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Week of September 29, 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 Program

Collect Resume:

Williams & McCarthy

Location: Rockford, IL

Attn: Mr. Marc C. Gravino

Title: Hiring Attorney

Years Hiring: 2L

Required Hiring Criteria: None Specified

Preferred Hiring Criteria: Top 33%, Law Review, Moot Court

**Submit resume, cover letter, writing sample, and transcript to the Career Services Office by Noon, Monday, October 10, 2003.

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. 

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 firm.

Programs/Seminars

U.S. Navy JAG Corps Informational Presentation

The US Navy JAG Corps will hold an informational presentation for 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and domestic LL.M.s on Tuesday, September 30th, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Room 370. Their questionnaire is available at the NALP website.

PLEASE NOTE: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent College of Law's Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

Careers in International Law Program

Interested in a Career in International Law? On October 7, 2003 at 5:15 p.m., in the auditorium, the Illinois State Bar Association, presents a program on careers in international law. Featured speakers will be Jessica DePinto, a 1996 Kent alumni, and chair of the ISBA's International & Immigration Section Council who will speak on customs and international trade law; Scott Pollock, who will discuss immigration law, and Lewis Matusewich, who will speak on international business transactions. Each speaker will spend a few moments speaking about their particular career path and then the floor will be opened for questions.

Meet the Public Service Employers Reception

Want to become involved in public service but don't know what's out there or where to begin? Then come to the Chicago Area Law School Consortium's Public Service Reception on Wednesday, October 8th, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Loyola University Chicago, 25 East Pearson -15th Floor, Kasbeer Hall. Meet representatives from Chicago area non-profits and government agencies and learn about opportunities in their organizations.

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.

Agricultural Law Opportunity for Students

The University of Arkansas School of Law is co-sponsoring the American Agricultural Law Association's Annual Agricultural Law Symposium, October 17-18, 2003 at the Historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to a generous grant, students can attend this conference at very special reduced rate.

This two-day conference provides practical and timely information. Nationally recognized speakers will address agricultural issues involving environmental regulation, water law, farm programs and federal farm policy, labor and immigration law, food safety and labeling, taxation and business planning, biotechnology, and international trade. This conference offers an unparalleled opportunity for agricultural law professionals from across the country to network and discuss these important issues. For students, it provides a wonderful opportunity to explore a new area of law and to meet attorneys who are the leaders in this area.

Students who join the AALA at the reduced student rate of $30 can attend the conference for only $45. This includes continental breakfasts and lunches for both conference days. Hotel accommodations are available at the Menger Hotel for $125/night for a double room. There are a number of other hotels nearby that may be available at even lower rates.

For more information, visit the AALA website at http://www.aglaw-assn.org or contact the Graduate Program in Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law at llm@uark.edu or 479-575-3706.

1L Minority Student Workshop and Reception: "Why a Big Law Firm"

The second annual "Why a Big Firm?" Workshop and Reception at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is being held on Thursday, October 9th. The workshop begins at 4:30 pm in their offices at 190 S. LaSalle Street, 40th floor in Chicago. The workshop will provide information on the benefits of working at a big law firm and some of the paths to get there. Please R.S.V.P. with Merisa Baeza at mbaeza@mayerbrownrowe.com

Public Interest Law Job Opportunities Program and Student Panel

Want to explore public service employment? Not sure what "public interest law" means? Students will gain an understanding of what public interest law entails, how to best market oneself for public interest employment, and learn job search strategies for finding summer and post-graduate employment, internships, and fellowships. The program will be held on Oct. 15, 3:00 pm in room C40

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works Career Fair 2003

The 2003 Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference will be held Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, DC. This year's Fall Events will feature individual and group interviews, along with career development and substantive law sessions on both days. All persons registered for the Career Fair may participate in the one-on-one employer interviews, Table Talk group interviews, and educational sessions on how to advance a public interest career. Go to www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair/ for registration, deadlines, participating employers, and other career fair information. If you have any questions after reading the web site information, contact Melanie Kushnir in Career Services at mkushnir@kentlaw.edu Please note: all resumes must be submitted to employers by September 24th.

First-year students
In accordance with the National Association for Law Placement's guidelines, you are not permitted to participate in one-on-one interviews with employers. However, you may participate in the Table Talk and career development sessions.

NYU International Student Interview Program

The NYU International Student Interview Program will be held on Friday, January 30, 2004. This program is for foreign LL.M. students who possess foreign law degrees and are enrolled as full-time students during the 2003-2004 academic year. It is a one-day program bringing together over 1100 foreign-trained law students with 130+ employers with positions in approximately 35 countries including the US. The registration deadline is October 29th at noon. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

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.

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.

Department of Defense Summer Honors Legal Intern Program

The Office of General Counsel is accepting applications from both 1L and 2L student for the Summer 2004 Honors Legal Internship Program. 2L applications must be postmarked by November 17, 2003. 1L applications must be postmarked by January 5, 2004. See handout #14 for all details and Application Form 612. See job posting #75962.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Office of the General Counsel is accepting applications for the Honors Program from 3Ls; this is a 2-year program. There are 6 month rotations within 4 of the 5 divisions of the office. Mail resume, cover letter, law school transcript with explanation of grading system, legal writing sample, and references. See gray files for details. See job posting #73430 for further information. Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2003.

QUALIFICATIONS: Upper 30% of class. Must be a US citizen. Must be admitted to the Bar within a year of reporting for duty.

NOTE: The Commission's Atomic Safety & Licensing Board Panel is also accepting applications. Applicants for the Honors Program can also have their applications referred or apply separately.

Native American Joint Program

Quarles & Brady has joined forces with the Gila River Indian Community of central Arizona and the Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin in designing a summer experience for law students interested in Native American legal issues. In the Native American Joint Summer Associate Program, a student has the unique opportunity to work first-hand with members of our Federal Indian and Gaming Law Practice Group
and with the in-house counsel of the Gila River Indian Community and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Interested first-year and second-year students are invited to forward their resumes and writing samples to Dori John in Phoenix for the Gila River program at djohn@quarles.com, 602-229-5314 or Michelle Hemenway in Milwaukee for the Potawatomi program at mbigler@quarles.com, 414-277-5290. Selection decisions will be made jointly by the Firm and the Gila River or Potawatomi Indian Communities. For information on the Gila River Indian Community, see http://www.gric.nsn.us. For information on the Forest County Potawatomi Indian Community, see http://www.fcpotawatomi.com.

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

ISBA Law Ed Series

The Illinois State Bar Association offers high quality educational programs to its members, the Law Ed Series. These practical and affordable CLE programs are offered to law students at no charge and to Newly Admitted attorneys at a reduced tuition of $15.00 for a full-day program and $10.00 for a half-day program. For a listing of CLE programs available, visit the ISBA website, www.isba.org.

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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