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Week of September 8, 2003

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. 

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.

Fall Interviewing Schedules

Fall interviewing schedules became available on Friday, September 5th. They are found under the schedules section in the LawMatch job posting system.

Interviews start on Wednesday, September 10th. Please check your interview schedule.

New Employers

Employers who registered for the Fall Interviewing program after the mandatory meeting date of August 26th are listed on the Fall Interviewing webpage under participating employers. There is a link called additional employers. All of the hiring criteria and deadlines will be found here.

Reminders

  • Interview schedules are currently available through LawCareer (same site as bidding process.) Students are responsible for checking their individual interview schedules daily for updates or changes. If you notice a conflict, inform our office immediately.
  • Bring an extra copy of your resume, transcript, and writing sample to every interview.
  • Allow ample travel time prior to an interview, even if you are already on campus.
  • If there is an emergency that prevents you from making a scheduled interview, you must call our office as soon as possible, 312/906-5200.

Thank You Notes

You do not need to send thank you notes after on-campus interviews.  Well written notes should be sent after call backs or initial interviews in an employer's office. 

Callbacks and Offers

Please keep us informed about callbacks and offers as well as any concerns you may have regarding the interviews.  E-mail our office about callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs.  If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews. 

Programs/Seminars

Roundtable Discussion

The Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the ABA is hosting a roundtable discussion titled: The Clash Between the Right of Publicity and the First Amendment. It will be held at Goldberg Kohn Bell Black Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd. 55 E. Monroe, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL 60603 on Wednesday, September 24, 2003. It starts at 12:15; lunch will be provided. RSVP with Laura Ruiz at laura.ruiz@goldbergkohn.com or 312-863-7211 no later than Wednesday, September 17th. There is no fee for students wishing to attend.

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.

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.

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. Currently, applicants may not apply to both the Attorney General's Honors Program and the Summer Law Intern Program at the same time. If you are eligible for one Program, you are not eligible for the other. If you do apply to both Programs, you will be disqualified from both.

Additional information for 3rd year students: A current third-year law student who already has been selected for a judicial clerkship and wishes to be considered for a compensated summer law internship by OSG and/or OLC, or any other Department component, should apply only to the Summer Law Intern Program. To avoid being deemed ineligible, be sure to provide the name of the court, the judge, and the dates of the clerkship term.

A current third year student who has applied for a judicial clerkship but will not know the results by September 15, 2003, should apply only to the Honors Program. An Honors Program applicant who later receives a clerkship who wishes to be considered for a compensated summer internship by OSG and/or OLC should then go to the "Status of Application" screen on our online system, log in using his or her individual User ID and password, and take the following action:

1. Withdraw from the Honors Program and indicate that it was based on acceptance of a Judicial Law Clerkship.

2. Enter the following data in the appropriate areas:

a. The name of the court.
b. The name of the judge.
c. The dates of the clerkship period.
d. Indicate an interest in OSG, OLC or both (in order of preference)
e. Save the changes.

This will change the original Honors Program application by adding the clerkship information, stripping the previously listed employment preferences, and adding OSG, OLC or both. The application will then be referred to OSG, OLC, or both, provided the withdrawal occurs prior to the beginning of their review process.

Third-year law students who have already certified and submitted an application to the Summer Law Intern Program, and wish to decertify their application in order to apply to the Honors Program, must contact AVUE Technologies at helpdesk@avuetech.com in sufficient time to permit corrective action prior to the September 15, 2003 application deadline. Once they send AVUE a request for decertification, they may then apply to the Honors Program under a new user ID. Please note that all new applications must be certified and submitted by the application deadline, September 15, 2003.

Neither OSG nor OLC have established a cutoff date for receipt of applications. Accordingly, we will leave the "withdrawal based on clerkship" option available until such time as those offices decide to begin their review process. At that point, we will shut down the "withdrawal based on clerkship" option and forward all eligible applicants from both the Honors Program and the Summer Law Intern Program to OSG and OLC for their consideration.

Please note that compensated summer law internships with OSG and OLC are extremely competitive and are limited to students who are entering a judicial clerkship following law school graduation.

This option is only available to third-year law students interested in a compensated summer law internship with either OSG or OLC between graduation from law school and the start of a judicial clerkship. It is not currently available for compensated summer internships with any of the Department's other components. Third-year law students who apply to the Summer Law Intern Program and do not provide specific details of an existing judicial clerkship will be deemed ineligible.

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

Career Education Institutes

We have various publications available in the Career Services Office. It is also possible to view their publications on-line at www.Internships-USA.com. Contact the CSO for the user name & password.

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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