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Week of December 12, 2005

Good Luck on Finals!!!!!

Winter Office Hours

The Career Services Office is open regular hours during finals and winter break with the following exceptions:

Friday, December 16, the office will be closed from 11:30-2:30. It will re-open at 2:30.
Thursday, December 22, the office will close at 2 p.m.
December 26-30, the office is closed. The office will re-open on January 2.

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

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.

Making the Most of Your Job Search over Winter Break

Winter Break is an excellent time to implement aspects of your job search that you were unable to focus on or accomplish due to your demanding schedule during the fall semester. Click on Winter Break Job Seach for some key job search techniques you can employ. 


Rebellious Lawyering Conference
February 24-26

The Rebellious Lawyering Conference is an annual, student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists / advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. The conference is hosted at Yale Law School, and has been attended by Chicago-Kent students.

The 12th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will take place on the weekend of February 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2006. This year we have an incredible number of exciting panels and speakers planned. Please take a moment to learn more about the conference using the links to the left. More information on all the panels, and the specific schedule of panels can be found on the RebLaw website.

If you would like to be added to our contact list and updated on what's happening with Reblaw (with very infrequent emails), please email Celeste Hernandez-Gerety.


Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms

Returning home to the Chicago area during this winter break? Please join the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Firms and its member firs at "Sweet Home Chicago" hosted by Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C. Meet Chicago practitioners and find out what a career with a member firm has to offer.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Offices of Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C.
222 N. LaSalle Street, Suite, 2600
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Please RSVP by Thursday, December 29 to Eileen Neis at

Jenner & Block First Year Open House
January 5, 2006

First year students are cordially invited to attend the Winter Break Open House at Jenner & Block. A short program begins at 6:00 featuring Jenner & Block partner Anton R. Valukas, former U.S. Attorney. Come learn more about Jenner & Block, practicing law in Chicago, and meet some of our attorneys.

1 IBM Plaza, 40th floor
January 5, 2006
5:00 - 7:00 pm

RSVP by December 30, 2005 to Kate Armstrong at
(Business casual attire requested.)

Foley & Lardner's 1st Year Reception

Foley & Lardner’s Madison and Milwaukee offices will host their annual Holiday Reception in the Milwaukee office for first-year law students who have any Wisconsin ties on Wednesday, December 28, 2005.  If you are interested, please email Elizabeth in the CSO by 5pm on Wednesday, December 7th.

Quarles & Brady First Year Reception

Quarles & Brady’s Milwaukee office will host their annual Home for the Holidays Reception in the Milwaukee office for first-year law students on Wednesday, December 28, 2005, from 5:30-7:30pm.  The reception will be on the 25th floor in the Twenty-Fifth Floor Conference Center at 411 East Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.  Dress is business casual.  If you are interested, please email Michelle Bigler at to confirm your attendance.  Please email Elizabeth in the CSO if you need driving directions to this event.


Employment Related Opportunities

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

ABA Section of Anti-Trust Law
Summer fellowship for 1Ls and 2Ls

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project (“Project”) is a full-time eight (8) week minimum, summer fellowship program open to all first and second year law students. The Project is part of an overall effort by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law (“Section”) to provide unique training opportunities to law students who may wish to consider public service as a profession, while at the same time, assisting states that are in need of additional resources to fulfill their mission. Students will work in the consumer protection departments of the offices of state (or territorial) attorneys general. If feasible, students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in some antitrust matters as well. The following fourteen (14) states and one territory have been selected to receive a Steiger Fellow during the summer of 2006: ILLINOIS, IOWA, MISSISSIPPI, MONTANA, NEVADA, THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TEXAS, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON STATE and WISCONSIN. Each Steiger Fellow will receive a gross stipend of $5000 for the entire summer, and will be responsible for all taxes and other required deductions. The Project does NOT provide either housing or travel expenses, with the exception of the Steiger Fellow selected to serve in the Attorney General’s Office of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information and to apply, go to Applications must be received by February 6, 2006.

The Perkins Coie LLP And Perkins Coie Brown & Bain P.A. 1L Student Fellowship – Summer 2006

Perkins Coie is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that more accurately reflect the rich diversity of communities at large. To that end, the firm offers student fellowships to diverse first-year law students. The fellowships provide students a $7500 academic scholarship and a paid position with the Bellevue, WA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Menlo Park, CA; Phoenix, AZ (Perkins Coie Brown & Bain P.A.); Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; or Washington, D.C. offices of Perkins Coie as a
summer associate during the summer immediately following the completion of their first year.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
• The individual must be a first-year law student in good standing.
• The individual must possess an academic record, interest and capacity that evidence great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession.
• The individual must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community.

The firm’s definition of diversity is broad and past finalists and recipients have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled, and sexual orientation minority groups, as well as those who may be the first person in their family to pursue higher education. While applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances, a demonstrated need for financial assistance may be taken into consideration.

To be considered, please submit (1) a current resume, (2) undergraduate and, if available, law school transcript photocopies (unofficial versions are fine), (3) a legal writing sample, and (4) a one-page personal statement/essay. Your personal statement should go beyond your resume to tell your unique personal history. There is no need to provide a traditional cover letter in addition to, nor should a cover letter be provided in lieu of, the essay. In-office interviews will be granted to finalists before fellowships are awarded.

Please submit all materials via mail, e-mail or facsimile to the office(s) of your preference. If applying for multiple offices, please clearly note this on your application materials. You will need to send a separate set of materials to each office you are applying for. If you are applying for the Bellevue, Portland or Seattle offices, all materials must be received on or before January 25, 2006. The application deadline for all other offices is January 31, 2006.

Internships in Europe

Studying abroad next semester in France? See Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar ASAP about setting up an internship in Europe for the summer of 2006 following your semester abroad.

Gray Plant Mooty's Minority 1L Summer Associate Program

Gray Plant Mooty is committed to attracting and retaining a highly-qualified, diverse work force. As part of these ongoing efforts, the Minneapolis office recruits 1L minority law students to participate in its Summer Associate Program. For Summer 2006, the Minneapolis office will hire one or two 1L summer associates.

During the 12-14 weeks of the summer, our 1L summer associates participate fully in our Summer Associate program. Woke assignments may come from any of our practice groups and will usually involve substantive legal research, analysis and writing. In addition to the work aspects of a law firm, our summer associates often take on a pro bono project and participate in social activities. Salary is $1375 a week.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, law school transcript with first semester grades (updated later as necessary), and a legal writing sample to:
1L Minority Summer Associate Program
Attn: Linda Spotts, Recruiting Manager
Gray Plant Mooty
500 ID Center
80 South Eight Street
Minneapolis , MN 55402

Applications are due by noon on January 30th, 2006. You will be contacted by Friday, February 3 if you are selected for a screening interview. If invited to a call back, your travel expenses will be paid. For more information, contact Linda Spotts at 612-632-3345 or See also job posting #2235.

The Securities and Exchange Commission
Summer Honors Law Program

The application process for 2L’s is now closed. 1L deadline is Feb. 1, 2006.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Honors Law Program gives first
and second year law and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the
regulation of the securities markets and careers within the Commission. Positions are still open in the regional and district offices nationwide.

Highlights of the program include:
• Seminars and workshops on federal securities laws. Past presentations have included:
Securities Fraud on the Internet; Detection and Prosecution of Insider Trading; and An
Overview of Federal Securities Laws.

• Mentoring program: students are paired with an SEC attorney who provides them with
additional insight and guidance throughout the internship experience.

• Interns will have the opportunity to work in conjunction with attorneys and carry out
individual and team projects determined by their area of interest and current issues faced
by their assigned Division or Office.

Selection Criteria:
• Academic Achievement (2L applicants must have a B average or higher to apply)
• Previous relevant employment
• Writing, research, and analytical abilities demonstrated through law review or other
• Extracurricular activities such as: moot court competition, legal aid and clinical

How to Apply:
• Please visit the SEC website at and follow the link in the Summer Honors Law Program description to AVUE digital services.
• Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to hiring committees.

1L applications will be accepted from December 1st, 2005 to February 1st. For positions in the regional and district offices, please apply online via the link above and indicate the office(s) in which you are interested.

SEC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse workforce. Questions? Contact our recruiting office at 202.551.4100 or

United States Attorney's Office
of Western District of Michigan

The United States Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes in the Western District of Michigan. Such crimes include: political corruption, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, terrorism, narcotics, commercial fraud, government fraud, violent crime, public protection, and appeals. The Office also civilly defends agencies of the United States, enforces regulatory agencies' authority, and recovers funds from violators of civil, criminal, and regulatory laws. The United States Attorney's Office is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

IMMEDIATELY SEEKING SUMMER 2006 LAW CLERKS. Hiring decisions must be made in a timely manner to allow for a thorough background investigation and security clearance before an employee can begin working. These investigations average 8 weeks and require significant initial input from the applicant.

ELIGIBILITY: First, second, and third year law students who will not graduate during or before the period of clerkship and who are U.S. citizens, incisive, capable, and display both a positive attitude and initiative.

POSITIONS: lLs: Two volunteer positions which may be structured to obtain class credit.
2Ls/3Ls: Two compensated positions may be available, or positions may be structured to obtain class credit.

DURATION: 10 week program; 20-40 hours per week; flexibility between part-time and full-time; clerks must complete a minimum of 200 hours

APPLICATION PROCESS: By letter of introduction, submit current RESUME, TRANSCRIPT, and WRITING SAMPLE by January 6, 2005 for 2Ls/3Ls and January 6, 2006 for ILs to: Daniel Rucker, Appellate Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Attorney's Office, P.O. Box 208, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0208

Phone: (616) 456-2404, Fax: (616) 456-2517, Email:
(Email applications are acceptable, but post mail is preferred.) For more information, see Job Posting #2065.

Environmental Law Paid Internship at the Shedd Aquarium

Through a grant from the Georges Foundation, Shedd Aquarium offers a one-of-a- kind summer internship for a first-year law student who is enrolled in an Illinois law school and is interested in environmental law. The Georges Fellowship for Conservation includes an eight-week internship with Shedd's Conservation Department focusing on environmental policy research. It includes mentoring by a practicing environmental law attorney (from Jones Day, in Chicago), additional advising by environmental attorney and Aquarium environmental advocacy advisor Liz Georges and a stipend. The recipient will receive valuable hands-on experience researching timely environmental issues that are relevant to the Aquarium. One fellowship will be awarded each year through a competitive application process.  The Georges Fellowship awards a $3000 stipend to the selected applicant. 

If you are interested in applying for this internship, please see Handout #17 in the Career Services Office.  If you have questions, please contact the Career Services Office

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 ( to set up an appointment. To see some externship possibilities, click here.

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

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.

Fellowship & Scholarship Information

The Peggy Browning Fund for Labor Law Internship

In 2006 The Peggy Browning Fund will support 31 funded summer fellowships in labor-related organizations throughout the United States.

The stipends are for a minimum of $4,000 per student for a ten-week employment period. In some cases Mentor Organizations will supplement the stipend. See each individual fellowship description for details.

Students interested in applying must submit applications both to the listed organization and to The Peggy Browning fund. Applications must be received no later than Friday, January 13, 2006. The Fund expects to notify students selected for these positions in mid to late February. Please follow this link for application information.


Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship

Do you want to work for a progressive legal organization or with an attorney based in a community organization this summer?  Apply now for a Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship, sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild.  Whether you are interested in immigration law, criminal defense, labor law, LGBT issues, prisoners rights, or mass defense, there is a fellowship for you! Please see this brochure to see the student-created projects, history of the fellowship, and application. There is a stipend of $2000 for 10 weeks of full time work. Applications are due no later than January 23, 2006.

Please direct any questions regarding the fellowships to Ian Branniganme at  212-679-5100 x14.


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.

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 or call 212-209-5447.


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.



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.

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.


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


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 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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