The Career Services staff would like to welcome
everyone back to campus. We hope you had an enjoyable summer
and look forward to working with you again this year. Please
let us know how we can assist you--whether it is a current
transition, preparing for graduation, or just a "quick
question." Individual appointments, programming, and
a wealth of resources are all available through our office.
Please read the Record weekly and frequent the bulletin
board outside our office for information on upcoming programs,
employment opportunities, and articles of interest. Welcome
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Starbucks Gift Card.
The Winner will be announced in the Record at the end of
Attention Visiting and Transfer Students
Please contact our office, email@example.com,
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 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!
August 31st, 3-4 pm
Hear an employer and summer associate's perspective on
the interviewing process - how to distinguish yourself,
what to expect, and how best to prepare. The program
will be held in room C20 on Wednesday,
August 31st, from 3-4pm. All students are encouraged
to attend, but it is especially recommended to students
intending on participating in the Fall Interview Program.
2006 and 2007 Graduates:
2005 FALL INTERVIEWING PROGRAM
Important Dates to Remember
FOCI information is uploaded to the Career
Services website. Students can also access the information
If your class status on LawCareer is incorrect, please
contact the Career Services Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 312-906-5202.
Bidding Period Deadline: Noon
on Monday, August 29th
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.
2005 Survey of Summer Associate Pro Bono
Opportunities at Chicago Law Firms
For the third year, the Public Interest Law Initiative
has created the 2005 Survey of Summer Associate Pro Bono
Opportunities at Chicago Law Firms. By way of background,
PILI surveyed approximately 40 Chicago law firms with 29
law firms responding. PILI asked the firms to: (1) list
the agencies and pro bono projects in which summer associates
participate, and (2) list any special pro bono programs
geared toward summer associates. We hope law students will
use this information to better assess the pro bono climate
at Chicago law firms. The directory is available in the
Career Services Office, or can be emailed to you upon request.
Please contact Michelle
Mohr Vodenik to have it emailed to you.
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
9th Annual Prosecutorial
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.
"Hot Topics in Family Law"
September 15th, 2005
This seminar will include a judges' panel
discussion of custody evidence and evaluators, as well
as bringing you up to date on the latest case law and
In addition, the program addresses:
- New Bankruptcy Act and Its Effect on the Family Law
- How to get Paid Practicing Family Law
- Effective Cross Examination of a Custody Evaluator
- Use of Psychological Testing by a Custody Evaluator
- Judges Panel Discussion of Custody Evidence
Full information is available at: http://www.isba.org/lawed/family9-05.html
Register for the Chicago program at: https://secure.isba.org/lawed/famliy9-05reg2.html
Or fax your completed registration to Trish at 217-525-0712,
or by telephone (800) 252-8908(toll free) or 217-525-1760,
ask for Trish Ashton, CLE Registrar.
check the job
on a regular basis. If you do not have a
password, please e-mail email@example.com.
The Legal Career Center: Online
Career Center offers job seekers a quick
and easy way to search jobs posted in the Law
Bulletin as well as submit their resumes to be
viewed by prospective employers - private, public
and corporate. Take a look at the Legal Career
Center site: http://jobs.lawbulletin.com/rc_index.cfm
to view job postings and other legal resources.
Check out this great free service!
United States Attorney Northern
District Spring Internship
The Office of the Unites States
Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
will conduct a Spring 2006 Intern Program. The
primary goals of this program are to provide law
students with the greatest possible exposure to
and participation in federal trial and appellate
practice and to obtain excellent legal talent
to assist this Office in handling its multitude
Interns will be expected to serve
at least 16 hours a week in the Office. Students
must second year or third year law students by
the beginning of the spring term. We understand
that many schools offer course credit to participating
students and the Office will cooperate in providing
to the schools any necessary evaluations. See
Vivien Gross about the possibility of receiving
Contact: Monica LeKostaj, Administrative
Assistant for the Intern Program, United States
Attorney’s Office, 219 South Dearborn Street 5th
Floor, Chicago, IL 60604. Please no faxes or e-mails.
Application is available in the
Career Service Office, marked Handout #5. Applications
are due September 26th.
& Scholarship Information
The Vedder Price
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
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
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
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
Elizabeth E. Cibula
Director of Attorney Recruiting and Development
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
525 West Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661-3693
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,
To apply, download the PDF application
or apply online at http://www.law.nyu.edu/ncpl/.
can be found in the CSO, marked Handout # 2. Applications
are due December 9, 2005.
Business and Professional People
for the Public Interest
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
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.
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
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 Additions to Our Library
the Public: A Job Search Guide 2005-2006
Honors & Internship Handbook:
by the Arizona Board of Regents.
guide to federal, State and Local
government opportunities is available
in a binder and on the internet.
A password is required for internet
of Legal Employers
is pleased to announce that the 2005-06
edition of the NALP Directory of Legal
Employers is now available online
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for the password to access the
list. Please note, the password
for this site is not the same
as your job posting password.
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.