Chicago-Kent home page Student portal Faculty portal Staff portal About The Record Current Record headlines Publication deadlines The Record archives

Career Services Office

Career Services Office home page
February 25th - March 2nd

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law
  • Job Search Strategies for Small/Midsize Firms
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Seeking Student Volunteers
  • 2008 Patent Law Interview Program Registration
  • Mock Interviews
  • Interview Tips
  • Summer Housing
  • The Fund for American Studies Legal Studies Institute
  • CBA Government Service Career Fair
  • Mayer Brown 1L Presentation and Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • Asian American Bar Association’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Internship
  • NAACP Summer Internship Opportunity

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Summer 2008 Human Rights Fellowship Program
  • Association of Corporate Counsel 2008 Minority Law Student Summer Internship Program
  • Berman Arts Award

Job Fairs

No new fairs this week.

Resources

  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet
  • 2007-08 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

CSO Information & Announcements

CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password. To watch videos of our programming, go to the CSO's web page, click on the right hand navigation bar "For Students" and select "Watch Program Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.

 

On-Campus Interviews

Programming

The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law

Tuesday, March 4th @ Noon, Room 580

Mark Herrmann '83, a partner at Jones Day in Chicago, will talk about his book "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law." The book is described as "offer[ing] practical and honest, if blunt, advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. He tells you what you need to know about billing, managing your assistant, drafting internal memos, dealing with clients and building your law practice. Find out what drives law partners crazy, what will impress them and what ten mistakes you should avoid. Concise, humorous and full of valuable (but curmudgeonly) insight, this is a must-read for every lawyer and law student." 

Job Search Strategies for Small/Midsize Firms

Wednesday, March 5th, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Room C40

Still looking for a job for the summer or after you graduate? Think a small or midsize firm is a better fit for you? The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Law Student Division, in coordination with the Career Services Office, will be hosting a panel of five practicing attorneys to help answer student questions about searching for, securing, and ultimately succeeding in a job with a small or midsize firm. Let the ISBA help you fine-tune your approach to the job search to find the firm that is right for you. Food and beverage will be provided.

Minority Corporate Counsel Association Seeking Student Volunteers

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization established to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys.  MCCA will host its Diversity Dinners Series Honoring the 2008 Employers of Choice and 7th Annual CLE Expo at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, March 26-28, 2008.  We are seeking student volunteers to help with these events.

Volunteers will be responsible for assisting with attendee registration and other responsibilities as needed.  We will feed you during all events. Plus, you will have the opportunity to meet local and national leaders in the legal industry.  Volunteers are requested to provide times they are available corresponding to the above schedule. Interested? Email Elana Clements at etclements@verizon.net.

2008 Patent Law Interview Program Registration

The 2008 Patent Law Interview Program, coordinated by Loyola University Chicago Law School and open to law students nationwide, will be held this summer on July 31st and August 1st at the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare (Rosemont, IL).  This job fair draws Intellectual Property employers from around the country.  Last year approximately 150 patent law employers participated.  All law students with engineering and/or technical science academic backgrounds who will be returning to law school in the Fall of 2008 (current 1Ls and 2Ls and students in LLM Intellectual Property programs) are eligible to participate and should be sure to take advantage of this interviewing opportunity.

Law student registration for the job fair will take place between February 20th and March 3rd and must be completed on-line on Loyola’s web-site during this timeframe.  Note: Failure to register by March 3rd will result in ineligibility.  There is also a student fee of $50.00, which students will also be required to pay on-line using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or AmEx only).  For complete instructions and information go to:  http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent.html.  Questions not answered on Loyola’s web-site should be addressed to Chicago-Kent’s job fair liaison, Jeanne Kraft, Assistant Dean, Career Services at jkraft@kentlaw.edu.

 

Mock Interviews

If you’ve never interviewed in a law setting before, are wondering how to best articulate your skills and abilities, or just feel your interviewing technique could use a little dusting off, be sure to take advantage of a mock interview offered through the CSO office.  Mock interviews will be held on Friday, February 29 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Monday, March 3 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.), and Monday, March 10 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).  (Please note: Mock interview slots between 4 and 6pm are reserved for evening students until February 27th. After that date any remaining slots will be opened to day students.)  Heike Spahn, J.D. and interviewing consultant, will spend 30 minutes with each student, providing a 15 – 20 minute mock interview and 10 minute critique.  If you would like to tape your interview, please bring a VHS tape with you.  Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early!  Day division students should stop by Suite 360 to sign up. Please also drop off a copy of your resume when you sign up. Evening division students may stop by or email kentcso@kentlaw.edu with your availability. Please attach your resume to your email request.

Interview Tips

How do legal employers conduct interviews? What questions can you expect and how should you prepare? Hear the perspective of a current student and employer as they discuss the legal interview Do’s and Don’ts. Please note: we are offering this program at two times so evening students can attend.  This program is being co-sponsored by the Career Services Office, Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS) and the Evening Law Students Society (ELSS).  Wednesday, February 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Room C40, 5:15-6:00 p.m. in Room C50. Food and beverage will be served.

Summer Housing

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.

Mayer, Brown: is looking for summer apartments for their summer associates. If you would like to sublet your apartment, please contact Patricia Wright at pwright@mayerbrown.com. Please include your contact information, the address of the apartment, amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished.

The Fund for American Studies Legal Studies Institute 

The Legal Studies Institute, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, located in Washington, DC, provides students with the chance to gain firsthand exposure to the American legal system through clerkships, academic coursework and career development activities.

The 2008 summer program will extend for nine weeks from June 1 - August 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Institute offers the following five components:

  • Legal Clerkships: Participants will be placed in an 8-week legal clerkship where they will gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Clerkship sites will include law firms, courts, public interest legal organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.
  • Seminar on Constitutional Law: Participants will attend a seminar on Constitutional law taught by leading legal scholars, including Dr. John Baker from the LSU School of Law and Dr. Roger Pilon from the Cato Institute.
  • Briefings and Activities: Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars.
  • Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers.
  • Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor.


Applications for the program will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until March 15, 2008. The online application may be found at www.tfas.org/legalstudies . Space in the program is limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Housing in furnished apartments located on Capitol Hill is included in the program fee.

For more information, please contact Steve Slattery at sslattery@tfas.org or 202-986-0384.

Fund For American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

CBA Government Service Career Fair

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the YLS’s Annual Government Service Career Fair. The Fair will begin with a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. Saturday, March 1, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. $15 CBA Member, $20 Nonmember. To register call 312-554-2056.

Panelists:
Edwin A. Burnette, Cook County Public Defender’s Office
Mary K. Curry, U.S. Court, Northern District of Illinois
Joseph T. Ferrick, Internal Revenue Service, Chicago Office
Bridget Healy Ryan, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Carolyn B. Thomas, Cook County Public Guardian’s Office
Ruta Stropus, Office of the Illinois Attorney General (moderator)

Participating agencies include:
Chicago Park District
City of Chicago, Department of Law, Municipal Prosecutions
City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor, Intergovernmental Affairs
Cook County, Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
Cook County, Office of the Public Defender
Cook County, Office of the Public Guardian
Cook County Office of the State’s Attorney
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
The Appellate Defender - First District
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Chicago Region
Internal Revenue Service, Chicago Counsel
Office of the Federal Public Defender
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice, DEA-Chicago
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Adminstration
U.S. Department of Treasury – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
U.S. EPA, Region V, Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. Marshals Service
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Mayer Brown 1L Presentation and Reception

Mayer Brown LLP cordially invites the Law School Class of 2010 to attend a presentation by our attorneys designed to help you start your career on the right path and succeed thereafter. A reception will follow. February 28, 2008, 71 South Wacker Drive, 33rd floor. Chicago, Illinois 60606.  
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Presentation
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Reception

Please  RSVP to smckee@mayerbrown.com. An RSVP by February 25 is required for admission. Attire is Business Casual.

 Employment Opportunities

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

Asian American Bar Association’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Internship

For the eighth year the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago in conjunction Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is conducting an interview process to recommend students for an eight-week summer internship for law students.

This internship is a great opportunity to develop legal skills and work closely with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. This opportunity will provide invaluable experience to the selected students. This is part of an effort to actively attract and recruit Asian American lawyers, with the hope that they will one day join the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as Assistant State’s Attorneys.

Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview the week of March 17th or 24th in Chicago. AABA will select two to four applicants and recommend them to the State’s Attorney’s Office. The State’s Attorney’s office will make the final decision of which candidates recommend by AABA will be selected for a paid or un-paid position.

Applicants Must:
• Be a current law student
• Be in good academic standing at the law school
• Be of Asian American heritage

The internship is full-time (40 hours/week) and lasts eight weeks. Start date to be determined. Interns can be placed at any of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office locations in Chicago or Cook County suburbs. Exact placement will be determined by availability and the selected intern’s interest.

For an application and detailed application instructions, please refer to Symplicity job posting #6047.

 

NAACP Summer Internship Opportunity

The NAACP Youth & College Division has partnered with the AT&T Foundation to host a
six-week fellowship and internship program during the summer of 2008. The program
will run from June 14th to July 25th, 2008. This program will provide undergrad and
graduate students with the opportunity to work in the NAACP offices in Baltimore, MD,
New York, NY, or Washington, DC.

As an NAACP/AT&T Fellow or Intern you will work with NAACP staff on relevant matters
concerning organizational issues, education, health, civic engagement, juvenile justice
and economic empowerment. Through this program you will gain valuable non-profit experience and networking opportunities, while increasing your knowledge about various aspects of the civil rights movement. As a Fellow or Intern you will also have the opportunity to attend the Annual NAACP Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. All NAACP/AT&T Fellows and Interns will receive a stipend and lodging assistance may be available. Transportation to and from the internship city will not be provided.

Applications are due March 18th. For more information and an application, please refer to handout #6 in the Career Services Office.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Summer 2008 Human Rights Fellowship Program

The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights is offering the following six fellowships for Summer 2008 with member organizations:

•        Citizen’s Alert, Chicago ($3,000)
•        Coalition to Protect Public Housing, Chicago ($1,500)
•        Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, St. Paul ($3,000)
•        Justice for Our Neighbors / University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Iowa City ($3,000)
•        National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago ($3,000)
•        Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Lincoln ($3,000)
 
For more information on the positions and how to apply, visit www.MidwestHumanRights.org or contact Rochelle Hammer. All Fellowships are listed here. The deadline to apply is February 28th, 2008.

Association of Corporate Counsel 2008 Minority Law Student Summer Internship Program

The Diversity Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) is now accepting applications for its 2008 Minority Law Student Summer Internship Program.  As many of you know, this program’s mission is to attract top minority law students within the Chicago area and expose them to the legal practice and career possibilities in corporate in-house legal departments.  

 Up to fifteen (15) minority law students who will have completed their first-year of law school studies by the summer of 2008 will be selected for the program.  Students will be selected from accredited Chicago-land law schools and placed with participating companies in the area for a 10-12 week summer internship.  The interns will be placed in one of five participating local companies for the summer and will work with in-house attorneys on the numerous legal issues facing corporate law departments.  Companies who have participated in the program in the past include:  PepsiAmericas, Inc., Walgreens, Kraft, Inc., ADP, Inc. and the McDonald’s Corporation.  Students may be exposed to a variety of areas of the law including, but not limited to, employment, intellectual property, real estate, corporate compliance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and contract negotiation.  Each intern shall receive a $5000 stipend. Deadline February 29, 2008. Applications are available in the Career Services Office, Handout #5.

 

Berman Arts Award

Chicago-Kent alumnus Ronald M. Berman, Class of 1987, has established an award for a Chicago-Kent College of Law student who is interested in art, working with or representing not-for-profit arts organizations, or representing artists.  

The purpose of the Berman Arts Award is to expose law to artists and the way they are trained, thus giving students a unique perspective as they enter the legal profession to represent and work with artists and arts organizations. The Berman Arts Award will provide up to $2,000 toward tuition and related costs for a Chicago-Kent College of Law student to attend a 2008 summer studio workshop the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.  The Anderson Ranch Arts Center offers more than 130 summer workshops taught by today’s most prominent artists and educators who come to share their skills and experience with more than 1,200 participants.  There are workshops for artists of all skill levels and experience from the novice to the professional studio artist.  See http://www.andersonranch.org/ for more information about the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and details concerning the workshops offered during the summer of 2008.

Students with interest in art, working for or representing not for profit arts organizations, or representing artists and their legal needs (i.e. corporate, intellectual property issues) may apply for this unusual opportunity by submitting a curriculum vitae to Elizabeth Turley, Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement, Room 310 on or before March 15, 2008.  Need is not a criteria for this award.

 

Job Fairs

No new fairs this week.

Resources

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.

2007-08 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2007-08 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.

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 "kent2008" and identify yourself as a student.

CALENDARS

.: Main Chicago-Kent event
   calendar

.: Academic calendar

.: CLE calendar

.: Alumnae/i event calendar

.: Admissions calendar

Chicago-Kent home page Student portal Faculty portal Staff portal About The Record Current Record headlines Publication deadlines The Record archives