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September 15th - 21st

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • State, County & City Government Career Panel
  • Prosecutor Career Panel
  • 12th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium
  • Chicago Bar Association: Young Lawyer’s Section Meet the Committees Night and Social.
  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms presents: How to get the job you want after law school.
  • 1st Annual Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Professional Development Panel
  • 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

State, County & City Government Career Panel

Learn about opportunities with city, state & county agencies from a panel of attorneys. Featuring:
John Leovy (’95), City of Chicago Corporation Counsel
Carolyn Thomas (’96), Cook County Office of the Public Guardian  
Ruta Stropus, Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Meghan Paulas (’08), Illinois Department of Human Rights
Sean Ginty (’94), Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor

Tuesday, September 16 at noon in room 170. Cosponsored with the Black Law Students Association. Pizza provided! This program will be videotaped and available online from the CSO.

Prosecutor Career Panel

County, City, State and and federal prosecutors will discuss their work, how students can become involved, and their hiring processes.
Featuring:
David Weiner, (’92) The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Felony Trial Division
Rachel Kurchar, City of Chicago Department of Law, Troubled Buildings Unit
James Kuhn, (’87), United States Attorney’s Office
TBA, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office

Wednesday, September 17th at 3pm in room 270. Cosponsored with Phi Alpha Delta. Pizza provided! This program will be videotaped and available online from the CSO.

12th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

Saturday, September 13 from 8:30a.m.-12:30pm at John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court. Symposium highlights include: Head Prosecutor’s Roundtable; a Young Lawyer’s Perspective; Interviewing and How to Prepare for Government Employment
Participating agencies include the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The event is free and open to all!

Chicago Bar Association: Young Lawyer’s Section Meet the Committees Night and Social.

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. The Young Lawyers Section has 29 practice and specialty committees–everything from Bankruptcy to Employee Benefits to Real Estate Law to Tort Litigation. This is your chance to match your professional and personal goals to the right committee. Committees are a CBA member benefit–there are no extra fees to join or attend meetings.

Why Attend?
-Meet and mingle with Young Lawyers Section members and leaders.
-Hear how committees can help advance your career.
-Gather information on future topics and speakers scheduled for upcoming meetings.
-Enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers.
-Sign up for committees at the event.
-Get Involved!

RSVP to yls@chicagobar.org or 312-554-2032 by September 15. Nonmembers are welcome to attend the event to learn about CBA and YLS committees but may not join YLS committees or attend meetings until becoming a CBA member. Law students welcome.

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms presents:
How to get the job you want after law school.

The Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms is sponsoring a program called "How to Get the Job You Want After Law School." The program will take place on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, and will be hosted by Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP. This is a great opportunity for first-year law students to receive practical advice and instruction on how to succeed in law school and beyond. There will be a panel featuring Jamal Edwards, senior associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Sally Olson, partner at Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP; Adrienne Banks Pitts, partner at Sidley Austin LLP; Jeffrey C. Torres, partner at McGuire Woods LLP; and Jonathan Young, partner at Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP. The panel will be followed by a question and answer session. 

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Eileen Rosete via email at erosete@chicagocommittee.org by Monday, September 15, 2008

Hosted by Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP
225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60606

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

1st Annual Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
Professional Development Panel

Interested in Health Law? You are invited to a panel discussion and Q&A entitled "The Practice of Health Law in a Law Firm."  The panel of practitioners in the health law field will give an overview of the work they do as well as the scope of the health law department at their respective firms.  The floor will then be open for questions.  Refreshments will be served. Guest Speakers are Chris Anderson from Hogan Marren; Kerrin Slattery from McDermott Will & Emery; Jeffrey Teske, President Elect of IAHA. Location: McDermott, Will & Emery, 227 West Monroe Street, Conference Room, Floor 45, September 26th, 2008, from 3:00PM- 4:00PM. Space is limited - Please RSVP to Suzie McGary at SMcGary@ihastaff.org.

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.    

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.

 

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. 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.

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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