Programs for 1Ls
Resumes and Cover Letters for the Legal Market -
Required for Resume &/or Cover Letter Review in
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 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
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.
There is also a videotape now available of the Orientation
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
Tuesday, Nov. 4th
Thursday, Nov. 6th
3:00 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7th
1L Job Posting Passwords Are Now Available
Each first year student has been assigned a password
for viewing job postings. Please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org to have yours sent to
you. You can change your password once you log in
to the website. The job posting web page (there is
a direct link from the career services web page) is
Your social security number with the dashes
is your “Student Login.” Please complete the “Profile”
in the Personal Data section. To view job postings,
select “LawMatch Job Listings.” You will need to complete
a quick registration before going to the job posting
section. We recommend that you copy and paste your
resume into the resume bank as employers have the
option of searching for interested/qualified applicants.
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,
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 e-mail email@example.com
Out of State Job Search Program
If you’re considering working in another state, don’t
miss our Out of State Job Search program! Learn how
to maximize your job search outside of Illinois. CSO
staff members will provide all the details about available
resources and answers to the most frequently asked
questions so that you can map out your job search
wherever it may lead you. Come to Room
580, Tuesday, November 11th at Noon.
ABA Program "Pursuit of Happiness: Uncovering
Satisfying Career Paths for Today and Tomorrow"
On Wednesday, November 12,
2003 (Room 590, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
the American Bar Association Career Resource Center
will present a special one hour program for students
and young alumni/ae. Many career paths are possible
with a law degree, for those willing and able to exercise
their options and the guest panelists will cover a
full range of experience and a number of professional
roles. Panelists will reveal their top tips about
breaking into their coveted lines of work, share their
hesitancies and how they overcame them to find happiness
in and beyond the law. Guest speakers will include
Kathy Morris, Director of the ABA Career Resource
Center and four Chicago-Kent Alumni/ae: Bob Grueneberg
'76, US Postal Service Legal Department; Mark Ippolito
'95, Vice-President, Burns Sports & Celebrity
Marketing; Judy Armstrong Pazol '87, Senior Counsel,
Premier, Inc.; and Lois Price '97, who is currently
working in an alternative career in the radio industry
at WFMT 98.7 FM and WLUW 88.7 FM. The 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. This program is sponsored
by The Affiliates, an executive search firm matching
experienced attorneys to project-based and permanent
opportunities, and the Chicago-Kent Alumni/ae and
Career Services Offices. Refreshments will be
served. Registration is necessary. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve your seat.
Law Students Association Career Panel
Open to All Students: Black Law Students Association’s
On Wednesday, November 5th
in Room 590 the Black Law Students Association
will present a panel of experienced practitioners
to discuss a variety of career related concerns –
distinguishing yourself from other candidates, effective
job search strategies, coping with the recent changes
in the marketplace, and how to network effectively.
An informal reception will take place from 4 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m. with the panel beginning at 4:30 and
a question and answer period to follow. Professor
Bartram Brown will moderate the discussion. Panelists
include: the Honorable Preston Bowie, Chicago-Kent
graduate and Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook
County, Criminal Division ;Robert Ruiz, Chief of the
Public Interest Bureau of the Cook County State’s
Attorney’s Office; Michael Ayala, Channel 2 Morning
Anchor and Legal Analyst; Seyon Reed, Chicago-Kent
graduate and Assistant State’s Attorney; Heather Nelson,
Chicago-Kent graduate and Entertainment Law attorney.
Please rsvp to BLSA@kentlaw.edu
by Monday, November 3rd to reserve your seat.
Young Lawyers Section All School Social
Tuesday, November 18, 2003,
4-6 p.m. Come
join other law students, meet your school's CBA Law
Student Representative, and network with YLS leaders
at the All-Schools Reception. Come take advantage
of a great networking opportunity, learn the benefits
of bar membership, win raffle prizes, and enjoy appetizers.
You must be a current CBA law student member to obtain
2 free drink tickets-so don't forget your CBA card.
Not a CBA law student member? Call Maria Campbell
at 312-554-2135 for an application or join at the
door for only $12. Please RSVP to the YLS Department
by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or call
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
for further information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com, 602-229-5314
or Michelle Hemenway in Milwaukee for the Potawatomi
program at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
For information on the Forest County Potawatomi
Indian Community, see http://www.fcpotawatomi.com.
Equal Justice America Summer $3,500
Legal Service Fellowships Available
Equal Justice America Legal Service
Summer Fellowships are available to law students
working in organizations providing direct civil
legal services to the poor. Students must secure
a full-time (minimum 35 - 40 hours per week) placement
for at least 10 weeks for a legal services organization.
Completed applications must be received no later
than March 17, 2004.
See job posting # 78323.
Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
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
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
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
Reminder: Informational Handouts
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.
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 email@example.com for the password to
access the list. Please note, the password
for this site is not the same as your job posting