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August 11th - 17th

CSO Information & Announcements

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

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Mock Interviews

Programming

  • Interview Tips

Employment Opportunities

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

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Winston & Strawn LLP Diversity Scholarship Program
  • 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

  • Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Registration Open!
  • Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair
  • 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
  • 2008-09 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.

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

Mock Interviews

Our office has hired a consultant to conduct Mock Interviews on August 11, 12, 13 and 14 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  There are still times available, but spaces are limited.  Regardless of whether you think you may have one interview or a number of interviews from the OCI program, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from an experienced interviewer and gain feedback regarding your interview skills.  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

Interview Tips

The CSO will sponsor an Interview Tips Program on August 12th at Noon in Room 510.  Eileen Neis, Manager of Law School Recruitment at Vedder Price, and Blake Jackson, a rising 3L who spent this summer working as a Summer Associate at Reed Smith, will discuss the On-Campus Interview Process in detail.  We’ll cover everything including what to wear, how to best prepare for the initial screening interview, what to expect at a callback; and you will gain helpful tips to make the fall interview season successful.  This program is a must-see for any first-time participant in the OCI process.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP Diversity Scholarship Program

Winston & Strawn LLP is offering six scholarships to diverse law school students who join the 2009 summer program in one of our domestic offices following the conclusion of their second year of law school. The $10,000 scholarship will be paid during the students’ third year of law school.

In selecting the scholarship recipients, Winston & Strawn will consider the students’:

  • Interest in practicing law after graduation in a large law firm in one of the cities in the United States in which Winston & Strawn has an office (currently, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC)
  • Law school and undergraduate record, including academic achievements and involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Demonstrated leadership skills Interpersonal skills

Scholarship recipients will be announced on or about December 15, 2008. To apply for the Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship, please complete and submit the application along with your resume, law school transcript, and a brief personal statement by November 1, 2008 to diversityscholarship@winston.com.

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

 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.

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

2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2008-09 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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