CSO Information & Announcements
- Please evaluate your summer job online
- Out of State Job Search Program
- First Year Students: Resume Workshop
- First Year Students: Office Tours
- Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
- Career Fair at the Office of the Public Defender, Tampa
- Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)
- Summer 2007 Internships/Externships at the United States Attorney’s Office
- 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
- United States Environmental Protection Agency Externship
Fellowships & Scholarships
- Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) Summer Fellowship Grants
- Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): $4500 public interest law internships
- 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.
Out of State Job Search Program
Tuesday, November 7th at 12:00 p.m. noon, Room 370. If you’re considering working in another state, don’t miss our Out of State Job Search program! Learn how to maximize your job search outside of Illinois. CSO staff members will provide all the details about available resources and answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can map out your job search wherever it may lead you.
First Year Students: Resume Workshop
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.
First Year Students: Office Tours
First years interested in learning about the resources offered in the Career Services Office are encouraged to sign up for an office tour. Sign up sheets are now available in the Career Services Office. Tours will be held at the following times and should last no longer than 15 minutes:
Monday, November 6th at 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7th at 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8th at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14th at 12:00 p.m.
Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
Register NOW for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC). The deadline to register is Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 12 noon
The Midwest Public Interest Law Conference is an opportunity for students to interview with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions next summer or for after graduation. Last year over 70 Chicago-Kent students and 30 employers participated. 1L’s, 2L’s and 3L’s can all participate. The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 3, 2007. To register, contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office with your first name, last name, middle initial, year of graduation and an email address that you regularly check by Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 12 noon. Registered students will receive a login and password and will be able to upload their resume and bid on employers beginning on December 11. Students will have until January 5, 2007 to upload their resume online and select employers they would like to interview with. In addition, table talk is available at the job fair where you can meet with many of the employers, even if you do not receive an interview in advance. More information is online at www.mpilcc.org.
Career Fair at the Office of the Public Defender, Tampa
There will be a career fair hosted by The Law Office of Julianne M. Holt, Public
700 East Twiggs Street, 1st Floor,
Tampa, Florida 33602 on
Saturday, January 6, 2007. All interested applicants should visit our web site to
apply on-line or fax your resume and cover letter to (813) 277-0841. Candidate
interviews will be scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2007. Please submit your
application by December 1, 2006. Office of the Public Defender,
13th Judicial Circuit,
700 East Twiggs Street,
Tampa, FL 33602,
Phone: (813) 277-1407,
Fax: (813) 277-0841,
check the new job
posting system ("Symplicity")
on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.
Summer 2007 Internships/Externships at the United States Attorney’s Office
The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois will conduct a Summer 2007 Intern Program. The primary goals of this program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist the Office in handling its multitude of cases. Approximately 15 interns will be accepted. Each intern will be required to serve at least 40 hours a week for twelve weeks in the Office. The summer program is offered to first, second and third year students. The Office will cooperate in providing to schools any necessary evaluations for course credit. Applications are due Wednesday, December 20th, 2006. Applications and more information can be found in the CSO, handout #56.
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
To receive externship credit, please contact Professor Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Interviews for summer 2007 externships start in December 2006 (applications for summer positions should be made in the fall semester). For more information on our office, applicants may visit our web-site at www.epa.gov/Region5/ORC.
Fellowships & Scholarships
Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) Summer Fellowship Grants
The LAGBAC Foundation awards grants to law students attending an accredited law school in Illininois who will be working for a qualified organization. The Foundation will award grants ranging from $3,000-$4,000 to support full time summer employment with a qualified public interest organization. Fellows will be required to complete 300-400 hours over a 10 week period. For more information refer to Job Posting #3645 in Symplicity. For questions about what organizations qualify for a LAGBAC Fellowship, contact Jeremy Gottschalk at email@example.com or 312-807-4401.
Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): $4500 public interest law internships
As of October 16th, 2L’s can apply for $4500 summer internships at public interest organizations through the Public Interest Law Initiative www.pili-law.org. Visit the Public Interest Law Initiative website to learn how to apply for an internship. Cover letters must be tailored to each organization you apply to work with. On December 1st, 1L’s can apply for $4500 summer internships through PILI.
By applying for a PILI summer internship, you make your resume known to the public interest agencies to which you apply. Should you not receive the $4500 PILI internship, there are alternative funding opportunities, such as stipends through the Kent Justice Foundation for summer public interest work, as well as additional sources for funding. If you are interested in public interest work, applying for a PILI internship is a good place to start.
For questions on PILI summer internships, contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office.
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
No new fairs this week.
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.