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September 22nd - 29th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • September 23: Small & Mid-sized Firm Panel
  • September 24: Small & Mid-sized Firm Job Search/Networking Strategies
  • September 25: International Law Presentation - “Distinguishing Yourself through International Law Opportunities”
  • September 25: Government Agency Career Expo
  • September 30: Cook County Bar Association First Year Minority Law Students Reception
  • October 1: Presidential Management Fellowship Program
  • October 4: Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. Seminar on Real Estate Transactions
  • October 6: Microsoft Women & Minority Law Student IP Summit
  • 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

  • September 26: Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Registration Deadline
  • 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

September 23: Small & Mid-sized Firm Panel

Small (2-10 attorneys) and mid-sized (11-60 attorneys) law firms offer a diverse range of practice areas and employ the largest percentage of law school graduates. They are also a significant source of law clerking positions. Come learn what they look for in applicants, what are average salaries, how you can identify and research this vast array of employers, and what is involved in a typical interviewing process. Tuesday, September 23rd at noon in Room 270.

September 24: Small & Mid-sized Firm Job Search/Networking Strategies

Networking is one of the most important career skills a law student can develop because many job opportunities develop through relationships. Learn about how to get over the networking hurdle and hear about how students can successfully utilize networking skills at small and mid-size firms. Wednesday, September 24 at 3pm in Room 270.

September 25: International Law Presentation - “Distinguishing Yourself through International Law Opportunities”

Interested in international law? The Career Services Office and the International Law Society will co-host Professor Matt Wilson of Temple University Law School’s Tokyo Campus on Thursday, September 25th at noon in Room 170.  Professor Wilson will address career opportunities in international law, emphasizing the theme of "Distinguishing Yourself through International Law Opportunities."   Professor Wilson will cover topics including:         

  • What is International Law and what does an international lawyer do? 
  • Opening the door: things that a law student can do during law school to get involved in transnational or international legal matters.
  • How to effectively utilize study abroad programs during law school.
  • Where the jobs are: conventional and unique international career opportunities for law students domestically and overseas.
  • Job searching tips: how a U.S. educated law student can go about finding an internationally related legal internship or job.
  • Practical Application: How international experiences translate
  • into networking, client development, and career opportunities in the United States.

September 25: Government Agency Career Expo

Meet prospective employers from various law departments throughout Illinois through one-on-one interaction. To date the following employers will be attending:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF)
The Chicago Park District
Dupage County State’s Attorney
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
McHenry County State's Attorney's Office
Office of the Executive Inspector General
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This event will be held at the CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Court, on September 25th from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

September 30: Cook County Bar Association First Year Minority Law Students Reception

The Cook County Bar Association, in conjunction with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, cordially invite students to attend a reception in honor of first year minority law students. Network with established attorneys, discuss getting through the first year, receive a list of mentors, and have a great time! This event will take place at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's offices at 222 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 300, from 5:30-7:30 pm. To RSVP or for more information, contact Gwen Rowan at growan@cookcountybar.org or 312-630-1157 (select Option 4).

Presidential Management Fellowship Information

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM:  3Ls and LLMs may participate in the 2-year program, which places applicants in public policy and management positions with a wide variety of federal government agencies and departments.  This year, the program has a particular interest in law students and graduates from other specified disciplines.  Strong emphasis is placed on challenging career opportunities and career development and employers offer seminars, briefings, conferences, orientation programs and on-the-job training.  Rotational assignments expose Fellows to other agency areas, as well as another agency or branch of the federal government.  Participants receive initial 2-year appointment, generally at GS-9, but possibly GS-11 or GS-12 depending on experience, and promotions after the first year.  Upon completion of the internship, PMFs are eligible for conversion to career or career-conditional status.  Loan forgiveness programs are administered at the discretion of individual agencies. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must receive graduate degrees by Aug. 31, 2009.  Criteria include breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, and other criteria developed by each school.  Candidates are generally eligible to apply only once.  Veterans meeting PMF and school criteria must be nominated, and schools are encouraged to nominate women, minorities and people with disabilities.  Federal agencies may not hire non-U.S. citizens, with a few exceptions listed on the website.

For more information: www.pmf.opm.gov. Applicants will apply from October 1-15, 2008 and the application window will be open for a brief time. If interested in applying, you must express that interest to Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office, so that you can be informed about the nomination process for students from Chicago-Kent and so that we know that you wish to be nominated. Any student can apply to be a PMF, but applicants must be nominated by Chicago-Kent in order to receive consideration and an interview.

Oct 1: Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Natalie Hill, Presidential Management Fellow and ’07 Kent graduate, and Michelle Vodenik, Public Interest Advisor in the Career Services Office, will discuss the President Management Fellowship program. The program will be on Wednesday, October 1, 3-4pm in room 370. The Presidential Management Fellowship is a 2 year post-graduation opportunity, which places applicants in public policy and management positions in a wide variety of federal government agencies and departments. Candidates must receive graduate degrees by August 31, 2009 to participate. Criteria for nomination includes breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs. For more information visit www.pmf.opm.gov. If you are interested in applying from Chicago-Kent, you must contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office, so that you can be informed of any developments in the application process.

October 4: Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. Seminar on Real Estate Transactions

According to the American Bar Association, the largest percentage of the general practitioner’s business involves real estate transactions. A thorough understanding of the closing process, tax aspects, contracts, financing, and title insurance is essential for today’s general practitioner.

Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest and most important financial transactions of a person’s lifetime and is often the first experience with an attorney. A positive experience will be remembered to your benefit. Experienced real estate practitioners will navigate through a typical real estate transaction, covering the following topics:

  • Establishing a real estate practice;
  • Representing the buyer and the seller;
  • Preparing standard contracts, deeds, and other forms;
  • Understanding mortgage financing and how to explain it to clients; and
  • Taking title—different methods and the tax ramifications of each.

Get a strong background for your real estate practice along with the knowledge, confidence, and tools to represent your clients.

This program will be held on Saturday, October 4th at Chicago-Kent. This program is free for law students and attorneys who have been practicing less than three years. Registration is required and a free breakfast will be served. To register, go to ATGF's website.

October 6: Microsoft Women & Minority Law Student IP Summit

Microsoft is pleased to announce their fourth annual Microsoft Women and Minority Law Student IP Summit to be held at the Westin Chicago River North on October 6, 2008, 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. The IP Diversity Summit is an opportunity for women, minority and GLBT law students to learn about different career paths in intellectual property law, while networking with attorneys from major companies across various industries and law firms.  Microsoft has hosted prior summits in Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco, and is excited to bring this opportunity to Chicago in 2008.   

Participating companies confirmed to date include Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Accenture, Motorola, Citrix, and Square Enix.  Participating law firms are:  Winston & Strawn, Covington & Burling, K&L Gates, Davis Wright Tremaine, Adorno & Yoss, Klarquist Sparkman, and Marshall Gerstein & Borun. 

The registration deadline is September 26, 2008, though latecomers may be accommodated if space permits.  The IP Diversity Summit is open to all law students, and we strongly encourage participation by women, minority and GLBT students in particular.  Of course, there is no registration cost to law students to participate.  Please note that while the Summit agenda starts at 12:00, law student registration begins at 3:30 for the career panel and networking reception.  

Register online at https://microsoft.crgevents.com/IPSummit08.  The registration code for law students is:  IPSUMMIT.  Registration inquiries can be directed to the event service contacts on the site. You can also network with Microsoft attorneys and other IP Summit participants on our Facebook page.

 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.    

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 14

  • Alternative Career in Business, Tuesday, October 14 , 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: 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 Skadden, please let Michelle Mohr Vodenik know and make an appointment. She is available to discuss ideas and review proposals.

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

September 26: Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and Conference Registration Deadline

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. Register now and take advantage of the following features: register online, view attending employers, upload your resume, apply for positions. The deadline to apply for interviews at the Career Fair & Conference is Friday, September 26. 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 on Friday, October 10 from 5-7pm where you will have the opportunity to meet with Chicago-Kent public interest/government alumni in Washington DC and you are eligible to be in a drawing for two $75.00 travel stipends. To register, visit http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/events/ccf/general and click on the registration link in the left menu. If you plan to attend, or have questions, you must contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik, public interest advisor in the Career Services Office and she will send your 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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