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Week of May 26, 2003

Programs/Seminars

CBA/YLS Career Assistance Committee Final Meeting

The Career Assistance Committee will hold its final meeting for the 2002-2003 season on Wednesday, June 4th at 12:15 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 Plymouth Court. The topic is "What to Do When you Hit the Wall in Your Job Search". The speaker will be Arlene Hirsch, the principal in Arlene Hirsch and Associates,a career counseling firm and author of two best-selling books.

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/

ABA Career Resource Center Career Teleconference

Mistakes Lawyers Make, A 60-minute Teleconference for Summer Associates, Prospective and New Lawyers is being held on Thursday, June 12th from 1:00-2:00 EDT. Teleconference Tuition: Individuals may participate for only $60. (For MCLE credit, add $20 per individual).

This program is designed to help summer associates, third-year hires and new lawyers anticipate and avoid classic mistakes, common missteps, and core misconceptions, including faulty assumptions, fundamental time wasters, and foundational ethics problems. Through the shared experience of others, aid lawyers to become successful contributors to any organization.

Moderated by Kathy Morris, long-time legal career counselor and director of the ABA Career Resource Center, with special participation by George Kuhlman, ABA Ethics Counsel and Associate Director of the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility, this Teleconference program features prominent faculty members with a range of practice experience and backgrounds.

For more information and to Register:
Online: http://www.abanet.org/careercounsel/eventjune2003.html
Phone: 800.285.2221 select option "2" weekdays from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm EDT

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.

Volunteers Needed

Noelle-Elaine Media, Inc. is seeking volunteers to work at a symposium, Navigating the Path to Transparency-One Goal, Multiple Perspectives, here in Chicago on June 2 & 3 at the Mid-Day Club. This is a temporary unpaid position. Attendees & speakers will be from the legal, regulatory, financial and investment communities. Phone or e-mail Alisa Payne or Marie St. Aude at 646-424-9750 or apayne@noelle-elaine.com for more information.

Summer 2003 Volunteer Positions Available

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office still has some openings for Summer 2003 volunteer law clerks. There are positions available in several Bureaus, with many openings in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. Students can work 20-40 hours per week. If interested, go to www.statesattorney.org and print out and submit a law clerk application as soon as possible.

Fall Law Clerk Positions with the SEC Midwest Regional Office

The Midwest Regional Office of the SEC is accepting applications for Fall 2003 Law Clerks. These are unpaid positions. Must be enrolled as a 2nd year law student during the Fall of 2003. Mail a resume, cover letter specifiying when you want to clerk, writing sample, law school transcript, and undergraduate transcript (optional) to John J. Sikora, Jr., United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Midwest Regional Office, 175 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60604-9911 by June 20, 2003. For further information go to www.sec.gov/jobs.shtml.

2003 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Opportunities

Equal Justice Works has several Route B Fellowships available for third year law students and recent grads. Check their website at www.equaljusticeworks.org for all information and deadlines. These fellowships are all across the country with various agencies. All Fellows are eligible to apply for Equal Justice Works Loan Repayment Assistance Program. All Fellows will also attend two Equal justice Works retreats and participate in a national network of fellows.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has summer law clerk positions available

SEIU (Service Employees International Union), is the leading advocate for the rights of low wage workers in the American labor movement. SEIU is seeking three law clerks right away for positions that just opened up in their Los Angeles Regional Office. In addition to a salary of $600/week, SEIU will provide transportation to and from Los Angeles, a car, cell phone, laptop and housing. See job posting #67710 for all details.

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.

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/

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.

CURRENT 2Ls WANTING TO DO A 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 the 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 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.

Fellowships Available

Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois 2003 Summer Fellowship Application Available

The HLSF Summer Fellowship program provides four Latino/a law students a $4,000
stipend to work in a government/public interest position at either the Chicago Legal Clinic in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, the Cook County State's Attorneys Office, or the Aids Legal Clinic of Chicago. Applications are due ASAP and can be picked up in the Career Services Office. If you have any questions, please contact Jesse H. Ruiz, Gardner Carton & Douglas LLC at (312) 569-1135 or by e-mail at jruiz@gcd.com

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.

2004 Equal Justice Works Fellowships Brochure is now available

The brochure contains selection criteria, deadlines and other program-related information. Go to www.equaljusticeworks.org (click on "Find an opportunity > Equal Justice Works Fellowships > Apply for a Fellowship today!).

Job Fairs

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 at the offices of Faegre & Benson in downtown Minneapolis. 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. Visit www.hcba.org/mmrc.htm for regular updates on participating employers. Registration information and materials are now available in the Career Services Office. The registration deadline is Friday, June 13, 2003.

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

Reminder: Informational Handouts Available

All of our handouts on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search strategies and others are available on our web site under the job search handout link.

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.

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.

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.

Summer Semester Office Hours

The Career Services Office will be open throughout the summer. We will close at 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available by appointment only on Thursdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Call 312-906-5200 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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