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January 25, 2010

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • January 27: Your 30 Second "Elevator" Speech: How to Market Yourself Succinctly
  • January 28: Practice Tracks Career Fair Program
  • February 2: Preparing for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)
  • February 3: Salary Negotiations: How to Determine What to Ask for and How to Ask for It
  • February 16: Public Interest Law Firms Program
  • February 24: Evening Student/Alumni Reception
  • PLI Director of Patent Professional Development to Discuss Patent Law Careers
  • CBA: Law Student Speed Interviewing Workshop
  • CBA Young Lawyers' Section Lunch with a Judge
  • Success Strategies for Women Lawyers Panel Presentation
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • January 29: Army JAG Interviewing On Campus
  • Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internships for Summer 2010
  • New: Federal Work Study at Community Based Organizations

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • City of Chicago, Mayor's Office Fellowship Program
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association Spring 2010 Essay Scholarship
  • The Boston Lawyers Group 2010 1L Diversity Summer Clerkship
  • January 29: Application Deadline for Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship for 1Ls
  • ABA $1,000 Mediation Video Contest
  • Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project (Summer 2010)
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Paid Summer Internships
  • Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship
  • Finnegan Diversity Scholarship & Summer Associate Position
  • Institute for Justice Summer Law Clerk Program
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Minority Law Student Summer Intern Program for 1Ls
  • A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

Job Fairs

  • February 6: Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

Resources

  • 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and other 2009 Graduates Pursuing Public Service Work
  • Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs
  • Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • Password Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet

CSO Information & Announcements

 

CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password. To watch videos of our programming, go to the CSO's web page, click on the right hand navigation bar "For Students" and select "Watch Program Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.

 

On-Campus Interviews

 

Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

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

 

Programming

 

Your 30 Second "Elevator" Speech: How to Market Yourself Succinctly

When at a reception or other networking event, do you feel that you can quickly summarize your accomplishments and career goals? How well can you project clearly and concisely the types of opportunities you are seeking and why you are qualified? Outside consultants Heidi Albert and Susan Newman of “School2Life” will lead an interactive program coaching you on how to market yourself effectively even when all you have is 30 seconds in an elevator to get your point across. This new program will be held on Wednesday, January 27 from 3-4pm, Room 510 . Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab; space is limited.

 

Practice Tracks Career Fair Program

Attorneys representing approximately 50 practice areas will be at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall law school) on Thursday, January 28, 2009 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm to talk informally with students about careers in a variety of practice areas. It's your chance to find out how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should emphasize in applying, and more! 1Ls strongly encouraged to attend.

Note: The participating attorneys are volunteering their time and their participation in the program does not indicate job openings at represented organizations. However, this program has proven to be an extremely effective means of networking and obtaining helpful information about prospective employers in a variety of different settings and practice areas.

 

February 2: Preparing for the Midwest Public Interest Career Conference (MPILCC)

MPILCC, the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, is an opportunity to meet and interview with Chicago and Midwest-area public interest and government organizations. This year, MPILCC will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Northwestern University School of Law (located in downtown Chicago). The conference offers students the opportunity to interview for summer law clerk positions and entry-level attorney positions. In addition, students can meet with representatives from public interest and government organizations during the time allotted for table talk from 9am-12pm; this is one of the most important points at which students can make valuable connections. If you do not receive any interviews, or you did not register in advance for the conference, you can still attend and meet many of the employers through table talk.

This program will help students strategize for interviewing and networking at MPILCC.  Come hear from students and staff who have prior MPILCC experience to learn how to best make connections and build professional relationships. Visit the MPILCC website at www.mpilcc.org for conference details and be sure to attend the workshop on Preparing for MPILCC which will be held Tuesday, February 2nd at Noon, Room 370.

You can RSVP via Symplicity for this program. To RSVP, please go directly to your Symplicity account and click on the "Events" tab, then select this event and click "RSVP".

 

Salary Negotiations: How to Determine What to Ask for and How to Ask for It

It’s something we all dread – the job posting asking what your salary expectations are; or, even worse, the same question catches you off guard in an actual interview. What is reasonable? What can you actually afford to live on? How do you justify something that might be higher than industry average? What about bonuses, benefits and other hidden pluses? Outside consultants Heidi Albert and Susan Newman of “School2Life” will lead an interactive program helping you to determine what your budget should be, and therefore what you can reasonably live on, as well as how to campaign for the best possible salary. This new program will be held on Wednesday, February 3 from 3-4pm, Room C20 . Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab; space is limited.

 

February 16: Public Interest Law Firms Program

What is a public interest law firm? In what areas of law do public interest law firms engage? How do I find law firms working for the public interest? Come hear from experienced practitioners with years of experience in public interest law firms. This new program will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from noon-1:00pm, Room TBA . Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab; space is limited.

 

Evening Student/Alumni Reception

Wednesday, Febrary 24, 2010

5:00-6:30p.m.10th Floor Event Room, Chicago-Kent College of Law

All current evening students are invited to our inaugural Evening Student/Alumni Reception. The purpose of this event is twofold: (1) for you to connect with your fellow evening students and (2) even more importantly, for you to seek out informal advice and guidance from our evening class alumni. As an evening student, you know how hard it can be to balance a full-time job, classes and a life. Past evening students faced the same issues and can offer guidance on questions like:

  • “When should I transition from a legal to a non-legal career?”
  • “How can I get experience in the legal field without having to give up my fulltime job?”
  • “How do I make time for extracurricular and bar association involvement?”

Please consider coming to our reception on Wednesday, February 24, from 5:00-6:30 pm to celebrate your successes in balancing work, life and school and to receive some guidance from the alumni who led the way. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to Pascale Bishop at pbishop@kentlaw.edu.

 

PLI Director of Patent Profession Development to Discuss Patent Law Careers

On Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00pm in Room 210, John M. White, Director of Patent Professional Development at PLI (Practising Law Institute) will be at the law school to discuss careers in Patent Law. If you’re interested in a patent law career don’t miss this informative presentation during which he will speak about patent practice, the patent bar exam, where the jobs are, salary, and answer any general questions from students.  Scholarship applications for PLI Programs will also be provided.

John M. White has been preparing applicants for the Patent Bar Exam since 1988 and is the Director of Patent Professional Development at PLI. Mr. White is a principle lecturer and course designer in the Patent Bar Review course. He is a former patent examiner and special assistant to the commissioner of patents and trademarks. Mr. White entered private practice in 1987, and started his own firm, Longacre & White, in 1988. In 1998, Mr. White merged his firm with the Liniak & Berenato firm, now the Berenato White & Stavish firm in Bethesda, MD. He currently serves as Of Counsel at Berenato White & Stavish, and an adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School, and Concord Law School. Mr. White received his B. S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and his J. D. from George Washington University School of Law. He has more than 20 years experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent and trademark prosecution, litigation, infringement and validity analysis and opinion writing. Mr. White has served as an expert witness in numerous patent litigation matters and has also successfully argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Patent Office Board of Appeals and Interferences.

 

Chicago Bar Association: Law Student Speed Interviewing Workshop

The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section will be hosting a Law Student Speed Interviewing Workshop on Wednesday, Feberary 17, 2010 at the Chicago Bar Association building, located at 321 S. Plymouth Court.  This workshop will give you the opportunity to practice your interviewing skills with attorneys who work in a variety of settings, including law firm, corporate, and government.  Over the course of an hour, you will meet with different practicing attorneys every seven to ten minutes.  A networking reception will immediately follow, which you can attend even if you are unable to attend the workshop (please RSVP).  To RSVP for the workshop and/or reception, please email yls@chicagobar.org or 312-554-2032 and include your name, CBA member number, and phone.

Not a CBA law student member yet?  Sign up for only $12 online at www.chicagobar.org or call 312-554-2135.

 

Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section: Lunch with a Judge

The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association invites you to have Lunch with a Judge on Thursday, Feberary 11, 2010 from Noon to 1:00pm.  The Honorable James F. Holderman, Chief Judge, Eastern Division, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, will discuss courtroom decorum and how young lawyers can practice successfully in court.  The event includes free pizza lunch and will take place at CBA headquarters, located at 321 S. Plymouth Court.

You must be a CBA member or law student member to attend this event and you must register in advance of the lunch.  To register, please visit the CLE section at www.chicagobar.org.  

Not a CBA law student member yet?  Sign up for only $12 online at www.chicagobar.org or call 312-554-2135.

 

Success Strategies for Women Lawers Panel Presentation

Date: Thursday. February 18, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Two North LaSalle Street, 17th Floor Conference Center

The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms invites Chicagoland Women Law Students to attend its second annual panel presentation and networking reception.  The panel will feature female attorneys sharing experiences and strategies for achieving success in today’s market. The panel will include:

  • Leslee Cohen (Moderator), Much Shelist, Principal
  • Marcia Owen (Moderator), Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP, Partner
  • Veronica Gomez, Exelon Corporation, Associate General Counsel, Litigation
  • Jennifer Rakstad, Mayer Brown, Career Development Attorney
  • Gina Marotta, Step Up Women's Network, Managing Director
  • Sarah O'Rourke Schrup, Northwestern Law School, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Appellate Advocacy program 

There is no cost to attend this event, but space is limited so all attendees must register in advance.  Please RSVP soon to kcoston@ngelaw.com or 312-269-1877.

 

Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

As a public service, NALP and ALI-ABA are pleased to offer Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times — a 75-minute presentation by Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch LLP, who generously donated their time and talent to this special project to assist lawyers and 3Ls who are currently seeking employment.

To watch the video, please click here.

 

Employment Opportunities

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

Army JAG Interviewing On Campus

The US Army JAG will be conducting on-campus interviews at Chicago-Kent on January 29 beginning at 9 am. 1Ls will be interviewed regarding summer internships and 3Ls will be interviewed regarding permanent positions in the JAG Corps. Please note that these interviews are mostly informational and additional steps must be taken to formally apply for a position with the US Army JAG. Click here for more information.

This job posting can only be applied for via the OCI tab in your Symplicity account. Please make sure that you have selected "Spring 2010" as the "Session" once you have clicked on "OCI."  You must then upload all required documents (resume and transcript). Please note that you cannot upload a scanned copy of your transcript into Symplicity - the file size is too large. Instead, you must create a Word version of your transcript. If you do not know how to do this, contact your career adviser. If you are a 1L and do not yet have your grades, please create a Word document listing the grades you have received, and the classes for which you have not received grades with a "pending" note after them. You must also fill out all class conflicts for Friday, January 29 under the subtab “Class Schedules/Conflicts;” you are not permitted to interview during a time that you have class.

You must apply by January 27 at noon. Interview times will be made available by 5pm on January 27.

Note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internships for Summer 2010

The Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, has updated its website to list volunteer legal internships for summer 2010. The Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment website, which contains general information about eligibility and how to apply, is posted here. The list of current volunteer internship opportunities, many of which have application deadlines in early 2010, is posted here.

 

New: Federal Work Study at Community Based Organizations

Chicago-Kent is launching a “pilot” program for the Spring 2010 semester, through which Chicago-Kent students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school. The Attorney General’s Office for the State of Illinois is the first organization to join the program, additional government and non-profit organizations are also expected to join. This is a unique opportunity to be paid for your work at a government or non-profit agency. A limited amount of funds are available, please visit the Career Service Office’s webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.

 

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

City of Chicago, Mayor's Office Fellowship Program

The Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago is accepting applications for the 2010 Mayor's Office Summer Fellowship Program. This program attracts bright, highly motivated individuals, gives them a broad overview of municipal government and provides a unique, "hands-on" experience. Fellows participate in budgetary, legislative, and programmatic areas of city government and work directly with Mayor's Office staff. Mayoral Fellows are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to learn about public service and policy-making by directly contributing to the executive office of the City of Chicago.

Through the Mayor's Office Fellowship Program, you may accomplish the following:

  • Develop new initiatives that keep Chicago green and promote green technology;
  • Research ways to keep Chicago affordable;
  • Work on workforce development initiatives targeting specific industries;
  • Outline best practices in public safety programs and youth engagement;
  • Research and compare housing-related policies in U.S. cities;
  • Create innovative solutions to traffic and infrastructure challenges;
  • Recommend better ways to integrate technology with City functions;
  • Analyze information on regional issues and Great Lakes policies;
  • Create new programs that connect City residents with the great cultural resources of Chicago.

Candidates must submit an application, which requires two writing samples and two letters of recommendation, as well as a resume, official transcript and letter of enrollment. Applications must be postmarked by February 19, 2010. You must be a currently enrolled student at the time of employment in order to be eligible. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 5.0 scale. Residency in the City of Chicago is required prior to starting the fellowship. Fellows are paid at the rate of $20/hour. If you have any questions, please contact Kate McAdams, Coordinator of the Fellowship program, at 312-744-9500 or kmcadams@cityofchicago.org.

For more information on the fellowship, eligibility requirements, and for an application, please pick up handout # 65 from the career services office, or look at job posting # 9148 in Symplicity, or visit www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfelloship.

 

Black Women Lawyers' Association Spring 2010 Essay Scholarship

The Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago is now accepting applications for its Spring 2010 Essay Scholarship. 1L, 2L and 3L students are all eligible to apply. The top five candidates will be invited for an interview with the scholarship committee. Three winners will be chosen based on essays and interviews and the grand prize scholarship will be no less than $3,000. All submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 6pm and the materials must be emailed in pdf format to scholarship@bwla.org. For the essay topic, essay and eligibility requirements, and additional details, please pick up handout # 45 from the career services office, which is located in suite 360.

 

The Boston Lawyers Group 2010 1L Diversity Summer Clerkship

The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) announces its 2010 1L Diversity Clerkship Program. Clerks will spend the first five weeks of the ten-week clerkship working in the Boston office of one of the BLG's participating law firms or law department of one of the BLG's corporate partners and the second five weeks working in the law department of one of the government agencies. This clerkship is for 1L students who have a strong commitment to a legal career in the Boston area.

Please note that not all clerkships will be paid. It is BLG's hope to provide each student with a minimum of five weeks of compensation. Typically, the law firms and corporate positions are paid while the government positions are unpaid.

The application deadline is February 19, 2010. For additional information on the clerkship, eligibility requirements, and an application, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact BLG's Program Coordinator, Lisa McKinley, at 617-210-8483.

 

January 29: Application Deadline for Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship for 1Ls

Perkins Coie is now accepting applications for its 1L Diversity Fellowship Scholarships. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid position as a 2010 summer associate with one of its following offices: Bellevue, Chicago, Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Phoenix (Perkins Coie Brown & Bain P.A.), San Francisco or Seattle. Students are limited to applying to two offices.

The student fellows will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The individual must be a first-year law student in good standing pursuing the degree of Juris Doctor at an ABA accredited law school,
  • The individual must possess an academic record, interest and capacity that demonstrate great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession, and
  • The individual must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community.

The application deadline is January 29, 2010. Applicants must submit an application checklist, a current resume, undergraduate and, if available, law school transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable), a legal writing sample (10-page maximum) and a one-page, single-spaced personal statement/essay. For additional details on the application requirements and the fellowship, please click here. For general questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Judah Travis at JTravis@perkinscoie.com.

 

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution $1,000 Mediation Video Contest

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution invites you to participate in our first ever Mediation Video Contest on YouTube®. The Section of Dispute Resolution seeks creative, thoughtful, original three-minute videos that demonstrate the mediation process and benefits of mediation. The goal of the competition is to further public understanding of mediation and to promote the use of mediation as a way to resolve disputes. The video need not address only legal disputes.

Eligibility
The Contest is open to everyone. Employees of the American Bar Association and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Prizes
First Place - $1000 prize 
Second Place - $500 prize


The winners will be contacted via e-mail by February 28, 2010. The winners will also be announced on February 28, 2010 on the ABA Dispute Resolution website at http://www.abanet.org/dispute. The First and Second Place winning videos will be featured at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in April 2010, with over 1,000 attendees.  The videos of the winners as well as any Honorable Mentions will be linked from the Section website. The Section may also post links to the video submissions that help promote and further the public understanding of mediation.

Contest dates are November 12, 2009 and the video submission deadline is January 15, 2010.

For more information and to read contest rules, click here.

 

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

The Section of Antitrust Law sponsors a summer fellowship program, named the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, honoring the memory of the late Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.  Each of the 20 selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks in the consumer protection department of one of the participating State Attorneys Genera during the summer of 2010: Anchorage, Alaska; Little Rock, Arkansas; California (Los Angeles or San Francisco); Wilmington, Delaware; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Des Moines, Iowa; Topeka, Kansas; Baltimore, Maryland; Helena, Montana; Las Vegas, Nevada; Concord, New Hampshire; Santa Fe, New Mexico; New York, New York; Columbus, Ohio;
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Washington (Seattle, Spokane or Tacoma); and Charleston, West Virginia

Each selected student will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer (administered through the offices of the state attorneys general).  The program also offers a supplemental housing/travel allowance of up to $2,000 for those students who are not living at home for the summer (administered through the American Bar Association).   The application period begins on November 15, 2009 and the deadline for students to submit an application is February 5, 2010.  Students must submit: (1) the application form; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) statement of interest.  The application form is available at www.abanet.org/antitrust. For more information visit the Career Services Office in Suite 360 to pick up handout #57 on the wall immediately to your right as you walk into the office.

 

Frederickson & Byron Minority Scholarship

Fredrikson & Byron, is accepting applications for its Minority Scholarship for 1L students.  The scholarship award is $10,000 and there is the possibility that the scholarship recipient will be considered for a summer clerkship position at the firm, which is located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  The application deadline is March 31, 2010.  For additional details on the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and application materials, please click here

 

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP is accepting applications for its Diversity Scholarship.  This scholarship will provide financial support to qualified students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law.  The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition, usual fees, and a patent bar review course.  The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2011 summer associate in 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 application deadline is March 1, 2010.  For additional information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and an application, please visit www.finnegan.com.

 

Institute for Justice Summer Law Clerk Program

Institute for Justice (IJ) summer law clerks participate in IJ’s fast-paced litigation docket, including legal research, brief writing, client interviewing, and op-ed writing.  IJ is currently saving a non-profit boxing gym in California from being bulldozed for private profit.  On the east coast, IJ is cutting through Boston’s anti-competitive regulatory maze so an entrepreneur can begin his amphibious vehicle tour service.  The Institute is also defending Colorado citizens from an unconstitutional attack on their First Amendment rights via campaign finance regulations.  Parents in Arizona are teamed up with IJ to secure their freedom to choose the best education for their kids.  Summer clerkships are available at IJ's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, as well as at our state chapters in Arizona, Minnesota, Texas and Washington.

Click here to find fliers advertising IJ's Summer Law Clerk Program. Students interested in IJ’s summer law student programs should also visit www.ij.org/students for more information.

 

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Paid 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. 

1st and 2nd Year students may apply beginning December 1st. For more information on how to apply, visit http://pili-law.org/HowtoApplyforInternships.htm.

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Minority Law Student Intern Program for 1Ls

The Association of Corporate Counsel internship program places top first year minority law students in internships in corporate legal departments in the Chicagoland area. Examples of corporations that have participated in this program in the past are: Accenture, Alliant Credit Union, Career Education, Empire, Illinois Tool Works, McDonald's Corporation, Navistar, Square D, Kraft, Verizon Wireless and Walgreens. Students in the program received a stipend in the summer of 2009 of $6000. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2010. For more information on the internship program and for an application please click here.

 

A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

The Career Services Office is compiling a list of resources for Recent Graduates dealing with law firm start date deferrals. The following organizations are accepting applications from deferred law firm associates (please contact the CSO for specific application instructions for each organization):

The Public Interest Law Initiative also has a number of helpful resources for those dealing with delayed law firm start dates. Please click here for more information. For those interested in opportunities both within the Chicago area as well as across the nation, organizations have been posting opportunities and positions for deferred associates on www.pslawnet.org (membership for Chicago-Kent students/alums is free; after signing in, click on "Search Opportunities").

Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

  • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;
  • 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
  • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here.

LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge. Please note that the following organizations are NOT accepting applications from deferred associates:

  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • SEC – Illinois
  • LaPorte County (IN) Attorney’s Office
  • AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association)
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office – Illinois (DOJ)
  • National Lawyers Guild – Chicago
  • National Training and Information Center

Please contact Susan DeCostanza if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed above or other career plans.

 

Job Fairs

 

February 6: Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

MPILCC, the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, is an opportunity to meet and interview with Chicago and Midwest-area public interest and government organizations. The annual conference is coordinated by a coalition of Chicago-area law school career services offices, of which Chicago-Kent is a member. Last year, over 100 students from Chicago-Kent participated, as well as 40 government and public interest agencies.

This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Northwestern University School of Law (located in downtown Chicago). The conference offers students the opportunity to interview for summer law clerk positions and entry-level attorney positions. Most summer positions are unpaid or invite outside funding. In addition, students can meet with representatives from public interest and government organizations during “table talk.” Table talk is a good way to become familiar with a wide variety of public interest and government employers. You can pass out your resume, discuss internship opportunities (both during the summer and the school year) and find out about post-graduation opportunities. Table talk is from 9am-12pm and is one of the most important points at which students can make valuable connections.

If you do not receive any interviews, or you did not register in advance for the conference, you can still attend and meet many of the employers through table talk. Because interviewees who do not check in at the conference on time lose their interview slots, you can also show up at the conference early and try to receive an interview on the day of the conference; open slots are filled by the people who arrive early. If you receive interviews ahead of time, be sure to arrive on time or you will lose your interviews!  Visit the MPILCC website at www.mpilcc.org for all conference details and attend the special workshop session on Preparing for MPILCC which will be held Tuesday, February 2nd at noon, Room TBA.

If you are interested in a public interest or government legal position in the Chicago area, you are encouraged to attend this conference. If you are interested in government or public interest opportunities outside of Chicago, you should consider attending the annual Equal Justice Works Conference in Washington DC, held every October. If you have questions, contact Susan DeCostanza.

 

 

Resources

2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. For the password information to the online edition, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

 

LexisNexis ASPIRE Program For Deferred Law Firm Hires

Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

  • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;
  • 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
  • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here.

LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge.

Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs

Chicago-Kent students can access Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com), Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net), and Journalist Jobs (www.journalistjobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained through Symplicity. Please see the instructions in the entry directly below for details on how to acess password information via Symplicity. Please note that the passwords for these sites are case sensitive.

Password Protected Sites Now Available through Symplicity

To access password protected sites including:

  • The Federal Government Honors & Internship Handbook; The Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships; The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank; and
  • The Four or More List of Chicago Employers

Log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The links for the sites listed above will be listed there. Clicking on each link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link on the page. If you have any difficulties accessing Symplicity or the individual sites, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank

Kent students and alumni now have an additional resource for their job searches. The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank compiles entry level job postings from schools throughout the country. This resource will be especially useful for students and alumni conducting an out-of-town job search, but through this service you can also access the postings of other Illinois and Chicago area schools.

To access this resource, log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The link for the Job Bank will be listed there. Clicking on the link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link. The link takes you to the BYU Alumni page, and the Job Bank is about halfway down the page. After clicking that link you will be prompted to enter the user name and password. Then you will have access to a drop list of all 50 states. Picking a state will give you access to the job postings from the schools in that state. If you have any difficulties accessing the Job Bank, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

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.

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

 

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