Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
October 15, 2001

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Programs/Seminars

Please pre-register for any C-K Career Services program 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.)

U.S. SEC Summer Honors Informational Program

John Sikora, Branch Chief of the Enforcement Division, and Pravin Rao, an attorney with the Enforcement Division, will speak about the SEC's Summer Honors Program for 2Ls on Tuesday, October 16th, at Noon, in Room 580. The Honors Program application deadline is November 26th so don't miss this opportunity to learn about the SEC, their Honors Program and the application process. 1Ls are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about this possible source of summer employment during their second year of law school.

5th Annual Public Service Reception

Want to become involved in public service but don't know what's out there or where to begin? Then come to the Chicago Area Law School Consortium's Public Service Reception on Tuesday, October 16th, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 820 N. Michigan Ave., 13th Floor, Lewis Towers Ballroom. Meet representatives from Chicago area non-profits and government agencies and learn about opportunities in their organizations. See the Career Services Bulletin Board for a list of participating employers.

Programs for 1Ls!

Career Services Orientation

Want the inside scoop on the Career Services Office and today's legal market? Well, here's your chance to find out. Staff members of the Career Services Office will provide you with an overview of who they are, what they do, dispel common 1L myths and provide advice on how to take control of your job search. Two meeting times are being offered, the day and time at which you attend is left up to you.

Tuesday, October 23rd
Noon in the Auditorium
Wednesday, October 24th
5 p.m. in the Auditorium

Resumes and Cover Letters for the Legal Market - Required for Resume &/or Cover Letter Review

Wondering what employers in the legal sector look for in a resume and cover letter or how a legal resume differs from your current resume? Then don't miss out as members of the Career Services office discuss how to make your college and/or work experiences work to your best advantage as you begin applying for legal positions. Questions and concerns about format, structure, and content of legal resumes and general tips on writing strong cover letters will be addressed. Attendance is required for all students who wish to have their resume reviewed by a career strategist.

Tuesday, October 30th at Noon
Section A - Room 570
Section B - Room 580
Section C - Room 590
Wednesday, October 31st at 5 p.m.
Evening Division Only - Auditorium

Attention Day Students: Please attend the program in which your section is assigned. The evening program is reserved for the evening division and is geared toward students with professional experience prior to law school and/or working full-time during school.

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

PLI will be sponsoring the following events in the Chicago area in October & November:

Cable Television Law: Competition in Video, Internet & Telephony - Oct. 18-19
Institute on Employment Law - Oct. 29-30
Understanding the Intellectual Property License - Nov 12-13

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 Career Services Office or on-line. PLI typically asks for one month's advance notice in granting scholarships.

Resources

Careers in International Law

Careers in International Law presents the wide-ranging possibilities open to today's law students eager to practice international law. This edition explains the influence of the Internet on practicing law in small firms, provides an overview of the global expansion of law firms, gives insights on practicing international criminal law, describes the work of the international humanitarian lawyer, and features Internet resources for job seekers in international law.

2001 Fall Interviewing Program
Class of '02 & '03

As the fall interviewing program comes to a close, we realize numerous students' expectations weren't met. Please feel free to stop by or make an appointment with a career strategist to provide us with your perspective on the process and to discuss other options. Remember, the majority of students do not obtain employment through the fall interviewing program.

Additional On-Campus Employer:

Bullaro & Carton Chartered is looking to interview 2Ls in the top 50% of their class on October 26th, 2001. They are a 12 attorney firm, with practice areas in Civil Litigation, Products Liability and Mass Injury Litigation. If you are interested, please submit your resume to the Career Services Office in Suite 360 by 5:00 p.m. on October 17th, 2001.

Additional Direct Contact Employers:

Schreck Brignone Godfrey is looking for 2Ls and 3Ls for next summer. Their primary practice areas are commercial/transactional, employment/labor, gaming and litigation. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, references, undergrad transcript and law transcript to Ms. Fran Randolph, Recruitment Coordinator, Schreck Brignone Godfrey, 300 South Fourth Street, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89101 by November 1, 2001.

Hatch and Parent is accepting applications for 2002 summer law clerks. They are looking for 2Ls with strong analytic and writing skills, proven initiative and leadership ability, strong interest and background in environmental and public agency law, with a particular focus on water law and water issues. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume and copy of most recent law school transcript to Ms. Jackie B. Manley, Human Resources Manager, Hatch and Parent, P.O. Drawer 720, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-0720 by November 1, 2001.

Reminders:

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. Don't forget about the NALP standards for the maximum number of offers students can hold open from the fall on-campus interviewing process and response dates:

2L/3L Student Response Dates
 
November 1st
December 1st
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made before September 15
X
 
2L/3L student with an offer deadline of November 1 may extend to this date with employer's permission if student holds only ONE OTHER offer  
X
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made after September 15  
X
2L/3L student not previously employed must respond  
X
Number of Offers Students May Hold
 
4 Offers
3 Offers
2 Offers
1 Offer
After October 15, maximum offers held by student
X
     
After November 1, maximum offers held by student with December 1 response deadline  
 X
   
Maximum offers for student requesting employer's extension from November 1 to December 1    
X
 
After December 1, maximum offers student may hold with employer's consent      
X

Negotiation to extend the decision deadline must occur with an employer before the original deadline
date. If you have any questions about this, please see one of the Career Services Office staff members or the OCI web page.

Job Fairs

NYU International Student Career Fair for LL.M.'s

New York University School of Law cordially invites all full-time LL.M. students who possess
foreign law degrees to participate in the 16th Annual International Student Interview Program
(ISIP). ISIP will take place at New York University School of Law on Friday, January 25, 2002. Interested students should sign up and pick up information packets in the Career Services Office ASAP. Applications must be returned to the Career Services Office by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25th.

Special Opportunities

NOTE: This section of the Record is generally reserved for fellowship opportunities, non-paid positions and positions with quickly approaching deadlines. The newest opportunities are listed first with older opportunities 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.

ATTN 2Ls: Summer Law Clerk Position with Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo

Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo, a 30 attorney firm specializing in personal injury, seeks a 2L for their comprehensive law clerk program in summer 2002. The program involves direct client contact, substantial interaction with practicing attorneys, and attendance at argument on motions, depositions and trials. Clerks learn how to set up a claim, advise the client, engage in motion practice, conduct discovery, prepare pretrial materials, evaluate the value of the case and try the case from pretrial motions through post-trial motions. Candidates should be 2Ls with a B or better average and solid communication skills. They are looking to hire a student who can begin working following finals, FT through the summer months and move to PT hours during their third year. They offer a competitive wage and a flexible schedule. If interested, mail, fax, or e-mail a cover letter and resume ASAP to either Frank Perrone, Office Administrator, or John Kolb, Attorney, at: Goldberg, Weisman and Cairo, One E. Wacker Dr., 34th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601. Fax (312) 464-1212.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Spring Internships

In Spring 2002 the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will sponsor a School-Year Internship Program for 2Ls and 3Ls. During the second semester of the 2001-2002 academic year, PILI will underwrite 10 internships at public interest law agencies in the metropolitan area. The stipend for 200 hours of work is $2,250. Check out Handout #9 in the Career Services Office for more information. Applications can also be obtained by logging onto the PILI web site. Applications are due by December 15, 2001; however, some agencies make decisions in October. Thus, the earlier you apply, the better.

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.

Legal Externship Program for Spring 2002 - 3Ls Only

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 Spring 2002 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, students extern in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and must work a minimum of 16 hours a week 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 enable an extern to obtain a 711 student practice 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 Careers Services office. Applications must be turned in to Room 612 by 12:00 P.M. on Friday, November 9th.

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.

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.

American Civil Liberties Union of IL - Roger Baldwin Foundation

The ACLU is devoted to protecting and expanding the civil liberties and civil rights of all Americans. The Roger Baldwin Foundation, the litigation arm of the ACLU of IL, is seeking 2Ls for their summer program. Interns will work closely with experienced ACLU staff attorneys in all phases of litigation, including initial factual and legal investigations, drafting of pleadings and supporting documents for discovery and trial, and appellate proceedings. A limited number of funded positions are available. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript and reference list to: Lauren Raphael or Adam Schwartz, The Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU, Inc., 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60601. Applicants are encourage to apply ASAP; applications are considered from September through March, and offers are extended as qualified people apply. See the ACLU website for more info.

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.

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.


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