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March 20, 2006

New Job Posting and FOCI Bidding System Coming Soon!!

The Career Services Office will be launching a new job posting and fall on-campus bidding system on Monday, April 3rd. Watch the Record for further information. Students will receive an e-mail with instructions on accessing the new version shortly before the launch.

Programs

Attention Graduating Students: From Law Student to Lawyer
Tuesday, March 28th at Noon, Room 270

A panel of recent grads and recruiters will discuss the transition from law school to the legal community when you don't have a post-graduate job lined up. Job search strategies, debt management, and contract attorney positions will be discussed. This program is for graduating students only and will be videotaped.

Evening Law Student Society: Getting Legal Experience
March 23 at 5:15, Room C20

Come hear from a panel of former and current evening students about practical methods of gaining legal experience as an evening student. Learn how to network, which classes to take, and how to get legail experience. Pizza will be served!

American Intellectual Property Law Association
"Highlights of Careers in IP Law:  Patent-ly Effective Ways to Get a Job in IP Law"

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
5:00p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court, Room 1200

Please join representatives of AIPLA .  Please RSVP to Andrew Stein at astein@morganfinnegan.com.

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.

3rd Annual Legal Career Day
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Meet with law firms and recruiters at the 3rd annual Legal Career Day, sponsored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. RSVP and email the following information: your contact information, position sought (e.g., attorney, paralegal, law clerk, etc.), and attach a resume (please indicate any firms you do not want to receive your resume). The event will be held at the Chicago Athletic Association, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 12 South Michigan, 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and is free. For more information, follow this link.

International Internship Program

The ABA Section of International Law offers a International Internship Program website. Moeller& Co. is an Argentine law firm specialized and dedicated to provide legal advice for intellectual and industrial property matters throughout Latin America, which includes Mexico and Central America. Moeller & Co.would be delighted to have 2L and recent graduates from Chicago-Kent. This internship actually provides placements in law firms overseas for the summer. See the link above for application information.

6th Annual SuperConference Call for Volunteers

How would you like to spend the day meeting with and learning from hundreds of the most prominent in-house legal executives from the countries largest corporations...for free? 

InsideCounsel's 6th annual SuperConference is right around the corner and we are looking for 10 student volunteers on Tuesday, April 18 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 10 student volunteers on Wednesday April 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Student volunteers will serve as room and hall monitors during the sessions.  This two-day conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, is the premier conference for in-house counsel, providing the most current knowledge in the industry. 

With over thirty different sessions, speakers from the in-house legal community will cover cutting edge areas of the laws related to Corporate Governance, Fraud, Litigation Hellholes, Professional Development and much more. This is a great opportunity to hear from attorneys who work with the law everyday.

In return for volunteering your time, you will receive free admission to the conference (a value worth $1,195), breakfast and lunch, and the ability to sit in on conference sessions led by top-notch faculty.  In addition to the great educational benefits, students will get an invaluable networking experience with today's top in-house counsel and legal staff.

Formerly known as Corporate Legal Times InsideCounsel is the oldest monthly magazine published specifically for in-house counsel. It has a monthly circulation of more than 40,000 U.S. in-house counsel, including more than 11,000 general counsel. (www.insidecounsel.com)

Interested students should contact Alycia Sutor at 312. 654.3500, ext. 109 or Alycia@akina.biz by Friday, March 24th.

Florida Public Defender Association: Career Job Fair

3L students and alumni are invited! The Florida Public Defender Association is hosting a statewide Career Job Fair on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, 2006.  Come for the warm weather and interview for a job!

Applicants will be able to interview in one location--the Embassy Suites Hotel, Orlando Airport Location--with representatives from all of the Florida public defender offices in each judicial circuit. 

To register, go to http://www.flpda.org/pages/jobfair.htm.  

 

Diversity Career Fairs

Circuit Court of Cook County Forum for Minority Law Students
Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 11:30am – 1:00 p.m.
To attend respond by Thursday, March 23rd at 5pm  

The Circuit Court of Cook County will host its eighth annual Circuit Court Forum for Minority Law Students on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The forum is implemented by the Circuit Court of Cook County committee on Racial, Ethnic and Sexual Orientation Awareness and is an integral part of their efforts to address the diversity of the community which the court serves. First, second and third year minority law students who plan to attend should contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik by Thursday, March 23rd, at 5pm with their name and class year.

Save the date: Twin Cities Diversity Reception

Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 4:00pm-6:00pm,
location TBD (will be local bar near Chicago-Kent)

Come hear about career opportunities for diverse students in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Sponsored by the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Group.

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair
Chicago, Illinois

The Cook County Bar Association will host its annual job fair for minority students on Friday, August 11, 2006 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 511 North Columbus Drive. Registration information will be forthcoming. General information is available at: http://www.ccbaminorityjobfair.com/

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Kansas City, Kansas

The second annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held Friday, September 8 & Saturday, September 9, 2006, at Kansas City’s Marriott County Club Plaza . The HDLJF aims to increase the hiring of diverse law students for law firms, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations located in the Kansas City area. For more information, go to http://www.heartlanddiversity.com. Registration begins on April 1, 2006.

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.

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

Center for Access to Justice & Technology
CAJT Summer Fellowship

The Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) is pleased to announce the
CAJT Summer Fellowship. CAJT would like to invite Chicago-Kent students to apply for
this 10-week fellowship for the Summer of 2006. The recipient of this fellowship will have the opportunity to spend the summer working with several unique initiatives that lie on the crossroads of public interest law and technology. The responsibilities of this fellow will include: conducting legal research for Professor Ronald W. Staudt on the delivery of legal services to low income individuals through electronic means, creating and editing web content, and assisting in the marketing and administration of the Self-Help Web Center. The amount of time devoted to these particular project areas will depend on the needs of CAJT.

To view full description of this position, please see the CAJT Summer Fellowship Link. To apply for this position, email your cover letter and resume to the CAJT.

Public Interest Summer Funding Sources

PSLawNet has a listing of National and Regional Summer Funding Sources. This list is available at: http://www.pslawnet.org/cms/index.php?pid=50

Kent Justice Foundation Fellowship
Applications due March 22, 2006

The KJF Summer Fellowship Program provides grants of up to $4500 to students at the Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured an unpaid or low paying public interest legal position.  KJF believes that students should not be discouraged from working in public interest jobs because of financial reasons; therefore, Summer Fellowships are awarded to help compensate deserving and committed students for working in public interest.  The Program also helps to provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations.  In past years, up to twelve students have been awarded $500-$4000. See the KJF fellowship link for details and an application.

Also, support KJF by attending the very fun and exciting KJF 15th Annual Auction on April 5th. See the KJF website for more 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.

 

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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