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Week of April 15, 2002

Attention Class of 2002

Does Educational Debt Impact Your Career Choice?

Mortgage-size law school debts prevent even the most dedicated law graduates from taking public interest jobs to help low income people and communities. Additionally, government agencies find it increasingly difficult to compete for the talent they need to serve the public well.

NALP, Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) and the Partnership for Public Service are conducting a survey asking the Class of 2002 to help illuminate how educational debt impacts the career choice of law students

The results will be crucial to developing and implementing more programs, such as loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs), that can help alleviate the debt burden faced by new attorneys seeking to work in the public interest and government sectors.

Please complete the survey by visiting: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/grad_survey/gradsurvey_home.html. While the survey is designed to collect vital data, we have attempted to keep it brief. The entire process should take no longer than 10 minutes and will be available online until May 8, 2002.

Questions? Please contact Sheila Siegel, Research and Advocacy, Equal Justice Works(formerly NAPIL), 202-466-3686,ssiegel@equaljusticeworks.org.

Alumnae/i Advisor Network

Recent improvements to the Alumnae/i Advisor Network have increased the search capabilities of the database. You can now search for advisors by employer name, practice area, membership in a student organization, geographic location and other criteria. Alumnae/i Advisors have volunteered to be contacted by students for informational interviews and can provide valuable guidance in your career development.

The Career Services Office wishes to thank Rezi Andoni of the computer center for his assistance in this project. Continue to check the Advisor Network for new additions as we are in the process of soliciting new members from our alumnae/i base.

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.

Programs/Seminars

Introduction to the Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program for Class of 2003 & 2004 Students

During the fall, legal employers will either come on-campus to interview students, or request resumes directly from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions.  On Tuesday, April 23rd at Noon, Room TBA, and at 5:00 p.m., Room TBA, members of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, contacting employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria and how to prepare over the summer.  In addition, the information will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair and other interviewing opportunities.  1L Day students who plan to participate in the interview program next fall are strongly encouraged to attend this program. 2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year should also be sure to attend.

If you're a 1L evening student switching to the day program and will fulfill all requirements to graduate by May 2004, you must notify our office of your division change.

Please note: 2003 graduates (including December 2002 graduates) interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office must register for an on-campus interview in order to be considered for employment with their office.

"Lawyer's Workshop" Sponsored by the ISBA

The ISBA is sponsoring a "Lawyer's Workshop" on Saturday, May 4th at the John Marshall Law School. The workshop will allow practitioners to be exposed to changes, trends and developing areas of the law. Law students are invited to attend the program and luncheon for $25. Registration forms are available in the Career Services Office.

Resources

NALP Directory of Legal Employers

The NALP Directory of Legal Employers is now available online. The online directory connects students to comprehensive information on more than 1,500 legal employers. In addition to employer NALP sheets, the directory includes NALP Workplace Questionnaires, which provide a sense of an employer's culture and work environment, and NALPline, which offers expanded information on an employer's salaries. The directory is fully searchable, free to all users and available 24/7. Don't overlook this important resource when researching potential employers.

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.

The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation 2002 Public Interest Fellowship Award for May 2002 Grads

The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation is accepting applications from May 2002 grads for it's 2002 Public Interest Fellowship Award. Candidates must agree to work for a non-profit organization, public interest law firm or other public interest organization in Washington D.C. for at least 12 months beginning September 2002. The Fellowship can be used for repayment of student loans, as a salary supplement, or to offset Bar exam expenses, or for any other purpose. See the Career Services Office ASAP for application and additional information as applications are due April 15, 2002.

2003 Skadden Public Interest Fellowships 

Skadden Fellowships, sponsored by the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, provide support for new law graduates and outgoing judicial clerks who want to work in the public interest for an organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil rights.  Approximately twenty-five fellowships are awarded each year to law students from schools nationwide.  Fellowships are for one year but may be renewed for a second year if requested and approved by the grantmaking panel.  Class of 2003 students who are interested in applying for a Fellowship must have secured a position with an organization by the time of application. Applications for 2003 Fellowships are due next fall on October 7, 2002.  Fellows are selected by December 6, 2002.  Interested second-year students should check out job posting #13811 and pick up an application in the CSO.

Legal Externship Program for Current 2Ls Wanting to Do a Summer or Fall 2002 Externship

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 the Summer or Fall 2002 Semester.

The Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour non-graded program. The program is open predominantly to students in their last two semesters of law school.

An extern can choose a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 32 hours a week for Summer Semester or 16 hours a week for Fall Semester 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 choose to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the US Attorney's Office. Many externships offer the externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Information about the program, placements, student choices and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office. You must meet with Professor Gross prior to turning in your application, so that you can discuss your externship choice possibilities.

If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.

Job Fairs

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair

The Cook County Bar Association and Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms is hosting its 2002 Minority Law Student Job Fair on Friday, August 23rd at the Omni Chicago Hotel. Employers will be interviewing selected 2Ls, 3Ls, and Domestic LLM students. The registration packets and lists of participating firms are now available in the Career Services Office. Please turn in the registration form, resumes (one for each employer you choose), and the list of preferenced employers to the Career Services Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th. There will be no walk-in interviews available for this job fair, so it is important to register if you would like to attend.

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

The Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms and the Hennepin County Bar Association are once again sponsoring this year's job fair to be held on September 13-14, 2002 in Minnesota. The conference offers a judicial clerkship seminar, interviews for judicial clerkships with local members of the judiciary, a reception, and regularly scheduled interviews. Travel scholarships will be available through the Frederick L. McGhee scholarship. Please check the Record or the Career Services Office in the beginning of May regarding registration information.

Summer Housing

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.

NALP Apartment Exchange

NALP is pleased to announce that their annual Apartment Exchange is now available online. Law students and 2002 summer clerks can search and post available summer housing opportunities from all around the country. The service is free and easy to use. The Exchange will remain active online until May 1, 2002.

Summer Housing in Washington, D.C.

The Catholic University of America provides housing for individuals who are in Washington, DC for educational purposes during summer 2002. Housing is available from May 16th - August 4th. Students can chose from apartment-style residence halls or single or double-occupancy residence hall rooms. Rates start at $23 per night. Meals plans are also available and start at $37 per week. To request more information and an application, visit the Catholic University web site, call 202-319-5277, or e-mail cua-summer@cua.edu.

NY Summer Housing Options

Barnard College, located directly across the street from Columbia University in the Moringside Heights neighborhood of NYC, offers summer housing at moderate rates to interns, associates and students from June 3rd until August 3rd, 2002. Applications for summer housing are now available online. Check out the website, e-mail nysummer@barnard.edu, or call the Office of Special Events and Summer Programs at 212-854-8212 for more information.

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.

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

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