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August 28th - September 3rd

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Please evaluate your summer job online

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

Programming

  • Diversity Concepts Legal Networking Conference 2006
  • 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

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

 

CSO Information & Announcements

Please take a few minutes to evaluate your summer job on Symplicity.  By doing so, you can provide invaluable information to the members of the class behind you.  Just click on "Profile," then on the "Evaluations" tab, and then on the "Add New" button.

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.

Other Important OCI Dates to Remember

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

 

Programming

Alternative to OCI: Federal Government Legal Careers Panel
Presented by the Corporate Law Society, Environmental Law Society & the Career Services Office

This panel will explore careers in the Federal Government, including summer and semester internship programs, permanent positions post-graduation, and how to navigate the hiring process when there are so many agencies and opportunities within agencies to explore. Speakers from the Securities & Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Treasury – Office of the Comptroller, will be presenting. The program will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 12 noon – 1pm, in Room 270. Pizza will be available! This program will be videotaped and available for viewing in the Career Services Office for those unable to attend.

Alternatives to OCI Series

Federal Government - Tuesday, September 12th
Presenters from the DOJ, EPA, SEC and Department of the Treasury will discuss their respective career paths.

Small & Midsize Firms - Tuesday, September 19th
Find out what firms seek in applicants, average salaries, how to identify and research employers, and interviewing.

State & Local Government - Tuesday, September 26th
Presenters from state & local government will discuss their careers and how to get involved in working for state & local government.

Public Interest Careers - Tuesday, October 10th
Learn more about public interest careers and how to get involved with public interest organizations.

Alternative Careers - Tuesday, October 17th
Hear from a panel of lawyers who have pursued alternative careers.

Diversity Concepts Legal Networking Conference 2006

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

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

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.

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). 

 

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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