Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
April 2, 2001

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MISCELLANEOUS

Thank You to All Job-A-Thon Volunteers
The CSO and the SCC would like to extend a big thank you to Matt Goldberg, Valerie Pacis, Raegan Smith, Kavita Chopra, Kelly Marks, Melinda Lange, Veana Clay, Ly Chhay, Angie Lee, Robin McReynolds, Wade Taylor, Mark Brosius, Andrew Nelson, Gaurika Anand, Eric Witter, Esther Mashiach, John McCorry, Leslie Gogan, Rhonda Crawford, Rick LaTrace, Karnit Daniel, Maya Moore and anyone else who we might have missed for participating in the Spring Job-A-Thon.  Due to their perseverance and savvy calling techniques, they were able to bring in over 40 new job postings to the CSO in the last week and a half.  This number is expected to grow as employers return phone messages and the faxed job posting forms.  Special thanks also go to Cindy Stuyvesant and Sarah Gallagher for doing a fine job in coordinating the program.  Thanks again for making the Job-A-Thon a huge success! 

Four or More List
A number of students have inquired about the Chicago Area Law Firm List of Four or More Employers.  We apologize for the delay in its distribution, but are confirming that the information we received from other law schools is correct.  We will announce the availability of the handout on our bulletin board and in the Record.  In the meantime, we recommend that you utilize the "Lawyer Locator" through Martindale to assist you in your research.  Also, feel free to contact either the Westlaw or Lexis/Nexis representative to help you identify and research prospective employers.

KJF Auction
The Tenth Annual Kent Justice Foundation Spring Auction will take place in the Ogilvie Auditorium on Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at 5:00 pm.  Join the festivities as you eat, drink, and bid on fabulous auction items!  From a private party at Joe's on Weed Street, weekend getaways, tickets to see the Chicago Blackhawks, a night at Improv Olympics, Folk Music or Karate Lessons, Back Massages, theater at the Porchlight Theater and dinner at O'Brien's, one year's membership to the Peace Museum or the Chicago Historical Society, artwork and literature, to dinner or ballgames with your favorite Chicago-Kent professor, you're bound to find something suited to your tastes in our
live auction, silent auction or raffle!  All proceeds support the KJF Summer Fellowship Program which funds students working in non-paid summer positions in the public sector.

Don't miss this opportunity for food, fun, excitement and your chance to support the KJF Summer Fellowship Program.  Tickets are just $10 in advance ($8 for students) and $12 at the door ($10 for students).  Call (312) 906-5089 or email kjf@kentlaw.edu to reserve your tickets now! 

ATTN 1Ls & 2Ls From Florida or Working there this Summer: Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson Reception
Akerman, Senterfitt & Edison invites 1Ls & 2Ls who are from Florida, or who will be working there this summer, to a social event in their Miami office in August.  Any students with ties to Florida, or who will be there this summer and would be interested in attending the event, should contact Maureen Stimming in the CSO.

3Ls - Interested in Taking BarBri in Peoria?
Kelly Phelps, 3rd year law student at Southern Illinois University, is attempting to coordinate a BarBri review course for the July Bar in Peoria.  Barbri is willing to accommodate a review in Peoria if 20 people commit to taking the review there.  Interested students should contact Kelly ASAP with their name and email address at MRJURIST@AOL.COM.

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).

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. 

The Guide to Legal Specialties & Doing What Makes You Happy
Do you know what kind of law you want to practice?  That question can be daunting because of the wide range of legal careers and the varied work environments available.  Lisa Abrams, author of "The Official Guide to Legal Specialties," will help you discover practice areas of interest by describing aspects of practice areas and how they appeal to an individual's work preferences.  Lisa, former Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has vast professional experience in the law career field and also conducted numerous interviews with current practitioners for her book.  She talked with over 120 practitioners who love their work and look forward to getting up in the morning!  Some of these practitioners work in law firms, others in government agencies, and still others in corporations and public interest organizations.  Join us on Tuesday, April 3rd at noon in Room 510 and find out what makes practice areas not just exciting, but personally rewarding!  Copies of Lisa's book, The Official Guide to Legal Specialties, will be available for purchase.  Lisa will be available before and after her presentation to sign your personal copy of her book and, after talking with you, will suggest book chapters that will be most helpful to you.  Pizza will be served!  Don't miss this program!

Alternative Career Paths for JDs
The Chicago Area Law School Consortium (CALSC) is hosting "Alternative Career Paths for JDs"  on Tuesday, April 3rd, from 4 - 5 p.m. at 8005 DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson at State.) Representatives from the Chicago White Sox, Kessler & Ex Entertainment Law Firm, Divine Interventures, the Public Interest Law Initiative, and Salomon Smith Barney will be on hand to discuss their current positions and the path their careers have taken since graduating from law school.  If you're interested in options outside the law, don't miss this opportunity!

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.

Current 2Ls Wanting to do a Summer or Fall 2001 Externship
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 Summer or Fall 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 32 hours a week for Summer Semester or 16 hours a week for Fall Semester 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 is available in the Law Offices reception area and in the CSO.  Applications should be turned in to Room 612 by 12:00 P.M. on Friday, April 6, 2001. 

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.

1Ls/2Ls: Public Interest Opportunities with NAPIL
This summer marks the fourth year of the innovative and exciting NAPIL/VISTA Summer Legal Corps.  The program provides 60 1Ls & 2Ls with the opportunity to serve for 10 weeks alongside full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA members and other public interest advocates at pre-selected host sites across the country.  Rather than focus on providing direct legal services, the NVSLC allows public interest-minded law students to engage in community-strengthening projects.  NVSLC fellows work on a variety of issue areas, including housing, domestic violence, public benefits, immigration,
and migrant farmworker rights.  In exchange for their service, NVSLC fellows receive a modest living allowance and travel assistance and earn a $1000 in loan repayment assistance upon completion of their term of service.

Several NVSLC host sites have extended their application deadlines.  Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. See the NAPIL NVLSC/NLSC binder located on the shelves in the CSO or log onto www.napil.org to view which sites have extended deadlines.
Application materials can be obtained by contacting Lisa Weissman-Ward at (202) 466-3686 or nvslc@napil.org.

Burns Sports & Celebrities, Inc. 
Burns Sports & Celebrities, Inc., a sports and entertainment marketing company founded in 1970, seeks volunteer summer interns (limited paid positions may be offered).  This internship will offer students a unique look at all sides of the sports and entertainment business world.  Burns Sports matches corporations with celebrities for endorsements, speaking engagements and appearances (they are not sports agents).  If you are interested in using your legal skills in an alternative setting focusing on sports and entertainment, think about this opportunity.  This company hires full-time employees through its intern program (several Chicago-Kent grads are employed with Burns Sports).  For more information about the company see their web site at:  www.burnssports.com.  Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter by FAX or regular mail only (e-mail applications NOT accepted) to:

Kevin Hoffman
Burns Sports Celebrity Service
1007 Church Street, Suite 306
Evanston, IL  60201
Fax:  847-491-9778
No phone calls, please

Krislov & Associates Seeks Law Clerks
Krislov & Associates, Ltd., a small firm specializing in complex class action matters, is seeking 1Ls & 2Ls with strong research and writing skills for clerking positions.  Check out www.krislovlaw.com to learn more about the firm.  Interested students can do one of the following: contact Robert Stein, Partner, at (312) 606-0500 or rob@krislovlaw.com ; fax cover letter, resume, and writing sample to (312) 606-0207; or mail the aforementioned materials to Mr. Robert Stein, Partner, Krislov & Associates, Ltd., 20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 1350, Chicago, IL 60606.

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-America 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.

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

ATTN Class of 2002, 2003, & Domestic LL.M. minority students: 18th Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair 
The Cook County Bar Association and the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms is holding their 18th Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair on Friday Aug. 17th, 2001 at the Omni Chicago Hotel.  The anticipated states represented by employers will include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  The anticipated 85 employer participants consist of large and medium-sized law firms, corporations and government agencies.  All minority students are encouraged to attend -- please see the CSO after April 9, 2001 for registration information.


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