Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
August 13, 2001

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Welcome First Years

The CSO would like to extend a warm welcome to all first years at Chicago-Kent.  Our office offers a wide range of services, such as 1-on-1 career strategy sessions, programming, an on-line job posting system, fall recruiting, job fairs, etc., to help our students and alumnae/i in their job search and career development.  To learn even more about the CSO, check out the CSO home page and read the Record regularly to learn about upcoming programs and special opportunities.  We look foward to speaking with you at Orientation and hope to see you at the Dean's Reception on Thursday, August 16th.

Fall Semester Office Hours

Beginning Monday, August 20th, the CSO will observe fall hours as follows:
  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday         8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday              8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please call the office at 312-906-5200 or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu to set up an appointment. Note: We will have extended hours the week of August 20th to assist with fall interviewing preparation and the transition back to school.  We will remain open until 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  We will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 24th.

Summer Experience Survey

Did you clerk at a law firm this summer?  Volunteer for a public interest organization?  Serve as a summer associate?  Research for a professor?  Work for a government agency?  Take summer classes or study abroad?  If so, we want to know about it!  We would appreciate it if all returning students would take a few minutes to complete our "Summer Experience Survey," available in the handout racks inside and outside the CSO.  Many of you may remember using these surveys as a means of researching employers and/or finding employers who hired 1Ls! Now it's time to repay the favor. Simply return the form to our office and fill out a raffle ticket to win one of a number of prizes.  Winners will be announced in the Record at the end of September.

New Resources

The CSO recently received 2 new resources from WetFeet.com. "Negotiating Salary and Perks" takes you step-by-step through a negotiation process that will leave both you and your employer satisfied. "Alternative Legal Careers" covers information on alternatives to the traditional practice of law; self assessment tools; tips on interviewing; and profiles of people working in alternative careers. If you enjoyed the previous Wetfeet books in our collection, then you won't want to miss these new additions.

Programs/Seminars

Please pre-register for any of the following CSO programs by signing up in the office, calling (312) 906-5200, or e-mailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the title, date and time of the program you wish to attend (unless otherwise noted.)

Researching 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 with another session to follow in early September:
  • Wednesday, August 22nd at 3 p.m.& 5:15 p.m. in the CSO

Mandatory Fall Interviewing Program Meeting for 2002 & 2003 Graduates

On Tuesday, August 21st, at noon or 5:15 p.m., in the auditorium, all students who plan to participate in the Fall Interviewing Program for the first time are required to attend an informational meeting that will answer all your questions about the process.  Prior to attending the program, students should read the 2001 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2002 & 2003 Graduates

Mock Interviews

Don't let your first interview actually be your first interview.  One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview.  Debbi Gutman will conduct mock interviews, by appointment only, in the CSO on the following days:

Wednesday, August 29th
11:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 30th
11:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5th
11:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Please submit a resume 24 hours in advance of your appointment and indicate the employer-type you want her to assume in the mock interview.  You are encouraged to come dressed as you would for an actual interview.  Sessions are videotaped, after which you will receive a candid critique of your current interviewing skills while watching the video.  Students interested in keeping a copy of their session are encourgaed to bring their own blank videotape to the mock interview.

How to Research Employers via LEXIS

Wondering where to start when it comes to researching employers for the Fall Interviewing Program and beyond? LEXIS is your answer. On Tuesday, August 21st, in the cafeteria, from 11 a.m -6 p.m., LEXIS will hold a table day. Stop by to pick up information on using LEXIS to prepare for Fall Interviewing and to sign up for special LEXIS career research classes.

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

PLI will be sponsoring the following events in the Chicago area in August & September:

Understanding Basic Copyright Law - August 27
Understanding Basic Trademark Law - August 28
Patent Bar Review - September 5-9 ( Full scholarships are not available for the Patent Bar Review.) For more info. check out patentbarreview.com.

To find out more about these and other PLI seminars and resources, visit PLI's web site. From there, you can search for upcoming programs and other resources by title, area of interest, etc.
Follow the links to the Law School Services area to find out about resources offered to the law school community and how to apply for scholarships to programs. If you are interested in attending a program on scholarship, send a scholarship application ASAP. Scholarship applications are available in the CSO or on-line. PLI asks for one month's advance notice in granting scholarships.

Special Opportunities

NOTE: The CSO receives job posting bulletins from various law schools across the country. Although these bulletins are placed in the "Job Opportunities Outside of IL" binder, they may contain opportunities in the Chicago area which are not posted in LawCareer. From now on, such opportunities will be highlighted in the "Outside of IL" binder for easier cross-referencing.

Be part of the LEXISNEXIS Team!

LEXISNEXIS is looking for a motivated, energetic, 2L or 3L to join our team as a LEXIS Associate at Chicago-Kent College of Law. We offer a structured training program as well as mentoring and alternative career opportunities. Work a flexible, 10 hours a week schedule, promoting LEXIS use at Chicago-Kent and assisting students with LEXIS research, while enhancing your communication, marketing, and technology skills. Interested candidates should e-mail their resume & cover to: Jonnell Simpson, Account Executive e-mail: jonnell.simpson@lexis-nexis.com. Questions? Call Jonnell at (312) 606-2775 or e-mail.

2002 Graduates: NAPIL Fellowship with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

LA Gay & Lesbian Center's Legal Services Department seeks 3Ls to apply for a 2 year NAPIL fellowship working with undocumented and legal immigrants in the gay community, especially those seeking asylum. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO and the LAGLC web site for more information. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by August 15, 2001. Upon selection of a candidate, Legal Services will collaborate with her/him to develop and submit a fellowship application to NAPIL. 

U.S. Department of Justice: Application Deadline and Recruitment Information

This year's deadline for applications to the Attorney General's Honor Program and Summer Law Intern Program is September 24, 2001. Applications must be received by the Department of Justice by that date. Applications and legal recruitment brochures are available in the CSO and on-line at www.usdoj.gov/oarm. The application forms available on the web will feature enterable fields. The fields have been created using Acrobat Reader 4.0. Students can still type on the application if they have an older version of Acrobat Reader, but the typed information does not appear on the screen. Students should also be aware that they can download a FREE upgrade of Acrobat Reader 4.0 from the Adobe web site (www.adobe.com).

2002 Graduates: Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) Fellowship Sponsor

PLA is interested in sponsoring 3Ls for a Skadden, Independence or NAPIL fellowship. PLA provides free individual legal representation, advice and referral to indigent Philadelphians and migrant agricultural workers throughout PA. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or PLA's web site for more information. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, 3 references, 2 legal writing samples, and a transcript to PLA ASAP.

2002 Graduates: Skadden Fellowship with Now Legal Defense and Education Fund

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking to sponsor 3Ls as Skadden Fellows for projects addressing the needs of low-income women. Fellowships are for two years. NOW Legal Defense performs a broad range of legal and educational services nationally in support of women's efforts to eliminate sex-based discrimination and secure equal rights. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or www.nowldef.org for more detailsCover letter, resume, transcript, and a legal writing sample are due to NOW Legal Defense by August 17, 2001.  Skadden application, available in the CSO, is due to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation by October 8, 2001.

2002 Graduates: NAPIL Fellowship with the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) in Chicago

CDEL is a not for profit organization that provides free legal services to seniors and people with disabilities. They cordially invite 3Ls to apply for a 2 year NAPIL fellowship, beginning September 2002, which pays $37,500 a year and covers all loans. CDEL will work with interested candidates to develop a project proposal. The only requirement is to create a new program that serves a population of individuals who have disabilities. One possible proposal involves the Fellow coordinating a Special Education Program, which would educate parents about their children's rights, provide outreach, and expand pro bono legal services. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or contact Patricia Slotter at (312) 908-1567 for more information. The application and proposal is due to CDEL in September 2001.

2002 Graduates: Now Legal Defense and Education Fund Fellowship Sponsor

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking to sponsor 3Ls for Soros Justice Fellowships, NAPIL, Echoing Green, Kirkland & Ellis and a range of other fellowships for projects addressing the needs of low-income women. Fellowships are for two years. NOW Legal Defense performs a broad range of legal and educational services nationally in support of women's efforts to eliminate sex-based discrimination and secure equal rights. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or www.nowldef.org for more detailsCover letter, resume, transcript, and a legal writing sample are due to NOW Legal Defense at least four weeks before the application deadline for each fellowship.

Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program

The PMI program is a recruitment tool of the federal government to place newly graduated professional and graduate program students in positions throughout the federal government. Students need to be nominated for the program by the Dean. The application process takes place in the fall of a student's final year, with applications postmarked by October 31st of the filing year. The program is a two year commitment in which interns are placed in salaried positions at the GS-9 level. Upon completion of the program, PMI's may be eligible for conversion to a permanent government position and further promotional opportunities. Interested students should check out the Federal Government Gray File or www.usajobs.opm.gov for further information and application materials.

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 Opportunities Binder in the CSO or www.flaginc.com for 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 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 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 web site at www.napil.org, and to the CSO.

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