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December 3rd - 9th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
  • Summer Experience Surveys

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Sweet Home Chicago Event
  • Blackwell Sanders 11th Annual Symposium for Clerkship and Career Development

Employment Opportunities

  • The Peggy Browning Fund 2008 Fellowship Program
  • Summer Internships at the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Presidential Management Fellows
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
  • 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

  • Register for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

Resources

  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

CSO Information & Announcements

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.

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 Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms:
Sweet Home Chicago Event

Each year the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms holds a holiday event for law students, with the express purpose of introducing the Chicago minority legal community to students who are interested in practicing in Chicago.  In addition to attending the event, students are asked to submit a resume with an RSVP, so it can be distributed in a Resume Book to the member firms.  Each year many of the member firms hire students they meet at the “Sweet Home Chicago” event.  This year, Sweet Home Chicago is taking place on Thursday, December 27th, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm, at Winston & Strawn, 35 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60601. Please RSVP and send a resume by December 7, 2007 to Christina Harris, charris@chicagocommittee.org.

Blackwell Sanders 11th Annual Symposium for Clerkship and Career Development

Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin will hold its 11th Annual Symposium for Clerkship and Career Development, to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2008, 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 January 11, 2008. 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.

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.

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. APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 18, 2008.

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

The Peggy Browning Fund 2008 Fellowship Program

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. Applications for Summer Fellowships must be received by the sites and by the Fund no later than Tuesday, January 15, 2008.

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

Register for the 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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