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Week of October 31, 2005 Boo!

 

Welcome New CSO Assistant Director

We are pleased to welcome Jenny Tank as an Assistant Director of the Career Services Office. Jenny received her J.D. at DePaul University College of Law in May 2002. She practiced for the last three years as a trial attorney for a prominent Chicago defense firm. While in law school, she clerked for a small plaintiff's personal injury firm. Jenny has also volunteered at Children's Memorial Hospital and with Cross Cultural Solutions with which she spent a month as a child care worker and women's group leader in Rau Village, Tanzania, Africa.

Fall Office Hours

The Career Services Office regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with career counselors are available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to arrange a time or email, stating the times that you are available, to kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Please let us know how we can assist you--whether it is a current transition, preparing for graduation, or just a "quick question." Individual appointments, programming, and a wealth of resources are all available through our office. Please read the Record weekly and frequent the bulletin board outside our office for information on upcoming programs, employment opportunities, and articles of interest.

Callbacks and Offers

Please keep us informed about callbacks and offers as well as any concerns you may have regarding the interviews. E-mail our office about callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs. If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews.

 

Legal Marketing Scholarship Winners

 Congratulations to Muniza Bawaney and Alysia Stiles Kinsella, who were selected as this year's marketing plan scholarship winners. Muniza and Alysia attended the eight-part “Client Development Seminar” offered by the Career Services Office and The Chicago Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association and submitted award-winning marketing plans. Each will be awarded a $1000 scholarship. The “Client Development Seminar” is offered every summer for Chicago-Kent alums and students to enhance their legal marketing skills. Students are awarded the scholarship based on their creation of a legal marketing plan, which is submitted to members of the Chicago Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association, where it is evaluated and voted upon. Congratulations!

 

Programs

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

A workshop on writing cover letters and developing a legal resume will be presented on Tuesday, November 1st at noon and 5:15 p.m in the Auditorium and Monday November 7th in C50.  You must attend this program if you want to have your resume or cover letter reviewed by a career counselor.

Office Tours

First years interested in learning about the resources offered in the Career Services Office are encouraged to sign up for an office tour. The sign up form will be available in the Career Services Office on Monday, October 24. Tours will be held at the following times and should last no longer than 15 minutes:

Wednesday, November 2nd at 3pm
Thursday, November 3rd at 1 pm

Monday, November 7th at 3 pm
Tuesday, November 8th at 11:30 am

Out of State Job Search Program
Tuesday, November 8th at 12:00 p.m. noon, Room 370

If you’re considering working in another state, don’t miss our Out of State Job Search program! Learn how to maximize your job search outside of Illinois. CSO staff members will provide all the details about available resources and answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can map out your job search wherever it may lead you.

Practice Tracks
Thursday, November 10th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m

Attorneys from over 60 practice areas will be at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall law school) to talk informally with students about careers in a variety of practice areas. It's your chance to find out how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should emphasize in applying, and more! 1Ls strongly encouraged to attend.

Note: The participating attorneys are volunteering their time and their participation in the program does not indicate job openings at represented organizations. However, this program has proven to be an extremely effective means of networking and obtaining helpful information about prospective employers in a variety of different settings and practice areas.

 

Employment Related Opportunities

Please check the job posting system on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password, please e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Department of the Air Force Summer Law Clerk Position

This summer, the Department of the Air Force intends to employ several summer law clerks in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. These are paid positions open to 1Ls and 2Ls. Civilian law students will work directly with career government attorneys and military attorneys on a diverse array of legal issues including: fiscal law, ethics, acquisition law, environmental law, fraud, intellectual property, civilian and military personnel, alternative dispute resolution, international law, space law, claims, law of armed conflict, federal litigation and information law.

More information can be found on the job posting website, on job #2082. You can also access the application by going to the USAJOBS website and searching for announcement # BO-05-SO83. Applications are due no later than December 16.

City of Chicago, Law Department
First Year Summer Extern Program

The Department of Law will have up to 36 highly qualified first year law students working as volunteers and assigned to one of its twelve divisions for a 10 week summer extern program. The program is designed to provide first year law students with a challenging externship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a program focused on legal research and writing. The Law Department selects well-rounded law students who have exhibited academic excellence and an interest in public service from law schools across the nation.

During the summer, externs are assigned to one of the twelve practice groups within the Law Department and where they will be asked to assist the attorneys on a variety of legal issues within their assigned division. The program includes social activities designed to allow externs and members of the Law Department to become acquainted in less formal settings. In addition, the Department hosts a brown bag lunch series featuring speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law, and provides the externs with an opportunity to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and the Department is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information about this program, please contact Ms. Yona Ferris, Legal Personnel Administrator, at (312) 744-6974 or please send the following materials for consideration via email with division preferences: current resume, legal reference list, law school transcript or undergrad transcript if law school transcript has not been issued and writing sample to: Ms. Yona Ferris, City of Chicago, Department of Law, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 600, City Hall, Chicago, Illinois 60602. First Year Law Students: Apply before March 1, 2006

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois Summer 2006 Intern Program

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of IL is accepting applications for its 2005 Summer Internship Program. Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week for 12 weeks. The work of interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pre-trial conferences and the trials of civil and criminal cases. Mail application and other documentation to Monica LeKostaj. See handout #12 for application and other documentation required. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, December 7, 2005. See Professor Gross about course credit for this intern program.


Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)

The JIOP is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority or financially disadvantaged law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in Illinois, Texas, Miami, FL and Phoenix, AZ. For more information about the program, please visit the ABA Website, or contact Gail Howard (312-988-6348). The application for the 2005-06 program is now available and will be accepted starting November 1st. Applications must be received by January 31, 2006 (postmark). Click here for some reasons to consider a judicial internship. See also Handout #9.

ABA Public Service Summer Internship

The American Bar Association’s Division for Public Service sponsors an annual Public Service Summer Internship. The internship is a unique program designed for 2nd and 3rd year law students to engage in an individualized public interest legal research and writing project over a 10-week summer period. In concert with Division attorneys and law school faculty reviewer, students will develop and complete a substantive legal monograph with the opportunity to be published. The project must involve one of the following areas of law: Bioethics and the Law, Disability Law, Election Law, Environmental Law, Homelessness and Poverty, Immigration Law, Law Library of Congress and Access to Legal Resources, National Security Law, Substance Abuse, Public Interest in Law School and as a Career.

This internship is unpaid and students are encouraged to incorporate the Internship into an externship/internship program. See Professor Gross for more information about externships. For more information and to apply see the ABA website, and click on ABA public Service Summer Internship. Applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2006.

US Securities and Exchange Commission Internships
Summer Honors Law Program: Applications online only!

Compensated summer positions for law students who are in their first or second year or entering judicial clerkships or continued education post-internship.
The open application period for 2L law students is from August 8th through October 17th, 2005. The open application period for 1L's is from December 1st, 2005 through February 1st, 2006.
Please note that applications may not be sent to the Commission via US Mail, as in previous years. For more information, check out the SEC website.

Applications are accepted via the following link: https://www.avuedigitalservices.com/casting/agencyspecific/sec-sp/eligQuest/summerPrograms.jsp

iBIO Career Links
November 1st

Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, iBIO, is holding, in conjunction with its annual conference, a Career Fair, “iBIO Career Links”, November 1st, Navy Pier. This year, area law schools are invited to attend since a large part of our membership is comprised of the top Law Firms in Chicago, including, Bell Boyd, Kirkland & Ellis, Barnes & Thornburg, Holland & Knight, Brinks Hofer, Marshal Gernstein & Borun, and many more. Steve Burrill from Burrill & Company http://www.burrillandco.com/bio/team_bios, will be the closing keynote. He will give his famous, State of the Industry, and talk about how it impacts the students. The Career Website, a free service to students and job seekers, will also be launched. This is will be the only career website dedicated to Illinois Life Science Community. Registrants will have the opportunity to upload their resumes when they register, and there will be computer kiosks on site.

How much:
$25 with on-line registration before Tuesday, October 25 ($40 at the door). This nominal
student-only fee includes a Navy Pier parking voucher when you attend iBIO Career Links, as well as access to The Midwest Life Sciences Meeting at the iBIO Marketplace, taking place from 8:00am - 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 2, including star keynote speakers and exhibits—a $400 value!

How do I sign up?
Just visit http://www.ibio.org/PrivateEventsDetail.asp?ContentID=1741 to register.

Please review the following website, it will provide some background and information on the iBIO Marketplace, our annual trade show. http://www.ibio.org/marketplace2005/

 

Fellowship & Scholarship Information

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund
2006 Summer Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law which further the goals of social justice.

Intern Requirements:
The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. Applicants must submit the attached application to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005-1022. Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, March 20, 2006. For more information, please see the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. Applications are available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #14.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The Nation Institute is now accepting applications for the 2006 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties. The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium.

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to:

Robert Masur Fellowship
The Nation Institute
33 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

All applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2006. For more information, see www.nationinstitute.org or call 212-209-5447.

 

Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholarship Program

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second year law students for use during their third year of law school (2006-07). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s:

  • Ability to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
  • Success in overcoming any obstacles or challenges faced in deciding to choose law as a profession;
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

Applications are due by December 1, 2005 and are not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer at Latham & Watkins. The applications can be found on the Latham & Watkins Recruiting webpage, at the bottom of the page under “Diversity Scholars Program.”

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) 
Summer Internship Program 
For FIRST and SECOND Year Law Students

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students.  Each summer, PILI funds dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area.  The program is open to law students from across the country.  The stipend for 10 weeks work is $4,500.

PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced lawyers at the agencies, and provides a lunch-time educational program.  The program seeks to have law students work at and learn about legal institutions serving the public interest, and to engender a life-long participation in public interest law.

For more information, please see the PILI website. Applications are available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #11.

HIRING IS HANDLED DIFFERENTLY AT EACH AGENCY.  THE EARLIER YOU APPLY, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES.  APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MARCH 31.  FIRST YEARS MUST WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER 1.

STIPENDS FOR PUBLIC INTEREST INTERNSHIPS
IN THE CHICAGO METROPOLITAN AREA: SPRING SEMESTER

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers a limited School-Year Internship Program. PILI recruits law students from area law schools for internships with one of seven public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. Selected interns receive a stipend of $2,250 for 200 hours of work during the spring term.
In order to apply for a school-year internship, an applicant must prepare the PILI pplication Form, and a cover letter and resume for each agency to which you are applying (up to seven sets, collated and stapled). The application and additional information may be found on the PILI website.

The application materials should be submitted before mid-January. However, since each agency hires at a different time, it is advisable to apply early.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

The Fellowship, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, permits one Fellow each year to spend one year in residence at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, working closely with Vera's General Counsel and Special Counsel on legal issues faced by Vera. In addition, the Fellow will be deployed to Vera's various projects and programs to address the legal, business, and organizational issues confronted by these programs and projects.

A Fellowship at Vera will provide a law school graduate with exposure to an unusually wide variety of legal and organizational issues encountered by nonprofit organizations. It also will provide the opportunity to identify an emerging or changing area of law with particular significance for nonprofits, and to explore that area in depth, examining it in the real-life context of a complex, legally-sophisticated organization. To apply, download the PDF application or apply online at http://www.law.nyu.edu/ncpl/. Informational brochures can be found in the CSO, marked Handout # 2. Applications are due December 9, 2005.

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. Students can access the Fellowship Corner at the top of the left sidebar menu on the PSLawNet home page.

Resources

NOTE: This section is for highlighting new resources or existing sources that have been updated, or as a reminder of existing resources that are especially useful at certain times during the year. To view the list of available resources go to http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/book-inv.pdf

New Resources:

  • For the Prosecution: Internships with America's Prosecutors, 2006
  • The Human Rights Internship Book, 2006
  • FedLaw: Legal Internships with Federal Agencies, 2006
  • Washington Internships in Law and Policy
  • The City and County Attorney Internship Book
  • Green Law

 

Chicago Area Law Firm List
Updated and On-line!

The Chicago Area Law Firm List of firms with four or more attorneys is available on-line in a password protected searchable database. Use this resource to identify local law firms that practice in the area(s) and then create a mail merge by using the spreadsheet tool. Although every attempt is made at keeping the database current, information may become out of date due to firm mergers, contact people leaving their firms, etc. Therefore, it's suggested that all information be double-checked prior to sending out any cover letters and resumes. If you should learn of any changes, please notify our office via e-mail so we can update the database accordingly. Please contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the password to access the list.

Job Bulletins

We receive job bulletins from the federal government and other law schools for opportunities in Illinois as well as other states. They are only available in hard copy in the Career Services Office.

 

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