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Weeks of June 21 & June 28, 2004


Summer Office Hours

Beginning the week of May 31st, the Career Services Office will observe the following office hours:

Monday –Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. *
* After hours appointments available on Thursday (5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30) if scheduled 24 hours in advance
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – Noon

To schedule an appointment, call 312/906-5200.

Free Client Development Program: Get Ahead of the Competition

The Career Services Office is in its sixth year of partnering with the Chicago Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association in a continuing effort to present an innovative series of programs designed to teach law students and lawyers how to develop and maintain client relationships. Whether you plan to practice in a large, mid-size, or small firm, an in-house legal department, or hang out your own shingle, this eight-session lunch time series offers an outstanding opportunity to learn the basic skills required to develop a successful law practice that goes beyond being an excellent legal technician. Even if you plan to start your career in government work, a working knowledge of operations on the private practice side will help guide you in the event you plan to change sectors.

Still not convinced? The Chicago Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association has established two scholarships toward tuition for two students who attend all lectures and submit the best marketing plan, as judged by a panel of legal marketing experts.

Class of 2005 and 2006 students with two years of professional experience prior to law school are welcome to attend. All lectures are from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 520 at Chicago-Kent. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Career Services Office at (312) 906-5200 or e-mail us at kentcso@kentlaw.edu by Friday, July 2nd to register for the only program of this type to be offered to law students.

Lecture Series:
Tuesday, July 13: Plan Overview, Setting Goals and Selecting Activities for a Marketing Plan
Thursday, July 15: Developing Effective Communication Skills
Tuesday, July 20: Marketing and Ethical Considerations
Thursday, July 22: Establishing Your Network
Tuesday, July 27: Using Technology to Market Yourself/Your Practice
Tuesday, July 29: Asking for the Business
Tuesday, August 3: Keeping the Business You Developed
Thursday, August 5: What I Wish I Knew When I Walked in the Door

Career Services Launches Public Interest Law Website

The career services office invites you to view its newly launched Public Interest Law Careers website. The information in this site is intended to assist students seeking public interest employment during the summer and following graduation. Helpful job searching resources including job search strategies, key summer programs and funding sources, postgraduate fellowships, and law firm pro bono opportunities are included. In addition, a comprehensive listing of public interest and government links including links to public interest job search sites, Illinois legal aid organizations, nonprofit and public interest law organizations divided by practice area as well as federal, state, and local government sites has been added. Check out the site at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/students/publicinterest/publicinterestintro2.html

Job Fairs

National Black Prosecutors Association Conference and Job Fair

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) 21st Annual Convention will occur July 18, 2004 – July 24, 2004 at the Marriott Hotel – Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors, the conference will host the NBPA Job Fair on July 20, 2004. The NBPA Job Fair provides a forum for law school students, recent law school graduates and experienced attorneys from across the nation to meet and interview for prospective employment in prosecutors’ offices at the local, state and federal levels. The job fair will be followed by an evening reception. The student/alumni rate for attending the Job Fair and Reception is $50.00. If a student wishes to attend the workshops and/or seminars at the convention, the fee is an additional $60.00 or $110.00 per student. Completed registration forms with a check for the appropriate amount must be received by July, 2, 2004. For further information including the registration form, pick up a copy of handout # 43 in the career services office. Alternatively, you can call Rita Okwumabua, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Detroit, Michigan at (313) 224-7475 or e-mail her at Rokwumab@co.wayne.mi.us. Additional information about the NBPA is also available at www.blackprosecutors.org.

National Black Law Student Association Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference

On Friday August 13th and Saturday August 14th, the National Black Law Student Association and Case Western Reserve University School of Law will be co-hosting the Eighteenth Annual National Black Law Student Association Midwest Regional Minority Recruitment Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In order to participate in the Fair, you must sign up and pick up registration material in the career services office. If you are out of the area and cannot pick up the materials, send an e-mail to mkushnir@kentlaw.edu. Final registration deadline is June 25, 2004. Further Conference information, including an updated list of registered legal employers is expected to be available at http://www.nblsa.org/regions/midwest/events/conference in late June. If you have questions regarding this job fair, please contact Melanie Kushnir at mkushnir@kentlaw.edu.

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.

Third Annual Minority Networking Reception

On Thursday, September 2, 2004, from 5 – 8 p.m., the Latino/a Law Student Association of the University of Illinois College of Law will host the Third Annual Minority Networking Reception to be held at the Metropolitan Club, Sears Tower, 67th Floor – East Room. Registration forms (to be available in late July) are due Wednesday, August 25, 2004. Students can register by sending a check for $10 and a completed registration form to: Latino/a Law Student Association, University of Illinois College of Law Building, 504 East Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign, Illinois 61820. For further information and questions, please contact Corey Tellez at ctellez@law.uiuc.edu.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The US Immigration & Customs Enforcement Dept. has an opening for a fall extern; this is an unpaid position, but course credit may be available. Students are expected to work approximately 14-16 hours/week for 10-12 weeks. Responsibilities include: assist in the representation of the U.S. Government in deportation, removal, and bond proceedings; provide advice and support to the various components of ICE; draft motions and briefs for practice before the US Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and US District Court; prepare memos dealing with complex and novel legal issues. Mail resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample. QUALIFICATIONS: Previous or concurrent coursework in immigration law helpful. Must be a US citizen. **NOTE** See Pro. Vivian Gross about the possibility of course credit.

See job posting # 93299 for further details.

International Internship Program

The ABA section of International Law and Practice's Law Student and New Lawyer Outreach Committee is launching an international internship program. The internship program is intended to facilitate the establishment of legal internships for US law students interested in the practice of international law with overseas law firms. This program is for 1L's, 2L's, 3L's and recent graduates. Benefits and requirements vary with each internship/firm. See job posting #90596 For more information go to www.abanet.org/intlaw/intlinternship.html. Can also e-mail GauthieJ@staff.abanet.org.

Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman Minority Scholars Program 2004 Application

Minority law students are eligible to apply for the Katten Muchin Rosenman Minority Scholars Program. One $15,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student of color participating in the 2005 Summer Associate Program. The recipient will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman and the legal profession. Completed applications must be mailed by August 31, 2004. All inquiries relating to the Program should be directed to Elizabeth E. Cibula, Director of Attorney Recruiting and Development at Elizabeth.cibula@kmzr.com. For a copy of the application, pick up handout # 42 in the career services office.

Kane County Resume Bank for Law Students

The Kane County Bar Association is pleased to announce the formation of a "Resume Bank" for law students interested in working in Kane County on a temporary or part-time basis. This program will increase job opportunities for law students and also be a resource for Association members who are looking to fill "summer associate," law clerk or other temporary law student positions in their firms.

Interested law students are invited to mail a completed brief questionnaire and a current resume to the KCBA office. A writing sample and references should be included with the application. The questionnaire and submitted materials will be kept on file in the KCBA office. See handout #39 in the Career Services Office for the application.

Fellowship Information Available

Information for 2005 Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Attention 2L's (and even 1L's): Information about Equal Justice Works graduate fellowships for 2005 is now available on-line at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/images2/Brochure4.gif. If no images appear, go to http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/bro2005.htm. Fellowships applications are available to third year graduating law students and recent law graduates for a two-year term beginning in September 2005. Please note application materials are due by September 16, 2004, one year in advance of the commencement of the fellowship term. Now is the time to start developing ideas, approaching potential host organizations, and drafting project proposals, if required. See application for further information.

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

New Resource-Vault Guide To Law Firm Pro Bono Programs

Which organizations have the top firms represented on a pro bono basis? How many hours do lawyers at the top firms contribute to pro bono work? Which firms have signed onto the ABA and Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge? What special recognition or awards have the top firms earned for their pro bono endeavors? What pro bono opportunities are available for summer associates? Answers to these questions can be found in this book. The book addresses such issues as typical pro bono assignments, recent pro bono clients, special training and supervision for pro bono cases, and average number of hours devoted to pro bono work. A must read for all law students and lawyers who feel a legal career is not complete without giving back to those in need.

Inside a US Embassy: How the Foreign Service Works for America

Ever wonder exactly what the Foreign Service is and what goes on inside a US Embassy? A US Embassy is home to a dynamic team of professionals committed to public service and the value of diplomacy. Inside a US Embassy gives an up-close and personal look into the lives of the diplomats and specialists who make up the US Foreign Service. A Foreign Service career offers the experience of living in diverse cultures and the challenge of making a difference in the world. Come along inside a US embassy and learn how the Foreign Service works for America. This book will be found in the Career Services section of the library.

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/. Job postings are password protected. If you do not have a password, please contact the Career Services Office by e-mailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Chicago Area Law Firm List

The Chicago Area Law Firm List of Firms with Four or More Attorneys is available on-line in a password protected searchable database. This resource can aid you in your job search by helping you identify local law firms that practice in the area(s) in which you are interested. Although every attempt is made at keeping the database current, information may become out of date due to firm mergers, contact people leaving their firms, etc. Therefore, 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 D.C.

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.

 

 

 

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