Contact the Career Services Office

We are here to assist students and alumni in reaching their career goals and to aid employers in attracting qualified candidates. 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 
E-mail: kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu

Office Hours: 
The Career Services Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening appointments will be available if scheduled in advance. To schedule an appointment, please call the office at (312) 906-5200.

Non-discrimination Policy

Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology 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 alumni, without discrimination on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 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.

Career Services Office (CSO) Staff

Roger Rozanski, Assistant Dean for Career Services 

In their role, Roger advises J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni on a wide range of career development issues. He specializes in connecting students with employers and helping students be as prepared as possible for the hiring process, drawing from his extensive experience in private practice interviewing and training young associates. Roger earned his Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama. Roger spent five years at Foley & Lardner LLP and K&L Gates LLP as a Patent Attorney working closely with clients on a wide variety of technologies, until he joined Chicago-Kent in the summer of 2020 as the Director of Chicago-Kent's pro bono Patent Hub. Roger expanded his role in 2021 by taking on an IP-focused advisor role within the Chicago-Kent Career Services Office, ultimately transitioning to a full time member of the Career Services Office. He is a member of the Illinois and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) bar.

Michelle Mohr Vodenik, Senior Director, Public Interest Law & Pro Bono, Career Services and Director of the Chicago-Kent Public Interest Center

Michelle is the primary counselor regarding public sector careers and office liaison on diversity initiatives. She oversees all public interest and diversity programming, resources and job fairs. Michelle earned her Juris Doctor degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and has worked professionally in a number of legal and non-profit settings including the Loyola University Childlaw Clinic, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Amnesty International, the Ohio Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Chicago immigration law firm of Davidson & Schiller where she worked primarily with clients seeking asylum. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for PSJD, an online public service job search resource for students and alumni. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association Legal Aid Committee; the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Public Service, and Diversity 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.

Jacqueline Russell, Director of Career Services and Recruitment Programs, Co-Director of the Solo & Small Practice Incubator

As Associate Director, Jackie provides a wide range of career advice to J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni. She meets with students and alumni one-on-one for resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, career planning, and job search strategies. As a member of the Career Services team, she also assists with planning and hosting career-related programming and events. Jackie also spearheads recruiting efforts organized by the CSO such as OCIs and Resume Collects. She is also responsible for outreach to legal employers looking to recruit Chicago-Kent students. As of 2022, she is also the Co-Director of Chicago-Kent's Solo and Small Practice Incubator, where she helps aspiring solo attorneys kick-start their law practices. A Michigan native, Jackie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English from Albion College. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She practiced for several years in Michigan, focusing on child and family advocacy, family law and civil rights work. Jackie began working in law school career services as a Career Counselor at her alma matter, University of Detroit Mercy. She is a member of the Michigan bar. She is also a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and the Chicago Area Law School Consortium (CALSC). 

Lauren Hines, Associate Director of Career Services

Lauren counsels J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni pursuing careers in both the private and public sectors. After receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law, Lauren worked as an associate at Sonnenschein Carlin Nath & Rosenthal (now Denton’s) in corporate litigation. Since that time, she has also worked as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has taught Legal Writing and Analysis to 1L students at DePaul University College of Law and Common Law Reasoning to LL.M. students at Northwestern University School of Law. She is a member of the Illinois Bar.

Vanessa AndersonAdministrative Associate

Vanessa handles the day-to-day administration of the Career Services office and assists students with accessing a wide variety of career resources. She is the first face students see upon entering the CSO Suite and loves getting to know students and being a cheerleader for them as they progress on their career paths. She also supervises the CSO's student worker team.