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March 29, 2010

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • April 20 and 21: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • March 30: Professionalism Part 5: How to be Successful in Your Summer Job
  • March 30: Labor & Employment Law Society: ABA Panel on Careers in Labor and Employment Law
  • April 1: International Career Panel and Luncheon
  • April 13: Legal Fellowships Panel
  • April 16: Informational Law Firm Interviews for Students from Michigan
  • April 20 and 21: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation
  • April 21: Boot Camp for Summer Jobs
  • April 7: Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Presents: Mastering Your Professional Image in Turbulent Economic Times
  • April 8: Black Women Lawyers' Association: Networking 101: A Primer on Leveraging Yourself
  • Chicago and the World Forum Series: "Peace, Justice, and the Rule of Law," featuring Louise Arbour
  • April 10: Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Government Service Career Fair
  • Sports Law Career Conference
  • APALSA LLM Networking Night
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • 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

  • Intellectual Property Summer Fellowship
  • April 1: Applications Available for Equal Justice Works $1,000 Summer Corps Education Voucher
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Paid Summer Internships
  • March 31: Application Deadline for Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship
  • April 1: Application Deadline for 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

  • Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Government Service Career Fair
  • The Boston Lawyers Group 2010 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair
  • Government Hiring Fair for Persons with Disabilities
  • Registration Now Open for 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

 

April 20 and 21: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation

Tuesday, April 20th: 12:00 - 1:00pm in Auditorium
Wednesday, April 21st: 5:00 - 6:00pm in C50
(Students need only attend one of the program times.)

During August and September, legal employers will either visit our campus to interview students or request resumes from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. A member of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, what types of employers participate, how to contact employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria, and how to prepare over the summer. This year’s OCI program will begin August 16th.  Since interviews will begin before classes start, it is imperative that students understand the requirements and deadlines for participation, which will be discussed at the program. 

In addition, the information provided will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and other interviewing opportunities.  

This program is MANDATORY for all first-time OCI participants.  1L Day students and 1L Evening students who plan to switch to the day program next year and graduate in May 2012 must attend one of these programs in order to participate in the fall OCI program.   2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year must also attend.

Please note: If you plan to graduate in May 2011 or December 2010 and are interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office after graduation, you must participate in OCI and register for an on-campus interview with their office in order to be considered for employment.

 

Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks/offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to 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

 

Professionalism Part 5: How to be Successful in Your Summer Job

Walking in the door on the first day of your summer clerkship or externship can be daunting! How do you interact with the full-time staff? What is appropriate etiquette for interoffice communications? How do you ensure that you get the best reviews of your work and your overall performance?

Ruta Stropus, Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, will speak on these topics and more as she addresses How To Be Successful in Your Summer Job. Tuesday, March 30, 12:00-1:00 pm in Room 580.

 

Labor & Employment Law Society: ABA Panel on Careers in Labor and Employment Law

Date: Tuesday. March 30, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Room 370

On Tuesday. March 30, the Labor & Employment Law Society is hosting attorneys from the ABA's Section on Labor and Employment Law to talk about a variety of topics. The panel will include:

  • Joel D'Alba - Partner, Asher, Gittler, Greenfield & D'Alba, Ltd.
  • Lori L. Deem - Attorney, Abrahamson, Vorachek & Levinson
  • Jacalyn J. Zimmerman - Chair, Illinois Labor Relations Board

The panelists will dicuss career opportunities in labor and employment, substantive areas in the field, the value of professional membership in both the ABA and Section on Labor and Employment Law, and much more! In addition, the highly desired FREE book on Labor & Employment law will be distributed to all those who attend!

Lunch from Goodwin's restaurant will be provided. Please RSVP to Sharon Jordan at sjordan@kentlaw.edu by 9:00am on Monday, March 29. If you prefer a vegetarian meal, please indicate when you RSVP.

 

International Career Panel and Luncheon

On Thursday, April 1, 2010, the International Law Student Association, the Immigration Law Society, and UNA-USA are hosting a career panel event and luncheon with a number of panelists from both the private and public legal sectors. The panel tentatively will include:

  • Ashley Huebner - National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Nestor Esparza - Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
  • Barbara Susman - Susman & Associates, PC
  • Brad Richards - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
  • Christopher McVety - Silliker
  • Beata Spuhler - Drinker Biddle

The panelists will discuss career opportunities in both the public interest and private sectors in international law and immigration law, advice for law students interested in the field, and much more! All students will have an opportunity to speak with the panelists at the luncheon following the presentations.

The event will take place in Room 370 and will proceed as follows:

  • 10:00AM - Public interest panelists will present
  • 11:00AM - Private sector panelists will present
  • 12:00PM - The program will conclude with the luncheon

Please RSVP to Christopher Bailey Woon at cbaileywoon@kentlaw.edu.

 

Legal Fellowships Panel

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Start Time: Noon
Location: Room 165

Public Interest and Government fellowships are a great way begin a career as a public interest/service attorney! Speakers at this program will discuss developing a public interest fellowship proposal, as well as best practices and resources to use in applying for fellowships. 1Ls and 2Ls interested in public interest and government law would benefit from this program. This program will feature every type of fellowship from the Equal Justice Works Fellowship program to the Presidential Management Fellowship program. Come check it out!

This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office. The program will be recorded for those who are not able to attend. Students should RSVP for this program through Symplicity. To RSVP, please log onto Symplicity and click on the "Events" tab. Scroll down to the appropriate program and click on the "RSVP" button.

 

Informational Law Firm Interviews for 1L Students from Michigan

A representative from the law firm Clark Hill PLC in Detroit, MI will be on campus on the afternoon of April 16 to conduct informational interviews about his law firm. He would like to meet with 1L students who have existing ties to Michigan and who intend to return to Michigan after graduation. Appointments will last 15-20 minutes and will run between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm.

If you are a 1L with ties to the Michigan area, intend to live in Michigan after completing your law degree, and are interested in one of these informational interviews, please email Pascale Bishop at pbishop@kentlaw.edu for further information.

 

Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation

Tuesday, April 20th: 12:00 - 1:00pm in Auditorium
Wednesday, April 21st: 5:00 - 6:00pm in C50
(Students need only attend one of the program times.)

During August and September, legal employers will either visit our campus to interview students or request resumes from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. A member of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, what types of employers participate, how to contact employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria, and how to prepare over the summer. This year’s OCI program will begin August 16th.  Since interviews will begin before classes start, it is imperative that students understand the requirements and deadlines for participation, which will be discussed at the program. 

In addition, the information provided will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and other interviewing opportunities.  

This program is MANDATORY for all first-time OCI participants.  1L Day students and 1L Evening students who plan to switch to the day program next year and graduate in May 2012 must attend one of these programs in order to participate in the fall OCI program.   2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year must also attend.

Please note: If you plan to graduate in May 2011 or December 2010 and are interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office after graduation, you must participate in OCI and register for an on-campus interview with their office in order to be considered for employment.

 

Boot Camp for Summer Jobs

Date: Wednesday. April 21, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 370

The Career Services Office is presenting "Boot Camp for Summer Jobs." Any student with a summer job will benefit from attending this event. First, there will be a presentation on economical and efficient research on Lexis and Westlaw. Second, a panel composed of current students, who participated last summer in summer internships/clerkships in a variety of practice settings, will discuss professionalism, expectations for research and writing skills, what to expect as a law clerk or summer associate, etc.

 

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Presents: Mastering Your professional Image inTurbulent Economic Times

The Asian American Bar Association's (AABA) Mentoring Committee proudly presents a unique program featuring renowned author and executive image consultant, Anna Soo Wildermuth. In a down economy, it is more important than ever to set yourself apart from others, whether it is at work, in front of a client, before the court, or during a job interview. Learn how to jump start your career and/or to open the door to further opportunities. The discussion will include examples and tips on the following:

  • Your presentation of yourself to others
  • Your message
  • Your perception by others
  • Your personal "brand statement"
  • Your bio
  • Your resume

The event will take place on April 7, 2010 at Smith Amundsen LLC located at 150 N. Michigan Ave. The presentation will be held from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and networking will be held from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Space is limited to 50 for this event and is on a first come first served basis. RSVP by clicking here. The fee is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

 

Black Women Lawyers' Association: Networking 101: A Primer on Leveraging Yourself

On April 8, 2010 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm The Black Women Lawyers' Association's Law Student Outreach Committee is hosting a program entitled: Networking 101: A Primer on Leveraging Yourself. This is a great opportunity to learn to mingle and network from the pros - BWLA members! The event will be held at Nacional 27, located at 325 West Huron.

The cost to attend is $10 for students and $15 for attorneys. Payment will be accepted at the door. There will be heavy hor d'ouvres and a cash bar. Please RSVP to Whitnie Gladden, LSOC Chair by April 5, 2010 at Whitnie.gladden@gmail.com. Space is limited.

 

Chicago and the World Forum Series: "Peace, Justice, and the Rule of Law," featuring Louise Arbour

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Start Time: 5:30pm

Location: Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 S. Michigan Avenue

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is pleased to announce the second program in its spring 2010 Chicago and the World Forum series, "Peace, Justice, and the Rule of Law," with Louise Arbour, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group, and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms. Arbour will be interviewed by M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law at DePaul University's College of Law, and President Emeritus of DePaul's International Human Rights Law Insitute.

If you would like to attend this event with no charge, please send an email to Llazar@kentlaw.edu with your name by Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Registration and a cash bar will commence at 5:30pm, with the discussion beginning at 6:00pm, followed by an audience question and answer session. Additional details on the program and speakers can be found here or by visiting www.thechicagocouncil.org.

 

Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Government Service Career Fair

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Location: CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the YLS's Annual Government Career Fair. The Fair will begin with a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. Panelists:

  • Joseph T. Ferrick - Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
  • Michael L. Gallagher - ASA, Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • Helen I. Gutierrez - Attorney, Region 13, National Labor Relations Board
  • Darren R. Reisberg - General Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education

Participating organizations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. EPA, Region V, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, and many more!

This event sells out annually. The cost is $15 for CBA Members and $30 for nonmembers. To register, call CBA Ticketing at 312-554-2056 or register online.

 

Sports Law Career Conference

The Annual Sports Law Career Conference will take place on Friday, April 16, 2010 in Ann Arbor Michigan. This conference is designed for attorneys, law students, business students, athletic administrators and all others interested in or considering a career in Sports Law. This year’s conference will feature expert practitioners in all aspects of Sports Law, including agents, in-house league counsel, front office management, NCAA rules compliance, Title IX litigation, and sports law teaching.  A panel discussion will highlight the latest career and networking opportunities in this field.  A reception will follow for all presenters and attendees.

The conference will take place in the Park Place Ballroom in the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel-Ann Arbor, just minutes from the University of Michigan campus. Discounted guest rooms are available for those seeking overnight accommodations at the rate of $99/night. The hotel address is 3205 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI and the phone number is 734-995-5900.

Registration is required in advance by mail with an enclosed check, or online with a credit card payment. Discounted fees ($195 for attorneys and $95 for students) are applicable to those registrations received on or before March 19, 2010. There will be limited space for on-site registration, payable by check or cash only. Regular fees for registration are $225 for attorneys and $125 for students.

To register via mail, please send a check payable to MWP Sports, Inc. to:

Sports Law Conference
P.O. Box 131061
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

To register online, please click here. For additional information, please contact the conference program coordinator at mpollick@umich.edu.

 

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.

 

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

 

Intellectual Property Summer Fellowship

The Legal Assistance Foundation of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) is pleased to announce that it will host an Intellectual Property Law Section Fellowship for the summer of 2010. This Fellowship has been made possible by the support and funding of the New York Bar Foundation.

The Fellow will evaluate and address the unique intellectual property law issues facing legal services providers in New York State. The Fellow will evaluate methods to balance legal services providers' need for free-flowing information with their need to protect content of their published materials. More specifically, the Fellow's objective will be to develop a resource and set of suggested procedures that will be widely used by legal services providers statewide to identify and address common intellectual proerty issues.

The Fellow will volunteer in the LawNY office that is located in Geneva, New York and be offered a $5,000 stipend, which is funded by the New York Bar Foundation. The Fellow will be expected to begin this internship in early June of 2010 for a period of ten weeks. All applicants should have successfully completed their first year of law school by the time the fellowship is set to begin. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday, April 30, 2010.

Applications should include a resume, writing sample, and a cover letter which highlights an interest in intellectual property law. Interested applicants may submit these materials electronically to Bethany Hamilton at bhamilton@lawny.org. Please include "Intellectual Property Summer Fellowship" in the subject line. Applicants may also fax their applications to 315-781-2565.

 

April 1: Applications Available for 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.

 

March 31: Application deadline for 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

 

April 1: Application Deadline for 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 communications 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

 

Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section: Government Service Career Fair

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Location: CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the YLS's Annual Government Career Fair. The Fair will begin with a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. Panelists:

  • Joseph T. Ferrick - Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
  • Michael L. Gallagher - ASA, Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • Helen I. Gutierrez - Attorney, Region 13, National Labor Relations Board
  • Darren R. Reisberg - General Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education

Participating organizations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. EPA, Region V, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, and many more!

This event sells out annually. The cost is $15 for CBA Members and $30 for nonmembers. To register, call CBA Ticketing at 312-554-2056 or register online.

 

The Boston Lawyers Group 2010 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color

Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The InterContinental Hotel
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Washington D.D. Area Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is a consortium of over 40 of the largest law firms, government agencies, and corporations in Boston. Its mission is to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of attorneys of color in its member organizations. A primary goal of the BLG is to increase the number of law students of color that member organizations hire for their Boston office. One of the significant ways in which this goal is accomplished, is through member participation in the annual BLG Job Fairs in Boston and D.C.

Employers who participate in either job fair hire for positions in their Boston office. Employers will interview rising second-year law students for 2011 summer associate/law clerk positions, and in a very limited number of cases employers will interview third-year law students for Fall 2011 first year associate positions. Students who have been selected for one or more interviews can potentially obtain additional interviews through the lottery selection process.

To be eligible to participate in the job fairs, students must be entering their second or third year of law school in the Fall of 2010. Student registration begins April 1, 2010 and ends at midnight on July 12, 2010. Students can register for only one fair. Please note that students are not allowed to bid, instead, participating BLG Members select the students they wish to interview. To register, please click here. It is strongly encouraged that you visit the BLG website for details on the registration process, eligibilty requirements, frequently asked questions, and additional job fair-related activities.

 

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair

The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association's (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutor's offices. The Job fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels. This year's job fair will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, California. The job fair is being held in conjunction with the NBPA Annual Conference, which is being held July 18-July 24.

At the culmination of the job fair, there will be a reception for all job fair participants and convention attendees. The reception will afford job fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors. The early registration fee for the job fair is $25 for law students and 2010 law school graduates and $50 for experienced attorneys. After April 16, the registration fee will go up to $50 for law students and 2010 law school graudates and $75 for experienced attorneys.

In addition to the job fair reception, all job fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled "Strategies for a Successful Interview." The seminar will take place on Monday, July 19th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins and will provide job fair participants with effective interviewing tips.

Job fair attendees are welcome to attend the entire conference. Students and 2010 law school graduates are invited to attend conference seminars for free. However, other events such as luncheons, dinners and receptions must be paid for separately.

For additional information, a list of previous participating employers, and instructions on how to register for the job fair, please visit www.blackprosecutors.org and click on the "Annual Conference" tab and then click on the "student job fair registration form" link. Along with a registration form and payment, you must also submit your resume. Registration closes on July 6, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Moore, NBPA Job Fair Coordinator at 212-335-4205 or moorea@dany.nyc.gov.

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel has extended a special room rate to students of $99/night for a single or double room and $129 for a triple room for July 19 and July 20. To make reservations, interviewees should call the hotel at 415-392-3434. Please note that the hotel will not accept reservations under the NBPA conference block of rooms at the discounted rate until you are a registered job fair participant; therefore job fair participants must register for the job fair prior to making hotel reservations.

 

Government Hiring Fair for Persons with Disabilities

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Labor (DOL's) Office of Disability Employment Policy are pleased to announce a day of hiring for people with disabilities. This invitation-only event is for people with disabilities who will have an opportunity to be interviewed by hiring managers. To be considered for positions throughout the United States, in the Federal government, and to receive an invitation to attend, resumes, along with appropriate documentation should be submitted to hiringevent@opm.gov, between March 8 to March 24. You may also submit resumes and documentation directly to participating agencies.

Learn more about the Federal Hiring Event for People with Disabilities on April 26, held in Washignton DC, by clicking here.

Prospective applicants can find information on:

  • Agencies participating in the event
  • Available positions and locations
  • The application process for applicants, including documentation required
  • Training for applicants and managers on the "Schedule A" process
  • Web-based training tools with information on preparing for the event and interview
  • Frequently asked questions

 

Registration now Open for 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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