Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
December 3, 2001

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Winter Office Hours & Holiday Closings

Starting Monday, November 26th, the Career Services Office will close at 5 p.m. everyday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m., for alumnae/i and evening students. The office will be closed December 18th & 19th and Monday, December 24th until Tuesday, January 1st for Winter Break . The office will re-open Wednesday, January 2nd at 8:30 a.m. for those of you who want to get a headstart on your job search before the spring semester begins! Career strategists will be available to answer any and all questions pertaining to resumes, cover letters and researching potential employers.

Alumni Advisor Network

It has come to our attention that there's confusion about how to access the Alumni Advisor Network. To access the Network, follow the steps below:

  • Click on the Alumni Advisor Network link from the Career Services Office web page. This will take you to the web mail log in.
  • Log into web mail.
  • Scroll down the left hand side and select the "web for students" icon.
  • Within "web for students" scroll down the links on the left hand side till you come to the Alumni Advisor Link.

If you log into web mail and do not see the "web for students" icon, contact the computer help desk at pchelp@kentlaw.edu.

Attention December Grads

Please stop by our office in Suite 360 to pick up a packet regarding our services for alumnae/i and your alumnae/i ID.

A Message to 1Ls

Thank you for attending the initial workshops in our 1L programming series. As finals approach, it is difficult to think about developing legal experience. Don't become overwhelmed! The best investment you can make in your career at this time is to focus on your final exams. There is plenty of time to get legal experience and we look forward to assisting you throughout that process.

Making the Most of Your Winter Break!

Whether you have just experienced your first semester of law school or your third, congratulations on finishing what we hope was a challenging, but successful, semester! You are most likely looking forward to a long, relaxing break from school; however, these next few weeks are the perfect opportunity to implement aspects of your job search that you were unable to focus on or accomplish due to your demanding schedule.

Use the break to assess your skills and interests. Develop a sense of where you want to go in the legal field and determine a plan of action on how to get there. Work on your resume, whether it is your first or your eighth revision, and have a career strategist review it for you. Research practice areas in which you may be interested and employers you would like to target in your job search. Keep in mind that researching entails more than print and on-line resources. Talk to personal contacts and consider informational interviews with practitioners, especially Chicago-Kent alums, to learn more about specific practice areas, the legal market, current legal issues, and possible job opportunities. This is especially true for those of you who are planning to work outside of Illinois. Now is the time to request reciprocity and visit your desired location in order to familiarize yourself with the area, peruse local newspapers and legal publications and begin networking within the legal community. Remember, the more you know about yourself and the job search process, the better prepared you will be when it comes time to secure either your first clerking position or a new attorney position.

6th Annual Sweet Home Chicago Reception for Minority Students

The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms is sponsoring the 6th Annual Sweet Home Chicago Reception for minority students who are considering Chicago as a place to practice law. The reception will take place on Thursday, December 27, 2001 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Kirkland & Ellis at the Mid-America Club, 200 E. Randolph Dr., 80th Floor. RSVP with your name and school by December 21st to 312-819-6908 or chicagocomm@earthlink.com.

Foley & Lardner Holiday Party for 1L Wisconsin Residents

Foley & Lardner is hosting a holiday reception at their Milwaukee office for first year students who
are Wisconsin residents. The reception will be held Thursday, December 27, 2001 from 5
p.m. till 7 p.m.
in the 40th Floor conference center at Foley & Lardner's offices, located at Firstar Center, 777 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI. If interested in attending, please stop by the Career Services Office and sign up by December 13th. You will receive an invitation to the reception at your home address (be sure to consider where you will be so that the invitation reaches you at the correct address.) Foley & Lardner asks that you bring your current resume and undergraduate transcript to the reception. At this time, Foley & Lardner does not know how many 1Ls will be joining their 2002 summer program. Last year they had 15 1Ls. The decision will be made some time in late January or early February. Don't miss this exciting networking opportunity, especially if you're interested in practicing in WI. To learn more about Foley & Lardner, check out their Web site at www.foleylardner.com.

Employment Related Opportunities

NOTE: As of Monday, November 5th, all employment opportunities, paid or unpaid, clerking or volunteer, 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.

Swiss LL.M.s - Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry

The Swiss law firm, Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, intends to employ in 2002 & 2003 a number of Swiss lawyers with a LL.M. or comparable degree from a U.S. law school. Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Dr. Robert Furter at Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, CH-8001 Zurich (Switzerland) - Lowenstrasse 1.

1Ls & 2Ls - City of Chicago Application Process

The City of Chicago Law Department will begin accepting applications for their summer intern program on December 1st. The salary is $7,300 for 10 weeks and students get to pick their
own projects from a project book. There will be many social events as well as educational
programming each week. Students will also meet with various judges and will be able to utilize their 7-11 license, if applicable. For further information, visit the City's web site. Candidates should submit a resume, 2 legal references (1 from a Legal Writing professor, and 1 from another law professor), undergrad transcript, and 1 writing sample to the Career Services Office by Noon on December 7th. All materials will be sent to the City that day. Although the final deadline for applications is January 15th, it's best to turn materials in to the Career Services Office by the specified date because decisions are made on a rolling basis. For students who miss the Career Services deadline, materials should be sent directly to the City ASAP but no later than January 15th.

Please Note: The City of Chicago maintains a residency requirement for all employees.

Externships With the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District Of IL - Spring 2002 Semester

If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the US Attorney's Office in handling its multitude of important cases, please pick up an application from Professor Gross in Room 617.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the US Attorney by Monday, December 10, 2001. The reason for this accelerated date is because each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which takes several weeks.

To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the US Attorney's Office, you must enroll in the law school's Legal (Advanced) Externship Program. The law school's externship applications are also available in Room 600 Law Offices reception area 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 US Attorney's Office.

Summer 2002 Externship Opportunity For Students Who Will Have Completed Their Second Year Of Law School By May, 2002 With the US Attorney's Office, Northern District of IL

If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the US Attorney's Office in handling its multitude of important cases, please pick up an application from Professor Gross in Room 617. Completed applications must be received at the Office of the US Attorney by Monday, December 12, 2001.

To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the US Attorney's Office, you must enroll in the law school's Legal (Advanced) Externship Program. The law school's externship applications are available in Room 600, Law Offices. Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Externship Program or the externship position with the US Attorney's Office.

1Ls - McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff 2002 Summer Program

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, an Intellectual Property Law Firm located in downtown Chicago, seeks 1Ls for their 2002 Summer Program. Technical or scientific degrees are required and advanced degrees are preferred. Submit a resume along with an undergraduate, and graduate transcript, if applicable, to the Career Services Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13th.

2002 Graduates: The Deborah Hauger International Public Interest Fellowship

The Deborah Hauger International Public Interest Fellowship was created to help law school graduates pursue career opportunities in human rights, democracy building, peacemaking or other international public interest work. The program provides the opportunity for a law school grad, working in one of the above mentioned areas, to receive financial assistance ($5,000 per year for 2 years) for education loan repayment. Applications are available in the Career Services Office and must be submitted by December 15th.

Army JAG Corps Seeks 1Ls & 3Ls

Captain Jackie Thompson, from the Army JAG Corps, will interview 1Ls for their summer program and 3Ls for full-time permanent positions at IIT's main campus on February 6th, 2002. Interested students should e-mail their resume to Jackie.Thompson@hqda.army.mil to be considered.

Please Note: The above employer refuses to sign Chicago-Kent College of Law's equal employment opportunity compliance form.

1Ls & 2Ls - John J. Curtin, Jr. Stipends Available for Public Interest Work During Summer 2002

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The program will pay a $2,500 stipend to students who obtain employment during summer 2002 in a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. For additional information and application materials, see the Resource Specialist in the Career Services Office or visit the ABA web site. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2002 but early submissions are encouraged.

1Ls & 2Ls - Equal Justice America Funding for Public Interest Work During Summer 2002

Since 1993, Equal Justice America has been funding law students all over the country to work meeting the legal needs of the poor. They are offering $3,250 fellowships to 1L & 2L Chicago-Kent students who choose to work FT for a 10 week period for organizations providing direct civil legal services for the poor in summer 2002. To apply: send a cover letter describing commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor; a resume; 2 letters of recommendation and an employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization to: Equal Justice America, 3010 Fox Chase Drive, Midlothian, VA 23112. All materials must be sent together and be received by March 18, 2002.

Job Fairs

Fourteenth Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (Please Note Deadline Information)

The Fourteenth Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, a job fair hosted by the Chicago area law schools, will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2002 at Northwestern University School of Law. This job fair brings together law students from the Midwest and public interest employers from the Midwest and beyond. It is open to first, second and third year law students who are seeking summer law clerk or entry level attorney positions in the public sector. The program also includes "table talk," an opportunity to network with representatives from public sector organizations, and a panel presentation regarding a relevant public interest law career issue.

Employers participating in past years have included: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (Toledo, OH); Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic; Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice; Citizen Advocacy Center; Cook County Public Defender; Cook County Public Guardian; Equip for Equality; Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan; First Defense Legal Aid; Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services; Illinois Migrant Legal Association Project; Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance; Legal Aid of Western Michigan; Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago; Michigan Legal Services; National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups; National Coalition for Child Protection Reform; National Labor Relations Board; Office of the General Counsel, US Health & Human Services; Public Defender of Iowa; Public Defender of Miami; Illinois State Appellate Defender; US Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy; Wisconsin State Public Defender; US EPA; and US SEC.

Information about this year's participating employers will be available in the Career Services Office in early January. Deadline for submitting resumes will be Noon, Monday, January 21, 2002. The Career Services Office will notify interested students by e-mail when further information about registration and participating employers becomes available during winter break. To receive this notification, please notify us of your interest in this job fair by e-mailing Navreet Heneghan at nhenegha@kentlaw.edu.

Programs/Seminars

As the holidays approach and finals kick in, Career Services programming has come to a close for the semester. A big thank you to everyone who attended first semester programs. We hope you found the information helpful. If you were unable to attend some of the programs, stop by our office
to see which events are available on video.

In addition, help us help you! We always welcome your feedback and suggestions regarding new programming ideas or how to improve existing programs. Come by our office or send us an email with your comments or ideas.


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