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February 15, 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 16: Public Interest Law Firms Program
  • February 17: Immigration Law Careers Program
  • February 18: Public Interest Summer Opportunities in New Orleans
  • February 23: Professionalism Part 4: How to Handle Assignments
  • February 24: Evening Student/Alumni Reception
  • February 24: Labor & Employment Law Society: Federal Sector Career Panel
  • March 2: Interviewing Strategies Program
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Chicago Dinners February 22 & 23
  • CBA: Law Student Speed Interviewing Workshop
  • Success Strategies for Women Lawyers Panel Presentation
  • APALSA LLM Networking Night
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • March 1: Application Deadline for Summer Clerkships at the Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • March 3: U.S. Air Force JAG Interviewing On Campus
  • March 15: Application Deadline for Summer Clerkships at the City of Chicago Law Department
  • April 1: Application Deadline for Summer Internships at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internships for Summer 2010
  • New: Federal Work Study at Community-Based Organizations

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • February 19: Application deadline for City of Chicago, Mayor's Office Fellowship Program
  • American Bar Association Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law - Endangered Species
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association Spring 2010 Essay Scholarship
  • February 19: Application Deadline for the Boston Lawyers Group 2010 1L Diversity Summer Clerkship
  • February 19: Application Deadline for 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
  • Ms. JD Fellowship for 2Ls
  • 2010 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
  • Institute for Justice Summer Law Clerk Program
  • The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area: Opportunities for Volunteer Attorneys & Deferred Associates
  • A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

Job Fairs

  • 2010 Patent Law Interview Program Registration Open

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 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. Food will be provided!!!

 

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.

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.

 

Public Interest Summer Opportunities in New Orleans

New Orleans provides a unique opportunity to engage in public interest legal work and community rebuilding. This summer there are two New Orleans organizations in particular that are looking for law student interns!

Both Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (25 summer positions), see also the SLLS job posting on Idealist.org and Orleans Public Defenders (about 30 summer positions) are hiring this summer! Deadlines for applying are rapidly approaching! Join us on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 4:00pm in Room 210 to hear more about these opportunities and to get application tips and funding ideas. This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Student Hurricane Network. Refreshments will be provided!

 

Professionalism Part 4: How to Handle Assignments

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 370

Alumnae Tonya Newman ('05) and Sonya Rosenberg ('07), both associates at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP will speak about what to expect when receiving assignments as a summer associate or law clerk. They will address such topics as:

  • What information do you need to ask for at the initial assignment meeting?
  • How much follow-up is too much?
  • How often should you check in with the assigning attorney?
  • What should the finished product look like?
  • How to handle constructive criticism and edits; and
  • How to make sure that you get the best reviews of your work product this summer

 Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab.

 

Evening Student/Alumni Reception

Wednesday, February 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.

 

Labor & Employment Law Society: Federal Sector Career Panel

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Room C20

The Labor and Employment Law Society is sponsoring a panel program on careers in the federal sector. The panelists will be:

  • Jennifer Lang: Director, Center for Human Resources, Social Security Administration, Chicago Region
  • Michael McAuley: National Counsel, National Treasury Employees Union

This will be a great opportunity to not only learn about each speaker's specific career experiences, but also an excellent chance for those who may be interested in a federal sector career to have their questions answered. Refreshments will be served.

 

Interviewing Strategies Program

What makes for a great interview? How do you stand out in a crowd of other applicants? In the current job market, interviewees need every advantage to secure summer internships or permanent attorney positions. If you have an upcoming summer interview or are working to secure interviews for permanent positions after graduation, join us on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Noon in Room 580. You’ll hear from practitioners with years of experience in legal industry interviewing and hiring. Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab.

 

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Chicago Dinners February 22 & 23

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, an organization of 21 law firms and 13 corporate legal departments with a mission to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities legal community has a great opportunity coming up for diverse students. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice will be hosting two dinners, one on Monday, February 22nd from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and the other on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday’s dinner will be held at Carnivale Restaurant located at 702 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. The dinner on Tuesday will be held at Park Grill which is located at 11 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Both of these dinners will provide a great opportunity for students to meet with Twin Cities practicing attorneys and learn more about opportunities here. Students can RSVP for the dinner here or by calling or emailing Emily Brandes, directly at 612.766.7219 or ebrandes@diversityinpractice.org.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

APALSA LLM Networking Night

Date: April 12, 2010
Time: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 10th Floor Event Room

APALSA is proud to have a vibrant LLM community. These important members of the Chicago-Kent community are not just students, many of them are also legal professionals in their home countries. APALSA invites you to join them in commemorating its LLM students, to network with community members, and mingle with attorneys from all aspects of the legal profession. Food beverages and alcohol will be provided. More details will follow as the date draws near.

 

 

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.

 

March 1: Application Deadline for Summer Clerkships at the Illinois Attorney General's Office

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement. The application deadline for summer 2010 clerkships is March 1, 2010. For more information and for an application, please click here.

 

March 15: Application Deadline for Summer Clerkships at the City of Chicago Law Department

This year, the Department of Law will select a number of highly qualified law students to participate in its Summer Law Clerk Program. The program begins June 1, 2010 and is for a minimum of 10 weeks. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit.

During the Summer Program, the law clerks may work with attorneys in each of the Law Department's divisions and participate in a wide variety of activities including: assisting in trial preparation; attending depositions; real estate closings; client meetings and court proceedings; researching legal issues; and drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts. Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County, disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards, and labor arbitration, and depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

The Summer Program includes social activities designed to allow law clerks and members of the Law Department to become acquainted in less formal settings. In addition, the Law Department hosts a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

In order to begin the application process, please submit the following materials by March 15, 2010.

  • Resume
  • Law school transcript
  • Letter of enrollment confirming school status
  • Application

For more information and an application, please click here.

Please send application materials to:

Susan Lopez
City of Chicago
Department of Law
121 N. LaSalle - 600
Chicago, IL 60602

slopez@cityofchicago.org.

 

April 1: Application Deadline for Summer Internships at the Cook County State's Attorney's office

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office (CCSAO) is the nation's second largest prosecutor's office. The CCSAO has a law student internship program and is currently accepting applications for summer 2010 internships. The dealine to apply is April 1, 2010. For more information and for an application, please click here.

 

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

 

February 19: Application Deadline for the 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.

 

American Bar Association Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law - Endangered Species

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Fellowships in Environmental Law for the summer of 2010. The ABA Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law program is designed to increase the diversity of the environmental bar and foster leadership in the next generation of environmental attorneys. The program is open to first and second year law students and third year night students only.

The Fellowship:
$5,000 summer stipend (8-10 week internship) for work on legal matters at the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. Department of the Interior (in Washignton DC or one of their regional offices across the country) working on endangered species related natural resource issues. There will be participation in meetings of the ABA's relevant committees and assignment of mentor from the ABA.

Eligibility:
Applicants must be first or second year law students (or third year night students). Applicants should be members of economically or socially disadvantaged or other underrespresented groups, as described in the ABA application materials.

Fellowship Criteria:

  • Interest in environmental issues;
  • Academic record (undergraduate and law school);
  • Outstanding personal qualities and leadership abilities

Application requirements:

  • A completed application form;
  • Resume;
  • Undergraduate transcript;
  • Law school transcript (except for first year law students);
  • A 2-page essay describing the applicant's interest in environmental issues and specifically endangered species issues and reasons for wanting to participate in the Fellowship; and
  • Two references, including one law school professor

For additional information on the fellowship program, eligibility requirements, and an application, please pick up handout #14 from the career services office, which is located in suite 360. Please provide detailed answers to the application questions and required attachments. Completed applications and all related documents must be postmarked or emailed no later than February 26, 2010 to be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Connell, Section Assistant, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Rersources at 312-988-5625 or at ConnellJ@staff.abanet.org.

 

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.

 

February 19: Application Deadline for 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.

 

February 19: Application Deadline for the 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.

 

Ms. JD Fellowship for 2Ls

Ms. JD is pleased to announce its 2010 Fellowship for 2Ls. Ms JD will select 20 of the most promising second-year law students in the country and provide them with one-on-one mentorship from the nation's most accomplished female attorneys. The Fellowship mentors will include judges, general counsels from the Fortune 500, managing partners from the nation's largest law firms, and leading professors and practitioners from around the country. Mentoring pairs will be made based on geographic location and shared professional interests.

What will the 1-year Mentorship entail?

  • Being identified as one of the nation's highest achieving law students;
  • Invitation to the 20th Anniversary Margaret Brent Awards on August 8, 2010 in San Francisco;
  • Invitation to Ms. JD's annual conference in March 2011, location TBA;
  • Mentor review of their resume and writing sample;
  • Invitation to 2 other networking events with their mentor;
  • At least two additional activities with their mentor, based on mutual interest and availability

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled full-time as a second year law students in an ABA accredited law school.

If you would like to nominate a 2L to be considered for Ms. JD's 2010 Fellowship, email her name and school to Fellowship@ms-jd.org.

If you would like to apply to be considered for Ms. JD's 2010 Fellowship, email the following to Fellowships@ms-jd.org.

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Writing sample (legal writing, no length requirement, redacted documents accepted)
  • Availability for phone interviews April 12-30th (indicate on what days you will be totally unavailable)

Nominations and applications will be accepted until 5:00pm PST, April 1, 2010. Finalists will be announced on April 9, 2010. Two rounds of finalist interviews will be held April 12-30, 2010. Ms. JD's 2010 Fellowship winners along with their mentor-pairings will be announced May 10, 2010.

 

2010 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program for incoming 2L and 3L students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two (2) worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote in a tangible way the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle.

Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence,
  • Service to the profession,
  • Service to the Community and
  • Service to the Cause of Diversity

Applications must include three (3) recommendations, one (1) each from the following individuals: (A) the Dean or an Associate Dean of the student's law school, (B) a current or past law professor, and (C) an individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood line or adoption. Additionally, each applicant must include a cover letter with their application. in that cover letter each applicant should identify his or her academic personal and/or professional accomplishments and how those accomplishments qualify him or her for this award.

In addition to submitting an application, cover letter, and recommendations, applicants must complete an essay of no more than one thousand (1,000) words based on the question which is included in the application materials. Essays must be submitted in hard copy, double-spaced, typed pages with copy on only one side of each page.

The application and all other requested materials must be received by May 3, 2010. Please submit all applications and essays in hard copy format to:

Tyler Howes, Deputy Executive Director
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
55 West Monroe Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60603

For more information on the scholarship and eligibility requirements, and for an application, please click here. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

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.

 

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area: Opportunities for Volunteer Attorneys & Deferred Associates

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), with the help of pro bono attorneys, provides free legal assistance to individuals in the areas of race, poverty, and immigration. In addition, the Lawyers' Committee handles impact cases that focus on important civil rights issues. Volunteer/deferred associates will work in one or more issue areas. Projects include:

  • Educational Equity: Addresses differential access by students of color to resources in K-12 education by coordinating a program to ensure that schools, districts and superintendents comply with the Williams v. California settlement.
  • African-American Agenda: Impact litigation and policy advocacy on significant issues facing the Bay Area's African-American community, including racial discrimination in housing & education, school desegregation & affirmative action.
  • Voting Rights: Advocates for the rights of people of color under the California Voting Rights Act.
  • Legal Services for Entrepreneurs: Provides business legal services to low-income entrepreneurs whose for-profit businesses will enhance the economic infrastructure of their neighborhoods. Free legal assistance is also provided to businesses which invest directly in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
  • Legal Services Clinic: Enlists pro bono attorneys to serve low-income San Franciscans with a focus on six areas: eviction defense, public benefits issues, tort defense, debt collection, school expulsions/suspensions & non-profit counseling.
  • Asylum Program: Recruits pro bono lawyers, interpreters, and mentor immigration attorneys to provide legal representation to indigent refugees fleeing persecution and torture around the globe.
  • Immigrant Rights: Impact litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees, including legal challenges to unlawful arrest practices, detention conditions, and racial/ethnic profiling.
  • Domestic Workers Project: Provides legal assistance, community education, and policy advocacy on behalf of domestic workers and other low wage immigrant workers experiencing exploitation.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:

Philip Hwang at phwang@lccr.com or

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
131 Steuart Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please indicate which, if any, of the projects are of particular interest to you. Please also indicate the amount of time (number of months; hours per week) that you are willing to volunteer.

 

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

 

2010 Patent Law Interview Program Registration Open

Registration for the 2010 Patent Law Interview Program, which is coordinated by Loyola University Chicago Law School is now open and will run until March 8, 2010.  Students with engineering and technical science backgrounds are encouraged to participate in this progam, which will be held for rising 2L and 3L students on July 29th and 30th here in Chicago.  Further information and registration instructions can be found at http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

A $35 non-refundable  registration fee is required at time of registration; please have your credit card ready when you register.

 

 

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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