Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
November 5, 2001

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Office Closings

The Career Services Office will close at 5 p.m. every day this week, however, office tours will still take place at 5:15 on the 7th & 8th. Late hours will resume the week of November 12th.

Programs/Seminars

City of Chicago Informational Program for 1Ls

On Tuesday, November 6th, at Noon in Room 170, William Shaver, Chief Assistant Corporation Council and Chairman of the Summer Committee, will speak to 1Ls about the City of Chicago Summer Program. Don't miss out on learning more about this excellent summer employment opportunity and how to apply.

1L Tours of the Career Services Office

Cheryl Kunkel, the CSO Resource Specialist, will conduct office tours for all 1Ls interested in
learning more about the resources available in the CSO. Tours will be limited to 10 students at a time so be sure to sign up ASAP for one of the following dates and times:

Monday, November 5th
Noon
Tuesday, November 6th
Noon
Wednesday, November 7th
3 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 8th
Noon & 5:15 p.m.
Friday, November 9th
Noon

The Environmental Law Society & The ISBA -
A Lunch Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, November 6th at Noon in Room C35, the Environmental Law Society and the ISBA will present a panel discussion in which environmental lawyers will share their experiences and what led them to be where they are today, as well as provide advice to students interested in the practice of environmental law and pin-point current issues. Speakers include: Lillian Pinzon, Associate Regional Counsel, US EPA, Region 5; Douglas Rathe, Bureau Chief, Environmental Crimes Bureau, Illinois Attorney General; Karl Karg, Latham & Watkins; Stefan Noe, Principal and Co-Founder of Illinois Wind Energy; and Angela Foster-Rice, Gardner, Carton & Douglas. Lunch will be served.

Study Abroad Opportunities with Santa Clara University

Professor Philip Jimenez from Santa Clara University will be at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, November 8th at 12 p.m. in Room 165 to discuss his school's summer study abroad programs for law students. Come learn more about seeing the world while gaining law school credit!

Out of State Job Searches

If you're considering working in another state, don't miss this program! On Tuesday, November 13th, at 12 p.m. in Room 370, members of the CSO will give you all the details about available resources and answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can map out your job search wherever it may lead you!

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

PLI will sponsor Understanding the Intellectual Property License, November 12-13th, in Chicago.

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.

Practice Tracks 2001!
1Ls are Strongly Encouraged to Attend!

You've heard CSO staff talk over and over again about the importance of information gathering in identifying a career path and conducting a job search. We've recommended that you do some informational interviewing with practitioners to help you decide what you want to do and how best to market your skills.
Now our office, and the other members of the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, have made the process even easier by bringing the practitioners to you!

On Saturday, November 17th from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., J.D.s from over 60 practice areas will be at Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago, for the express purpose of talking informally with students about careers in different practice areas from Administrative Law to Zoning Law. It's your chance to find out directly from practitioners how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in an area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should stress in applying, and more! Note: The participating attorneys have volunteered their time. Participation in the program does not indicate job openings at represented organizations.

The Judicial Clerkship Institute

The purpose of the Judicial Clerkship Institute is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial clerks. Any law student or law graduate who has been selected for or has entered a clerkship with a federal district or federal appellate court judge is eligible to attend. Deadline for applications is November 22, 2001. See http://law.pepperdine.edu for further information.

Interested in Working in California?

Jeanne Kraft, Assistant Dean of Career Services, and Maureen Stimming, Director of Career Services, will be in California November 7th - 9th to meet with Chicago-Kent alumnae/i. Students interested in summer or entry level positions in San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego are encouraged to submit a resume to the Career Services Office by Tuesday at 5 p.m., as well as a short statement regarding the type of employment you are seeking. Jeanne and Maureen will make alumnae/i aware of students' interests and enlist alumnaei/i assistance in networking and job searching.

Employment Opportunities

NOTE: As of Monday, November 5th, all employment opportunities, paid or unpaid, clerking or volunteer positions, internships or externships, or fellowships, will be posted in the password protected job posting system, which is updated daily. Be sure to check the system on a daily or weekly basis and remember to peruse postings within the past 3 months to avoid overlooking postings you may have missed previously.

Army JAG Corps Seeks 1Ls & 3Ls

Captain Jackie Thomson from the Army JAG Corps is coming on campus February 6th to interview 1Ls for their summer program and 3Ls for full-time permanent positions. Interested students should drop off resumes to the Career Services Office by Monday January 28th at 5:00 p.m. to be considered.

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 US 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.

New Resources

Guide to Foreign Law Firms

List of law firms by country with addresses and phone numbers. Can be found under "International" in the non-circulating section of the Resource Center.

2001 Fall Interviewing Program
Classes '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 summer or full-time employment through the fall interviewing program.

Additional Direct Contact Employer:

Pillsbury Winthrop LLP is actively seeking 2Ls with technical backgrounds to be considered for patent positions in our 2002 summer program. Ideal candidates will possess an undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or physics. Submit resume and transcript to: Denice Barnes, Attorney Recruitment
Manager, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, 2550 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304, Phone (650) 233-4640 , Fax (650) 233-4545, E-mail dbarnes@pillsburywinthrop.com.

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. 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.

Fall Semester Office Hours

  • 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 schedule an appointment.


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