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September 8th - 14th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • Legal Aid Careers Panel
  • Public Defenders Career Panel
  • Equal Justice Works Roundtable
  • 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

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
  • 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

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

Legal Aid Careers Panel

Learn about careers in legal aid and how to get involved from a panel of legal aid attorneys. Tuesday September 9 at noon in Room 170. Cosponsored with Kent Justice Foundation. Pizza provided! This program will be videotaped for those unable to attend.
Featuring:
Susan Curry, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
Cynthia Sadkin, Hiring Committee, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (LAF)
Grace Lim, Pro Bono/Student Intern Coordinator, Legal Aid Bureau (LAB)
Renata Steihl (í01), Senior Attorney, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC)

Public Defender Career Panel

Interested in becoming a public defender? A panel of public defenders at county, state and federal agencies, as well as at a non-profit and a solo practitioner will discuss how to enter this legal field. Wednesday, September 10 at 3pm in Room 270.
Cosponsored with the Hispanic Latino Law Students Association
Pizza provided! This program will be videotaped for those unable to attend.
Featuring:
Rosa Silva (í01), Cook County Public Defender
Stephanie Caparelli (í07), Lake County Public Defender
Laura Weiler, Office of the State Appellate Defender
Sergio Rodriguez (í90), Federal Defender
John Hayes, Executive Director, First Defense Legal Aid
Anthony Hill, Solo Criminal Law Practitioner

Equal Justice Works Roundtable

Past attendees of the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will discuss how to prepare for the largest public interest conference and career fair in the United States, to be held Oct. 10-11th in Washington, D.C. This conference is great for 2Lís seeking a public interest or government position, and 3Lís, seeking legal aid, public defender, policy, and other government positions throughout the United States. Students send their resumes/cover letter to employers in advance of this conference. A special reception for Chicago-Kent Students with Chicago-Kent Public Interest/Government Alumni in DC will take place during the Conference. Thursday, September 11 at 2pm in Room C25.
More information on the EJW Conference & Career Fair: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/events/ccf/general
This program will be videotaped for those unable to attend.
Questions about EJW should be directed to Michelle Vodenik.

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. ††

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 †

Employment Opportunities

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

 

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. 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.

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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