Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
January 14, 2002

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Welcome back from the CSO! We hope everyone had an enjoyable break and that everyone is looking forward to a productive semester.

Spring Office Hours

The Career Services Office will close at 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available for alumnae/i and evening students by appointment only on Thursdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Office closings: February 5th, 6th, & 7th for Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2002.

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.

Working in NY this Summer & Need a Place to Live?

Each summer New York University hosts a Summer Living in New York program. Student apartment style residences are made available to summer interns and associates working in the NY legal and business communities. The next session will run from May 26 - August 10, 2002. The application, as well as further information, will be available online in January. If interested, be sure to apply early as space fills up quickly each year.

Programs/Seminars

Mock Interviews for International LL.M. Students

One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview.  Judith Saunders, former Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chicago-Kent, will conduct mock interviews for International LL.M. students, by appointment only, on Wednesday, January 16th & Friday, January 18th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Interested students should sign up in the CSO ASAP as slots fill up quickly. She requests that students pick up a packet of information and drop off a copy of their resume when signing up. Students are encouraged to come dressed as they would for an actual interview.  Sessions are videotaped, after which students will receive a candid critique of their current interviewing skills while watching the video.  Students interested in keeping a copy of their session are encouraged to bring their own blank videotape to the mock interview. 

Please Note - additional mock interview dates will be available in February & March for J.D. students. 

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls

Wondering how most students spend the summer after their first year?  Not sure what types of jobs are available or what the timeline is for hiring?  Then you won't want to miss this program on Tuesday, January 29th at 12:00 p.m., Room TBA, as second and third year students talk about what they did the summer following their first year. 

Interviewing Skills

How does a legal interview differ from other interviews?  How do you prepare? How do you sell yourself effectively?  On Wednesday, January 30th at 3:00 p.m., Room TBA, a panel of current students will discuss what it's like to interivew for judicial externships and at  law firms and government and public interest agencies.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn from those who have gone before and succeeded in legal interviews.

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

PLI will sponsor Drafting Corporate Agreements on February 4th 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.

Employment Related Opportunities

NOTE: All employment opportunities, paid or unpaid, clerking or volunteer, internship or externship, or fellowship, 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. Remember to use the dashes in your Social Security # when entering your username and password.

Air Force JAG Corps Seeks 2Ls & 3Ls

The Air Force will be interviewing 2Ls and 3Ls at the main campus on Tuesday, February 12th. Any interested students should send their cover letter and resume to Maj. Curtis L. Heidtke, Staff Judge Advocate, 440 AW/JA, 300 East College Ave., General Mitchell IAP-ARS, WI, 53207-6299. Please request to arrange an interview time with Maj. Heidtke in your cover letter. Deadline to apply is February 5, 2002.

Please Note - this employer refuses to sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Form.

American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Racial & Ethnic Minority Judicial Externship Program

The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law is now accepting applications for their racial and ethnic minority judicial externship program. The Section of Antitrust Law will provide a $1,500 stipend to minority law students who serve as externs for state and federal judges in Chicago,
Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles next summer. See job posting # 13453 for further information. Interested applicants can email poulosm@staff.abanet.org or call 312-988-5550 for an application .

The Immigration Detainee Defense Initiative Directory

The Immigration Detainee Defense Initiative Directory provides opportunities for law students to create justice in the lives of detained adult and children immigrants and refugees. The directory provides in-depth background descriptions of organization and programs interested in hosting law students. The directory is available in the Resource Center in the Career Services Office.

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: this 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.

Information about this year's participating employers will be available in a binder in the Career Services Office after Monday, January 14th. 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.

To register, sign up in the Career Services Office OR email Navreet Heneghan with your name, email address, and phone number. The deadline for registering is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2002. You will receive messages from eAttorney regarding resume submission and employer preferencing after you register.

Year 2002 Penny Severns Illinois Women In Government Conference & Scholarship Award Program

Illinois Women in Government (IWIG) is a bi-partisan organization that encourages female students
interested in local, state, and federal government to apply for paid attendance at the 2002
conference. The 19th annual conference will be held at the Springfield Hilton on March 25 & 26, 2002. The purpose of the conference is to encourage more women to seek elective and
appointive office at all levels of government, to educate women about governmental issues and the
political process, to promote participation in public affairs, and to provide a forum for women's
issues. The award will include the cost of registration, conference meals, mileage allowance or
train/bus fare, and lodging costs. Each award recipient will be matched with a mentor - either a state
government official or private sector leader. See the Career Services Office or www.illinoiswomeningov.org for application information. Application deadline is February 1, 2002.


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