Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
April 30, 2001

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Summer Semester Office Hours
Beginning Monday, May 7th, the office will observe summer hours as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday         8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday                                                         8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Counseling appointments will be available Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Please call the office at 312-906-5200 or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu to set up an appointment. 

MISCELLANEOUS

Congratulations to the Class of 2001! 
The CSO wishes all 3Ls and 4Ls congratulations on their upcoming graduation.  We have been continually impressed with your accomplishments within and outside the law school and wish you the best of luck on the bar exam and in your future careers.  Please stay in touch with our office and let
us know if we can assist you in any way in a current or future job search. 

Good Luck on Exams
The CSO wishes everyone the best of luck on their exams and congratulations on the completion of a very challenging year.  We look forward to working with you even more in the future.  Please drop by to let us know your summer plans or if we can assist you with a current job search. 

ATTN: Class of '02, '03, & Domestic LL.M.s: Begin Preparing Now for the Fall Interview Season 
Although the 2001 Fall Interviewing Program begins in August, it's best to prepare early.  You will be amazed at how quickly you need to research and preference employers for registration once you return to school.  If you missed the preliminary fall interviewing program in April, check out the videotape available in the CSO.  Also, be sure to check out the preliminary information about the program and tips on how to research employers and attorneys on the CSO Web site (contact our office for the password).  Take the time this summer to research law firms or government agencies you are interested in so that you can find the best fit between your career goals and potential employers who will be interviewing this fall. 

New Resource for Students and Alumnae/i
Lawyers in Transition,an informational group for law students and lawyers (practicing and non-practicing) will hold an initial meeting at Chicago's Crossroads Center (located at Old St. Patrick's Church), on Wednesday May 9th.  The group will provide career/vocational counseling resources, information about mentorship and networking, and hold open discussions on issues affecting the legal community and consequently, those engaged in the practice of law.  For information concerning Lawyers in Transition and details regarding the May 9th meeting, please call David Vlcek at (708) 233-0500.

CSO Staff to Represent Chicago-Kent at National NALP Conference 
Several members of the CSO will be attending the National Association for Law Placement annual conference Monday, April 30th through Sunday, May 6th in Phoenix, AZ.  The conference provides an opportunity for our office to market the law school and our students to hundreds of legal employers from across the country.  In addition, we will attend training sessions to identify new and creative ways to strengthen the services we provide to you and our diverse alumnae/i constituency.

The office will remain open during this time.  Counseling appointments will be available on Wednesday and Thursday, May 2nd & 3rd, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Please call our office at 312/906-5200, e-mail us at kentcso@kentlaw.edu, or stop by to make an appointment.

PROGRAMS/SEMINARS

Attending Law School Part-time:  What You Need to Know
The Young Lawyer's Section of the Chicago Bar Association, Law Week 2001 Committee, will present "Attending Law School Part-time: What You Need to Know" on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the CBA headquarters at 321 S. Plymouth Court.  This program will feature a panel of Chicago-area lawyers discussing the pros and cons of attending law school on a part-time basis.  Topics such as time management, work/life balance, job opportunities, and much more will be discussed.  Panel speakers will include:  Cynthia Besecker (John Marshall '95) - City of Chicago Dept. of Law; Guy Maras (John Marshall '95) - Hennessy & Roach; Charis Runnels (Chicago-Kent '99) - Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz; Ron Schulze (John Marshall '95) - CNA Insurance Companies; William Serritella, Jr. (DePaul '92) - Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa; and Zygmunt Sokolnicki (John Marshall '95) - Robert F. Blyth & Associates.  Admission is free to all law students. 

Win Scholarships this Summer at "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer"
The CSO and members of the Chicago Legal Marketing community will co-sponsor a seven-series program to help law students who have completed two years of law school, or have three years of professional experience prior to entering law school, and recent graduates learn essential marketing and client development skills.  "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer" will take place at Chicago-Kent during July.  A mailing will be sent later this spring with details about the program.  Stop by the CSO to sign up. 

A scholarship towards tuition will be eligible to two students who attend all sessions and submit the best overall personal marketing plan (as judged by a panel of law firm marketers and members of
the program faculty).  This is an excellent opportunity to learn the basic skills required to develop a
successful law practice that go beyond being an excellent legal technician. 

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this innovative program. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NOTE:  Beginning May 21st, the CSO Record page will no longer have a separate Special Opportunities & Record Handouts  page. Opportunites once advertised on this page will now be posted 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.

2002 NAPIL Fellowships
With support from the Open Society Institute and participating law firms and corporate sponsors, NAPIL Fellowships allow new law graduates and outgoing judicial clerks to work on a wide range of public interest issues, such as domestic violence, health care, community development, homelessness, environmental justice, immigration, Native Amercian rights, children's health and welfare, and the death penalty.  Approximately 75 Fellowships will be awarded to begin September 2002.  Fellowships are for two years.  Route A Fellowship applications are due September 14, 2001.  Route B applications are due February 27, 2002.  To learn more about the application process check out the NAPIL Fellowship Binder on the resource shelves of the CSO or log onto www.napil.org.  

2002 Skadden Public Interest Fellowships 

Skadden Fellowships, sponsored by the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, provide support for new law graduates and outgoing judicial clerks who want to work in the public interest for an organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil rights.  Twenty-five fellowships are awarded each year to law students from schools nationwide.  Fellowships are for one year but may be renewed for a second year if requested and approved by the grantmaking panel.  Class of 2002 students who are interested in applying for a Fellowship must have secured a position with an organization by the time of application. Applications for 2002 Fellowships are due next fall on October 8, 2001.  Fellows are selected by December 7, 2001.  Interested second-year students may pick up an application in the CSO.

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.

JOB FAIRS

Fifteenth Annual BLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference
The Fifteenth Annual BLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference,co-sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will be held Friday, September - Sunday, September 9, 2001 at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.  All African-American, Asian-American, Latino/Hispanic American and Native American students from over 40 law schools throughout the Midwest Region are invited to attend.  Last year, the conference hosted thirty-eight legal employers and over 250 law students from the Midwest Region.  You can see an updated list of this year's participating employers by going to www.cwrublsa.org/
emplist.asp.  Stop by the CSO to sign up and pick a registration form.  The application and resume (on regular bond, 8 1/2 X 11 inch paper) are due to the CSO by Tuesday May 15 at Noon

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.  Packets are available in the CSO.  Registration forms and resumes are due to the CSO by 10:00 a.m. May 15th. 


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