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Week of December 22, 2008

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Seeks Part-time Student Worker(s)
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • January 8: Vedder Price Post-Holiday 1L Cocktail Reception
  • January 9: Perkins Coie Welcome Back 1L Diversity Celebration
  • January 30-31: Husch Blackwell Sanders Annual Symposium for Clerkship & Career Development
  • Quarles & Brady Milwaukee 1L "Home for the Holidays” Law Firm Reception
  • December 30: Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms Sweet Home Chicago Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • Federal Job Opportunities in the Obama-Biden Administration
  • Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internship Opportunities for Spring and Summer 2009
  • December 31: Deadline for ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Program
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • January 14: Deadline for Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship Scholarship
  • January 23: Deadline for 2009 Shedd Aquarium Georges Fellowship for Conservation
  • The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program: 2009 Summer Fellowships; 2009-2010 School Year Fellowships
  • Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter's 2009 Minority Merit Scholarship
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, Summer 2009
  • 2009 Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship
  • 2009 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Job Fairs

  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

Resources

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

CSO Information & Announcements

CSO Seeks Part-time Student Worker(s)

The Career Services Office seeks part-time student worker(s) for second semester (any year student eligible).  Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-20 hours per week.  Duties will include data entry and maintenance of active job postings; ordering/upkeep of resources; publishing of Record announcements; scheduling appointments; answering phones; and some web-page maintenance.

Interested students should submit resume to kentcso@kentlaw.edu by Friday, January 23rd with “CSO Position” in subject line. Work-study eligibility not required but please indicate if you are work-study eligible.  Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability during spring semester.

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

January 8: Vedder Price Post-Holiday 1L Cocktail Reception

Vedder Price invites all first-year law students to attend a Post-Holiday Cocktail Reception in its Chicago office, Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 5pm to 7pm at 222 North LaSalle, 21st Floor Library. 1L students interested in attending this event should RSVP to Karee Jones at kjones@vedderprice.com by December 31, 2008. Please include your email address and law school.

 

January 9: Perkins Coie Welcome Back 1L Diversity Celebration

Perkins Coie invites diverse 1L students to attend a reception in celebration of first semester being over and the Perkins Coie 1L Fellowship, Friday January 9, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm at The "W" Lakeshore Hotel, 644 North Lake Shore Drive. Please RSVP to JJConnolly@perkinscoie.com and please note that the dress code is casual chic attire.

 

January 30-31: Husch Blackwell Sanders Annual Symposium for Clerkship & Career Development

Husch Blackwell Sanders will hold its Annual Symposium for Clerkship and Career Development on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, 2009, in its Kansas City, Missouri office.  This two-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 Husch Blackwell Sanders. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2009. More information is also available at www.huschblackwell.com/

 

Quarles & Brady Milwaukee 1L "Home for the Holidays” Law Firm Reception

Quarles & Brady invites 1L law students to its annual Milwaukee, Wisconsin "Home for the Holidays" reception, which will be held Tuesday, December 30th from 5pm - 7pm at 411 E Wisconsin Avenue, Patrick Ryan Conference Room, 24th floor. Students interested in attending this event should RSVP to Donna Key at dkey@quarles.com by December 29th.

Quarles & Brady LLP, a firm of 450 attorneys with offices in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, WI, Naples, FL, and Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, provides broad-based, national-level legal services. In the Firm’s distinguished 115-year history, it has grown from a small, well-respected local Milwaukee law firm to a place among the Am Law 200, building a national practice and earning a comparable reputation throughout the United States.  For more information about Q&B, see the firms’ web-site at: http://www.quarles.com/

 

December 30: Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms Sweet Home Chicago Reception

The reception will take place on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. It will be sponsored by Chapman & Cutler LLP and take place at The Library. This will be a great opportunity for law students to learn more about the Chicago legal community and the advantages of practicing law in Chicago. Law students will also have the chance to meet and mingle with minority attorneys and recruiting directors from Chicago's most prestigious law firms.

Students are asked to submit a one page resume, which will be included in a student resume book that will be distributed to all Chicago Committee member firms prior to the event. The deadline to RSVP and submit a one page resume is Friday, December 12, 2008.  Please go online to www.chicagocommittee.org/sweethome to RSVP and upload your resume. If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Rosete, Program Assistant, at erosete@chicagocommittee.org or 312.577.8549.

Sweet Home Chicago
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sponsored by: Chapman & Cutler LLP
Location: The Library
190 S. LaSalle Street, 40th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 

Employment Opportunities

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

Federal Job Opportunities in the Obama-Biden Administration

Please see http://www.change.gov/page/s/application, which provides prospective applicants with information to help them apply for positions in the Obama-Biden Administration. President-Elect Obama will make appointments throughout the federal government. Some positions will require Senate confirmation while others will not. Some appointments will be made during the transition process and others during the early part of the new Administration.

Applicants for any of these non-career positions - whether in the White House or in any Federal Department, Agency or Commission - should use this website, as applying on-line is the fastest and most accurate way to get your information to us. (If you are interested instead in a career, civil service position with the federal government, you should proceed to the Office of Personnel Management website at http://www.usajobs.gov.)

If you apply for a position now, you will not need to apply again after January 20th. Applications submitted now to the Obama-Biden Transition Project will be retained and considered by the Office of Presidential Personnel after President-Elect Obama takes office.

Application Process:

  1. Please complete and submit the on-line Expression of Interest Form.
  2. Within a few days, you will receive an email with a link to a more complete on-line application.
  3. Upon submitting your full on-line application you will receive an e-mail acknowledgment.
  4. If and when you are considered for a specific position, you will be asked to fill out additional forms, including financial disclosures, and be subject to other reviews which may include FBI background checks.

 

Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internship Opportunities for Spring and Summer 2009

The Department of Justice offers approximately 1,800 volunteer internships each year. Approximately 1000 are available during the summer; with the remaining 800 offered during the academic year.

First-year (second-semester), second-year and third-year law students are eligible to apply at any time. First-year, first-semester law students may apply after December 1 for internships the following summer. The Department follows the National Association of Law Placement guidelines that prohibit employer contact with first-year (first-semester) students regarding summer employment prior to that date. Law students may work in volunteer positions only while attending law school. Law school graduation terminates eligibility, except for graduate law students enrolled at least half time and who are not practicing law. Part-time and joint-degree law students may apply provided they meet eligibility requirements.

How to Apply: The Department publishes detailed information about volunteer opportunities and announces upcoming vacancies for specific offices in late summer (for internships during the academic year) and in December (for summer internships). Each participating office conducts its internship program independently and has its own internal deadlines. Students should apply separately to each office in which they have an interest. Offices typically request a resume and a law school transcript. Application requirements vary and are outlined in the "Qualifications" section of each announcement. Some organizations request a writing sample, a cover letter listing times and dates of availability, and references. For more information, visit OARM's website at http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/int/legalinternjq.htm.

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.

December 31: Deadline for 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

January 14: Deadline for Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship Scholarship

Perkins Coie is currently seeking applicants for its diversity fellowship scholarship. The firm will award the scholarships to deserving first-year diverse law students. The firm's definition of diversity is broad and past finalists and recipients have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled and sexual orientation minority groups. The $7,500 Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship Scholarship includes a paid position as a 2009 summer associate in one of its offices.

To be considered, students must submit (1) the application checklist, (2) a current resume, (3) undergraduate and, if available, law school transcript photocopies (unofficial versions are acceptable), (4) a legal writing sample (10 page maximum) and (5) a one-page personal statement/essay which should go beyond your resume to tell your unique personal history. Please do not submit a cover letter. In-office interviews will be granted to finalists before fellowships are awarded. For an appliction and for more information, please go to the diversity link on the firm's website www.perkinscoie.com/

The deadline to apply is January 14, 2009. Please contact Lindsay Gibb, Seattle Office Legal Recruiter at Lgibb@perkinscoie.com or 1-800-829-1177 / 206-359-8158 with any questions about the fellowship. 

 

January 23: Deadline for 2009 Shedd Aquarium Georges Fellowship for Conservation

Shedd Aquarium, through a grant from the Georges Foundation, is pleased to offer the Georges Fellowship for Conservation, a summer internship opportunity, to a qualified 1L
candidate selected through a competitive application process.

The Georges Fellowship includes:
• An eight-week summer internship with Shedd’s Conservation Department focusing on environmental policy research
• Mentoring by a practicing environmental law attorney
• A $5,000 stipend

For an application please stop by the CSO for handout #42.

The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program: 2009 Summer Fellowships; 2009-2010 School Year Fellowships

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. To that end, the Fund will sponsor more than 40 funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States. Additional fellowships will be added in early December. There is also one full school-year position available in Chicago for the 2009-2010 school year. For more information and to apply, visit the Fund's website.

Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter's 2009 Minority Merit Scholarship

The law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter is currently seeking applicants for its minority student merit scholarship. This spring, the firm will award the scholarship to a deserving first-year minority law student.

The $5,000 Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Minority Merit Scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship position with the firm's first-year summer associate class. All first-year law students of minority descent are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship application materials are due to Kegler Brown by January 2, 2009. Interested students should submit a resume, application, undergraduate transcripts and first semester law school transcripts (when available) to Cara M. Tammaro, Kegler Brown's Human Resources Manager. The application, submission details and additional information about the scholarship are available at www.keglerbrown.com/careers.

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. 

 

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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