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Week of February 24, 2003

Programs/Seminars

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

Kimm Walton: Best Selling Author to Speak at Consortium Event

Kimm Walton, author of Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams and What Law School Doesn’t Teach You…But You Really Need to Know, will be speaking to Chicago area law students on Tuesday, March 4th at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium (of which Chicago-Kent is a member) and DePaul University School of Law will be hosting the program in the DePaul Center, room 8005 (25 East Jackson). Ms. Walton is a dynamic speaker and has presented her program to law students across the country. Whether you’re looking for a summer job, or your first permanent job after graduation, this seminar is a must.

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, March 11th and Wednesday, March 12th 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. 

Opportunities in the Government Sector

On Wednesday, March 12th in Room 210, find out how and when to apply to government agencies for law clerk or attorney positions, how you can best market yourself to government employers, and hear tips on researching government organizations. A panel of representatives from several local, state, and federal government agencies will include: the Cook County State’s Attorney, Cook County Public Guardian, Illinois Attorney General, Cook County Public Defender, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop

• Are you eager to discover a workplace that better matches your work style?

• Do you wish you could find a job that energizes rather than exhausts you?

• Do you know your personality strengths? Do they match your job description?

• How do you persuade a dream employer that you are perfect for the job?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you understand the work environments that best suit your skills and talents, and can give you insight into your professional relationships and decision-making style. It can also help you to interview more persuasively and communicate better with prospective supervisors and colleagues.

Consultant Lisa Abrams (author of The Official Guide to Legal Specialties) will guide you through completing and scoring the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality inventory that can help you understand your unique work preferences and communication style. Noon on Tuesday, March 25th (Room TBA).

Please Note: Students MUST sign-up and complete the MBTI inventory by noon on Monday, March 24th. Inventories are available in the Career Services Office. They must be completed in the office and take about 20 minutes to complete.

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.

Paid Researcher Wanted for One Day Project

IIT/MTM Professor Jerry Field seeks a law student for a one day project which entails researching a number of aspects of a case filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Compensation offered. For more details, see job posting # 63401

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER AND FALL 2003 SEMESTERS - 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 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!

Application Process

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. For those of you whose Moot Court brief is also due that same Friday, should you need an extra day or two to submit your applications, please see Professor Gross about an extension.

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

Office of Banks and Real Estate - Real Estate Division

OBRE has a paid internship position in its Real Estate Division. They are looking for someone to work full time through the summer and 15-20 hours during the school year. See job posting #63066. Applications are due March 1st. An overview of OBRE can be found at www.obre.stat.il.us.

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.

Fall 2003 Internship Opportunity with U.S. Attorney's Office

The U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois will accept approximately 15 interns for its Fall 2003 Internship Program. Interns will be expected to serve at least 16 hours/week in the office. These are upaid internships, but course credit may be available. For more information see Job posting #63391. See handout #49 for application. Applications are due by April 14, 2003.

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, each with a $1000 stipend. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2003. See handout #47 for details.

Job Fairs

Government Services Career Fair

The YLS is hosting its Fifth Annual Government Services Center Fair on Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 321 S. Plymouth Court. The Fair will consist of a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to met representatives from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the government agencies. The cost for CBA members and CBA Law Student members is $10; for nonmembers the cost is $20. To register, call CBA Ticketing at 312-554-2056. For more information on participating agencies and panelists go to www.chicagobar.org/yls.html closer to the event date.

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.

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation

The FBCA will award stipends from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. There will be at least four $2500 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with jurisdiction over the communications industry. See handout #48 for complete details and the application. Applications are due by March 21st.

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.

Resources

Directory of Environmental Web Sites

This 5th edition of the Directory contains over 1,500 web site addresses. The organizations are primarily national or international in their scope. This edition also contains nongovernmental organizations, a separate listing of environmental government agencies in various countries around the world, and other groupings, including one for law.

Environmental Law Careers Directory

The Careers Directory is designed to assist law students and law school graduates in contacting employers in the environmental law field. It is divided into different sections, such as Government-Federal, Nonprofit, Private Firms. It provides contact information, description of work, and hiring qualifications, including the level of student/grad they are seeking.

Updates to the Government Honors and Internship Handbook

New information and internships have been added to this book.

Job Postings

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.

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.

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

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. Please note, the password for this site is not the same as your job posting password.

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

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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