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October 29th - November 4th 2007

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Closed on October 30th
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
  • Fall Office Hours
  • Summer Experience Surveys

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • Chicago-Kent Alumni Policy-Makers Forum
  • 1L Mandatory Resume and Cover Letter Workshop - New Date Added!
  • Out of State Job Search
  • Meet the Public Service Employers Reception
  • Careers in ERISA Litigation

Employment Opportunities

  • Summer Internships at the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Presidential Management Fellows
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel's Legal Honors Program 2008-2009
  • Administrative Associate Position Available in CLE
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
  • Deadline for Spring Clerkships at the Illinois Attorney General is Nov. 1st
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 2008 Summer Honors Law Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Grants
  • The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowships

Job Fairs

  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

Resources

  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

CSO Information & Announcements

CSO Closed on October 30th

The CSO will be closed on Tuesday, October 30th, for President Anderson's inauguration.

CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password. To watch videos of our programming, go to the CSO's web page, click on the right hand navigation bar "For Students" and select "Watch Program Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.

Fall Office Hours

The Career Services Office regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with career counselors are available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to arrange a time or email, stating the times that you are available, to kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Summer Experience Surveys

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.

On-Campus Interviews

Programming

Chicago-Kent Alumni Policy-Makers Forum

Five state legislators, two Chicago aldermen and the Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, all Chicago-Kent graduates, will join moderators Professor William Kling ’87 and Lindsay Hansen, ’05 for a lively forum on policymaking in Illinois and the career path they followed, on Monday, October 29th from 3-6 p.m.

At the reception immediately following the discussion, our state legislators will present a resolution, recently passed by the General Assembly, commemorating Lew Collens' wonderful stewardship of IIT over the past thirty-five years.

The forum begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Ogilvie Auditorium. The reception will convene at 5:00 p.m. in front of our Judges’ Wall.

Participants:
Senator A.J. Wilhelmi ’93 (D) 43rd District
Senator Kwame Raoul ’93 (D) 13th District
Senator Randall M. Hultgren ’93 (R) 48th District
Representative Carolyn H. Krause ’66 (R) 66th District
Representative Kurt M. Granberg ’80 (D) 107th District
Alderman Thomas R. Allen ’77 (D) 38th Ward
Alderman Scott Waguespack ’00 (D) 32nd Ward
Deputy Director Judy Martinez ’98, Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Moderators:
Lindsay Hansen ’05, Asst. VP, State Governmental Relations, Illinois – McGuire Woods Consulting;
William C. Kling, ’87, Assistant Professor, Legislative Advocacy

1L Mandatory Resume and Cover Letter Program

A workshop on writing cover letters and developing a legal resume will be presented on Wednesday, October 24th at 3-4 in Room 510, Tuesday, October 30th at 5:15-6p.m. in Room 370, Wednesday, October 31st at 3-4pm in room 210 and November 5th at 5:15 pm in Room 590.  1Ls must attend this program if you want to have your resume or cover letter reviewed by a career counselor.

Out of State Job Search Program

Tuesday, November 6th at 12:00 p.m. noon, Room 370. If you’re considering working in another state, don’t miss our Out of State Job Search program! Learn how to maximize your job search outside of Illinois. CSO staff members will provide all the details about available resources and answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can map out your job search wherever it may lead you.

Meet the Public Service Employers Reception

Learn about non-profit and government agency job opportunities at this reception. Tuesday, November 13, 2007; 5:00-7:00pm, at Loyola University Chicago, 25 East Pearson, 15th Floor, Kasbeer Hall. This reception is a joint project of the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, which includes Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Careers in ERISA Litigation

Come to an informal get together on October 31st hosted by the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law with several ERISA lawyers who are presenting topics at the ERISA Litigation National Institute, co-sponsored by the Joint Committee on Employee Benefits and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel on November 1-2, 2007. The Regional Director of the DOL Employee Benefits Security Administration Chicago Office, Steve Haugen, will also be on hand to talk about careers in the government.   Please join us on October 31st between 5:30 and 7 pm, at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, room 3east, to find out more about this dynamic and expanding field of practice.  Dress casually, but bring your resume anyway! RSVP to  Nancy Matthews, (202) 662-8640 or matthewsn@staff.abanet.org

 Employment Opportunities

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

Summer 2008 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 2008 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 Thursday, December 20th, 2007. Applications and more information can be found in the CSO.

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, 2008.  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 Mohr 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.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel's Legal Honors Proram 2008-2009

The U.S. Dpartment of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is accepting applications for its Legal Honors Program 2008-2009.  Please note the new Fall deadline of November 9, 2007All application materials must be postmarked by this date.  To be considered for a Legal Honors position at HUD, an original and two copies of the following information must be submitted: 1. The program application form; 2. A completed Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) and Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) and/or resume, which should include information contained on these forms; 3. Law school transcript (official copy only); and 4. A writing sample of at least 5 pages (double-spaced).

The Honors Program brochure and application forms may be found at the below links:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/ogc/legalsinglefinal2008.pdf
http://www.hud.gov/offices/ogc/lhipformfinal2008.pdf

Administrative Associate Position Available in CLE

The Continuing Legal and Professional Education department at the DTC is looking for an administrative associate. Job duties are to assist the Senior Director by providing administrative support in attendee and speaker customer service, conference registration and production, program database coordination, web and print publicity, and with general office responsibilities and the day-to-day operations of a busy office. This position comes with tuition remission and other IIT staff benefits. Great opportunity for an evening law student. To apply, please see job #5332 in Symplicity.

Deadline for Spring Clerkships at the Illinois Attorney General is
Nov. 1st

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Illinois, representing all state officials and agencies and enforcing the laws on behalf of the people of Illinois.  In this role, the Government Representation Division provides legal representation to state employees, officials and agencies in all cases in state and federal trial courts and administrative tribunals.  Additionally, as part of this work, the Civil Appeals Division represents state agencies, employees and officials in the state and federal courts of appeal.  Applications for the Attorney General's clerkship program are available in the CSO or at the Attorney General's website. The deadline for spring clerkships is November 1st.

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 and applications are available at the program website. Applications will be accepted beginning October 15th for second year students and December 1st for first year students.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
2008 Summer Honors Law Program

The SEC is currently accepting applications from second year law students for the 2008 Summer Honors Law Program. Last year's 2L's were thrilled with the level and diversity of the projects that they received. Please refer students to our website for a description of the work of our primary divisions and offices: (http://www.sec.gov/about/whatwedo.shtml).
In addition to working with SEC attorneys, students will participate in enrichment programming and social activities with other law and graduate business students also participating in SEC's honors internship program.Program Components:
• Unprecedented access to the SEC Chairman and Commissioners through Commission hearings, panel discussions and receptions.
• Workshops and Presentations: Past presentations have included lectures on Securities Fraud on the Internet; Detection and Prosecution of Insider Trading; An Overview of Federal Securities Laws; an Introduction to SEC trial work and a presentation on Derivatives among others.
• Mentoring program: students are paired with an SEC attorney who provides them with additional insight and guidance throughout the internship experience.
Candidates should apply online via the following link by October 31, 2007 (DC) and December 10, 2007 (Regional): http://www.avuedigitalservices.com/sec-sp/applicant.htmlSelections are made through a committee process; the SEC's Summer Honors Hiring Committee will begin reviewing applications in October and candidates will be interviewed telephonically.


Fellowships & Scholarships

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Grants

Each year, PILI offers over 40 public interest law internships that provide excellent legal training and experience for first or second  year law students.  Interns work at one of PILI's affiliated public interest law agencies in Chicago.  PILI raises the money to fund the internships and then issues grants to its eligible host agencies.  The agencies, in turn, pay their Interns directly.   PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced lawyers at its agencies, and provides a lunch-time educational seminar program.  The Internship program encourages law students to work at --and learn about-- legal institutions that serve the public interest, and engenders a life-long commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.

PILI sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students.  The Summer Internship program is open to law students from across the country. Each summer, PILI funds dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. Agencies hosting Summer Interns receive $5,000 to pay an Intern for 10 full-time weeks of work. 

2Ls may apply starting October 15th, 1Ls may apply beginning December 1st. For more information on how to apply, visit http://pili-law.org/HowtoApplyforInternships.htm.

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowships

The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) at New York University School of Law is offering the following two Fellowships in Nonprofit Law. 1.The Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice  (The RBF Fellowship); and
2. The National Center on Philanthropy and the Law Fellowship in Nonprofit Law at New York University's Office of Legal Counsel (The NCPL Fellowship).The RBF and NCPL Fellowships will each be awarded to one graduate of an accredited U.S. Law School.  More information and an application can be found at www.law.nyu.edu/ncpl. Please note that completed applications must be received by the NCPL no later than December 7, 2007.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ortiz at (212) 998-6168 or erin.ortiz@nyu.edu.

Job Fairs

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career 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 100 Chicago-Kent students and 40 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 Sunday, February 2, 2008. 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 6, 2007 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 10. Students will have until January 4, 2008 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.

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 "kent2008" and identify yourself as a student.

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