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Week of November 1, 2004


Announcements

Callbacks and Offers

Please keep us informed about callbacks and offers as well as any concerns you may have regarding the interviews. E-mail our office about callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs. If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews.

Summer Experience Survey

Did you clerk at a law firm this summer? Volunteer for a public interest organization? Serve as a summer associate? Research for a professor? Work for a government agency? Take summer classes or study abroad? If so, we want to know about it! We would appreciate it if all returning students would take a few minutes to complete our "Summer Experience Survey," now electronically submittable through the web. Many of you may remember using these surveys as a means of researching employers and/or finding employers who hired 1Ls! Now it's time to repay the favor. Simply fill out the form and hit the submit button for a quick and painless entry to win a prize. The winner will be announced in the Record in November.

Programs

First Year Students: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

A workshop on writing cover letters and developing a legal resume will be presented on Tuesday, November 9th from 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium and 5:15 p.m. in room 590. You must attend this program if you want to have your resume or cover letter reviewed by a career counselor. PLEASE NOTE: The noon program conflicts with the ASP Exam Preparation Program being held by the Office of Student Services. If you plan to attend a day session, please choose either the ASP or Resume workshop at noon and attend the other program in the evening (11/9 for Resume workshop, 11/10 for ASP).

1L Tours of the Career Services Office


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. Please sign up in the Career Services Office.

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd 3:00 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5th Noon
Thursday, Nov. 11th noon
Tuesday, Nov. 16th noon & 5:15 p.m.

Practice Tracks

1Ls strongly encouraged to attend

Thursday, November 4th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., attorneys from over 60 practice areas will be at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall law school) to talk informally with students about careers in a variety of practice areas. It's your chance to find out how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should emphasize in applying, and more!

Note: The participating attorneys are volunteering their time and their participation in the program does not indicate job openings at represented organizations. However, this program has proven to be an extremely effective means of networking and obtaining helpful information about prospective employers in a variety of different settings and practice areas.

Out of State Job Search

If you’re considering working in another state, don’t miss our Out of State Job Search program! Learn how to maximize your job search outside of Illinois. CSO staff members will provide all the details about available resources and answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can map out your job search wherever it may lead you. Come to Room 580, Wednesday, November 10th at 3pm.

1st Year Associates Minority Reception

On Wednesday, Nov. 10th from 5:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m. there will be a reception welcoming minority first year associates to Chicago. It is hosted by the Chicago Committee in Minorities in Large Law Firms and Jenner & Block. It takes place at Jenner & Block One IBM Plaza, 330 N. Wabash Ave. 40th Floor. Program and Remarks t 6:00 p.m. featuring Durga M. Bharam, Partner, Tressler Soderstrom Maloney & Priess.

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 "LawCareer 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.

Law Clerking Opportunity

Two Chicago-Kent graduates are seeking a law clerk (1L Evening, 2L and 3Ls ) for their firm. These are excellent opportunities to gain substantive legal experience. Please see job posting # 428.

Internships Available

Burns Entertainment & Sorts Marketing, Inc. is accepting applications for winter internships (January through mid-May). Interviews start mid-October so apply early. Will also accept resumes for Spring 2005 & Summer 2005. See job posting #464 for details.

Legal Externship Program: Spring 2005

Do you want to develop your legal skills, get practical legal experience, see what it is like to work in a corporation, firm or government agency and -- at the same time -- make yourself more marketable to prospective employers? If so, then consider doing a for-credit externship and signing up for Chicago-Kent's Legal Externship Program (LEP).

LEP is 4-credit hours, non-graded, and open predominantly to students in their last two semesters of law school.

Externs interested in civil law may select to work in corporations, firms or government agencies, specializing in such diverse legal areas as immigration, tax, commodities, securities, health care, medical malpractice, or general corporate law. Externs in criminal law may choose to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Some externships offer the opportunity to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Some examples of the many available externship opportunities:

Immigration Court (of Office of Homeland Security)

Asylum Law — Immigration practice with public interest organization

Office of Cook County Public Defender — Felony Courtroom (you can use 711 license)

Cook County State's Attorney's Office — Felony Courtroom (you can use 711 license)

Public Utilities Bureau of Illinois Attorney General's Office — Energy and natural gas-related policy-making and litigation

Clerk to Judge in Chancery Court of Cook County (Equity Court)

Mexican Consulate of Chicago — Legal aid to Consul General of Mexico and staff (knowledge of Spanish a prerequisite)

Office of Cook County Public Guardian — Juvenile Court (you can use 711 license)

Internal Revenue Service

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

If you want to know more about available externship opportunities, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up an appointment.

More information about Legal Externship and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area, Room 600, and in the Career Services Office.

US Attorney for Northern District of IL Summer 2005 Internship Program

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT 2LS

If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the US Attorney's Office in handling its multitude of important cases, please pick up an application from Professor Gross in Room 617.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the US Attorney by Friday, December 10, 2004. The reason for this accelerated date is because each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which takes several weeks.

To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the US Attorney's Office, you must enroll in the law school's Legal Externship Program. The law school's externship applications for summer semester, 2005 will be available in Room 600 Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office in mid-March.

Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Externship Program or the externship position with the US Attorney's Office.

Simon Karas Fellowship-Ohio Office of the Attorney General

The Ohio Attorney General is accepting applications for the Simon Karas Fellowship. This fellowship is for one year running from September 2005 through August 2006. The Fellow works with the State Solicitor, the Appeals Section, and other top lawyers in the office on the State's major appellate cases. Apply early, deadline for applications is Nov. 15th. See job posting #539.

PILI Summer Internship Program

The Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) is accepting applications for 2005 Summer Internships. These are paid internships. See job posting #510; pickup handout #16 in the Career Services Office for application and list of agencies or go to PILI's website www.pili-law.org. Deadline is March 31, 2005 but early application is recommended as these are very competitive positions.

National Women's Law Center Internships

The Center, a non-profit legal advocacy organization that works to advance rights of women, particularly the rights of low-income women & girls, with primary focus areas including gender equity in education, employment, economic security and health, is accepting applications from first, second, and third year law students who are available to work at least 15 hours or more per week during the academic year or full-time during the summer. These are unpaid positions, but course credit may be available, or students can seek fellowships to fund their work. Interns will be assigned to one attorney mentor, but may work with several attorneys during the course of the semester. The program attempts to match student preferences as to substantive areas and provide students with varied work assignments which may include writing briefs, drafting complaints, writing articles and fact sheets, commenting on proposed federal agency regulations, preparing Congressional testimony, researching legislative history, and attending court, executive branch and Congressional proceedings. To apply submit current resume, cover letter indicating dates and times available for work, law school transcript or list of law school grades, recent writing sample, names of three references (preferably legal employers or law professors)with current addresses and telephone numbers. E-mail (preferred) to humanresources@nwlc.org. To send transcripts separately or if no e-mail capabilities mail to: Law Student Internships, Human Resources Dept., National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Fax # 202-588-5185 . Spring applications are due no later that November 24, 2004. Summer applications are due by March 1, 2005, but start to be reviewed in December so please apply early.

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. Pick up application in the Career Services Office.

Fellowship Information Available

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

Job Bulletins

We receive job bulletins from the Federal government and some other law schools that have job postings in them for out of state as well as Illinois. When conducting your job search, don't forget to check them out. Come into the Career Services Office to look through them; they are not available on line.

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 system at https://lawcareerweb.micronapps.com/index.asp and will contain the new postings from the week of August 30th forward. The LawMatch system at http://lawcareer.kentlaw.edu/is still working and contains the job postings from the week of August 23rd. 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.

Fall Semester Office Hours

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

 

 

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