CSO Information & Announcements
- CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
- April 7, 8: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation
- Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
- The Legal Studies Institute is Accepting Applications for its Summer 2009 Program in Washington D.C.
- March 18-20: Volunteer and Networking Opportunity with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- March 24, 25: How to Use Lexis for Your Job Search
- March 24: Non-Firm Job Opportunities in Health Law
- March 25: ABA Tax Section is Hosting "Career in Tax Law Panel and Discussion on Diversity Initiatives"
- March 25: Career Services Workshop - "Why the Downturn May Be the Right Time to Start Your Own Firm"
- March 31: Career Services Workshop - Stand Out in Today's Stagnant Economy
- Mock Interviews in March
- April 2: The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms Invites 1L Women Law Students to: "Success Strategies for Women in Law Firms"
- April 8: CSO Workshop - How to Handle Assignments
- April 14: Preparing for Diversity Job Fairs
- April 14: The National Association of Women Lawyers Presents: "From Backpack to Briefcase: A Transition Program for Law Students"
- April 15: Public Interest Fellowships Panel
- April 15: Skadden Public Interest Fellowship Program at Northwestern University School of Law
- The Chicago Bar Association is Hosting a Program on Opening a Law Firm
- March 20: Deadline to Apply for Summer and Fall Externships with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division
- April 11: Deadline to Apply for a Summer Internship with the Midwest Regional Office of Amnesty International
- U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Illinois is Accepting Applications for its Fall 2009 Intern Program
- 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
- Indian American Bar Association of Chicago Law Student Public Interest Fellowship
- 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
- The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference
- Save the Date: The 2009 Tri-State Diversity Recruitment Program is Being Held August 28-29, 2009
- National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) 26th Annual Conference and Job Fair
- 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
- 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
- 2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
CSO Information & Announcements
CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
April 7, 8: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation
Tuesday, April 7th: 12:00 - 1:00pm in Room 590
Wednesday, April 8th: 5:00 - 6:00pm in Auditorium
(Students need only attend one of the program times.)
During August and September, legal employers will either visit our campus to interview students or request resumes from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. A member of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, what types of employers participate, how to contact employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria, and how to prepare over the summer. This year’s OCI program will begin on August 17th through September 4th. Since interviews will begin before classes start, it is imperative that students understand the requirements and deadlines for participation, which will be discussed at the program.
In addition, the information provided will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and other interviewing opportunities.
This program is MANDATORY for all first-time OCI participants. 1L Day students and 1L Evening students who plan to switch to the day program next year and graduate in May 2011 must attend one of these programs in order to participate in the fall OCI program. 2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year must also attend.
Please note: If you plan to graduate in May 20010 or December 2009 and are interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office after graduation, you must participate in OCI and register for an on-campus interview with their office in order to be considered for employment.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.986.0384.
How to Use Lexis for Your Job Search
In today's competitive market, it pays to be prepared! Learn how LexisNexis and the Career Services Department can help you research potential employers and prepare for your interview so you stand out from other applicants. Dates, times and locations for this program are:
Tuesday, March 24, 5-5:45pm, Room C20
Wednesday, March 25, 12-1pm, Room 170
Pizza will be provided at each session and all attendees will earn 250 Lexis Rewards Points. Please be sure to pre-register for the session at www.lexis.com/lawschool - just click the "My School" tab. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
March 18-20: Volunteer and Networking Opportunity with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization established to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys. The MCCA will host its Diversity Dinner Series Honoring the 2009 Employers of Choice and 8th Annual CLE Expo at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, March 18-20, 2009 and are seeking student volunteers to help with these events.
Volunteers will be responsible for assisting with attendee registration and other responsibilities as needed. The MCCA will feed volunteers during all events. Plus, volunteers will have the opportunity to meet local and national leaders in the legal industry. Volunteers are requested to provide times they are available corresponding to the following schedule:
Date: March 19-20, 2009
4:30 - 9:00pm - Diversity Dinner (March 18)
7:00am - 5:00pm - CLE Expo (March 19)
7:00am - 12:00pm - CLE Expo (March 20)
Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown
540 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Students who are interested in volunteering should contact Elana Clements at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mock Interviews in March
If you’ve never interviewed in a law setting before, are wondering how to best articulate your skills and abilities, or just feel your interviewing technique could use a little dusting off, be sure to take advantage of a mock interview offered through the CSO office. Mock interviews will be held on Monday, March 23 (1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Thursday, March 26 (9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.), and Friday, March 27 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). (Please note: Mock interview slots between 12pm and 1pm and between 4pm and 5 pm will be reserved for evening students until March 20. After that date any remaining slots will be opened to day students.) Heike Spahn, J.D. and interviewing consultant, will spend 30 minutes with each student, providing a 15 – 20 minute mock interview and 10 minute critique. If you would like to tape your interview, please bring a VHS tape with you. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early! Day division students should stop by Suite 360 to sign up. Please also drop off a copy of your resume when you sign up. Evening division students may stop by or email email@example.com with your availability. Please attach your resume to your email request.
March 24: Non-Firm Job Opportunities in Health Law
Non-Firm Job Opportunities in Health Law: Tuesday, March 24, 12 noon to 1pm in Room 270 . Health law practitioners will discuss their career paths and how to become involved in the health law field in non-firm settings. Panelists will represent the following areas: government, non-profit, and hospital. 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 "Non-Firm Job Opportunities in Health Law" and then click on the RSVP button. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any technical problems with the RSVP function.
March 25: ABA Tax Section is Hosting "Career in Tax Law Panel and Discussion on Diversity Initiatives"
Wednesday, March 25: 5:00 - 9:00pm
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL
Third Floor, Room 3 East
The ABA Tax Section is hosting this panel and discussion at the John Marshall Law School. The speakers are as follows:
- Maged Abudayyeh: Group manager of Great lakes TE/GE, IRS
- Andrea Dudding, Associate, Neal gerber Eisenberg
- Bogdan Skoskiewicz, Law Offices of Bogdan Skoskiewcz
The speakers will describe the nature of their practices in these different settings and will leave time at the end of their presentations for discussion and questions. The panelists generally speak on how they pursued their careers, pitfalls they may have encountered, and any advice they may have for the law students interested in pursuing a career in tax law.
The presentation is followed by a networking reception from 6-7pm and light refreshments and drinks will be served. To RSVP or for further information, please contact Yolanda Lee, Membership and Marketing Manager, ABA Section of Taxation at email@example.com or 202-662-8680.
March 25: "Why the Downturn Might be the Right Time to Start Your Own Law Firm," live webinar
Carolyn Elefant, author of Solo By Choice, has a webcast for law school audiences to help evaluate, prepare for, and launch a solo practice. This live,
two-way, 75-minute covers such topics as:
* Why starting a solo practice offers greater potential revenue now than contract work;
* How students, new grads, and alums can prepare for solo practice and hit the ground running;
* How new solos can earn money even while their practice is getting underway;
* How new solos can take advantage of online technology and Web 2.0 applications to start and run a law firm for virtually nothing;
* What opportunities exist to collaborate and network with other solos.
The program will be presented on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-5:30 in Room C50. To attend this program, students and alumni must RSVP via Symplicity. To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the “Events” tab, then select this event and click “RSVP”.
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
- 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.
March 31: Career Services Workshop - Stand Out in Today's Stagnant Economy
On Tuesday, March 31, Career Services will host Ari Kaplan, a lawyer and the author of The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development, which focuses on how law students and lawyers can stand out in today's stagnant economy.
This 1 1/2-hour workshop will offer instructions for harnessing the power of building organic relationships, becoming involved in the community and generating opportunities to stand out that will bear fruit almost immediately. Attendees will learn how to grow, build and communicate with a sphere of influence. They will also identify proven techniques for establishing a strong reputation, engaging in dynamic networking and honing their potential for business/career development. For more program information see http://arikaplanadvisors.com/AriKaplan-OpportunityMakerREV.pdf. This workshop will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Room 210 on 3/31/2009. Don’t miss this great opportunity! To attend this program, students and alumni must RSVP via Symplicity. To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the “Events” tab, then select this event and click “RSVP”.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-201-2144.
CSO Workshop - How to Handle Assignments
On April 8 from 3-4pm, Christopher A. McVety, a partner in the Chicago office of Reed Smith LLP and a member of the Corporate & Securities Group in the Business and Finance area, will speak about what to expect when receiving assignments as a summer associate or law clerk. He will address such topics as:
- What information do you need to ask for at the initial assignment meeting;
- How much follow-up is too much?
- How often should you check in with the assigning attorney?
- What should the finished product look like?
- How to handle constructive criticism and edits; and
- How to make sure that you get the best reviews of your work product this summer
To attend this program, students and alumni must RSVP via Symplicity. To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the “Events” tab, then select this event and click “RSVP”.
Preparing for Diversity Job Fairs
On Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 12:00 - 1:00pm in Room 170, join the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA), South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA), Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Chicago-Kent Lambdas, and the Career Services Office in a panel discussion regarding summer and fall diversity job fairs, interview tips, and how to obtain a summer position. The panel features Chicago-Kent students who have attended and succeeded in finding positions through diversity job fairs.
Students should RSVP for this program through Symplicity. To RSVP, please log onto Symplicity and click on the "Events" tab. Scroll down and click on the appropriate program and click on the "RSVP" button.
The National Association of Women Lawyers Presents: "From Backpack to Briefcase: A Transition Program for Law Students"
The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) is sponsoring a program called "From Backpack to Briefcase: A Transition Program for Law Students" on Tuesday, April 14 at Loyola Law School, located at 25 East Pearson Street. The program will take place from 11:30am-2:30pm in Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor. Lunch will be served.
Leslie Richards-Yellen, a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson is spearheading this program, along with the Black Women Lawyers Association (BWLA). The purpose of this program is to better prepare law students for the transition from law school to law practice. Four panels will address the following topics:
- Navigating the job market
- Recognizing the change from law student to lawyer
- Working with partners and senior colleagues, and
- Professional development
Lawyers from law firms, government, public interest and the judiciary are expected to make up the panels. Please RSVP to email@example.com by April 9, 2009.
Public Interest Fellowships Panel
Wednesday, April 15th: 3:00 - 4:00pm in Room 510
Public Interest and Government fellowships are a great way begin a career as a public interest/service attorney! Presenters at this panel will discuss developing a public interest fellowship proposal, as well as resources to use in applying for fellowships. 1Ls and 2Ls interested in public interest and government law would benefit from this program. This program will feature (among others): Jason Libby, a Presidential Management Fellow with the DEA; Nora Phillips, an Equal Justice Works fellow with the Legal Assistance Foundation; and Margaret Wakelin, an Equal Justice Works fellow with Equip for Equality. This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office. Food will be provided. The program will be recorded for those whare not able to attend.
Skadden Public Interest Fellowship Program at Northwestern University School of Law
Susan Plum of the Skadden Foundation will be at Northwestern on Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00 in Rubloff 15 at Northwestern University School of Law to talk about the Skadden Public Interest Fellowship Program. Ms. Plum is the founding director of the Skadden Fellowship Program having started it in 1988. She will to talk about the fellowship and the application process and will answer your questions about the program. No RSVP is required.
The Skadden Fellowship Foundation, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each Fellow with a
salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring
organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school
low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service
for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship. For more information about the Skadden Fellowship, click here.
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March 20: Deadline to Apply for Summer and Fall Externships with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division
The Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, is now accepting applications for students interested in summer and fall externships. The Law Division hears civil suits for recovery of monetary damages in excess of $30,000 in the City of Chicago, and in excess of $100,000 in the suburban districts, as well as many types of administrative reviews. Cases heard include wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, product liability, commercial litigation, fraud, breach of contract, premises liability, and others.
Externs perform a variety of tasks, including legal research, the preparation of legal memoranda, document review, preparing draft orders, and observing and assisting with the trial process. Each extern works under the direct supervision of a Judge and, if applicable, the Judge's Law Clerk.
Qualified candidates who have completed, at least their first year of law school should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Judge Maddux no later than Friday, March 20, 2009. Interviews will be conducted the first two weeks in April. Application materials should be sent to the following address:
50 W. Washington, Suite 2005
Chicago, IL 60602
If you have any questions, please contact Jillian Snider, Law Clerk to William D. Maddux, at 312-603-6001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 11: Deadline to Apply for a Summer Internship with the Midwest Regional Office of Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA offers exciting internship opportunities at the Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, IL. This office works with AIUSA members, activists and volunteers in 13 states to continue growing its movement in order to defend human rights worldwide. The office supports AIUSA local groups, student groups, volunteer leaders, and the public through education, events, public speaking, media and outreach.
The Midwest Regional office seeks responsible, dependable and creative people who:
- Are familiar with Amnesty International and human rights issues
- Work well both as part of a team and independently
- Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
- Are self-starters and capable of taking on significant responsibility, and
- meet all visa requirements for working in the U.S.
Interns typically work 10-20 hours per week. Regardless of the capacity in which interns serve, the internship experience at Amnesty in the Midwest is most definitely unique. Interns are considered as a vital part of the team, especially with such a small office. Although the administrative side of work is certainly heavy at times, the opportunity to take initiative and suggest new directions and projects is quite strong as well. AIUSA is looking for candidates who stand out in their desire to do whatever it takes to help Amnesty's work move forward.
For more information and application materials, please click here. The deadline to apply for the 2009 summer session is April 11, 2009.
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.
Username: SIP Applicant
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 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 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.
U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Illinois is Accepting Applications for its Fall 2009 Intern Program
The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois will offer intern positions to approximately 15 law students during the Fall Semester. Interns are required to work at least 16 hours a week for 12 weeks. All of the intern positions are uncompensated. The work of law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pre-trial conferences and the trials of civil and criminal cases.
Due to the large number of applications received each term, only students who will be in their second or third year of law school by the beginning of the fall term will be considered. To apply, pick up an application form in the Career Services Office (Handout 44). For more information, contact Monica LeKostaj, Administrative Assistant for the Intern Program, at (312) 353-1091 or click here. Applications are due no later than Friday, April 17, 2009.
Fellowships & Scholarships
Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago Law Student Public Interest Fellowship
The Indian-American Bar Association (IABA) of Chicago is accepting applications for its Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, which provides a $2,500 grant to a law school student who works in an unpaid or low-paid summer job benefiting the public interest. Work benefiting the South Asian community is preferable, but not required. For application materials, please stop by the career services office for handout #49.
To be eligible for the fellowship, the applicant must be a current first-year or second-year law student and must work in a public interest job in a legal capacity during the summer of 2009. The applicant may receive up to, but no more than, $5,000 in summer earnings, including the IABA-Chicago Fellowship, to remain eligible for funding. IABA-Chicago defines "public interest" jobs as jobs that provide services to underrepresented persons or interests, to the government (including judicial externships), or to non-profit entities serving community interests.
All applications must be submitted to IABA-Chicago by midnight on March 31, 2009. Questions should be directed to Harpreet Khera, IABA-Chicago's Vice President of Professional Development, who can be reached at 734-883-3919 or at email@example.com.
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
- Development 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Illinois 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 email@example.com. 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.
The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference
The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association is a national organization of LGBT judges, lawyers, law students and other legal professionals committed to promoting diversity within the legal profession. Each year, the LGBT Bar hosts the only national career fair and legal education conference (formerly known as Lavender Law) for LGBT law students. The LGBT Bar will host the 21st such conference on September 10-12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. The 2008 Career Fair featured 169 recruiters and over 590 students from across the country. Students interested in learning more about the conference should visit www.lgbtbar.org/annual.
Save the Date: The 2009 Tri-State Diversity Recruitment Program is Being Held August 28-29, 2009
The 2009 Tri-State Diversity Recruitment Program is being held August 28-29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Covington, Kentucky. The Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program offers employers the opportunity to conveniently recruit summer associates and entry-level attorneys for attorney positions in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Additional information, along with application materials, will be available in late March.
National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) 26th Annual Conference and Job Fair
The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices. The Job Fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels. This year's job fair will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at the Marriott Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee.
In addition to the job fair, all job fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled "Strategies for a Successful Interview," which will take place on Monday, July 20 from 4-6pm and will provide job fair participants with effective interviewing tips.
The Job Fair early registration fee for law students and 2009 law school graduates is $25.00; for laterals/licensed attorneys is $50.00. After March 31st, the registration fee will be $50.00 for law students and 2009 graduates and $75.00 for laterals/licensed attorneys. After June 12th, the late registration fee will be $100.00 for law students and 2009 law school graduates and $150.00 for laterals/licensed attorneys.
To register for the Job Fair, pick up an applicant registration form (handout # 47 ) from the Career Services Office and submit it along with a resume and a check for the appropriate fee payable to the NBPA 26th Annual Conference. After March 1st, registration will also be available online with a credit card at www.blackprosecutors.org.
Additional information about the NBPA and its conference is available at www.blackprosecutors.org. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Audrey Moore, National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair Coordinator at 212-335-4205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
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 Friday, March 13. 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 graduation 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 email@example.com.
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
- Government agencies
We will add more details about the CCBA job fair in March, so please continue to check the Record for updates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include details regarding location, rent, dates available, amenities, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.