CSO Information & Announcements
- Congratulations to Michelle Mohr Vodenik on the Birth of her Daughter
- CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
- Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
- February 10: Immigration Law Careers and Opportunities
- The Legal Studies Institute is Accepting Applications for its Summer 2009 Program in Washington D.C.
- Registration is Open for "Working in the Public Interest: Advancing Social Justice" Conference at the University of Georgia School of Law
- Online Registration for the Rebellious Lawyering Conference Is Now Open
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is Accepting Applications for its 2009 Diversity Legal Internship Program
- Political and Civil Service Appointments in the Obama Administration
- Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internship Opportunities for Spring and Summer 2009
- Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships
Fellowships & Scholarships
- The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging is Accepting Applications for its 2009-2010 Fellowship in Law & Aging
- The Black Women Lawyers' Association (BWLA) is Accepting Applications for its Spring Essay Scholarship
- Finnegan Diversity Scholarship
- Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation is Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Legal Internships at Government Agencies
- 2009 Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship
- Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Missouri
- NALP Summer Apartment Exchange
- Jenner & Block Summer Apartment Sublet Service
- Career Advisor Network
- International Career Employment Weekly Online
- PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
- 2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
CSO Information & Announcements
Congratulations to Michelle Mohr Vodenik on the Birth of her Daughter
We are very happy to announce that Michelle Mohr Vodenik and her husband, Chris Vodenik are the proud parents of a baby girl. Maya was born on Saturday, January 24 and weighed in at a healthy 8 lbs.
Congratulations to the Vodenik family!
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
February 10: Immigration Law Careers and Opportunities
Immigration Law Careers & Opportunities: Tuesday, February 10, 12 noon – 1:00pm in Room 270. Immigration law practitioners in the private, government and public interest sectors will discuss their career paths and how to become involved in the immigration legal field. The panelists are as follows:
- Justin Burton: Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC
- Geoff Heeren: Legal Assistance Foundation
- Greta Hendricks: Judicial Law Clerk, Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
- Natalie Hill: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Presidential Management Fellow
- Robert Krug: Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd
This program is co-sponsored by the Immigration Law Society and the Career Services Office and will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office. Food will be served.
The Legal Studies Institute is Accepting Applications for its Summer 2009 Program in Washington D.C.
The Legal Studies Institute, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, provides the opportunity for first and second year law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through legal internships, seminars, guest speakers and briefings.
The program offers the following five components:
- Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week legal internship where they will gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, courts, public interest organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporation and government agencies.
- Briefing and Activities: Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars.
- Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers.
- Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.
- Seminar on Constitutional Law: Participants will attend a 3-credit seminar on Constitutional law taught by leading legal scholars and accredited by New York Law School.
- Scholarships: 75% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.
Applications for the program will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 20, 2009. Housing in furnished apartments located on Capitol Hill is included in the program fee.
For more information and to begin an online application, please visit www.tfas.org/legalstudies. Questions may be directed to Mary Connell, Recruitment and Admissions Manager at email@example.com or 202.986.0384.
Registration is Open for Working in the Public Interest: Advancing Social Justice" Conference at the University of Georgia School of Law
The University of Georgia School of Law (UGA) is holding its Fourth Annual "Working in the Public Interest: Advancing Social Justice" Conference. It will take place February 27-28, 2009 at UGA, which is approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta.
This two-day event will feature panels and roundtable discussions with speakers drawn from all parts of the country. CLE credits are available and there is a small registration fee. Help is being offered to arrange free housing for student attendees who would like to stay with other students in Athens.
This year's panel topics include:
- Plenary - Human Rights in the Southeast
- Juvenile Sentencing - Throwing Away Our Youth: Harsh Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders
- Eyewitness Testimony - The Problem of Eyewitness Testimony in Capital Cases
- Economic Disparity - Combating Economic Disparity with Civic Engagement
- Healthcare - An Examination of the Health Law Partnership: A Community-based Collaborative of Lawyers, Health Care Providers and Law Students
- LGBT Persons - The Fight for the Right to Marry
- Sex Trafficking - The Modern Form of Slavery: The Prevalence of Sex Trafficking and the Sexual Exploitation of Minors Nationally and Locally
To register and for additional information, please see www.law.uga.edu/wipi/. If you have questions or concerns, please contact UGA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also see Facebook at www.facebook.com.
Online Registration for the Rebellious Lawyering Conference Is Now Open
The RebLaw Conference is an annual, student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change.
Where: Yale Law School, New Haven, CT.
When: Friday, February 20–Sunday, February 22, 2009
Cost: Standard registration is $30.
(Registration is free for members of the Yale, UConn, New Haven, and Quinnipiac communities)
Go to www.law.yale.edu/reblaw to register and to read about the conference schedule, information, and links, including the Reblawg, which is updated frequently.
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is Accepting Applications for its 2009 Diversity Legal Internship Program
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company invites law students (1Ls preferred) to submit applications for its 2009 Diversity Legal Internship Program. This internship program is intended to provide exceptional candidates with a unique and in-depth opportunity to work in the corporate law department of a premier Pharmaceutical/Biotech company. Bristol-Myers Squibb is seeking candidates who will be completing their 1L (or in exceptional circumstances, 2L) year and have exhibited an interest in learning about healthcare, pharmaceutical, and/or corporate practice. Interns will receive an $8,000 stipend for the ten-week summer program.
The internships will be in Bristol-Myers Squibb's offices in New York and New Jersey. The assignments will vary by department, but are expected to include one or more of the following legal areas in the New York office: litigation, trademarks and employment law. Assignments in the central New Jersey offices are expected to include international, compliance, commercial transactions and contracts, regulatory and patent law. A science background is strongly preferred for any candidates interested in patent law.
This internship program is targeted towards candidates who are from traditionally underrepresented groups and
- rank in the top 30% of their class and/or carry a 3.0 GPA or better,
- are in good standing, and
- have evidenced a committment to high ethical standards.
Interested students should email Yadi Trujillo at email@example.com and request the program description materials. Students should then send their resume, a legal writing sample, and a cover letter indicating assignment preferences (if any) and/or any geographical preferences or limitations via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Bristol-Myers Squibb Internship Program in the title of your email. The deadline for sending application materials to the career services office is February 19 at noon.
Please note that although the program materials state otherwise, Bristol-Myers Squibb has requested that students forward their application materials to the career services office and not to the company directly. Thus, please do not send your application materials directly to Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Political and Civil Service Appointments in the Obama 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.
- Please complete and submit the on-line Expression of Interest Form.
- Within a few days, you will receive an email with a link to a more complete on-line application.
- Upon submitting your full on-line application you will receive an e-mail acknowledgment.
- 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.
Fellowships & Scholarships
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging is Accepting Applications for its 2009-2010 Fellowship in Law & Aging
The Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging affords one year for two law school graduates interested in, and perhaps already in the early stages of pursuing, an academic and/or professional career in law and aging, the opportunity to pursue their research and professional interests.
During the Fellowship period, the Center’s Executive Director and Assistant Director stand ready to assist each Fellow with the further development of his/her knowledge, skills, and contacts. A legal services or other non-profit organization involved in law and aging must supervise a Fellow’s activities and projects. In addition to the Fellow's planned activities and project (unless the Fellow's project includes the provision of legal services), the Fellow must also provide some pro bono direct legal services to older persons under appropriate supervision. A Fellow is expected to provide the Center with monthly activities reports.
The Fellowship is $40,000 and is intended as a full-time position only. The Fellow’s sponsoring agency is responsible for providing employee benefits, workspace, administrative support, computer, telephone, email access, and employer’s FICA payment. Fellows may live and work where they choose in the United States; Fellows must be either U.S. citizens or legal residents of the U.S. The Fellowship period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year, or for the calendar year beginning the month after the Fellow's completion of a state Bar examination.
Examples of activities and projects by recent Borchard Fellows includes:
- Writing and publication of law review articles on law and aging issues
- Writing and publication of state specific, consumer oriented handbooks on legal issues affecting older persons
- Teaching elder law and related courses at law schools where fellows reside
- Development of a non-profit senior law resource center providing direct legal services and public education
- Development of an interdisciplinary elder law clinical program at a major public university law school
- Develpment of a mediation component for a legal services program elder law hotline
- Development of an interdisciplinary project for graduate students in law, medicine, and health advocacy to foster understanding and collaboration between professions
- Development of training materials and statewide trainings for lawyers, judges and other court personnel, and social service providers on new comprehensive state guardianship laws
- Organizing and/or attending national conferences on law and aging issues
- Providing supervised pro bono legal representation of older clients
- Analysis of Medicare policies
- Development of legal services programs for older clients in consumer law and small claims matters
Applicants must submit a completed application form, an explanation of the applicant’s planned activities and projects, a current curriculum vitae, a law school transcript, a letter of support from the proposed supervisor, and two other letters of support. Fellowship application information and form are available at www.borchardcenter.org.
Completed applications should be sent to:
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
Mary Jane Ciccarello, Assistant Director
335 4th Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2009. Selections are made by June 1, 2009. For further information, please contact: Mary Jane Ciccarello, 801-598-5810, email@example.com.
The Black Women Lawyers' Association (BWLA) is Accepting Applications for its Spring Essay Scholarship
The Black Women Lawyers' Association (BWLA) will be awarding scholarships to area minority law students. The purpose of the BWLA Spring scholarship is to meet a portion of the financial need of law students in good standing at an accredited Illinois law school. Applicants must:
- Be enrolled in an accredited llinois law school
- 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are all eligible to enter
- Must be in academic good standing at an accredited Illinois law school, as evidence by an official transcript or a letter written on law school letterhead from the Registrar's Office or the Dean of Students office
All submissions must be received by Friday, March 20, 2009 at 6pm CST. Students may fax their essay, cover sheet and resume to Ms. Whitnie Gladden, Chair of the BWLA Scholarship Boad at 312-652-1781 or email the cover sheet, resume and essay in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Scholarship Committee will choose the top five (5) applicants and invite them for an interview with the Scholarship Committee. Three winners will be chosen based on the essay and interviews.
The minimum scholarship award is $3,000. For the Essay topic, entry rules and additional information, please contact Yadi Trujillo in the career services office.
Finnegan Diversity Scholarship
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is currently seeking applicants for its diversity scholarship, which will provide financial support to qualified minority law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in Intellectual Property law. The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees); and a patent bar review course.
The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a summer associate in one of its domestic offices (Atlanta, Cambridge, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington). Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply. The award will be applied to education costs the following academic year, and may be renewed for one additional year if the scholar accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program and maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school.
Additional information about the scholarship and application form are posted at www.finnegan.com. The deadline for applications is February 27, 2009.
Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation is Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Legal Internships at Government Agencies
The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2009, the Foundation will award at least five $5,000 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).
In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend of $600 for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.” Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least 8 weeks in communications with a government agency, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities. To the extent a recipient receives unanticipated funding for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to reduce its scholarship awards by any amount that a recipient’s total funding (including all sources) for the internship would otherwise exceed $7,000.
Applications for a Lee Fund scholarship should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 325, Washington, D.C. 20036, by Friday, March 6, 2009. Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone. Winners will be notified by Friday, April 17, 2009. For an application please go to www.fcba.org.
Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Missouri
The Fifth Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 7-8, 2009, in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City's dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event. Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions.
The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers. In addition, the event is a great way to learn more about living in this wonderful city.
The HDLJF will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. It will kick off with an evening Welcome Reception on Friday, August 7th at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The Saturday schedule includes a continental breakfast, interviewing from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and a luncheon at which participants will be greeted and addressed by a special Keynote Speaker.
Please register as soon as possible after registration opens on March 26, 2009. Students who register before May 25th will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes. The final deadline for registering is June 20, 2009.
Students can register on-line and find more information about the Job Fair at www.heartlanddiversity.org. Students may also contact Emily Perry at 816-474-4322.
NALP Summer Apartment Exchange
If you are a student who is working out of town this summer and looking for housing options, please see www.nalpexchange.org. NALP is offering the opportunity to exchange housing information through an online Apartment Exchange. On this site you can search for housing as well as post a listing to sublet your place.
Jenner & Block Summer Apartment Sublet Service
Jenner and Block is looking for students who want to sublet their apartments this summer. Send information to Ben Litman at email@example.com. Please include details regarding location, rent, dates available, amenties, and utilities included.
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:
- Go to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/firstlogin
- 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.”
- In the Class Year Field:
- If you are an LLM student, enter LLM
- If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for the username and password.
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.