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Februrary 1, 2010

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • 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 2, 3, & 4: Mock Interviews to Prepare for MPILCC
  • February 9: National Security Law Careers Program
  • February 16: Public Interest Law Firms Program
  • February 17: Immigration Law Careers Program
  • February 24: Evening Student/Alumni Reception
  • March 3: US Air Force JAG Interviewing On-Campus
  • 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

  • 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
  • ABA $1,000 Mediation Video Contest
  • February 5: Application Deadline for Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project (Summer 2010)
  • VABAW's Hong Duc Clerkship in Vietnam - Summer 2010
  • Equal Justice Works Summer Corps 2010
  • Summer 2010 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • 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

 

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 3 & 4: Mock Interviews to Prepare for the
Midwest Public Interest Career Conference (MPILCC)

Students who have interviews at MPILCC, or plan to attend MPILCC to try to obtain an interview, can sign up for mock interview slots with an interview consultant during the February 2nd Preparing for MPILCC Program, at noon, in Room 370, and after the program in the Career Services Office, if slots are still available. Interview slots will be available on Wednesday, February 3 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm; and Thursday, February 4 from 11:00am - 3:00pm in the Career Services Office. Each mock interview is 30 minutes long and includes basic interview questions geared toward preparing you for a public interest or government employer interview, followed by feedback from the consultant. Please bring a current copy of your resume when you sign up for a mock interview slot. Space is limited.

February 9: National Security Law Careers Program

The world of national security has changed drastically since September 11, 2001. The government has created new federal agencies and passed new regulations that affect everything from suspected terrorists to routine business operations. These changes have opened new career paths for law students. Come hear how speakers from several federal agencies pursued their careers and how you can become involved in this emerging area of law. This new program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the National Security & Law Society and will be held on Tuesday, February 9 from Noon-1:00pm in Room 370 . Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab.

 

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 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 370 . Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab.

This program is co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Career Services Office and will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office.

 

February 17: Immigration Law Careers & Opportunities

Wednesday, February 17 from 3:00-4:00pm, Room C20. Immigration law practitioners in the private, government and public interest sectors will discuss their career paths and how to become involved in the immigration legal field. Food will be served.

Panelist Include:
Geoff Heeren - Legal Assistance Foundation, Immigration Project
Greta Hendricks - Clerk of the Immigration Court, Chicago
Professor Kempster - Partner at Kempster, Keller & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd.
Robert Krug - Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd.
A representative from United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, the Asylum Office (tentative)
A representative from the Department of Homeland Security, Investigations Unit (tentative)

This program is co-sponsored by the Immigration Law Society and the Career Services Office and will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office.

You can RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab.

 

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.

 

 

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, February 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, February 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.

U.S. Air Force JAG Interviewing On Campus

The US Air Force JAG will be conducting on-campus interviews at Chicago-Kent on March 3 beginning at 9 am. 1Ls and 2Ls 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 Air Force JAG.  For more information please go to http://www.jagusaf.hq.af.mil/.

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 have your resume uploaded in Symplicity to apply. You must also fill out all class conflicts for Wednesday, March 3 under the subtab “Class Schedules/Conflicts;” you are not permitted to interview during a time that you have class.

You must apply by March 1at noon. Interview times will be made available by 5pm on March 1.

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.

 

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.

 

February 5 Deadline: 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.

 

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington's
Hong Duc Clerkship

VABAW’s Hong Duc Clerkship provides a law student with the opportunity to clerk at an international law firm in Vietnam for summer 2010. The Clerkship Recipient has the unique opportunity to learn about the local cultures and customs firsthand while living in Vietnam and to learn about international and comparative law by working at a major law firm. The Clerkship will award up to a total of $5,000, with approximately $2,000 applied to a round-trip airfare ticket to Vietnam and a maximum of $1,000 for each month of the Clerkship paid directly to the Clerkship Recipient for living expenses.The Clerkship Recipient is matched with one of the following participating law firms: Fraser Law Company; Lovells; and Russin & Vecchi.

Because VABAW fully funds the Clerkship, the law firm is prohibited from paying the Clerkship Recipient any additional stipend for summer 2010 (excluding complimentary social meals, law firm summer retreat activities, etc.).  The Clerkship Recipient is also not allowed to split his/her summer. 

Applicants will be evaluated by VABAW based upon the following criteria: (1) overall academic background; (2) community service involvement; (3) professional interests; (4) communication skills; (5) personal statement; (6) references; (7) writing abilities; (8) resume; (9) connection to Washington state;  (10) connection to or interest in the Vietnamese American community; and (11) interview (for out of state applicants, VABAW will arrange for a telephonic or video interview).  All application materials must be received by February 19, 2010, by 5 pm (PST). You can find the VABAW's official application posted on Symplicity. Application materials may be submitted in one of two ways:

o       By hard copy (postal or express mail only; no personal deliveries will be accepted) to Peter Chu, Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2800, Seattle, WA 98101; or

o       By legible pdf copy via email to peter.chu@cojk.com

If you have any questions regarding the Clerkship, please go to www.vabaw.com/foundation.aspx or contact me, Peter Chu, VABAW Hong Duc Clerkship Committee Chair, at peter.chu@cojk.com.

 

Equal Justice Works Americorps
Summer Corps 2010

Equal Justice Works (EJW) is pleased to announce the launch of Summer Corps 2010. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2010 will provide 577 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Ninety-nine percent of law students last year said they would recommend the program to other law students, and with a series of improvements and policy changes this year, Summer Corps will be even more successful in 2010.

The application will be available on the EJW website starting April 1, 2010.

Please see where EJW Summer Corps members served last summer .

If you have any questions about Summer Corps , please contact summercorps@equaljusticeworks.org.

 

Summer 2010 Legal Studies Institute

Apply Early for Priority Internship and Scholarship Consideration!
May 22 – July 31, 2010 in Washington, D.C. - www.LegalStudiesDC.org

Early Application Deadline:
February 12, 2010 – 5% Discount for Applying Early!

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, a constitutional law seminar, guest speakers and briefings, and professional development activities.

The program offers the following five components:
(1) Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, courts, public interest legal organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.
(2) Briefings 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. Last year’s class met with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg.
(3) Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction.
(4) Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.
(5) Seminar on Constitutional Law: Participants will attend a seminar on Constitutional law taught by leading legal scholars. Last year’s professors included Dr. John Baker of Louisiana State University Law Center and Professor Nadine Strossen of New York Law School.

Housing: Students live in furnished apartments on Capitol Hill and are matched with other Institute participants. The apartments are only a few blocks from public transportation, with access to the entire D.C. metro area.
Scholarships: 75% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 19th. Students are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of February 12th in order to receive a 5% tuition discount as well as priority scholarship consideration and internship placement. 

Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Details on the program and an online application may be found at www.LegalStudiesDC.org. Questions may be directed to LSI Director Hicks P. Winters at LEGAL@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

To request an informational brochure, please visit this link: http://www.dcinternships.org/tfas/brochure/index.asp

 

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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