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Week of November 3, 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

  • November 3: Evening Division Mandatory 1L Orientation to Career Services
  • November 5 & 11: Mandatory 1L Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • November 6-7: 18th Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation
  • November 10 & 12: 1L Office Tours
  • November 10: Meet the Public Service Employers Reception
  • November 11: Attention 1Ls & 2Ls: Preparing your PILI Application
  • November 12: ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) Panel Discussion
  • November 13: SmithAmundsen LLC's networking happy hour.

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • November 15: Deadline for Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship -- extended
  • 2009 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Job Fairs

Resources

  • Career Advisor Network
  • 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

November 3: Evening Division Mandatory 1L Orientation to Career Services

The Career Services Office will hold a required orientation for first year evening division students on Monday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 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. If you have any questions, contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu.  

November 5 & 11: 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 Wednesday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 270, and at 5:15 PM in Room C20 and Tuesday, November 11 at noon in Room 510. 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. Please note the date of one of these sessions has moved.

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 10th & 12th: 1L Office Tours

First years interested in learning about the resources offered in the Career Services Office are encouraged to sign up for an office tour. Sign up sheets are now available in the Career Services Office. Tours will be held at the following times and should last no longer than 15 minutes:

Monday, November 10th at 11am
Wednesday, November 12th at 2pm
Wednesday, November 12th at 5:15

Please stop by the CSO, suite 360, to sign up or RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.edu

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.

November 11: Attention 1Ls & 2L’s: Preparing your PILI application

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,000 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations. Last summer, eight Chicago-Kent students received PILI internships, and last spring three Chicago-Kent students received semester PILI internships. Hear from an employer who reviews PILI applications and several students who were successful at obtaining a PILI internship. 2L’s can apply for a PILI beginning on October 15, while 1L’s can apply beginning on December 1. Tuesday, November 11, 12:00 p.m., room 170. For more information, visit the PILI website is www.pili-law.org.

November 12: ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) Panel Discussion

Chicago-Kent students who have participated in the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program will discuss their experiences applying, interviewing and working with a judge over the summer. This program will be on Wednesday, November 12, 3:00-4:00pm in room 170. The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) 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 www.abanet.org/litgation/jiop. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1st for second year students and December 1st for first year students. APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BY December 31, 2008. This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Black Law Students Association, Chicago-Kent Lambdas, Hispanic Latino Law Student Association, and South Asian Law Student Association. Food will be provided, courtesy of BLSA. If you have questions, contact Michelle Vodenik.

November 13: SmithAmundsen LLC's networking happy hour

SmithAmundsen's Diversity Task Force invites you to SmithAmundsen, LLC's Networking Happy Hour. Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Sidebar Grille, 221 North LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois 60601. R.S.V.P. to Lauren Siegel at 312-455-3817 or lsiegel@salawus.com

Employment Opportunities

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

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships

Each year, PILI offers over 40 public interest law internships that provide excellent legal training and experience for first or second  year law students.  Interns work at one of PILI's affiliated public interest law agencies in Chicago.  PILI raises the money to fund the internships and then issues grants to its eligible host agencies.  The agencies, in turn, pay their Interns directly.   PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced lawyers at its agencies, and provides a lunch-time educational seminar program.  The Internship program encourages law students to work at --and learn about-- legal institutions that serve the public interest, and engenders a life-long commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.

PILI sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students.  The Summer Internship program is open to law students from across the country. Each summer, PILI funds dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. Agencies hosting Summer Interns receive $5,000 to pay an Intern for 10 full-time weeks of work. 

2Ls may apply starting October 15th, 1Ls may apply beginning December 1st. For more information on how to apply, visit http://pili-law.org/HowtoApplyforInternships.htm.

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.

Fellowships & Scholarships

November 15: Deadline for Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship -- extended

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 15th. 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.

Job Fairs


No new fairs.

Resources

Career Advisor Network

In an effort to help you connect with a strong network of Chicago-Kent alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Career Services are happy to announce a new Alumni Career Advisor Network.

Alumni from around the world are available to discuss issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other career-related topics. This is an excellent opportunity to start building your personal network with Chicago-Kent alumni!

To search for an Alumni Career Advisor, all you have to do is log-in to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community:

First Time Login Instructions:

  1. Go to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/firstlogin
  2. In the Constituent ID field, enter your Banner CWID.
    To find your Banner CWID login to http://my.iit.edu. Once you are logged, on the right side of your screen you should see a box called IIT Personal ID numbers. The Banner CWID is the number beginning with “A.”
  3. In the Class Year Field:
    1. If you are an LLM student, enter LLM
    2. If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
    3. If you are a JD student your Class Year will be three characters. The first letter for all class years will be L. The second letter is your division. The third is your year number.
      Examples: A 2nd year night student’s class year is LN2. A 1st  year day student’s class year is LD1.

During your first time login you will create a username and password. Afterwards, you may log in directly at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/advisorsearch using the username and password you created.

If you need assistance with your first time login, please contact Celeste Addyman in the Office of Career Services at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or visit her in Suite 360.

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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