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The Career Services Office (CSO) Staff is available to assist students and alumni in their career pursuits. Individual career counseling provides students and alumni with career planning advice, revision of resume and cover letters, assistance with career changes, and interviewing strategy. To make an appointment, please call, stop by or email the Career Services Office. We are located in Suite 360.
Telephone: (312) 906-5200
Fax: (312) 906-5171
The Career Services Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening appointments will be available on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. if scheduled in advance. To schedule an appointment, please call the office at (312) 906-5200.
Chicago-Kent College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including faculty and employees, with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion and tenure, applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, Chicago-Kent provides its students and graduates with equal opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination or segregation on the above-stated grounds. Facilities and services of the Career Service Office of Chicago-Kent College of Law are available only to employers whose employment practices are consistent with this policy and are similarly non-discriminatory.
Jeanne Kraft, Assistant Dean for Career Services
Jeanne has responsibility for all operations of the Career Services Office, including administrative functions, student services, and marketing and employer outreach. While Jeanne's daily activities are predominately focused on external outreach, she is also available to meet with students and alumni. Jeanne has extensive experience in law career services and recruitment, having previously served as Director of Career Services both here at Chicago-Kent and at Northwestern University Law, and as manager of attorney hiring for several Chicago area law firms. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Psychology & Counseling from the University of Wisconsin.
Michelle Mohr Vodenik, Director & Public Interest / Diversity Advisor
Michelle is the primary counselor regarding public sector careers, office liaison on diversity initiatives, and she also handles general career counseling duties. She oversees all public interest and diversity programming, resources and job fairs. Prior to earning her Juris Doctor degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Michelle served for five years with Amnesty International's Midwest Regional Office as both Acting Deputy Director and Membership Coordinator. In addition, she worked for a year and a half at the Ohio Coalition on Sexual Assault as an Americorp VISTA. While in law school, she worked in a variety of public interest legal settings including the Loyola University Childlaw Clinic, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Chicago immigration law firm of Davidson & Schiller where she worked primarily with clients seeking asylum. She is currently a member of the Associate Board for CARPLS Legal Aid and a pro bono attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation and First Defense Legal Aid. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association Legal Aid Committee; the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Public Service, Diversity, and GLBT committees; and the American Bar Association Government and Public Sector Division. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at The Ohio State University and is a member of the Illinois Bar.
Meredith Schmitt, Director of Career Services and Recruitment Programming
Meredith serves as Director of Career Services and Recruitment Programming. In this role, Meredith provides direct counseling to both JD and LLM students and manages Chicago-Kent's Fall On-Campus Interview Program, as well as the administrative functions of off-campus job fairs, including the International Student Interview Program (ISIP). She also develops and implements career programming, and serves as a CSO liaison to student organizations. Prior to joining Chicago-Kent, Meredith practiced at the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian Juvenile Division, representing abused and neglected children in child protection proceedings. While in law school, she served as an intern with Chicago Legal Clinic, was the Community Service Initiative Coordinator for DePaul University College of Law's Center for Public Interest Law, and clerked for a small Chicago family law firm. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and cum laude from DePaul University College of Law. She is a member of the Illinois Bar.
Allison Smith, Career Development/Public Interest Advisor
In her role as advisor, Allison provides career counseling to Chicago-Kent students and alumni. In addition, she develops and implements public interest and career development programs and works with student organizations on educational and student life initiatives. Allison also coordinates several student volunteer programs, manages social media for the office, and conducts employer outreach for Chicago-Kent's Semester Law Firm Associate Program and the Institute for Compliance. After earning her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame, Allison defended a myriad of public and private entities in federal and state litigation, including appellate practice, from 2004 - 2011. In 2011, Allison also completed her Master of Science in Education - Higher Education Administration degree at Northwestern University. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and is a member of the Illinois Bar.
Rachel Jennings, Career Development Advisor
Rachel handles general career counseling duties for all Chicago-Kent students, serves as CSO liaison to various student organizations, and implements career programming tailored to certain practice areas and student interests. In addition, Rachel works closely with Meredith Schmitt on recruitment initiatives. After earning her Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Rachel joined the firm of Vedder Price P.C. as an associate in the commercial litigation group. While in law school, she served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and as a judicial extern for The Honorable Robert Cahill in the Illinois Appellate Court. She was also an intern at the Office of the State Appellate Defender, and she placed first in the Appellate Lawyers Association Midwest Moot Court Competition, winning Best Brief and Best Oral Argument. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Northwestern University and is a member of the Illinois Bar.
Barbara Clemmer, Administrative Assistant
Barbara orders all resources and handles reciprocity requests from Chicago-Kent students who wish to use the Career Services office of a law school in another part of the country, as well as non-Chicago-Kent students who wish to use our office. She also assists with day-to-day office operations and coordinates student involvement in job fairs throughout the year.