Career Services Office
Services Office home page
of January 26, 2004
Summer Opportunities for 1L's
Wondering how most students spend the summer
after their first year? Not sure what types of jobs are
available or what the timeline is for hiring? Then you
won't want to miss the career services office annual Summer
Opportunities Program for 1L's on Tuesday,
January 27th at Noon, Room 510. Second and
third year students will give you the inside scoop and
describe their experiences including clerking for small/
medium size firms, volunteering for a public interest
organization, clerking for a government agency, enrolling
in a clinic through The Law Office's of Chicago-Kent,
externing for a judge, and performing research for a professor.
Networking Tips for Young Lawyers
Renowned speaker, journalist (The New York
Times, L Magazine, among others), and lawyer Marci
Nusbaum will be speaking on issues of importance to
your career and job search including networking tips and
alternative legal careers. Don’t miss this exceptional
speaker whose legal career presentations have been called
by a current law student “one of the most dynamic and
helpful presentations” that he had ever attended.
Program will occur on Tuesday,
January 27th from 2:30 to 4:30 at DePaul
Center 1 E. Jackson Room 8005 Chicago, Illinois 60604
This event is jointly sponsored by the Chicago Area Law
1L Office Tours
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 so be sure
to sign up ASAP for one of the following dates and times:
January 28th at
January 29th at 12:00 noon and 5:15pm
February 2nd and 6th at 12:00 noon
February 3rd at 5:
Mock Interviews Available for Students
Registered for Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming
interviews at the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
is to participate in a mock interview. Judith Saunders,
former Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chicago-Kent,
will conduct mock interviews for registered MPILCC students,
by appointment only, on Tuesday
and Wednesday, February 10th and 11th. Interested
students should sign up in the Career Office (Room 360)
ASAP as slots fill up quickly. Students will need to
pick up a packet of information and drop off a copy of
their resume when signing up. Sign-up
deadline is noon on Monday February 2nd. Students
are encouraged to come dressed as they would for an actual
interview. Sessions are videotaped, after which students
will receive a candid critique of their current interviewing
skills while watching the video. Students interested in
keeping a copy of their session are encouraged to bring
their own blank videotape to the mock interview.
Want to work for the Government? Numerous
employment opportunities exist for law students during
their summer and school year as well as for entry level
attorneys post graduation. Learn about various government
agencies in Chicago and receive invaluable job search
advice from Chicago-Kent alumnae from the following agencies:
Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the Cook County
Public Guardian, the Cook County Public Defender, the
City of Chicago Department of Law, the Federal Defender
and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Come here from the experts on February
3rd at Noon, Room 170.
On Wednesday, February
4th, at 3:00 pm in Room 510, the CSO is hosting
a program to help students prepare for interviewing. You
will hear valuable student perspectives on what employers
look for in a candidate and you will be given hints and
tips for making the most of your interviews. This program
is highly recommended for all students intending on interviewing
with employers this Spring.
YLS Meet The Firms Night
On Thursday, February
26th from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the YLS will host
Chicago's most influential law firms at the CBA Building.
Firm representatives will be on hand to provide you with
hiring and firm culture information. The event is free
to all CBA members and CBA law student members (nonmembers
can join at the door). Resumes are accepted at the discretion
of the firms. Dress is business casual. To RSVP call
the YLS at 312-554-2032 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your CBA member number.
for a complete list of firms after January 16th.
Law Student Interview Workshop
Get the inside track on interview skills
and prepare yourself for one of the most important firs
impressions in your life. Strategies to handle difficult
questions and successful interview strategies will be
covered at the beginning of the session. Then you will
participate in one-on-one mock interview with practicing
attorneys from several different areas of the law. Participants
should bring resumes and wear proper business attire.
The workshop will be held from
4-6 pm on Thursday, February 19th at CBA
Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Ct.). There is no cost
for CBA Law Student members and $12 for non-Law Student
Members (includes one-year CBA Law Student membership).
To preregister, call the YLS at 312-554-2032
17th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest
The 17th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Retreat
"Confronting Challenges: Making Public Interest
Work." will take place from February
27-29, 2004 at the Sargent Center (Boston University's
Alumni Camp) near Peterborough, New Hampshire.
This retreat will bring together 150 public interest law
students, practitioners, and professors to a beautiful
lakeside wooded New Hampshire retreat where participants
will spend a weekend developing personal connections,
discussing issues important to our careers and lives,
and learning from one another. Applications will be available
in January. Registration deadline
February 6. For further information, see www.coverretreat.org.
Government Services Career Fair
The YLS will host its Fifth Annual Government
Services Career Fair on Saturday,
March 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Association
Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth St.). The Fair will
consist of a panel discussion on legal careers in public
service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives
from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted
at the discretion of the government agencies. The cost
of the event is $10 for CBA Members and CBA Law Student
Members ($20 for nonmembers). To register, call CBA
Ticketing at 312-554-2056. For more information on
participating agencies and panelists, visit www.chicagobar.org/yls.html
closer to the event date.
Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project
Do you want to help others, but you do
not have a lot of time? If so, please consider spending
just ONE day, May 14, 2004,
away from the office doing rewarding work with other volunteers
on behalf of women in need. Now in its fifth year, members
of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago,
Inc., Chicago Bar Association Alliance For Women, Chicago
Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Women in the Law
Committee, DuPage Women Lawyers Association, Hadassah
Attorneys Council, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
Latina Lawyers Committee, Illinois State Bar Association
Minority and Women Participation Committee, Illinois State
Bar Association Women and the Law Committee, and the Women’s
Bar Association of Illinois collectively present the “Women
Everywhere: Partners in Service Project.” On May 14,
2004, Women Everywhere volunteers will contribute their
workday to a preselected community service agency dedicated
to helping women in need or to an educational project
benefiting young women and girls. Women Everywhere agency
activities include direct service tasks, such as painting,
building, gardening or cleaning, as well as legal education
projects, such as presenting topical seminars and workshops,
or providing job training information. If you are interested
in participating in any of these exciting activities,
please pick up a copy of an application form from the
Career Services Office or contact Melanie Kushnir at email@example.com
with any questions.
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.
U.S. Department of Housing and
The deadline for the Legal Honors
Intern Program has been extended to Friday,
February 13th. See job posting #78057
for details. For the application see handout
#20 or go to www.hud.gov/offices/ogc.
2L Summer Associate Opportunity
Swanson, Martin & Bell, a Chicago
civil litigation firm, is seeking a summer associate
for 2004. Must be in top 25% of the class. Prefer
a member of the Law Review or Moot Court participant.
See job posting #80928.
U.S. Department of Justice Summer
The Computer Crime & Intellectual
Property Section of the Criminal Division (CCIPS)
is seeking applications for summer interns; these
are unpaid/volunteer positions. CCIPS is responsible
for resolving unique issues raised by emerging
computer and telecommunications technologies and
for overseeing the enforcement of federal laws
on computer crime, electronic privacy, criminal
copyright, trademark and trade secrets. Summer
internships are full time and usually last between
Interns work directly with attorneys
on issues relating to computer and intellectual
property crime. Typical intern projects have involved
researching novel legal issues, drafting litigation
documents for active cases and helping to draft
Section publications. Fax or e-mail resume, cover
letter, short legal writing sample (no more than
10 pages), and law school transcript (if available).
Apply early; interviews
are scheduled on a rolling basis starting December
1. Deadline is January 31, 2004.
QUALIFICATIONS: Strong academic
background. Excellent research and writing skills.
Interest in criminal law. Experience, knowledge,
or interest in computers, telecommunications networks
or other emerging technologies. Must be enrolled
in law school. See job posting #80381.
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 first or second year minority law
students who want to do legal research and 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.
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. Only
students eligible for a 711 license can apply.
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 #32. Application
deadline for Summer is March 26th.
Opportunity in the Illinois Attorney General's
The Antitrust Bureau of Illinois
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is currently
seeking law student interns for the summer of
2004 on a full or part-time basis. The positions
are unpaid, but it may be possible to obtain
school credit with prior approval from the student's
school. The student will serve as a volunteer
law clerk which will provide excellent opportunities
to improve his/her skills and knowledge in a wide
range of subject areas, including consumer protection,
government representation, civil rights, environmental
enforcement, antitrust and other complex civil
litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal
law enforcement. Interested students should read
the description of the Office's law clerk program
Any interested student should print out a copy
of the application maintained on the web site
and return it to either the address or fax number
found at the web site. Please indicate Antitrust
as the first choice on that form and note in their
comments either that they heard of this opportunity
from the career services office or otherwise have
a primary interest in interning with the Antitrust
Bureau. We also ask each student to include a
copy of her/his resume with the application form.
Please contact Blake L. Harrop at 312-814-1004
or e-mail: email@example.com
if you have any questions about the Antitrust
Bureau or the application process. Deadline
is April 1, 2004. See job
note: See Prof.
Gross about obtaining academic credit.
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
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
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
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
There are two typewriters available
to students in the Career Services Office.
They are available for use during our regular
hours, no appointment needed. They are on
a first-come, first-serve basis.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the password
to access the list. Please note, the password
for this site is not the same as your job posting
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is
seeking to sublet apartments for Summer Associates
who will coming in from out of town. If interested
in subletting, please contact Mary Boxer
at 312-701-8439, fax 312-706-9234 or via
Schiff Hardin is seeking to sublet
apartments for Summer Associates who will be
coming in from out of town. If interested in
subletting, please contact Lilly Tuller
by mail at 6600 Sears Tower, Chicago, IL
60606 or via e-mail: email@example.com.
Winter/Spring Semester Office
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.