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Week of March 22, 2004

Programs/Seminars

Debt Management and Personal Planning 101

David Fain, Financial Representative of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, will present this seminar on March 24, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 370. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.edu or sign up in the career services office. If you have any questions, please contact mkushnir@kentlaw.edu.

Law Enforcement Program

Come join a panel of law enforcement agents on Tuesday, March 23rd at Noon. The speakers will be from various federal law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, and Homeland Security. They will be discussing career options in and outside the law with regard to these agencies. They will give you a better understanding of what it takes to be a part of these organizations and how your law degree will benefit you. The program will be held in room 590. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth in the career services office at epohlman@kentlaw.edu.

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Employers want efficient researchers and cost conscious employees. Classes will focus on cost effective research tools and "real-world" research strategies, including but not limited to, online features that are no additional cost, cost-effective search strategies and online databases for "real world" research. See the schedule below for course content, dates and times! Attend a BYF class and receive 500 LexisNexis Ultimate Rewards points. Also, all students who attend will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Best Buy gift card! Sign up for a class on the Chicago-Kent Lexis My School page at http://myschool.lexis.com/ (then click on the link for Chicago-Kent and look for the training schedule) or sign up by e-mailing terri.sorrentino@lexisnexis.com.

Classes are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Class Date Time Location
Cost Effective 3/24/2004 2-2:30 Lab 760
Statutory Research 3/24/2004 3-3:30 Lab 760
Cost Effective 3/24/2004 5-5:30 Lab 760
Litigation 3/24/2004 6-6:30 Lab 760

Cost Effective 3/25/2004 12-12:40 room C40 (lunch served, max of 30 students)

Cost Effective 3/31/2004 3-3:30 Lab 760
Cost Effective 3/31/2004 4-4:30 Lab 760
Cost Effective 3/31/2004 5:20-5:50 Lab 760

Cost Effective 4/6/2004 12-12:30 Lab 760

Think Globally, Network Locally Connecting with International Organizations in Chicago or You Don't Have to Practice International Law to be Involved

Do you find yourself drawn to international issues although your career is focused elsewhere? Are you among the growing number of attorneys finding their practice expanding globally? If so, please come to an informal presentation and discussion about becoming involved in international organizations and events in the city of Chicago. Hear from prominent alumnus whose volunteer work in local organizations led to appointments to the U.S. Commission for the Preservation for America's Heritage Abroad and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; find out how to meet foreign lawyers and other professionals visiting Chicago, and learn about Chicago-Kent's numerous international projects. Bring a friend and a lunch, and connect with Chicago-Kent's international community. Tuesday, March 30 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Offices, 20 S. Clark St, Suite 900.

Featured Speakers: John Pikarski '69, Gordon & Pikarski; Peggy Parfenoff, Executive Director, International Visitors Center of Chicago; Lydia Lazar, Assistant Dean for International Law and Policy, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Moderated by the Honorable Barbara Disko, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chair of the Board of Overseers Committee on International Law and Policy.

You may order a box lunch for #11 by contacting Nekeda Kirkwood at 312-906-5240 or nkirkwood@kentlaw.edu by Thursday, March 25th.

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 US 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.

Ernst & Young On-Campus Interviews

Ernst & Young LLP, an international professional services firm, is seeking candidates for a consultant intern position in its Human Capital (HC) practice for its Chicago office. Successful candidates will work with HC attorneys and other professionals on a wide variety of projects addressing the Internal Revenue code, ERISA, and other human resource issues related to an employer’s compensation and benefits program. You can learn more about the HC practice at: http://www.ey.com/global/content.nsf/International/Services_-_human_capital

Ernst & Young will be on-campus conducting interviews of 1Ls and 2Ls for a full-time summer internship with the potential for part-time work during the following school year on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 from 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. Approximately 40 hours are expected per week during the summer and approximately 20 hours are expected per week during the school year. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest, employment background or academic achievement in tax, employee benefits law, or human resources.

To sign up, you must submit your resume along with a schedule listing your conflicts to career services no later than Noon on Monday, March 22, 2004. NO RESUMES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME

2L Requirements: Top 33% of Class; Demonstrated Interest & Employment or Academic background in tax, employee benefits law, or human resources

1L Requirements: Demonstrated Interest & Employment or Academic background in tax, employee benefits law, or human resources

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Pohlman in the Career Services Office at epohlman@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 #36 in Career Services Office for application. Applications are due by April 16, 2004.

Volunteer Summer Internship Program in the Wisconsin Judicial System

The Wisconsin court system seeks 1st and 2nd year law students to work as unpaid interns with circuit court judges throughout our state during the summer of 2004.
Wisconsin has a single level circuit court of general jurisdiction consisting of 241 branches in 72 counties. Students are encouraged to apply for internships in countries outside of Milwaukee and Dane Counties, our two most populous counties.
Although interns will not be paid and cannot be reimbursed for expenses incurred in participating, these internships have much to offer. In addition to solid practical experience, students will enjoy a summer in Wisconsin where the weather is wonderful and recreational opportunities abound. Credits may be available for completing this internship and we encourage the student to check with their law school to discuss this possibility. Applications will accepted through April 16, 2004. The application may also be accessed at our website and interested students should forward an application and resume. See handout #37 in the Career Services Office.

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.

Equal Justice Works Route B Fellowships Still Available

It's not too late to become a 2004 Equal Justice Works Fellow! All 2004 Route B Fellowship opportunities begin in September 2004 and are available only to third-year law students. These opportunities are posted at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/routeblistings.php>. Additional postings will continue to be made weekly through April, on a rolling basis as more fellowships become available. Don’t let these exciting public interest opportunities pass you by. For general information regarding Equal justice Works Fellowship Opportunities, see <http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/fellowsmainpage.php>.

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

Program Video Available

The video for Gaining Experience as an Evening Law Student is now available. There is a copy in the Career Services Office and one on reserve in the library.

New Resource-Career Warfare 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand and Fighting to Keep It

David D'Alessandro, CEO of John Hancock and author of the national best-seller Brand Warfare has now written Career Warfare. This book gets personal - introducing the "personal brand", the reputation created by day-to-day actions and interactions, as the decisive factor in career advancement. Recounting lessons D'Alessandro has learned along the way, Career Warfare is an invaluable guidebook for building a successful career. It's also a blunt, often humorous, and entirely enjoyable read - adorned with memorable anecdotes and colorful characters.

New Resource-How to Pay for Your Law Degree 2004-2006

This directory provides detailed information on nearly 550 fellowships, internships, loans/forgivable loans, writing and other competitions, Bar Exam support programs, and grants available specifically to law students to support their study, training, research, and creative activities.

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

NOTE: additional housing information can be found in our websites of interest section.

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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