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

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Summer Semester Office Hours

  • 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 Thursdays, from 11:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Please call the office at 312-906-5200 or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu to set up an appointment. 

NOTE: The CSO will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 3rd, and re-open on Thursday, July 5th, at 8:30 a.m. 

PROGRAMS/SEMINARS

Reseaching Employers for the Fall Interviewing Program
Cheryl Kunkel, the CSO Resource Specialist, will share strategies and techniques for researching employers for the Fall Interviewing Program.  Sessions will be held the following dates and times in order to give you a hard start on researching before the new school year begins:

  • Tuesday, July 17th at 12 p.m. in the CSO
  • Wednesday, July 18th at 12 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. in the CSO
ATTN Recent Grads: Practice Skills for New Lawyers
Wondering how you're going to bridge the gap between law school and successful practice?  Then you won't want to miss the ISBA's Practice Skills Series which is specifically designed for new lawyers going into private practice, who need a general, broad-based knowledge of the practice of law.  The program will consist of 12 weekly sessions at the ISBA Chicago Regional Office, in the Loop, every Wednesday evening from August through October.  Sessions will be taught by practicing lawyers who will give you their insights and practice-oriented information.  The cost for ISBA members, and law school graduates not yet admitted to practice in any state, is $195.  If interested, see materials outside the CSO or e-mail tspeedie@isba.org.

Win a Scholarship this Summer at "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer"
This July the CSO and members of the Chicago Legal Marketing community will co-sponsor a seven series program entitled, "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your
Success as a Lawyer."  Participants will learn the essential marketing and client development skills required to develop a successful law practice that goes beyond being an excellent legal technician.  Students who have completed two years of law school, or have two years of professional experience prior to entering law school, and recent graduates are encouraged to attend.  Two $1,000 scholarships toward tuition will be awarded 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).  The program will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from July 10th through July 31st from 12 - 1 p.m.  Lunch will be available.  Advanced registration required.  Stop by the CSO, call (312) 906-5200, or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu  by July 6th to sign up for this innovative program. 

RESOURCES

How to Build and Manage an Entertainment Law Practice
This book, written by Gary Greenberg, an entertainment law lawyer since 1986, will help lawyers and other legal professionals build and manage an entertainment law practice.  The book addresses a variety of issues critical to establishing a successful entertainment law practice, and discusses the basic differences between entertainment law and other types of law practice and provides guidance for avoiding common pitfalls.  Lawyers considering entertainment law practice, as well as those already practicing, will benefit from the guidelines, tips, and examples presented throughout this book.  Of particular value is the author's extensive experience and his discussion on networking and finding new clients.  The book is available in the circulating section of the resource center.

Fedjobs.com
The CSO has recently converted our print subscription of Federal Career Opportunities to the Web based version.  This resource is available on one computer in the CSO Resource Center.  To access the site, please see the Resource Specialist for username and password. 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

NOTE:  The CSO Record page no longer has a separate Special Opportunities & Record Handouts page.  Opportunities once advertised on this page are now 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.

ATTN 2Ls & 3Ls: Fall Externship with the U.S. Immigration Court in Chicago
The U.S. Immigration Court in Chicago is seeking 2Ls and 3Ls for fall 2001 externships.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have previous or concurrent course-work in immigration or refugee law.  Duties include: pre-hearing preparation; in-depth analysis of novel legal issues; and drafting of decisions taken under advisement.  The externship offers extensive experience in asylum law and an excellent opportunity to hone research, writing, and analytical skills.  Externs are expected to work a minimum of 14-16 hours per week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks.  Positions are unpaid but school credit may be available.  See Job Posting #12580 for application details.  Applications must be received by July 15, 2001.

ATTN Recent Grads - Wisconsin Public Defender's Office
The Wisconsin Public Defender's Office is coming on-campus to interview Chicago-area recent graduates on August 16th.  They are looking to hire about 22 new lawyers this summer who are interested in public interest work.  For those graduates who are taking the Illinois Bar Exam, only the essay portion of the Wisconsin bar exam in February will need to be completed. Please submit your cover letter and resume to the CSO by Noon on August 2nd if you are interested.

2002 Graduates: The Legal Aid Society of New York, Immigration Unit
The Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society of New York City is looking to sponsor candidates for post-graduate, public interest fellowships provided by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, NAPIL, the Soros Foundation, and Kirkland & Ellis.  The Unit handles cases before immigration judges and on administrative and judicial appeals in deportation, exclusion, and removal cases involving a broad range of legal issues on behalf of low-income non-citizens throughout the New York City area.  Applicants for fellowships may develop projects on immigration law involving a wide range of issues. 
See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or www.legal-aid.org for application details.  Applications for fellowship applications with fall 2001 deadlines are due to the Legal Aid Society of New York City no later than July 17, 2001.  NOTE: Check each fellowship (Skadden, NAPIL etc.) for individual deadlines. 

2002 Graduates: The Legal Aid Society of New York, Civil Division 
The Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society of New York City is looking to sponsor candidates for post-graduate, public interest fellowships provided by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, NAPIL, the Soros Foundation, and Kirkland & Ellis.  The Civil Division provides direct legal assistance in more than 30,000 client cases through a city wide network of neighborhood trial offices and the operation of specialized units and projects.  Applicants for fellowships may develop projects in a wide range of poverty-related issues.  See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or www.legal-aid.org for application details.  Applications for fellowship applications with fall 2001 deadlines are due to the Legal Aid Society of New York City no later than July 17, 2001.  NOTE: Check each fellowship (Skadden, NAPIL etc.) for individual deadlines. 

2002 Graduates: Skadden Fellowship with Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) 
FLAG, a nonprofit law center that provides legal support to financially distressed family farmers, farm advocates, grassroots farm organizations, and rural attorneys nationwide, is seeking a public interest Skadden Fellowship candidate for fall 2002.  2002 graduates or 2001 graduates with a judicial clerkship for the '01-'02 year are eligible.  The fellowship provides salary and fringe benefits for 2 years.  See the Fellowship Opportunites Binder in the CSO or www.flaginc.comfor more detailsResume & letter of interest is due to FLAG by September 5, 2001.  Skadden application, available in the CSO, is due to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation October 8, 2001.

2002 Graduates: 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 Fellowship Opportunities Binder in 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 American 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.  25 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.

JOB FAIRS

NAPIL'S 2001 Public Interest Law Career Fair and Conference
The NAPIL Career Fair and Conference represents a unique opportunity for students to meet with public interest employers from across the country in a single location.  In conjunction with the career fair, NAPIL will also host it's Annual Awards Dinner and National Public Interest Conference.  The career fair and conference will take place from October 26 - 27, 2001 at American University in Washington, DC.  The annual Awards Dinner will be at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in downtown Washington, DC, on Friday, October 26.  More information will be posted in the upcoming weeks.  Please stay tuned to the NAPIL website at www.napil.org, and to the CSO.


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