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Week of March 1, 2004

Programs/Seminars

Job Search Strategies for the Small and Midsize Firm Market

Interested in working for a small and/or midsize firm? Hear what life is like in a small and/or midsize firm from several practicing partners who have chosen this career path. They will share their experiences and provide you with invaluable job search advice on the following topics: researching and identifying small/midsize law firms; hiring methods and timelines; writing effective resumes and cover letters; preparing for the interview; and negotiating the salary and benefits. This program will be held on March 2, 2004 at Noon in Room # 170. Please sign up in the career services office or RSVP Melanie Kushnir at mkushnir@kentlaw.edu to reserve a spot.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality instrument used by career counselors to help individuals identify jobs and work environments that will be particularly satisfying. The MBTI can help you identify what motivates & energizes you, how you gather information, how you make decisions, and how you approach your work day as well as your leisure time. It is an excellent resource for those students uncertain about their future career and/or curious about how to use their law degree in a variety of settings.

Students MUST sign-up and complete the MBTI inventory in advance of the program. Inventories are available in the Career Services Office. Please allow about 20 minutes to complete the MBTI form. The forms must be completed and turned in by noon on Monday, March 8th.

The program itself will take place in two consecutive sessions at Noon, Tuesday, March 9th in Room C25 and Wednesday March 10th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 370. Attendance is required for both sessions as they will cover different topics. Questions may be directed to Maureen Stimming at mstimming@kentlaw.edu, who will facilitate both programs.

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.

National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Graduates to Leaders Workshop in Law

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is currently accepting applications for Graduates to Leaders (G2L) - Law. G2L will host Italian American law students for all-expenses paid workshops providing in-depth lectures and discussions with Italian American leaders in the legal field. Topics will include public interest and advocacy law, statutory and administrative law, criminal law and business law among others. Institutional visits will involve the Supreme Court, Congress, the Judicial Department and some of the top firms in Washington. Participants will receive an "insider's" view into their vocation, taking part in sessions which will delve into important issues and key strategies helpful in maintaining their professional lives.

In addition, the seminars will double as a networking forums among participants, providing the base of a professional support group of Italian Americans involved in law. The seminars will be all-expenses paid, including transportation, accommodations, meals and events.

Past speakers who have taken part in NIAF Programs include: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, General Counsel of the SEC Giovanni Prezioso, N.Y. Supreme Court Justice Dominic Massaro, and Louis Freeh, Former Director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The NIAF Graduates to Leaders Workshop in Law will be offered May 23 - 26, 2004 in Washington, D.C. To be eligible for the program, students must be 1st or 2nd year law students at the time of application and be of Italian heritage. Participants will be selected through an application process. The application process includes background information, an essay, a resume, a transcript and a recommendation from a professor or legal professional. Applications must be postmarked by April 1st, 2004 for consideration. Further information about the program and applications can be found on the website: http://www.niaf.org/G2L.

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.

Fall 2004 Internship Opportunity with US Attorney's Office

The US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois will accept approximately 15 interns for its Fall 2004 Internship Program. Interns will be expected to serve at least 16 hours/week in the office. These are unpaid internships, but course credit may be available. For more information see Job posting #86223. See handout rack in Career Services Office for application. Applications are due by April 16, 2004.

Volunteer Summer Judicial Internships, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

The Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County has a number of volunteer summer intern positions available for first-and second-year students who are interested in learning more about the state trial court while honing their research and writing skills. Students will work directly with judges and, in some cases, with current post-grad judicial clerks (not all judges in the Law Division have judicial clerks). This is an excellent opportunity to see the judicial system in action. To apply submit a resume and writing sample to the Career Services Office by March 5th. See job posting #84602.

FROM PROFESSOR VIVIEN GROSS
IRS summer legal externship and employment opportunities -- Current 1Ls and 2Ls

The Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, has two paid positions and two for-credit, volunteer externship positions available this summer in its Chicago office.

Applicants with prior expertise or experience in tax matters are preferred, but the IRS will consider all applicants.

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 10, 2004. Applications should include: brief cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample. Applicants must also submit Form 6524 , available at <http://www.ustreas.gov/jobs/attorney.html>

Alternatively, to request a Form 6524 application, call Karen Lawrence at (312) 886-9225, x357, or fax requests to (312)
886-8244.

Applications should be mailed to Area Counsel, IRS, Suite 2300, 200 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60606, Attention: Judith M. Picken.

For more information, please see Professor Gross, Room 617. See job posting #85654.

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

Kent Justice Foundation Summer Fellowship Program

The Kent Justice Foundation Summer Fellowship Program provides grants of up to $4500 to students at the Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured unpaid or low paying public interest legal positions during the summer. Summer Fellowships are awarded to help compensate deserving and committed students for working in public interest, as well as provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations. The application form and criteria information is available in hard copy on the KJF bulletin board and in the career services office. Applications will be due on April 19, 2004. If you have questions, please contact KJF President, Aaron Garland at agarland@kentlaw.edu.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship

CHCI has 22 fellowships available for promising Latinos. Fellows gain hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows have the opportunity to work in such areas as international affairs, economic development, education policy, housing, or local government. See job posting #84229 and handout #34 for complete details. Application deadline is March 1, 2004.

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

Environmental Law Careers Directory 2003-2004

The Careers Directory assists law students and law school graduates in contacting employers in the environmental law field. It is divided into sections: corporations, government, nonprofit organizations and private firms, along with other helpful information for those interested in environmental careers.

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 at http://lawcareer.kentlaw.edu/. 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

Chicago Law Firms Seeking to Sublet Apartments for Summer Associates

The following firms are seeking to sublet apartments for Summer Associates who will be coming in from out of town. If interested in subletting your apartment, please contact the following: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw - Mary Boxer , (312) 701-8439, fax (312) 706-9234, mboxer@mayerbrownrowe.com; Schiff Hardin - Lilly Tuller, 6600 Sears Tower, Chicago, IL 60606, ltuller@schiffhardin.com; Jenner & Block - Rebecca Eichenlaub, Legal Recruiting Coordinator, (312) 840-8949, reichenlaub@jenner.com.

Summer Housing Available in Washington DC

If you will be spending your summer in Washington DC for educational purposes (internships, research and study) housing is available at the Catholic University of America. For more information and rates go to http://conferences.cua.edu or contact them at 202-319-5291 or e-mail cua-summer@cua.edu

Spring Semester Office Hours

The Career Services Office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available for alumnae/i and evening students, by appointment only, on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at 312-906-5200 to set up an appointment.

 

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