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July 18 and 25, 2011

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Congratulations to Yadi Trujillo on the birth of her son
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • Make-up Procedures for "What's Next for Fall?"
  • Summer Resume Books Now Live
  • CSO Open All Summer Long
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Resume Review & Deadline Extension, Mandatory Fall Meetings for 2Ls and 3LS
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Community Based Federal Work Study: Available Fall Semester, Application Deadline August 12
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Reed Smith 2011 Diverse Scholars Program

Job Fairs

  • Registration Now Open for the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair
  • Registration Now Open for LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
  • Registration Now Open for Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career 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

Congratulations to Yadi Trujillo on the birth of her son

We are very happy to announce that Yadi Trujillo and her husband, Eric Mokrenski, are the proud parents of a baby boy.  Luke Eduardo was born on Sunday, June 19 and weighed in at a healthy 7 lbs.

Congratulations to the family!

 

Listserv Registration and Testing

We recently tested the various Career Services listservs. If you have signed up for a listserv and did not receive a “test” email for that listserv, please contact Kentcso@kentlaw.edu to let us know that you were erroneously omitted from that listserv. 

If you receive an email from a listserv that you no longer want to be included on, please also email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu noting which listserv(s) you wish to be removed from.

Finally, if you have not yet submitted a listserv registration form, you can complete this form and email it back to mschmitt@kentlaw.edu, fax it to 312-906-5171 or drop it off in the Career Services Office.

These listservs will be used to distribute career services information, so quick registration will ensure that you do not miss any important  information.


Make-up Procedures for "What's Next for Fall?"

If you were unable to attend this year's Mandatory What’s Next for Fall Programs held in April, you must follow the steps outlined below:

1) Watch the video of the April 19 What’s Next for Fall Program Program. Click here to be taken to the Program & Videos page.

2) Complete, sign and submit the What’s Next for Fall Registration Sheet to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 by 5 pm on Friday, May 20, 2011.

3) In addition, if after viewing the video you decide that you would like to participate in Fall Recruiting 2011, you must complete the Mandatory Fall Recruiting Program Make-up Questionnaire, and submit it to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 also by 5 pm on Friday, May 20, 2011.

4) Review the Resource Sheets referenced in the program on-line (PDF links are listed on the Programs & Videos page or in the Fall Recruiting section of the kentlaw.edu website under “Make-up Procedures.”) Alternatively, you can pick up copies of the handouts in the main Career Services Office.

 

Summer Resume Books Now Live

Summer Resume Books are now available to employers, but students may still “opt-in” to books for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2010 and 2011 classes). As employers may request a resume book at any time, students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible. Even if you have secured employment for this summer, keep in mind that summer resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Fall 2011.

As a reminder, a Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our resume books will collect the resumes of students and recent graduates in a particular class (e.g. 2Ls) with similar interests (e.g. immigration law, real estate law, or working in the northern suburbs), and then notify employers who fit those criteria that the books are available for review. These books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (“We are looking for a 3L interested in litigation who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks).

For more information about Resume Books, click here.

 

CSO Open all Summer Long

The Career Services Office remains open with its regular hours throughout the summer time, and continues to provide students and graduates with the same counseling, resume review, and other services. Please don’t hesitate to come in, call or email!

 

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

 

Updates: Resume Review & Deadline Extension, Mandatory Fall Meetings for 2L and 3Ls

Resume Review and Deadline Extension

Any student planning to participate in the fall on-campus program for the first time must have his/her resume reviewed by a career services office advisor before August 5, 2011.  If you have previously had your resume reviewed for another purpose, you can submit your resume by email.  

If your Career Adviser is Yadi Trujillo or Pascale Bishop and you are requesting an email review of your resume, please send your resume to Kentcso@kentlaw.edu and in the subject line write “Resume Review Request, [Class Year, Name of Counselor].” Your resume will be given to one of the other Career Advisers to review. If your assigned counselor is Jeanne Kraft, Michelle Vodenik or Meredith Schmitt, you can email your resume directly to your counselor for review.

If you have never had a CSO Career Adviser review your resume you must make an appointment.  Again, if your counselor is Yadi Trujillo or Pascale Bishop please call the main Career Services Office at 312-906-5200, email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu or stop by the Career Services Office to schedule an appointment. If your assigned counselor is Jeanne Kraft, Michelle Vodenik or Meredith Schmitt, you can schedule an appointment through Symplicity.

Students who participated in the program last year are not required to have a resume review, but are encouraged to do so. Please follow the directions above if you would like to make an appointment or email your resume for review.

OCI resume reviews end at noon, on August 5, 2011.  Please note that this is an extension of the originally stated deadline of July 29, 2011.

For assistance in preparing a resume view the CSO resume handout

Mandatory Meetings for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

In addition, each rising 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career adviser by October 15, 2011 for a career strategy appointment. For those of you planning on participating in Fall Recruiting, interested in a federal court clerkship, applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting sooner rather than later. Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you work with your career adviser to formulate a comprehensive strategy to accomplish your career goals and if necessary to adjust them to accommodate a longer-term plan for your success. Before attending your career strategy session with your counselor, we recommend conducting some self-analysis regarding the types of law that interest you, the types of settings in which you would like to practice, etc. In addition please plan on bringing your most recent resume with you.

Important Upcoming Fall Recruiting Dates

  • July 18, 2011: Information on employers participating in Fall Recruiting will be available on Symplicity.
  • August 1, 2011 at Noon and 5:00 pm: Mandatory Fall Recruiting Program will be held in the Auditorium to provide information on program registration requirements, how to bid on employers, and additional information and updates in regards to the Fall Recruiting program. If you are planning to participate in Fall Recruiting, you must attend one of these sessions or complete the make-up procedures.
  • August 1, 2011: The Symplicity bidding system will be open for student bid entry.
  • August 5, 2011 Fall Recruiting resume reviews end at noon. All resumes must be reviewed by your career adviser and uploaded into Symplicity by this time. (Please note that this date is an extension of the original July 29 deadline)
  • August 18 at Noon: Deadline for Fall Recruiting Program computer bidding, submission of resumes (and uploading of resumes), and other required materials to the CSO. The CSO will close at noon on August 18th.
  • August 19, 2011: CSO closed for processing Fall Recruiting resumes and interview schedules.
  • August 22-24, 2011: Mock Interviews will be available on certain dates from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm for those who wish to brush up on their interviewing technique. Interview slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check your email for announcements on sign-ups for mock interviews
  • August 29, 2011: On-Campus Interviews begin.

 

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

 

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.

 

Community Based Federal Work Study - Available Fall Semester, Application Deadline August 12

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Fall 2011 semester.  Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school. A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline. Please visit the Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate. Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday, August 12th.

 

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

 

Reed Smith 2011 Diverse Scholars Program

Reed Smith is pleased to present its 2011 Diverse Scholars Program. The Diverse Scholars Program provides several $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community. Summer associate positions in 2012 are available in Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C. 

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample. Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2011. To download a copy of the 2011 Diverse Scholars Application, please click here.

 

 

Job Fairs

 

Registration Now Open for the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair and Convention

On Friday, September 2, 2011, the HNBA will host its annual Career Fair, the largest Latino Career fair for legal professionals in the country. The HNBA Career Fair provides law students, young and seasoned attorneys and Convention attendees with a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other leading Latino attorneys from across the country.  The Career Fair also plays host to a symposium designed to help law students enhance their marketing skills for the tough legal Career market. Annual Convention registration will open soon. Full Conference fee includes Career Fair.

  • Law Student Early Registration $200.00 (Includes Thursday evening reception, Friday Career Fair and evening reception, Saturday Law Student program and gala.)
  • Attorney Career Fair Early Registration $225.00  (Includes events taking place on Friday, September 2, 2011 only.

Complete and submit a registration form (available here) via email to events@hnba.com or via fax 202.223.2324. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to upload your cover letter and resume for employer review.

 

Registration Now Open for LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair

Date: September 8-10, 2011
Location: Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, CA

Each year the National LGBT Bar Association hosts the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair to bring together the best and brightest legal minds in the LGBT community. The three-day conference draws over 1,200 attendees and features over 35 workshops and panel discussions. The career fair, held on the first day of the conference draws over 500 students and features over 130 recruiters.

To learn more about the conference and career fair and to register, please click here. Early registration ends on August 1, 2011 and the online registration deadline is August 15, 2011. The registration fee for law student members is $95 and $160 for non-member students.

 

Registration Now Open for Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

Date: Friday, September 9, 2011

Place: Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF) provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for twenty-minute scheduled interviews with participating employers. Registation opens on April 15, 2011 and the registration deadline is July 25, 2011.

For additional information about the job fair and a list of past participating employers, please click here. To register, please click here.

 

 

Resources

2010-2011 Government Honors and 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

 

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.

 

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