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Week of February 6, 2006

Spring Semester 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.


Programs

Judicial Externships:   Summer and Fall 2006 Semester
Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 345 there will be a meeting for students who are interested in externing for one of the designated judges for the Summer or Fall 2006 Semesters.  Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply for a judicial externship. 

Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program open to students who have  completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judges or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judge.

Judicial Externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by writing memoranda and drafting opinions.  Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge or the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, as well as the specific problems confronted in the courtroom.

Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.  If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as of Friday, February 3rd. Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, February 22nd, at 5:00 p.m. Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, March 1st, at 5:00 p.m.


 20th Annual Patent Law Interview Program

Attention 1Ls, 2Ls:

The 20th Annual Patent Law Interview Program will be held at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare Thursday and Friday, August 3-4, 2006. If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science, you may want to consider registering for the program. This is a chance to interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations and government agencies with patent law departments. Last year, 150 employers from across the country participated.

This program is for law students returning to school in Fall 2006. The only exception is for a law graduate studying for an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. The prospective positions are for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions for 2007. If you have accepted a judicial clerkship to begin after graduation (2007 or later), you may register to participate; the clerkships must appear on the registration form and your resume.

Sign up for the program and pick up informational sheets on employers and which technical degrees are acceptable in the Career Services Office, Suite 360.  To sign up for the program you must also bring along a $35.00 non-refundable check or money order payable to Loyola University Chicago School of Law, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10th.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Elizabeth Pohlman at epohlman@kentlaw.edu.

How I Got My First Legal Job
Thursday, Feburary 9th, 2006
Time: 12-1:30
Room: 510

SBA, ABA, and Career Services invite you to join them for lunch as panelists talk about their first legal jobs. Lunch will be provided by Fox & Obel Markey Cafe. Panelists include:

  • Business Law - Judge Elizabeth Stong, US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern Dist. of NY
  • Criminal Justice - Stephen Komie
  • General Practice - Keith McClellan
  • IP Law - Jason Schull
  • Moderator - Michael Pellicciott

eLawyering and the Future of Legal Work

Friday, February 10, 2006
11:00 - 12:30
Room 1200

The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL

This free program is open to all Chicago-area law students and young lawyers with an interest in the innovative use of technology.A simple lunch will be served.

eLawyering is doing legal work – not just marketing it – over the Web.  Pioneering practitioners have found dramatic new ways to communicate and collaborate with clients and other lawyers, produce documents, settle disputes, interact with courts, and manage legal  knowledge.  There are exciting initiatives underway now that deserve attention by all lawyers – present and future.

The legal profession is being disrupted from without and from within.  To be successful in the coming era, lawyers will need to know how to practice over the Web, manage client relationships in cyberspace, and offer “unbundled” services.   Come hear about the knowledge and skills you need to prosper in the years ahead.

PANELISTS: 

Ronald Staudt (professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law)

Todd Flaming (partner, Schopf & Weiss; adjunct professor, The John Marshall Law School)

Will Hornsby (staff counsel, American Bar Association; adjunct professor, The John Marshall Law School)

Marc Lauritsen (president, Capstone Practice Systems)

Please RSVP by February 3, 2006 to The John Marshall Law School Department of Event Management: call 312-987-1420 or email events@jmls.edu.

Pathways to Employment in International Law
Friday, February 10, 2006
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Columbus Hall C/D, East Tower, Gold Level
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601-3764

A Panel of Section Members will share their experiences. To register for this FREE event, please complete the online registration form located on the Law Student, LLM & New Lawyer Outreach Committee homepage. Arrive early, this program is sure to fill quickly!

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Sports Law Program

The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) is sponsoring a CLE program, "A Grand Slam,"Feb. 10th on alternative careers and careers in sports law.  The program is free with an optional box lunch ($10 for law students and $30 for everyone else).  I thought your students might be interested.  To view all of the information on the program and download our flyer, please visit https://www.abanet.org/tips/grandslamreg.html

How to open your own office and make it work!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006-6 p.m.-9 p.m.
At District 214, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL
Check www.nwsba.org for more details

Learn about:

  • The pitfalls and keys to going solo, working for space, partnerships and forming multi-attorney firms
  • The basics of office administration, lease agreements, and marketing
  • Advice on how to build a successful book of business and when your practice is big enough to expand.

Speakers and Topics:
Jon DeMoss, CEO of ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
Thomas W. Kivlahan of Drost, Kivlahan & McMahon
Jackie LeFevre, Solo Practitioner
Todd Rowden, Riffner, Barber, Rowden and Manassa, LLC

Human Trafficking Event
Loyola University, Feb. 7, 2006 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This panel discussion will focus on the issues of Human Trafficking at both the domestic and international levels and will address how social workers can advocate for this vulnerable population.  The event is at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus, in the Rubloff Auditorium.  Refreshments will be provided.  This event is free.  Please RSVP to Cathy Bertrand at cbertrand01@gmail.com.  

ABA's GP|Solo Division presents: SoloDay

When:            February 10, 2005
Where:          Hyatt Regency Chicago
What:            SoloDay - A half day of CLE (3 hours credit)

  • Practicing Profitably: Keep More and Lose Less - What You Haven't Yet Heard
  • Promote Professionally:  Technology to Propel Your Practice Forward
  • Protecting Your Practice:  Disasters Can Be More than Hurricanes or Earthquakes

For more information: Please contact Laura Ramirez at: 1 312 988 – 5640 or
visit us on our website at: www.abanet.org/genpractice/events/index.html. *All Law Student GP|Solo Memberships are absolutely free and come with extraordinary benefits.
Take advantage of the benefits of the only ABA Division working exclusively for general practitioners and solo and small firm lawyers.  Your free GP|Solo Division membership, valid throughout your entire Law School career, will include:

Timesaving Informative Periodicals including the award-winning magazine, GPSolo (featuring two special Technology & Practice Guides; the quarterly Technology eReport; two issues of Best of ABA Sections); our convenient, quick-read newsletter, Solo; and our exciting new e-publication, GPSolo New Lawyer. Career-Building Networking Opportunities through Division meetings, members-only special-interest list serves, specialized committees, and convenient CLE programs.


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.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Save the Date!

Kansas City Marriott
Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, MO
Sept. 8-9, 2006

Stay tuned for additional info this spring. For more information, contact Cheryl K. Rose (816) 474-4322 or visit our website at www.heartlanddiversity.org.

Association of Corporate Counsel: Law Student Summer Internship Scholarship

The Diversity Committee of the Chicago Chapter for the Association of Corporate Counsel is now accepting applications for its Law Student Summer Internship Scholarship Program.  The program's mission is to attract top minority law students and provide those students with practical experience within a business environment.

The Committee will award a $1,500 scholarship stipend to each of three (3) minority law students who have completed their first-year of law school and who meet the Diversity Committee's selection criteria.  Students will be selected from accredited Chicago-land law schools (in order to avoid housing and travel costs) and placed with participating companies in the Chicagoland area for 10-12 weeks during the summer of 2006.

Law student interns should be assigned regular department duties and responsibilities and, to the extent possible, be involved in substantive department issues and matters.

For applications, please pick up Handout #21 in the Career Services Office.

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, 2006. 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. 

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 aotero@atg.state.il.us. See handout #20 for additional information.

U.S. Department of Justice
Volunteer Summer Legal Internships

** New binder with the Summer 2006 opportunities! Come to the Career Services Office to see what opportunities exist or go to 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.

 


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


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

Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship

The Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to qualified minority law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law.

The scholarship award of $12,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees); and a patent bar review course. The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a summer associate in one of its domestic offices (Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto, CA; or Reston, VA).

In addition to a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law, selection criteria include exceptional academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school level; a degree in biological sciences, electrical/mechanical engineering, computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience; relevant work experience; community service; leadership skills; and special accomplishments.

Applications are due April 15, and are available by clicking here. Applications are also available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #22.

Law and Business & Israel Experience Program
Israel Scholars Fellowship & Elective, Jerusalem, Israel
August 7th - August 28th, 2006

Based on the success of our Graduate Student Israel Programs over the past eight years, we are pleased to offer a three-week fellowship and elective for law and MBA students this summer in Jerusalem, Israel. The program will be held August 7th - August 28th, 2006.

The program features a course entitled, "Israel's Strategic Legal and Business Challenges and Opportunities in the New Global Economy," combined with workshops on Jewish thought, and tours and hikes throughout Israel. The purpose of the program is to enable law and MBA students to gain insight into the Israeli legal and business environment, Jewish thought, and contemporary issues facing the Jewish people. The faculty includes distinguished lawyers, judges, executives, professors, venture capitalists, ethicists, and scholars of contemporary Jewish law and philosophy.

The curriculum features VIP visits to Israeli businesses and institutions and incorporates the case-study method. The summer programs have qualified for elective credit. Applications must be submitted via email by Monday, March 20, 2006. For more information and an application please refer to: www.neijs.org. If you have questions, please email: info@neijs.org.


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: calstudies@csus.edu

Center for California Studies

More fellowships and opportunities like those two above maybe found at this link:
http://www.csus.edu/calst/

 

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.


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.

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

Apartment Subletting Options

NALP's Apartment Exchange

NALP is pleased to announce the annual online Apartment Exchange is now available for use through NALP's website. Law students and 2006 summer clerks can point their browsers to www.nalpexchange.org where they can search and post available summer housing opportunities from all around the country. The service is free and easy to use. We hope that you will encourage your students and incoming summer associates to access the Apartment Exchange today -- it is a proven resource for success in the search for temporary summer housing! The Exchange will remain active online until May 15, 2006.

Jenner & Block: Sublet your apartment

If you would like to sublet your apartment for the summer of 2006, Jenner & Block may be able to help. Contact Kate Armstrong at karmstrong@jenner.com.

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw: Sublet your aparment

If you would like to sublet your apartment for the summer of 2006, contact Mary Boxer at: mboxer@mayerbrownrowe.com. Please include your contact information, the address of the apartment, the amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished.

 

 

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 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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