Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
May 14, 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. 

New Resource for Students and Alumnae/i
Lawyers in Transition is an informational group for law students and lawyers (practicing and non-practicing) which provides career/vocational counseling resources, information about mentorship and networking, and open discussions on issues affecting the legal community and consequently, those engaged in the practice of law.  For information concerning Lawyers in Transition, please call David Vlcek at (708) 233-0500.

Planning to Live in Boston this Summer?
Raquel Millman, a law student at Boston College Law School, is trying to sublet her apartment for the summer.  If you're looking for a really nice apartment in Boston that's close to the T and fully furnished, email her at millmanr@bc.edu

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 begin preparing 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 packet of information about the program and the companion piece that provides 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. 

PROGRAMS/SEMINARS

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 every Tuesday and Thursday from July 10th through July 31st.  A mailing will be sent within the next few weeks with details about the program. 

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.  Be sure to stop by the CSO to sign up.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NOTE:  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.

1Ls, 2Ls: U.S. EPA Summer Externship Program
The Office of the Regional Counsel in the Chicago office of  the US EPA (Region 5) seeks law students for volunteer summer externships, beginning the day after Memorial Day.  Summer externs must work at least 20 hours per week, though 40 hours is preferred.  Applicants must be US citizens and law students in good standing with interest in environmental law or administrative practice. Any class year may apply although 2L students with environmental coursework or experience are preferred.  For application information/requirements see Handout #119 in the CSO.  Apply ASAP.

1Ls: Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
The Nation Institute is now accepting applications for the 2001 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties.  The competition is open to 1Ls who intend to pursue significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.  The recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium.  See Handout #125 for information regarding acceptable activities/projects and how to apply.  Applications are due May 31, 2001.

1Ls, 2Ls: Student Press Law Center Media Law Internships - Arlington, VA
The Student Press Law Center, the only  national organization devoted exclusively to protecting the free press rights of high school and college journalists, has media law internships available for fall 2001.  Interns will research and write opinion letters, memoranda and briefs on current, fast-breaking legal disputes.  Client contact is also a major part of the internship.  A stipend based on the number of hours worked is available as well as academic credit.  Preference is given to those with student or professional journalism experience.  See Handout #124 for detailed information. Applications are due June 1, 2001.

1Ls, 2Ls: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
OPIC is an independent corporation, wholly owned by the U.S. Government.  It operates 3 main programs: it insures U.S. investors against certain political risks; it finances private sector and mixed public/private projects through loans and loan guaranties; and it provides preinvestment consulting services to U.S. companies considering investing abroad.  The Department of Legal Affairs invites law students with strong academic records and an interest in finance, as well as international law and development, to spend fall 2001 at OPIC, in Washington D.C., as law clerks. Handout #121 and the gray files have detailed information about the program. Applications are due June 1, 2001.

All: Food & Drug Law Institute Summer Internship Program - June 18-22, 2001
The Food & Drug Law Institute is a nonprofit, educational organization founded to advance the public health by providing a neutral forum for critical examination of the laws, regulations, and policies related to drugs, medical devices, other health care technologies and food.  FDLI's summer internship in Washington, DC is a comprehensive five-day course providing practical instruction on the fundamentals of federal food and drug law and regulation, the Food and Drug Administration, and that agency's programs designed to ensure consumer safety.  Enrollment is limited to twenty-five.  There is no course fee for full-time students. Application deadline: June 8, 2001.  Application form is available in the CSO as Handout #120.  Further information can be found at www.fdli.org.

3Ls, 4Ls, Alums: Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) - Philadelphia
Community Legal Services, Inc. is looking to sponsor candidates for post-graduate, public interest fellowships provided by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, the Independence Foundation, and NAPILCLS is a large urban program which provides assistance on issues such as social security, consumer protection, public assistance, landlord/tenant, public housing, bankruptcy, family law, employment discrimination, energy, elder law, and access to health care.  See the CSO for more details or the CLS Web site at www.clsphila.org. Materials should be sent to CLS ASAP but no later than July 15, 2001.

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 October 8, 2001.  Fellows are selected by December 7, 2001.  Interested second-year students may pick up an application in the CSO.

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.

JOB FAIRS

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference 
The 2001 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference will be heldSeptember 21 and 22, 2001, atthe offices of Faegre & Benson in downtown Minneapolis.  A reception for judges, students, and employers will take place on Friday evening, September 21, with all interviews being held on Saturday September 22.  Along with firm interviews, Judicial clerkships interviews are also being held.  Each student may receive up to five interviews, depending on the employers' criteria and each student's preference selections.  Interviews at the Conference will be assigned randomly by computer.  The resumes will not be prescreened and the Twin Cities Committee will not prescreen the student selections except as to (1) year of graduation; and (2) the existence of an undergraduate technical degree for those firms whose members practice exclusively before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Additional interviews can be obtained after the Friday night reception, during which all open interview slots are made available. 

Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations during the Conference, as well as transportation to and from the Conference.  There is a Frederick McGhee Memorial Scholarship available for students to receive reimbursement for travel/ lodging expenses.  Please see the CSO Bulletin Board for the requirements.  Stop by the CSO to pick up the registration form, which is due to our office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday June 22, 2001.  Information on the employers is available in a binder in the Resource Center of the CSO. 

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 15th, 2001 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 August 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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