Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
April 16, 2001

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MISCELLANEOUS

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.

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.

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. 

ATTN 1Ls, 2Ls Day & 2Ls, 3Ls Eve - Introduction to the Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
During the fall, almost 200 legal employers will either come on-campus to interview students, or request resumes directly from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions.  On Tuesday, April 17th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 590 and Wednesday, April 18th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 590, members of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, contacting employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria and how to prepare over the summer.  In addition, the information will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair and other interviewing opportunities.  If you're in the Class of 2002, 2003 or an LL.M., be sure to attend this program. 

If you're a 1L eve student switching to the day program and will fulfill all requirements to graduate by May 2003, you must notify our office of your division change.

Please note: 2002 graduates (including December 2001 graduates) interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office must register for an on-campus interview in order to be considered for employment with their office.

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 Heneghan, Administrative Manager, at nhenegha@kentlaw.edu.

91st Legal Support Organization - Army Reserve JAG Unit Open House
The 91st Legal Support Organization of the U.S. Army Reserve is hosting a JAG Corps Orientation Open House on Saturday, May 5, 2001.  The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include a briefing on the JAG Corps and an optional golf outing.  Interested students should contact Jude Soundar, Class of 1997, at 312-602-8272, or jsoundar@gt.com, for more information.  Please Note:  This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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 are available in the Law Offices reception area and in the CSO.  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: 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. 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 16, 2001 for registration information.

National Black Prosecutor's Association Job Fair
The National Black Prosecutor's Association is holding it's annual Job Fair on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at the Chicago Swissotel.  This provides a forum for law students and recent law grads to meet and interview with propsective employers for employment in prosecutors' offices at the state, local, and federal level across the nation.  A reception for the Job Fair participants is planned for the evening following the Job Fair, allowing the participants an opportunity to intermingle with prospective employers (cost to student is $15.00).  If you wish to participate in the Job Fair, please stop in the CSO to sign up and pick up the registration form.  The form and the check for $15.00, if you are attending the reception, is due to the CSO by 12:00 p.m. on Monday April 23, 2001. 


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