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October 16th - 22nd

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Please evaluate your summer job online

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • 1L Orientation to CSO and Resume Workshop
  • Alternatives to OCI: Alternative Careers
  • 2006 Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
  • Meet the Public Service Employers Reception
  • 10th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

Employment Opportunities

  • AFL-CIO's Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program - summer clerkship opportunities
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
  • Judicial Extern/Intern Positions at the Department of Justice Immigration Court
  • Externs Wanted at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Enforcement Seeking
  • Intern Positions Available at Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc.
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency Externship

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Black Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago Book Scholarship
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner

Job Fairs

  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

Resources

  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students
  • 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

 

CSO Information & Announcements

Please take a few minutes to evaluate your summer job on Symplicity.  By doing so, you can provide invaluable information to the members of the class behind you.  Just click on "Profile," then on the "Evaluations" tab, and then on the "Add New" button.

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Update

Callbacks and Offers

Please keep us informed about callbacks and offers as well as any concerns you may have regarding the interviews. E-mail our office about callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs. If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews.

Programming

First Year Students: Orientation to CSO and Resume Workshop

The Career Services Office will hold an orientation for first year students on Tuesday, October 24th at noon and 5:15 p.m. in room 590. This program will provide you with information about the job posting system, options and opportunities for summer employment, and discuss the typical hiring timeline for first year students. You only need to attend one session.

A workshop on writing cover letters and developing a legal resume will be presented on Tuesday, October 31st at noon in the Auditorium, Wednesday, November 1st at 3pm in room 590, and Monday, November 6th at 5:15 p.m. in room 510.  1Ls must attend this program if you want to have your resume or cover letter reviewed by a career counselor.

Alternatives to OCI: Alternative Careers

Thinking outside of the box? Come listen to a panel of lawyers who have pursued alternative careers. Find out how these successful lawyers broke into a non-legal field. The program will be moderated by Cheryl Rich Heisler, an attorney and founder of LAWTERNATIVES, a career consulting company that offers individualized counseling to lawyers and other professionals exploring alternative career paths. If you are considering an alternative career after graduation, you will not want to miss this program! Speakers include: Colette M. Savage, Esq., Electronic Discovery Specialist, Applied Discovery;Greg Shugar, Owner, Thetiebar.com; Gary Sircus, Program Coordinator, Northwestern University, NU-Teach. Tuesday, October 17th at noon in room 580.

2006 Pro Bono and Community Service Fair

Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association will hold their 13th Annual Pro Bono Fair.  The Fair, co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation, Jenner & Block, Exelon and the Public Interest Law Initiative, is hosted by Jenner & Block at the firm's office at 330 North Wabash, 40th floor Conference Center. 

This event is an excellent opportunity for law students and lawyers to gain exposure to a wide variety of legal aid and pro bono and community service organizations in the Chicago area and to get a solid understanding of the types of volunteer opportunities that are available to them.  Over 40 organizations are scheduled to attend

The event is open to young lawyers, recent law school graduates, law school students, as well as lawyers at all career levels.  This is a perfect opportunity for them to find out how they can help public service agencies, network with others from the Chicago legal community and make a difference.

Meet The Public Service Employers Reception

The Chicago Area Law School Consortium is holding its Tenth Annual Meet the Public Service Employers Reception.  This year it will be held at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, on Wednesday, October 11th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The reception will be held at Kasbeer Hall, 25 East Pearson on the 15th floor in downtown Chicago.

Students will have an opportunity to meet public service employers and learn more about their organizations.  Although not a job fair, the reception offers an informal setting for law students to learn about the rich array of public service legal activity in the Chicago area, including employment and volunteer opportunities.  Students at all levels may participate, including first year students.

10th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

This symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at The John Marshall School of Law, 315 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago, Illinois from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Designed to provide information about career opportunities within the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, Illinois Attorney General's Office, and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. Admittance is free. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served.  

 

Employment Opportunities

Please check the new job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

AFL-CIO's Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program - summer clerkship opportunities

 The AFL-CIO’s Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program has a program designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of labor law and to the labor community by providing summer clerkship opportunities with participating firms and union legal departments. Students with a demonstrated interest in labor law, as well as those students who may be interested in the field, are encouraged to participate in the program.  Students should contact the firms directly with inquiries or applications, and are advised to reference the “LCC Minority Outreach Program” in all correspondence. The list of opportunities is available in the Career Services Office, handout #54.

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a 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, Washington DC, Miami, Phoenix, and California. Interns will receive an award of $1,500. The time commitment can vary by student, subject to a six-week minimum. Students will be expected to coordinate their schedule with their individual judges and to work the hours required by each judge. Students are asked to submit a completed application, legal writing sample and a statement of interest. Detailed program information is available at the program website. Applications will be accepted beginning October 15th for second year students and December 1st for first year students. More information and applications are available in the CSO, handout # 56.

Judicial Extern/Intern Positions at the Department of Justice Immigration Court

The Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review Immigration Court is hiring externs/interns for Spring 2007. Intern positions include pre-hearing preparation involving motions and prerparation of bench memoranda; in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues; and drafting reserved decisions. This legal internship/externship offers extensive experience in asylum law and an excellent opportunity to improve research, writing and analytical skills. Positions are unpaid, but students may be eligible for academic credit. Externs/interns are expected to work 12-16 hours per week for 8-12 weeks. There are two positions available. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, recent transcript and writing sample to the address listed above, to the attention of Monica Eav, Judicial Law Clerk, United States Immigration Court, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

Externs Wanted at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Enforcement Seeking

The Chicago office of the Division of Enforcement is seeking externs who will receive law school credit.

The Division of Enforcement investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. Violations may involve commodity futures or option trading on domestic commodity exchanges, or the improper marketing of commodity investments. The Division may, at the direction of the Commission, file complaints before the agency’s administrative law judges or in the U.S. District Courts. Alleged criminal violations of the Commodity Exchange Act or violations of other Federal laws which involve commodity futures trading may be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. The Division also provides expert help and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, other Federal and state regulators, and international authorities.

Primary duties include conducting legal research, writing memoranda, aiding in the preparation of court pleadings and papers in the U.S. District Courts across the nation as well as in an administrative forum; aiding attorneys and investigators who are preparing to take investigative testimony and depositions, working with exhibits, Freedom of Information Act responses; aiding with the discovery process and interacting with and/or interviewing customers or investors with complaints.

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Ms. Ava Gould
Trial Team Leader
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
525 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
agould@cftc.gov

To receive externship credit, please contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu.

Intern Positions Available at Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc.

Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc. is now accepting resumes for Winter semester! If you have a love for sports and entertainment and have aspirations to one day work in the field than Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc. is the internship for you. Burns works with Corporations, Advertising Agencies, PR Firms, Colleges, Association, and Non-Profit Groups nationwide in helping them find celebrities and athletes for their events & campaigns. On a daily basis Burns works with Hollywood & Sports agents and celebrities in bringing campaigns and events to life. Please send your resumes to Candie Gutmann via e-mail or fax Candie@burnsent.com or 847-491-9778.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Externship

The US EPA has a volunteer program where law students are employed to perform primarily legal research and writing to support counseling and enforcement work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) in Chicago. Region 5 has one of the strongest enforcement records in U.S. EPA. The large number of attorneys (about 105) in ORC often means exposure to a variety of work and cases.

The work includes enforcement cases brought under the federal environmental statutes. These are the same statutes typically covered in the basic environmental law course, so the externship is a chance to put into practice what the extern has already learned or will be learning shortly.

There are positions available for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. For more information on our office, applicants may visit our web-site at www.epa.gov/Region5/ORC.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Black Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago Book Scholarship

The Black Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. is offering need-based book scholarships to Illinois law students in good standing and enrolled in an accredited law school. A copy of the application is available in the Career Services Office, room 360. (handout #48) The submission deadline is October 17, 2006. There are four short-answer questions that applicants must complete. The students must be in good standing at an accredited law school located in Illinois (evidenced by an official transcripts); have unmet financial needs; and demonstrate a commitment to public service (evidenced by current participation in community service or outreach).

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.

 

Job Fairs

 American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

The American Intellectual Property Law Association will hold its 16th Annual Student, Junior and Patent Agent - Junior Member JOB FAIR. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Notice that "To participate in the Job Fair as an applicant, you must be a Student, Junior, or Patent Agent Junior member of AIPLA in good standing."  (Student membership is $45).  If you are not a member of AIPLA and would like to participate in the Job Fair, you may join using AIPLA's online membership application.  

Further details are available on the AIPLA webpage, but note that the deadline for filling in the participation form is August 30, which means that you should submit your AIPLA student membership application ASAP (the list of participating employers comes out on August 18). 

 

Resources

Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

Law students have free access to LawCrossing.com to access their collection of legal job postings. To get access, register with your kentlaw.edu e-mail address, enter the promotional code "kent2006" and identify yourself as a student.

2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. Please contact our office for the password for the online edition.

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