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May 12th -18th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • New Public Interest Loan Repayment Opportunities for Alumni
  • Perkins Coie Reception, “B4 OCI”
  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission Externship
  • Introduction to McDermott Will & Emery

Employment Opportunities

  • Department of Justice Attorney General Honors Program and Summer Internship Opportunity Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program
  • Reed Smith Fellowship for 1Ls

Job Fairs

  • The Council on Legal Education Opportunity's (CLEO) Diversity Career Fair: Register & Bid for interviews now.  
  • St. Louis Diversity Job Fair: Deadline May 16
  • Northwest Minority Job Fair (Seattle): Deadline May 20
  • Updated Diversity Job Fair Dates & Deadlines

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

New Public Interest Loan Repayment Opportunities for Alumni

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
6:00 p.m., Room C20 (lower level)

Michelle Vodenik, Public Interest Career Advisor and member of the LRAP Advisory Committee, will discuss the new Chicago-Kent Loan Repayment Assistance Program, the new federal College Cost Reduction Access Act, as well as other loan repayment opportunities offered by states, legal aid organizations and federal government employers that alumni with high debt and low salaries may benefit from learning about.

RSVP to alums@kentlaw.edu by Monday, May 19 2008. If you are unable to attend, the program will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office video page.

Perkins Coie Reception, “B4 OCI”

Save the Date: Before you return to school & begin interview season…Join the Perkins Coie Hiring Committee for “B4 OCOI.” Get tips and practical advice on OCI and call-back interviews from the decision makers on the other side of the table. After the discussion, please join us for pizza & refreshments with attorneys from the firm. Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 5:30 p.m. at Perkins Coie, 131 S. Dearborn, Suite 1700. More details to follow. Presented by Perkins Coie’s Chicago Diversity Committee.

Introduction to McDermott Will & Emery

 McDermott Will & Emery has requested that we provide 1L students with a short interactive document introducing you to the firm.  McDermott Will & Emery will be visiting Chicago-Kent to interview our students during the On-Campus Interview (OCI) season on August 19, 2008.  McDermott Will & Emery also participates in the Loyola Patent Fair, the CCBA Job Fair and the Lavender Law Job Fair.  Please click here to view information about the firm.

 Employment Opportunities

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

Department of Justice Attorney General Honors Program and Summer Internship Opportunity Program

For 3L’s: The Attorney General's Honors Program. Each fall, the Department hires law students for entry-level attorney positions following graduation through the Attorney General's Honors Program. Visit Entry-Level Attorneys (The Attorney General's Honors Program) for details.

For 2L’s: The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. The Department offers extensive legal internship programs to law students with challenging opportunities in Washington, D.C. and in cities across America for positions during the summer and throughout the academic year. Through Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment, the Department selects approximately 1800 volunteer interns each year. Approximately 800 interns volunteer during the academic year, with approximately 1000 volunteer internships offered during the summer. These positions are without compensation but are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer. A significant number of volunteer internships are with the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Department offices located in Washington D.C.. There are also opportunities with the 55 Immigration Courts (58 by the end of September 2008), the 95 U.S. Trustees' Offices and other Department field offices nationwide. Some volunteer internships generally qualify for course credit. Interested students can contact their law schools for specific requirements. There are a very limited number of paid part-time positions.

Exciting new developments in the Attorney General Honor’s Program and Summer Law Intern Program!

Highlights include:
1)       An earlier deadline and faster review and selection process. The applications open on July 25th and close on September 2, 2008, 11:00 p.m., Central Standard Time.  2)       Four United State’s Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) are hiring approximately 16 entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. These opportunities are only available to applicants who are admitted to a bar or, in some cases, who have taken a summer 2008 bar exam with results due in fall 2008. Participating USAOs are in Los Angeles, San Diego, Grand Rapids, Orlando and for EOUSA, in Washington D.C., with possible assignments nationwide.
3)       The USAO for the District of Wyoming is participating in the Summer Law Intern Program and offering a position in either Cheyenne, WY, or in Yellowstone National Park.

Visit www.usdoj.gov/oarm for details.

United States Securities and Exchange Commission Externship

The SEC's Law Student Observer Program provides exposure to the workings of the Commission and to the regulation of securities and securities markets.

The one-semester volunteer program is open to second or third-year law students. If you will be a 2L or 3L this fall, you are eligible to apply. Students will work approximately 15-20 hours per week for the Chicago Regional Office’s Enforcement Division. In selecting students, preference will be given to students with excellent academic backgrounds and with courses in corporate and securities law. You must talk with Professor Vivien Gross to arrange academic credit for this program. For more information and to apply, please refer to Symplicity job posting #6388.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program

The Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program will award three scholarships annually to diverse law school students who have completed their first year of law school. Each recipient will receive a salaried second year summer associate position in one of the Firm's offices, and, after successful completion of the summer associate position, a $10,000 scholarship during the students' third year of law school.

The Application for the Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program is available here. Applications are due by Monday, June 2, 2008

Reed Smith Fellowship for 1Ls

Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, opened its signature law school fellowship program to students attending U.S. law schools nationwide.

The national Reed Smith Fellowship will provide six awards of $10,000 each toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year in any one of nine U.S. Reed Smith offices participating in the program.  The fellowship is open to first-year students who have demonstrated excellent scholarship while overcoming economic or social adversity.  Students can select to be summer associates in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or in Richmond or Falls Church, Virginia.

First-year students in good standing at any law school in the United States have until May 15 to submit an application.  The information and materials required include a completed fellowship application, a resume, first semester law school grades, a writing sample, and an undergraduate transcript.  In addition, fellowship applicants must complete two personal statements – one describing any significant adversity they have faced, how this adversity was overcome, and how it affected them, and the other detailing their community and extracurricular involvement.

The Reed Smith Fellowship application is available here. More information about the firm and the fellowship program may be found online at http://www.reedsmith.com/.

Completed application packets should be sent by May 15th to:
Dana B. Levin
U.S. Director of Legal Recruiting
c/o Reed Smith Fellowship
Reed Smith LLP
1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Job Fairs

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity's (CLEO) Diversity Career Fair: Register & Bid for interviews now.   

The CLEO Career Fair provides invaluable opportunities for students and alumni to meet and interview with representatives from various law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations and other legal employers from across the country. Approximately 60 employers are expected to attend and provide information tables and/or conduct job interviews.

Who is eligible to participate? CLEO students advancing to 2L & 3L as of fall 2008, recent graduates (2006-2008) and CLEO Affiliates. This fair is open to non-CLEO students, but you need to register as an affiliate.

If you are not affiliated with CLEO and would like to attend this job fair, you must create a profile on www.cleodivercitynetwork.org to be able to register.

When: June 9, 2009
Where: Chicago O'Hare Marriott Hotel - Chicago, IL

The online sign-up list to interview with employers will be open May 2 - 21. Interviews will be scheduled on a first-come-first-basis. Currently, 49 employers are scheduled to participate. To get the best interviews, Register TODAY!!! Please upload your resumes on www.cleodivercitynetwork.org by May 28 using "Manage your profile" feature. To see this feature, sign in first. For information about the Career Fair and Interview Sign ups please click here.

For any additional information, including questions about registering please contact the CLEO office at 1.866.886.4343 or 202.828.6100.

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair: Deadline May 16

The inaugural St. Louis Diversity Job Fair will be held August 15 - 16, 2008 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The classes of 2009 and 2010 (2L and 3L) are invited to participate. The deadline for students to register is May 16, 2008. Registration is simple: go to www.easelaw.com/sldjf. Important: when asked for the name of a contact in the career services office list Michelle Vodenik. For more information visit: www.stldiversityjobfair.com or contact Jennifer Sloop at 314-259-2617 or Kim Morgan at 314-259-5869

Northwest Minority Job Fair (Seattle): Deadline May 20

The Northwest Minority Job Fair will be held Saturday, September 20, 2008 in Seattle, Washington and is hosted by Williams Kastner. Current students and 2008 graduates are welcome to participate. 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 May 20, 2008 (although an exception for latecomers may be made). For more information visit http://www.nwmjf.org/index.htm.

Updated Diversity Job Fair Dates & Deadlines

Diversity Job Fairs take place during the months of August and September at a number of locations across the country. The diversity job fair page has recently been updated with the latest in dates and deadlines. The most popular with Chicago-Kent students is the Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, held annually in Chicago, but students have attend Fairs in Seattle, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Boston, Washington DC, Louisville and across the country. Job Fairs are a highly recommended way of increasing your job opportunities, visit http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/jobfairs.html for more information.

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.

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