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Week of October 20, 2008

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Staff Changes & Additions
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • October 21: “From the Courtroom to the Board room: Using your law degree in the business world.”
  • October 21: Intellectual Property Career Day
  • October 25: APALSA/CSO 2008 Law Student Career Forum
  • October 28: Environmental Law Career Panel
  • October 29 & November 3: Mandatory 1L Orientation to Career Services
  • October 30: CBA Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
  • November 4 & 5: Mandatory 1L Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • November 6-7: 18th Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation
  • November 10: Meet the Public Service Employers Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • IRS Non-tax Summer Intern and Attorney Positions
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • November 1: Deadline for Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship
  • 2009 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship
  • Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Program

Job Fairs

  • 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

Staff Changes & Additions

We are pleased to announce that Jenny Tank and Michelle Mohr Vodenik have recently been promoted to Directors of the Career Services Office.  In addition to new responsibilities, Jenny continues to be Manager of Recruitment Programs and Michelle continues in her role as Public Interest & Diversity Advisor.  

We are equally pleased to announce that Elsa “Yadi” Trujillo has joined the office as a Career Counselor.  Yadi graduated with High Honors from the law school in 2001.  Prior to joining us on October 6th, Yadi served as a judicial clerk for several state court judges and as an associate at Lord, Bissell & Brook (n/k/a Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell) and Jenner & Block.  Yadi’s office is 360E in the CSO suite and she can be reached at 906-5204 or etrujillo@kentlaw.edu.  

Last, but definitely not least, we are very happy to announce that Jenny Tank and her husband, Paul Freeborn, welcomed Paxton Keller Freeborn on Tuesday, September 30th.  Pax weighed in at eight lbs nine oz and is twenty-one and a half inches long. 

Congratulations to the Tank/Freeborn family!

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

October 21: “From the Courtroom to the Board room: Using your law degree in the business world.”

This program, cosponsored with the Corporate Law Society, will feature a panel of former attorneys turned business executives in the areas of finance, real estate development, and retail. Noon on Tuesday October 21st, Room 510 . Pizza and refreshments will be served. Please note date change.

October 21: Intellectual Property Career Day

IP faculty and staff from the Career Services Office will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about careers in intellectual property law. Tuesday, October 21st at 3pm in Room C35.

October 25: APALSA/CSO 2008 Law Student Career Forum

Learn about what life is like working for law firms, government offices, and alternative legal professions. Also, participate in one-on-one Speed-Mentoring & Resume Review Session. Circuit Court judges, attorneys of different backgrounds (large, mid-size, and solo firms), prosecutors, defense attorneys, in-house counsel, legal aid and assistance, public interest, and other lawyers will share their experiences with you and answer your questions about interviewing, working, and living in the legal world of Chicagoland. This event will take place Saturday, October 25, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Chicago-Kent. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby. Free for all law students interested in the Chicago job-market. Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area. Please RSVP to Junko Minami at jcminami@gmail.com. This program is sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the South Asian Law Student Association, and the Career Services Office.

October 28: Environmental Law Career Panel

The Environmental Law Society & Career Services Office present a panel discussion about environmental law careers, with advice for students interested in pursuing a career in the field. Tuesday, October 28, 12:00pm-1:00pm, in Room 510. Our featured guest is the head of U.S. EPA Region 5, Robert Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan will discuss his work for the EPA, as well as his career path that involved work for the Justice Department. Also speaking are environmental attorneys from the private and nonprofit sectors: Doug Sanders of Baker & McKenzie LLP, and Faith Bugel from the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.

October 29 & November 3: Mandatory 1L Orientation to Career Services

The Career Services Office will hold a required orientation for first year students on Wednesday, October 29th from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM in the Auditorium and again on Monday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 PM in Room 510. This program will provide you with information about career opportunities, the job posting system, options and opportunities for summer employment, and the typical hiring timeline for first year students. During the October 29th program, a panel of 2nd year law students will discuss first year summer opportunities as well. You only need to attend one session. If you have any questions, contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu.  

October 30: CBA Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono and Community Service Fair

On Thursday, October 30, 2008, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., meet with representatives from over 40 of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono and community service organizations to network with like minded professionals and uncover the volunteer opportunity you have been seeking. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served. The Fair is co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation, Exelon, Jenner & Block LLP and Public Interest Law Initiative. The event is hosted by Jenner & Block LLP, 330 N. Wabash, 40th Floor. RSVP to yls@chicagobar.org.

For full descriptions of the events listed above, visit www.chicagobar.org/probonoweek.

November 4 & 5: Mandatory 1L Resume and Cover Letter Workshops

A workshop on developing a legal resume, writing strong and effective cover letters, what to use for writing samples, and how to list references, will be presented on Tuesday, November 4 at noon in Room 510, Wednesday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 270, and at 5:15 PM in Room C20.  1Ls must attend this program if you want to have your resume or cover letter reviewed by a career counselor, but you only need to attend one session. If you have any questions, contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

November 6-7: 18th Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation 

Employee benefits law is a constantly-growing field of practice that can put you right in the middle of the news with hot topics of concern to everyone, such as health insurance, pension and severance benefits.   The practice area focuses on a complex federal statute, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), which is administered and enforced by six federal agencies. 

Employee benefits can be used to mold the work force and to save money.  Several cases a year generally go to the Supreme Court.   ERISA lawyers practice in different environments and from different affiliations.  For example, there are management lawyers, plaintiffs’ lawyers, and union lawyers who practice in diverse areas such as tax law, health law labor law and business and finance law.  ERISA lawyers represent plaintiffs or defendants or can be neutral.  They can be litigators, advisors or transaction lawyers. 

Students are also invited to come to an informal get together at John Marshall Law School (315 S. Plymouth Court, Room 3 East) on November 5th, hosted by the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law with several ERISA lawyers who are presenting topics at the ERISA Litigation National Institute. Attendance is free, but please RSVP to: Nancy Matthews, (202) 662-8640 or matthewsn@staff.abanet.org.  Dress is business casual.  Please bring your resume.

November 10: Meet the Public Service Employers Reception

Learn about non-profit and government agency job opportunities at this reception. Monday, November 10th at 5:00-7:00pm, at Loyola University Chicago, 25 East Pearson, 15th Floor, Kasbeer Hall. This reception is a joint project of the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, which includes Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Employment Opportunities

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

IRS Non-tax Summer Intern and Attorney Positions

The Office of Associate Chief Counsel, General Legal Services employs approximately 70 attorneys. GLS has both field and National Office components and provides legal advice in all GLS practice areas and represents the IRS and the Office of Chief Counsel in litigation on various administrative issues involving personnel, discrimination, labor-management relations, and government contracts, as well as handling litigation with the Department of Justice. GLS provides legal assistance related to conflict of interest statutes, ethical standards, and Departmental rules of conduct. GLS also has a robust practice in the area of advisory opinions on legal matters ranging from procurement, appropriations and grant law to intellectual property law.

GLS has paid internships for Summer 2009 available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington DC. Our offices outside Washington DC do legal work mostly in labor, personnel and EEO practice areas. Whereas all practice areas mentioned in the above paragraph are handled in the Washington DC office.

Under the Honors Program for permanent employment, which requires that the candidate will possess a JD by May 2009, or be a recent graduate (JD or LLM) with less than a year of legal experience, and have strong academic credentials, we may have openings in one or more of the above mentioned cities. The successful honors candidate would begin working in October, 2009. Additional information about General Legal Services is available on the Chief Counsel web page, http://www.jobs.irs.gov/opp_other_attyFNO.html

These positions are posted in Symplicity, please apply through the system. The deadline to submit your application is October 26th.

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a summer internship program open to all first or second year minority or financially disadvantaged law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in Illinois, Texas, Washington DC, Miami, Phoenix, and California. Interns will receive an award of $1,500. The time commitment can vary by student, subject to a six-week minimum. Students will be expected to coordinate their schedule with their individual judges and to work the hours required by each judge. Students are asked to submit a completed application, legal writing sample and a statement of interest. Detailed program information and applications are available at the program website. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1st for second year students and December 1st for first year students. The deadline for applications is December 31st. Questions about the program should be directed to Gail Howard at howardg@staff.abanet.org.

The CSO will hold an informational program on this opportunity later in the semester. Watch the Record for details.

Fellowships & Scholarships

November 1: Deadline for Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship

The Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school related expenses each year that the recipient remains in good academic standing and is attending one of the selected Illinois law schools, as well as a Summer Associate position in Vedder's Summer Program after his/her first year of law school. Applications are due November 1st. Applications are available on their website, or by clicking here.

2009 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago. Applications for the 2009 fellowship will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2008, through Jan. 15, 2009. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource. For more information or to download an application, visit their website.

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.

Job Fairs


No new fairs.

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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