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March 27, 2006

New Job Posting and FOCI Bidding System Coming Soon!!

The Career Services Office will be launching a new job posting and fall on-campus bidding system on Monday, April 3rd. Watch the Record for further information. Students will receive an e-mail with instructions on accessing the new version shortly before the launch.

Programs

Attention Graduating Students: From Law Student to Lawyer
Tuesday, March 28th at Noon, Room 170

A panel of recent grads and recruiters will discuss the transition from law school to the legal community when you don't have a post-graduate job lined up. Job search strategies, debt management, and contract attorney positions will be discussed. This program is for graduating students only and will be videotaped.

Introduction to the Fall On Campus Interviewing Program
Tuesday, April 11th, Noon, Room 590

During the fall, legal employers will either come on-campus to interview students, or request resumes directly from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. Members of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, contacting employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria and how to prepare over the summer. In addition, the information will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and other interviewing opportunities. 1L Day students who plan to participate in the interview program next fall are strongly encouraged to attend this program. 2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year should also be sure to attend.

If you're a 1L evening student switching to the day program and will fulfill all requirements to graduate by May 2008, you must notify our office of your division change.

Please note: 2007 graduates (including December 2006 graduates) interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office must register for an on-campus interview in order to be considered for employment with their office.

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Cocktail Reception

In anticipation of the Fall 2006 recruiting season, Arnstein & Lehr LLP will be sponsoring a cocktail reception for first year students of color on Friday, April 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Chicago office located at:

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL  60606

Please RSVP to Kathi Hanus, Hiring Coordinator, by email at kahanus@arnstein.com on or before Friday, April 7, 2006

Public Interest Fellowship Program
Wednesday, April 12, 3pm, Room 370

Panelists will discuss post-graduate fellowship opportunities in public interest law. All 1st and 2nd year students interested in public interest law careers encouraged to attend. Panelists will include Cecilia Abundis, Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing; Steven McKenzie, ’97 alum, Director of the Affordable Housing Preservation Project at Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing, to discuss how to work with employers when developing a fellowship project; Sarah Biehl, Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation, whose project at North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School has involved students from Chicago-Kent who have taught streetlaw to students at the school.     

 

The Executive Diversity Career Opportunities Fair
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chicago, IL - Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown
600 North State St. (just one block from the Grand Ave. “El” stop)

The Executive Diversity Career Opportunities Fair, sponsored by UBS, is presented byCareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's career site for executives, managers and professionals; CollegeJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's site for executive-track college students and recent graduates, and Lucas Group, a national executive search firm.

The fair provides a unique setting to meet with top companies seeking senior-level talent. 

Eligibility: Companies recruiting at the fair are strongly committed to seeking executive, managerial and professional minority candidates and women, including those recently graduated from M.B.A. programs; however all candidates are welcome.

 Cost: The event is free of charge, and pre-registration for the fair is not required. All attendees can register on-site the day of the event. Please bring copies of your resume.  Environment: Interviews are conducted in private suites with company representatives. Career Assistance: Free seminars will cover such topics as interviewing, networking and negotiating more effectively, as well as how to become a financial adviser. A free resume critique will be offered at no charge throughout the event.

Employers: Top employers in a range of industries will attend. Participating companies include: Accenture, Alzheimer's Association, AMCORE Bank, AON, Boeing, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Case New Holland, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, ConAgra Foods, Inc., Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company, Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, Eli Lilly, Ernst & Young, First Banks, General Electric, Intel, International Truck and Engine Corporation, Iron Mountain, LaSalle Bank Corporation, Medtronic USA Inc., Plante & Moran, PLLC, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, Russell Investment Group, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., Smith Barney, State Farm, Synch Solutions, The National Security Agency, UBS, Vanguard, Wyeth

For more information about this event, including an updated list of employers and positions available, visit www.careerjournal.com/diversity/

 

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.

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms ("TCC") will host the Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, a day-long event pairing an excellent candidate pool of 2L and 3L law students with the top legal employers in the metro area. This year's conference will be held on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th at the offices of Rider Bennett in downtown Minneapolis.

Each year nearly 30 legal employers, from private practice to government agencies, interview law students from our local law schools and across the U.S. Registration for students will begin in mid- to late-April; notification and details will be posted on the website.

Law students entering their second or third year of law school are eligible to interview at the MMRC. Please forward this email to any interested students or student groups. For more detailed information on participating in the MMRC, please visit the website at www.tcc-mmrc.org for further information.

3rd Annual Legal Career Day
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Meet with law firms and recruiters at the 3rd annual Legal Career Day, sponsored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. RSVP and email the following information: your contact information, position sought (e.g., attorney, paralegal, law clerk, etc.), and attach a resume (please indicate any firms you do not want to receive your resume). The event will be held at the Chicago Athletic Association, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 12 South Michigan, 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and is free. For more information, follow this link.

Florida Public Defender Association: Career Job Fair

3L students and alumni are invited! The Florida Public Defender Association is hosting a statewide Career Job Fair on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, 2006.  Come for the warm weather and interview for a job!

Applicants will be able to interview in one location--the Embassy Suites Hotel, Orlando Airport Location--with representatives from all of the Florida public defender offices in each judicial circuit. 

To register, go to http://www.flpda.org/pages/jobfair.htm.  

 

Diversity Career Fairs

The Executive Diversity Career Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chicago, IL - Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown
600 North State St. (just one block from the Grand Ave. “El” stop)

The Executive Diversity Career Opportunities Fair, sponsored by UBS, is presented byCareerJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's career site for executives, managers and professionals; CollegeJournal.com, The Wall Street Journal's site for executive-track college students and recent graduates, and Lucas Group, a national executive search firm.The fair provides a unique setting to meet with top companies seeking senior-level talent. 

Eligibility: Companies recruiting at the fair are strongly committed to seeking executive, managerial and professional minority candidates and women, including those recently graduated from M.B.A. programs; however all candidates are welcome.

 Cost: The event is free of charge, and pre-registration for the fair is not required. All attendees can register on-site the day of the event. Please bring copies of your resume.  Environment: Interviews are conducted in private suites with company representatives. Career Assistance: Free seminars will cover such topics as interviewing, networking and negotiating more effectively, as well as how to become a financial adviser. A free resume critique will be offered at no charge throughout the event.

Employers: Top employers in a range of industries will attend. Participating companies include: Accenture, Alzheimer's Association, AMCORE Bank, AON, Boeing, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Case New Holland, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, ConAgra Foods, Inc., Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company, Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, Eli Lilly, Ernst & Young, First Banks, General Electric, Intel, International Truck and Engine Corporation, Iron Mountain, LaSalle Bank Corporation, Medtronic USA Inc., Plante & Moran, PLLC, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, Russell Investment Group, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., Smith Barney, State Farm, Synch Solutions, The National Security Agency, UBS, Vanguard, Wyeth

For more information about this event, including an updated list of employers and positions available, visit www.careerjournal.com/diversity/

 

Save the date: Twin Cities Diversity Reception

Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 4:00pm-6:00pm,
location TBD (will be local bar near Chicago-Kent)

Come hear about career opportunities for diverse students in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Group.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Kansas City, Kansas

The second annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held Friday, September 8 & Saturday, September 9, 2006, at Kansas City’s Marriott County Club Plaza . 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. For more information, go to http://www.heartlanddiversity.com. Registration begins on April 1, 2006.

Vault Legal Diversity Job Fair
New York, New York, April 21-26

The event will bring together partners and recruiters from 100-200 law firms, corporate counsel from over 100 of America's largest corporations, career center directors from over 50 law schools, lateral attorneys and law students from over 50 law schools, and members of minority law associations. For information on this event, please follow this link.

Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District
Fall 2006 Intern Program

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for the Fall 2006 intern program.  Positions will be offered to 15 law students.  Students are expected to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks during Fall semester.

All of the intern positions are uncompensated.  Contact Professor Vivien Gross about receiving externship credit.  The United States Attorney's Office will work with the schools by providing information or evaluations that may be required by each school.

Applications can be found in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #24.  The deadline is Monday, April 17, 2006.


Fellowship & Scholarship Information

Center for Access to Justice & Technology
CAJT Summer Fellowship

The Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) is pleased to announce the
CAJT Summer Fellowship. CAJT would like to invite Chicago-Kent students to apply for
this 10-week fellowship for the Summer of 2006. The recipient of this fellowship will have the opportunity to spend the summer working with several unique initiatives that lie on the crossroads of public interest law and technology. The responsibilities of this fellow will include: conducting legal research for Professor Ronald W. Staudt on the delivery of legal services to low income individuals through electronic means, creating and editing web content, and assisting in the marketing and administration of the Self-Help Web Center. The amount of time devoted to these particular project areas will depend on the needs of CAJT.

To view full description of this position, please see the CAJT Summer Fellowship Link. To apply for this position, email your cover letter and resume to the CAJT.

Public Interest Summer Funding Sources

PSLawNet has a listing of National and Regional Summer Funding Sources. This list is available at: http://www.pslawnet.org/cms/index.php?pid=50

 

 

Jack Carey Spring Scholarship
Cook County Public Defender Law Clerks

The purpose of the Jack Carey Scholarship Fund is to provide law clerk scholarships within the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, which defends indigent clients in civil cases as well as criminal misdemeanor and felony case. Selected applicants will assist a supervising attorney in investigations, case preparation, client visits, legal research and writing, motion drafting and trial advocacy. One new applicant will be selected for a $2,000 stipend each Fall, Spring and Summer semester. Deadline for summer applications is March 31, 2006. For complete guidelines, as well as an application, visit the Career Services Office, handout #23.

 

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

 

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. Use this resource to identify local law firms that practice in the area(s) and then create a mail merge by using the spreadsheet tool. 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.

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.

Spring Semester 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.

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.

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