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August 22nd - 27th

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. Our 1L Career Planning handout is a particularly helpful resource for first year students.

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!

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship Program

Deadline: September 30th.

The law firm of Vedder Price offers a special scholarship in the amount of $5,000 desgined to assist a qualified student with tution and provide a "guaranteed" position in their summer program after his or her first year of law school. The scholarship is renewable for each year of law school, provided the student remains in good standing. Applications must be postmarked by September 30th. Come to the Career Services Office to get an application.

2nd Annual Cook County State’s Attorney Minority Law Student Reception


Cook County State’s Attorney Minority Law Student Reception, will be held on Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Room 3 East. 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 Nora Gill at ngill@cookcountygov.org or (312)603-1825.

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Update

The Fall On-Campus Interviewing information is now uploaded to the Career Services website. Students can also access the information here. If your class status on the Symplicity system is incorrect, please contact the Career Services Office by email at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or by phone at 312-906-5200.

Additional On-Campus Employers

ADDITIONAL EMPLOYERS that are coming on-campus this fall:  Fredrikson & Byron (Minneapolis, MN); Lindquist & Vennum (Minneapolis, MN); Clark Hill (Detroit, MI); Woods Oviatt Gilman (Rochester, NY); and Miami-Dade County Law Offices of Public Defender (Miami, FL).    

NOTE: Please pay attention to deadlines as some occur earlier than others.

EARLY DEADLINE OCI EMPLOYERS FOR 2LS:
FREDRIKSON & BYRON (Minneapolis, MN) will be in Chicago conducting interviews of 2Ls at CHICAGO-KENT on SEPTEMBER 6, 2006.
EARLY DEADLINE to submit resume:  Noon on AUGUST 30, 2006

LINDQUIST & VENNUM (Minneapolis, MN) will be in Chicago conducting interviews of 2Ls at CHICAGO-KENT on SEPTEMBER 7, 2006.
EARLY DEADLINE to submit resume:  Noon on AUGUST 30, 2006

***EARLY DEADLINES:  For these two employers, you need to bid on them by Noon on August 30th.  If you are interested in either of these employers, please call our office at 312-906-5200 to set up an appointment to have your resume reviewed before classes begin, since appointments will fill up fast once classes start. More information about these employers is located on Symplicity by clicking on the “OCI” tab.  Under “Session” you must then select “Fall 2006 Early Deadline OCI.”  When you click on “search,” you will then see the listings for these employers.  Bidding for early deadline employers will still open at Noon on August 29, 2006.  Therefore, you will have 24 hours to bid on them.  If selected for an interview, you will be contacted about scheduling an interview time.

JOINT EMPLOYERS FOR 2Ls:
CLARK HILL (Detroit, MI) will be interviewing Chicago area 2L law students at LOYOLA on SEPTEMBER 15, 2006. 
DEADLINE to submit resume: Noon on SEPTEMBER 1, 2006

WOODS OVIATT GILMAN (Rochester, NY) will be interviewing Chicago area 2L law students at LOYOLA on SEPTEMBER 25, 2006
DEADLINE to submit resume: Noon on SEPTEMBER 1, 2006

JOINT EMPLOYERS:  Clark Hill and Woods Oviatt Gilman will be conducting interviews of Chicago area students at Loyola.  While they are not listed in the “OCI” section of Symplicity since they are not coming to Chicago-Kent, you may find their information under the “Jobs” tab.  Under “Job Type” you must select “OCI Collect Resume” and click “search”.  These employers will be in this list.  If selected for an interview with these firms, you will be contacted about scheduling an interview time.

JOINT EMPLOYER FOR 3LS:
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY LAW OFFICES OF PUBLIC DEFENDER (Miami, FL) will be interviewing Chicago area 3L law students at JOHN MARSHALL on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2006. 
EARLY DEADLINE to submit resume:  Noon on AUGUST 30, 2006
Only 3Ls will be interviewed. While this employer is not listed in the “OCI” section of Symplicity since they are not coming to Chicago-Kent, you may find their information under the “Jobs” section.  Under “Job Type” you must select “OCI Collect Resume” and click “search.”  Miami-Dade County Law Offices of Public Defender will be in this list.  If you are selected for an interview, please bring a writing sample and references to the interview.

Mock Interviews for OCI

Students may participate in mock interviews for OCI. They will be conducted by Heike Spann. The dates for the mock interviews are:

Wednesday, August 30th
Thursday, August 31th
Thursday, September 7th
Friday, September 8th

If you would like to come for a mock interview, there are sign up sheets in the CSO office. Please leave a resume at our office when you sign up.

Other Important OCI Dates to Remember

Remember that your resume must be reviewed by August 31st at Noon. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to make an appointment. As appointments tend to fill up near the start of the academic term, it is advised that you schedule an appointment soon.

Tuesday, August 29th
: Mandatory meeting for new participants at 12:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. in the Auditorium.  You may attend either session.

Bidding begins at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29th and ends at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1st. All FOCI materials must be turned in to our office by noon on September 1st.

Please continue to check the Record for additional updates about the FallInterview Program.

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. You must register for the session before attending.

Researching Sessions:

August 23rd at Noon and 5:15

Where: Career Services Office

Stop in at the Career Services Office to sign up for a session or email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu. Sessions are limited to 10 persons per session. Please RSVP before attending as space is limited!

American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

The American Intellectual Property Law Association will hold its 16th Annual Student, Junior and Patent Agent - Junior Member JOB FAIR. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Notice that "To participate in the Job Fair as an applicant, you must be a Student, Junior, or Patent Agent Junior member of AIPLA in good standing."  (Student membership is $45).  If you are not a member of AIPLA and would like to participate in the Job Fair, you may join using AIPLA's online membership application.  

Further details are available on the AIPLA webpage, but note that the deadline for filling in the participation form is August 30, which means that you should submit your AIPLA student membership application ASAP (the list of participating employers comes out on August 18). 

10th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

This symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at The John Marshall School of Law, 315 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago, Illinois. Designed to provide information about career opportunities within the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, Illinois Attorney General's Office, and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. Admittance is free. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served.  

ABA Division for Public Services Summer Internship Program

 The ABA Division for Public Services invites students to participate in its 2007 Public Service Summer Internship Program. The Internship is a unique program designed for law students to engage in an individualized public interest legal research and writing project for over a 10-week summer period, in concert with Division attorneys and a law school faculty reviewer. Applications must be postmarked by February 15th, 2007. More information can be found at the Division for Public Services' website.

Intellection Property Owners Education Foundation Scholarships to Attend IPO Annual Meeting in Chicago

The IPO Education Foundation is sponsoring a limited number of scholarships to law school students interested in attending this year’s IPO Annual Meeting at The Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.  These scholarships will provide students with free registration to all events at the IPO Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. 

The program for the 34th IPO Annual Meeting, to be held in Chicago from Sunday, Sept. 10, through Tuesday, Sept. 12, features a record number of topics and speakers.  Presenters include USPTO Director JON DUDAS, European Patent Office President-Elect ALLISON BRIMELOW, Henkel of America President JOHN KNUDSON, and a panel of distinguished judges.  For the first time, a 2-day trademark educational program is offered concurrently with the patent/general sessions. 

To apply for a free registration to the IPO Annual Meeting, students should submit a registration form, which can be found online at www.ipo.org/annualmeeting.  Please type “IPOEF Scholarship” in the Annual Meeting Registrant comment box, and submit the registration form online or fax to (202) 466-2893.  The IPO Education Foundation will contact students directly upon receipt of the registration form.  Space is limited.

Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

Law students have free access to LawCrossing.com to access their collection of legal job postings. To get access, register with your kentlaw.edu e-mail address, enter the promotional code "kent2006" and identify yourself as a student.

2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. Please contact our office for the password for the online edition.

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!

Employment Related Opportunities

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

Job Fairs

Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair

The 2006 Lavender Law Career Fair will be held September 7-9, 2006 in Washington, DC. This annual Conference & Career Fair is designed to pair lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and law students with opportunities at law firms and government agencies. The Career Fair has grown leaps and bounds over the past four years. Over two hundred attorney candidates and sixty employers representing private firms and public organizations from all over the country were present at last year's Career Fair in San Diego, California. Students are encouraged to register by August 15, 2006, when the fee is $115. After August 15, the fee goes up to $190. More information is available at http://www.lavenderlaw.org.

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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