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Week of February 10, 2003

 

Congratulations Navreet and Chris

Congratulations to CSO Administrative Manager Navreet Kaur Heneghan and husband Chris on the birth of daughter Siobhan Heneghan, who weighed in at just over 7lbs. on January 25th! During Navreet's maternity leave, any questions regarding job fairs or other Career Services issues or programs should be directed to kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

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

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 Tuesday, February 11th, 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. 

Judicial Externships Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, February 18th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 270 there will be an informational meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge for the Summer or Fall 2003 Semesters. Professor Vivian 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. Students must have a minimum 3.25 G.P.A. to apply.

A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems. Depending upon a 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 the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships are available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office. Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices by Friday, February 28th, at 5:00 p.m. Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Friday, March 14th, at 5:00 p.m.

Law Student Interview Workshop

The Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyer Section is holding a workshop designed to provide law students with an opportunity to "practice" interview with attorneys, learn strategies to handle difficult and inappropriate interview questions, and to meet attorneys from different areas of practice, including law firm, corporate, and government settings. There will be a brief informal introduction , followed by one-on-one mock interviews with attorneys. The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 27th from 4-6 p.m. at The Chicago Bar Association 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago. The registration deadline is February 17, 2003. The workshop is free to CBA members. Nonmembers pay a fee of $12.00 which includes a free one-year membership to the CBA. Checks should be payable to The Chicago Bar Association and mailed to the Young lawyers Section, CBA 321 Plymouth St. Chicago, IL 60604. Sign up sheets can be found in Career Services.

Meet the Firms Night

The CBA's Young Lawyer's Section is hosting Chicago's most influential law firms at the CBA. Firm representatives are on hand to provide you with hiring and firm culture information and answer your questions about employment at the firm. The event is being held on Thursday,February 20, 2003 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the CBA building on 321 S. Plymouth St., Chicago. The event is free to all CBA members and CBA law student members; nonmembers can join at the door. Dress is business casual and resumes are accepted at the discretion of the firms. To RSVP call 312-554-2032 or e-mail YLS@chicagobar.org.

SALT's Public Interest Law Retreat in Indiana

The second annual Norman Amaker Public Interest Law Retreat, sponsored by SALT and Indiana University, will take place in Indiana, February 28-March 2, just over three weeks away. The retreat is a great opportunity for public interest-minded students to connect with practitioners, professors and other students and to be reminded of why they enrolled in law school in the first place. The Retreat will focus both on the challenges and rewards of practice and the realities of working in the public interest. For registration information, schedule, and speaker list go to http://indylaw.indiana.edu/students/pilretreat.htm

Videotape Available

There is a videotape of the Interviewing Tips program available for viewing. Anyone who was unable to attend the program on Tuesday, February 4th, can come to our office and check out a copy for one week.

Job Fairs

17th Annual Patent Law Interview Program

Attention 1Ls, 2Ls:

The 17th Annual Patent Law Interview Program will be held at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare Thursday, July 31 - Saturday, August 2, 2003. If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science, you may want to consider registering for the program. This is a chance to interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations and government agencies with patent law departments. Last year, 155 employers from across the country participated, along with more than 900 registered students from 135 accredited law schools.

This program is for law students returning to school in Fall 2003. The only exception is for a law graduate studying for an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. The prospective positions are for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions for 2004. If you have accepted a judicial clerkship to begin after graduation (2004 or later), you may register to participate; the clerkships must appear on the registration form and your resume.

Registration forms can be picked up in the Career Services Office and are due, along with a $25.00 nonrefundable check payable to Loyola School of Law, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21st .

American Bar Association Section of Business Law Career Forum

The Career Forum includes both a job fair and Career Related seminars. It is being held in Los Angeles, CA on April 3-6, 2003. You can participate even if you are unable to be in Los Angeles. Resumes will be given to employers, and they will contact you directly. If interested, all resumes must be submitted to Career Services by noon on Friday, March 14th.

20th Annual Minority Student Job Fair

The classes of 2004 and 2005 and domestic LL.M. students are invited to participate in the 2003 Minority Job Fair. It will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-Downtown/Lakefront on Friday, August 22, 2003. Registration materials will be available in Career Services in April. The registration deadline is May 10, 2003 so start getting your resume ready now.

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 through 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.

Summer Housing Wanted

Mayer, Brown Rowe & Maw is seeking apartments to sublet or rent on a monthly basis for incoming Summer Associates from Mid-May through August. Contact Mary Boxer at 312-701-8439 (ph) 312-706-9234 (fax) or e-mail mboxer@mayerbrownrowe.com with your contact information, address of the apartment, monthly rent, and if apartment is furnished or unfurnished.

Jenner & Block is seeking summer housing for incoming Summer Associates. Contact Angie Lindsay at 312-840-8949 or e-mail alindsay@jenner.com with all the details.

Schiff Hardin & Waite is seeking summer housing for out-of-town Summer Associates. Contact Lilly Beltran with availability and details by regular mail or by e-mail at lbeltran@schiffhardin.com

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.

Air Force Interviewing on February 18th

Major Curtis Heidtke from the Air Force JAG Corps will be interviewing 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls on campus on February 18th, 2003. If you are interested in interviewing, please submit your resume along with times that you are available on that date to the Career Services Office by February 10th at 5 p.m. Please note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

Army Interviewing 1Ls & 3Ls on February 20th

The US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps will be on-campus on Thursday, February 20th to interview 1L students for the JAG's summer internship program and 3Ls for appointment to active duty post graduation. Interested 1L or 3L students should submit their resume and sign up for an interview slot in the Career Services Office by noon, Wednesday, February 19th. Please note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The fellowship competition is open to first-year students who intend to pursue significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. The Fellowship recipient receives a $1000 honorarium. See handout #45 for details or go to www.nationinstitute.org. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2003.

Summer Opportunities for 2Ls

Summer Associate Position

The law firm of Levin & Ginsburg Ltd. is accepting applications for a second year summer associate. See job posting #61780 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.

Fellowships Available

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.

The Frankel Fellowships

This is a summer fellowship for 1Ls and 2Ls. There are two fellowships available, eachwith a $1000 stipend. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2003. See handout #47 for details.

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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