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August 28th - September 3rd

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

  • Additional On-Campus Employers
  • Mock Interviews
  • Other Important OCI Dates to Remember

Programming

  • Attorney / Law Student Forum: Legal Life in Chicagoland: What they Don’t Teach you in Law School
  • Out at Work, NOT out of Work! Interviewing & Resume Tips for LGBT Law Students
  • Diversity Concepts Legal Networking Conference 2006
  • 2nd Annual Cook County State’s Attorney Minority Law Student Reception
  • 10th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

Employment Opportunities

  • Department of Justice Application Deadline September 18
  • ABA Division for Public Services Summer Internship Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • McDermott, Will & Emery LLP Minority Scholarship
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship Program
  • Intellection Property Owners Education Foundation Scholarships to Attend IPO Annual Meeting in Chicago

Job Fairs

  • Vault Legal Diversity Job Fair
  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

Resources

  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students
  • 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

 

 

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 8, 2006 **PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE**
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.

 

Programming

Attorney / Law Student Forum: Legal Life in Chicagoland: What they Don’t Teach you in Law School 

Attorney / Law Student Forum: Legal Life in Chicagoland: What they Don’t Teach you in Law School, will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2006, from 9:30am-12:30pm, at Chicago-Kent College of Law. The event is sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association, Chicago-Kent’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, South Asian Law Student Association and Career Services Office. Registration is from 8:45am – 9:20am. Attorneys of different backgrounds, including large, mid-size and solo firms, prosecutors, defense attorneys, general counsels of major corporations, legal aid, public interest and alternative legal careers will share their experiences with you and answer your questions about interviewing, working and living in the legal world of Chicago. Speed-mentoring session included. It’s free. Contact Rachel Kao or Ansh Vaidya for more information. Food will be provided.

Out at Work, NOT out of Work!

Out at Work, NOT out of Work! Interviewing & Resume Tips for LGBT law students. The program will be on Thursday, August 31, 2006, 5:30-6:30pm, followed by a networking reception from 6:30-7:30pm at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Sears Tower. Featuring: Steven Merous of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Michelle Mohr Vodenik, Chicago-Kent College of Law & Sarah Schriber, Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU. Presented by Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago & Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. Please RSVP to marioasullivan@yahoo.com.

Diversity Concepts Legal Networking Conference 2006

Chicago-Kent alumni may attend this networking conference. Interested persons can fill out a registration form here.

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.

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 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.  

 

Employment Opportunities

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

Department of Justice Application Deadline September 18

The online application for the Attorney General's Honors Program (for 3L’s who will be graduating) and the Summer Law Intern Program at the Department of Justice are now available.  The application will be available until midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, Monday, September 18, 2006, at www.usdoj.gov/oarm. Look under "Opportunities for Attorneys" or "Opportunities for Law Students" for the link to the appropriate program. The application is an entirely "paperless" process. Students with disabilities or special needs who cannot access the internet or who need an accommodation may leave a voice mail message at (202) 514 1175. The TDD number is (202) 616 2113.

The Department of Justice is the largest legal organization in the United States with 9,500 lawyers and many divisions including the United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Rights Division, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Criminal Division, Executive Office for Immigration Review, and many others!  If interested in applying, stop by the career services office for a chart that will direct you towards the divisions that may most interest you. There are many opportunities in the Department of Justice and it is important to seek advice on applying with them because the process is competitive. Consider making an appointment with a career counselor in order to navigate the application process.   

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.

Fellowships & Scholarships

McDermott, Will & Emery LLP Minority Scholarship

McDermott, Will & Emery LLP will award two $15,000 McDermott Minority Scholarships. Recipients must be second-year minority law students at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school, must meet McDermott's hiring criteria and demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to improving diversity in the legal community. Recipients must also be selected for and participate in a McDermott Summer Program. All interested students must submit an application by October 6th, 2006. Applications and more information can be found in the Career Services Office.

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.

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.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships

 The 2007 Equal Justice Works Fellowships online application is now available. All applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EDT on September 19. Students and alumni interested in applying for a 2007 Fellowship are encouraged to visit www.equaljusticeworks.org/fellows/mainpage.php for further information.

Updated information on 2007 Equal Justice Works Fellowship program can be found at www.equaljusticeworks.org/fellows/info.php#A4. Applicants are encouraged to review this information for locations and issues where we anticipate funding interest, based on initial conversations with sponsors. Please note that this list is not exhaustive (e.g. the absence of a location or issue from the list does not indicate that it will not be considered for funding) and is intended only to give prospective candidates an idea as to where we will likely have sponsor interest.  

If applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, please contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office to discuss the proposal.

 Skadden Fellowships

The 2007 Skadden Fellowship application is now available online at http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/. Skadden Fellowships are due by October 4th, 2006. The aim of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.  Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship.  

If applying for a Skadden Fellowship, please contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office to discuss the proposal.

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.

 

Job Fairs

Vault Legal Diversity Job Fair

Vault, in partnership with the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, will be hosting the Vault Legal Diversity Job Fair on September 20th in Chicago at Jenner & Block.  This event will connect 40 legal employers with 350 of the best and brightest minority, female and LGBT law students in the Chicago and surrounding areas.  There are no fees associated with participation in this event. Please join us on September 20th from 5pm – 8pm to meet with law firm partners and talk with representatives from various law firms, drop off your resume and pick-up materials on some of today’s top legal employers. 

Space is limited so please register for this event by September 6th.  Sign up online and view a complete list of law firm exhibitors at www.vault.com/legaldiversity06. 

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

Interested in a legal aid or government career anywhere in the United States? Consider attending the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, held annually in the Washington DC area. Registration is underway! Students may register online at: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair/.  This year’s Conference and Career Fair will take place on October 19-20, 2006 at the Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland University College. 2L’s and 3L’s who would like to interview with employers at the Career Fair, should submit cover letter and resumes directly to employers by September 22. Subsidies: All students who attend will be entered in a raffle to receive one of two $75 subsidies that can be used to cover conference related expenses (receipts required). In addition, there will be a networking event during the Career Fair during which Chicago-Kent students will have the opportunity to meet with some DC area Chicago-Kent alums. For further information contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office.  

 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). 

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.

 

Resources

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.

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