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December 18th-January 4th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Congrats December Graduates!
  • Making the Most of Your Job Search Over Winter Break

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • Quarles & Brady First Year Reception – Milwaukee Office
  • Jenner & Block Winter Open House for First Year Law Students
  • Vedder Price Invitation to a Post-Holiday Cocktail Reception
  • Foley & Lardner's 1L Holiday Reception
  • Tenth Annual Symposium for Clerkship and Career Development
  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

Employment Opportunities

  • BP Summer Legal Intern Program
  • Charlotte, North Carolina 1L Legal Diversity Clerkship Program
  • Immigration Court Legal Internship Positions in Miami/Puerto Rico
  • SEC 2007 Summer Honors Law Program for First Year Students
  • Summer 2007 Internships/Externships at the United States Attorney’s Office

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship Summer 2007
  • Peggy Browning Fellowships
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): $4500 public interest law internships

Job Fairs

Resources

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

 

CSO Information & Announcements

Congratulations December Graduates!

The Career Services Office would like congratulate all December graduates on this tremendous achievement and we wish you the best in your future endeavors. Remember to update your resume to reflect that you have received your Juris Doctor.

If you are seeking employment, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor either over the winter break or during BarBri. Even if you don’t plan to actively pursue an opportunity until after the bar exam, it’s never too early to consider all of your employment options. For those of you relocating or changing addresses after graduation, please inform our office of your new contact information. We will keep you in mind when we hear of employment opportunities, can connect you with alumnae/i in your new location, and will provide you with updates regarding the services of our office.

Please stay in touch and keep us posted on your progress. Congratulations again and good luck on the bar exam.

Making the Most of Your Job Search over Winter Break

Winter Break is an excellent time to implement aspects of your job search that you were unable to focus on or accomplish due to your demanding schedule during the fall semester. Click on Winter Break Job Seach for some key job search techniques you can employ. 

 

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

The 13th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference

February 23 - 25, 2007, Yale Law School

 Join hundreds of your fellow students from around the country at the 13th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School on February 23-25, 2007.  RebLaw is the largest student-run public interest conference in the country.  Each year, they bring together practitioners, law students, and community activists to discuss innovative approaches to law and social change. For one weekend, you can put away your textbooks, step out of the daily grind, and think about the possibilities. 

 There is an exciting lineup of panels this year, on topics ranging from school integration to labor trafficking to anarchist lawyering.  Conference attendees will also hear from Matt Coles, director of the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS project; Stephen Bright, President, Senior Counsel, and Former Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights and Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; Judge Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; and filmmaker Abby Ginzburg.  This year's conference will also focus on providing more space for meaningful conversation and sharing of ideas between student participants, so that we use this opportunity not only to learn, but to create a jumping-off point for own advocacy initiatives. For more information about the speakers and a complete list of this year's panels, check out http://islandia.law.yale.edu/reblaw/index.htmlTo register: simply go to http://islandia.law.yale.edu/reblaw/register.htm and sign up.  The conference is $30 for Chicago-Kent students and efforts are made to provide free housing with students in the area, register ASAP if you need free housing.

 

Quarles & Brady First Year Reception

Quarles & Brady’s Milwaukee office will host their annual Home for the Holidays Reception in the Milwaukee office for first-year law students on Thursday, December 28, 2005, from 4:00-7:00pm.  The reception will be on the 25th floor in the Twenty-Fifth Floor Conference Center at 411 East Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.  Dress is business casual.  Any questions can be directed to Michelle Bigler, Manager Attorney Recruiting at (414) 277-5290.  If you are interested, please email Michelle Bigler at mbigler@quarles.com to confirm your attendance.

Jenner & Block Winter Open House for First Year Law Students

Jenner & Block invites all first year students to their Winter Open House to be held on January 4th, 2007. Come and learn more about Jenner & Block, practicing law in Chicago, and meet some of their attorneys. Please RSVP to Adam Hummel (ahummel@jenner.com) by December 29th if you will attend. Business casual attire requested.

Vedder Price Invitation to a Post-Holiday Cocktail Reception

Vedder Price would like to extend an Invitation to all first year law students to attend a Post-Holiday Cocktail Reception in their Chicago office, January 4, 2007 from 5-7. RSVP requested by December 29th . To RSVP or for more information contact Eileen Neis at eneis@vedderprice.com.

Tenth Annual Symposium for Clerkship and Career Development

Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin will hold its Tenth Annual Symposium for Clerkship and Career Development, to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2007, in their Kansas City, Missouri office.  This one-day symposium for first-year law students provides an inside look at the recruiting process and summer associate programs and focuses on practical aspects of career development.  Our featured guest speaker this year will be attorney and author Marci Alboher. The symposium is designed to provide insight into the summer associate experience and is not a substitute for the traditional job search. This will not be a recruiting session for Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin. The deadline to apply is February 2nd, 2007. More information is also available at www.blackwellsanders.com.

Employment Opportunities

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

BP Summer Legal Intern Program

In 2007, BP Legal will offer summer intern positions at each of its legal offices in Houston, TX, La Palma, CA, and Warrenville, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago). Interns are expected to work full time for the 8 to 10 week program. Exact start and end dates are flexible but generally run from early June through the middle of August. Interns are paid competitively. To expose interns to several areas of law practice - and thereby help inform their curriculum and career choices - interns are rotated among our various practice groups, generally working one to two weeks in a group. A program coordinator acts as the intern's immediate supervisor and mentor. In addition to the paid internship, our interns receive a one-time scholarship to assist with their legal education. These scholarships will be awarded no later than August, 2007. Students interested in BP Legal's Summer Intern Program should complete the online application before 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, February 1, 2007. The online application can be accessed here using the username SIP Applicant and password diversity.

Charlotte, North Carolina 1L Legal Diversity Clerkship Program

 The Mecklenburg County Bar is pleased to offer the 2007 Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program. The internship opportunity is a highly competitive program that places first-year law students who advance the value of diversity with corporate law departments and law firms in Charlotte, North Carolina. The twelve-week summer clerkship will allow the selected first-year law students to spend the first six weeks working as a summer associate in the Charlotte office of one participating law firm and the second six weeks working in the Charlotte law department of one of the corporate partners. Students who are selected with fully participate in the summer programs of the participating law departments and law firms and will be compensated by those entities at the same level as other first-year summer associates. The law students will participate in professional, civic and social activities that highlight the benefits of practicing law and living in the progressive and dynamic city of Charlotte, North Carolina. More information, including how to apply, is available at www.charlottelegaldiversity.org. The application deadline is February 9, 2007.

Immigration Court Legal Internship Positions in Miami/Puerto Rico

This position offers an excellent opportunity to develop research, writing, and analytical skills. The students will work directly under the supervision of the Attorney Advisor and the Judicial law Clerks hired through the Attorney General's Honor Program. The summer internship is a volunteer, unpaid position. However, students may be eligible for academic credit and are encouraged to contact the appropriate person at their law school to determine eligibility. Duties include: pre-hearing preparation including work on motions and preparation of bench memoranda; research of relevant immigration case law and regulations; research of relevant criminal law; drafting of decision taken under the advisement of the Immigration Judges. Applicants must be United States citizens who are first or second year law students with strong research and writing skills. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred by not required. Selected applicants will be required to submit to a security background check that takes six to eight weeks to complete. To apply, please submit a short cover letter, resume, 5-10 page legal writing sample, and law school transcript to:

United States Department of Justice
Immigration Court
333 S. Miami Avenue, 7th Fl.
Miami, Florida 33130
Attention: Jannell Leal, Attorney Advisor

Postmark by Friday, January 26, 2007.

SEC 2007 Summer Honors Law Program for First Year Students

The Securities and Exchange Commission will hire first year students as interns for their Summer Honors Law Program. In addition to being assigned to work with an SEC attorney in one of our divisions/offices around the country, students will participate in enrichment programming and social activities with other law students, MBAs and other graduate students in our business internship program and undergraduate students participating in our college internships. Candidates should apply online by February 2, 2006. The SEC has 12 locations:  Washington, DC (headquarters), New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.  Each SEC office conducts its own interviewing and hiring process.  Applications will be reviewed starting in December. Candidates will be interviewed by phone and offers will be made on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

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.

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.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship Summer 2007

Perkins Coie is pleased to offer student fellowships to diverse first-year law students. The fellowships provide students with a $7500 academic scholarship and a paid position with the Bay Area, CA; Bellevue, WA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; or Washington, D.C. offices of Perkins Coie as a summer associate during the summer immediately following the completion of their first year. The Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Student Fellows will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: The individual must be a first year law student in good standing for the degree of Juris Doctor at an ABA accredited law school. The individual must possess an academic record, interest and capacity that evidence great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession. The individual must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community. Applications are due January 24th, 2007. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Peggy Browning Fellowships

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit corporation established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board. President Clinton appointed Peggy to the NLRB in 1994, and she served in that position until her death in February, 1997. The Fund's mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. Such unique and positive opportunities will both increase students's understanding of workers' needs as well as promote their entry into the practice of public interest labor law. There is one position available in Chicago and many more around the country. For more information, visit http://www.peggybrowningfund.org/positions.html or click here for the applicant requirements.

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

PSLawNet

PSLawNet is a premier resource for career-related information in legal and law-related public interest work. Students and alumni from over 170 law schools search our site every day to find internships, fellowships, pro bono opportunities, and jobs in public service. Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member school, therefore you have unlimited access to search the database for FREE. The PSLawNet website is filled with useful resources for public interest-minded law students and graduates, as well as those who may simply be exploring their options. Students can access PSLawNet here: PSLawNet home page. On the home page, click on “sign-up now” to create an account using your email address and your own password. List Chicago-Kent College of Law as your school.

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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