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Week of September 23, 2002

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

Now that fall interviewing is in full swing, the CSO staff wants to wish everyone the best of luck.  We know this is a stressful time so remember to relax, be yourself and remain positive throughout the interviewing process. 

Additional Employers

Direct Contact - Miami-Dade County State's Attorney's Office & Tuesley Hall, South Bend, IN

For the most up to date information on how to apply to these employers and any other collect, joint, on-campus and direct contact employers, check out the Fall Interviewing Program web pages and the CSO bulletin board on a daily basis.

Reminders

  • Interview schedules are currently available through LawCareer (same site as bidding process.) Students are responsible for checking their individual interview schedules daily for updates or changes.
  • For the latest room assignments, be sure to check the career services bulletin board every morning before your first interview.
  • Bring an extra copy of your resume, transcript, and writing sample to every interview.
  • Allow ample travel time prior to an interview, even if you are already on campus.

Policy for Missing an Interview

Please remember to talk to Jeanne or Maureen if you have an emergency that will prevent you from attending an interview scheduled through the fall interview program.  Any student who misses an interview for reasons other than an emergency will not be permitted to participate in the remainder of the program. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Thank You Notes

You do not need to send thank you notes after on-campus interviews.  Well written notes should be sent after call backs or initial interviews in an employer's office. 

2002 Summer Associates

Please let us know how your summer went and what your plans are for the upcoming year. If you receive an offer and accept, please let our office know so we can cancel your interviews if participating in the program.  

Callbacks and Offers

Please let us know how you are faring in the program!  E-mail our office about any callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs.  If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews. Don't forget about the NALP standards for the maximum number of offers students can hold open from the fall interviewing process and response dates:

2L/3L Student Response Dates
 
November 1st
December 1st
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made before September 15
X
 
2L/3L student with an offer deadline of November 1 may extend to this date with employer's permission if student holds only ONE OTHER offer  
X
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made after September 15  
X
2L/3L student not previously employed must respond  
X
Number of Offers Students May Hold
 
4 Offers
3 Offers
2 Offers
1 Offer
After October 15, maximum offers held by student
X
     
After November 1, maximum offers held by student with December 1 response deadline  
 X
   

Maximum offers for student requesting employer's extension from November 1 to December 1

   
X
 
After December 1, maximum offers student may hold with employer's consent      
X

Negotiation to extend the decision deadline must occur with an employer before the original deadline
date. If you have any questions about this, please see one of the CSO staff members or the fall interviewing web page.

Free ABA Law School Pro Bono Resource Available

In August 2001, the American Bar Associationís Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and its project, the Center for Pro Bono, published a brochure titled The Path to Pro Bono: An Interviewing Tool for Law Students, designed to assist law students in assessing a law firmís commitment to pro bono. The brochure is intended to educate and empower law students to ask interviewing firms about their pro bono efforts, policies, etc. and to assist students in evaluating a firmís pro bono culture/commitment.

The brochure includes: a discussion of the importance of asking firms about their pro bono commitment; sample interview questions; testimonials about the importance of pro bono from the Immediate Past President of the ABA, the Managing Partners of Arnold & Porter and Mayer, Brown & Platt, and an associate who incorporated pro bono into her job search; information about ABA Model Rule 6.1; and information about the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge.

Programs/Seminars

Informational Meeting for Spring 2003 Judicial Externships For 2Ls & 3Ls With a Minimum 3.3 GPA

On Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 320, there will be a meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district, or magistrate judge for the Spring 2003 Semester. 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 drafting opinions. 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 Spring 2003 Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600) and in the Career Services Offices as of Monday, September 23rd. Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Friday, October 11, 2002, at 5:00 p.m.

Finding Fulfillment in the Practice of Law

Diana Triplett Epstein, PHD, JD (Chicago-Kent '92) is a both a practicing attorney and a personal and professional life coach. As a coach, Ms. Epstein supports clients in exploring their career and personal options as well as presents seminars and workshops which deal with a variety of issues facing lawyers. On Tuesday, October 1st, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., in Room 580, Ms. Epstein will be at Chicago-Kent to present Finding Fulfillment in the Practice of Law. During her ten years of practice, Ms. Epstein has come to know many people who have spent years studying to be an attorney only to find the experience of practice less fulfilling than expected. During this one hour "brown bag" seminar, Ms. Epstein will present one approach to assist law students and young lawyers in finding the fulfillment they seek in their practice.

Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyers Section

The CBA/YLS Career Assistance Committee will present, Career Change: Recognize Burnout, Confront the Barriers, Make New Choices, on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 12:15 p.m. at the CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Court. Jill Eckhert, Legal Career Specialist of the ABA Career Resource Center, will be the presenter. Ms. Eckhert provides job search and career-enhancing advice to lawyers and law students by conducting initiatives and outreach, and creating legal career publications and presentations on and off the web. Ms. Eckert is co-author of the publication Direct Examination. . . A Workbook for Lawyer Career Satisfaction, and maintains the ABA's Career Counsel website, http://www.abanet.org/careercounsel. For questions about this event, please contact the CBA at: 312/554-2000

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works 2002 Public Interest Law Career Fair and Conference

The annual Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference attracts more than 200 employers and 1,200 students and graduates from across the country and offers law students, law graduates and employers a unique opportunity to meet and interview in a single location. Sign up in the CSO by October 9, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. to attend the nation's largest public interest law career fair. The fair will take place Friday, October 25th & Saturday, October 26th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This year's event features individual and group interviews and career development sessions on both days.

To submit resumes and schedule interviews, log on to the Employer database through the Equal Justice Works website. The database lists all of the employers who are attending the Career Fair, their contact information, hiring needs and a brief organizational description. Once you have identified opportunities of interest, follow the instructions outlined in the "How to Apply" section of each employer's database record. Employers will review your materials and contact you directly before the event if they wish to set up an interview. Equal Justice Works does not arrange interview schedules for the Career Fair.

Attendees also will want to attend the Equal Justice Works' Awards Dinner and join in the annual recognition of public interest-minded law students and lawyers. The 2002 dinner is October 25th and honors the public interest work of David R. Andrews, General Counsel of PepsiCo, as well as that of law school deans, law students and public interest student organizations.

First-year students - In accordance with the National Association for Law Placement's guidelines, you are not permitted to participate in one-on-one interviews with employers. However, you may participate in the Table Talk and career development sessions.

Employment Related Opportunities

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is looking for four to six students to work about 10 hours per week this semester for $15 per hour as coders for a project that NCSC is conducting nationwide. Coders go to the Daley Center and review bench and jury trial cases (civil matters) that have been closed and record certain details about the case - such as the kind of case, how many parties were involved, who won, the damage award, and any post-verdict activity. The project is part of a study that NCSC is doing to help the Bureau of Justice update its statistics on cases nationwide. Please submit your resume by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 23rd (short deadline because of the NCSC timeline) to the Career Services Office c/o Maureen.

2003 Grads: Department of the Treasury Legal Division Honors Program

The Department of the Treasury Legal Division Honors Program is now accepting applications from students graduating in 2003. Positions are available with various offices. See handout #14 for all the information and application procedures. Additional information can be found on the Treasury's web page. The deadline is November 1, 2002.

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, can be found in the new LawMatch system. To access this system, go to the current job posting system and click on the link for LawMatch Job Listings. Register yourself as a user, even if you have previously registered with LawMatch through another avenue. You will then be allowed to access the job postings. 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.

 

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 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 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.

Resources

PSLawNet Fellowship Corner

Interested in pursuing a fellowship upon graduation? Then be sure to check out PSLawNet's new "Fellowship Corner" which includes the full text of Yale's Fellowship Application Tips for 2002-2003, along with the expanded Appendix listing print and online fellowship resources. The site also contains a Fellowship Calendar with a chronological listing of application deadlines--a big help for potential applicants in planning and preparing their materials. Students can access the Fellowship Corner at the top of the left sidebar menu on the PSLawNet home page.

Chicago Area Law Firm List Updates

The Career Services Office has recently updated the Chicago Area Law Firm List, also known as the 4 or More List. We are currently in the process of working with the computer center to convert the list into an on-line, password protected, database. In the meantime, the list is available in Excel via e-mail. E-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu to request a copy.

Update - The Law Firm of Dick & Harris has dissolved. Attorneys associated with the firm are now at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The 2002-2003 Comprehensive Fellowship Guide -The Ultimate Resource for Law Students and Lawyers

The guide contains a list of available fellowships across the country. It provides the name and type of fellowship, the location, contact information, a description of the fellowship, qualifications & deadline information, application procedures and available stipends.

NALP's New On-line Workplace Questionnaire

NALP'S Employer Workplace Questionnaire is now available to students on-line through the NALP web site. They can be accessed by clicking on the "Workplace Questionnaire" button at the top of each listing in the on-line NALP Directory of Legal Employers. The questionnaire provides invaluable information regarding firm/agency structure & governance; associate training & development as well as compensation & benefits; parental leave/family care policies; pro bono policies & practices; alternative work options; cultural diversity; affirmative action/EEO; and discrimination & harassment complaints.

NALP's 2002 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide

NALP's 2002 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide is now available online. This year, with help from The Partnership for Public Service, NALP expanded the Guide to include not only employment listings from nearly 30 federal employers, but also a wealth of additional information including an in-depth look at the federal government's myriad departments and agencies. The Guide also features government salary and benefits information, a glossary of terms and forms unique to the federal application process, tips on landing a government job, and more.

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.

 

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