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August 18th - 24th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Welcome 1Ls!
  • Attention Visiting and Transfer Students
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • Alternatives to OCI: Career Programs on Government, Small & Mid-sized Firms, and Public Interest begin on August 26th and run through October 8th

Employment Opportunities

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

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Winston & Strawn 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!
  • Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career 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

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/students. 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 assign you a career counselor that we will ask you to meet with before the start of second semester. Also, remember to read the Record regularly to learn about upcoming programs and special opportunities. 1Ls are welcome to come to any programs presented by our office.

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 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

 

Programming

Alternatives to OCI: Career Programs on Government, Public Interest, Small & Mid-Sized Firms, and Alternative Careers begin on August 26th and run through October 8th

The Career Services Office has planned a busy fall semester with many programs geared toward students interested in careers in a variety of legal practice settings, including government, public interest, small & mid-sized firms and alternative careers. We understand that not all students are interested or able to participate in On Campus Interviewing, which primarily consists of large firm employers and some government agencies, and we are committed to serving the needs of all students at Chicago-Kent. All programs will be videotaped and available online for those unable to attend. ††

Information on all programs will be updated weekly in the Record, and dates are subject to change. Please check the Record to confirm dates and times. ††

Federal Government Career Week: August 25-September 2

  • Federal Government Careers Panel, Tuesday, August 26, noon
  • Department of Justice Career Panel, Wednesday August 27, 3pm
  • Department of Justice Application Deadline is Tuesday, September 2nd for summer and attorney positions

Legal Aid & Criminal Defense Week: September 8-12

  • Legal Aid Career Panel, Tuesday, September 9, noon
  • Public Defender Career Panel, Wednesday, September 10, 3pm
  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Roundtable Discussion, Thursday, September 11, noon ††

State, County, City & Prosecutors Week: September 13-19

  • Prosecutorís Symposium, Saturday, September 13, 8:30-12:30, John Marshall Law School
  • State, County & City Government Career Panel, Tuesday, September 16, noon
  • Prosecutor Career Panel, Wednesday, September 17, 3pm

Small & Mid-sized Firm Week: September 22-26

  • Small & Mid-sized Firm Panel, Tuesday, September 23, noon
  • Small & Mid-sized Firm Job Search/Networking Strategies, Wednesday September 24, 3pm

Government Career Agency Expo (many government agencies of all types in attendance):

  • Thursday, September 25, 2008, 4:30-6:30pm, John Marshall Law School

Federal Government Program for 3Lís:

  • Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program, positions in management at federal government agencies, Wednesday, October 1, 3pm †

Alternative Careers Week: October 6-10

  • Alternative Career in Business, Tuesday, October 7, noon †

Additionally, we provide many services and resources year round, including:
1) ††††††† Daily updates of job postings on Symplicity (includes law firms, government, public interest positions, etc.)† https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students
2) ††††††† Access to the Chicago Area Law Firm List ď4 or moreĒ database of all law firms in Chicago with 4+ attorneys https://applications.kentlaw.edu/fom/login.asp, contact the office for the password
3) ††††††† Career counseling: Email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for appointment with your availability
4) ††††††† Programming throughout the year - we conducted or co-sponsored 29 programs last year covering many areas of law as well as career development skills. Videos can be viewed online at: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/videos.html, contact the office for password
5) ††††††† We work in coalition with other law schools in the Chicago-area to sponsor yearly career fairs and networking events such as the Small/Midsized Firm Reception, the Public Service Reception, the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), among others. All events are listed in the Record.
6) ††††††† Resources available online on networking, informational interviews, interview skills, resumes, cover letters, out of state job searches, writing samples, etc.† http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/handouts/studentresources.html
7) ††††††† Resources available in our office including subscriptions to all of the Chicago area legal publications, books, handouts (such as the Public Interest Handbook for 1Lís, 2Lís and 3Lís), files on employers, etc.
8) ††††††† Subscriptions to online job databases: International Career Employment Weekly, Eco Jobs Online (Environmental Career Opportunites), Opportunities in Public Affairs (Washington DC) - contact the office for the password on any of the previous subscriptions. PSLawNet (Public Interest Jobs Ė you create your own password/username on the website after selecting Chicago-Kent as your school).††

We look forward to seeing you at many events throughout the year and hope you will take advantage of the resources we offer year-round.

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 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 Honorís 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 Stateís Attorneyís 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 studentsí third year of law school.

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

  • 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.

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/

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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