CSO Information & Announcements
- ACCESS2PRACTICE Legal Externship Program - Postings Available Now!
- Resume Books for Spring
- CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
- Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
- Free Membership to the Legal Balance
- March 8: Alternative Careers Day at the CSO
- Date Change: March 29, 30 & 31: Do You have, or hope to have any job interviews? Sign-up for a Mock Interview!
- March 8: ABA Panel on Careers in Labor & Employment Law
- March 11: JAG Corps Career Opportunities Panel
- March 22: Professionalism Series: Cite-Checking Yes; Coffee, No: Working with Support Staff as a Law Clerk or New Attorney
- March 23: Fight Human Trafficking
- March 24: Small & Midsize Firm Reception
- March 26: Chicago-Kent Volunteers
- Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30: First Defense Legal Aid Volunteer Trainings
- Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute
- Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times
- Equal Justice Works Summer Corps: Application Opens March 16
- 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
- Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW): Hong Duc Clerkship 2011
- NAACP Law Fellow Program 2011
- National Association of Women Lawyers & Prudential 1L Summer Internship
- Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund Fellowship Application
- March 11: Application Deadline for LAGBAC Foundation 2011 Summer Scholarship Grant
- 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
- Save the Date: 2011 Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Job Fair will be held on August 12, 2011
- March 7: Registration Deadline for 2011 Patent Law Interview Program
- Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair
- 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
CSO Information & Announcements
ACCESS2PRACTICE Legal Externship Program - Postings Available Now!
A2P Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour, non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are a great way to get practical legal experience and learn firsthand from practicing attorneys. Additionally, in certain public sector jobs, students who have earned 53 law school credits can obtain a 711 license and appear in court. Check the job postings in Symplicity for available A2P externships. IMPORTANT: If you are interested in earning credit for any available positions, you must apply for an "Access 2 Practice Legal Externship" with Professor Vivien Gross. For summer credit apply by April 15; for fall credit apply by June 30th. You can pick up a copy of the "Access 2 Practice Legal Externship" application in the career services office, or on the information table by the Spak on the 3rd floor.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you are a Chicago-Kent student.
Alternative Careers Day at the CSO
On March 8, 2011, the Career Services Office will present an entire day of activities geared towards students interested in Alternative Careers. Cheryl Rich Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives, will be on campus all day to assist students considering an alternative to traditional legal practice. Scheduled activities include:
- Coffee Hour – Ms. Heisler will be available in the Career Services Office from 8:30 – 9:30 am to answer quick questions and to hear student feedback regarding topics that they would particularly like to hear addressed in the lunchtime program. Suite 360.
- Assessing Your Alternative Career Options - This lunch time program will address the issues of how to select your alternative career and how to network and market yourself to achieve that career goal. Noon – 1pm. Room 570 . Please RSVP through Symplicity for this program.
- Individual Career Strategy Sessions - Between 9:30 am and 11:30 am and again between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm, Ms. Heisler will be available for individual 30 minute strategy sessions with students interested in an alternative legal career. Please email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu for more information about these individual sessions.
Date Change: March 29, 30 & 31: Do you have, or hope to have any job interviews? Sign-up for a Mock Interview!
Interviewing for a job requires preparation and practice. Participating in a mock interview will help you hone in on your strengths, your interests, and how you present yourself in a professional, sometimes stressful, interview situation. Don’t let a “real interview” be your first interview, sign-up for a mock interview today. Sign-up forms are in the career services office, room 360, and will also be available during the “Professionalism Series: Interviewing Strategies” program.
Mock interviews will be held on:
Tues. March 29: 9am – 12:00pm; 1pm – 3pm
Wed. March 30: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Thurs. March 31: 9:30am – 11:30am; 12:30pm – 3:30pm
March 8: ABA Panel on Careers in Labor & Employment Law
On Tuesday, March 8, the Career Services Office and the Labor and Employment Law Society, in conjunction with the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, is hosting a lunchtime panel discussion. All students interested in careers in Labor or Employment Law should come to hear a group of distinguished practitioners talk about what they do and what students can do to maximize their employment opportunities in the labor/employment field.
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Time: Noon to 1:30pm
All students are welcome.
Lunch will be provided if you rsvp to Sharon Jordan (email@example.com) by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4. If you prefer a vegetarian meal, please indicate when you rsvp. The lunch will be from Goodwin's restaurant and is always a crowd pleaser!
The first 20 students to RSVP and attend the program will receive a Treatise. General information regarding the ABA's Labor and Employment section will also be available.
March 11: JAG Corps Career Opportunities Panel
Thinking about new pathways to legal service, an interesting and secure career, immediate experience and opportunities for advancement? Consider the JAG Corps. Come learn about the different branches of the JAG Corps, what they do, and how to apply. Representatives from the Army, Air Force and Marine JAG Corps will be present.
Room 370; 12-1pm. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP through the Events section of Symplicity.
March 22: Professionalism Series: Cite-Checking Yes; Coffee, No: Working with Support Staff as a Law Clerk or New Attorney
As a new attorney or a law clerk, it can be baffling as to what the legal support staff does and does not do - who should you ask for help putting a file together? Cite-Checking? Picking up dry cleaning? (For that last one, no one!) What can you do right away to set the right professional and collegial tone with the support staff at your new job? Hear the good, the bad and the ugly on support staff/attorney relations from the people in the trenches! Room 270; 12-1pm. Please RSVP through the Event section of Symplicity.
Pat Barber, Legal Secretary, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Kathleen Fee, Paralegal, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Lucille Shelby, Associate Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
March 23: Fight Human Trafficking
Join the Chicago-Kent division of the Greater Chicago UNA-USA for its “Fight Human Trafficking” event. The event will feature a panel of speakers, including: Rachel Durchslag, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; Jennifer Greene, Cook County State’s Attorney Policy Advisor; Will Burns, 4th Ward Alderman; and Sehla Ashai, International Organization for Adolescents.
The event will be held from 6-9p.m. in the 10th floor event room. Cocktails and light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 11.
March 24: Small & Midsize Firm Reception
Date: Thursday. March 24, 2011
Location: Second Floor Cafeteria
Representatives from a variety of small and midsize firms in the Chicago area will be available to answer student questions about the benefits of working in this segment of the legal market. Students interested in exploring working in the private sector should attend and ask questions such as:
- Why do you like working at a small or midsize firm?
- What are the benefits in terms of level of responsibility, client development, etc?
- How did you end up working for this employer?
- If I wanted to work at a firm like yours, what types of experience should I be getting while in school?
- What can I expect in terms of compensation, hours, time in court, etc.?
- Have you worked at another firm? If so, how would you compare your experiences?
Bring your business cards if you have them! A list of participating employers will be available in the Career Services Office on March 22.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a job fair. Employers at this reception are not taking resumes or offering summer or permanent employment. This event is for informational and networking purposes only.
March 26: Chicago-Kent Volunteers
Join Chicago-Kent students, faculty, staff and alumni for a day of service at Working Bikes. The day will be a great opportunity to give back to a local organization and to meet fellow members of the Chicago-Kent community. Family and friends are welcome!
We will be helping the Working Bikes Cooperative, a nonprofit that reconditions donated bikes to be used by the needy in the community and abroad. Activities for the day include: a bike drive (donate your old bikes!), reconditioning bikes, and loading them for a shipment to Africa. Learn more about Working Bikes at http://workingbikes.org.
Transportation from the law school to Working Bikes warehouse and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here. Space is limited to 25 participants. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30: First Defense Legal Aid Volunteer Trainings
For over 15 years, First Defense Legal Aid (http://www.first-defense.org) has been dedicated to issues of indigent defense, police accountability, and the protection of civil rights. FDLA will conduct on-site trainings for student volunteers to teach Street Law to local youth and community groups (Tuesday, noon-1pm) and 711 student volunteers to assist attorneys in protecting arrestee's rights at local police stations (Wednesday, 3-4pm). Rooms TBA. RSVP by February 25 to Meredith Schmitt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, class year, and the training(s) you would like to attend.
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.
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Equal Justice Works Summer Corps: Application opens March 16th
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Fellowships & Scholarships
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW): Hong Duc Clerkship 2011
VABAW recognizes that an international perspectice will greatly enrich and broaden a law student's legal education and experience. The 2011 Hong Duc Clerkship will provide a law student with the opportunity to clerk at Hogan Lovells in Vietnam for a maximum of three summer months. This is a unique opportunity to live in Vietnam and to lean about international and comparative law by working at an international law firm. The clerkship will provide the clerkship recipient round-trip airfare to Vietnam, and $1,000/month for three months while the clerkship recipient is working at Hogan Lovells.
Applicants will be evaluated by VABAW based upon the following criteria: (1) overall academic background; (2) community service involvement; (3) professional interests; (4) communication skills; (5) personal statement; (6) references; (7) writing abilities; (8) resume; (9) connection to Washington state; (10) connection to or interest in the Vietnamese American community; and (11) interview (for out of state applicants, VABAW will arrange for a telephonic or video interview).
All application materials must be received by March 21, 2011, by 5pm (PST). For additional information and application materials, please pick up handout #44 in the Career Services Office, Suite 360. For a pdf copy of the application materials, please email Yadi Trujillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAACP Law Fellow Program 2011
Applications are currently being accepted for the NAACP's 2011 Summer Law Fellow Program. This program was developed with the vision of developing future civil rights attorneys. Those selected for the program will:
- Work with civil rights attorneys on relevant issues concerning criminal justice, education, housing, voting rights and environmental justice
- Attend the NAACP National Convention and Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Los Angeles, California
- Examine and evaluate citizen complaints of civil rights violations
- Increase their opportunities to obtain judicial clerkships
- Interact with civil rights leaders and attorney advocates
- Review and obtain approval for direct action
Law Fellows will be selected based on a number of factors, including: recommendations, interest in civil rights law and academic performance. Slected participants will be awarded a stipend of $6,000 to offset living and travel expenses while participating in the program. To apply, applicants must submit: a completed application, law school transcript, letters of recommendation (at least one; preferably two professors), resume, and 50-100 word essay describing your interest (see No. 10 on application). All application materials must be submitted by March 18, 2011. For additional information and application materials, please click here.
National Association of Women Lawyers & Prudential 1L Summer Internship
National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and Prudential Financial, Inc. are looking for a highly-motivated first-year law student for their summer internship program. The intern will be paired with an attorney mentor and participate in career programming. Interns may also have an opportunity to practice interviewing skills, prepare presentations and shadow attorneys on various projects. The internship will be placed in one of Prudential’s offices in Newark, New Jersey; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA, San Francisco, CA; or Shelton, CT. The summer internship will run from May 23 – Aug. 12 and includes a stipend of $8,500. The application deadline is March 11, 2011. See Symplicity for more details: Job #11526.
Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund Fellowship Application
The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois (HLSF) is currently accepting applications for summer fellowship opportunities with the Cook County State’s Attorneys’ Office, the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Each recipient will be awarded a $5,000 summer stipend. Hispanic law students of any level are welcome to apply. The application deadline is March 18, 2011. For a copy of the application, pick up a copy of handout # 42 in the Career Services Offic, Suite 360.
March 11: Application Deadline for 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 email@example.com with questions regarding the scholarship application and process.
For more information and an application, please click here. The deadline to apply is March 11, 2011.
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.
Save the Date: 2011 Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Job Fair will be held on August 12, 2011
Attention diverse students in the classes of 2012 and 2013. The Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) cordially invites you to participate in the 28th Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair. The job fair will be held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront. The anticipated number of employer participants is 150 and will include large, medium and small law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Student registration begins April 1, 2011. Additional details on the job fair and how to register will be available in the coming weeks.
March 7: Registration Deadline for 2011 Patent Law Interview Program
The 2011 Patent Law Interview Program, coordinated by Loyola University Chicago School of Law will be held on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers and rising 2L and 3L law students.
Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program opened on Monday, February 14 and will close on Monday, March 7. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should strongly consider registering for the program. Please note: although you do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.
For more information and to register, please refer to the program website at http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html. There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration; have your credit card ready when you register.
The 2011 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from: JD students graduating in May/June 2012 (3Ls); JD students graduating in May/June 2013 (2Ls); JD students graduating in December 2011/January 2012 (3Ls); JD students graduating in December 2012/January 2013 (2Ls)
Please direct any questions about the program to Jeanne Kraft, Chicago-Kent’s patent program liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 interviewed 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- 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.”
- In the Class Year Field:
- If you are an LLM student, enter LLM If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the username and password.
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