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March 8, 2010

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • March 9-11: Mock Interviews
  • March 9: Loan Repayment Assistance: What Every Law Student Needs to Know
  • March 23: Assessing Your Alternative Career Options
  • March 23: Alternative Career Day Activities
  • March 24: ABA Present: Networking and Interviewing Successfully
  • March 24: ABA Day on Campus Activities
  • Volunteers Needed for American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-Year Conference
  • APALSA LLM Networking Night
  • NSBA Council of School Attorneys Annual School Law Seminar
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • 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

  • Black Women Lawyers' Association Spring 2010 Essay Scholarship
  • 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
  • Ms. JD Fellowship for 2Ls
  • AT&T 2010 Diversity Summer Internship
  • 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

  • March 8: Registration Deadline for 2010 Patent Law Interview Program
  • Save the Date: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
  • Indianapolis Bar Association 2010 Diversity Job Fair - Save the Date

Resources

  • NALP Summer Apartment Exchange
  • 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

 

 

March 9-11: Mock Interviews

Dates & Times:
Tuesday, March 9 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday, March 10, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Thursday, March 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Career Services Office, Suite 360

Brush up on your interviewing skills with Heike Spahn, Senior Consultant with Admissions Consultants, Inc. You can sign up for open slots in the Career Services Office. Contact your career counselor or kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you have any questions.

 

Loan Repayment Assistance: What Every Law Student Needs to Know

Date: Tuesday. March 9, 2010
Time: Noon - 1:00pm
Location: Room C40

A common concern among law students is how they will manage their student loan payments on a public interest/government salary. Public Interest Career Advisor, Michelle Vodenik, and Jill Roberts, class of 2008 and past Kent Justice Foundation president, will discuss:

  • The College Cost Reduction Access Act (CCRAA), a federal program that lowers monthly student loan payments and forgives federal student loans after 10 years for alumni at government and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations;
  • Chicago-Kent’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program;
  • Other loan repayment assistance programs offered by states;
  • Legal aid organizations and federal government employers; and
  • Strategies for reducing the amount of debt you owe through scholarships and fellowships while you are in law school.

Sponsored by the Kent Justice Foundation and the Career Services Office. The program will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office. Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab. Pizza will be provided!!

 

Assessing Your Alternative Career Options

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, Noon-1:00pm, Room 370: Cheryl Rich Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives will present this program on the process behind conducting a job search for an alternative career.  Potential topics will include:

  • How and why to conduct a self assessment before plowing ahead,
  • Understanding and conducting effective market assessments for areas of interest,
  • The importance of networking as the single best tool for breaking into a difficult job market, and
  • Reminders on what marketing materials such as resumes and cover letters can (and cannot) do for a job seeker looking to move into a new arena. 

Ms. Heisler will work with volunteers to demonstrate how these four steps might actually play out in the marketplace. Please note: This Program is Part of “Alternative Career Day” – please see below for more details.

 

Alternative Career Day Activities

On March 23, 2010, the Career Services Office will present an entire day of activities geared towards students interested in Alternative Careers. Cheryl Rich Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives, will be on campus all day to assist students considering an alternative to traditional legal practice. Scheduled activities include:

  • Coffee Hour – Ms. Heisler will be available in the Career Services Office from 8:30 – 9:30 am to answer quick questions and to hear student feedback regarding topics that they would particularly like to hear addressed in the lunchtime program. Suite 360.
  • Assessing Your Alternative Career Options - This lunch time program will address the issues of how to select your alternative career and how to network and market yourself to achieve that career goal. Noon – 1pm. Room 370. Please RSVP through Symplicity for this program.
  • Individual Career Strategy Sessions - Between 9:30 am and 11:30 am and again between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm, Ms. Heisler will be available for individual 30 minute strategy sessions with students interested in an alternative legal career. Please email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu for more information about these individual sessions.

 

ABA Presents: Networking and Interviewing Successfully

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Room 370. Unsure as to how to approach an attorney you don’t know at a reception? Unclear on what to expect in your first legal job interview? A panel of ABA attorneys will speak about the do’s and don’ts of how to network and interview

successfully.  Please note: This Program is Part of “ABA Day on Campus” – please see below for more details.

 

ABA Day on Campus Activities

On March 24, 2010, the American Bar Association and the Career Services Office will present an entire day of activities focused on getting a legal job. Representatives from the ABA and Chicago-area ABA lawyer members will be on campus to assist students in preparing for their job search. Activities will include:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Reviews – Between 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm, ABA lawyer members will be available for individual 15 minute resume and cover letter review sessions. Please email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu for more information about these individual sessions.
  • Networking and Interviewing Successfully - A panel of ABA attorneys will speak about the do’s and don’ts of how to network and interview successfully.  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Room 370. Please RSVP through Symplicity for this program.
  • Speed-Networking Reception – Volunteer attorneys from all different areas of practice will participate in this professional version of “speed-dating”.  Students will have 10 minutes to talk with each practitioner before the bell rings and the students have to more on to the next seat. 4:30 pm -6:30 pm. Second Floor Cafeteria. Please RSVP to Kentcso@kentlaw.edu for this program.

 

Volunteers Needed for American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-Year Conference

The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s local chapter is hosting the Association’s mid-year conference on Friday, April 9, 2010, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.  Registration begins at 7:00am and the conference ends at 5:00pm.  They are currently seeking law student volunteers to help organize the registration and assist throughout the day keeping time/keeping organized, etc. (volunteers are not required to commit to the entire day if they are unable to; any amount of time would help).  They hope to have enough volunteers to allow students to sit in on some conference sessions as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in immigration law to network with members of the practicing bar.  To volunteer contact Chicago-Kent alum Sara Herbek at: sherbek@azulayseiden.com by March 19, 2010.

 

NSBA Council of School Attorneys Annual School Law Seminar

On April 8, 2010, the National School Board Association's Council of School Attorneys will hold its annual School Law Seminar at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Law students are invited to attend at a greatly discounted rate of $75. There are only 15 spots available at this discounted student rate and registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. This is a great opportunity to see constitutional law at work in K-12 public school districts.

In addition, law students may attend a luncheon for attorneys who are in house counsel to school districts on Thursday, April 8. This group discussion will give students a better idea of what it is like to work for a school district directly. There is no additional charge for this luncheon discussion.

To register, please click here. Select "regular" as the registration type and proceed through the process. Students will be asked to verify their student status and indicate the name of their law school in the organization field. On the page where it asks for credit card information, please enter FC10 in the box marked "special code," to ensure students receive the reduced rate. For additional information, please contact Lyndsay Andrews, Council Manager, at landrews@nsba.org or 703-838-6738 or contact Laura Baird, Legal Services Assistant at lbaird@nsba.org or 703-838-6150.

 

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.

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

AT&T 2010 Diversity Summer Internship

AT&T is accepting applications for its 2010 Diversity Summer Internship for 1Ls. AT&T is seeking a candidate for its Chicago law office. The internship will begin on June 1, 2010 and continue for 10 weeks with a salary of $1,700 per week. This candidate will have the opportunity to work with attorneys in various fields within the Legal Department, including

  • Business
  • Personal Injury
  • Labor & Employment Litigation
  • General Corporate Litigation

AT&T is seeking candidates with strong analytic and communication skills who are interested in a corporate legal career in the dynamic communictions industry, with a company offering exciting careers worldwide in an energized environment involving cutting edge technology. This position is not anticipated to lead to a permanent placement at this time.

How to Apply: For full consideration as soon as possible, please submit a first semester transcript, detailed resume and legal writing sample to:

Nicole Byrd
Senior Attorney
AT&T Chicago Legal Department
225 W. Randolph Street, Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60606

Please submit hard copies only. Applications must be received by Friday, April 16, 2010. For more information, please contact Nicole Byrd at 312.727.6433 or email NB9929@att.com.

 

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

 

March 8: Registration Deadline for 2010 Patent Law Interview Program

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.

 

Save the Date: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

The Heartland Diversity Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held on August 6-7, 2010 in Kansas City Missouri at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage students to practice law in Kansas City.

The event will kick off with registration, a diversity panel discussion and a welcome reception on Friday, August 6th at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) headquarters. Interviewing will begin at 8:30am on Saturday with a keynote luncheon featuring Dr. Bernard Franklin.

It is recommended that students register as soon as possible after registration opens on March 22, 2010 . Students registering before May 24th will receive an extra entry into the drawing for door prizes at the keynote luncheon. The Crowne Plaza Hotel will also have a limited number of $50 hotel rooms reserved for students participating in the job fair. The final deadline for registration will be June 21, 2010.

For more information on the job fair and how to register, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Wasinger, KCMBA Diversity Coordinator at 816-474-4322.

 

Indianapolis Bar Association 2010 Diversity Job Fair - Save the Date

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites rising 2L law students (graduating in May 2012) to participate in the IBA Diversity Job Fair. The IBA is seeking candidates who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held August 19-20, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. Student registration opens on April 1, 2010 and there is no fee to register. Students will register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via the job fair's Symplicity web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Please do not confuse the job fair's Symplicity site with your particular law school's Symplicity site and password. Once you submit your registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable you to use the system throughout the next few months. The registration deadline is July 16, 2010.

Please note that students will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. A special rate of $169 for students will be available at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. The deadline for this hotel rate is July 20, 2010. The hotel phone number is 317-236-1800 and the hotel is located at 110 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For additional information about the job fair, please visit www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

 

Resources

NALP Summer Apartment Exchange

If you are a student who is working out of town this summer and looking for housing options, please see www.nalpexchange.org. NALP is offering the opportunity to exchange housing information through an online Apartment Exchange. On this site you can search for housing as well as post a listing to sublet your place.

 

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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