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Week of September 30, 2002

2002 Fall Interviewing Program
Class of '03 & '04

Additional Employers

Direct Contact - D'Ancona & Pflaum seeking 3Ls

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

  • 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.

Programs/Seminars

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.


"Learn About Justice" - Employment opportunities at the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago

Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of IL, invites students to attend a reception to learn about the rewarding employment opportunities at the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago. Present and former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including Z. Scott, Sergio Acosta, Judge Ann Williams, Judge Patricia Holmes, Cynthia Giacchetti, Andrea Zopp, Brian Ellis, and Sheila Finnegan, will talk about their experiences in the office, and will discuss the application process. The program is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2002, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn, 5th Floor (North Bank of Elevators.) Because of building security procedures, you must reserve in advance by calling Carol Bithos at (312) 886-2053. Resumes welcomed.

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.

NYU's International Student Interview Program

The deadline to register for the Seventeenth Annual International Student Interview Program is October 14th at 5:00 p.m. in the CSO - no exceptions!! All resumes and the Interview Request Form must be turned in by this date and time. Interested students should stop by the Career Services Office to pick up a packet of information containing the Interview Request Form, the Student Instructions, Frequently Asked Questions, a List of Employers, and Employer Websites. A binder of all the Employer Registration Forms is available in the Resource Center -- please stop by to take a look and get more information on the employers in which you are interested. The program will take place on Friday, January 31, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at New York University School of Law.

Employment Related Opportunities

Spring Judicial Externships For 2Ls & 3Ls With a Minimum 3.25 GPA

Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program open to 2Ls & 3Ls who want to do legal research and writing for federal court judges and magistrate judges.

The program provides externs with the opportunity to work with a judge and/or the judge's law clerks by researching law, writing memoranda and drafting opinions. An extern also has the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom and to discuss with the judge or the judge's law clerk those legal problems which judges confront in their courtroom.

Take advantage of this prestigious opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Prof. V. Gross in Room 617 or via e-mail.

Applications for Spring 2003 Judicial Externships are available both in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600) and in the Career Services Office. 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.

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

Behind the Bench - The Guide to Judicial Clerkships

Debra M. Strauss draws from the experiences of clerks and judges to explain all aspects of judicial clerkships and demystify the application process.

Guide to America's Federal Jobs, 2nd ed.

The most comprehensive resource on federal employment for job seekers and federal employees. This book will help you navigate the federal government's complex system to find the information you need and get the job you want.

FBI Careers

Provides step-by-step advice for getting through the complicated application process (for special agents as well as support positions); details on the FBI's four internship programs (excellent preparation for a career in federal law enforcement); and exactly what to expect in the testing and interviewing phases, including practice test questions.

America's Top Military Careers, 3d ed.

Provides a useful and easy-to-understand format for learning about service occupations. Introduces procedures, training, and education available, working conditions, physical demands, projected openings, advancement opportunities, duty locations, pay and benefits, and many other details. Organizes military careers into major clusters of similar jobs for both enlisted personnel and officers, making it simple to explore careers based on interest and experience.

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

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.

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 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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