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July 28th - August 10th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Attention Visiting and Transfer Students
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Fall On Campus Interviewing Program Update
  • Researching Employers Sessions
  • 2009 and 2010 Graduates: 2008 FALL ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW (OCI) PROGRAM
  • Other Important OCI Dates to Remember

Programming

  • Perkins Coie Reception, “B4 OCI”
  • Introduction to McDermott Will & Emery

Employment Opportunities

  • Externships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Department of Justice Attorney General Honors Program and Summer Internship Opportunity Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Attention rising 3Ls:
    • Equal Justice Works Fellowship applications available online.
    • Skadden Fellowship applications available online.
    • Federal government fellowship and honors programs will have deadlines throughout the fall.

Job Fairs

  • ABA Law Student Division Career Fair - August 7 in New York
  • Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Registration Open!
  • Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair
  • Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
  • National Black Law Student Association Midwest Region Minority Recruitment Conference 
  • Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair
  • Updated Diversity Job Fair Dates & Deadlines

Resources

  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet
  • 2007-08 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

CSO Information & Announcements

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 and kentlaw email address so that we can grant you access to our job posting system and allow you to participate in our Fall Interview (OCI) Program.  If you plan on participating in OCI, we recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible (by the end of July at the latest), 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.  The deadline for having your resume reviewed to participate in OCI is Wednesday, August 6th at Noon

Welcome to Chicago-Kent!

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

On Campus Interviewing Program Update:

Participating Employers are now accessible on Symplicity!

Please review all information about the Fall Interview Program on our web page at: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/students/foci/

On July 1st, students can access participating employer information at: https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students.  By clicking on the “Review” tab next to each employer, you can view each employer’s hiring criteria and date they will be visiting our campus.  If the employer is not coming on-campus, but has requested that we collect resumes or that students contact them directly, this will be indicated here also.  Under the “Bid Details” section you can see which materials the employer is requesting you submit with your bid.  In order to bid beginning on July 28th, you must have all materials uploaded into your “Documents” section in Symplicity.  If you are a first-time participant in OCI, you must have your resume reviewed by our office before you can bid.  Resumes must be reviewed by August 6th at Noon. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to make an appointment. As appointments tend to fill up near the deadline, it is advised that you call to schedule an appointment in early-mid July, if possible.  Between now and the start of bidding, we recommend that you take time to view the participating employers and begin researching their hiring criteria and their practice.  Most large law firms are members of NALP and they report hiring information at www.nalpdiretory.com.  Most employers also have a great deal of information about their summer programs, practice areas, and firm culture on their websites.   

Please note that additional employers may register up until bidding begins on July 28th, so be sure to check Symplicity periodically for additions. 

To gain 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:

July 30, 5:15
July 31, noon
August 1, noon

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

 

 Other Important OCI Dates to Remember

Bidding begins at 12:00 p.m. on July 28th and ends at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8th. All OCI materials must be turned in to our office by noon on August 8th

The CSO will close at Noon on August 8th and will be closed on Monday, August 11th for processing of OCI resumes and interview schedules.  Student interview schedules will be available for viewing on Friday, August 15th.

On August 5th, the CSO will host an OCI Program at Noon and 5:15pm in the Auditorium to discuss the process of bidding in greater detail and answer any questions that students may have about the Fall Interview Program. 

Our office will be conducting Mock Interviews the week of August 11-14 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  If interested in scheduling a mock interview to prepare for the Fall Interview Program, please email kentcso@kentlaw.edu with your availability or call the office at (312) 906-5200 to schedule.

Please continue to check your email and the Record throughout the summer for additional updates about the Fall Interview Program.

 

Programming

Perkins Coie Reception, “B4 OCI”

Before you return to school & begin interview season, join the Perkins Coie Hiring Committee for “B4 OCI.” 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.

Panel Members: Perkins Coie Hiring Committee
Presented by Perkins Coie’s Chicago Diversity Committee

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

Perkins Coie LLP
131 S. Dearborn, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603

Please RSVP to Tristzette Morton at Diversity@perkinscoie.com by Monday, July 28th.

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.

Externships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) is currently accepting applications for the Fall externship program. For more information and to apply, see Symplicity job posting # 6701.

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

For 3Ls: 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 2Ls: 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.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Attention rising 3Ls: Equal Justice Works Fellowship & Skadden Fellowship Applications available online; Federal Government Fellowship & Honors Programs will have deadlines throughout the Fall

If you are a rising 3L interested in creating a fellowship proposal for Equal Justice Works or Skadden, please let Michelle Mohr Vodenik know and make an appointment. 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 Tuesday, September 16. 

Information on Skadden Fellowships, including the application is also posted online. Proposals for Skadden are due by Monday, October 6.

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://pslawnet.org/postgraduatefellowships

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.

Job Fairs

ABA Law Student Division Career Fair - August 7 in New York

The second annual Career Fair is structured as a table-talk and resume submission event to provide law students an opportunity to learn more about each firm or agency, while actively gaining valuable career advice.  Legal employers will have tables where attendees can drop off resumes and meet representatives from law firms of all sizes, local, state and federal government agencies, military JAG, and public interest groups to discuss summer and new associate positions, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities. Law students can interact with legal employers without the typical stress of formal, sit-down interviews.  

The Law Student Division's Career Fair also features a Resume Review component, with a panel of lawyers and legal recruiters available to critique resumes and offer suggestions to maximize impact and improve effectiveness.  

Law students must be registered for the ABA Annual Meeting to gain access to the Career Fair and Resume Review. Pre-registration has closed, but students who have not yet registered for the Annual Meeting, may do so on site beginning Thursday morning, August 7 at 8:00 am. The registration fee for law students is only $75. Only law students wearing official ABA Annual Meeting badges will be admitted to the Career Fair.

 For Career Fair details, including information about participating employers, please visit http://www.abanet.org/lsd/career/home.html

 For information about Law Student Division Annual Meeting programming, please visit http://www.abanet.org/lsd/annual/home.html.  

For information about the ABA Annual Meeting, including other events and CLE programming, please visit http://www.abanet.org/annual/2008/.

 Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Registration Open!

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will take place in Washington DC, October 10-11, 2008. This year, Equal Justice Works is using Symplicity to register students and law school professionals. Register now and take advantage of the following features: register online, view attending employers, upload your resume, apply for positions. To register, visit http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/events/ccf/general and click on the registration link in the left menu. If you have any questions, contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office.

Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair

The 2008 Lavender Law Career Fair will be held September 4-6, 2008 in San Francisco. This annual Conference & Career Fair is designed to pair lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and law students with opportunities at law firms and government agencies. The Career Fair has grown leaps and bounds over the past five years. Over five hundred attorney candidates and one hundred fifty employers representing private firms and public organizations from all over the country were present at last year's Career Fair in Chicago. Students are encouraged to join the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association (NLGLA) for $40. If a member of NLGLA, the fee to register is $115 until July 31, 2008. After July 31, the fee goes up to $190, and the deadline to register is August 15, 2008. More information is available at http://www.lavenderlaw.org.

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair will be held on Friday, September 12, 2008 in Denver, CO. The Career Fair is open to students and recent graduates of any U.S. law school. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and 2008 graduates from culturally diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and 2008 graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities and/or gay or lesbian. Online registration opens May 1, 2008 and ends July 28, 2008 . For more information and to register http://www.rmdlcf.com.

National Black Law Student Association Midwest Region Minority Recruitment Conference

The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) hosts this annual job fair. The event has introduced over 600 different employers to thousands of law students over the past twenty-one years. The 22nd Annual NBLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference will be held August 15-17 in Cleveland, OH.  Student registration is NOW OPEN and will conclude on July 27, 2008. A conference registration brochure is available here. For NBLSA members, there is no cost to attend this job fair. For non-members, there is a fee to participate. You can access the registration packet here.

Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair

VAULT and the Minority Corporate Council Association (MCCA) offer three legal diversity career fairs in different parts of the country during the months of August. The goals are to connect top legal employers with minority, women and GLBT students and associates; deliver educational content for law students and provide professional development programs for young associates. New Orleans August 11, 2008; New York August 15-16; and San Franciso August 20-21. More information is available online at http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity/

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair will be held September 25-26 at Embasy Suites in Downtown Indianapolis. Second-year (graduating in 2010) law student are invited to participate in the first ever IBA Diversity Job Fair. We are seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. To register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via their web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Student registration deadline is August 11, 2008. There is no fee to register. In addition, two $2500 scholarships are available for interviewing 2L students. The scholarship application, as well as more information about the fair is online at http://www.indybar.org.

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/students/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. Contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password.

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.

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. Visit the Fellowship Corner at: http://pslawnet.org/postgraduatefellowships

 

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.

 

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