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Week of August 25, 2003

Welcome Back

The Career Services Staff (CSO) would like to welcome everyone back to campus. We hope you had an enjoyable summer and look forward to working with you again this year. Please let us know how we can assist you--whether it is a current transition, preparing for graduation or just a "quick question." Individual appointments, programming and a wealth of resources are all available through our office. Please read the Record weekly and frequent the bulletin board outside our office for information on upcoming programs, employment opportunities and articles of interest.

Fall 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.

Note: We will have extended hours the week of August 25th to assist with fall interviewing preparation and the transition back to school.  We will remain open until 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  The office will be closed Monday, September 1st, in observance of Labor Day and Tuesday September 2nd for on-campus interviewing preparation.

Welcome New CSO Assistant Directors

We are pleased to welcome Melanie Kushnir and Elizabeth Pohlman as Assistant Directors of the Career Services Office. Melanie and Elizabeth replace Christine Sturman and Navreet Heneghan who left us this past spring to be full-time moms.

Melanie earned her J.D. at The Ohio State University College of Law and her B.A. at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. For the past several years since her graduation from law school, Melanie has practiced as an Assistant Public Guardian with the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Public Guardian's Office. During law school she served as the Facilitator for the Child Protection Agency in Sarasota, Florida, clerked at the Office of the Corporation Counsel in Washington, D.C., and was a National Service Legal Corps NAPIL Fellow with the New Hampshire Public Defender.

Elizabeth earned both her Juris Doctor and undergraduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin. Following graduation from law school, she was in private practice at a general practice firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While in law school, Elizabeth participated in a number of clinical programs including the Innocence Project and the Prosecutor's Project, and served as an extern with both Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons and the National Labor Relations Board. She also worked as a law clerk for the UW legal department and as an Administrator for the Center for Public Representation in Madison

Summer Experience Survey

Did you clerk at a law firm this summer?  Volunteer for a public interest organization?  Serve as a summer associate?  Research for a professor?  Work for a government agency?  Take summer classes or study abroad?  If so, we want to know about it!  We would appreciate it if all returning students would take a few minutes to complete our "Summer Experience Survey," now electronically submittable through the web.  Many of you may remember using these surveys as a means of researching employers and/or finding employers who hired 1Ls! Now it's time to repay the favor. Simply fill out the form and hit the submit button for a quick and painless entry to win one of a number of prizes.  Winners will be announced in the Record at the end of September.

Programs/Seminars

2004 and 2005 Graduates:
2003 FALL INTERVIEWING PROGRAM

Important Dates to Remember

Bidding begins at 7:00 on Tuesday, August 26th and ends exactly at 12:00 noon on Friday, August 29th. All FOCI materials must be turned in to our office by noon on August 29th.

Last day for Mandatory resume review is Thursday, August 28th by 6:30pm.

Tuesday, August 26th: Mandatory meeting for new participants at 12:00 and 5:15 in the Auditorium.

Wednesday, August 27th: Summer Associates Table Talk at 5:00. Room C50

Wednesday, September 3: Interviewing Tips at 3:00. Room C40

Mandatory Fall Interviewing Program Meeting for '04 & '05 Grads

On Tuesday, August 26th, at noon or 5:00 p.m., in the Auditorium, all students who plan to participate in the Fall Interviewing Program for the first time are required to attend an informational meeting that will answer all your questions about the process.  Prior to attending the program, students should read the 2003 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2004 & 2005 Graduates

Summer Associate Table Talk

On Wednesday, August 27th, at 5 p.m., in Room C50, come talk informally with 3Ls and 4Ls who spent this past summer as summer associates at large law firms.  Students representing various firms and government employers will be on hand to answer questions about their summer experience.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to get the inside scoop about the firms and agencies you might be interested in!

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 Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, September 3rd, 4th, & 5th, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., in the CSO. Interested students should sign up in the CSO ASAP as slots fill up quickly. Additional slots may be available if needed. 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.

Not Interested in On-Campus Interviewing?

It is still recommended that you make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your options, timeline of your job search, and any questions or concerns you may have about your future career. Also, keep an eye on the Record and our bulletin board for announcements of programming dedicated to students not interested in large law firms.

7th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

The 7th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the National Hispanic and the National Black Prosecutors Association, and the Asian American and Indian American Bar Associations, will be held Saturday, September 13, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court. The program is designed to provide information about career opportunities with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General's Office and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. RSVP to Cathleen Costello Jacobs at (312) 603-1849 by Thursday, August 28,2003.

Lavender Law 2003

The Annual Conference of National Lesbian and Gay Law Association and National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation is taking place on Friday, October 17, 2003 through Sunday, October 19, 2003 at the Fordham University School of Law in New York City. This year's conference features dozens of panels, symposia, courses, and full plenary sessions on cutting-edge legal issues affecting LGBT individuals and the community. There is also a Career Fair, an exciting opportunity for conference participants to network and obtain jobs as attorneys and summer associates/intern with employers from all over the country. More information and registration can be found at www.lavenderlaw.org.

ATTN: IP Students

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is sponsoring its job fair on November 1. Read the forms and information carefully; be sure to read the forms to verify deadlines. A lot of very good firms, especially patent firms, from around the country interview here. To participate you must be a member of AIPLA. The application must be received by the AIPLA by September 8. Student membership costs $45, but is well worthwhile. The form is at http://www.aipla.org/html/membappl.htm. Should you need a sponsor either Professor Graeme B. Dinwoodie or Professor Holbrook can serve in that capacity. The Job Fair Participation Form must also be submitted by September 8. Resumes must be sent to participating firms by September 29.

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.

Scholarship for the Cook County Public Defender's Office

The Jack Carey Scholarship is awarded to a law student who commits to being an intern or extern at the Cook County Public Defender's Office for one semester. The intern or extern must be currently enrolled in law school and work a minimum of 15 hours/week during the designated semester. The scholarship money is sent to the law school to help pay tuition. If Tuition has been paid, the money is released to the intern/extern. Pick up an application in the Career Services Office, handout #6. Application deadline for Fall is August 27th.

Attorney General's Honors program and Summer Law Intern Program

The Department of Justice is now accepting applications for the Honors and Intern Programs. The application and all information can be found on the OARM web page. Select "Opportunities for Attorneys and Law Students" and then the Program you are interested in. There is also a checklist that provides information about what is needed to complete the application. Most correspondence with applicants will be via e-mail so be sure to use an account that will remain active & that you will check frequently. Application deadline is September 15, 2003.

Environmental Protection Agency Summer 2004 Honors Program

The EPA Office of General Counsel is seeking applications for the 2004 Summer Honors Program. Students must have completed their 2nd year of law school (or third year for evening students) by the time the program starts. The program is 12 weeks and pays approximately $15/hour. To apply mail a resume, cover letter, first year law school transcript, writing sample, and list of references to; Eduora Bow Heath, Hiring Coordinator US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Mail Code 2311A, Arial Rios North, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C 20160. Application deadline is October 3, 2003.

Spring 2004 Internship with the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

The Office of the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois will conduct a Spring 2004 Intern Program. The primary goals of this program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent for the Office. They will accept approximately 15 interns who will be expected to serve at least 16 hours per week in the Office. These are unpaid positions but course credit may be available. Pick up applications in the Career Services Office, handout #5. Application deadline is September 26th, 2003.

Fellowship Information Available

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!).

Resources

Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2004 version is now available in the Career Services office and on-line. To access the on-line version, contact the CSO for the user name & password.

Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships

The 2004 version of this guide is now available in the Career Services office and on-line. The Guide contains information on judicial clerkships for all 50 states. To access the on-line version contact the CSO for the user name and password.

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

Last Fall the Chicago Area Law Firm List, also known as the 4 or More List became available on-line in a password protected searchable database. 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 for the password to access the list. Please note, the password for this site is not the same as your job posting password.

 

 

 

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