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August 27th - September 2nd

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Fall Office Hours
  • Summer Experience Surveys
  • Welcome 1Ls!
  • Attention Visiting and Transfer Students

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

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

Programming

  • Interviewing Tips Program

Employment Opportunities

  • New York County District Attorney’s Office Summer Intern Program
  • 2007-2008 U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program
  • Spring 2008 externships at the US Attorney’s Office

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowships
  • Fullbright U.S. Student Competition Open
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship
  • Attention rising 3Ls: Equal Justice Works Fellowship & Skadden Fellowship Applications available online
  • Latham Diversity Scholars Program
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Center

Job Fairs

  • Registration for the Equal Justice Works Conference in Washington DC is open
  • Don't Miss Deadlines: Register for Minority/Diversity Job Fairs
  • 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

Welcome Back 2Ls & 3Ls

The Career Services staff would like to welcome everyone back to campus. We hope you had an enjoyable summer and look forward to working with you again this year. 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. Please read the Record weekly and frequent the bulletin board outside our office for information on upcoming programs, employment opportunities, and articles of interest. Welcome back!

Fall Office Hours

The Career Services Office regular hours are 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.

The office will close at noon on Friday, August 31st and will reopen on Wednesday, September 5th for preparations for the on-campus interviewing program.

Summer Experience Surveys

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.

Welcome 1Ls!

The Career Services Office (CSO) warmly welcomes all first year students. Our office offers a wide range of services, such as individual career strategy sessions, educational programming, an on-line job posting system, on-campus recruiting, job fairs, and much more.  To learn more about our office and review online handouts and resources, check out the CSO home page, www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso. Our 1L Career Planning handout is a particularly helpful resource for first year students.

Spend the next few months concentrating on your studies. In late October, the CSO will hold 1L Orientation Sessions, after which we will encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor. Also, remember to read the Record regularly to learn about upcoming programs and special opportunities. We look forward to working with you!

 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!

On-Campus Interviews

2008 and 2009 Graduates:
2007 FALL INTERVIEWING PROGRAM UPDATE

Additional employers have been added to Symplicity since July 10th.  Please check Symplicity to view the current list of employers. 

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.

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

Interviewing Tips Program

Tuesday, September 4th, Noon-1 pm, Room 370

Hear an employer and summer associate's perspective on the interviewing process - how to distinguish yourself, what to expect, and how best to prepare. The program will be held in room 370 on Tuesday, September 4th, from Noon-1pm. All students are encouraged to attend, but it is especially recommended to students intending on participating in the Fall Interview Program.

 Employment Opportunities

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

New York County District Attorney’s Office Summer Intern Program

The Summer Intern Program is a way for first and second year law students to gain first-hand experience in trial and appellate litigation in the public sector. The ten-week program begins in early June. Second year participants in the program are afforded the opportunity to apply early for permanent positions as assistant district attorneys.

Law interns work closely with assistant district attorneys. Depending on assignment, summer interns help prosecutors prepare for grand jury presentations, hearings, and trials. Summer law interns also research and write appellate and trial briefs, and are assigned to work on complex long-term investigations. In most cases, summer interns have an opportunity to second-seat an assistant district attorney on trial.

First and second year law students who are interested in being considered for the summer intern position should mail a cover letter and resume to Robin R. Edwards, the Administrator of the Legal Hiring Unit, One Hogan Place, New York, NY 10013. Resumes are accepted beginning December 1 2007 and will be accepted through March 1, 2008. Although most interviews are conducted from February through April, early interviewing is offered for law students who have received offers prior to the start of hiring season. Applicants are asked to bring to interviews a writing sample, a list of three professional or academic references with telephone numbers and an official law school transcript. Offers are made on a rolling basis with most offers being made by the end of April.

Law students receive stipends of $500 per week. In the past interns have arranged for work-study funding and public interest fellowships to offset expenses.

2007-2008 U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program

The highly competitive Honors Program is only way that the Department of Justice hires entry-level attorneys. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate's background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate's background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.

The 2007-2008 Attorney General's Honors Program (Honors Program) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) applications are available on the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM) web page now. The application deadline is Midnight, Eastern Time, Monday, September 17, 2007.

Spring 2008 Externships at the US Attorney’s Office

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois will conduct a Spring 2008 Intern Program. The primary goals of this program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases.

The office will accept approximately 15 interns for the program. Each intern will be required to serve at least 16 hours per week for twelve weeks in the Office. 1Ls are not eligible. Students must be second or third year students by the beginning of the spring term. We understand that many schools offer course credit to participating students and the Office will cooperate in providing to the schools any necessary evaluations.

Applications due no later than Wednesday, September 12, 2007.

Fellowships & Scholarships

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowships

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) at New York University School of Law is offering the following two Fellowships in Nonprofit Law.

1.The Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice  (The RBF Fellowship); and
2. The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at New York University's Office of Legal Counsel (The NCPL Fellowship).

The RBF and NCPL Fellowships will each be awarded to one graduate of an accredited U.S. Law School.  More information and an application can be found at www.law.nyu.edu/ncpl. Please note that completed applications must be received by the NCPL no later than December 7, 2007.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ortiz at (212) 998-6168 or erin.ortiz@nyu.edu.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Competition Open

International Study or Research Grants and English Teaching Assistantships Now Available

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,300 grants annually and currently operates in over 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to 26 countries. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage and full or partial tuition.

3L’s can develop and create a proposal for a Fulbright, application due September 12, 2007. 2L’s interested in international study or research, may want to start to consider proposals to be due next fall for post graduation. Be sure to review the Fulbright options carefully and direct questions to Fulbright Program Advisor, Julie Maddox.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2008-2009 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Competition.

For more than 60 years, the federal government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research, and teach in other countries. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student program must be US citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant.

For more information, interested individuals should visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website at www.us.fulbrightonline.org. Students at Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Illinois Institute of Technology should contact their Fulbright Program Advisor, Julie Maddox for more information.

Applications must be submitted both electronically and in hard copy to Julie Maddox, at the International Center, Main Building Room 405, by the campus closing date of Wednesday, September 12, 2007, in order to be received by IIE electronically by October 19, 2007 and in hard copy by the October 22, 2007 national deadline.

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship

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. Applications are available at Vedder Price's website.

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

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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