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Week of November 17, 2003

Programs/Seminars

1L Job Posting Passwords Are Now Available

Each first year student has been assigned a password for viewing job postings. Please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu 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 http://lawcareer.kentlaw.edu. 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.

Job Searching in a Recession

As you already know, the downturn in the economy and consequently in the hiring market for the legal field, has made looking for employment challenging at best. Don’t lose hope! This program will address the strategies you need to implement to be successful in your job search. Join Chicago-Kent Alumni who graduated amidst a tight job market to discuss approaches that have worked. The program will be held in Room 580 on Tuesday, November 18th from Noon-1pm. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Pohlman, epohlman@kentlaw.edu, in the Career Services Office.

CBA 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 yls@chicagobar.org or call 312-554-2031

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.

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.

2003/2004 Mayoral Fellowship Program

The Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago currently has 3-4 mayoral fellowship positions available immediately for second or third year law students to answer legal or policy questions and to perform related legal research and writing in a fast paced environment. All projects assigned are confidential with time sensitive deadlines. Work schedules may be flexible, preferably 15-20 hours per week. Prior legislative or policy expertise is helpful but not mandatory. Law students selected would work on special projects in all areas of the Mayor’s Office. Strong writing, research, interpersonal and communications skills are necessary. Candidates should send: resume, reference list, transcript and a one page statement on why they would like the opportunity to work in the Office of the Mayor to: Kyle Powers, Intern Coordinator, Office of the Mayor, Room 406, City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60602, phone 312-744-9482, fax 312-744-9538 or at kpowers@cityofchicag.org. Residency in the City of Chicago is required. The City of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications should be received before December 1, 2003. These positions are unpaid/volunteer. See job posting #79725.

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.

Fellowship Information Available

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) 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.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook

There are new updates to the Handbook regarding program information and deadlines. Either stop in the Career Services Office to look through the binder, or go on line to view them. Contact the CSO for password information.

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.

Career Services Holiday Office Hours

The Career Services Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th. There will be no late hours for the week of November 24th. We will reopen at 8:30am on Monday, December 1st.

 

 

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