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Week of November 17, 2008

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • November 19: Labor & Employment Law Professional Association Panel
  • December 10: Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) registration deadline
  • December 15: Deadline for Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship -- extended
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, Summer 2009
  • 2009 Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • November 15: Deadline for Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship -- extended
  • 2009 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Job Fairs

Resources

  • Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet
  • 2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

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.

On-Campus Interviews

Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks/offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu every couple weeks or so.  Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.).  We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation.  Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career counselor.   

Programming

November 19: Labor & Employment Law Professional Association Panel

Learn all about the five professional associations that focus on labor and employment law, here in Chicago!  

Next Wednesday, 11/19, the Chicago-Kent Labor and Employment Law Society proudly presents a most informative panel that will explain the focus of these organizations, the benefits of becoming involved, and life as a labor and employment attorney. We'll have panelists representing the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, the Labor and Employment Law Sections of: the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  

Not only will lunch be served, but we will have a raffle of free student memberships in each of these organizations. This program will be held on Wednesday, November 19th at noon in room 580

Please RSVP (so LELS can order enough food) at: lels@kentlaw.edu.

Employment Opportunities

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

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships

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.

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 1st for second year students and December 1st for first year students. The deadline for applications is December 31st. Questions about the program should be directed to Gail Howard at howardg@staff.abanet.org.

Fellowships & Scholarships

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, Summer 2009

The Section of Antitrust Law sponsors a summer fellowship program, named the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, honoring the memory of the late Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.  Each of the 20 selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks in the consumer protection department of one of the participating State Attorneys Genera during the summer of 2009: Anchorage, Alaska; Little Rock, Arkansas; Denver, Colorado; Wilmington, Delaware; Atlanta, Georgia; Topeka, Kansas; Baltimore, Maryland; Jackson, Mississippi; Concord, New Hampshire; Newark, New Jersey; Albuquerque, New Mexico; New York, New York; Columbus, Ohio; Salem, Oregon; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; Montpelier, Vermont; Seattle, Washington; Charleston, West Virginia; Madison, Wisconsin. 

Each selected student will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer (administered through the offices of the state attorneys general).  The program also offers a supplemental housing/travel allowance of up to $2,000 for those students who are not living at home for the summer (administered through the American Bar Association).   The deadline for students to submit an application is Friday, January 30, 2009.  Students must submit: (1) the application form; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) statement of interest.  The application form is available at www.abanet.org/antitrust.

2009 Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship

The Dorsey & Whitney fellowship program is available in the Denver, Minneapolis, and Seattle offices and underscores their commitment to foster diversity within the firm and the legal community. Dorsey will select three fellowship recipients (one each for our Denver, Minneapolis, and Seattle offices) who will each be 2009 summer associates in the relevant office and will each receive $10,000 to be applied to law school tuition and expenses during the 2009-2010 school year.  We encourage all first-year students of diverse backgrounds to apply. 

Dorsey believes that diversity can be defined in various of ways.  Accordingly, students are asked to submit a personal statement to address the ways in which you have promoted and will continue to promote diversity in the legal community, what diversity means to you, and why you are interested in Dorsey. Successful applicants will have demonstrated records of academic achievement and be committed to promoting diversity in the legal community. Click here for the application form. Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2008 and January 22, 2009, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Recipients will be selected by February 27, 2009. 

December 15: Deadline for Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship -- extended

The Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school related expenses each year that the recipient remains in good academic standing and is attending one of the selected Illinois law schools, as well as a Summer Associate position in Vedder's Summer Program after his/her first year of law school. Applications are due December 15th. Applications are available on their website, or by clicking here.

2009 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago. Applications for the 2009 fellowship will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2008, through Jan. 15, 2009. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource. For more information or to download an application, visit their website.

Job Fairs


December 10: Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) registration deadline

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. 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls can all participate. The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 7, 2009. 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 Wednesday, December 10, 2008 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 15. Students will have until January 9, 2009 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

Career Advisor Network

In an effort to help you connect with a strong network of Chicago-Kent alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Career Services are happy to announce a new Alumni Career Advisor Network.

Alumni from around the world are available to discuss issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other career-related topics. This is an excellent opportunity to start building your personal network with Chicago-Kent alumni!

To search for an Alumni Career Advisor, all you have to do is log-in to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community:

First Time Login Instructions:

  1. Go to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/firstlogin
  2. In the Constituent ID field, enter your Banner CWID.
    To find your Banner CWID login to http://my.iit.edu. Once you are logged, on the right side of your screen you should see a box called IIT Personal ID numbers. The Banner CWID is the number beginning with “A.”
  3. In the Class Year Field:
    1. If you are an LLM student, enter LLM
    2. If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
    3. If you are a JD student your Class Year will be three characters. The first letter for all class years will be L. The second letter is your division. The third is your year number.
      Examples: A 2nd year night student’s class year is LN2. A 1st  year day student’s class year is LD1.

During your first time login you will create a username and password. Afterwards, you may log in directly at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/advisorsearch using the username and password you created.

If you need assistance with your first time login, please contact Celeste Addyman in the Office of Career Services at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or visit her in Suite 360.

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. Contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password.

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.

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. Visit the Fellowship Corner at: http://pslawnet.org/postgraduatefellowships

2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2008-09 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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