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May 22 , 2006

Summer Office Hours

The Career Services Office maintains regular hours during the summer, 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.

Resource Specialist Job Posted
Applications still being accepted!

Career Services is seeking candidates for the Resource Specialist position. This job is officially posted and details can be seen on Symplicity. Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to kentcso@kentlaw.edu. As an employee of the school, you'll receive the fantastic benefit of tuition remission. If you would like to learn more about the job, feel free to ask the current Resource Specialist, Abigail Staudt.

Programs

Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer

Attention 2007, 2008, and 2009 grads: This July, the Career Services Office and members of the Chicago Legal Marketing Association will co-sponsor an eight series program entitled, "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer." Participants will learn the essential marketing and client development skills required to develop a successful law practice that goes beyond being an excellent legal technician. Chicago-Kent alumni and students who have completed two years of law school, or have two years of professional experience prior to entering law school, are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be available.

An email will be sent in June with detailed information about the program and dates. Participants who attend every session and submit a marketing plan at the conclusion of the program will be eligible for a scholarship toward fall tuition.

Employment Related Opportunities

Please check the new job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

2Ls: Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Seeks Post Graduate Fellowship Applications

LAF is the largest provider of legal services for the poor in Chicago and Cook County and considered one of the premier urban programs of its kind in the country. In addition to six intake offices, LAF has a dozen special projects in such areas as children's rights, family law, disability rights, housing law, migrant law, employment discrimination, immigration law, and HIV/AIDS. In past years LAF has had a number of Skadden and EJW Fellows who were engaged in innovative and productive projects under the supervision of experienced LAF lawyers.

In September LAF is fortunate to have two incoming EJW Fellows, and one Skadden Fellow to start in September 2007.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their substantive area(s) of interest and specific proposal, if any; resume; and writing sample. If an applicant does not have a specific proposal, an LAF supervising attorney may be available to develop one jointly with him or her. Applicants are urged to visit the EJW and Skadden web sites and review the different criteria for these fellowships.

The deadline for receiving such applications at LAF for both Skadden and EJW Fellowships is July 15. For additional information, please contact Wallace Winter at 312-347-8385 or wwinter@lafchicago.org. See Job Posting 2763 for details.

Job Fairs

SAVE THE DATE!
Twentieth Annual National Black Law Student Association: Midwest Regional Minority Recruitment Conference

Conference to be held on Saturday, August 26, 2006 at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, sign-up begins in early June 

NBLSA is excited to announce the Twentieth Annual National Black Law Student Association - Midwest Regional Minority Recruitment Conference.

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 Saturday August 26th, 2006 at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.  This student-organized event has introduced approximately 600 different employers to thousands of law students over the past twenty years. Student registration will begin in early June.

Minneapolis Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC), September 8-9, 2006, Minneapolis, MN

 Top legal employers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area are invited each year to interview candidates at the Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference. This year's conference will be held at the offices of Rider Bennett in downtown Minneapolis on September 8-9th, 2006. The conference aims to increase legal diversity in the Twin Cities area by matching top-quality 2L and 3L students from local and national law schools. The interview setting is geared towards efficiency, a more relaxed formality and a comfortable interaction between candidates and employers. Students can register during May and June, 2006. 2L's graduating in 2008 and 3L's graduating in 2007 are eligible to participate. For more information about the conference and to register for the 2006 MMRC, please go to: http://www.tcc-mmrc.org/students.html

The McGhee Scholarship will be available to some students who travel to the conference. If interested, when you register, indicate your interest and you will receive further application details and deadlines in mid-June. Questions? Refer to the MMRC website first and the frequently asked questions page http://www.tcc-mmrc.org/FAQ/studentFAQ.html. Then contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik or conference director Kristen Hasler.   
 

National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair (NBPA), Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Houston, TX

Because of the overwhelming response to the Job Fair, the National Black Prosecutors Association extended early registration until Friday, June 2nd. 

The National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) 23rd Annual Conference is scheduled for Sunday July 9th to Saturday July 16th at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, This year’s conference will serve, not only as a job fair forum, but as a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors and interested law students. On Tuesday July 11, 2006, the conference will hold its annual Job Fair, the goal of which is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum in which prospective employers can easily access highly qualified minority candidates from all over the country. Unlike in years prior, pre-registration will be required of all interviewees, both law students and laterals alike. The deadline for early registration is now Friday, June 2ndAfter June 2nd, the registration fee increases to $100.00. Visit: www.blackprosecutors.org/conference.html and refer to the “job fair information” section to view the 44 employers who will be attending and to register for the job fair.  
 

Fellowship & Scholarship Information

Fellowship Opportunities: Attention 1Ls & 2Ls

 While you spend your summer working at a legal aid organization, consider developing a post-graduate fellowship proposal with the attorneys on staff at your organization. Two primary organizations that fund post-graduate fellowship opportunities are Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellowships. Students who develop fellowship proposals often apply for both an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and a Skadden Fellowship. For 2Ls, the application for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship is due on September 19, 2006 and the application for a Skadden Fellowship is October 4th, 2006.

For 1Ls, work to develop a relationship with your summer legal aid employer and talk with that employer about any legal needs they have that are not currently being met with an eye toward developing a fellowship proposal. Your first summer is a good time to start considering this possibility.

In addition to post-graduate Fellowships that you develop in conjunction with a legal aid organization, there are post-graduate fellowship opportunities available at other organizations that have their own application process. Information on these fellowships is accessible at www.pslaw.net in the “Fellowship Corner.” You will need to use your email address to log-in and create your own password, if you are not already registered on PSLawnet (NALP’s Public Service Law Network). 

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik.

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

Environmental Career Opportunities

"Environmental Career Opportunities" issue dated 5/02/2006 is available. To access this information just visit your URL: http://www.ecojobs.com/colleges/collegecontents.asp

User ID: kentlaw
Password: enviro

Introducing the NAWL Career Center

The National Association of Women Lawyers introduces its new, interactive, online job board, the NAWL Career Center—your resource for making online employment connections with women in the legal profession.  The NAWL Career Center offers employers targeted access to quality women professionals, along with quick and easy job posting and online job activity reports.   Job seeking professionals can make sure their resumes are being seen by those in the industry who matter most to them. The NAWL Career Center offers job seekers free and confidential resume posting, automated weekly email notification of new job listings, and the ability to save jobs for later review.  To find a job or fill a position, visit the NAWL Career Center (http://careers.nawl.org/) today.  Visit www.nawl.org to learn more about NAWL and its news.  

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.

 

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