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April 9th - 15th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • New Associate Directors of Career Services

On-Campus Interviews

  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • Introduction to Fall On-Campus Interview (FOCI) Program
  • Paths in Civil Rights Law
  • Careers In Legislation, Lobbying and Policy Making
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals: Oral Arguments at Chicago-Kent
  • Fellowships in Public Interest Law
  • Navy Jag Corps Informational Program
  • Bootcamp for Summer Jobs Program
  • ISBA Presents: Basic traffic law and other issues facing the young lawyer

Employment Opportunities

  • New Legal Services Positions in DC

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • PSLawNet Fellowship Center

Job Fairs

  • Don't Miss Deadlines: Register for Minority/Diversity 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

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

Introduction to Fall On-Campus Interview (FOCI) Program

Tuesday, April 10th
Noon in Room 590
5:15 pm in Room 590

We strongly encourage you to attend either program if you are a:

  • 1L Day student planning to participate in FOCI
  • 2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening student who has not previously participated but intends to next year
  • 1L evening student switching to the day program, fulfilling all requirements to graduate by May 2009
  • 2008 graduate (including December 2007 graduates) interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office – you must register for an on-campus interview in order to be considered for employment with their office.

 During the fall, legal employers will either come on-campus to interview students, or request resumes from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. Jenny Tank of the Career Service Office will discuss the on-campus interview process, contacting employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria and how to prepare over the summer. In addition, the information will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and other interviewing opportunities.

The Path: Careers in Civil Rights Law

Tuesday, April 10, 12noon, Room 570. The Civil Rights Law Society, in conjunction with the Career Services Office, present "The Path to Careers in Civil Rights Law" featuring Elyssa B. Winslow, Director of The Fair Housing Project and Betsy Shuman-Moore, Director of The Project to Combat Bias Violence; both from the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Careers in Legislation, Lobbying & Policy-Making  

Tuesday, April 17, 12noon, Room 370. The Career Services Office and the South Asian Law Student Association present Careers in Legislation, Lobbying & Policy-Making. Panelists from a lobbying firm, a government office, a national non-profit and a large law firm will discuss their respective careers in legislation, lobbying and policy-making and provide ideas on how to develop a career in this field.

U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals:
Oral Arguments at Chicago-Kent

Thursday, April 19th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Chicago-Kent will be hosting the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals as they hear oral arguments on April 19th from 10:00 am – Noon in Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom.  As part of Project Outreach, the Court travels to various cities throughout the United States to hear oral arguments in active cases pending before the Court.  The oral arguments will last approximately 1-1 ? hours, with a question and answer session immediately following, during which time audience members may ask questions of the judges.  Please arrive early so the proceedings may begin on-time, without interruptions.

 

Fellowships in Public Interest Law

Public Interest Law fellowships are one way to pursue a career as a public interest attorney. Presenters will discuss developing a public interest fellowship proposal, as well as resources to use in applying for fellowships. 1L’s and 2L’s interested in public interest law would benefit from this program. This program will feature: Susan Butler Plum, Executive Director of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation; Frances Kao, C-K alum who is a partner at Skadden and on the fellowship advisory committee; Liz Mazur, a current Skadden Fellow with the Sargent Shiver National Center on Poverty Law; and Chicago-Kent Professor Carolyn Shapiro, a former Skadden fellow. Wednesday, April 18th at 3pm in Room 570. This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office and Kent Justice Foundation. Food will be provided. The program will be videotaped for those who can not attend and available in the Career Services Office. For questions, contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik.

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 11th from 3:30pm-5:50pm. 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.

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.

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

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: http://www.ccbaminorityjobfair.com, click on the “students” link.  

To register, visit: http://www.easelaw.com/ccba  

List “Michelle Mohr Vodenik” as your law school liaison.

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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