Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
September 17, 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.

NOTE: The CSO will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 26th & Thursday, September 27th in observance of Yom Kippur.
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Over the summer the CSO inventoried and revamped the resource center, throwing away outdated books and ordering new resources.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.

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 remember to relax, be yourself and remain positive throughout the interviewing process. 

ATTN: McAndrews Held & Malloy is coming on-campus. The deadline to submit resumes is Monday, September 24th at 5 p.m. Check out the web & the career services bulletin board for hiring criteria.

Reminders:

  • For the latest room assignments, be sure to check the career services bulletin board every morning before your first interview.
  • For employer additions be sure to check out the "2001 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2002 & 2003 Graduates" web page, or the career services 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.)

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 25th, at noon, Room TBA. 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.

Judicial Externship Informational Meeting: Spring 2002 Semester For 2Ls & 3Ls with a Minimum 3.3 GPA

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.

Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market

Donna Gerson, author of Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market, will present at Chicago-Kent on Tuesday, October 2nd from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Room TBA. Ms. Gerson has more than seven years of experience in placement, recruiting, and student services at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She will share her expertise in the area of small firm hiring in regard to small firm hiring timelines, innovative ways to research small firms, and overcoming obstacles to finding employment with a small firm.

"Why Antitrust?"

Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section, invite you to attend "Why Antitrust?" A Discussion of Antitrust As A Career Option on Thursday, October 4, 2001, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., 5th Floor/ Faculty Lounge, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1 East Pearson Street. Speakers include: Roxane Busey, Gardner Carton & Douglas; Robert Joseph, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal; Marvin Price, US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; The Honorable Diane Wood, US Court of Appeals; and Spencer Waller, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (moderator). If interested in attending, RSVP to Charlene Sneed at 312/915-7126 or csneed @ luc.edu

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 paid opportunities can be found in the password protected job posting system, which is updated daily. Be sure to check the system on a daily or weekly basis.

US Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit - Volunteer Externship

The US Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, has an immediate PT (10-20 hours per week) externship position available for a 2L or 3L for Fall 2001 and/or Spring 2002. Duties include assisting FT law clerks with research and writing. Send a cover letter and a resume, with GPA and rank included, to: Marilyn Renner at marilyn_renner@ca7.uscourts.gov or call Ms. Renner at 312-435-3099.

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: US 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.

2002 Graduates: Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Fellowship

The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area defends the rights of poor people, immigrants and people of color within three priority areas - race, poverty and immigration. Applicants for the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship should demonstrate a strong commitment to, and experience in, civil rights law. The Fellowship lasts one year, beginning September 2002. Interested candidates should refer to the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO for detailed information and application process. Applications must be received by November 1, 2001.

U.S. Immigration Court Externships, Chicago Office

The US Immigration Court in Chicago is seeking 2Ls and 3Ls for spring 2002 externships. Applicants must be US citizens and have previous or concurrent course-work in immigration or refugee law. Duties include: pre-hearing preparation involving motions and preparation of bench memoranda; in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues; and drafting of decisions taken under advisement. 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 possible. Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to the following: US Department of Justice, EOIR - Immigration Court, Attn: Jaime Dowell, Judicial Law Clerk, 55 E. Monroe St., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60603-5701. Applications must be received by November 2, 2001.

Office of the Secretary of Defense Honors Legal Internship Program

The Office of General Counsel for the Department of Defense is responsible for advising high-level policy makers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Office seeks 2Ls for their Honors Legal Internship Program during Summer 2002. During the 10-week program, interns will assist in drafting and commenting on legislation, regulations, congressional testimony, litigation materials, and legal opinions. See job posting #13050 and handout #7 for detailed information. Applications are due November 19, 2001.

US Securities & Exchange Commission

Summer Honors Program - The 10-week Summer Honors Program gives 2Ls the opportunity to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets and the activities of the Commission. Students work on a number of projects and participate in seminars and workshops. Applicants should have at least a B average and be selected on the basis of merit. See the grey files in the career services office for application information. Applications for the DC office are due November 26, 2001. Regional and district offices have varying deadlines. Contact them directly for deadlines.

Student Observer Program - This program allows 2Ls and 3Ls to work PT for a semester. Students will work with staff members on regulatory or enforcement projects. Preference is given to students with strong academic records and those with courses in corporate or securities law. See the grey files in the career services office for application information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the deadline for Spring 2002 semester is December 3, 2001.

Environmental Defense, Rocky Mountain Office, Internship Program

The Rocky Mountain office of Environmental Defense is seeking 2Ls for summer internships to work on projects related to air quality, climate change and aquatic ecosystem protection. Internships are 10 weeks in duration, forty hours per week. Interns may research, write, and present legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various other policy venues. See the gray files for specific posting. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, references, transcript, and writing sample to: Jennie Spencer, Office Manager, Environmental Defense, 2334 N. Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304. Applications are accepted immediately and throughout the fall on a rolling basis.

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.

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 October 1st, with no exceptions. Information will also be available on the employers in our resource center once we receive the materials.


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