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Week of August 19, 2002

Welcome First Years

The Career Services Office (CSO) would like to extend a warm welcome to all first years at Chicago-Kent.  Our office offers a wide range of services, such as 1-on-1 career strategy sessions, programming, an on-line job posting system, fall recruiting, job fairs, and much more, to help our students and alumnae/i in their job search and career development.  To learn even more about the CSO, check out the CSO home page and read the Record regularly to learn about upcoming programs and special opportunities.  We look foward to speaking with you at Orientation and hope to see you at the Dean's Reception on Thursday, August 22nd.

Fall Semester 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. Please call the office at 312-906-5200 to set up an appointment.

Note: We will have extended hours the week of August 26th to assist with fall interviewing preparation and the transition back to school.  We will remain open until 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  We will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 30th. The office will also be closed Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day and Thursday & Friday, September 5th & 6th, for on-campus interviewing preparation.

Summer Experience Survey

Did you clerk at a law firm this summer?  Volunteer for a public interest organization?  Serve as a summer associate?  Research for a professor?  Work for a government agency?  Take summer classes or study abroad?  If so, we want to know about it!  We would appreciate it if all returning students would take a few minutes to complete our "Summer Experience Survey," now electronically submittable through the web.  Many of you may remember using these surveys as a means of researching employers and/or finding employers who hired 1Ls! Now it's time to repay the favor. Simply fill out the form and hit the submit button for a quick and painless entry to win one of a number of prizes.  Winners will be announced in the Record at the end of September.

2002 Fall Interviewing Program
Class of '03 & '04

Information regarding the Fall Interviewing Program (on-campus employers, direct contact employers, joint employers and collect resume employers) is now available through the Career Services web site.

Reminder: If you are planning to participate in the on-campus interview program, you must make an appointment to have your resume reviewed by a career strategist. If you have already met with a strategist, and revisions were recommended, be sure to follow-up with the appropriate counselor regarding your revised version.

U.S. Navy JAG Corps Informational Program

The U.S. Navy JAG Corps will hold an informational presentation for 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and domestic LL.M.s on Friday, September 20th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Room TBA. Their questionnaire is available at the NALP website. The Navy JAG Corps hires those in the top 40% of their class, with Law Review and Moot Court as preferred hiring criteria.

PLEASE NOTE: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent College of Law's Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

Informational CD's about Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg has provided the Career Services Office with informational CD's in anticipation of the fall recruiting season. Be sure to stop by the Career Services Office to pick up a CD in order to learn if Neal, Gerber is a good fit for you.

Programs/Seminars

Researching Employers for the Fall Interviewing Program

Wondering how to find the best information about potentional employers coming on campus this fall? Cheryl Kunkel, the CSO Resource Specialist, will share strategies and techniques for researching employers for the Fall Interviewing Program.  Advanced sign-up is required as sessions are limited to 10 students. Sessions will be held in the CSO as follows:
  • Tuesday, August 20th at 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 22nd at 5:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 28th at 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 29th at 5:15 p.m.

Mandatory Fall On-Campus Meeting for '03 & '04 Grads

On Tuesday, August 27th, at noon or 5:00 p.m., in the Auditorium, all students who plan to participate in the Fall Interviewing Program for the first time are required to attend an informational meeting that will answer all your questions about the process.  Prior to attending the program, students should read the 2002 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2003 & 2004 Graduates

6th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

The 6th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the National Hispanic and the National Black Prosecutors Association, and the Asian American and Indian American Bar Associations, will be held Saturday, August 24, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court. The program is designed to provide information about career opportunities with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General's Office and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. RSVP to Cathleen Costello Jacobs at (312) 603-1849.

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, September 9th & 10th, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., in the CSO. Interested students should sign up in the CSO ASAP as slots fill up quickly. Additional slots may be available September 11th & 12th if needed. 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.

Employment Related Opportunities

IIT Seeks Students for FT Positions

Illinois Institute of Technology has administrative, student service, and development positions available at both the South Loop and the 565 W. Adams campuses. Responsibilities range from reception/general office to database maintenance to special projects. Minimum requirements are 1+ yr of admin experience, MS Office proficiency, typing skills, ability to handle busy work pace, and a high level of student /customer service. Junior, mid-career, and senior-level opportunities are available and can be viewed at www.iit.edu/hr.

In exchange for your administrative talents, students will receive tuition benefits, growth potential, generous time off, easy CTA access and free shuttle to and from campuses to Union/NW train stations. If interested in a position, reply to hr@iit.edu and be sure to write position title(s) and job number(s) on the subject line of e-mail.

New Job Posting System

The Career Services Office has recently upgraded to a new version of the job posting system. All employment opportunities, paid or unpaid, clerking or volunteer, internship or externship, or fellowship, posted before July 17th can be found in the internal password protected job posting system. Those positions posted after July 17th can be found in the new LawMatch system. If you have your old password and student ID, please continue using them. If you haven't received your password, please contact the Career Services Office to get it. Remember to use the dashes in your Social Security # when entering your username and password.

U.S. Department of Justice: Application Deadline and Recruitment Information

This year's deadline for applications to the Attorney General's Honor Program and Summer Law Intern Program is September 23, 2002. Applications are available on-line at www.usdoj.gov/oarm. The on-line application allows more flexibility in regard to employment preferences as candidates can indicate an interest in working for as many of the participating components as they wish (in past years students were limited to two choices). Students who are completely open will have the option of checking "anywhere in the U.S. Department of Justice." Once submitted, students will receive an email message confirming receipt of the application. Students with disabilities or special needs who cannot access the Internet or who need an accommodation may leave a voice mail message at (202) 514-1175. The TDD number is (202) 616-2113.

The majority of interviews for the Honors Program will be conducted in Washington, D.C. over a three-week period beginning in late-October. Most travel costs will be paid by the Department. For more information, check the "Frequently Asked Questions" portion of their web page.

Summer Law Intern Program candidates may be offered video-teleconference interviews from nearby U.S. Attorney's Offices. This is a pilot program and is still under construction, so keep checking the "Frequently Asked Questions" portion of their web page.

Externship Opportunity at the City of Chicago Law Department

The City of Chicago Law Department's Building and Land Use Litigation Division is looking for students interested in municipal law, real estate or real-world litigation experience. The division handles fire, building, health & zoning code violations and procecutes cases both in Circuit Court and at the City's Administrative Hearings. See Job Posting #51952 for additional information. To apply for a fall-semester externship forward your resume to Patti Gregory-Chang via e-mail at pgregory@cityofchicago.org and see Professor Gross about receiving academic credit.

Externship Opportunity with the U.S. EPA's Office of Regional Counsel

The U.S. EPA Office of Regional Council is seeking externs for the fall semester. Externs will perform legal research, write legal memoranda and draft legal documents to support U.S. EPA's civil environmental enforcement cases. See Job Posting #51946 & Handout #8 for detailed information and application procedures. Interested students should also see Professor Gross about receiving academic credit.

2003 Graduates: Skadden Fellowship with Now Legal Defense and Education Fund

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking to sponsor 3Ls as Skadden Fellows for projects addressing the needs of low-income women. Fellowships are for two years. NOW Legal Defense performs a broad range of legal and educational services nationally in support of women's efforts to eliminate sex-based discrimination and secure equal rights. See www.nowldef.org for more detailsInterested students should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and a legal writing sample to Skadden Fellowship, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 395 Hudson Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10014 or by fax to 212-226-1066. Any questions should be directed to Heather Ronovech at hronovech@nowldef.org. Applications are due to NOW Legal Defense by August 23, 2002.  Skadden application, available in the CSO, is due to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation by October 7, 2002.

2003 Graduates: Now Legal Defense and Education Fund Fellowship Sponsor

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking to sponsor 3Ls for Soros Justice Fellowships, NAPIL, Echoing Green, Kirkland & Ellis and a range of other fellowships for projects addressing the needs of low-income women. Fellowships are for two years. NOW Legal Defense performs a broad range of legal and educational services nationally in support of women's efforts to eliminate sex-based discrimination and secure equal rights. See www.nowldef.org for more detailsInterested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and a legal writing sample to Fellowships, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 395 Hudson Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10014 or by fax to 212-226-1066. Applications are due to NOW Legal Defense at least four weeks before the application deadline for each fellowship.

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.

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 in the 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.

 

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