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April 4 , 2011

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • Free Membership to the Legal Balance
  • April 5: Professionalism Series: How to Be Successful in Your Summer Job
  • April 6: Careers in Family Law Panel
  • April 7: Making the Most of Your Law Degree, Featuring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke
  • April 12: Judicial Clerkship Informational Program
  • April 13: International Law Career Day, Career Panels & Reception
  • April 13: Public Interest Fellowships Panel
  • April 19: What's Next for Fall (Mandatory for 1Ls; Recommended for 2Ls)
  • April 20: Preparing for Diversity Job Fairs
  • ABA Section of Litigation: Law Student Good Works Competition
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • April 5: Application Deadline for Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Job Fairs

  • St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
  • Save the Date: 2011 Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Job Fair will be held on August 12, 2011
  • Registration Now Open for Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

Resources

  • 2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and Law Students Engaged in Public Interest 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

 

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

 

Free Membership to the Legal Balance

The Legal Balance, an exclusive online community for women attorneys in Chicago, is offering a free one-year membership to Chicago-Kent students. The Legal Balance offers women attorney-specific benefits tailored to help you succeed, including: access to member-only networking events, an extensive resource library, weekly email digests, and inside information from a community of successful female attorneys.  To request your free membership, email thelegalbalance@thelegalbalance.com and mention that you are a Chicago-Kent student.

 

April 5: Professionalism Series: How to Be Successful in Your Summer Job

Walking in the door on the first day of your summer clerkship or externship can be daunting! How do you interact with the full-time staff? What is appropriate etiquette for interoffice communications? How do you ensure that you get the best reviews of your work and your overall performance?

Ruta Stropus, Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, will speak on these topics and more as she addresses How To Be Successful in Your Summer Job. Tuesday, April 5, 12:00-1:00 pm in Room 345.

 

April 6: Careers in Family Law

Think outside the box when it comes to practicing “family law”!  Family law attorneys work on a wide range of matters with diverse client populations, in both private and public interest settings.  Join us on Wednesday, April 6th at 3pm in Room C40 to hear from a panel of practicing attorneys about the work they do. Food will be served! Panelists include:

  • Michael A. Haber, Partner, Kalcheim Haber, LLP
  • Rebecca Berlin ’05, Berger Schatz
  • Esther Lim ’08, Cook County Office of the Public Guardian, Juvenile Division
  • Jarrett Knox, Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Thomas Wendt '02, Chief Legal Officer, Center for Disability and Elder Law

This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Child and Family Law Society.  Please RSVP through the Event section of Symplicity.

 

April 7: Making the Most of Your Law Degree, Featuring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke

Join the Women’s Bar Association on Thursday, April 7, 2011, for their upcoming career panel, “Making the Most of Your Law Degree,” featuring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke as Keynote Speaker. Panelists include:

Aurora Austriaco, Austriaco & Associates, Ltd.
Josie Gough, Director of Experiential Learning, Loyola Chicago School of Law
The Honorable Rosemary Higgins, Cook County Circuit Court, Criminal Division
The Honorable Angela Petrone, Cook County Circuit Court, Criminal Division
Amy Rubenstein, Schiff Hardin LLP
Diana White, Executive Director of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

The panel will be held in Chicago-Kent’s auditorium from 5:30-6:30p.m. with a reception to follow from 6:30-8:00p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Society of Women in Law and the Career Services Office. To secure a seat, please RSVP to the Society of Women in Law (wil@kentlaw.edu) by April 4th.

 

April 12: Judicial Clerkship Informational Program

Are you interested in working for a judge as a judicial law clerk following graduation?  On Tuesday, April 12th at Noon in Room 270, the Faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee in conjunction with the CSO will host an informational panel program regarding this post-grad opportunity.  Chicago-Kent alums who are or have previously served as judicial law clerks with various courts will discuss the details of the work of a judicial clerk and why this post-graduate job is a great stepping stone for any type of legal career.  Information about the application process and timing of applications/interviews will also be discussed.  Because applications for federal clerkships must be sent out very early in the academic year, this program is especially important for current 2L students who will be 3Ls in the fall.

 

April 13: International Law Career Day, Career Panels & Reception

Date: Wednesday. April 13, 2011
Time: Panels: 3:00pm & 4pm; Networking Reception: 5:00pm
Place: Room 570

This is a great way to learn about international law in practice.  If you are interested at all in working in international law, you don't want to miss this event!  The event will consist of 2 panels, followed by a networking reception at 5:00pm in the 10th floor event room with appetizers and cocktails.  Some of the speakers include:

3:00pm panel

  • Penelope Lechtenberg, Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson (immigration team)
  • Linda Babich, Member at Azulay Seiden Law Group (immigration consequences to criminal conviction)
  • Kendra Fogarty, Canadian Consulate
  • Nicholas Milissis, Supervisory Immigration Officer for US Citizenship & Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security
  • Theresa Corcoran, Kempster, Keller & Lenz-Calvo (immigration team)

4:00pm panel

  • Professor Mark E. Wojcik, John Marshall Law School (former clerk on the U.S. Court of International Trade)
  • James Sawyer, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP (partner in the customs and trade team)
  • Andre Fiebig, Partner at Baker & McKenzie (international joint ventures)
  • Catherine Gryczan, Partner at Baker & Daniels (international/cross-border matters)

 

April 13: Public Interest Fellowships Panel

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Room 590

Public Interest and Government fellowships are a great way begin a career as a public interest/service attorney!  Speakers at this program will discuss developing a public interest fellowship proposal, as well as best practices and resources to use in applying for fellowships.  1Ls and 2Ls interested in public interest and government law would benefit from this program.  This program will feature every type of fellowship from the Equal Justice Works Fellowship program to the Presidential Management Fellowship program. Come check it out!

This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office and Kent Justice Foundation.  Food will be served!  The program will be recorded for those who are not able to attend.  Students should RSVP for this program through Symplicity. To RSVP, please log onto Symplicity and click on the "Events" tab. 

 

April 19: What's Next for Fall (Mandatory for 1Ls; Recommended for 2Ls)

The Career Services Office will be presenting a program on the upcoming job opportunities, career programs and deadlines in the fall for rising 2L and 3L students on April 19. More details, including times and room numbers to follow. Current 1L students will be required to attend this program (which will be offered at multiple times), current 2L students are highly encouraged to attend.

 

April 20: Preparing for Diversity Job Fairs

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Room 590

Please join the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA), South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA), Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Chicago-Kent Lambdas, and the Career Services Office in a panel discussion regarding summer and fall diversity job fairs, interview tips, and how to obtain a summer position. The panel features Chicago-Kent students and alums who have attended and succeeded in finding positions through diversity job fairs. Pizza will be provided!

Please RSVP via Symplicity. To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account and click on the “Events” tab, then select this event and click “RSVP”. 

 

ABA Section of Litigation: Law Student Good Works Competition

The ABA Section of Litigation has launched its Law Student Good Works Competition on the Section’s Facebook page. The Competition asks law students to create the Section’s next Good Works project.  It offers a Grand Prize of $10,000 seed money from the Section to implement the project, along with a $2,500 cash prize, a trip to Laguna Niguel and a year’s worth of mentorship by a Section leader and committee to be assigned to the project.  Proposals must be submitted in writing and via a YouTube video by April 27, 2011.  Want to know more?  View the Section’s Facebook Page by clicking here or the Section’s U-Tube Video by clicking here.  

 

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.

 

April 5: Application Deadline for Equal Justice Works Summer Corps

The Equal Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate their summer to a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country on a broad range of issue areas.  Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 education award voucher for dedicating 300 hours of service over their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.  Summer Corps members gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, representation, and legal research and writing, and have access to EJW’s network of alumni, experience and expertise as the nation’s largest provider of public interest opportunities for law students and attorneys. In order to be eligible for Summer Corps, students must have secured a placement for the summer. The application will be open on the EJW Summer Corps website beginning March 16 and closing April 5, 2011; see the website for a full list of eligibility criteria.

 

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee created the LCC Minority Outreach Program to encourage diverse law students to apply for summer clerkship opportunities at LCC law firms and legal departments. The outreach program seeks to introduce diverse law students to the practice of law in the labor movement and to encourage them to join the ranks of union-side attorneys in the ongoing battle for social and economic justice.

The program includes a networking conference, at the conclusion of which, students are placed in the LCC Mentor Program. Through this program LCC attorneys provide guidance and support during and after the students' clerkships. Students interested in applying at a law firm or legal department should apply directly to the employer. Click here for a listing of participating employers. To learn more about the program and the networking conference, please click here and here.

 

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz is accepting applications for its 2011 Diversity Scholarship. Baker Donelson will be awarding three scholarships to diverse students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2011 (be rising 2L students in fall 2011).

Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week salaried 2L Summer Associate position for summer 2012 in one of Baker Donelson's following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.

All applications must be submitted via the online application tool by Friday, June 17, 2011.

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Helen Beasley at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com or 205-328-0480.

 

 

Job Fairs

 

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

Date: August 19-20, 2011
Location: TBA

The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair is being held August 19-20, 2011. J.D. students in the classes of 2012 and 2013 (rising 3Ls and 2Ls) are invited to participate. The Job Fair will kick off with a Welcome Reception on Friday, August 19, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm during which employers and students will have the opportunity to meet on a more informal basis. Students who did not receive a formal interview with employers will also get an opportunity to network with employers. Interviews will be held Saturday, August 20 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The Welcome Reception and Job Fair venues will be determined in the next several weeks and the information will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair Website.

Once a student registers for the job fair, they will be given information regarding participating employers' hiring criteria, offices/cities for which each employer is interviewing, and J.D. year(s) required by the employer. Students are required to pay a $25 registration fee. Please note that it may take up to one business day for the initial registration to be approved.

The deadline for law student registration is Friday, May 13, 2011. Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. To register, please click here. You will be asked to designate a contact person in the Career services Office. Your CSO contact is Michelle Vodenik . For additional information, please visit www.stldiversityjobfair.com. Students may also contact Danielle Car at 314-335-6833 or Jennifer Sloop at 314-259-5888.

 

Save the Date: 2011 Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Job Fair will be held on August 12, 2011

Attention diverse students in the classes of 2012 and 2013. The Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) cordially invites you to participate in the 28th Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair. The job fair will be held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront. The anticipated number of employer participants is 150 and will include large, medium and small law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Student registration begins April 15, 2011. Additional details on the job fair and how to register will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Registration Now Open for Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) cordially invites rising full time 2L law students (graduating in May 2013) or part-time 2L and 3L students (graduating 2013/2014) to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. The IndyBar is seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. In 2010, 20 firm, government and corporate legal employers interviewed over 70 student candidates and dozens of offers were made and accepted.

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair will be held August 18-19, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. Student registration opens on April 1, 2011 and there is no fee to register. Students will register for the Job Fair via the job fair's Symplicity web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Please do not confuse the job fair's Symplicity site with your particular law school's Symplicity site and password. Once you submit your registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable you to use the system throughout the next few months. The registration deadline is July 18, 2011.

Please note that students will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. A special rate of $159 for students will be available at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. The deadline for this hotel rate is July 29, 2011. The hotel phone number is 317-236-1800 and the hotel is located at 110 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For additional information about the job fair, please visit www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

 

 

Resources

2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2010-2011 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 Law Students &
Deferred Law Firm Hires

Since summer is drawing near, we want to make you aware of ASPIRE, a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. LexisNexis, your partner in legal education, provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within our research system. Students face a heightened challenge securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career. You may learn details of the program on the ASPIRE information page.

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 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.”
  2. In the Class Year Field:
    1. If you are an LLM student, enter LLM If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
    2. 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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