates.  E-mail specific sublet details to Lena Gonzales at lgonzales@jenner.com.
Law, Business, Journalism & Israel Experience Program
The Law, Business, Journalism & Israel Experience Program enables Jewish graduate students from around the US to explore Jewish approaches to challenging issues confronting their future professions, contemporary issues facing the Jewish people, Jewish thought, and to travel throughout Israel.  The program will run for 12 days in August 2001.  The cost of the program, covering airfare, tuition, room, tours and half-board, is $80 for students eligible for the Birthright Israel Gift.  Jewish graduate students between the ages of 21-26 who have never traveled to Israel on an organized educational program qualify for the Birthright Israel gift and for this program.  (The cost to students not eligible for the Birthright Israel gift is $3,600.)  Registration is conducted online at www.birthrightisrael.org with a March 7, 2001 deadline.

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.


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. 

Interviewing Skills
How does a legal interview differ from other interviews?  How do you prepare? How do you sell yourself effectively?  On Tuesday, February 20th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 170 a panel of current students will discuss what it's like to interivew for judicial externships and at  law firms and government and public interest agencies.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn from those who have gone before and succeeded in legal interviews.

Special Career Planning Concerns For Evening Students
Evening students are faced with the question of how to develop practical legal experience while working full time. On Wednesday, February 28th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 590 members of the CSO will address the special challenges faced by evening students, share practical strategies for gaining legal experience, and suggest ways to devise a career transition plan that will work for you.

Study Abroad Opportunities with Santa Clara University
Professor Philip Jimenez from Santa Clara University will be at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, March 1st at 11:30 a.m. in Room 580 to discuss his school's summer study abroad programs for law students.  Come learn more about seeing the world while gaining law school credit! (1Ls are encouraged to attend.)

Jobs & Job Search Skills When You Are Not in the Top 10% of the Class (And Even If You Are!) 
The ISBA, in conjunction with the CSO, will host "Jobs & Job Search Skills When You Are Not in the Top 10% of the Class (And Even if You Are!)" on March 20th at Noon in Room 590.   Chicago-Kent alums will address job searching when you fall outside of the Top 10% and answer student questions.  Pizza will be provided.  If interested in attending, you must sign up in the CSO by March 9th.

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 on the 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.

Government Services Career Opportunities Forum
Thinking of a legal career in the government sector?  Be sure to attend the Government Services Career Opportunities Forum on Saturday, March 10, 2001 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CBA, located at 321 S. Plymouth Ct.  Meet with representatives from government agencies who will be on hand to answer questions, provide information on hiring practices, and collect resumes.  The forum will expose young lawyers and law students to a wide range of government employers.  Check out www.chicagobar.org for a complete listing of participating agencies closer to the program date. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.  Registration forms are available in the CSO or register by phone at (312) 554- 2056.

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.

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Adoption Law Summer Opportunities
Interested in adoption law and related fields like abuse, neglect and dependency?  Wondering where to find jobs in these practice areas?  The Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law at Capital University Law School has the answer.  Beginning February 26, 2001, students can log on to a Summer Jobs Clearinghouse designed to place law students from around the country in summer jobs in and around the field of adoption law.  The site, www.law.capital.edu/adoption, will allow students to apply for any posted positions through the submission of an on-line application.  Positions will be posted through May 17th with final matches made by May 24th.  Matches are made on a rolling basis so it's best to apply early.  The matching process is described on the web-site under the "Jobs Clearinghouse" button.

ATTN 1Ls: Accenture (FKA Andersen Consulting) Legal & Commercial Group Summer Opportunity
Accenture's Legal & Commercial Group is seeking a law clerk for summer 2001 and approximately 20 hours per week during the school year.  Qualifications include: top 20% of class; desire to learn and develop expertise in eCommerce & Information Technolgy Law; excellent legal writing & communication skills; strong analytical skills; mutitasking; team work; and prior work experience, a plus.  Interested candidates should send a copy of their resume, writing sample and law school transcript by February 23, 2001 to Latricia Whitley, Accenture, 100 S. Wacker, Room 511, Chicago, IL 60606 or fax 312-652-1560 or e-mail latricia.a.whitley@accenture.com the same.  Employer requests no telephone inquiries.

Foley & Lardner
Foley & Lardner, a national law firm of 900+ attorneys in 16 offices, is recruiting 1L & 2L summer associates for our 2001 summer program as follows:

1. Los Angeles, CA - IP (EE)
2. Madison and Milwaukee, WI - IP (EE and Mechanical)

Candidates would possess strong undergraduate credentials and should be in the top of their law school class.  For consideration, please forward a resume (along with photocopies of undergraduate and law school transcripts) to: Chele K. Diederich, Recruiting Coordinator, Foley & Lardner, P.O. Box 1497, Madison, WI  53701-1497.

Judicial Externships For Summer & Fall 2001 Semesters.  Students Must Have a Minimum 3.25 G.P.A. To Apply
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 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the CSO.
Completed applications for Summer Externships 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.  Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted 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.

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

American Bar Association Section of Business Law Career Forum
The American Bar Association Section of Business Law will sponsor a Career Forum at their spring meeting in Philadelphia, PA, March 22 - 25, 2001.  The Career Forum will include a job fair and career related seminars for attorneys and law students.  Resumes should be sent to Jennifer Horton, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707 by March 9,2001, whether or not you can attend.  For students who are unable to attend the forum, resumes will be given to employers on March 25th.  Direct all questions to Lynn Howell, Assistant Dean, Stetson University College of Law at (727) 562-7850 or at howell@law.stetson.edu

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.

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. 

Year 2001 Penny Severns Illinois Women in Government Conference Award Program
Illinois Women in Government (IWIG) is a bi-partisan organization that encourages students interested in local, state, and federal government to apply for paid attendance at the 2001 conference.  The 18th annual conference will be held at the State Capitol in Springfield April 18 - 20, 2001.  The purpose of the conference is to encourage more women to seek elective and appointive office at all levels of government, to educate women about governmental issues and the political process, to promote participation in public affairs, and to provide a forum for women's issues.  The award will include the cost of registration, conference meals, mileage allowance or train/bus fare, and lodging costs.  Each award recipient will be matched with a mentor - either a state government official or private sector leader. See the CSO or www.illinoiswomeningov.org for application information.  Application deadline is March 9, 2001.


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