Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
January 28, 2002

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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 only by appointment 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

To access the Alumni Advisor 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.

Note: Don't forget to check out the "websites of interest" page on the Career Services Office web page for additional sites related to summer housing.

Wanted! Apartments to Sublet or Rent on a Monthly Basis

Mayer, Brown & Platt is seeking summer housing for their out of town summer associates. If interested in subletting or renting your apartment on a monthly basis this summer, e-mail Laura Kanter (lkanter@mayerbrown.com) with your contact information, address of apartment, amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished. Additional information about the building, neighborhood, proximity to public transportation, etc. will help "sell" your sublet faster.

Programs/Seminars

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 510, 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 210, a panel of current students will discuss what it's like to interview 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.

Mock Interviews

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, by appointment only, on Monday & Tuesday, February 4th & 5th, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Room 713. 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. 

"So I Didn't Make Straight A's, Now What?"

Worrying you won't get a summer job or permanent position because you didn't make straight A's your first semester or throughout law school? Then don't miss this ISBA program, on Tuesday, February 12th, at noon, in Room 510, when a panel of ISBA members will discuss their own job searches and what worked or didn't work in the absence of straight A's in law school.

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.

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.

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.

The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation's Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund:

For the ninth consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award at least four $2,500 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in communications positions with government offices. Applicants will be selected on the basis of a demonstrated interest in the communications field, involvement in community activities, and their dependence on financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. See the Resource Coordinator in the Career Services Office for applications. Applications are due March 15, 2002.

Adoption Law Summer Opportunities for 1Ls & 2L

Interested in adoption law and related fields like abuse, neglect and dependency? Wondering where
to find jobs in these practice areas? The Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law at Capital
University Law School has the answer. Students can log on to a Summer Jobs Clearinghouse designed to place law students from around the country in summer jobs in and around the field of adoption law. The site, www.law.capital.edu/adoption, allows students to apply for any posted positions through the submission of an on-line application. Matches are made on a rolling basis so it's best to apply early. The matching process is described on the web-site under the "Jobs Clearinghouse" button.

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 .

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

16th Annual Patent Law Interview Program

The 16th Annual Patent Law Interview Program will be held at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare Thursday, August 1 - Saturday, August 3, 2002. If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science, you may want to consider registering for the program. This is a chance to interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations and government agencies with patent law departments. Last year, 165 employers from across the country participated, along with more than 900 registered students from 135 accredited law schools.

This program is only for law students returning to school in Fall 2002. It is not for students beginning school in the fall, students graduating this semester or summer, or alumni. The prospective positions are for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions for 2003. The only exception is for a law graduate studying for an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. If you have accepted a clerkship to begin after graduation (2003 or later), you may register to participate; the clerkships must appear on the registration form and your resume.

Registration forms can be picked up in the Career Services Office and are due, along with a $25.00 non-refundable check payable to Loyola School of Law, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd.

Fourteenth Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

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.

If you have register to participate in the job fair, you will receive messages from eAttorney after January 23rd regarding resume submission and employer preferencing, and will be able to begin uploading resumes and selecting employers from January 24th through January 29th at 1:00 p.m.

Conferences

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.

Eighth Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference

The Eighth Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held at Yale Law School from February 15-17, 2002. This conference brings together public interest lawyers, activists, advocates, and students from around the country to explore innovative advocacy for social change. In addition to presenting panels and workshops of interest to law students, the Conference provides an excellent opportunity for students to network and make career contacts in the public interest legal community. If you would like electronic copies of the information sheet and registration form, please email Anna Rich at anna.rich@yale.edu, or go to www.reblaw.org.


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