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CSO Information & Announcements

  • Please evaluate your summer job online

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • Practice Tracks
  • National Security Law Panel: Federal Agencies
  • First Year Students: Office Tours
  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
  • Career Fair at the Office of the Public Defender, Tampa

Employment Opportunities

  • 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

Job Fairs

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.

Programming

National Security Law Career Panel: Federal Agencies  

The panel will feature a prominent group of attorneys who have had distinguished careers at federal agencies with national security missions. Find out how they became attorneys or agents at these agencies; what type of career paths they followed; and their suggestions for entering this field of law. Tuesday, November 14, at 12 noon in Room 580, featuring: John Pendley, Assistant Chief Counsel for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Kevin Powers, Division Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration; L.A. Jones, United States Secret Service. Sponsored by the National Security and Law Society and the Career Services Office. This panel will be videotaped and available to view in the career service office. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

 

Practice Tracks
Thursday, November 16th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m

Attorneys from over 60 practice areas will be at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall law school) to talk informally with students about careers in a variety of practice areas. It's your chance to find out how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should emphasize in applying, and more! 1Ls strongly encouraged to attend.

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:

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 Defender, 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, Email: HR13@PD13.STATE.FL.US

 

Employment Opportunities

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

Presidential Management Fellowship

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM:  3Ls and LLMs may participate in the 2-year program, which places applicants in public policy and management positions with a wide variety of federal government agencies and departments.  This year, the program has a particular interest in law students and graduates from other specified disciplines.  Strong emphasis is placed on challenging career opportunities and career development and employers offer seminars, briefings, conferences, orientation programs and on-the-job training.  Rotational assignments expose Fellows to other agency areas, as well as another agency or branch of the federal government.  Participants receive initial 2-year appointment, generally at GS-9, but possibly GS-11 or GS-12 depending on experience, and promotions after the first year.  Upon completion of the internship, PMFs are eligible for conversion to career or career-conditional status.  Loan forgiveness programs are administered at the discretion of individual agencies. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must receive graduate degrees by Aug. 31, 2007.  Criteria include breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, and other criteria developed by each school.  Candidates are generally eligible to apply only once.  Veterans meeting PMF and school criteria must be nominated, and schools are encouraged to nominate women, minorities and people with disabilities.  Federal agencies may not hire non-U.S. citizens, with a few exceptions listed on the website.

For more information: www.pmf.opm.gov. According to the website applicants will begin applying in November and the application window will be open for a brief time. If interested in applying, please express that interest to Michelle Vodenik in the Career Services Office, so that you can be informed of any developments with the application process and so that we know that you wish to be nominated. Any student can apply to be a PMF, but applicants must be nominated by Chicago-Kent in order to receive consideration and an interview.

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
agould@cftc.gov

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

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 jgottschalk@bellboyd.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 home page.

 

Job Fairs

No new fairs this week.

 

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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