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September 18th - 24th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Please evaluate your summer job online

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

  • Callbacks & Offers
  • OCI Update: New Direct & Collect Employers Added

Programming

  • Alternatives to OCI: Small & Midsize Firms
  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Roundtable Discussion
  • Professionalism Dinner - Save the Date!
  • 10th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

Employment Opportunities

  • New Internship & Job Opportunities on Symplicity
  • Department of Justice Application Deadline September 18

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

Callbacks and Offers

Please keep us informed about callbacks and offers as well as any concerns you may have regarding the interviews. E-mail our office about callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs. If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews.

New Direct & Collect Employers Added

The CSO is now collecting resumes for Cades Schutte, one of Hawai'i's oldest and largest law firms with approximately 57 attorneys and 65 support staff. Since its beginning, Cades Schutte has been at the forefront of significant legal and economic developments in Hawai'i and the Pacific Rim. Cades Schutte strives to be the preeminent law firm in the state of Hawai'i as measured by its reputation for legal competence, integrity, and client servce, as well as its concern for quality of life, the community, and the legal profession. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume and transcript to Jenny Tank in the Career Services Office by September 21st at 5 p.m.

The New York County District Attorney's Office welcomes resumes from Chicago-Kent graduating 3Ls. Their office anticipates hiring 40-50 assistant district attorneys this year. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:

Sabrina Hardy
Administrative Assistant, Legal Hiring Unit
District Attorney of the County of New York
One Hogan Place
New York, N.Y. 10013

 

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

Alternatives to FOCI series: Small and Midsized Firms
Tuesday, September 19th at Noon in room C40

Small (2-10 attorneys) and mid-sized (11-60 attorneys) law firms offer a diverse range of practice areas and employ the largest percentage of law school graduates. They are also a significant source of law clerking positions. Come learn what they look for in applicants, what are average salaries, how you can identify and research this vast array of employers, and what is involved in a typical interviewing process.

Alternatives to OCI Series

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.

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Roundtable Discussion    

The EJW Conference & Career Fair Roundtable Discussion will be held on Monday, September 18th, from 12:30pm – 1:00pm in Room 305.

 The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will be held on October 19-20 in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for 2L's and 3L's to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. Please note that 1L's can attend the conference and participate in table talk with employers, but they can not interview.

 During this roundtable discussion, three students who attended the EJW Conference & Career Fair last year will discuss how to make the most out of a trip to Washington DC. 

 Students can register and find more information about the Career Fair online at: www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair. Students must register by Friday, September 22nd and send resumes and cover letters by that date, if they would like to interview with employers at the Fair. 

There will be a reception for Chicago-Kent students and Chicago-Kent alumni who work at public interest and government agencies in Washington DC on Thursday, October 19th at 5:00pm, during the Conference. In addition, students who attend will also be eligible for one of two $75 stipends to cover related expenses.     

If you are unable to attend the Roundtable Discussion, please contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik, with any questions.

Professionalism Dinner - Save the Date!

The CSO will be hosting a professionalism dinner on October 17th. More details will be forthcoming shortly.

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.

New Internship Opportunities

There are opportunities for fall internships available at the Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, and Office of the State Appellate Defender. For more information and to apply for these internships, visit the Symplicity system. If you need a username and password to access Symplicity, please contact our office.

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.   

 

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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