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February 19th - 25th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • First Year Career Counseling Sessions
  • Mock Interview Sign-ups

On-Campus Interviews

  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • Job Search Strategies for Small/Midsize Firms
  • Open House Events at the Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit
  • Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyer's Section: Government Service Career Fair
  • 6th Annual Norman Amaker Law & Social Justice Retreat
  • Institute for Justice Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation
  • Career Month at the CBA
  • Meet the Firms Night Sponsored by the CBA
  • First Annual Career Day: Table Talk & Resume Collection at SIU School of Law
  • The 13th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference

Employment Opportunities

  • Internships at the Alaska Public Defender Agency
  • Sublet Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 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

  • February 23: Patent Law Interview Program Deadline

Resources

  • Join the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • New Resource: International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet
  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students
  • 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

 

CSO Information & Announcements

First Year Career Counseling Sessions

As a reminder, all first year students need to meet with a career counselor before spring break, preferably sooner than later. Please make an appointment by calling us at (312) 906-5200, stopping in (Suite 360), or by emailing your availability to kentcso@kentlaw.edu. If you would like your resume reviewed, please bring an up-to-date legal resume. If you did not attend the Resume Workshop, refer to the Resume Handout for guidance on how to create a legal resume or check out the resume & cover letter program video tape from the CSO.   Additionally, on or before March 9th, 1Ls must have a copy of their current resume uploaded to the Symplicity job posting system.

 Mock Interview Sign-ups

Want to polish up your interviewing skills? Take advantage of meeting with a consultant to critique your interviewing style. Interviews are available on February 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; March 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; March 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and March 7th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please come into the Career Services Office to sign up and drop off your resume before your interview day.

 

On-Campus Interviews

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

Job Search Strategies for Small/Midsize Firms

Tuesday, February 27th, Noon – 1:00pm, Room 520

Still looking for a job for the summer or after you graduate? Think a small or midsize firm is a better fit for you? The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Law Student Division, in coordination with the Career Services Office, will be hosting a panel of five practicing attorneys to help answer student questions about searching for, securing, and ultimately succeeding in a job with a small or midsize firm. Let the ISBA help you fine-tune your approach to the job search to find the firm that is right for you. Free lunch will be provided. Panelists include: Timothy Ritchey of Peck Bloom Austriaco & Mitchell, Steve Burrows of Anesi Ozmon Rodin Novak & Kohen, Bob Harrington of Harrington Thompson Acker & Harrington, Robert Fink of Arquilla & Fink, and Maxine Weiss of The Law Firm of Debra Braselton.

 

Open House Events at the Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit

Thursday, March 1, 2007, 10 a.m. &  2 p.m. at their Downtown Orlando law offices, 435 N Orange Avenue, Suite 400 Orlando, Florida 32801. In conjunction with the Florida Public Defender Association Job Fair, the Office of the Public Defender of the 9th Judicial Circuit is hosting Open House events for interested applicants. Open House activities will include: a tour of our offices and the Orange County Courthouse facility; the chance to speak with staff about the day-to-day life of an assistant public defender; and a “Meet and Greet” with hiring officials.  This event is for qualified 2Ls, 3Ls, CLIs, Florida and out-of-state Bar Members who wish to be considered for current and future positions with our office. Formal interview opportunities will be limited at the Open House events. To confirm your attendance at the PD9 Open House and to receive directions and parking instructions, please contact: Angie Sharkey, Law Offices of Robert Wesley, Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit, 435 N Orange Ave, Suite 400, Orlando, Florida 32801, asharkey@circuit9.org. Phone:  407-836-4751. Fax:  407-836-4819. Be sure to indicate if you wish to participate in the 10 A.M. or 2 P.M. time slot.  If you are unable to attend at either of these times, please let us know as we may be able to add additional events. 

Chicago Bar Association / Young Lawyer’s Section:
Government Service Career Fair

 Saturday, March 3, 2007, 9am-12:30pm

 If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the YLS’s Annual Government Service Career Fair. The Fair will begin with a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. Panelists include representatives from the City of Chicago, Department of Law; Office of the U.S. Attorney; Office the Illinois Attorney General; Cook County State’s Attorney Office. Participating organizations include: Central Management Services; Chicago Park District; Chicago Transit Authority; City of Chicago, Dep’t of Law; Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County; Cook County State’s Attorney Office; Department of the U.S. Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Illinois Dep’t of Children & Family Services; Illinois Offices of the State Appellate Defender; Illinois State Board of Education; Office of the Illinois Attorney General; U.S. Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency; U.S Department of Justice, Antitrust Division; U.S. EPA Region V. Saturday, March 3, 2007, 9am-12:30pm, CBA Building (321 S. Plymouth Ct.), $15 CBA member, $20 non-member. To register 312-554-2056 or email yls@chicagobar.org with you name, CBA number and phone.

6th Annual Norman Amaker Law & Social Justice Retreat

February 23-25, 2007

Indiana University School of Law and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) are proud to host the 6th Annual Norman Amaker Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat on February 23-25, 2007. The Retreat brings public interest law students, faculty, and practicing lawyers together for a weekend dedicated to discussion and exploration of social justice issues. Join law students from throughout the country and take a few days away from the frantic pace and high pressure of law school for a retreat. In addition to relaxing, hiking and generally enjoying the great outdoors, we will forge a coalition of students, professors, and practitioners to support social justice-oriented law students pursuing careers in the public interest. For more information and to register visit http://indylaw.indiana.edu/clinics/amaker/retreat.htm

 

Institute for Justice Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation

July 27 – 30, 2007

Each year the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm, brings 35 law students to Washington to learn how to use the law to protect the interests of individuals in the areas of First Amendment rights, school choice, economic liberty and private property rights. Though many alumni go on to private practice and other avenues outside the public interest law field, they apply the seminar’s lessons in their careers and often work on pro bono cases. For more information or to apply for the conference, visit www.ij.org/students. Travel scholarships are available for a limited number of students accepted to the program. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2007.  

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.

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).

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.

Internships at the Alaska Public Defender Agency

The Alaska Public Defender Agency is soliciting applications from law students for law clerk positions in our various offices during the summer of 2007 as well as clinical internship positions during the school year. Representation of indigent persons accused of crimes dominates the Public Defender Agency's practice. The Agency also represents individuals in family court matters where the state is asserting the need for legal custody of children, juvenile delinquency cases, civil commitment hearings, criminal appeals and probation and parole revocation hearings. Students who have completed at least half their coursework are preferred. If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Sharon Barr, Assistant Public Defender, at sharon_barr@admin.state.ak.us.

Sublet Opportunities:

Mayer, Brown: Mayer, Brown is looking for apartments for their summer associates. Contact Patricia Wright with your contact information, the address of the apartment, amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished. Additional information about the building or neighborhood is helpful.

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

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

 

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

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.

 

Resources

Join the International Trademark Association (INTA)

Since 1878, members of the International Trademark Association (INTA) have shared a common interest in the protection and development of trademarks and trademark law. Members rely on the Association to educate them, represent them and promote their interests throughout the international trademark community. Join INTA as a student member for $25 and receive current trademark law information, helpful research materials, in-depth education, networking opportunities and career development resources, including access to INTA's Job Bank and Membership Director. To join, go to www.inta.org/go/membership.

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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