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Legal Externship Program Spring 2006
Do you want to develop your legal skills, get practical legal experience, see what it is like to work in a corporation, firm or government agency and -- at the same time -- make yourself more marketable to prospective employers? If so, then consider doing a for-credit externship and signing up for Chicago-Kent’s Legal Externship Program (LEP).
LEP is 4-credit hours, non-graded, and open predominantly to students in their last three semesters of law school.
Externs interested in civil law may select to work in corporations, firms or government agencies, specializing in such diverse legal areas as immigration, tax, commodities, securities, health care, medical malpractice, or general corporate law. Externs in criminal law may choose to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Some externships offer the opportunity to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
More information about Legal Externships and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area, Room 600 and in the Career Services Office.
If you want to know more about available externship opportunities, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (email@example.com) to set up an appointment. To see some externship possibilities, click here.
Internships with Barack Obama
Deadline extended until November 18th
Applications are being accepted for the fall session unpaid internships in Senator Barack Obama’s office in Illinois. Internships in the Illinois offices will allow students to learn about how Senator Obama helps Illinoisans resolve issues at the local level. Interns will assist our constituent services staff with research and outreach, and may also work on such projects as compiling daily news summaries concerning Illinois happenings and the Senator's activities. Interns assist Senator Obama's staff with the Senator's special events around Illinois. Illinois district offices are located in Chicago, Springfield and Marion. Open to 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls.
Copies of the application materials are available in the Career Services Office as Handout #16, and online at http://obama.senate.gov/services. A more detailed description of the internship also appears as a job posting on Law Career, job # 1588.
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). 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.
Securities and Exchange Commission Internships Summer Honors Law Program: Applications
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,
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
Applications are accepted via
the following link: ttps://www.avuedigitalservices.com/casting/agencyspecific/sec-sp/eligQuest/summerPrograms.jsp
Fellowship & Scholarship Information
2006 Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law
Offered by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
The American Bar Association ( ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is pleased to announce the sponsorship of several Fellowships for eligible minority law students during the summer of 2006. The ABA Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law program is designed to encourage minority law students to study and pursue careers in environmental law and is open to first and second year law students and third year night students. The Fellowship guidelines require an 8-10 week minimum commitment wherein the recipient will work on legal matters for a government agency or public interest organization in the fields of environmental, energy or resources law, with emphasis on air pollution. Additionally, each recipient will participate in meetings of the bar association’s relevant committees and be assigned a mentor to aid in his or her pursuit of a career in environmental law.
Each successful recipient will receive a $5,000 stipend in exchange for participation in the Fellowship program. It is important to note that the Fellowship is open to minority group members who are African-American, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander. For more information, or to apply, go to the ABA Fellowship Website. Completed applications and all related documents must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 31, 2006 to be considered.
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.
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. Most organizations will hire their PILI intern earlier than this date. FIRST YEARS MUST WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER 1.
PUBLIC INTEREST INTERNSHIPS
IN THE CHICAGO METROPOLITAN AREA:
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
The application materials should be submitted
before mid-January. However, since each agency
hires at a different time, it is advisable to
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.
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
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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
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