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August 25th - 31st

CSO Information & Announcements

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

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • Alternatives to OCI: Federal Government Jobs
  • Do Your Legal Career Justice: Opportunities for Attorneys and Law Students at the Department of Justice
  • 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

  • The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Job Fair
  • Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Registration Open
  • Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Roundtable Discussion
  • 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

Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks/offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu every couple weeks or so.  Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.).  We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation.  Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career counselor.   

Programming

Alternatives to OCI: Federal Government Jobs

This panel will explore careers in the Federal Government, including summer and semester internship programs, permanent positions post-graduation, and how to navigate the hiring process when there are so many agencies and opportunities within agencies to explore. Speakers from the Securities & Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Treasury – Office of the Comptroller, will be presenting. The program will be held on Tuesday, August 26 at 12 noon in Room 170. Sponsored by the Corporate Law Society, the Environmental Law Society and the Career Services Office. Pizza Available! This program will be videotaped and available for viewing on the Career Services Office website for those unable to attend.

Do Your Legal Career Justice: Opportunities for Attorneys and Law Students at the Department of Justice

The United States Department of Justice, the federal government's law firm and the world's largest legal employer, offers many opportunities to law students in almost every area of law. Frank Vondrak, USDOJ Anti-Trust Division in Chicago, Matt Loterstein (’08), a recent graduate who is working in the DOJ Anti-Trust Division in Chicago and  Elisabeth Carlson, third year law student who spent her summer at the DOJ as an Immigration Law Clerk, will discuss how to access this opportunity. This program is jointly sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Immigration Law Society. Pizza and soda will be available! This program will be held on Wednesday, August 27 at 3pm in Room 370. The program will be videotaped and available for viewing on the Career Service Office website for those unable to attend. PLEASE NOTE: the deadline to apply for the DOJ Honors Program and Summer Opportunity Internship Program is Tuesday, September 2, 2008. See more information below.

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

  • Prosecutor’s 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 3L’s:

  • 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  

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 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

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Job Fair

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) will be holding its 2008 Annual Conventionat the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA September 3 to 6.  As part of the Convention, the HNBA will once again host the largest Latino Job Fair in the country, providing law students and Latino attorneys a tremendous opportunity to meet, interview and network with private, government and public interest employers from across the country.  The Job Fair will be held on Friday, September 5, 2008, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Interviews will be scheduled in 30-minute intervals from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a two-hour midday break (lunch is not included for Job Fair-only participants).  Online registration can be accessed at: http://www.hnba.com/Hnba-Hollywood-2008/Registration.aspx.  For more information regarding the Job Fair and the Convention generally, please visit www.hnba.com or e-mail beckerd2@staff.abanet.org if you have specific questions regarding the Job Fair.

Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Registration Open!

Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Roundtable Discussion

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. Equal Justice Works is a great fair for students seeking public interest and government jobs, particularly if you are seeking positions outside of Chicago, or if you are willing to seek a position outside of Chicago. Once you register, you can see all of the employers who have positions available for your class year, and you can begin to send resumes and cover letters directly to them (which you should begin doing now, in order to schedule interviews at the Fair in advance.) As an added bonus, there is a Chicago-Kent reception at the EJW Conference & Career Fair, where you will have the opportunity to meet with Chicago-Kent public interest/government alumni in Washington DC. 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.

If you are attending the fair, or considering it, please come to the program: Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Round Table Discussion, on Thursday, September 11 at 12 noon, in room C25, where past participants will discuss how to prepare for the Fair and make the most of the experience.

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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