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Week of November 24, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving from 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.

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

The Career Services Office would like congratulate all December graduates on this tremendous achievement and we wish you the best in your future endeavors. Remember to update your resume to reflect that you have received your Juris Doctor.


If you are seeking employment, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor either over the winter break or during BarBri. Even if you donít plan to actively pursue an opportunity until after the bar exam, itís never too early to consider all of your employment options. For those of you relocating or changing addresses after graduation, please inform our office of your new contact information. We will keep you in mind when we hear of employment opportunities, can connect you with alumnae/i in your new location, and will provide you with updates regarding the services of our office.

Please stay in touch and keep us posted on your progress. Congratulations again and good luck on the bar exam.

Programs/Seminars

Opportunities in the City of Chicago Mayorís Office

On Tuesday, November 25th from noon to 1 p.m., Mr. Kyle Powers, Intern Coordinator for the City of Chicago, will present a short informational program on opportunities with the Mayorís Office. First year students are welcome to attend for networking and informational purposes. Second and third year students are encouraged to attend to find out more about the Mayoral Fellowship positions currently available. Mayoral Fellows work on special projects in all areas of the Mayorís Office and answer legal or policy questions as well as perform legal research.

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.

United Steelworkers of America

The USWA Legal Department will be hiring two 2nd year students as law clerks for summer 2004; the salary is $600 per week. Law clerks will perform extensive legal research and writing and will participate in the preparation of various legal papers. QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of a basic labor law course. Strong research and writing skills. Strong interest in representing the cause of working people and labor unions. Mail resume, cover letter, transcript, list of references, and short writing sample to USWA Legal Department, Attn: Illia Milasich-Schwarz, Five Gateway Center, Pittwburgh, PA 15222. Apply as soon as possible. See job posting #79933.

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 Mayorís 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.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The ABA Section of Litigation in partnership with CLEO is accepting applications for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. This is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship open to all fist or second year minority law students who want to do legal research adn writing for state or federal judges in participating cities in Illinois or Texas. Positions are filled on a rolling basis. Submit (3) copies of: completed application form (available on line), legal writing sample no more than 3 pages in length, and statement of interest. See handout #26 for details, job posting #80165. Deadline January 28, 2004.

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. 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.

 

 

 

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