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Week of January 20, 2003

 

Welcome back from the CSO! We hope everyone had an enjoyable break and that everyone is looking forward to a productive semester.

MPILCC Deadline-Important

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), a job fair for students interested in the public sector and sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, will be held at Northwestern Law School on Saturday, February 15, 2003. All information and registration is on-line this year. Registration should be completed by Wednesday, January 22nd. Bidding for the interviewing employers begins at noon on Wednesday, January 22nd and ends Friday, January 24th. The absolute registration deadline is Friday, January 24, 2003 by noon. To register and view all information go to http://mpilcc.uchicago.edu and click on Information for Students. Register early to avoid a last minute scramble to bid on employers.

Book Relocation

In order to provide greater access to all of our students, all of our circulating books have been moved up to the library. You can now check them out from the library; all of their rules will apply. If you currently have any books checked out, please return them to the library by the due date. Videos and the non-circulating resources are still located in our office and are accessible during our regular office hours.

Programs/Seminars

Summer Options for First Year Students

On Tuesday, January 28th at noon in room 590 a panel of second and third year students will discuss 1L summer job opportunities. Resources you should be familiar with, common hiring timelines of employers, and how your summer job can fit into your long-term career goals will be addressed.

Mock Interviews for International LL.M. Students

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 for International LL.M. students, by appointment only, on Wednesday, January 22nd from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Interested students should sign up in the CSO ASAP as slots fill up quickly. 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. 

Please Note - additional mock interview dates will be available in February & March for J.D. students. 

Working in NY this Summer & Need a Place to Live?

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 25 - August 9, 2003. 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.

National Apartment Exchange

Law students seeking summer housing and students with housing available for the summer are invited to participate in NALP's free online National Apartment Exchange. It's easy-just visit www.nalp.org and follow the link to the Apartment Exchange. The Apartment Exchange will be available from February 1 until May 1, 2003.

Employment Related Opportunities

NOTE:  In addition to the highlighted opportunities listed below, the CSO receives numerous job listings which are posted daily in the password protected "Lawmatch Job Posting System" accessible through the CSO website pages.  If you are seeking employment, you should check those listings on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password for the job posting system please email kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls

Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section

CCIPS of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has positions for summer interns who have completed at least one year of law school. See job posting #57770 for details. The deadline is January 31, 2003, but interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis starting December 1, 2002 so apply early.

Shedd Aquarium

The 2003 Georges Fellowship for Conservation at the John G. Shedd Aquarium is a unique opportunity for first-year law students to get hands-on experience in the direct application of environmental research. See job posting #57717 and handout #33 for details. Applications must be received by January 31, 2003.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI)

NYLPI is accepting applications for the Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP Summer Associate Fellowship. This program allows the Fellow to split the summer between NYLPI and Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP. See job posting #61000 and handout #44 for details. Applications are due by February 7, 2003.

Summer Opportunities for 2Ls

The law firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered is seeking a full-time law clerk for the Summer of 2003. See job posting #58287 for details.

Summer Associate Position

The law firm Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro is accepting applications for a second year summer associate. See job posting #58405 for details.

Main Campus Part-time Position

The General Counsel's Office is seeking a part-time law clerk to work approximately 10 hours a week beginning after exams or early next semester and continuing through the Spring 2003 semester. Hours are flexible; salary is $10.00/hour. See job posting #59533 for details.

Summer Extern Positions at the EPA in Chicago

The US Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago has openings for Externs for Summer 2003. These are unpaid positions, but outside funding or course credit may be available. These positions are available to all enrolled law school students. See job posting #51946 and handout #8 for details. The deadline for the Summer is April 15th.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Spring/Summer Internships

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will sponsor Summer Internships at various public interest law agencies in the metropolitan Chicago area.

Summer Internships are available for 1Ls and 2Ls, PILI will pay $4500 for 10 weeks of work. Check out Job Posting #55450 and Handout #18 in the Career Services Office for more information. Applications can also be obtained by logging onto the PILI web site. Applications are accepted beginning October 15 and are due by March 1, 2003, however, many agencies interview and hire before then. Thus, the earlier you apply, the better. 1Ls please note: you may not apply before December 1st.

LCC Minority Outreach Program

The AFL-CIO has provided a list of union-side labor law firms and union legal departments that are participating in the LCC Minority Outreach Program. Students with an interest in labor law are encouraged to participate in the program. Be sure to reference the "LCC Minority Outreach Program" in all correspondence. See handout #32 for the list of participating firms and legal departments.

Summer Funding Available

Equal Justice America is offering Legal Services Fellowships of $3,250 to first and second year law students who work during the summer for organizations providing direct civil legal services for the poor. See handout #36 for compete details. All applications must be received by Equal Justice America by March 17, 2003.

Request for Fellowship Proposals

Community Legal Services, Inc. will sponsor candidates for post graduate public interest fellowships provided by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Independence Foundation, and Equal Justice Works for positions to commence in September, 2004. See handout # 43 for complete details. All applications must be submitted by July 15, 2003.

American Bar Association John J. Curtin Jr. Justice Fund

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program pays a $2,500 stipend to students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. See handout #29 for all the information and application procedures. The deadline is April 4, 2003.

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.

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.

NALP's annual First Year Hiring Index

The First Year Hiring Index, a popular resource for 1L students seeking summer employment, is now available online through the search feature at www.nalpdirectory.com. Choose the 1L Criteria from the "Organizations that Hire" along with any other criteria and click Search. Please note that the employers included are only those who indicated on the NALP forms that they will consider hiring 1Ls. Also, decisions about hiring first years are normally not made until December or January. Since the Index is now on line, a hard copy will no longer be published.

Chicago Area Law Firm List

As of Monday, October 14th, the Chicago Area Law Firm List, also known as the 4 or More List became available on-line in a password protected searchable database. E-mail notification containing information about the link and user name and password was sent out that afternoon so be sure to check you e-mail. Although every attempt is made at keeping the database current, some information may become out of date due to firm mergers, contact people leaving their firms, etc. It's suggested that all information be double-checked prior to sending out any cover letters and resumes. If you should learn of any changes, please notify our office via e-mail so we can update the database accordingly. Please contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Spring 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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