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Week of February 20, 2006

GPA Reminder

As a reminder, when you create your updated resumes, do not round up your GPA. If you have questions about how to calculate your GPA, please contact our office.

Programs

Mock Interview Sign-ups

Want to polish up your interviewing skills? Take advantage of meeting with a consultant to critique your interviewing style. Interviews are available on February 28th, March 7th and 9th. Please come into the Career Services Office to sign up and drop off your resume before your interview day.

Interviewing Tips

How do legal employers conduct interviews? What questions can you expect and how should you prepare? Find out about interview Do's and Don'ts. Tuesday, February 21st from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in room 370.

YLS presents: Meet the Firms Night
Thursday, February 23, 2006 • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
CBA Building • 2nd Fl.
321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago

At “Meet the Firms Night” the YLS hosts Chicago’s most influential law firms at the CBA. Firm representatives are on hand to provide you with hiring and firm culture information and answer your questions about employment at the firm.

The event is free to all CBA members and CBA law student members (nonmembers can join at the door). Resumes are accepted at the discretion of the firms. Dress is business casual. To RSVP your attendance, call the YLS at 312-554-2032 or send an email (include your name, CBA member number and phone – nonmembers should indicate they will be signing up for membership at the door or call ahead to 312-554-2135).

National Italian American Foundation
Graduates to Leaders (G2L) Workshop in Law

May 21-23, 2006 in Washington, DC.

Participants will receive an “insider’s” view into their vocation, taking part in sessions which will delve into important issues and key strategies helpful in maintaining their professional lives. In addition, the seminars will double as a networking forums among participants, providing the base of a professional support group of Italian Americans. The seminars will be all-expenses paid, including transportation, accommodations, meals and events. Participants will be selected through an application process.

To see more information about the workshops and to apply online, please see the National Italian American Foundation website.



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.

DuPage County Public Defender's Office
Summer Intern Program

The DuPage County Public Defender's Office in Wheaton, IL is currently seeking 1st and 2nd year law students interested in criminal law to participate in a summer internship program. Strong legal research and writing skills preferred.

Although the positions are unpaid, students will have opportunities to assist attorneys with investigation of cases, client interviews, trial preparation, and legal research. Those students with Supreme Court Rule 711 licenses will also be able to assist attorneys in court, including hearings and trials. You may be able to get class credit for this work- check with Professor Vivien Gross.

Interested student should send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Jeff York at the DuPage County Public Defender's Office or by fax to (630) 407-8301.

Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District
Fall 2006 Intern Program

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for the Fall 2006 intern program.  Positions will be offered to 15 law students.  Students are expected to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks during Fall semester.

All of the intern positions are uncompensated.  Contact Professor Vivien Gross about receiving externship credit.  The United States Attorney's Office will work with the schools by providing information or evaluations that may be required by each school.

Applications can be found in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #24.  The deadline is Monday, April 17, 2006.

Illinois Attorney General Law Clerk Positions
DEADLINE APPROACHING:

  • Law students wishing to serve as law clerks at any time during the Summer of 2006 (May through August of 2006) should submit their applications no sooner than January 1, 2006 and no later than March 1, 2006.

  • Law students wishing to serve as law clerks at any time during the Fall of 2006 (September through December of 2006) should submit their applications no sooner than May 1, 2006, and no later than July 1, 2006 .

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 (go to "job opportunities"). Inquiries may also be directed to Adelaida Otero at 312-814-5197 or aotero@atg.state.il.us. See handout #20 in the Career Services Office for additional information.


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.

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

Fellowship & Scholarship Information

BP Legal 2006 Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) was created to expose first-year minority law students to a corporate legal environment and now has been expanded to include all first year law students who have shown a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
BP Legal interns work on a variety of challenging and interesting legal matters. During the summer, interns work closely with BP attorneys and paralegals obtaining practical experience in a corporate legal department.  In 2006, BP Legal will offer summer intern positions at each of its legal offices in Warrenville, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago). 

Interns are expected to work full time for the 8 to 10 week program. Exact start and end dates are flexible but generally run from early June through the middle of August. Interns are paid competitively.  BP Scholarship:  In addition to the paid internship, our interns receive a one-time scholarship to assist with their legal education.  Please see Handout #25 in the Career Services Office for full details and the application. The deadline for the application is March 6, 2006, by 5:00 p.m.  

Jack Carey Spring Scholarship
Cook County Public Defender Law Clerks

The purpose of the Jack Carey Scholarship Fund is to provide law clerk scholarships within the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, which defends indigent clients in civil cases as well as criminal misdemeanor and felony case. Selected applicants will assist a supervising attorney in investigations, case preparation, client visits, legal research and writing, motion drafting and trial advocacy. One new applicant will be selected for a $2,000 stipend each Fall, Spring and Summer semester. Deadline for summer applications is March 31, 2006. For complete guidelines, as well as an application, visit the Career Services Office, handout #23.

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.

 

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

New Print Resources:

  • Washington Internships in Law and Policy
  • Internships with Community and Social Service Agencies
  • Internships with America’s Top Companies

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.

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.

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