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September 21, 2009

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • OCI Update
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • September 22: Professionalism Series Part I: Dress for Success with Brooks Brothers
  • September 23: Small & Mid-Size Firm Panel
  • September 29: Kimm Walton, Author, "Guerilla Tactics to Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams"
  • September 30: Presidential Management Fellowship Program
  • Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week: Oct. 5-9
  • Career Programs on Government, Public Interest, Small & Mid-Sized Firms, and Alternative Careers Begin on August 26 and Run Through October 8
  • Chicago-Kent Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington DC
  • September 24: Tax Bridge to Practice Program
  • Student Debt Relief Webinar Series: Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How Government and Nonprofit Employees can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Chicago Bar Association: Career Productivity Series
  • Political Campaign Training: A Road Map to Election Victory
  • October 7: Law Student Preparedness Series: Get the Job You Want After Law School
  • 2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Women and the Law Networking Event
  • Ms. JD's Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law
  • Asian American Bar Association: 2009 Law Student Career Forum
  • Third Annual Student Health Law Conference
  • Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Presidential Management Fellowship Application Period: October 1 - 15
  • Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - Applications Accepted Starting September 8
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office Seeking Law Student Externs/Clerks

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Urban Debate Advocacy Fellowship for Recent Graduates
  • A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

Job Fairs

  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Fall 2009 Career Fair
  • October 1, 2009: Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair

Resources

  • 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • 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

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

 

OCI Update

Student interview schedules are now available on Symplicity.  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.

It is very important that you arrive on time for each of your OCI interviews. The room location and the name of the interviewer(s) is included on your interview schedule. If an emergency arises and you are delayed or will not be able to make it to your interview, please call the CSO as soon as possible at 312-906-5200 or call Pascale Bishop at 312-906-5207.

 

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

 

Professionalism Series, Part I: Dress for Success with Brooks Brothers

Please join the Society of Women in Law, Phi Alpha Delta, the Career Services Office and Brooks Brothers for a program on how to tackle the tricky issues of dress code in the modern business world. Can women now wear pants suits to interviews? What is business casual in the summer? What if you get invited to a partner's house for dinner? Get the answers to these questions and more. The program will be on Tuesday, September 22 at 12 noon in Room 170.

Please RSVP via Symplicity to attend this program. To RSVP, please go directly to your Symplicity Center Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the "Events" tab, then select this event and click "RSVP". 1Ls, please note that although you will not have Symplicity access until November, you are still able to attend all programs.

 

Small and Mid-Size Firm Panel

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Room 370

Small and mid-sized 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. On Wednesday, September 23 at 3pm in Room 370 come and learn what they look for in applicants, what are average salaries, and how to identify and research this vast array of employers. Co-sponsored with the Hispanic-Latino Law Students Association (HLLSA). Pizza will be available!

Panelists will discuss the benefits to working at a smaller law firm, their personal career trajectories, and job search and interviewing tips. Panelists:

  • Rebecca Berlin ('06): Associate at Berger Schatz concentrating in family law
  • Melissa Hunt ('05): Associate at Patton & Ryan focusing on insurance defense
  • Anthony J. Loizzi ('06): Associate at Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn focusing on school and municipal law
  • Thomas Posey ('03): Associate at Franczek Radelet P.C focusing on labor and employment law
  • Sara Siegall ('08): Associate at Chapman & Spingola focusing on business litigation and professional malpractice

For those unable to attend, the program will be available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page. The username and password to view videos online is available in the "Documents Library" in Symplicity. Please RSVP via Symplicity to attend this program. To RSVP, please go directly to your Symplicity Center Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the "Events" tab, then select this event and click "RSVP". 1Ls, please note that although you will not have Symplicity access until November, you are still able to attend all programs.

 

Kimm Walton: Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams

Kimm Walton is a popular law school author who has written several books in addition to Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams including, America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree, What Law School Doesn't Teach You, But You Really Need to Know, and The Best of the Job Goddess, a collection of her favorite "Dear Job Goddess" columns. Ms. Walton will speak on a very timely topic - methods to work and talk you way into the job you really want. This is a very unique opportunity to hear an expert in the field. The program will be on Tuesday, September 29 at 12 noon in the Auditorium.

Please RSVP via Symplicity to attend this program. To RSVP, please go directly to your Symplicity Center Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the "Events" tab, then select this event and click "RSVP". 1Ls, please note that although you will not have Symplicity access until November, you are still able to attend all programs.

 

Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Jason Libby, Presidential Management Fellow at the Drug Enforcement Administration and '08 Kent graduate; Natalie Hill, Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security and '07 Kent graduate; and Michelle Vodenik, Director and Public Interest/Diversity Advisor in the Career Services Office, will discuss the Presidential Management Fellowship Program. The program will be on Wednesday, September 30, 3-4pm in room 210.

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, 2010 to participate. Criteria for nomination includes breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and committment 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 and receive information about how to be nominated. Please read more detailed information about the Fellowship and the application period below in the "Employment Opportunities" section.

 

Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week: Oct. 5-9

ASCK Week is a 5-day extravaganza of opportunities for students to network and connect with Chicago-Kent Alumni as well as to gain valuable career-related skills. More information can be found on the CSO ASCK Week webpage. Please plan on participating in one or more of the opportunities listed below, and RSVP through the Events section of Symplicity (1Ls may RSVP by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu):

Take a Student To Work Day:  Any Day, October 5-9
Resume Reviews: Monday, October 5, all day
Informational Interviews: Tuesday, October 6, all day
Mock Interviews: Wednesday, October 7, all day
Etiquette Dinner: Thursday, October 8, 5:30 pm [Please note, there is a $15 cost for this event, and a limit of 45 students who can attend; for this event ONLY, RSVP to alums@kentlaw.edu
Service Day: Friday, October 9, 12-5 pm
Practice Area Panels: Tuesday and Thursday, October 6 and 8, noon

After you RSVP to an event, you will be contacted to set up a specific time and to be given information on your alumni contact.

 

Career Programs on Government, Public Interest, Small & Mid-Sized Firms, and Alternative Careers Begin on August 26 and Run Through October 8

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. In addition we are responding to the challenging economy with a number of networking programs, and are very excited to have Kimm Walton, author of “Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job Of Your Dreams” coming to Chicago-Kent on September 29. We are committed to serving the needs of all students at Chicago-Kent during this challenging economic time. All programs will be videotaped and available online for those unable to attend in person.   

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 21-25

  • Professionalism Series, Part I: Dress for Success, sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Tuesday, September 22, noon
  • Small & Mid-sized Firm Panel, Wednesday, September 23, 3pm

Featured Program, All Students Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

  • Kimm Walton, Author, “Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams,” Tuesday, September 29, Noon

Federal Government Program for 3L’s:

  • Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program, positions in management at federal government agencies, Wednesday, September 30, 3pm  

Alternative Careers Weeks:

  • Alternative Careers in Business, Tuesday, October 13, Noon

Additionally, we provide many services and resources year round, including:

  1. Daily updates of job postings on Symplicity (includes law firms, government, public interest positions, etc.)  https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students.
  2. Access to the Chicago Area Law Firm List “4 or more” database of all law firms in Chicago with 4+ attorneys https://applications.kentlaw.edu/fom/login.asp, visit “Documents Library” in Symplicity for password.
  3. Career counseling: log-in to Symplicity and “Request an Appointment” with your career counselor.
  4. Programming throughout the year - we conducted or co-sponsored 29 programs last year covering many areas of law as well as career development skills. Videos can be viewed online at: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/videos.html, visit the “Documents Library” in Symplicity for the password.
  5. We work in coalition with other law schools in the Chicago-area to sponsor yearly career fairs and networking events such as the Small/Midsized Firm Reception, the Public Service Reception, the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), among others. All events are listed in the Record.
  6. Resources available online on networking, informational interviews, interview skills, resumes, cover letters, out of state job searches, writing samples, etc. at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/handouts/studentjobapps.html & http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/handouts/careerstrategies.html.
  7. Resources available in our office including subscriptions to all of the Chicago area legal publications, books, handouts (such as the Public Interest Handbook for 1L’s, 2L’s and 3L’s), files on employers, etc.

We look forward to seeing you at many events throughout the year and hope you will take advantage of the resources we offer year-round.

 

Chicago-Kent Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington DC

In conjunction with the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair held on October 24-25 in Washington DC, Chicago-Kent alumni and students will gather on Friday, October 23 from 5 - 7pm at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street NW (Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Stop - Red Line). Great networking opportunity! To participate, please send an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu with Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington DC in the subject line, and indicate your class year. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 20. If you have questions contact Michelle Vodenik in the Career Services Office.

 

Tax Bridge to Practice Program

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time: 1pm - 5:30pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive, Columbus E & F

The ABA Section of Taxation Young Lawyers Forum invites you to learn more about exciting careers in tax law at the ABA Section of Taxation's 2009 Joint Fall CLE Meeting with the Trust & Estate Division of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section. The Tax Bridge to Practice program offers a half-day of career-focused presentations geared toward 2L, 3L and LLM students. You will learn about the wide variety of paractice areas within tax law, and be able to speak with practitioners about your career interests. The program will feature:

  • A keynote lecture by a practitioner and a professor on a tax transactional issue;
  • Introductory workshops on Exempt Organizations and Bankruptcy Tax - two important practice areas generally not covered in J.D. tax programs;
  • A "Careers in Tax Law" Panel, with panelists from a variety of backgrounds providing invaluable insights into tax practice settings; and
  • Excellent networking opportunities

If you are considering a career in tax law, or know someone who is, click here to RSVP for the Tax Bridge to Practice Program. For complete program schedule and details, click here or contact the ABA Section of Taxation directly at 202-662-8680.

 

Student Debt Relief Webinar Series: Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How Government and Nonprofit Employees can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time: 4:30pm - 5:45pm Central Time

A must attend for anyone with high student debt working for the government or a nonprofit. From this interactive webinar, you will learn and be able to ask questions about:

  • How to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • How the new Income-Based Repayment plan works
  • How to figure out how much you can benefit

To learn more and to register online, please visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.

 

Chicago Bar Association: Career Productivity Series

The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association is presenting a Career Productivity Series, which is sponsored by the YLS Career Assistance Committee. This series is geared toward 3L students and recent law school graduates. All programs will be held at the CBA Building located at 321 S. Plymouth Court. Upcoming programs include:

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Thursday, October 8, 2009 from Noon to 1:00pm

Mark Hermann, a partner at Jones Day in Chicago, will talk about his book, "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law." The book is described as "offer[ing] practical and honest, if blunt, advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. He tells you what you need to know about billing, managing your assistant, drafting internal memos, dealing with clients and building your law practice. Find out what drives law partners crazy, what will impress them and what ten mistakes you should avoid. Concise, humorous and full of valuable (but curmudgeonly) insight, this is a must-read for every lawyer and law student."

For additional information, please visit www.chicagobar.org. Additional programs are planned for November and December, so check future editions of the Record for additional information.

 

Political Campaign Training: A Road Map to Election Victory

Date: September 26-27, 2009
Location: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 N. Orleans, Chicago, IL

Are you interested in running for political office or in being a political campaigner? Then come and learn and network with the best and brightest minds in the political field during an all-inclusive political campaign training in downtown Chicago.

Guest speakers include Rich Miller (Founder of Capitol Fax Blog) and Andy Shaw (Executive Director of the Better Government Association and former political reporter for ABC-7 Chicago News). Course topics include:

  • Earned Media: Make Your Money Go Farther
  • Using Twitter, Facebook and Blogs to Get Your Message Out
  • Selling a Donkey to an Elephant: Persuasive Direct Mail
  • Diggin' for Dirt! -- The Basics of Oppositional Research
  • Disaster Control: How to Make Mistakes and Win
  • Winning Your Online Campaign
  • Fundraising During a Recession
  • Field: Winning the Ground Game
  • Speaking to Win

Student discount tickets are $50. Register online and use discount code Student to get the discount! There is also free admission to the Political Job & Internship Fair, where over 10 major campaigns will be conducting onsite interviews for political jobs.

Click here to register and for additional information. Please contact Monique Rooker at 312-541-1600 or moniquer@graingerterry.com with questions.

 

2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association

Date: September 24-26, 2009

The 2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association, hosted by DePaul University College of Law, will be held September 24-26, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Conference is designed to help mold the leaders of tomorrow into compassionate professionals who value community service. The theme, "La Fuerza del Cambio, La Esperanza del Futuro" (The Power of Change, The Hope of Tomorrow), illustrates the focus on making a positive difference in society both in and out of the courtroom. Recognition will also be given to the achievements of leaders who have worked to diversify the legal community and helped pave the way for young Latino lawyers.

The weekend will feature topical discussions and workshops to address legal issues affecting the Latino community. Panelists will offer strategies for succeeding both during and after law school. Also planned are networking events and opportunities to enjoy the city's cultural sights and vibrant nightlife. In addition, a community service event will give attendees a chance to make a positive contribution to a Chicago-based social services organization.

Conference registration is open through September 4, 2009. Participants may register online at www.law.depaul.edu/nllsa. If you have any questions, please contact the National Latino/a Law Student Association at 312-362-5145 or at nllsachicago@gmail.com.

 

Law Student Preparedness Series: Get the Job You Want After Law School

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Katten Muchin Rosenmann LLP
525 West Monroe Street

Next month the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms will be hosting the first in a series of programs designed to assist minority law students with beginning their legal careers on the right foot. This program, entitled "Get the Job You Want After Law School," will provide first-year law students with practical knowledge and advice from experienced attorneys about how to succeed in law school and ultimately secure the job they want after law school. Panelists will include attorneys from large law firms and the nonprofit sector who represent several practice areas.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by clicking here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eileen Rosete, Program Assistant, via email or at 312-577-8549.


Asian American Bar Association: 2009 Law Student Career Forum

The Asian American Bar Association invites you to its 2009 Law Student Career Forum, being held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at DePaul University College of Law (25 East Jackson Blvd.) from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Registration starts at 9:15am and the event is 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.

Circuit Court Judges, attorneys of different backgrounds (large, mid-size and solo firms), prosecutors, defense attorneys, legal aid and assistance, in-house counsel, 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 Chicago. The Forum is a wonderful opportunity to learn about what life is like working for law firms, government offices and alternative legal professions. The Forum will include one-on-one speed mentoring and a resume review session.

Please RSVP to Mehpara Angelina Suleman at suleme@yahoo.com by October 9, 2009 to confirm your attendance. Please contact Mehpara if you have any questions about the event.

 

Third Annual Student Health Law Conference

On Friday, October 16, 2009 from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, will host the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) Third Annual Student Health Law Conference.

This conference, which is attended by law students from law schools throughout the country, seeks to expose law students to the myriad career paths for attorneys in health and life science. The conference provides an introductory session on health law, panels on a variety of employment opportunities in health law, and a networking reception with the conference speakers. In the past, over 180 law students from dozens of law schools as far as the west coast attended the conference. In the current market, the attendance will most likely be even greater.

Career paths that will be represented include academia, compliance, private firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, drug and device companies, health insurers, and hospitals. The speakers for this year's conference have been chosen for their health law expertise. They know the hiring process both as prospective employees and as employers. They are well suited to provide support and guidance to the next generation of health attorneys during these tenuous economic times.

The nominal registration fee of $35 pays for student meals. Students are responsible for their own hotel and travel expenses. For more information, please visit the ASMLE website.

 

Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Women and the Law Networking Event

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Time: Noon - 2:00pm
Location: ISBA Chicago Office
20 South Clark Street, Suite 900

Hate networking? You won't even feel like you're doing it at this program, but you will leave with tools to promote yourself in a way that is comfortable for you. The program will address self-promotion in the broadest sense -- promoting oneself to get business and referrals, but also promoting oneself for purposes of awards, appointments and to receive work-related benefits such as flex-time, etc. There will also be time for creative networking. Come join the Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Women and the Law at an insightful "I Hate Networking" networking event! Please note that there is a $10 cost to attend this event. Please register by Friday, October 16 by contacting Janet Sosin at jsosin@isba.org or at 312-726-9071.

 

Ms. JD's Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law

Ms. JD Presents its Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Avenues to Advancement. This event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Women Lawyers, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the Chicago Bar Association.

The conference will take place on November 20-21, 2009 in Chicago, IL at Northwestern University's Law School Campus. The conference will highlight different career paths available to women in the legal profession, the changing professional environment, and the personal and professional infrastructure that best enables women to excel no matter where their careers may take them!

To learn more, please visit Ms. JD's website, where you can find articles about women in the profession, including interviews with/submissions by Sandra Day O'Connor, Roberta Liebenberg, and Kim Wardlaw, just to name a few. You can also peruse insightful discussions on current events as well as musings and commentary by women both inside and outside the profession on how to get ahead and stay ahead -- even in this economic climate. Please take a moment to learn more and register for this great event. Please email kornberg@ms-jd.org with any questions.

 

Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

DePaul University College of Law and the International Human Rights Law Institute are hosting a workshop on International Humanitarian Law. The workshop will be held October 16 - 18, 2009 at 25 E. Jackson Blvd, Room 242 (Lewis), Chicago, Illinois and the deadline to apply is September 14, 2009.

Content: Legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), law professors, and international law practitioners will lead the workshop. A combination of lectures and hands-on exercises will give participants a deeper understanding of international humanitarian law (IHL), focusing on its application to combatants and civilians. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to IHL
  • The Role of the ICRC
  • Means and Methods of Warfare
  • Protection of Civilians under IHL
  • Nonstate Actors
  • Direct Participation in Hostilities
  • Enforcement of IHL

Eligibility: The workshop is available to full-and part-time law students who are attending a U.S. law school and who have successfully completed at least one year of study. Participants must attend all sessions of the program and will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Costs: The workshop and course materials are free for accepted applicants. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and food costs. Some meals may be provided by the program organizers or other program sponsors.

Application: Applications are available at www.chicagoredcross.org/lawandwar.

Registration is limited and competitive. Completed applications, including a statement of interest, must be received by IHRLI by email, fax or mail no later than Monday. September 14, 2009. For additional information, please contact:

International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI)
DePaul College of Law, 25 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: 312.362.5919; Fax: 312.362.5923
ihrli@depaul.edu
law.depaul.edu/ihrli

 

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.

 

Presidential Management Fellowship Application Period: October 1 -1 5

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 an 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 fellowship, 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 August 31, 2010. 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, 2009 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.

 

Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - Applications Accepted Starting September 8

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.

 

Illinois Attorney General's Office Seeking Law Student Externs/Clerks

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking law students to serve as externs/clerks, particularly in the criminal appeals, environmental and public interest divisions. For additional information and to apply, please click here.

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

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.

 

A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

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

 

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will be held on October 24-25 in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for 2L's, 3L's and 4L's to meet with employers from a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. Please note that 1L's are welcome to attend the conference and participate in table talk with employers, but they cannot interview. Students can register and find more information about the EJW Career Fair online; the deadline to submit resumes for interviews has passed, but students can still register in order to view the employers attending and plan to attend. If you have any questions, you can contact Michelle Vodenik or Susan DeCostanza in the Career Services Office.

 

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Fall 2009 Career Fair

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) will once again be holding a Job Fair in conjunction with its annual meeting in Washington, DC. This year's fair will be held Saturday, October 17th at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Registration and uploading of resumes to the AIPLA website must be completed by October 5, 2009 in order to participate.

There is no fee to participate in the Job Fair as an applicant, however you must be an AIPLA member in good standing and have paid your 2009-2010 member dues. If you are not currently a member of AIPLA and you qualify for membership, you can join online by going to the "Member Center" link on the AIPLA website at www.aipla.org. Complete information about the job fair can be found at the "Student Center" link on the AIPLA website.

 

Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Career Fair

P&G will host its Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair on October 1, 2009. Here you can learn about the opportunities available & how to apply to each. Have a question? Instant message one of the recruiters or join the group chat. This is your chance to experience P&G through the eyes of its employees, connecting not only via professional aspiration but through shared cultures as well. And do this all from the comfort of your home computer! No fees & no business attire required! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

WHEN: Thursday, October 1st, 2009 / 10:00am – 6:00pm EST

HOW: Click here to register

TO LEARN MORE:

  • Facebook: search for by P&G Diversity Networking page. Become a fan!

  • Twitter: search by PGVCF.

 

Resources

2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. For the password information to the online edition, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

 

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

 

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