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Weeks of June 20th and June 27th

Enjoy your summer

We hope that you have a restful and productive summer. For students who intend to participate in the fall interviewing program, our office will send an email with details about participating employers, registration, and important dates in early July. For third years interested in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the City of Chicago Law Department, you must interview with those employers through the on-campus program.

Summer Office Hours

The Career Services Office will be open throughout the summer from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with career strategists will be available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at 312/906-5200 to arrange a time.

Career Services Staff Announcements

The Career Services Office has recently had some staffing changes. Our Director, Maureen Stimming, has left the Career Services Office. Many students and alum have benefited from her thoughtful counsel and she is greatly missed.

Abigail Staudt has joined the Career Services Office as the Resource Specialist.

 

Programs

Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer

Attention 2006, 2007, and 2008 grads and incoming 2L and 3L students: This July, the Career Services Office and members of the Chicago Legal Marketing Association will co-sponsor an eight series program entitled, "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer." Participants will learn the essential marketing and client development skills required to develop a successful law practice that goes beyond being an excellent legal technician. Chicago-Kent alumni and students who have completed two years of law school, or have two years of professional experience prior to entering law school, are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be available.  Participants who attend every session and submit a marketing plan at the conclusion of the program will be eligible for a scholarship toward fall tuition.

All lectures are from 12 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in room 520 at Chicago-Kent College of Law. The sessions will begin on Thursday, July 14 and will occur each Tuesday and Thursday through Tuesday, August 9.  To register or obtain additional information, please call the Career Services Office at 312/906-5200 or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu. If you email, please send your year of graduation/year in school and your telephone number in the message. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 7th.


Fall Interview Program

On Monday, July 11th, all students will receive an email with important information about the 2005 Fall Interview Program and the updated information on the CSO website will be available on-line. Anyone planning to participate should read the email thoroughly as important deadlines will be addressed.

 

Job Fairs

Nineteenth Annual National Black Law Student Association Midwest Regional Minority Recruitment Conference
Friday August 26th, 2005

The Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference offers employers the opportunity to interview exceptional law students from a diverse candidate pool. This year’s conference will be held on Friday, August 26th, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan. This student-organized event has introduced approximately 600 different employers to 3000 law students over the past nineteen years. Last year over 40 nation-wide legal employers and 150 law students from law schools in the Midwest Region participated. The 2005 Conference is extended to include many more competitive employers, so interested students are recommended to sign up on the list serv as soon as possible.

To sign up for the job fair list serv located on the National Black Law Student Association Website go to www.nblsa.org, and follow these directions:

1) click on the link entitled, "Register for the 19th annual NBLSA
Midwest Regional Minority Recruitment Conference" located on the top
right hand side of the main page of the NBLSA website.

2) provide your name, school and email address.

3) After receiving the student information from the list serv, the conference organizers
will then correspond directly with the student from that point.

If you have questions about accommodations in Detroit, please contact Michelle Vodenik.


National Black Prosecutors Association
22nd Annual Conference
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) will host its Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, August 16th, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The NBPA invites all interested law students from your law school, as well as alumni, to attend this year's Job Fair. The goal of the NBPA's Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors' offices by providing a forum where prospective employers can easily access highly qualified minority candidates from all over the country. The Job Fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law school graduates and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state and federal levels.

The deadline for early registration for the National Black Prosecutors Association's Annual Job Fair has been extended to July 15th. Registration forms are available at the Career Services Office, Handout #41, or by downloading the Adobe NBPA information form and registration form.


Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
Friday, September 16th, 2005

The goal of the 2005 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair is to enable employers including law firms of all sizes, corporations, public interest organizations, the judiciary, and federal, state, and local agencies, to meet a diverse group of law students and 2005 gradates and to facilitate efficient hiring. The Career Fair will be held at the foot of the Rockies at the Renaissance Suites at Flatirons in Broomfield. Online Student registration begins May 13, 2005 and ends August 5, 2005. There is no fee to register. Students will need to submit a cover letter, transcript, resume and writing sample. Visit http://www.rmdlcf.com/ for more info or e-mail Melissa@rmdlcf.com.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Saturday, September 9 and 10, 2005

The first annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10, 2005, at Kansas City’s Westin Crown Center. The HDLJF aims to increase the hiring of diverse law students for law firms, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations located in the Kansas City area.

Register now at http://www.heartlanddiversity.org/StudentReg.htm. Registration deadline is Friday, July 15, 2005.

IMPACT Career Fair
for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

The first IMPACT career fair for current students and alumni of the classes 2001-2005 with disabilities will be held Friday, September 16, 2005 from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm in Washington, D.C.

To view the list of participating employers, go to www.law.arizona.edu/impact.To register, call our office 312/906-5200, for the password.

EMPLOYERS will have until Friday July 1st to register for the Career Fair, so applicants should check back often to view updates. STUDENTS/GRADUATES should submit materials between July 1st and July 15th directly to employers.

Participating law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest employers will prescreen application materials and applicants directly to set up interviews by August 5th.

Employment Related Opportunities

NOTE:  In addition to the highlighted opportunities listed below, you should check the job posting system on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password, please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Internships with Barack Obama

Applications are being accepted for the fall session unpaid internships in Senator Barack Obama’s office in Illinois. Internships in the Illinois offices will allow students to learn about how Senator Obama helps Illinoisans resolve issues at the local level. Interns will assist our constituent services staff with research and outreach, and may also work on such projects as compiling daily news summaries concerning Illinois happenings and the Senator's activities. Interns assist Senator Obama's staff with the Senator's special events around Illinois. Illinois district offices are located in Chicago, Springfield and Marion.

Copies of the application materials are available in the Career Services Office as Handout #1, and online at http://obama.senate.gov/services. A more detailed description of the internship also appears as a job posting on Law Career.

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
LAW CLERK PROGRAM

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their 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.

The deadline for applying for the fall clerk program is August 1, 2005. More information about the clerkship is available on the Illinois Attorney General Description of Law Clerk Program website.

For further information, and to download an application form, students should visit the Illinois Attorney General's website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/index.html. Inquiries may also be directed to Ruta Stropus at (312) 814-5328 or rstropus@atg.state.il.us.

 

Office of US Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)

The office of the United States Senator Richard J. Durbin offers an internship program to graduate students who are interested in experiencing the day-to-day operations of a Senator's office. The Senator's Illinois offices assist constituents in matters dealing with federal services and provide outreach to constituent interest groups on behalf of the Senator.

The goal of Senator Durbin's internship program is to provide students the opportunity to understand and get involved with all aspects of the operations in Senator's office, including legislative research, constituent services, community outreach and media relations. All interns are required to perform both reception and general office support duties. However, inters will be given as much substantive work as possible, as well as the opportunity to interact directly with staff, individual constituents, organizations and Senator Durbin.

Applications and more information are available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #31. Completed applications should be sent with a resume and cover letter explaining why the applicant desires to intern with Senator Durbin to the intern coordinator. Any questions about the application process can also be directed to Camille Smith, Senator Durbin's Internship Program Coordinator, at (312)353-4952.

Additional information on Senator Durbin and internship opportunities for the Fall and Spring can be found at http://durbin.senate.gov.

 

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarships

Minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for the Katten Muchin Rosenman Minority Scholarships. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students of color participating in the firm's 2006 Summer Associate Program. Candidates must meet the qualifications expected of summer associates and successfully complete the Chicago office’s Fall 2006 interview process. The recipients 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 Rosenman and the legal profession.

Applications are due by August 31, 2005 and are available from the firm's Attorney Recruiting and Development Department, in the "careers" section of the firm's website, or in the Career Services Office (Handout #54).

All inquiries relating to the Katten Muchin Rosenman Minority Scholarships should be directed to:

Elizabeth E. Cibula
Director of Attorney Recruiting and Development
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
525 West Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661-3693
elizabeth.cibula@kattenlaw.com

Sports and Entertainment Law Internships

Applications are now being accepted for a Fall 2005 internship with Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc. Interviews will be conducted in May. Feel free to send resumes for Spring 2006 and Summer 2006 as well.

Responsibilities vary depending on your qualifications & experience. Assignments could include: general office work, database updates and assisting on celebrity television commercials. Appearances and speeches are the ongoing assignments along with projects to be determined.

Apply for an internship by e-mail or fax with a resume and cover letter. Please do not call. Send all resumes to:

Candie Gutmann, Operations & Marketing Associate
Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc.
820 Davis Street Suite 222
Evanston, Illinois 60201
e-mail: candie@burnsent.com
fax number: 847-491-9778
For more details on the organization, visit their website, www.burnsent.com.


Fellowship Information

Legal Momentum Fellowship
(Formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund)

Legal Momentum (the new name of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund) is seeking law students who will graduate in 2006, judicial law clerks, and eligible recent law school graduates to sponsor for fellowships beginning in fall 2006, for projects addressing the legal needs of women. We have in the past sponsored applicants for Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Soros Justice, echoing green, Kirkland & Ellis and other fellowships.

Legal Momentum, a leading national non-profit civil rights organization, advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy. Legal Momentum projects have included litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education efforts in all areas of the law affecting women, including economic rights of low-income women, nontraditional employment opportunities for women, violence against women, immigrant women's rights, constitutional law, sexual harassment, education, employment discrimination, reproductive freedom, lesbian rights, and eliminating gender bias in the courts.

Application Procedure:

Interested students, clerks, and eligible recent graduates are asked to submit by mail a cover letter, resume, transcript, and sample of legal writing to our office. Only complete applications will be considered. Please specify the fellowship(s) for which you seek sponsorship. Applications will be considered as they are received, however, no application received after July 5, 2005 will be considered.

Send applications to:

Fellowships
Legal Momentum
395 Hudson Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Legal Momentum is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Shriver Center Seeks Fall 2005 Fellowship Applicants

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago is seeking third-year law students (class of 2006), judicial law clerks, and eligible recent law school graduates to sponsor in the Fall 2005 application cycle for fellowships commencing in Fall 2006. We will select candidates to sponsor for Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Soros Justice, and other fellowships supervised by our attorneys in policy advocacy, impact litigation, and targeted direct services. Presently, we have one Skadden Fellow (in our Women’s Law and Policy Project) and one Equal Justice Works Fellow (public housing advocacy).

The Shriver Center is a national resource center located in Chicago that champions law and policy promoting equal opportunity and support for low-income individuals, families, and communities so that they can escape poverty permanently. Our tools are advocacy, policy development, litigation, and communications. Together our work creates an information channel among advocates, grassroots groups, researchers, policymakers and lawmakers. We work strategically at the local, state and national levels with attorneys, advocates and grassroots groups to define and employ best practices that make the most of antipoverty law and policy.

In particular, we seek candidates for the following fellowship projects:

Women’s Law and Policy Project: We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to working to improve the lives of women and girls. Currently, the Shriver Center’s Skadden Fellow works to secure and preserve welfare rights for victims of domestic violence and their children, promotes effective family law policy reform, and develops legislation to promote school success and safety for students who are parents, expectant parents, or the victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Housing Preservation: We seek applicants with an interest in advocacy and litigation to help preserve private-market low-income housing that is subsidized by the project-based Section 8 and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs. The Chicago area faces the loss of thousands of units of subsidized housing as these developments’
affordability requirements expire. Working together with community organizations, the fellow would represent families who seek to remain in their homes and communities.

Health Care Justice: We seek applicants with an interest in policy advocacy (including legislative advocacy) to work on health care coverage issues in Illinois as a model for national action. The fellow would advocate in the implementation of the recently passed Health Care Justice Act, which will design a blueprint for universal health coverage of Illinois residents. The fellow would also work on other health care policy initiatives, including insurance pools for small employers and individuals, the state’s commitment to Medicaid, and the effect of insurance reform on low-income families.

Other Areas: We would consider fellowship applicants interested in other areas of our work, including: public housing litigation, public benefits, work supports such as child care and health care, and a range of issues impacting women and girls such as violence against women and teen pregnancy and parenting.

Application Procedures

The Shriver Center seeks to sponsor energetic and motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through the summer. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Raj Nayak by e-mail (rajnayak@povertylaw.org) or mail to: Fellowships / Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law / 50 East Washington, Suite 500 / Chicago, Illinois 60602. The Shriver Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a public interest law and policy center dedicated to equal justice and to enhancing the quality and equity of life for all people living in the Chicago region, is offering a fellowship opportunity for recent graduates (3Ls are welcome to apply). The BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow will contribute to BPI's efforts to increase the availability of affordable housing for working families, transform segregated public housing, and improve Chicago's public schools.

Applications are due October 14, 2005. Fellows receive an attractive salary and benefits (including school loan assistance, based on need). Persons of color are especially encouraged to apply.

FDIC Honors Program

Applications for the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) 2006 Honors Program will be accepted until June 15, 2005. Please see website for application and details - http://www.fdic.gov/about/legalhonors/index.html.


Resources

NOTE: 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

BRAND NEW RESOURCES in the Career Resource Center:

  • What Can You do with a Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside, & Around the Law, by Deborah Arron

  • Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market, by Donna Gerson, Esq.

  • Patterns & Practices: Measures of Law Firm Hiring, Leverage, & Billable Hours, published by NALP


NALP Directory of Legal Employers

NALP is pleased to announce that the 2005-06 edition of the NALP Directory of Legal Employers is now available online at www.nalpdirectory.com, with more participating employers than ever before. This free resource from NALP allows users to search for employers based on specific criteria, to access NALP Form and Workplace Questionnaire information on participating employers, to save custom lists of employers for up to two weeks at a time, and to create comparison charts of employers based on certain criteria.

 

Job Bulletins

We receive job bulletins from the federal government and other law schools for opportunities in Illinois as well as other states. They are only available in hard copy in the Career Services Office.

 

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