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Week of April 14, 2003

CSO Staff to Represent Chicago-Kent at National NALP Conference April 22nd - April 25th

Several members of the CSO will be attending the National Association for Law Placement annual conference Tuesday, April 22nd through Friday April 25th.  The conference provides an opportunity for our office to market the law school and our students to hundreds of legal employers from across the country.  In addition, we will attend training sessions to identify new and creative ways to strengthen the services we provide to you and our diverse alumnae/i constituency. The office will remain open during this time, however, counseling appointments will not be available. If you have not had an appointment this year, you should make one before the end of the semester, especially if you are a 1st year or 3rd year.

Programs/Seminars

Intro to Fall on Campus Interviewing

Tuesday, April 15th at Noon, and at 5:15 p.m. Room 370

During the fall, legal employers will either come on-campus to interview students, or request resumes directly from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. Members of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, contacting employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria and how to prepare over the summer. In addition, the information will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair and other interviewing opportunities. 1L Day students who plan to participate in the interview program next fall are strongly encouraged to attend this program. 2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year should also be sure to attend.

If you're a 1L evening student switching to the day program and will fulfill all requirements to graduate by May 2004, you must notify our office of your division change.

Please note: 2004 graduates (including December 2003 graduates) interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office must register for an on-campus interview in order to be considered for employment with their office.

LexisNexis Build Your Future Classes Start Soon!

Classes will focus on cost effective research tools and "real-world" research strategies, including but not limited to, online features that are no additional cost, cost-effective search strategies and online databases for "real world" research. Classes will be geared toward specific employment sectors: Government/Public Interest April 16, 2003 3:00-4:00 Room 520. General Cost Effective April 16, 2003 12:00-1:00, 2:00-3:00, 6:00-7:00, 7:00-8:00 (all in Lab 720) & April 30 12:00-1:00, 1:00-2:00, 2:00-3:00 (all in Lab 720). Lexis for Westlaw Users April 29 3:00-4:00, 4:00-5:00, 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:00 (all in Lab 720). Sign up for a class in the Career Services office. Ask at the desk for the Build Your Future binder or sign up by e-mailing terri.sorrentino@lexisnexis.com

Westlaw Training for Cost Effective Legal Research on Your Summer Job

During April, Westlaw will be offering training sessions to help you enhance your legal research skills and maximize your success at your summer job. These training sessions will focus on conducting cost effective legal research. Training sessions will be held in Lab 760 on April 15th and April 22nd at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM; and on April 30th at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM To register for a session please e-mail Westlaw rep Stacey Acquavella at stacey.acquavella@westgroup.com and indicate the time and date you wish to attend.

Networking Opportunity Through Volunteer Service

The Women Everywhere: Partners in Service project, is a unique opportunity to help women and children in need gain exposure to new and different parts of our community. On May 16, 2003, several hundred volunteers from the Chicagoland legal and professional community will participate in the fourth annual Women Everywhere: Partners in Service project by contributing all or part of their workday to numerous service agencies committed to assisting women in need. Collectively, these service agencies touch the lives of tens of thousands of women each year. This project has been an enormous success the past three years, and is an innovative, fun way for lawyers and other professionals to get out of the office, do something different, and give back to the community.

While this project coincides with finals for many students, please consider participating - both male and female volunteers are welcome. It is a fun, rewarding experience and can also be a great way to meet people in the legal profession while helping women and girls in need in the community.

To indicate your interest, please fill out a volunteer form available in the career services office. If you have questions about the event, please visit the website at http://www.women-everywhere.org/.

National Conference for the Minority Lawyer: A Unique Program for Litigators, Business Lawyers, In-House Counsel and Government Lawyers

WHEN: June 5-6, 2003
WHERE: Inn at the Union League, Philadelphia, PA

The ABA is hosting this annual conference. Law students are welcome to attend this conference for only $25. This may be a great chance to network and learn from the pros!

You can find information about the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity's National Conference for the Minority Lawyer at the following site: http://www.abanet.org/buslaw/2003minoritylawyer/

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 e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Discounted Subscription Rate for Publication

Students can receive Internships 2003 for the promotional rate of $7.95, which is $22.00 off the regular rate. Internships 2003 lists hundreds of internships, fellowships and volunteer opportunities with international companies and organizations. It also includes valuable advice from international human resource and recruiting professionals. NOTE: these are not all law related internships, but are all international. If interested, please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the promotional code.

Cocktail Reception for 1L Minority Law Students

In preparation for the upcoming recruiting season, Arnstein & Lehr will be sponsoring a cocktail reception on Friday, April 25th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at their Chicago office on 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200. Please RSVP to the Hiring Coordinator, Kathi Hanus by e-mail at kahanus@arnstein.com on or before Friday, April 1st.

Informal Reception at Bell Boyd & Lloyd

The Diversity Committee is sponsoring an informal reception on Thursday, April 24th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago offices of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd on 70 W. Madison, Suite 3300. Members of the Executive Committee, Department Chairpersons, other lawyers and recent summer associates will discuss career opportunities at the firm. Hors d'voeuvres and soft drinks will be served. RSVP to Betsy Zukley via e-mail at ezukley@bellboyd.com by Monday, April 21st.

Summer Opportunities at The National Center for Law & Adoption

There are summer openings, right now, for law students interested in child welfare & adoption law & policy. There are both paid and volunteer positions. For more information and listing of available jobs go to http://www.law.capital.edu/adoption/

CURRENT 2Ls WANTING TO DO A SUMMER OR FALL 2003 EXTERNSHIP:

Do you wish to develop your legal skills, gain practical legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation, firm or government agency, and make yourself more marketable to prospective employers upon graduation? If so, consider applying to the Legal Externship Program for Summer or Fall 2003 Semester.

The Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour non-graded program. The program is open predominantly to students in their last two semesters of law school.

An extern can choose a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 32 hours a week for Summer Semester or 16 hours a week for Fall Semester at his/her designated placement. Externs interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms or specific government agencies. Externs may specialize in such diverse legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate, health care, medical malpractice, general corporate law, etc. Those interested in criminal law may choose to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Many externships offer the externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Information about the program, placements, student choices and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office.

You must meet with Professor Gross prior to turning in your application, so that you can discuss your externship choice possibilities.

If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls

ATTN 1Ls From Florida

Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson in Miami, Florida will be hosting a reception at their offices in August for any current 1Ls with ties to Florida, or who will be working there this summer, and/or who plan to practice in Florida upon graduation. Students interested in receiving details should notify the Career Services Office by e-mailing your name and address to kentsco@kentlaw.edu. The CSO will forward your contact information to the firm, which will forward a formal invitation.

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 Internships with the Office of the State Appellate Defender, Second Judicial District

The State Appellate Defender, 2nd Judicial Circuit, has openings for the Summer 2003 Internship Program. 2Ls are preferred, but 1Ls will be considered. These are paid internships. See job posting #63969 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.

Fellowships Available

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.

Job Fairs

20th Annual 2003 Minority Student Job Fair

The Cook County Bar Association and the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large law Firms is sponsoring the 20th Annual 2003 Minority Law Student Job Fair will take place on Friday, August 22, 2003 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-Downtown/Lakefront. 2Lís and 3Lís (students in the classes of 2004 and 2005) and domestic LL.M students enrolled in the fall of 2003 are invited to participate. Everyone must register to participate, absolutely no walk-ins will be allowed. The registration form and information may be picked up in the career services office, room 360. The DEADLINE for registration is May 9, 2003.

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

The Twin Cities Committee on Minority lawyers in large law Firms and the Hennepin County Bar Association are once again sponsoring the Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference. It will be held on September 5-6, 2003. The conference will again offer a judicial clerkship seminar, interviews for judicial clerkships with local members of the judiciary, a reception, and regularly scheduled interviews. Registration information will be available mid-April. Visit www.hcba.org/mmrc.htm for regular updates on participating employers. Student registration will also be posted on site as well as mailed to the Career Service Offices.

National Black Prosecutor Association Job Fair

The NBPA is hosting the 20th annual conference and job fair. The job fair is being held on Tuesday, August 12, 2003. The registration fee is $50.00 for the job fair and reception. If a student wants to participate in other functions at the convention which runs from August 10th-August 16th an additional $60.00 registration fee is required. Pick up registration information and forms in the Career Services office. Registration deadline is June 1, 2003.

Resources

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 Jim Flynn at 312-222-9350 or jflynn@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

Need to sublet your apartment for the summer?

A number of Notre Dame law students are interested in Chicago sublets for the summer months. If you would like to hear from ND students, please contact Gail Peshel, Director of Career Services at the University of Notre Dame Law School at 574-631-7625 with details concerning your apartment (location, size, dates available, monthly rent, cost of utilities, parking availability, etc.).

Boston University Student Seeking Summer Housing

Charlotte Spears is looking for a one-bedroom sublet in Chicago for the summer from mid-May through mid-August. Please contact her at charlotte_spears@hotmail.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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