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April 2nd - 8th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Author Looking for Law Students to Interview Who Are Interested in Pursuing an Alternative Legal Career
  • New Associate Directors of Career Services

On-Campus Interviews

  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • Beyond Grades: How to Obtain a Summer Position Through Minority Job Fairs
  • Fellowships in Public Interest Law
  • Navy Jag Corps Informational Program
  • Bootcamp for Summer Jobs Program
  • Creative Job Search Strategies for Labor & Employment Law
  • Conversation and Networking Essentials
  • ISBA Presents: Basic traffic law and other issues facing the young lawyer

Employment Opportunities

  • New Legal Services Positions in DC
  • Sublet Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • If you have a legal aid position this summer: Apply for $1000 Education grant from Equal Justice Works/Americorps
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Center

Job Fairs

  • Cook County Bar Association 2007 Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • Northwest Minority Job Fair (Seattle)

Resources

  • Join the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • New Resource: International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet
  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students
  • 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

CSO Information & Announcements

Author Looking for Law Students to Interview Who Are Interested in Pursuing an Alternative Legal Career

Rebecca Greene, JD, a legal careers and education writer, is writing a new book about alternative careers in business, to be published this winter by the National Association for Law Placement.  She is looking to interview law students or recent JDs who are planning to pursue an alternative legal career in business after graduation, such as investment banking, management consulting, legal publishing, legal marketing, or law school administration, etc. 

If you are interested in being interviewed, or know anyone else who might be interested (spouse, co-worker, friend, etc.) please contact Rebecca at rfgreene2@yahoo.com.  If your interview material is used you will also receive a free book when it is published.

New Associate Directors of Career Services

Congratulations, Michelle Mohr Vodenik and Jenny Tank, on their promotions to Associate Director of the Career Services Office.  Michelle’s new title is Associate Director & Public Interest/Diversity Advisor.  Jenny’s new title is Associate Director & Recruitment Manager.

 

On-Campus Interviews

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.

Programming

Beyond Grades:
How to obtain a summer position through Minority Job Fairs

 Join the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA), South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) and the Career Services Office (CSO) in a panel discussion regarding fall minority job fairs, interviewing tips, and how to nail a summer position. The panel features Chicago-Kent students who have attended and succeeded in finding positions through minority job fairs. This program will be videotaped and available in the Career Services Office for those unable to attend. Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 12noon-1pm, Room 370

Fellowships in Public Interest Law

 

Navy Jag Corps Informational Program

Lieutenant Jeremy Brooks of the Navy JAG Corps will be hosting an Informational Program on-campus on Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 from Noon until 1:00 pm in Room 580.
If you are interested in learning more about the Navy JAG Corps, please send an email to jlibby@kentlaw.edu indicating that you will be attending the session.  Please note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

Bootcamp for Summer Jobs

Wednesday, April 4th from 3pm-4pm. The Legal Writing Program, in conjunction with the Career Services Office, is presenting the "Bootcamp for Summer Jobs" Program. Any student with a summer job will benefit from attending this event. The program is broken down into three sections. First, there will be a presentation on economical and efficient research on Lexis and Westlaw, from Stacey Acquavella and Terri Sorrentino. Next, a panel of third and fourth-year students, who worked in a variety of practice settings, will discuss their summer experiences. Their employers included a law firm, public interest organization, and government agency. Last, a panel composed of various employers, will discuss professionalism, expectations for research and writing skills, what makes a good law clerk or summer associate, etc. Cookies will be served.

Creative Job Search Strategies for Labor & Employment Law

Join these attorneys for lunch as they share their experiences and job search strategies for Labor & Employment Law positions: Terrence Creamer of Franczek & Sullivan; Linda Mastandrea of Law Offices of Linda Mastandrea; Jessica Kimbrough of City of Chicago, Corporation Counsel; Angie Cowan of Allison Slutsky & Kennedy; Michael Wilder of Littler Mendelson. Thursday, April 5th at noon in Room 580. Lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Labor & Employment Law Society.

Conversation and Networking Essentials

You're attending a networking event. How do you introduce yourself to others? How do you initiate a great conversation? What can you do to make a good first impression? Join us for the answers to these questions and more with Nancy Roberts Linder, of Nancy Roberts Linder Consulting. The presentation will cover greetings and introductions, conversation skills for business and social settings, networking do's and don'ts, and other issues related to making a great impression on prospective employers, colleagues, and clients. This event will be of great benefit to anyone who is interviewing for internships and jobs, attending networking or career events, having lunch/dinner with colleagues and clients, or curious about the do's and don'ts of professional networking. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 4th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 370.  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Pohlman McQuillen at epohlman@kentlaw.edu.

ISBA Presents: Basic traffic law and other issues facing the young lawyer

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division is hosting a Nuts & Bolts seminar on April 17, 2007, about basic traffic law for a young lawyer and about how to start your own firm, legal malpractice, pro bono services and such. This program is free to law student members of the ISAB. For more information visit: http://www.isba.org/lawed/nuts4-07.html

 

Employment Opportunities

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

New Legal Services Positions in DC

 The DC Council has taken the unprecedented step of making $3.2 million in funding available for the provision of civil legal services in DC.  As a result, the DC legal services community expects to have approximately 25 new job openings for attorneys in the coming months.  The positions are expected to focus in particular on providing more legal services in housing-related matters and increasing the availability of legal services in underserved communities.  Portions of the appropriation are also designated for the creation of a shared interpreter bank and for a poverty lawyers loan repayment assistance program.  With D.C. government support and with private funds, the D.C. Bar Foundation has initiated a law student loan repayment program, available to legal services attorneys meeting income guidelines.  For more information on the loan repayment program, go to the DC Bar Foundation website. Funding decisions will be made in March 2007, with announcements in April and, we anticipate, job postings by late April/early May.  As soon as they become available, job descriptions will be posted on PSLaw.net and on the website of the Washington Council of Lawyers.  If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the career services office.

Sublet Opportunities:

Mayer, Brown: Mayer, Brown is looking for apartments for their summer associates. Contact Patricia Wright with your contact information, the address of the apartment, amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished. Additional information about the building or neighborhood is helpful.

Schiff Hardin: If you would like to sublet your apartment for the summer of 2007, Schiff Hardin may be able to help. Contact Lilly Tuller at ltuller@schiffhardin.com.

Jenner and Block is looking for students who want to sublet their apartments this summer. Send information to Ben Litman at blitman@jenner.com.

Fellowships & Scholarships

If you have a Legal Aid position this summer: Apply for $1000 Education grant from Equal Justice Works / Americorps

The 2007 Summer Corps application will be available Wednesday, March 21 on the Equal Justice Works website beginning at noon EDT. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that engages law students to spend their summers serving at nonprofit public interest organizations and allows them to earn a $1,000 AmeriCorps education award voucher upon completion of 300 hours of service. Students must secure a summer placement at a qualifying organization prior to applying for the program. As part of the Equal Justice Works Katrina Initiative, preference will be given to projects providing legal assistance to those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. All 350 slots will be awarded primarily on a first come, first served basis. Demand for this opportunity is very high so students should apply as early as possible. The application closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 4. For more information on Summer Corp visit: www.equaljusticeworks.org/summercorpsindex.php.

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

Cook County Bar Association 2007 Minority Law Student Job Fair

This year's 24th Annual Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair will be held on Friday August 10, 2007, at the Hilton Suites Chicago - Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL. 2L's and 3L's (students in the classes of 2008 and 2009) are invited to participate. The Job Fair typically attracts approximately 100 law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and other states. Law student registration opens on April 1, 2007. The deadline to register is Friday May 4, 2007 at 12 midnight. Students participate in the process of selecting employers they would like to interview with at the end of May. There will be no walk-in interviews available for this job fair, so it is important to register if you would like to attend. More information on the job fair, as well as information on how to register is available at http://www.ccbaminorityjobfair.com, click on the “students” link.

Northwest Minority Job Fair

The Northwest Minority Job Fair will be held September 15, 2007 in Seattle, Washington and is hosted by Williams Kastner. The Northwest Minority Job Fair's mission is to foster access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and to provide a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students. Based upon the original purpose of the Job Fair and limited resources, the focus of our mission is ethnic minorities. Student registration ends April 13, 2007 (although an exception for latecomers may be made). For more information visit http://www.nwmjf.org/index.htm.  

Resources

Join the International Trademark Association (INTA)

Since 1878, members of the International Trademark Association (INTA) have shared a common interest in the protection and development of trademarks and trademark law. Members rely on the Association to educate them, represent them and promote their interests throughout the international trademark community. Join INTA as a student member for $25 and receive current trademark law information, helpful research materials, in-depth education, networking opportunities and career development resources, including access to INTA's Job Bank and Membership Director. To join, go to www.inta.org/go/membership.

New Resource: International Career Employment Weekly Online

International Career Employment Weekly's goal is to make it easy for international professionals to keep abreast of all current job opportunities in their field. They collect information on current international job openings with governments, government contractors, United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, private voluntary organizations working overseas, corporations involved in international trade and finance, engineering firms, associations, foundations, student exchange organizations, universities, and state governments and present that information to job seekers in a clear and concise format.

The Career Services Office subscribes to this resource in an online format. The username and password changes with every issue. For the most recent username and password, contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

PSLawNet

PSLawNet is a premier resource for career-related information in legal and law-related public interest work. Students and alumni from over 170 law schools search our site every day to find internships, fellowships, pro bono opportunities, and jobs in public service. Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member school, therefore you have unlimited access to search the database for FREE. The PSLawNet website is filled with useful resources for public interest-minded law students and graduates, as well as those who may simply be exploring their options. Students can access PSLawNet here: PSLawNet home page. On the home page, click on “sign-up now” to create an account using your email address and your own password. List Chicago-Kent College of Law as your school.

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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