Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
September 10, 2001

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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.

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 and in the cafeteria.  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 to win one of a number of prizes.  Winners will be announced in the Record at the end of September.

New Resources

Over the summer the CSO inventoried and revamped the resource center, throwing away outdated books and ordering new resources. Unfortunately, a large number of books remain outstanding. We are granting a one month grace period to anyone who has overdue books. If you have any overdue books, please return them to our office by the end of September in order to avoid a late fee.

The Government Honors & Internship Handbook provides a listing of summer and year long internships, fellowships, and honors programs for both students and alumni that are available in the various government agencies, including the CIA, FBI, Department of the Interior, Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Election Commission, and State Department. The Handbook is also available on the web. See the Resource Specialist for the username and password.

Full disclosure: The New Lawyer's Must-Read Career Guide includes practical and candid advice on: finding the right legal job, writing effective resumes and cover letters, succeeding in your on-campus and second interviews, making the most of your summer associate position, surviving and thriving in your new law firm, negotiating for alternative work arrangements, and evaluating boutique firms and in-house counsel positions.

Game, Set, Match: Winning the Negotiations Game is a step-by-step approach to getting what you want from any negotiation. It provides a "nuts and bolts" approach on how to conduct all types of face to face bargaining and contains both hypothetical and real examples to help illustrate points.

2001 Fall Interviewing Program
Class of '02 & '03

Now that fall interviewing is in full swing, the CSO staff wants to wish everyone the best of luck.  We know this is a stressful time so rembember to relax, be yourself and remain positive throughout the interviewing process. 

Reminders:

  • On campus interviews begin Monday, September 10th.
  • It's common for additional employers to contact our office later in the process.  For the most up to date information on collect, on-campus and direct contact lists, check out the "2001 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2002 & 2003 Graduates" web page, or the CSO bulletin board, on a daily basis.
  • Bring an extra copy of your resume, a transcript, and a writing sample to every interview.
  • Allow ample travel time prior to an interview, even if you are already on campus.
  • Callbacks and Offers: Please let us know how you are faring in the program!  E-mail our office about any callbacks or offers you receive from on campus interviews or job fairs.  If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews. 
  • Policy for Missing an Interview: Please remember to talk to Jeanne or Maureen if you have an emergency that will prevent you from attending an interview scheduled through the fall interview program.  Any student who misses an interview for reasons other than an emergency will not be permitted to participate in the remainder of the program. Thank you for your cooperation. 
  • Thank You Notes: You do not need to send thank you notes after on-campus interviews.  Well written notes should be sent after call backs or initial interviews in an employer's office. 
  • 2001 Summer Associates: Please let us know how your summer went and what your plans are for the upcoming year. If you receive an offer and accept, please let our office know so we can cancel your interviews if participating in the program.  

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.)

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. If interested in attending one of the following training sessions, e-mail Jonnell Simpson.

Tuesday, September 11th
12:30, 1, 1:30 & 5:15
Wednesday, September 12th
5:15

Job Search Skills When You Aren't in the Top 10% (And Even If You Are!)

The ISBA will host "Job Search Skills When You Aren't in the Top 10% (And Even if You Are!)" on Tuesday, September 11th, at noon, in Room 510. Speakers will discuss their own job searches, what worked or didn't work, and answer student questions. Pizza will be provided. If interested in attending, you must sign up in the CSO by Friday, September 7th.

Department of Justice Informational Program

Department of Justice representative Eleanor Barry, Assistant Director in the Office of Attorney
Personnel Management, will speak at an informational meeting on Thursday, September 13th, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., in the Auditorium. The presentation will introduce students to the Attorney General's Honor Program and Summer Law Intern Program and will answer questions about the work of the Department, eligibility issues, the interview process, and security and suitability issues. Students are strongly encouraged to attend to get the inside scoop on the DOJ.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Informational Program

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will be at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, September 19th, from 3 - 4 p.m. (Room TBA) for an informational meeting about the SEC. Representatives will answer questions about their office and discuss employment opportunities for 2Ls and 3Ls. If you're interviewing on-campus with the SEC or considering them for future employment, be sure to attend this program.

5th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

The 5th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's
Attorney's Office, the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association and the National Black Prosecutors Association, will be held Saturday, September 22, 2001, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court. The program is designed to provide information about career opportunities with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General's Office and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. Space is limited to 100 students by RSVP only. Call Cathleen Costello Jacobs at (312) 603-3418 no later than Tuesday, September 11, 2001 to register.

Judicial Externship Informational Meeting: Spring 2002 Semester For 2Ls & 3Ls with a Minimum 3.3 G.P.A.

On Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 580, there will be a meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district, or bankruptcy judge or magistrate for the Spring 2002 Semester. Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply. If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and drafting opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Applications for Spring 2002 Judicial Externships will be available in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600) and in the Career Services Offices as of Thursday, September 20th.

Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 5:00 p.m.

Special Opportunities

NOTE: This section of the Record is generally reserved for fellowship opportunities, non-paid positions and positions with quickly approaching deadlines. Opportunities are listed according to deadline date. Additional opportunities can be found in the lawcareer system. Be sure to check lawcareer on a daily or weekly basis.

2002 Graduates: Skadden Fellowship with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAFMC)

LAFMC seeks applications from 3Ls for Skadden fellowships in 2002. LAFMC is the largest provider of legal services for the poor in Chicago. In addition to six intake offices, they have a dozen special projects in such areas as children's rights, family law, disability rights, housing law, employment discrimination, immigration law and HIV/AIDS. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or the LAFMC web site for more details. Apply ASAP as the deadline for applications is September 14, 200.

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.  To learn more check out the NAPIL Fellowship Binder on the resource shelves of the CSO or log onto www.napil.org.  This year NAPIL is pleased to announce that their 2002 Fellowships Application can be submitted online. They encourage students to use the online process, rather than submit a paper application. To submit an application online, access their web site, click on "Apply for a 2-year postgraduate fellowship!", and then click on "apply on-line". You will be redirected to a site that contains all of the instructions found in the application booklet, as well as instructions on how to complete a proposal online. At the site, applicants will fill out the application form and compose their proposal narrative, eliminating the need to deliver them in hard copy to NAPIL. The deadline to submit a final application via the web site for Route A is 5:30 p.m., September 14, 2001. Non web site applications are also due September 14, 2001. 

US Attorney for the Northern District of IL - Spring 2002 Intern Program

The Office of the US Attorney for the Northern District of IL seeks approximately 15 interns for the Chicago office for Spring 2002. Duties include: assisting in all aspects of trial preparation; legal research; writing memoranda of law; drafting pleadings and appellate briefs; assisting in preparation and taking depositions; and assisting in pre-trial conferences and the trials of civil and criminal cases. Each intern is expected to work at least 16 hours per week. See job posting #12937 and Handout #6 for more information and application form. Apply ASAP as applications are due September 24, 2001.

NOTE TO 3Ls INTERESTED IN THIS OPPORTUNITY: To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the U.S. Attorney's Office, you must enroll in the law school's Legal (Advanced) Externship Program. The law school's externship applications will be available in early October in the Law Offices, Room 600, and in the Career Services Office. Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Externship Program or the externship position with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

US 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: 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: US EPA New England Honors Attorney Fellowship

The US EPA New England Honors Attorney Fellowship is a 2 year fellowship, beginning September 2002, designed for 3Ls who have a strong interest in an environmental law career in the public sector. Fellows will receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law, policy and enforcement work in the public sector. Starting salary will be at the GS-11 level ($45,117) or GS-12 level ($54,072) depending on experience. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO or the US EPA web site for additional details. Applications for fall 2002 are due October 6, 2001.

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.

2002 Graduates: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Office of General Counsel selects new attorneys through the Honor Law Graduate Program. Honor Law Graduates participate in a formal rotational program to several divisions within the Office of General Counsel to gain experience in the various facets of the agency's legal work. At the end of the rotational program, attorneys are given permanent assignments within the Office of General
Counsel. See the gray files or the agency's web site for a brochure which describes the Program, the functions and organizations of the agency, and the requirements for applying. Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2001.

The Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (the Panel) is also seeking applicants to fill a 2-year law clerk position with the Panel. The Panel, which is the trial-level adjudicatory body
within the Commission, has a docket comprised mainly of nuclear reactor and nuclear materials licensing and enforcement cases. See the gray files for a brochure describing the Panel in greater detail. A copy of the resume which is sent to the Office of the General Counsel by interested law school applicants will also be furnished to the Panel, if applicants so desire. Apply ASAP.

2002 Graduates: Simon Karas Fellowship with the Ohio Attorney General's Office

The Simon Karas Fellowship, through the Ohio Attorney General's Columbus Office, will enable a 2002 graduate to work on some of the most important cases in which the State of Ohio is involved. The Fellow will work with the State Solicitor on major appellate cases in both state and federal courts, most or all involving cutting-edge constitutional issues. In addition to the normal starting salary and benefits, a special stipend is offered to the Fellow. See job posting #12928 and the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO, or the Attorney General's web site, for more details. Application deadline is October 15, 2001.

2002 Graduates: BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based not-for-profit law and policy center, seeks 3Ls to serve as the Alexander Polikoff-Dorothy Geautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second, beginning in Summer or Fall 2002. BPI is dedicated to equal justice and enhancing the quality and equity of life for all people living in the Chicago region. Fellows will receive $37,500 and fully-paid medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO for application information. Cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references are due by October 31, 2001.

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.

Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP)
Semester & Summer Clerkships with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Washington, DC

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is a leading Internet civil liberties organization, based in Washington, DC, that works to protect the public interest and to promote the Public Voice
in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC pursues public interest litigation, conducts public education, testifies in Congress, organizes conferences, coordinates grassroots advocacy,
publishes books, reports, and an online newsletter. EPIC also maintains several well-regarded web sites, such as privacy.org, thepublicvoice.org, and gilc.org.

A grant from the Samuelson-Glushko Foundation has made possible the EPIC Internet Public Opportunities Program (IPIOP). IPIOP seeks outstanding law students interested in public interest issues related to the Internet to spend a summer or a semester at the EPIC office in Washington.
Clerks will learn about the legislation process, public interest litigation, the Freedom of Information Act, online activism, and emerging Internet issues.

Qualifications: Energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Excellent writing and communication skills. Knowledge of HTML. Strong interest in civil liberties issues relating to the Internet, particularly free speech, privacy, open government, and democratic governance. See the EPIC web site for more information. Submit a letter of interest, indicating the summer or semester, a writing sample, a resume, and a recommendation letter to: Mikal Condon, IPIOP Coordinator, Electronic Privacy Information Center, 1718 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20009 Tel: 202 483-1140, Fax: 202 483-1248, E-mail: condon@epic.org.

City of Chicago, Sexual Harassment Office

The City of Chicago Sexual Harassment Office currently has openings for the fall semester for internships, externships, fellowships, and volunteer work. It's the first program of its kind in the country to provide centralized investigation of complaints by City workers, training on sexual harassment, and outreach to other agencies and employers working on this issue. Students
will conduct legal research, prepare training program and materials, and, depending on the student's availability, conduct complaint investigations. Apply ASAP to: Andra Gomberg, Sexual Harassment Officer, City of Chicago, Department of Personnel, DePaul Center, 333 S. State St., Suite 330, Chicago, IL 60604. For additional information, call Christopher Owen at 312-747-8989.

US Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section - Summer 2002

The US Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, in Washington, DC, will hire approximately 35 volunteer law clerks for the summer of 2002. Interns will assist EES attorneys with legal research and writing, pretrial discovery and negotiations, depositions, hearings, etc. Volunteers can gain practical experience in complex, federal litigation. Students must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of law school and completed at least 1 introductory-level Environment Law Course and/or have practical experience. Send cover letter, resume, grades and writing sample ASAP as the program is highly competitive. See the Resource Specialist in the CSO for application details.

International Internships & Externships

The Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) has available internships for graduating 3Ls and summer externships for 1Ls & 2Ls. Check out the CSO bulletin board and the CILS web site for more information.

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: Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) Seek NAPIL Fellows

PIRGs across the country (and their 501(c)(3) affiliates) are eager to partner with 3Ls on NAPIL
Fellowship applications for the coming year. They are interested in compelling, creative projects in the environmental, consumer protection, and good government issue areas. The states in which a
NAPIL Fellow could work with PIRG are: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Washington
DC, Washington state, and Wisconsin.

If interested in discussing NAPIL Fellowship project ideas with PIRG, visit www.pirg.org before contacting Amy Perry, National Hiring Director, at (617) 747-4360.

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: 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.

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. If you are interested in attending, please sign up in the Career Services Office. Once you are signed up, we will register you on the NAPIL website, where you can then go and view all the information regarding the fair. All resumes are due directly to the employers by September 24th, with no exceptions. Information will also be available on the employers in our resource center once we receive the materials.


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