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Week of January 26, 2004

 

Programs/Seminars

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 School Consortium.

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 3pm
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.

Government Panel

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.

Interviewing Tips

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 yls@chicagobar.org with your CBA member number.

Check www.chicagobar.org/yls.html 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 Retreat


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 mkushnir@kentlaw.edu with any questions.

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.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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 Interns

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 10-12 weeks.

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.

Summer Intern Opportunity in the Illinois Attorney General's Office

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 at http://www.ag.state.il.us/jobopps/lawclerk_application.htm. 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: bharrop@atg.state.il.us if you have any questions about the Antitrust Bureau or the application process. Deadline is April 1, 2004. See job posting #82494.

Please note: See Prof. Gross about obtaining academic credit.

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

Reminder: Typewriters

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 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.

Summer Housing

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 e-mail: mboxer@mayerbrownrowe.com.

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: ltuller@schiffhardin.com.

Winter/Spring Semester Office Hours

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.

 

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