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Weeks of August 1 - 13

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.

Programs

Attention Visiting and Transfer Students

Please contact our office, kentcso@kentlaw.edu, or come to suite 360, so that we can inform you of our services and programs, set up an initial meeting to review your resume and career goals, and give you information on upcoming recruitment and employment opportunities. Make an appointment early, as our office tends to get very busy once classes start. Also, make sure that we get your Campus Wide ID number so that we can grant you access to our job posting system. Welcome to Chicago-Kent!


2006 and 2007 Graduates:
2005 FALL INTERVIEWING PROGRAM
Important Dates to Remember

Remember that your resume must be reviewed by August 26th. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to make an appointment. As appointments tend to fill up near the start of the academic term, it is advised that you schedule an appointment soon.

Tuesday, August 23rd
: Mandatory meeting for new participants at 12:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. in the Auditorium

Bidding begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd and ends at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29th. All FOCI materials must be turned in to our office by noon on August 29th.

The FOCI information is uploaded to the Career Services website. Students can also access the information here. If your class status on LawCareer is incorrect, please contact the Career Services Office by email at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or by phone at 312-906-5202.

 

Mandatory Fall Interviewing Program for New Participants

On Tuesday, August 23rd, at noon or 5:15 p.m., in the Auditorium, all students who plan to participate in the Fall Interviewing Program for the first time are required to attend an informational meeting that will answer your questions about the process. Prior to attending the program, students should read the Fall Interviewing Program information.


Mock Interviews

One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview. Our office will offer mock interviews, by appointment only, on Tuesday, August 30th, Wednesday, August 31st, Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd in the Career Services Office. Interested students should sign up in the CSO. Please pick up a packet of information and drop off a copy of your resume when you sign up. Students are encouraged to come dressed as they would for an actual interview. Sessions are videotaped, after which students will receive a candid critique of their current interviewing skills while watching the video. Students interested in keeping a copy of their session are encouraged to bring their own blank videotape to the mock interview.


Not Interested in On-Campus Interviewing?

Not interested in working for a large law firm or government agency? Just outside of the hiring criteria for the employers you’re interested in? Fear not – most law school students and graduates do not obtain their summer or post-graduate position through on-campus interviewing. We will conduct a series of programs throughout the fall to highlight the many other opportunities that await you if you do not participate in the on-campus interview program or do not secure a job through this process. Keep an eye on the Record for details. In the meantime, you are encouraged to meet with a career counselor to revise your resume and discuss your short and long term career goals. Call 312/906-5200 to arrange a time.

 

Researching Employers Sessions

How do you find information on the employers that are coming to interview on campus this fall? Where do you look to get the facts about them to show that you are as interested in them as you want them to be in you? Come to the researching sessions and discover how to get the information that will help you impress potential employers.

Researching Sessions:

July 28th - Noon & 5:15 p.m.
August 3rd - Noon
August 10th - Noon & 5:15 p.m.
August 16th - Noon & 5:15 p.m.

Where: Career Services Office

Stop in at the Career Services Office to sign up for a session or email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu. Sessions are limited to 10 persons per session.


ABA presents:
Pathways to Employment in International Law
August 6, 2005

The American Bar Association Section of International Law 's Law Student and New Lawyer Outreach Committee would like to invite students to an upcoming FREE event. The program is titled "Pathways to Employment in International Law" and will be held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. It is aimed at bringing to the attention of law students the possible avenues for employment in international law and will feature ABA Section members who will give advice and guidance on gaining practical experience and improving legal and networking skills.

Date: August 6, 2005

Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown (ABA Law Student Division Hotel)

Room: Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Registration:
E-mail your name and law school to intlaw@abanet.org; the subject line should be "Pathways Program."

Additional Information: http://www.abanet.org/intlaw/annual05/home.html

If you have any questions on the Committee's event, please feel free to contact Rachel Pittman at 202-662-1670 or pittmanr@staff.abanet.org.



ABA presents:
Careers in National Security Law
August 6, 2005

Cosponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division, Standing Committee on Law and National Security, ABA Career Resource Center, Section on Science and Technology, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2005

Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Location: Chicago Marriott Hotel, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL - Grand Ballroom Salon III - 7th Floor

This Program is Free - please call 202-662-1035 to register.

Session Description: Since September 11, 2001, this nation's national security has become a more visible challenge. Lawyers have been rising to this challenge. Whether in the FBI, CIA, uniformed military service or on Capitol Hill "Careers in National Security Law" will help you understand how lawyers fit into the War on Terror, and what opportunities may be available now or in the future.

Speakers: Moderated by Rodney Bullard, US Air Force JAG Corps. The confirmed panelists include:

  •  Stewart A. Baker, partner, Steptoe & Johnson, former General Counsel,  Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the US Regarding Weapons of Mass  Destruction and former General Counsel, NSA

  •  James Durant, Lt Colonel United States Air Force

  •  John Cooke, Director, Judicial Education Division, Federal Judicial Center and  former Chief Judge, US Army Court of Criminal Appeals

  •  Richard Friedman, President and Chair, National Strategy Forum

  •  Wyndee Parker, Special Counsel, House Permanent Select Committee on  Intelligence

  •  Suzanne E. Spaulding, The Harbour Group, and former Staff Director, House  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and former Director, National  Commission on Terrorism

  •  Elizabeth Parker, Dean, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and  former General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency and former General Counsel,  National Security Agency

  •  Rajesh De, Counsel, Special Bipartisan Staff, Senate Committee on Homeland  Security and Governmental Affairs


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.



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.



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.

 

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

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a not-for-profit law firm advocating on behalf of low-income individuals and communities of color in the areas of environmental justice, disability rights, and access to healthcare, is accepting applications from candidates for post graduate fellowships.

Groups such as Equal Justice Works; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; the Open Society Institute and the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP each provide one- or two- year fellowships for motivated recent law school graduates to work at a public interest law office, which sponsors the fellow. NYLPI is interested in sponsoring recent law graduates pursuing these fellowship opportunities. For fall 2006, NYLPI will consider sponsoring fellows in any of its three programs.

All public interest fellowship programs are very competitive, and applicants need time to develop project proposals and complete applications. NYLPI thus strongly encourages all interested students to send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Liana Harper at NYLPI, 151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10001. NYLPI prefers to receive applications by August 5.

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.


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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