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Week of May 6, 2002

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Summer Office Hours

The Career Services Office will be open throughout the summer. We will close at 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available by appointment only on Thursdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations to the Class of 2002! 

The Career Services Office wishes all 3Ls and 4Ls congratulations on their upcoming graduation.  We have been continually impressed with your accomplishments within and outside the law school and wish you the best of luck on the bar exam and in your future careers.  Please stay in touch with our office and let us know if we can assist you in any way in a current or future job search. 

Good Luck on Exams

Best of luck on exams and congratulations on the completion of a very challenging year.  We look forward to working with you even more in the future.  Please drop by to let us know your summer plans or if we can assist you with a current job search. 

Class of '03, '04, & Domestic LL.M.s: Use the Summer to Prepare for the Fall Interview Season 

Although the 2002 Fall Interviewing Program begins in August, it's best to prepare early.  You will be amazed at how quickly you need to research and preference employers for registration once you return to school.  If you missed the preliminary fall interviewing program, check out the videotape available in the Career Services Office.  Take the time this summer to assess your interests and research law firms or government agencies you are interested in so that you can find the best fit between your career goals and potential employers who will be interviewing this fall. 

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.

Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project

Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project is an annual day of service for attorneys in the Chicago area. Nearly 400 attorneys volunteer their day at about thirty agencies which serve women in a variety of ways. The project has expanded over the last 3 years to include both attorneys and non-attorneys and both men and women volunteers. This year we are expecting hundreds of people to spend Friday, May 17th volunteering at one of many area agencies and shelters that serve women in a variety of ways. For more information about the agencies served by the Women Everywhere Project, please visit www.women-everywhere.org. Sign up sheets are available in the Career Services Office.

In addition to the service project, a professional clothing and accessories drive for Bottomless Closet, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s economic self-sufficiency by providing both career development skills and business clothing and accessories, will be held. Bottomless Closet accepts office-appropriate clothing and accessories (new or slightly used professional shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves and new/unopened pantyhose). See the Bottomless Closet web site for more information about the organization. Clothing, which MUST be on hangers, and accessories can be dropped off May 6th - 10th at the following locations: The Chicago Bar Association
321 S. Plymouth Court (see the security guard at the front desk for drop-off information) & Jenner & Block, One IBM Plaza.

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

Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer

This July the Career Services Office and members of the Chicago Legal Marketing Association will co-sponsor a seven series program entitled, "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer."  Participants will learn the essential marketing and client development skills required to develop a successful law practice that goes beyond being an excellent legal technician.  Students who have completed two years of law school, or have two years of professional experience prior to entering law school, and recent graduates are encouraged to attend.  The program will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from July 11th through August 1st from 12 - 1 p.m.  Lunch will be available.  Advanced registration is required. A mailing will be sent in June with detailed information about the program. 

Scholarships toward tuition will be available and will be awarded to two students who attend all sessions and submit the best overall personal marketing plan (as judged by a panel of law firm marketers and members of the program faculty).  Stop by the CSO, call (312) 906-5200, or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu by July 8th to sign up for this innovative program.

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.

2003 Equal Justice Works Fellowships (formerly NAPIL)

With support from the Open Society Institute and participating law firms and corporate sponsors, Equal Justice Works Fellowships allow new law graduates and outgoing judicial clerks to work on a wide range of public interest issues, such as domestic violence, health care, community development, homelessness, environmental justice, immigration, Native American rights, children's health and welfare, and the death penalty. Approximately 75 Fellowships will be awarded to begin September 2003. Fellowships are for two years. There are two different routes to apply for fellowships, Route A & Route B. To learn more about applying through either route, check out www.equaljusticeworks.org.

This year, fellowship applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. To submit an application online, access the web site, click on "Apply for a 2-year postgraduate fellowship!", and then click on "apply on-line". You will be redirected to a site that contains all of the instructions found in the application booklet, as well as instructions on how to complete a proposal online. At the site, applicants can fill out the application form and compose their proposal narrative. The deadline to submit a final application for Route A fellowships is September 17, 2002. The deadline for Route B applications is October 31, 2002.

ABA Internships Available

The ABA has a variety of internships available with several organizations. See job posting #13923 and handout #56 in the Career Services Office for a list of internships and additional information.

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.

Job Fairs

BLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference

This conference, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Law, invites all African American, Asian American, Latino/Hispanic American and Native American students to participate. Interested students need to sign up and pick up registration materials in the Career Services Office. All registration materials are due to the Career Services Office by 5:00 p.m. on June 10, 2002 -- no exceptions!

The conference will be held from Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15, 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference has brought together approximately 600 different employers and 3000 law students over the past sixteen years. Last year there were 38 legal employers and over 250 law students from law schools in the Midwest Region. The BLSA Midwest Regional Minority Recruitment Conference is completely student run by Case Western Reserve University BLSA and National BLSA Midwest Regional volunteers. Employers from all areas of legal practice are invited to attend the conference. You can see an updated list of participating employers at www.cwrublsa.org/emplist.asp.

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.

Apartment Share in Brooklyn New York - Recommended by Current C-K Student Visiting in NY

A sunny and FURNISHED(!) two-bedroom duplex (2 floors) apartment in Prospect Heights. Bedroom has a dresser, closet, twin bed, bookcase, desk, television & VCR. Apartment has wood floors, a dishwasher and kitchen appliances. Building has a laundry room and 24 hour security (doorman). No smoking and no pets allowed. Rent: $650 per month includes all utilities (and even includes cable.)

Alicia, the roommate, works during the day and goes to school at night. She is able to offer cheap rent because she owns the apartment and likes to rent to students who understand her need to study. If you are interested please contatct her on her cell phone at 646-345-6148.

Transportation: 20 minutes from Manhattan by Subway, access to the: 2/3, 4/5, Q, and N/R subway lines. Apartment is very close to the Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and Park Slope (a trendy area in Brooklyn.)

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.

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