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Week of October 27, 2003

Programs/Seminars

Programs for 1Ls

Resumes and Cover Letters for the Legal Market - Required for Resume &/or Cover Letter Review in Office

Wondering what employers in the legal sector look for in a resume and cover letter or how a legal resume differs from your current resume? Then don't miss out as members of the Career Services office discuss how to make your college and/or work experiences work to your best advantage as you begin applying for legal positions. Questions and concerns about format, structure, and content of legal resumes and general tips on writing strong cover letters will be addressed. Attendance is required for all students who wish to have their resume reviewed by a career strategist.

The program for day students will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 28th at noon in rooms C25, C35, and C40; the program for the evening students will take place on Monday, Nov. 3rd at 5:00 in the Auditorium. Please note: The evening program is reserved for evening division students only and will be geared toward students with professional experience prior to law school and/or working full-time during school.

Programming Note

If you missed the Orientation for First Year Students, there is a handout packet and short survey available for you to pick up in the career services office.

1L Tours of the Career Services Office

Cheryl Kunkel, the CSO Resource Specialist, will conduct office tours for all 1Ls interested in learning more about the resources available in the CSO. Tours will be limited to 10 students at a time. Please sign up in the Career Services Office.

Monday, Nov. 3rd
Noon
Tuesday, Nov. 4th
5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6th
3:00 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7th
Noon

Practice Tracks

1Ls strongly encouraged to attend!

Thursday, November 6th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., attorneys from over 60 practice areas will be at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall law school) to talk informally with students about careers in a variety of practice areas. It's your chance to find out how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should stress in applying, and more!

Note: The participating attorneys have volunteered their time. Participation in the program does not indicate job openings at represented organizations.

Evening Law Students: Preparing for the bar exam

Are you concerned about the bar exam, but not able to take two months off of work to study? Come to room C35 on Thursday, November 13th from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and hear how recent graduates managed to continue working, take Bar/Bri, and pass the bar exam. Please email progers@kentlaw.edu to register.

ABA Program "Pursuit of Happiness: Uncovering Satisfying Career Paths for Today and Tomorrow"

The American Bar Association Career Resource Center will present a one hour program for students and young alumni/ae on the topic of finding career satisfaction in and beyond the law. Speakers will include Kathy Morris, Director of the ABA Career Resource Center and various Chicago-Kent Alumni/ae. First 50 attendees will receive a copy of "Ask the Career Counselors: Answers for Lawyers on their Lives and Life's Work," the newest publication from the ABA Career Resource Center. Program is sponsored by The Affiliates, an executive search firm, and the Chicago-Kent Alumni/ae and Career Services Offices. Wednesday, November 12, 2003 Room 590, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Judicial Clerkship Institute

The Judicial Clerkship Institute will be held at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. The purpose of the Institute is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of judicial law clerks. Any law student or law graduate who has been selected for or has entered a clerkship with a federal district or federal appellate court judge is eligible to attend. Deadline for applications is December 1, 2003, but due to space limitations apply early. The Institute will be held January 2nd-4th, 2004. See http://law.pepperdine.edu for further information.

Job Fairs

International Student Interview Program

The eighteenth annual International Student Interview Program for foreign LL.M. students will be held in New York City at NYU Law School on Friday, January 30, 2004. This program is strictly for foreign lawyers enrolled as full-time LL.M. students at a sponsoring law school during the 2003-2004 academic year (Chicago-Kent is a program sponsor). This one-day interview program brings together over 1100 foreign-trained law students with 130+ employers with positions in approximately 35 countries including the US. Informational packets containing all necessary program instructions and registration materials may be picked up in the Career Services Office, Room 360. Packets will also be distributed to students in Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar's class on October 16th . All registration materials must be submitted to the Career Services Office by noon on Wednesday, October 29th. Students chosen for interviews by participating employers will be notified about their interviews during the week of January 12, 2004. Questions regarding the program should be directed to Elizabeth Pohlman in the Career Services Office at epohlman@kentlaw.edu.

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.

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.

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 #16. Application deadline is November 3rd, 2003.

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

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellowship Programs

Graduate Fellowship

This Fellowship is for 3Ls who will be incoming associates at participating law firms. The Fellowships are during the summer and allow adequate time to study for the Bar Exam. See handout #18 and job posting #77682 for complete details.

Summer Internship

This program is for 1Ls and 2Ls. This is a 10-week program and pays a $4,500 stipend. The internship provides a valuable and unique opportunity to serve the needs of low-income people, work on policy issues, and put your knowledge to use in the public interest. Applications must be received before March 1. See handout # 19 and job posting #77691. NOTE: 1Ls cannot apply before December 1.

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!).

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.

Resources

NOTE: These are by no means all of the resources available in our office. This section is for highlighting new resources or existing sources that have been updated, or as a reminder of existing resources that are especially useful at certain times during the year. To view the list of available resources go to http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/book-inv.pdf

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.

New Resource: Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide 2003-2004

A good narrative overview of the field and the job search process for public sector employment. Includes sample resumes and cover letters, and lists of employers and fellowships.

New Resource: Immigration Detainee Defense Initiative Directory

Opportunities for Law Students to Work Justice in the Lives of Detained Immigrants and Refugees.

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.

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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