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February 14, 2011

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Resume Books for Spring
  • Summer Experience Surveys
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • Free Membership to the Legal Balance
  • New Date: February 22: Professionalism Series: Salary Negotiations
  • February 15: Public Interest Law Firms
  • February 16: Immigration Law Careers and Opportunities
  • Oh the Places You Will Go: A Fresh Take on Your Career Options With a JD
  • February 17: Practice Tracks Career Fair Program
  • February 23: Patent Bar Exam Informational Program
  • February 22 & 23: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Group Hosting Chicago Dinners
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association Interview Advantage: A Resume Review and Mock Interview Workshop
  • 17th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School: February 18-20, 2011
  • March 4: Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium
  • 2011 LGBT Civil Rights Conference
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
  • US Air Force JAG Corps Interviews, March 11
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
  • 2011 Summer PILI Student Internship Application Now Open for 1L Students

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • LAGBAC Foundation 2011 Summer Scholarship Grant
  • Finnegan 2011-2012 Diversity Scholarship for Intellectual Property
  • ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund 2011 Summer Legal Internship Program
  • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund for Progressive Social Change
  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships

Job Fairs

  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

Resources

  • 2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and Law Students Engaged in Public Interest 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

 

Resume Books for Spring

Resume Books are back for spring!

Spring Semester Resume Books will be available for “opt-in” beginning January 1, 2011 for all 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2010 class).

As a reminder, a Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our resume books will collect the resumes of students and recent graduates in a particular class (e.g. 2Ls) with similar interests (e.g. immigration law, real estate law, or working in the northern suburbs), and then notify employers who fit those criteria that the books are available for review. These books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (“We are looking for a 3L interested in litigation who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks).

Here are a few FAQs about Resume Books:

  1. Do I have to participate?
    No, the Resume Books are “opt-in.” Only students who choose to participate will be included in Resume Books.
    If you do participate, you are authorizing our office to make your resume available to any employer who requests the Resume Books into which you have placed your resume, and you have given our office permission to send your resume in response to a telephone or email request for students interested in a particular practice area or geographic region. However, you are not obligated to accept interviews or offers resulting from your participation.
  2. How do I participate? In Symplicity, click on the “Documents” tab, then “Opt-In Resume Book.” At the far right, click on “Select Resume Books.” You will see your resume listed and under that a drop down list of Resume Books for your class year. Select the correct Resume Books and then click on “Submit.” Please note, Spring Resume Books will not be available for “opt-in” until January 1, 2011. If you go to Opt-in Resume Books before January 1, you will be seeing the Fall Resume Books only and 1Ls will not see any Resume Books listed.
    Please Note: If you have not had your resume reviewed since last spring, you will need to have your career adviser review it before you can opt-in to a Resume Book. Your resume can be emailed to your career adviser for this purpose.
  3. When does this start? The Spring Resume Books will not be available to “opt-in” until January 1, 2011. Fall Resume Books for 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Grads will continue to be active until December 31, 2010. You can upload your resume into Symplicity at any time, and can begin choosing Resume Books on January 1, 2011. An announcement will be sent to all employers in the Symplicity system regarding Spring Resume Book on Friday, January 21, 2011.
  4. How many Resume Books can I join? You can opt in to only 3 practice area Resume Books, but you are not limited as to geographic Resume Books (we do ask that you only opt in to a geographic Resume Book if you are serious about moving to that area). Any student who self-identifies as diverse is also welcome to opt in to the “Diversity Resume Book” for their class.
  5. Are the Resume Books indefinite? Resume Books will expire at the end of each semester and will be recreated for the following semester. You will need to opt-in again at the beginning of each semester. This is to prevent resumes from getting stale and to remind students to consider whether they are still interested in the same practice areas and/or geographic areas that they were 3 months prior. Reminders will be sent when new Resume Books are created.
  6. What if I find a job? If you find a job, and are no longer seeking new employment for the foreseeable future, you must remove your resume from the Resume Books you have selected, until such time that you begin seeking employment again.
  7. What if I change my mind about the type of law that interests me? As above, if you change your mind about the areas of law or geographic areas where you would like to work, we ask that you remove your resume from those Resume Books. Once you have done so, you can opt in to new Resume Books that fit your changed interests.
  8. Can I upload other job application documents to a Resume Book? Unfortunately, no. Cover letters and other documents can help paint a well-rounded picture of an applicant, but it would simply make the Resume Books too cumbersome for the employers, and it would be hard to manage and maintain. If an employer wants additional documents, they will contact you to ask.
  9. How will employers know about Resume Books? The Career Services Office will be sending emails to all employers in our Symplicity database telling them about our Spring Resume Books on January 21, 2011. We will do this every semester as new Resume Books are created. We have also been mentioning Resume Books in our outreach efforts as something to watch for.
  10. Now that Resume Books exist, can I stop looking for a job? Definitely not! Resume Books are just one tool in your job search. We are not guaranteeing that Resume Books will lead to a job for everyone. However, we are trying to get as many student resumes in front of as many employers as possible, and we hope that Resume Books will accomplish that.

If you have additional questions about Resume Books, or would like your resume reviewed prior to opting in to a Resume Book, please contact your Career Services Adviser.

 

Summer Experience Surveys

The best way for students to make an informed choice about where they would like to work is to hear from those who have worked there in the past. The Career Services Office offers all students the chance to evaluate their summer experiences. In order for this to be a valuable resource for students, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey about your summer experience at: https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students/.

Once you have logged on, please click on "Summer Experience Survey" on the right-hand side under the "Career Tools and Advising" section. Then click "Add New" to complete the survey. You must click "Submit" when you are finished.

The information you provide helps our office better understand the different types of summer legal opportunities our students are experiencing. Also, by completing the survey, you are given the option of being a resource for other students by making your contact information visible on your survey. If you choose to allow students to contact you for further information about your summer experience, you may receive emails with additional questions about the method through which you obtained your position (i.e., fall OCI program, job fairs, networking, direct mailing, etc.) and specific information about the firm/organization where you worked. However, if you would like your evaluation to remain anonymous, simply select "No" to the following question: "May students contact you for further information about your summer experience?"

We greatly appreciate your assistance in making sure this is a valuable resource for students.

 

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

 

Free Membership to the Legal Balance

The Legal Balance, an exclusive online community for women attorneys in Chicago, is offering a free one-year membership to Chicago-Kent students. The Legal Balance offers women attorney-specific benefits tailored to help you succeed, including: access to member-only networking events, an extensive resource library, weekly email digests, and inside information from a community of successful female attorneys.  To request your free membership, email thelegalbalance@thelegalbalance.com and mention that you are a Chicago-Kent student.

 

New Date: February 22: Professionalism Series: Salary Negotiations

Salary Negotiations: It’s something we all dread – the job posting asking what your salary expectations are; or, even worse, the same question catches you off guard in an actual interview. What is reasonable? What can you actually afford to live on? How do you justify something that might be higher than industry average? What about bonuses, benefits and other hidden pluses? This program will help you determine what your budget should be, and therefore what you can reasonably live on, as well as how to campaign for the best possible salary. Please note that this program was postponed dueto weather. The new date is Tuesday, February 22 from 12-1pm, Room TBD . Please RSVP through Symplicity under the Events tab; space is limited.

 

Public Interest Law Firms

What is a public interest law firm? In what areas of law do public interest law firms engage? How do I find law firms working for the public interest? Come hear from practitioners with years of experience in public interest law firms. Refreshments will be provided!

This program will be held on Tuesday, February 15 from noon-1:00pm, Room 510. This program is co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Career Services Office and will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office.

Immigration Law Careers and Opportunities

Immigration law practitioners in the private, government and public interest sectors will discuss their career paths and how to become involved in the immigration legal field. Food will be served.

Panelists Include:
Lisa Palumbo - Supervisory Attorney of the Immigration Project
Bradley Richards - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey, LLP
Professor Donald Kempster - Partner at Kempster, Keller & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd
Nicholas Milissis - Supervisory Asylum Officer, US Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
Laura Weiner - Asylum Officer, US Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security  

This program will be held on Wednesday, February 16 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in Room 510. This program is co-sponsored by the Immigration Law Society and the Career Services Office and will be videotaped and available for viewing online through the Career Services Office. You can RSVP via Symplicity for this program. To RSVP, please go directly to your Symplicity account and click on the "Events" tab, then select this event and click "RSVP".

 

Oh the Places You Will Go: A Fresh Take on Your Career Options with a JD

Date Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Time 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Presentation
8:00pm - 9:00pm - Cocktail Hour

Place: Chicago-Kent 10th Floor Event Room
565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL

This is your chance to hear first-hand how some of Chicago's top lawyers have used their JD in both traditional and non-traditional ways to garner attention throughout the country.

Listen and engage in an interactive discussion, as panelists share stories and strategies on how to successfully leverage the many benefits of having a law degree! Panelists:

  • Chris-Tia Donaldson - In-house counsel for Oracle and author of "Thank God I'm Natural"
  • Robert Johnson - In-house at McDonald's and board member on the Common Ground Foundation
  • Steven Hunter - Partner at Quarles & Brady and IL Rising Star Award Recipient
  • Meka Nichols - Producer at Weigel Broadcasting and former producer at Harpo Studios
  • Jasmin French - Founder of J French Branding Consulting Firm

Please RSVP with "Places You Will Go" in the subject line, and include your name, law school/affiliation and class year to kentcso@kentlaw.edu by Friday, February 11, 2011.

For general information, contact BLSA@kentlaw.edu. This program is co-sponsored by BLSA, HLLSA, SALSA APALSA, Chicago-Kent Career Services and JFrench - Personal Branding Consulting Firm.

 

Practice Tracks Career Fair Program

Attorneys representing approximately 50 different practice areas will be at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall Law School) on Thursday, February 17, 2010 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm to talk informally with students and discuss their areas of expertise. It's your chance to find out how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should emphasize in applying, and more! 1Ls strongly encouraged to attend. Business casual attire is encouraged.

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

 

Patent Bar Exam Informational Program

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Room 210

If you are a student with an undergraduate degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by John M. White, Academic Director of PLI's Patent Bar Review for Practising Law Institute's Patent Bar Review Course. Topics for discussion include:

  • The latest information on the Patent Bar Exam
  • Who can take the exam
  • How the exam works now that it is on computer
  • When you should take it (you only need an undergraduate degree to sit for it)
  • How and when the new rules changes coming out of the Patent Office will impact the exam
  • Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult exam

Scholarships to PLI's other IP programs will also be discussed. Please visit PLI on the web for a wealth of information on the resources offered: www.pli.edu and www.patentbarreview.com.

 

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Group Hosting Chicago Dinners

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, an organization of 24 law firms and 12 corporate legal departments with a mission to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities legal community has a great opportunity coming up for diverse Chicago-ent students. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice will be hosting two dinners, one on Tuesday, February 22nd from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and the other on Wednesday, February 23rd from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Tuesday’s dinner will be held at Carnivale Restaurant located at 702 W. Fulton Street. The dinner on Wednesday will be held at Cafe ba ba Reeba which is located at 2024 North Halsted. Both of these dinners will provide a great opportunity for students to meet with Twin Cities practicing attorneys and learn more about opportunities that exist int he Twin Cities. Students can RSVP for the dinner here or by calling or emailing Emily Brandes at 612-343-7999 or ebrandes@diversityinpractice.org.

 

Black Women Lawyers' Association Interview Advantage: A Resume Review and Mock Interview Workshop

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Time: 4:45pm - Registration Begins
5:15pm - Interview & Resume Tips Begins

Place: The John Marshall Law School
321 S. Plymouth Court

 

The Black Women Lawyers' Association's ("BWLA") Law Student Outreach Committee is hosting "Interview Advantage: A Resume Review and Interview Workshop." This event is designed to help law students develop the skill set required to obtain their first legal job.

All participants are required to submit a resume by February 16th. All students will have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with lawyers who are also members of BWLA. Each interviewer will critique both the interview and resume. A reception will follow the workshop.

Please RSVP by February 16th by emailing a PDF or Word version of your resume to Whitnie Gladden at whitnie.gladden@gmail.com. Attire for the event is Professional.

 

17th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School: February 18-20, 2011


The 17th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will take place on the weekend of February 18-20, 2011.  Last year, over 700 practitioners, law students, and community activists gathered in New Haven to discuss progressive strategies for social change within and without the law.  This year’s conference features keynote speakers Burt Neuborne, Graham Boyd, Laurie Rubiner, and Jose Padilla.

Descriptions of panels and workshops will be posted here, with frequent updates regarding speakers and the schedule as information becomes available.  There is also a blog about the conference that will contain information and updates here.

Registration is now open on the website.  When you register, you’ll be able to sign up receive FREE HOUSING for the weekend in New Haven on the spare beds, couches and floors of local friendly, rebellious law students.  If you have any questions, please contact rebellious.law.questions@gmail.com.

 

Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium

The Environmental Law Society and Chicago Park District are co-hosting the Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium on March 4, 2011 from 12-5pm with a networking reception to follow. The symposium will focus on issues facing the Chicago Area Waterway System, such as the ongoing Asian carp litigation, water quality standards applicable to the Chicago River, as well as efforts to study separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River. Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Administrator, will give the keynote address. The symposium will be held in the Chicago-Kent auditorium. Click here for more information and to download the agenda and registration information.

 

2011 LGBT Civil Rights Conference

The 2011 LGBT Civil Right Conference will take place on Saturday, March 5th at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Seminar topics include: Marriage Equality Litigation, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, LGBT Teen Suicide, Bullying & Hate Crimes, Transgender Rights, LGBT Political Candidacy, Policing, Prosecution and Punishment of LGBTQ People, Litigating an LGBT Civil Rights Case in Illinois, The Similarities Between Same-Sex Marriage and Interracial Marriage Bans, and What to Expect from Civil Unions in Illinois. Several hours of CLE credit pending.

Along with these seminars, the conference will also include two cocktail receptions. On the Friday before the conference (March 4th) from 6pm-8pm, we will host the Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Chicago LGBT History Cocktail Reception at the Matthew Lew Gallery located at 415 N. Sangamon Street. Art Johnston, owner of Sidetrack & Co-Founder of Equality Illinois, will give the keynote address. We will be closing the conference with the Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo LGBT Civil Rights Cocktail Reception on the Chicago-Kent 10th Floor. On Saturday the 5th, the conference will start at 9:15am, with a light breakfast served from 8:30am-9:00am. The seminars will be throughout the rest of the day, with the Clark Hill PLC Lunch Reception taking place from 12:45pm-1:45pm. From 5:30pm-7:30pm, we will have the Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo LGBT Civil Rights Cocktail Reception. In addition, a “gallery” will be set up in the Chicago-Kent atrium, showcasing the works of Chicago-based LGBT artists.

For more information and to register: http://cklambdas.com/about-the-conference/  

 

Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute

On March 30-April 1, 2011, the Defense Research Institute (DRI) will hold its annual Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute in Chicago at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Law students can join DRI for $20 and can then attend this seminar, which otherwise costs approximately $800, as well as other DRI seminars for free.

Not only will law students have a chance to learn about important insurance principles that will be useful in their legal careers, but there are several opportunities to network with several hundred attorneys from Chicago and across the nation. There are two networking receptions and dine-arounds for lunch and dinner. Students do not need to wait until they are in their third year of school to join DRI; they can take advantage of this great opportunity throughout law school.

For more information and to register, please click here.

 

 

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.

 

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps

The Equal Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate their summer to a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country on a broad range of issue areas.  Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 education award voucher for dedicating 300 hours of service over their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.  Summer Corps members gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, representation, and legal research and writing, and have access to EJW’s network of alumni, experience and expertise as the nation’s largest provider of public interest opportunities for law students and attorneys. In order to be eligible for Summer Corps, students must have secured a placement for the summer. The application will be open on the EJW Summer Corps website beginning March 16 and closing April 5, 2011; see the website for a full list of eligibility criteria.

 

US Air Force JAG Corps Interviews, March 11

The US Air Force JAG will be conducting on-campus interviews at Chicago-Kent on March 11 beginning at 9am. 1Ls and 2Ls will be interviewed regarding summer internships and 3Ls will be interviewed regarding permanent positions in the JAG Corps. Please note that these interviews are mostly informational and additional steps must be taken to formally apply for a position with the US Air Force JAG. For more information please got to http://www.jagusaf.hq.af.mil/

These positions can only be applied for via the OCI tab in your Symplicity account. Please make sure that you have selected "Spring 2011" as the "Session" once you have clicked on "OCI."  You must then upload all required documents (resume and transcript). Please note that you cannot upload a scanned copy of your transcript into Symplicity - the file size is too large. Instead, you must create a Word version of your transcript. If you do not know how to do this, contact your career adviser. If you are a 1L and do not yet have your grades, please create a Word document listing the grades you have received, and the classes for which you have not received grades with a "pending" note after them. You must also fill out all class conflicts for March 11 under the subtab “Class Schedules/Conflicts;” you are not permitted to interview during a time that you have class.

You must apply by February 25 at noon for the Air Force. Interview times will be made available by 5pm on February 28.

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

 

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee created the LCC Minority Outreach Program to encourage diverse law students to apply for summer clerkship opportunities at LCC law firms and legal departments. The outreach program seeks to introduce diverse law students to the practice of law in the labor movement and to encourage them to join the ranks of union-side attorneys in the ongoing battle for social and economic justice.

The program includes a networking conference, at the conclusion of which, students are placed in the LCC Mentor Program. Through this program LCC attorneys provide guidance and support during and after the students' clerkships. Students interested in applying at a law firm or legal department should apply directly to the employer. Click here for a listing of participating employers. To learn more about the program and the networking conference, please click here and here.

 

2011 Summer PILI Student Internship Application Period Now Open for 1L Students

PILI’s Summer 2011 application period for the Law Student Internship Program opened on October 15th for 2Ls and will open on December 1st for 1Ls.  As in years past, the application process is online through www.IllinoisProBono.org.  Applicants must first register as a user on this site and it typically takes 24 hours for the user to be approved.  PILI Summer Interns are required to work 400 hours at one of 21 agencies in the Chicagoland area and receive a $5,000 stipend for their work.  There are also six School-Year Internship spots at five agencies for the 2011 Spring Semester, requiring 200 hours of work for a $2,500 stipend.  The Spring 2011 application process will also be online and opens on November 1st.  Information about PILI’s Law Student Internship Program can be found on our website at www.pili-law.org/internships.htm

Contact your career counselor or kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you have any questions.

 

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

LAGBAC Foundation 2011 Summer Scholarship Grant

The LAGBAC Foundation ("the Foundation") provides education to both the public and legal professionals about legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex and questioning persons. Through its educational initiatives and scholarship programs, the Foundation also seeks to improve access to the legal and judicial system for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning persons.

The Foundation, in conjunction with LAGBAC, awards scholarship grants to support full-time employment at a qualified LGBT/civil rights organization during the summer. First, Second and Third year law students are encouraged to apply. The scholarship grants range in amount, from $3,000 to $4,000 depending on a variety of factors. Scholarship grant recipients will be required to complete 300-400 hours over a 10 week period. Please contact Jeremy Gottschalk at jgottschalk@lagbac.org with questions regarding the scholarship application and process.

For more information and an application, please click here.

 

Finnegan 2011-2012 Diversity Scholarship for Intellectual Property

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP is accepting applications for its Diversity Scholarship.  This scholarship will provide financial support to qualified students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law.  The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition, usual fees, and a patent bar review course.  The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2012 summer associate in of its domestic offices (Atlanta, Cambridge, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington). 

Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply.  The application deadline is March 1, 2011.  For additional information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and an application, please visit www.finnegan.com.

 

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund 2011 Summer Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2011 Program.  The Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.  The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. Applicants must submit an application to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. All applications must be received by Friday, March 25, 2011. Early submissions are welcomed.  To obtain the application and for further information, visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/resources/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship.html

 

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund for Progressive Social Change

Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. Grantees are both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be participating in activities in the US and enrolled in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify.

The maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $10,000 per year (from July 1 through June 30). Grants are disbursed to cover each separate semester, quarter or term during which the grantee is attending school. Grants must be used in the year they are awarded and cannot be deferred or carried over. Recipients must reapply each year support is sought. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1. Applicants will be informed of decisions in July. Applicants must complete the official application form and submit the required documentation of a personal statement, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, and financial aid reports. Read the detailed instructions and FAQs and obtain the application by clicking here.

 

Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships

For the 18th consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2011, the Foundation will award several stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer nterns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer - the "Max Paglin Award." Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of:

  • a demonstrated interest in the communications field
  • having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least eight weeks in communications with a government agency or entities with a connection to the communications industry
  • dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship
  • community activities

For additional information and for an application, please click here. Applications must be post-marked by Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

 

 

Job Fairs

 

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) cordially invites rising full time 2L law students (graduating in May 2013) or part-time 2L and 3L students (graduating 2013/2014) to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. The IndyBar is seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. In 2010, 20 firm, government and corporate legal employers iterviewed over 70 student candidates and dozens of offers were made and accepted.

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair will be held August 18-19, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. Student registration opens on April 1, 2011 and there is no fee to register. Students will register for the 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 18, 2011.

Please note that students will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. A special rate of $159 for students will be available at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. The deadline for this hotel rate is July 29, 2011. 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

2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2010-2011 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 Law Students &
Deferred Law Firm Hires

Since summer is drawing near, we want to make you aware of ASPIRE, a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. LexisNexis, your partner in legal education, provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within our research system. Students face a heightened challenge securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career. You may learn details of the program on the ASPIRE information page.

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 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.”
  2. In the Class Year Field:
    1. If you are an LLM student, enter LLM If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
    2. 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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