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August 13th - August 19th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Summer Office Hours
  • Attention Visiting and Transfer Students
  • Time to make an Appointment?

On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • 2008 and 2009 Graduates: 2007 FALL INTERVIEWING PROGRAM UPDATE
  • Researching Employers Sessions
  • Other Important OCI Dates to Remember
  • Mock Interviews for OCI

Programming

Employment Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Attention rising 3Ls: Equal Justice Works Fellowship & Skadden Fellowship Applications available online
  • Latham Diversity Scholars Program
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Center

Job Fairs

  • Vault Legal Diversity Fair
  • Don't Miss Deadlines: Register for Minority/Diversity Job Fairs
  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair employers Now Accepting Resumes
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

Resources

  • Join the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • New Resource: International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet
  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

CSO Information & Announcements

Summer Office Hours

The Career Services Office maintains regular hours during the summer, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with career counselors are available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to arrange a time or email, stating the times that you are available, to kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Please let us know how we can assist you--whether it is a current transition, preparing for graduation, or just a "quick question." Individual appointments, programming, and a wealth of resources are all available through our office.

 Attention Visiting and Transfer Students

Please contact our office, kentcso@kentlaw.edu, or come to suite 360, so that we can inform you of our services and programs, set up an initial meeting to review your resume and career goals, and give you information on upcoming recruitment and employment opportunities. Make an appointment early, as our office tends to get very busy once classes start. Also, make sure that we get your Campus Wide ID number so that we can grant you access to our job posting system.  If you plan on participating in FOCI, we recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible, so we may set you up on Symplicity (for access to the employers coming on campus) and to schedule an appointment for a mandatory resume review.  Welcome to Chicago-Kent!

 Time to make an appointment?

If you have not had an appointment with one of our career counselors in the past year, we highly recommend that you schedule one during the summer. It is important to keep your resume up to date and for us to know your interests and career goals so that we can best assist you. Stop by suite 360 or call 312.906.5200.

On-Campus Interviews

2008 and 2009 Graduates:
2007 FALL INTERVIEWING PROGRAM UPDATE

JUST A REMINDER:  The Fall On-Campus Interviewing information will be uploaded to the Career Services Website on July 10th, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. We strongly recommend that you review all of the information in the Fall Interview Program section of our web page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/students/foci/

Students will also be able to access all participating employer information after 5:00 p.m. on July 10th at:  https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com.  To get access to Symplicity, you need a username and password. Your username is your email address.  If you do not know your password, please click on the "Forgot My Password" tab on the Symplicity home page, and (assuming the email address you enter is the same as the one you have in your student profile on Symplicity), you'll receive an email message resetting your password. If that does not work, send an email message to kentcso@kentlaw.edu. Your Symplicity username and password for the fall OCI program are the same ones you which allows you to use our job posting system.

 Researching Employers Sessions

How do you find information on the employers that are coming to interview on campus this fall? Where do you look to get the facts about them to show that you are as interested in them as you want them to be in you? Come to the researching sessions and discover how to get the information that will help you impress potential employers. Researching Sessions will be held in the Career Services Office on the following dates:

August 2, noon and 5:15
August 13, noon and 5:15
August 15, 5:15
August 22, noon
August 23rd, noon and 5:15.

Please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu or come into the CSO, suite 360, to register.

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:

Friday, August 31st
Tuesday, September 4th
Thursday, September 6th
Friday, September 7th
Monday, September 10th
Tuesday, September 11th

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 30th 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 28th
: 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 28th and ends at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st. All FOCI materials must be turned in to our office by noon on August 31st.

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

Programming

 

 Employment Opportunities

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

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

Attention rising 3Ls: Equal Justice Works Fellowship & Skadden Fellowship Applications available online

 If you are a rising 3L interested in creating a fellowship proposal, please let Michelle Mohr Vodenik know and make an appointment with her. She is available to discuss ideas and review proposals.

Information on the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, including the application, was recently posted online. Proposals for EJW are due by September 18

Information on Skadden Fellowships, including the application is also posted online. Proposals for Skadden are due by October 1.

In addition to Equal Justice Works and Skadden, you may be interested in applying for an organization-based fellowship. The PSLawnet Fellowship Corner contains these opportunities: http://www.pslawnet.org/fellowship/index.php

If you are interested in Federal Government Fellowships & Honors Programs, these will be in the Honors & Internship Handbook. The new version of the handbook for 2008 will be available in the upcoming weeks. Many of the deadlines for Federal Government programs are in the fall.

Latham Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use during their third year of law school (2008-09). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s: 

  • Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms,
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession,
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements, and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

 Scholars will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 15, 2007. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. Recipients will be announced in the early spring of 2008. For more information and an application, please visit their website.

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 Fair

Vault has partnered with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an advocate for increased diversity in the legal profession, to produce a series of legal diversity career fairs for law students and lateral associates. The Chicago career fair will be held on August 13th and 14th at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

This fair is open to the following students:

  • Minority, female and GLBT 1Ls who are researching employers in preparation for fall recruiting
  • Minority, female and GLBT 2Ls and 3Ls who have not yet committed to a firm or other employer
  • Minority, female and GLBT lateral associates who are looking for new opportunities

To register, go to http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity-career-fair/jobfair_main.jsp?page_id=1

For more information visit http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity/

Don’t Miss Registration Deadlines:
Register for Diversity Job Fairs around the U.S.

In addition to the Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair, there are diversity job fairs in Kansas City, Denver, Minneapolis, Northern Kentucky, Seattle, San Francisco and a host of other places. There are also job fairs specific to law students with disabilities and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender law students. The Northwest Minority Job Fair in Seattle has the earliest deadline of April 13, 2007, while most other job fairs have later deadlines. Some dates are not set yet, so keep checking this web link for updates. Visit: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/jobfairs.html Questions? Contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office.  

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair: Now Accepting Resumes

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will take place in Washington DC, October 5-7, 2007. Over 75 employers have already registered for the Career Fair and are currently accepting resumes and cover letters. Submit your resumes soon, as interview slots fill up early. The deadline to submit resumes to employers is September 14, 2007. Students do not have to be registered for the EJW Conference and Career Fair to submit a resume. We suggest that students visit the website often for an updated status on employer registrations. Student registration for the Conference and Career Fair will begin on August 27, 2007. More information can be found at www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair. If you have any questions, contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office, mvodenik@kentlaw.edu.

AIPLA 2007 JOB FAIR INFORMATION

The 17th Annual American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Job Fair will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (this is the last day of the annual association meeting).  The Job Fair offers an excellent opportunity to bring together those who have positions available and those who are seeking employment. The 2006 Job Fair was very successful with nearly 55 firms/corporations participating and more than 250 student members, junior members and patent agent junior members being selected for interviews.

To participate in the 17th Annual AIPLA Job Fair, all Job Fair positions and resumes must be posted online at the New AIPLA Job Fair Career Center NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2007.

Space is limited and you are encouraged to register early to avoid being closed out of the AIPLA Job Fair.  ALL JOB FAIR JOB POSTINGS WILL REMAIN POSTED UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2007.

TO REGISTER as either an applicant or an employer for the AIPLA Job Fair, Click HERE or copy and paste the following link in your Internet browser: www.aipla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Student_Center/Job_Fair/Job_Fair.html. This page will provide a link to more detailed information and the actual registration button. There is detailed information regarding the rules and responsibilities for participants. Please be sure to read all of the information provided.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact AIPLA at (703) 415-0780.

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.

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 "kent2007" and identify yourself as a student.

 

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