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Week of August 15

Welcome First Years

The Career Services Office (CSO) warmly welcomes all first year students. Our office offers a wide range of services, such as individual career strategy sessions, educational programming, an on-line job posting system, on-campus recruiting, job fairs, and much more.  To learn more about our office and review online handouts and resources, check out the CSO home page, www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso.

Spend the next few months concentrating on your studies. In late October, the CSO will hold 1L Orientation Sessions, after which we will encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor. Also, remember to read the Record regularly to learn about upcoming programs and special opportunities. We look forward to working with you!


Fall Office Hours

The Career Services Office regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with career counselors are available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to arrange a time or email, stating the times that you are available, to kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

The office will close at noon on Monday, August 29th for preparations for the on-campus interviewing program and will reopen on Wednesday, August 31st. The office will also be closed on Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day.


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!


Programs

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

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 Resume Review for All 1st Time Participants

Remember that your resume must be reviewed by 5:00 p.m. August 26th. All first-time program participants must make an appointment for a mandatory resume review with a career advisor. Students who participated in the program last year are not required to have a resume review, but are encouraged to do so. Call the office at (312) 906-5200 to schedule an appointment.


Mandatory Meeting All 1st Time 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.

Bidding Period

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.


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, in the Career Services Office. Interested students should sign up in the CSO. 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. Please drop off your resume at the CSO at least two days in advance of your mock interview appointment.

Mock Interviews will be held on: Thursday, August 25th; Friday, August 26th; Tuesday, August 30th; Wednesday, August 31st; Thursday September 1st.

Final 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.

Last Day of Researching Sessions:
August 16th - Noon & 5:15 p.m.

Where: Career Services Office

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


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.


9th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium
Saturday, September 24th, 2005

9th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2005 at the John Marshall Law School, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois. This year’s unique and informative program will feature information about career opportunities in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office. The symposium is sponsored by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and cosponsored by the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, the National Black Prosecutors Association, the Asian American Bar Association and the Indian American Bar Association. It is open to all students, but we especially invite any minority students who may have an interest in a criminal prosecution careers. Space is limited to the first 130 students who contact Cathleen Costello at (312)603-1940 no later than Friday, September 9, 2005. Those interested in attending must RSVP by leaving a first and last name, a contact number, law school and year of graduation.


Cook County State’s Attorney
Minority Law Student Reception
Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Cook County State’s Attorney Minority Law Student Reception, will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2005, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Rubloff Auditorium, 25 East Pearson, Room 110, Chicago, Illinois. The reception is designed as an opportunity for minority students to learn more about career opportunities with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and to meet current and former Assistant State’s Attorneys. Students must RSVP to Anna Trujillo at atrujil@cookcountygov.org or (312)603-1881 by August 16, 2005. Please leave your first and last name, a contact number, law school, and year of graduation.

National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15, 2005

Peggy Browning Fund, National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15, 2005. This event will be held at the George Meany campus of the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. Here are some of the highlights: Networking Reception and Dinner, Film Presentation and Discussion on “Is Wal-Mart Good for America?, Keynote Speaker – David Bonior, Chair of American Rights at Work and former Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives; Substantive Workshops; Closing Session. Brochures are available in the Career Service Office, marked Handout #4. Also, information is available at the website, www.peggybrowningfund.org. Please note the registration deadlines: September 1 if The Peggy Browning Fund pays for airfare, September 30 for all others. In addition, please notify Michelle Mohr Vodenik, if you are interested in attending as our school can only select 3 students to attend.

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.




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.

 

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.


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 & Scholarship Information

The Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: September 15, 2005

The Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2005. Eligible candidates are first year law students enrolled at and attending one of the following Illinois law schools: Chicago Kent College of Law, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois.

Commencing with the class entering law school in 2005, Vedder Price offers a special scholarship in the amount of $5,000 designed to assist a qualified student with tuition and provide a "guaranteed" position in our highly competitive and well-regarded summer program after the first year of law school (2005 summer associates will earn approx. $24,000). The scholarship is renewable for each year of law school, provided that the student remains in good standing. The complete details of this program are set forth in the Careers Section of the Vedder Price website (www.vedderprice.com). The application is also available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout # 3.

Applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2005.

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

Equal Justice Works Fellowship

The Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) Fellowships Program was launched in 1992 to address the shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and causes in the United States and its territories. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the shortage of entry-level jobs and daunting educational debts, the program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on much-needed legal projects.
The two-year Fellowships offer salary and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leadership development program; and other forms of support.

3Ls and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. All applications for fellows to commence 2006 must be submitted online through the Equal Justice Works website at www.equaljusticeworks.org. No hard copies or email copies will be accepted. Informational packets can be found in the CSO, marked Handout # 44. Applications are due September 20, 2005 by 5 p.m. EST.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

The Fellowship, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, permits one Fellow each year to spend one year in residence at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, working closely with Vera's General Counsel and Special Counsel on legal issues faced by Vera. In addition, the Fellow will be deployed to Vera's various projects and programs to address the legal, business, and organizational issues confronted by these programs and projects.

A Fellowship at Vera will provide a law school graduate with exposure to an unusually wide variety of legal and organizational issues encountered by nonprofit organizations. It also will provide the opportunity to identify an emerging or changing area of law with particular significance for nonprofits, and to explore that area in depth, examining it in the real-life context of a complex, legally-sophisticated organization.

To apply, download the PDF application or apply online at http://www.law.nyu.edu/ncpl/. Informational brochures can be found in the CSO, marked Handout # 2. Applications are due December 9, 2005.

 

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, Housing Preservation, Health Care Justice, and other areas, 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:

  • Gender on Trial: Sexual Stereotypes and Work/Life Balance in the Legal Workplace, by Holly English

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook: 2005-2006, published by the Arizona Board of Regents. This guide to federal, State and Local government opportunities is available in a binder and on the internet. A password is required for internet access. Contact Abigail Staudt for the password.

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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