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Week of August 29

Welcome Back

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 back!

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.

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 September.


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 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

Interviewing Tips
Wednesday, 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

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.


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 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.

"Hot Topics in Family Law"
Friday, 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 legislation.

In addition, the program addresses:
- New Bankruptcy Act and Its Effect on the Family Law Practitioner
- 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.

Employment Related Opportunities

Please check the job posting system on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password, please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

The Legal Career Center: Online Job Resource

The Legal 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 if cases.

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 Professor Vivien Gross about the possibility of receiving class credit.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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: 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

  • Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide 2005-2006

  • 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.



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.

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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