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Week of January 16, 2006

Spring Semester Office Hours

The office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2006.

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.


Summer Opportunities for 1L's

Wondering how most students spend the summer after their first year? Not sure what types of jobs are available or what the timeline is for hiring? Then you won't want to miss this program on Tuesday, January 24th at Noon p.m., Room C50, as second and third year students talk about what they did the summer following their first year. Please note: this program will be videotaped for evening students who are not able to attend.

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.

2006 Amnesty International USA Lawyers' Conference
"Fulfilling The Legacy: International Justice 60 Years After Nuremberg"
February 17-18, 2006
University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA

Convened by the Legal Network of Amnesty International USA, this conference will examine the Nuremberg legacy as it relates to current efforts to promote accountability for human rights abuses. It will also consider how the Nuremberg trials influence contemporary views on fair trial norms. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Fitzpatrick Fund and Condon-Falknor Lecture at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle.  CLE credit will be available. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Mr. John Shattuck, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

For full agenda and more information go to the Amnesty International events website. REGISTER TODAY  Registration is only $15 for registration forms postmarked before February 3, 2006.  Please download and print Registration Form. Contact Amnesty International with any questions or concerns.

Employment Related Opportunities

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

Air Force Jag Corps On-Campus Interviews
1Ls*, 2Ls & 3Ls

The Air Force JAG Corps will be interviewing 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls on campus on Thursday, February 16th, 2005. Required hiring criteria indicates that interviewees must be under the age of 35 at commissioning and a US citizen eligible for security clearance. If you are interested in interviewing, please submit your resume along with times that you are available on that date to the Career Services Office by Tuesday, February 7th at 5pm. Please note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

* 1Ls will not be eligible for employment with the Air Force this summer, however, the Air Force will still accept resumes and interview 1Ls interested in an internship during the summer of 2007. 

Army Jag Corps On-Campus Interviews for 1Ls & 3Ls

The US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps will be on-campus on Thursday, February 9th to interview 1L students for the JAG's summer internship program and 3Ls for appointment to active duty post graduation.  Required hiring criteria indicates that interviewees must be under the age of 35 at commissioning and a US citizen eligible for security clearance. Interested 1L or 3L students should submit their resume along with times that you are available on that date to the Career Services Office by 5p.m., Tuesday, January 31st. Please note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Illinois Attorney General Law Clerk Positions

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement. For more information regarding the various divisions and bureaus within the Office, you may review our programs and services brochure.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago, Springfield, or Carbondale office, law clerks investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Advanced students who qualify for a 711 license are encouraged to obtain such a license so that they may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

For further information and to download an application form, students should visit the Illinois Attorney General's website. Inquiries may also be directed to Adelaida Otero at 312-814-5197 or See handout #20 for additional information.

U.S. Department of Justice
Volunteer Summer Legal Internships

Summer 2006 opportunities are available on the DOJ webpage. Apply early!  Some offices already closed applications in December.

  • There are more than 700 internships available nationwide, including volunteer positions with more than 86 Department organizations, such as the U.S. Attorneys' Offices.
  • Each listing contains information on number of positions, who to contact, desired qualifications, deadlines, and the application process.
  • Expect challenging work, lots of responsibility, supportive supervisors and colleagues, and the opportunity to contribute to the public interest.


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. The firm offers student fellowships to diverse first-year law students that provides 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.

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. Click here for the full application.

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.
• Mentoring program.
• Interns will 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
• 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

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 California Executive Fellowship Program

The Executive Fellowship Program is sponsored by the California State University, Sacramento’s Center for California Studies and the Office of the Governor to provide an experiential learning opportunity in California state government. Fellows work full-time in high levels of the Executive branch and meet weekly for graduate seminars. This program uniquely integrates work experiences with academic and professional development.

The application deadline for the 2006-2007 fellowship is February 22, 2006. For more information follow this link to the Application.

Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program

The California State Assembly Fellowship Program, founded in 1957, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious legislative fellowship programs. This unique program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and experiences to directly participate in the legislative process. In 1987, the program was renamed the Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program to honor California’s former Assembly Speaker and State Treasurer. Each year, 18 individuals are selected to participate in the program. The 11-month fellowship provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption in the California Legislature through full-time work as a professional legislative staff member.

The application deadline for the 2006-2007 fellowship is February 22, 2006. If you have questions regarding the Assembly Fellowship Program, call (916) 278-6906 or e-mail:

Center for California Studies

More fellowships and opportunities like those two above maybe found at this link:

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.

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.


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

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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