Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
February 11, 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.

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

"So I Didn't Make Straight A's, Now What?" - Presented by the ISBA

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.

Judicial Externship Informational Program for Summer & Fall 2002 Semesters - Minimum 3.25 GPA To Apply

On Tuesday, February 12th, at noon, in Room 580, there will be a meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge for the Summer or Fall 2002 Semesters. Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply. If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as of Friday, February 8th.

Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Thursday, February 28th, at 5:00 p.m.

Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Friday, March 15th, at 5:00 p.m.

CBA/YLS - Employment Opportunities for Corporate Lawyers in Today's Market Place

Have your workmates been laid off? Do you fear your job may be in jeopardy? Are you looking for a job? Are you curious about the current legal job market? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the CBA's Young Lawyer's Section will address these issues on Thursday, February 14, from 12:00 PM to 1:15 p.m. at 321 S. Plymouth, in the CBA office. Gay R. Schreiber, Esq. will speak about employment opportunities for corporate lawyers in today¹s market place. She will address the types of opportunities available in the corporate departments of Chicago's law firms, as well as in the legal departments of companies. Gay will also discuss considerations to weigh when contemplating a move from a law firm to an in-house legal department, and alternatives to a traditional law firm corporate practice. Finally, she will discuss long term considerations which may benefit career planning and growth. Gay is one of the principals at McCormack Schreiber Legal Search as well as a recruiter. Gay earned her J.D. in 1986 from Boston University School
of Law. Gay's legal experience includes eight years as a litigator with Winston & Strawn in Chicago. Gay has been a speaker on legal recruiting and career issues for the YLS in the past and now they welcome her back to discuss the state of Chicago's legal market.

Finding International Law Jobs and Summer Abroad Programs

Still contemplating summer abroad options and/or interested in working in the international arena? Then come hear Herbert (Bert) Lazerow, Professor of Law and Director, Institute on International & Comparative Law at University of San Diego Law School, as he talks about about international law jobs and summer abroad programs on Monday, February 18th, at 11:30 a.m., in Room 370.

Cook County State's Attorney Informational Program

Interested in a career as a prosecutor? The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation, enforcing state laws applicable to Cook County. More than 900 assistant state's attorneys handle hundreds of thousands of misdemeanors and tens of thousands of felonies each year. The Office also enforces child support orders, protects consumers and the elderly from exploitation, and assists victims of domestic violence. The Office is divided into eight bureaus: Criminal Prosecutions; Narcotics; Special Prosecutions; Juvenile Justice; Public Interest; Civil Actions; Investigations; and Administrative Services. Come hear representatives from each bureau discuss the work they do and learn how to go about obtaining a position (summer or attorney) with the CCSA. This informational program will be held Tuesday, February 19th, at noon, in Room 510.

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.

NAPIL 2002 Summer Corps

The National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for their 2002 Summer Corps program. The Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program which provides law students with the opportunity to earn a $1000 education award voucher for spending the summer of 2002 in a public interest internship. For more information and a link to the Summer Corps 2002 Online Application check out the NAPIL web site. Questions about the Summer Corps should be directed to summercorps@napil.org.

Ernst & Young Seeks 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls

Ernst & Young will be interviewing 1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls at Chicago-Kent on March 6, 2002. FT summer intern positions, with PT option during the school year, are available for 1Ls & 2Ls. Interns will work with HRS benefits attorneys and other professionals on a wide variety of projects addressing Internal Revenue Cod, ERISA, and human resource issues related to an employer's compensation and benefits program, as well as other strategic business matters. FT employee benefits and compensation consultant positions are available for 3Ls for fall 2002. In order to be considered for an interview, students must be in the top 25% of their class (1Ls, just include your GPA on your resume), taken some tax classes or have a tax background and have a demonstrable interest in tax and employee benefits law. Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to the career services office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20th.

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 e-mail 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. The registration deadline for the job fair has passed, however, the conference includes a "table talk" program and a panel presentation regarding debt and public interest jobs from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to network with representatives from public sector organizations and learn about loan repayment options while working a public interest job.

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.

Conferences

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 e-mail Anna Rich at anna.rich@yale.edu, or go to www.reblaw.org.


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