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March 6, 2006

Career Services is Open during Spring Break

Spring break is an excellent time to work on your job search. We are open regular hours. Counselors will be here to meet with students. Please call (312)906-5200, stop in (Suite 360), or email your availability to kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you would like to make an appointment to meet with a counselor.

The Career Services Office regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening appointments with career counselors are available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

First Year Career Counseling Sessions

As a reminder, all first year students need to meet with a career counselor before the end of the term, preferably sooner than later. Please make an appointment by calling us at (312)906-5200, stopping in (Suite 360), or by emailing your availability to kentcso@kentlaw.edu. If you would like your resume reviewed, please bring an up-to-date legal resume. If you did not attend the Resume Workshop, refer to the Resume Handout for guidance on how to create a legal resume.

Programs

Mock Interview Sign-ups

Mock Interview slots still open for March 7th and 9th.

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

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.

China Summer Internships for Chicago-Kent Students

Last summer six Chicago-Kent students had the opportunity to spend time in Beijing and Shenzhen law firms doing non-credit, volunteer summer internships.  We are fortunate that we will again be able to offer our students the chance to spend time in China this summer, and are looking for candidates.

Internships have already been confirmed for the upcoming summer of 2006, including spots at three Beijing firms and two Shenzhen firms where Chicago-Kent LLM graduates are practicing law. Several of these graduates are senior partners in their firms.

While travel expenses will be the responsibility of the intern(s), housing may be provided in some cases and there is also the possibility of stipends.  Foreign language skills are not essential.

1L or 2L students who have an interest in international law and would like to explore this fabulous opportunity for exposure to the global legal arena, should e-mail a resume to kentcso@kentlaw.edu by Friday March 10, 2006.  

Diversity Career Fairs

Diversity Career Fair for Attorneys and Law Students of Color 2006
Dallas, Texas, March 28-29

Smallwood, Keller & Lewis LLP is hosting the Diversity Career Fair for Attorneys and Law Students of Color 2006 to be held in Dallas Texas on March 28-29.
 
The following employers are planning to attend: Jenner & Block LLP, Arent Fox; Jones Day, Dorsey & Whitney, Kilpatrick & Stockton, The Southern Company, Blockbuster Inc, Howrey LL.P, King & Spalding, Wolf Block & Schorr, Bullivant Houser & Bailey, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray, Greenberg Traurig, Gardner Carton & Douglas, Michael Best & Friedrich, American Airlines, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Schiff Hardin, and expecting more to register late. Participants will consider 2L's, and 3L's.  For more experienced Attorneys, our participants will consider Entry-Level, Mid-level, Senior Level, and of course Partner Level candidates. Please call 1-800-378-8875 for information.
 

Vault Legal Diversity Job Fair
New York, New York, April 21-26

The event will bring together partners and recruiters from 100-200 law firms, corporate counsel from over 100 of America's largest corporations, career center directors from over 50 law schools, lateral attorneys and law students from over 50 law schools, and members of minority law associations. For information on this event, please follow this link.

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.


Fellowship & Scholarship Information

Equal Justice Works Summer Corp
$1000 Educational Awards

This summer, Equal Justice Works will give 315 law students $1000 Educational Awards through the 2006 Summer Corp Program. The money can be put towards tuition or paying a past student loan. In order to qualify, students must provide direct legal services to low-income individuals at: a nonprofit organization serving low-income and underserved communities; a legal services organization; or a civil rights organization. Legal internships at government agencies do not qualify.

Summer Corp slots are awarded on a first come, first served basis, with consideration made for geographic diversity. Students will be able to apply beginning on March 22 at 12:00 noon through April 5 at 5:00pm. For more information about eligibility, including frequently asked questions, visit the Equal Justice Works website at www.equaljusticeworks.org. If you have secured a summer opportunity providing direct legal services to low-income individuals, be sure to send in your application at the beginning of the application period. This award can be received in addition to any other summer funding you receive.  

Equal Justice Works Summer Corp: Assist with Hurricane Katrina Legal Efforts

This year 65 Summer Corp slots will be awarded to students who are providing disaster-related legal services in the Gulf Coast region. Students are eligible for the Katrina Summer Corps if the primary purpose of their internships is to assist hurricane victims or evacuees in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi or Texas. Be sure to check the box marked “Katrina Summer Corps” on the online application if you would like to be considered for one of these 65 slots. For more information on how to volunteer in disaster relief, visit the Student Hurricane Network at www.studenthurricanenetwork.org.  

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.

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.

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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