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January 29th - February 4th

CSO Information & Announcements

On-Campus Interviews

  • Air Force Jag Corps On-Campus Interviews for 1Ls*, 2Ls & 3Ls
  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • Patent Law Interview Program
  • Interview Tips
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Event
  • Law Student Speed Networking Event
  • Law Student Speed Networking Event at the CBA
  • Law Student Interview Workshop at the CBA
  • Meet the Firms Night Sponsored by the CBA
  • CBA/YLS Program: Prep Essentials for Career Performance - the First Stop to the Top
  • First Annual Career Day: Table Talk & Resume Collection at SIU School of Law
  • The 13th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference

Employment Opportunities

  • Schiff Hardin: Sublet your apartment
  • Jenner & Block: Sublet your apartment
  • Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program
  • SEC 2007 Summer Honors Law Program for First Year Students

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2007 Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship
  • Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Funding for Unpaid Legal Internships at Government Agencies 
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): $4500 public interest law internships

Job Fairs

Resources

  • New Resource: International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet
  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students
  • 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

 

CSO Information & Announcements

 

On-Campus Interviews

Air Force Jag Corps On-Campus Interviews
1Ls*, 2Ls & 3Ls

The Air Force JAG Corps will be interviewing 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls on campus on Thursday, February 15th, 2005. Required hiring criteria indicates that interviewees must be under the age of 35 at commissioning and a US citizen eligible for security clearance. If you are interested in interviewing, please submit your resume along with times that you are available on that date to the Career Services Office by Tuesday, February 6th at 5pm. Please note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

* 1Ls will not be eligible for employment with the Air Force this summer, however, the Air Force will still accept resumes and interview 1Ls interested in an internship during the summer of 2007. 

 

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

Patent Law Interview Program

Attention 1Ls, 2Ls:

The Patent Law Interview Program will be held at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare Thursday and Friday, August 2-3, 2007. If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science, you may want to consider registering for the program. This is a chance to interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations and government agencies with patent law departments. Last year, 150 employers from across the country participated.

This program is for law students returning to school in Fall 2007. The only exception is for a law graduate studying for an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. The prospective positions are for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions for 2008. If you have accepted a judicial clerkship to begin after graduation (2008 or later), you may register to participate; the clerkships must appear on your resume.

Sign up for the program and pick up informational sheets on employers and which technical degrees are acceptable in the Career Services Office, Suite 360.  To sign up for the program you must also bring along a $35.00 non-refundable check or money order (we cannot accept cash payments) payable to Loyola University Chicago School of Law, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23rd.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Elizabeth Pohlman McQuillen at epohlman@kentlaw.edu.

Interviewing Tips

How do legal employers conduct interviews? What questions can you expect and how should you prepare? Find out about interview Do's and Don'ts. Tuesday, February 14th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in room 520.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Event

Chicago-Kent minority law students are cordially invited to attend a special reception hosted by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. This is a great opportunity to meet attorneys from Minnesota law firms and corporations, discover the various opportunities that exist within the Twin Cities legal community, and learn why the Minneapolis - St. Paul area is a great place to live and work. This event will be held at Dylan’s Tavern & Grill, 118 S. Clinton on Monday, February 12, 2007, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. To RSVP go to www.DiversityinPractice.org and click on “RSVP for events” no later than Friday,
February 9th or contact Dana Gray at 612-766-7209. There is no charge to attend this event.

Career Month at the CBA

Confused about which area of law to pursue? Want to know what jobs are out there?
Want to know how to find a job in your area of interest or how to make contacts in your chosen area? The Young Lawyers Section can help!

The YLS would like to invite you to its Annual Career Days—a chance to explore career opportunities in a variety of areas of law. During the month of February (and into early March) the YLS will host special events focused on important career issues important to young lawyers. YLS substantive law committees will also feature career-related topics during their February monthly meetings. These special February meetings are a terrific opportunity to learn more about a specific area of the law and are open to all law students.

All events and meetings take place at the CBA Building (321 S. Plymouth Ct.), unless otherwise noted. For complete information on or to register for any of the following activities, visit www.chicagobar.org/careermonth.

Public Service on Ice: Networking Mixer - February 1/4:30-6:30 p.m.
YLS Bankruptcy Meeting - February 6/12:15 p.m.
Law Student Speed Networking Event - February 6/4:00-5:00 p.m.
YLS Corporate Practice Meeting - February 8/12:15 p.m.
YLS Insurance Coverage - February 13/12:15 p.m.
YLS Estate Planning Meeting - February 13/12:15 p.m.
CBA/YLS Immigration & Nationality Law Meeting - February 15/12:15 p.m.
Law Student Interview Workshop - February 15/4:00-6:00 p.m.
YLS Health & Hospital Law Meeting - February 22/12:15 p.m.
Meet the Firms Night - February 22/4:30-6:30 p.m/Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Government Service Career Fair - March 3/ 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Law Student Speed Networking Event at the CBA

February 6; 4:00-5:00 p.m., 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

After a brief introduction, attorneys and law students will pair up, exchange introductions, share information about the profession and job-hunting strategies, and offer relevant contacts. Law students will “rotate” on to a new attorney every five minutes or so. This is a great opportunity for experienced attorneys to share the wealth with law students as well as hone their own networking skills, with just a small time commitment! To register as a student or volunteer attorney, please contact Jenni Bertolino at 312-554-2031.

Law Student Interview Workshop at the CBA

February 15; 4:00-6:00 p.m., 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Get strategies to handle difficult questions and tips for putting your best foot forward in an opening session, followed by one-on-one mock interviews with practicing attorneys from a variety of practice settings (government, large firm, small firm, and legal assistance). Participants should bring resumes and wear proper business attire. There is no cost for the event but participants must be a CBA member or law student member (non-members may join at the door, student rate is $12 per year). To register, call the YLS at 312-554-2032 or email yls@chicagobar.org (include your name, CBA number, and phone number).

Meet the Firms Night Sponsored by the CBA

February 22; 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct.

Firm representatives will be on hand to provide you with hiring and firm culture information. The event is free to all CBA members and CBA Law Student members (nonmembers can join at the door). Resumes are accepted at the discretion of the firms. Dress is business casual. To register, call the YLS at 312-554-2032 or email yls@chicagobar.org (include your name, CBA number, and phone).

 

CBA/YLS Program: Prep Essentials for Career Performance - the First Stop to the Top

Join the CBA/YLS Career Assistance Committee, as attorney and image consultant Jennifer Levin, will present, "Prep Essentials for Career Performance - the First Stop to the Top." Miss Levin is the founder and president of Nate & Dot, an image consulting firm.  She created Nate & Dot to use her savvy to help others effectively utilize their personal brand in achieving their personal and professional objectives.  Miss Levin's diverse background makes her the perfect consultant to help you develop your own personal brand. Through her years of practice at major law firms in Chicago, she has developed programming that connects the dots of wardrobing, business development, networking, relationship building, interviewing savvy and personal presentation skills. Her unique approach will allow you to stand out from the crowd in a social and professional setting by employing a key messaging program to develop your own personal brand. Thursday, February 1, 2007 @ 12:15 p.m. Location: CBA Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Court) Ask security guard in lobby for meeting room location.

 

First Annual Career Day:
Table Talk & Resume Collection at SIU School of Law

Southern Illinois University School of Law is holding their First Annual Career Day pm Saturday, February 17th, 2007. Participating employers include the City of Chicago Department of Law; Cremer, Kopon, Shaughnessy & Spina; Federal Public Defender, Benton; and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Carbondale. For more information please contact SIU's Career Services staff.

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.

 


Employment Opportunities

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

Schiff Hardin: Sublet Your Apartment

If you would like to sublet your apartment for the summer of 2007, Schiff Hardin may be able to help. Contact Lilly Tuller at ltuller@schiffhardin.com.

Jenner & Block: Sublet Your Apartment

Jenner and Block is looking for students who want to sublet their apartments this summer. Send information to Ben Litman at blitman@jenner.com.

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.

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, 2007. 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.

 

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Funding for Unpaid Legal Internships at Government Agencies

 For the fourteenth consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund.  In 2007, the Foundation will award five $4,000 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with jurisdiction over the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology). In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among the five chosen to receive an additional stipend of $600 for the summer, as the “Max Paglin Intern.” 

Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least 8 weeks in communications with a government agency, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities. 

 Applications for a Lee Fund scholarship should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 325, Washington, D.C. 20036, by Friday, March 9, 2007. 

 To see the application, go to: http://www.fcba.org/foundation/internship_stipends.shtml

Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship

The 2007 Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship is now open for applications. The scholarship is available to students enrolled in an ABA accredited law school either as a first-year full-time student or second-year part-time student as of April 15, 2007. The winner is awarded $12,000 per year. For more information and an application, click here. Applications must be submitted by February 15th, 2007.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): $5000 public interest law internships  

As of October 16th, 2L’s can apply for $5000 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 $5000 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 $5000 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.

Resources

New Resource: International Career Employment Weekly Online

International Career Employment Weekly's goal is to make it easy for international professionals to keep abreast of all current job opportunities in their field. They collect information on current international job openings with governments, government contractors, United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, private voluntary organizations working overseas, corporations involved in international trade and finance, engineering firms, associations, foundations, student exchange organizations, universities, and state governments and present that information to job seekers in a clear and concise format.

The Career Services Office subscribes to this resource in an online format. The username and password changes with every issue. For the most recent username and password, contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

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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