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March 12th - 18th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • New Associate Directors of Career Services
  • Spring Break Hours
  • Mock Interview Sign-ups

On-Campus Interviews

  • Callbacks & Offers

Programming

  • ISBA Presents: Basic traffic law and other issues facing the young lawyer
  • Working in Public Interest Law Conference
  • Second Annual Midwast LGBT & Ally Law Student Conference
  • Dress for Success at Ann Taylor
  • Institute for Justice Annual Law Student Conference on Public Interest Litigation

Employment Opportunities

  • New Legal Services Positions in DC
  • If you have a legal aid position this summer: Apply for $1000 Education grant from Equal Justice Works/Americorps
  • If you have a legal aid position this summer: Apply for an Equal Justice America Fellowship
  • Internships at the Alaska Public Defender Agency
  • Sublet Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): $4500 public interest law internships

Job Fairs

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

New Associate Directors of Career Services

Congratulations, Michelle Mohr Vodenik and Jenny Tank, on their promotions to Associate Director of the Career Services Office.  Michelle’s new title is Associate Director & Public Interest/Diversity Advisor.  Jenny’s new title is Associate Director & Recruitment Manager.

Career Services is Open during Spring Break

Spring break is an excellent time to work on your job search. We are open regular hours. Counselors will be here to meet with students. Please call (312)906-5200, stop in (Suite 360), or email your availability to kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you would like to make an appointment to meet with a counselor.

The Career Services Office regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening appointments with career counselors are available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

 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 March 27th 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

ISBA Presents: Basic traffic law and other issues facing the young lawyer

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division is hosting a Nuts & Bolts seminar on April 17, 2007, about basic traffic law for a young lawyer and about how to start your own firm, legal malpractice, pro bono services and such. This program is free to law student members of the ISAB. For more information visit: http://www.isba.org/lawed/nuts4-07.html

Working in Public Interest Law Conference, Athens GA

Working In Public Interest Law (WIPI) and the University of Georgia School of Law are pleased to announce the 2nd annual "Working In the Public Interest:  Challenging Poverty Through Law" Conference, which will take place here at UGA Law in Athens, Georgia on March 30-31, 2007.  The event will commence Friday, March 30th with a “Public Interest Awards” ceremony and keynote speech by Judge Steve C. Jones, Superior Court, Western Judicial Circuit and Chairman of Partners for a Prosperous Athens.  Friday evening, WIPI will host a welcoming reception for all conference attendees. On Saturday, we have planned a full day of panels, roundtable discussions, meals, and a career networking reception.  There will be over 40 speakers from public interest and government agencies throughout the Southeast and the nation.  Additionally, closing remarks for the conference will be made by Stephen Bright, President and former Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

WIPI registration is NOW OPEN and should be completed by March 27, 2007.  Registration is completely FREE for students.  WIPI can also provide free student housing to those interested. Click here to register for WIPI 2007:  http://www.law.uga.edu/wipi/register.html Please fill out the registration form and return via email to wipiregister@gmail.com  Check our website at http://www.law.uga.edu/wipi for speaker names and additional information.

Second Annual Midwest LGBT & Ally Law Conference

The OUTLAW student organization at Washington University School of Law invites law students to attend “The Second Annual Midwest LGBT & Ally Law Student Conference” taking place March 30 – 31, 2007 in St. Louis. There is no registration fee but students are asked to RSVP to Ed Rasp at ehrasp@wulaw.wustl.edu by March 20th.

Dress for Success at Ann Taylor

Phi Alpha Delta, Women in Law and the Career Services Office have joined together to present Dress for Success at Ann Taylor, 231 S. LaSalle St., Thursday, March 22, 2007, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The group will meet at 5:30 in the Chicago-Kent lobby and walk over, or meet at the store at 6:00. Please RSVP by March 19 at 6:00 to Sandra Mertens. Ann Taylor representatives will discuss: Business casual v. business professional attire; What not to wear; Flattering lines for different silhouettes; Outfits allowing you to quickly switch from professional attire to cocktail reception or a night out. Ann Taylor will also provide discounted shopping for that evening; and there will be makeup and skin care demonstration by H2O; plus Hors d’oeuvres. The event is free.  

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.  

Employment Opportunities

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

New Legal Services Positions in DC

 The DC Council has taken the unprecedented step of making $3.2 million in funding available for the provision of civil legal services in DC.  As a result, the DC legal services community expects to have approximately 25 new job openings for attorneys in the coming months.  The positions are expected to focus in particular on providing more legal services in housing-related matters and increasing the availability of legal services in underserved communities.  Portions of the appropriation are also designated for the creation of a shared interpreter bank and for a poverty lawyers loan repayment assistance program.  With D.C. government support and with private funds, the D.C. Bar Foundation has initiated a law student loan repayment program, available to legal services attorneys meeting income guidelines.  For more information on the loan repayment program, go to the DC Bar Foundation website. Funding decisions will be made in March 2007, with announcements in April and, we anticipate, job postings by late April/early May.  As soon as they become available, job descriptions will be posted on PSLaw.net and on the website of the Washington Council of Lawyers.  If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the career services office.

If you have a Legal Aid position this summer: Apply for $1000 Education grant from Equal Justice Works / Americorps

The 2007 Summer Corps application will be available Wednesday, March 21 on the Equal Justice Works website beginning at noon EDT. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that engages law students to spend their summers serving at nonprofit public interest organizations and allows them to earn a $1,000 AmeriCorps education award voucher upon completion of 300 hours of service. Students must secure a summer placement at a qualifying organization prior to applying for the program. As part of the Equal Justice Works Katrina Initiative, preference will be given to projects providing legal assistance to those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. All 350 slots will be awarded primarily on a first come, first served basis. Demand for this opportunity is very high so students should apply as early as possible. The application closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 4. For more information on Summer Corp visit: www.equaljusticeworks.org/summercorpsindex.php.

If you have a Legal Aid position this summer: Apply for a Equal Justice America Fellowship

Equal Justice America offers fellowships of up to $4,000 to students at the law schools who work full-time during Summer 2007 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor. Students must secure a full-time (minimum 35-40 hours per week) placement for Summer 2007 working at least 10 weeks for a legal services organization. For complete information visit www.equaljusticeamerica.com and click on the “Apply for a Fellowship” link. Application must be postmarked by March 20. Please also note that EJA also provides fellowships for students working part-time at legal aid organization during the Fall and Spring semesters in the amount of $1500. Visit the website for details. If you have any questions contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik.

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

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

 

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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