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Week of February 23, 2009

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Welcome Pascale Bishop, Director of Career Services & Recruitment Manager
  • 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!

Programming

  • February 25: Black Women Lawyers' Association Resume Review and Mock Interview Workshop
  • Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing Networking Opportunity
  • The Legal Studies Institute is Accepting Applications for its Summer 2009 Program in Washington D.C.
  • February 27-28: "Working in the Public Interest: Advancing Social Justice" Conference at the University of Georgia School of Law
  • February 28: 2009 Small Business Opportunity Conference at Northwestern Law School
  • March 3: Non-Firm Job Opportunities in Labor & Employment Law
  • March 5: Holland & Knight 1L Event: "Demystifying the Large Law Firm Practice"
  • March 5: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Reception for Law Students
  • The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms Invites 1L Women Law Students to: "Success Strategies for Women in Law Firms"
  • The Chicago Bar Association is Hosting a Program on Opening a Law Firm

Employment Opportunities

  • BP is Accepting Applications for its 2009 Summer Legal Intern 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
  • February 27: Deadline for 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

Job Fairs

  • 2009 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Student Registration
  • Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Save the Date: The Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair is Being Held on August 21, 2009

Resources

  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • NALP Summer Apartment Exchange
  • Jenner & Block Summer Apartment Sublet Service
  • Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet
  • 2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

CSO Information & Announcements

 

Welcome Pascale Bishop, Director of Career Services & Recruitment Manager

We are pleased to welcome Pascale Bishop to the CSO as Director & Recruitment Manager.  Pascale will be assuming the position formerly held by Jenny Tank, who has decided to be a full-time mom to her son Paxton, born this past fall. Pascale comes to us with significant experience in both law career services and the practice of law.  A University of Michigan law graduate, Pascale most recently served as Associate Director of Career Services at John Marshall Law School, where she counseled students, managed the fall on-campus interview program, oversaw career programming, and designed and implemented outreach strategies to prospective employers.  Prior to entering the career services arena, she practiced in the areas of litigation and international trade at the Chicago and Washington, DC offices of McDermott Will & Emery and also at Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago.  Pascale also previously served as Director of Legal Recruiting for the legal search company, Mestel and Company.  Welcome Pascale!

 

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 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

 

February 25: Black Women Lawyers' Association Resume Review and Mock Interview Workshop

The Black Women Lawyers' Association and the Cook County Bar Association are co-hosting a mock interview and resume review event for diverse law students. It will be held on February 25, 2009 at John Marshall Law School, located at 321 S. Plymouth Court, from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Please RSVP by February 15 to Suheily Natal at 312-346-1100 or at Younglawyers08@gmail.com.

 

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing Networking Opportunity

The Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP invite you to "Hearts for Housing" on March 6, 2009. Enjoy an evening of card games, food, drinks, raffle prizes and fun to support the preservation of affordable housing and tenants' rights in Chicago. Mingle with partners and attorneys from Sidley Austin, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown and many more! Tickets are just $25 ($35 at the door) covering the card tournament, food and one drink if you order before March 6, 2009 at www.lcbh.org. The event will begin at 5:30pm.

The proceeds from Hearts for Housing directly support programs which help keep thousands of Chicago households out of homelessness each year. LCBH provides legal representation to low-and-moderate-income tenants, protects innocent families from eviction in foreclosed buildings, and helps tenants gain the employment skills they need to maintain stable income and keep their homes.

You have the chance to win prizes from these participating businesses and many more:

  • Chicago History Museum
  • Lakeshore Athletic Club
  • Sofitel Hotel
  • Gene Siskel Film Center
  • Second City
  • United Airlines

Support low-income tenants in Chicago by attending Hearts for Housing and entering the raffle for a chance to win great prizes! For more information on the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, call 312-347-7600 or email Emily Miller at emiller@lcbh.org.

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 mconnell@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.


February 27-28: "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 wipiconference@gmail.com. Please also see Facebook at www.facebook.com.

 

February 28: 2009 Small Business Opportunity Conference at Northwestern Law School

When: Saturday, February 28, 2009
9:30am - 3:00pm

Where: Northwestern University School of Law, Atrium
357 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

The Small Business Opportunity Conference is Northwestern Law School's annual conference exploring various entrepreneurship and small business issues. The Conference will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2009 and will feature David "Buzz" Ruttenberg, JD '66, founder of the Belgravia Group, Ltd., as the keynote speaker, as well as panels and workshops covering several aspects of entrepreneurship. These include, among others, women entrepreneurs, getting started, the state of the venture capital and real estate markets, as well as an examination of the causes and factors affecting our current recession.

The goal of the Conference is to provide its attendees with cutting-edge insight on entrepreneurship and small business issues, as well as opportunities to network with other participants in this vibrant sector of the economy. The Conference's participants and attendees will consist of start-up executives, aspiring entrepreneurs, financiers, service-providers, thought leaders, and students from business and law schools.

Admission is free for those who register online at www.sboc.org/conference, or $10 at the door. For further information, contact Student Board Marketing Directors:
Brad Kessler at b-kessler2009@nlaw.northwestern.edu or
Katherine McGavin at k-mcgavin2010@nlaw.northwestern.edu.

The Conference is being hosted by Northwestern Law School's Small Business Opportunity Center ("SBOC") and organized by the Center's student board. The SBOC is a non-profit, student-based clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. The SBOC was one of the first transactional clinics of its kind at any major law school in the country. Founded in 1997, the SBOC has given law students, working under the supervision of attorneys with many years of corporate and transactional experience, the opportunity to provide legal counsel to hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses, on topics ranging from entity formation to licensing and franchising. For more information about the SBOC, please see www.sboc.org.

 

March 3: Non-Firm Job Opportunities in Labor & Employment Law

Non-Firm Job Oppotunities in Labor & Employment Law: Tuesday, March 3, 12 noon to 1pm in Room 270. Labor & employment practitioners will discuss their career paths and how to become involved in the labor & employment field in non-firm settings. Pizza will be provided.

To attend this program, students must RSVP via Symplicity. To RSVP, please log onto Symplicity and then click on the "Events" tab which appears toward the top of the screen. Scroll down and click on "Labor and Employment in Non-firm Settings" and then click on the RSVP button. Please email kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you experience any technical problems with the RSVP function.

 

March 5: Holland & Knight 1L Event: "Demystifying the Large Law Firm Practice"

On Thursday March 5, 2009, a panel of Holland & Knight associates and partners will present a program for first-year law students of diverse backgrounds. The panelists will provide insight into questions such as:

  • What qualities are firms looking for in prospective summer associates?
  • How do you see yourself fitting into a large law firm?
  • What kind of law do you want to practice?
  • What can I do to strengthen my candidacy in this tough economic climate?

The panel will discuss their experiences at a large law firm, including how they arrived in their particular areas of practice. They will also address how a large firm manages during tough economic times. You will be free to ask questions about these topics and more in a relaxed atmosphere. This event will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn about associate responsibilities and expectations at any law firm.

Following the discussion, students are invited to join the panel, as well as other attorneys from Holland & Knight, for a cocktail reception. The program will begin at 4pm and will take place at Holland & Knight's offices at 131 S. Dearborn St., 30th Floor. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Julia Garcia Wirth at 312-578-6599 or julia.wirth@hklaw.com.

March 5: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Reception for Law Students

Diversity in Practice invites minority law students, as well as any law students with an interest in the Twin Cities, to attend its reception on Thursday, March 5 from 5-7pm at Flatwater, located at 321 N. Clark Street (River Level). Attorneys from Minnesota law firms and corporations will be in attendance at this cocktail reception. This is a great way to discover various opportunities that exist within the Twin Cities legal community and learn why the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a great place to live and work.

To RSVP go to www.DiversityinPractice.org and click on "Flying Squads" no later than Wednesday, March 4, 2009 or contact Nancy Fox at 612-766-6805 or nfox@diversityinpractice.org. There is no charge for this event.

Attend this event and you may go home the lucky winner of Diversity in Practice giveaways. You must be present to win.

 

The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms Invites 1L Women Law Students to: "Success Strategies for Women in Law Firms"

1L Chicagoland women law students are invited to attend "Success Strategies for Women in Law Firms," a panel presentation hosted by the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms ("Coalition"). The Coalition is comprised of leaders of women's initiatives at 35 law firms with offices in Chicago. This panel will feature female attorneys who will share experiences and strategies for achieving success in today's law firms.

The panel will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP, located at 225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000. The schedule will be as follows:

3:30-4pm: Registration
4:00-5pm: Panel presentation
5:00-6pm: Cocktails and networking with women attorneys from the Coalition

Space is limited, so please RSVP soon to odonnell@wildman.com or call 312-201-2144.

 

The Chicago Bar Association is Hosting a Program on Opening a Law Firm

The Chicago Bar Association is presenting a 2-day program on how to open a law office. The program is being held on March 27-28 at the Chicago Bar Association, located at 321 S. Plymouth Court. Student enrollment is only $50 (plus $12 student membership if not already a member of the CBA), which includes lunch both days.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Writing a business plan
  • Finding the right location and negotiating a lease
  • Technology considerations
  • Personnel considerations
  • Insurance: what you need and how to avoid claims
  • Capitalization
  • Accounting and billing
  • Client management systems
  • Solo or with others
  • Document management and document retention policies
  • Marketing and networking
  • What do you need to start (obtain efficiency with a limited budget)

For a detailed brochure, please click here. Please register at www.chicagobar.org or call 312-554-2056 for payment with credit card.


Employment Opportunities

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

 

BP is Accepting Applications for its 2009 Summer Legal Intern Program

The application for the 2009 Summer Legal Intern Program is available on-line for all eligible law students to complete.  Click on the link below and then enter the user name and password when prompted for more information.

https://amtulld001.bp.com/law/bpsip.nsf

Username: SIP Applicant

Password: diversity

Highlights of the 2009 BP Summer Legal Intern Program include:

    • Summer intern positions available at BP's legal offices in Houston, Texas, La Palma, California and Warrenville, Illinois
    • Only students who have just completed their first year of law school are eligible (2Ls and 3Ls are ineligible)
    • Students must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion
    • Completed application must be received by March 31, 2009 and status of application will be known by April 14,  2009
    • Competitive pay plus one-time scholarship to assist with legal education
    • Rotate summer interns among BP's various practice groups - generally working one or two weeks in each group  

Please call Barbara Thorn (281) 366-2868 if you have any questions about the internship.  If you have any problems or technical questions concerning the website, please contact Robert Heinze.

 

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.

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.

 

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, mjcr@xmission.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 scholarship@bwla.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.

 

February 27: Deadline for 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.

 

Job Fairs


2009 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Student Registration

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2009 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Last year roughly 150 employers, 150 law schools, and 1,500 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the resumes of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the program website at http://www.luc.edu/law/career/Patent_Program_-_Stu.html.

Online student registration for this year's Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 23 and close on Thursday, March 12. On February 23, a "Register Now" link will appear on the above web page. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester). Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as INSERT SCHOOL NAME HERE on the registration form's drop down menu of law schools.

The 2009 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from:

  • JD students graduating in May/June 2010 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2011 (2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2009/January 2010 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2010/January 2011 (2Ls)
  • Students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2010 and 2011 (LLMs)

Students who will graduate before the program is held in July 2009, and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2011, are not eligible for the 2009 Patent Law Interview program and should not register. Dual degree students should use the date that they will complete both of their degrees as their anticipated graduatin date.

There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration. Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Jeanne Kraft at jkraft@kentlaw.edu.

 

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.

 

Save the Date: The Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair is Being Held on August 21, 2009

The Cook County Bar Association's 26th Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair will be held on August 21, 2009 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 North Columbus Drive. Minority law students in the classes of 2010 and 2011 are invited to participate in this job fair. Student registration begins on April 1, 2009. In March, additional details regarding registration, cost, eligibility, etc. will be available.

Anticipated states represented by employer participants include: California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. The anticipated number of employer participants is 145 and will include:

  • Large, medium, and small law firms
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies

We will add more details about the CCBA job fair in March, so please continue to check the Record for updates.

 

Resources

 

Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is now offering a free on-line Legal Employment Weekly e-blast of open jobs in the Chicago area. Every issue contains up-to-date job postings, an article and sign-up sheet from the Illinois Paralegal Association, and an Ask an Expert column. You can view each week's installment at http://jobs.lawbulletin.com/ELEW.pdf or you can sign up to receive the "E-LEW" in your own inbox. To receive the weekly email, go to http://jobs.lawbulletin.com and select the "E-LEW" tab at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, click on the link and complete the resulting form.

 

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 blitman@jenner.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:

  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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