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Week of August 10, 2009

CSO Information & Announcements

  • August 24: CSO Open House - Snacks and Prizes!
  • CSO Seeks Part-Time Student Worker(s)
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • August 14: OCI Interview Schedules Go Live
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • K&L Gates "Change Your World" Trivia Challenge
  • Army Court of Criminal Appeals Oral Argument and Reception
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

 

Employment Opportunities

  • Fall Judicial Externship Opportunities in the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • Urban Debate Advocacy Fellowship for Recent Graduates
  • Additional Resources and Potential Opportunities for Recent Graduates

Job Fairs

  • Update on Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • August 14: Registration Deadline for Hispanic National Bar Association Job Fair
  • The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference

Resources

  • LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and other 2009 Graduates Pursuing Public Service Work
  • Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs
  • Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • Password Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet
  • 2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

CSO Information & Announcements

 

CSO Open House - Snacks and Prizes!

The Career Services Office will be hosting an Open House on August 24, outside of Suite 360.  The CSO table will be staffed continuously from 8:30am – 6:00pm.  Be sure to stop by for information on CSO services, a list of upcoming CSO programs and useful handouts as well as snacks.  Several lucky students will win prizes such as Starbucks gift cards and Chicago-Kent water bottles. Hope to see you there – bring your career-related questions!

 

CSO Seeks Part-time Student Workers

The Career Services Office seeks part-time student workers for the fall 2009 semester (any year student eligible). Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-20 hours per week. Duties will include data entry and maintenance of active job postings; ordering/upkeep of resources; scheduling appointments; answering phones; front desk reception work; and some web-page maintenance.

Interested students should submit resumes to kentcso@kentlaw.edu by Monday, August 17, 2009 with "CSO Position" in the email subject line. Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability during the fall semester, as well as work-study eligibility status. Please note that work-study eligibility is a requirement.

 

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

 

August 14: OCI Interview Schedules Go Live

Student interview schedules for OCI will be available on Symplicity on August 14, 2009 after 5 pm.  Click on the “OCI” tab and then on “Scheduled Interviews.” Please remember to check back frequently as changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the process. We will not be sending out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to check on Symplicity.

 

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

 

Army Court of Criminal Appeals Oral Argument and Reception

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Time: 3:30pm
Location: The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court

Baim Courtroom

On September 1, 2009, the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals will hear the case of U.S. v. Alston in Chicago. The arguments will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Baim Courtroom at The John Marshall Law School. After the arguments, there will be a question and answer session conducted by the judges and attorneys followed by a reception. Law students are cordially invited to the argument, Q & A, and reception.

This is a rare opportunity for students in the Chicago area who are interested in the military as a career to hear a military appellate argument and meet JAG officers, both career and reserve, on a one-to-one basis.

 

K&L Gates "Change Your World" Trivia Challenge

Continuing on the success of last year's Change Your World campaign, K&L Gates LLP is reducing waste by minimizing printed recruiting materials and eliminating promotional items. The money saved will be donated to a worthy charity. Here's where you come in.

Visit www.klgates.com/changeyourworld, play the "Change Your World" trivia challenge, and decide which of three outstanding nonprofit organizations you want your score to count toward. If you are good enough, the organization you choose could receive the cash. Compete for your school, compete for personal glory, compete for a cause you believe in.

 

Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

As a public service, NALP and ALI-ABA are pleased to offer Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times — a 75-minute presentation by Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch LLP, who generously donated their time and talent to this special project to assist lawyers and 3Ls who are currently seeking employment.

To watch the video, please click here.

 

Employment Opportunities

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

 

Fall Judicial Externship Opportunities in the Circuit Court of Cook County

There are several openings in the Circuit Court, Law Division, for the Fall 2009 externship program. The court is looking for 2L or 3L students who are interested in working with either a commercial calendar judge or a motion calendar judge. Responsibilities will include legal research, drafting bench memoranda, court observation, and drafting memorandum opinions and orders. Hours are flexible and will be worked our between the student and the judge he/she is assigned to.

Interested students should email their resumes to Jillian Snider, Law Clerk to Judge William D. Maddux at jsnider@cookcountygov.com.

 

Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will accept applications beginning September 8, 2009 for the position of staff law clerk for a two-year term starting August 2010. Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and possess superior analytical, research, and writing skills. Law review or moot court experience is preferred. To apply, on or after September 8, 2009, please submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two unedited legal writing samples (any length), and two letters of recommendation to:

Michael Fridkin, Senior Staff Attorney
219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2650
Chicago, IL 60604

Application materials can also be submitted via e-mail to stafflawclerk_apps@ca7.uscourts.gov, preferably in .pdf format, on or after September 8, 2009. There is no application deadline. Positions are open until filled, typically by Thanksgiving each year.

Staff law clerks work in a highly collegial environment with recent law school graduates and lawyers coming from the nation's top law schools, as well as with more experienced supervisory attorneys. Staff law clerks learn a wide variety of substantive and practical lawyering and writing skills through discussions with the judges and other staff law clerks.

Staff law clerkships combine the intellectual rigor of a chambers clerkship with the benefits of working closely with all the judges of the Seventh Circuit, one of the most highly respected appeals courts in the country, on all phases of appellate litigation. Like traditional chambers clerks, the staff law clerks at the Seventh Circuit perfrom legal research, prepare bench memoranda and draft merits opinions on a broad spectrum of federal cases subject to oral argument at the Court.

In addition to receiving the type of work typical of chambers clerkships, staff law clerks work with all the judges of the entire Court rather than a single judge. They also assist the judges in resolving substantive motions that address complex questions of civil procedure or seek preliminary or emergency relief. Finally staff law clerks assist three-judge panels in weekly deliberative conferences on cases not subject to oral argument.

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use during their third year of law school (2010-2011). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate's:

  • Ability and committment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment

Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 15, 2009. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2010.

For an application form and additional information, please click here and go to the Diversity Scholars Program heading.

 

Urban Debate Advocacy Fellowship for Recent Graduates

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), the national leadership organization of the urban debate movement, seeks to facilitate participation in organized debate activities for as many urban students as possible. Urban students of color and women with great creativity and potential for future careers in the law unfortunately face many challenges in learning the communication and academic skills they need to enter law school and start legal careers. To counter these challenges, many firms have turned to academic debate in urban schools as an effective mechanism to open a larger, more diverse pipeline of students who are interested in, and well-prepared for, law school and legal practice.

NAUDL is offering a pro bono public interest fellowship to 3Ls and recent law school graduates whose firms are deferring their start dates. Associates who are deferring their start dates can make a valuable contribution in the interim to the NAUDL and urban debate.

The Urban Debate Advocacy Fellow will provide legal advice and assistance to local Urban Debate Leagues (UDLs), run legal education seminars with UDL students, prepare submissions to federal and local governments on matters of public interest, and conduct other legal work, including drafting documents. The pro bono fellows will focus on legal research and writing, advocacy, non-profit governance issues, and policy development, and will be helping to bring debate to thousands of additional students nationwide. The length of the fellowship can vary with availability, ranging from several months to an entire year.

If interested in becoming an Urban Debate Advocacy Fellow, please contact Eric Tucker at the NAUDL at EricTucker@urbandebate.org or 312-427-0152.

 

Additional Resources and Potential Opportunities for Recent Graduates

The Career Services Office is compiling a list of resources for Recent Graduates dealing with law firm start date deferrals. The following organizations are accepting applications from deferred law firm associates (please contact the CSO for specific application instructions for each organization):

The Public Interest Law Initiative also has a number of helpful resources for those dealing with delayed law firm start dates. Please click here for more information. For those interested in opportunities both within the Chicago area as well as across the nation, organizations have been posting opportunities and positions for deferred associates on www.pslawnet.org (membership for Chicago-Kent students/alums is free; after signing in, click on "Search Opportunities").

Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

  • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;
  • 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
  • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here.

LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge. Please note that the following organizations are NOT accepting applications from deferred associates:

  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • SEC – Illinois
  • LaPorte County (IN) Attorney’s Office
  • AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association)
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office – Illinois (DOJ)
  • National Lawyers Guild – Chicago
  • National Training and Information Center

Please contact Susan DeCostanza if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed above or other career plans.

Job Fairs

Update on Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair

Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
Location: Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront
511 North Columbus Drive


All registered students have now received their interview schedules. The deadline for registered students to drop any scheduled interviews was Friday, July 31, 2009. If you failed to meet this deadline, please contact your law school liaison is Elsa "Yadi" Trujillo ASAP. Please review the Law Student Registration Information Brochure or visit the CCBA Job Fair website (www.ccbaminorityjobfair.com), for additional information.

 

August 14: Registration deadline for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Job Fair

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 2009 Job Fair will be held on Friday September 4, 2009 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico in conjunction with HNBA's Annual Convention, which will be held September 2-6, 2009 in the same location. Job Fair participants will be able to interact with leading Hispanic lawyers throughout the United States and participate in enriching continuing legal education programs.

Pre-Registration for the Job Fair is now available at www.hnba.com. Full registration will begin online on May 1, 2009. The deadline to register is August 14, 2009. Fees for the Convention and Job Fair have not yet been determined, but will be published soon on the website. HNBA will also have a Law Student Symposium designed to encourage, educate and mentor students and young attorneys as they embark on their legal careers.

Approximately 60 employers from the private and public sectors will be holding interviews at the Job Fair. Large and medium sized firms are heavily involved, as well as a few small law firms. For more information please visit the website or email beckerd2@staff.abanet.org if you have specific questions regarding the Job Fair.

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association is a national organization of LGBT judges, lawyers, law students and other legal professionals committed to promoting diversity within the legal profession. Each year, the LGBT Bar hosts the only national career fair and legal education conference (formerly known as Lavender Law) for LGBT law students. The LGBT Bar will host the 21st such conference on September 10-12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. The 2008 Career Fair featured 169 recruiters and over 590 students from across the country. Students interested in learning more about the conference should visit www.lgbtbar.org/annual.

Resources

LexisNexis ASPIRE Program For Deferred Law Firm Hires

Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

  • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;
  • 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
  • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here.

LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge.

Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs

Chicago-Kent students can access Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com), Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net), and Journalist Jobs (www.journalistjobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained through Symplicity. Please see the instructions in the entry directly below for details on how to acess password information via Symplicity. Please note that the passwords for these sites are case sensitive.

Password Protected Sites Now Available through Symplicity

To access password protected sites including:

  • The Federal Government Honors & Internship Handbook; The Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships; The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank; and
  • The Four or More List of Chicago Employers

Log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The links for the sites listed above will be listed there. Clicking on each link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link on the page. If you have any difficulties accessing Symplicity or the individual sites, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank

Kent students and alumni now have an additional resource for their job searches. The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank compiles entry level job postings from schools throughout the country. This resource will be especially useful for students and alumni conducting an out-of-town job search, but through this service you can also access the postings of other Illinois and Chicago area schools.

To access this resource, log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The link for the Job Bank will be listed there. Clicking on the link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link. The link takes you to the BYU Alumni page, and the Job Bank is about halfway down the page. After clicking that link you will be prompted to enter the user name and password. Then you will have access to a drop list of all 50 states. Picking a state will give you access to the job postings from the schools in that state. If you have any difficulties accessing the Job Bank, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is now offering a free on-line Legal Employment Weekly e-blast of open jobs in the Chicago area. Every issue contains up-to-date job postings, an article and sign-up sheet from the Illinois Paralegal Association, and an Ask an Expert column. You can view each week's installment at http://jobs.lawbulletin.com/ELEW.pdf or you can sign up to receive the "E-LEW" in your own inbox. To receive the weekly email, go to http://jobs.lawbulletin.com and select the "E-LEW" tab at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, click on the link and complete the resulting form.

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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