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

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Spring Break Office Hours
The CSO will be open the following hours during Spring Break, March 12th - 16th.
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday and 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Thursday only.  Normal hours, as listed below, will resume on Monday, March 19th. 

Have a great Spring Break!

Spring Semester Office Hours
CSO Spring Semester Hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday                                  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday                                       8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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 Job Posting System 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 new password you have selected will not be activated until the following day.
Once you get to the LawCareer database, either through the method above or through http://lawcareer.kentlaw.edu, use your social security number with the dashes (e.g. 111-22-3333) as your Student ID and your assigned password (until the new password becomes activated).

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.
  • Kent Justice Foundation Fellowships (contact KJF regarding details).
Need to Sublet Your Apartment this Summer (or rent in another city)?
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.

If you're looking to sublet your apartment for the summer, the following Chicago firms also seek apartments for sublet by their summer associates.  If you're interested, send information with details (dates of availability, monthly rent, furnished/unfurnished, studio/one/two bedroom, etc.) to: Seyfarth Shaw: Carol Hogan at chogan@seyfarth.com or Dawn Norkus at dnorkus@seyfarth.com;
Schiff Hardin & Waite: Lilly Beltran at lbeltran@schiffhardin.com;
Jenner & Block: 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.                                    .

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. 

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.

Cook County State's Attorney's Office - Informational Program
Interested in a career as a prosecutor?  The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation, enforcing state laws applicable to Cook County.  More than 900 assistant state's attorneys handle hundreds of thousands of misdemeanors and tens of thousands of felonies each year.  The Office also enforces child support orders, protects consumers and the elderly from exploitation, and assists victims of domestic violence.  The Office is divided into eight bureaus:  Criminal Prosecutions; Narcotics; Special Prosecutions; Juvenile Justice; Public Interest; Civil Actions; Investigations; and Admnistrative Services.  Come hear representatives from each bureau discuss the work they do and learn how to go about obtaining a position (summer or attorney) with the CCSA.  This informational program will be held Thursday, March 22nd from Noon - 1:00 p.m. in Room 590.

Mock Interviews
Don't let your first interview actually be your first interview.  One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview.  On Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd Debbi Gutman will be conducting mock interviews by appointment only in the CSO.  She requests that students drop off a copy of their resume prior to the appointment and indicate what employer-type they would like her to assume in the mock interview.  Students are encouraged to come dressed as they would for an actual interview.  Please note that sessions will be videotaped, after which you will receive a candid critique of your current interviewing skills while watching the video.  Students interested in keeping a copy of their session should bring their own blank videotape to the mock interview. 

Westlaw for Working:  Summer Associate/Law Clerk Training 2001 
Students who will be working as summer associates or law clerks this coming summer are invited by Westlaw to attend a training session designed to help you enhance your research skills for success on the job.  Learn cost-saving techniques from a 1999 summer associate at a large litigation firm.  Sessions will be held in Lab 700 on March 20th from 10:00am-10:40am & 2:00pm-2:40pm; March 21st from 11:00am-11:40am & 3:00pm-3:40pm; and March 22nd from 1:00pm-1:40pm.  To sign-up for a session, you may: 1) contact Westlaw Manager, Jill Ross at jill.ross@westgroup.com or 1-800-443-3075, ext. 7162; or 2) sign-up in the Career Services Office; or 3) sign-up on lawschool.westlaw.com.

Lexis "Prepare to Practice" Training
Lexis' Prepare to Practice sessions focus on how much Lexis costs in the "real world" and how to search on-line cost effectively. You will learn how to get the most out of your time on-line and even how to do some research for free.  The classes are open to everyone, but are highly recommended for students planning to work in a law firm this summer, or graduating students who will begin practicing law next fall. Sessions will be held in Lab 760 on Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th  at:  Noon; 12:30pm; 2:00pm; 2:30pm; 3:00pm; 3:30pm; 4:00pm; 4:30pm; 5:00pm & 5:30pm.  On Friday, March 9th open individual or small group appointments will me held for anyone who cannot attend the Wednesday or Thursday classes.  Sign-up for all training sessions will be held in the law school lobby on Tuesday, March 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  

SEMINARS

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.  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.

1Ls/2Ls -  Westlaw Student Representative PT-Time Position
West Group is seeking a Chicago-Kent law student to serve as a Westlaw student representative.  Reps work approximately 8-10 hours per week ($10.00 per hour); are available specific hours each week in the Library to assist students with Westlaw research; help promote and market the use of Westlaw as a research tool to students; advertise and encourage students to attend Westlaw training sessions; provide Westlaw passwords, software and materials to students; and maintain Westlaw computer equipment.  To apply, submit a resume to:  Jill Ross, West Group, 161 N. Clark Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601 or e-mail to: jill.ross@westgroup.com.

2Ls/1Ls -  Board of Trade Clearing Corporation Summer Law Clerk
The Board of Trade Clearing Corporation, the world's leader in the clearance and settlement of futures, options, and financial transactions, functions independently as the trade processing and clearing entity for the Chicago Board of Trade and the Mid-Amnerica Commodity Exchange.  The Clearing Corporation's five attorney Law Department seeks a summer law clerk to assist with legal research, banking matters, contract matters, etc.  A minimum of 20 - 30 hours per week required.  Qualifications:  Eye for detail; strong research and writing skills.  Compensation: $15/hour.  Interested students should e-mail resume to jobs@botcc.com or fax to Human Resources at (312) 786-9215.

2Ls/3Ls/LLMs w/German Language Abilities - Earn $ Translating Legal & Business Documents
Foris, Inc. (Germany & New York) seeks law students for English-German/German-English translations of legal and business documents.  Students will be paid per line and will be able to make $20 - $30 per hour depending on proficiency.  Applicants must be either native English speaker with professional knowledge of the German language or a native German speaker with professional knowledge of the English language.  Applicants must have completed at least one year of law school.  Interested parties e-mail: hello@foris.com or call 212-868-7210.  For more information about Foris, Inc. visit their website at www.foris.com.

1Ls/2Ls -  Minneapolis, MN Public Defender Summer Clerkship
The Minnesota Fourth Judicial District Public Defender, which has jurisdiction for Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, seeks 1Ls and 2Ls for paid Summer Law Clerk positions.  Clerks will perform legal research for attorneys representing defendants in criminal matters or in Juvenile Court proceedings; make oral presentations of research results; draft briefs, memoranda, pleadings, or other legal documentation; and assist attorneys in trial prep.  Interest or experience in public service is desirable.  Note: A high GPA/rank does not automatically qualify a candidate for an interview nor does a low GPA/rank exclude a candidate. The office is interested in candidates who offer a well-rounded academic and experiential background.  Compensation: $13.10/hour.  Interested applicants should submit letter, including statement of why you are interested in this clerkship; resume, identifying relevant education or experience; and one (preferably short) legal writing sample to:  John Pederson, Administrator, Office of the Public Defender, 317 2nd Avenue South, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401-2700.  Fax: (612) 348-6179.  Application materials must be submitted to the listed address by no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2001.

U.S. Air Force JAGC to Interview 3Ls March 21st
The United States Air Force is seeking 3Ls to fill positions in the JAG Corps upon graduation.  They will also see any students who are interested in learning about opportunities to serve as lawyers in the JAG Corps.  An Air Force representative will interview at the main campus in the North Dining Hall of The Hermann building on March 21st from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  If interested,  please contact Captain Stephen McManus at (414) 271-3400 to set up an interview time.  Please Note:  This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

3Ls/Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic Fellows Program
The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory School of Law in Atlanta is sponsoring a one year Fellowship for new law school graduates to work on issues of child neglect and abuse.   Fellowship term is September 1, 2001 - August 2002. The Clinic, established to effectuate systemic policy and process changes for the benefit of the children of Georgia’s child welfare system, collaborates with Emory’s School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Center for Violence Studies, as well as other Georgia graduate colleges and universities.  The Fellow will assist with supervision of students in the clinic; research and write a law review article suitable for publication; collaborate with Clinic staff on research and policy papers; and participate in on-going advocacy projects with the Georgia General Assembly and child welfare agency leaders.  $37,500.00 annual salary.  Qualifications:  law school graduate (class of 1998, 1999, 2000 or 2001); extensive computer, research, and writing skills; and proven commitment to public service in child advocacy.  Forward resume, cover letter (including statement of interest and commitment to long term child advocacy), transcript, reference list, and  writing sample to: Mary Margaret Oliver, Visiting Professor, Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic, Emory University School of Law, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia  30322.  Applications also accepted by e-mail: mmoliver@law.emory.edu. Application deadline:  March 15, 2001, or until filled.  For more information, contact Professor Oliver at 404-727-0984, or visit the Clinic web site at www.childwelfare.net.

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.

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

CONFERENCES

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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