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Week of March 5, 2012

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Access to Practice Legal Externships:  Applications Now Available for Summer and Fall Externships
  • 1L Career Services Meeting Deadline Extended to March 19, 2012
  • Spring Resume Books: Opt-in and Report Results
  • Make-up Procedures for Mandatory 1L Orientation
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • OCI: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • “Professionalism Series” Programs
  • March 6th: Roundtable: Family Law Employment Applications
  • March 8:  Interviewing Presentation at Northwestern University School of Law
  • March 10:  Apply for the Institute for Justice 2012 Law Student Conference, Sunday, June 24, 2012 at George Washington University
  • March 13:  Meet and Greet with State's Attorney Anita Alvarez at Lalo’s Restaurant
  • March 21:  Professionalism Series:  How to Handle an Assignment
  • March 22:  Small and Mid-Size Firm Reception
  • March 22:  SBA “5 Under 5” Alumni- Student Networking Event
  • March 29:  Chicago-Kent Gallery Night (4-7pm), hosted by the Art and Cultural Law Society
  • March 30:  2012 Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium
  • April 4, 2012:  Presentation Regarding the Skadden Fellowship Program at University of Chicago
  • April 6: Deadline to RSVP to Federal Bar Association “Judicial Clerkships 101”
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Access to Practice Legal Externships:  Applications Now Available for Summer and Fall Externships
  • 2012 Neal Gerber Eisenberg 1L Diversity Clerkship
  • March 2:  Deadline to apply for the City of Chicago Department of Law 2012 Summer Law Clerk Program
  • ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Summer Legal Internship Program
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications Opened For 2Ls on October 15th  
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • March 16:  Deadline to apply for National LGBT Bar Association and Prudential 1L Summer Internship
  • March 21:  Deadline to Apply for Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington Hong Duc Clerkship
  • Summer 2012 NAACP Law Fellow Program
  • March 23:  Deadline to Apply for Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
  • ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability Levit Essay Contest for Law Students and Young Lawyers
  • Federal Communications Bar Association Summer Stipends: Applications due March 14th
  • The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2012-2013 Scholarship
  • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund for Progressive Social Change
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) 2012 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Job Fairs

  • Save the Date: Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair August 17, 2012
  • Save the Date:  Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, July 26-27, 2012
  • Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Diversity

  • Diversity Week Continues!
  • National LGBT Bar Association and Prudential 1L Summer Internship
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington H?ng D?c Clerkship
  • Summer 2012 NAACP Law Fellow Program
  • 2012 Neal Gerber Eisenberg 1L Diversity Clerkship
  • ABA Environmental, Energy and Resources Section Diversity Program Summer Fellowships
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Resources

  • 2011-2012 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  •  Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • 2011-2012 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 BankPassword Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • Alumni Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet: Public Interest Job Postings and Summer Funding Resources
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • Free Membership to Legal Balance

CSO Information & Announcements

Access to Practice Legal Externships:  Applications Now Available for Summer and Fall Externships

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 available for the Summer and Fall semesters.  Some public sector
externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Why Extern?
To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work.  The legal externship program presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places.  For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well approved in-house corporate legal counsel and private law firms.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State's Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Application Process:
SUMMER 2012:  All positions are posted in Symplicity and labeled as “Access2Practice Legal Externship – Summer”; the position title will be “Summer Extern (For Credit Only)”.  Students must apply for these positions by submitting all requested documents via Symplicity by March 14, 2012.  If you secure a position, an application for credit must be submitted to Professor Gross by April 16, 2012.

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2012 are now available on-line at the Law Offices website, as well as in front of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.  Applications for Legal Externship Fall 2012 must be submitted to Professor Gross by August 3, 2012; more information about available fall externships will be posted soon.  

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page: http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic/ep.html.

1L CSO Meeting Deadline Extended to March 19, 2012

Each 1L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career counselor for an initial career services appointment.  The deadline for this meeting has been extended to March 19, 2012.  Appointments may be made via Symplicity.  Your career counselor has great career planning information, practitioner contacts, and job search strategies, but can only help if you make an appointment!

Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you work with your career counselor to formulate a comprehensive strategy to accomplish your career goals and if necessary to adjust them to accommodate a longer-term plan for your success.  Before attending your career strategy session with your counselor, we recommend conducting some self-analysis regarding the types of law that interest you, the types of settings in which you would like to practice, etc.  In addition, please bring your most recent resume with you to the appointment.

Spring Resume Books: Opt-In and Report Results

Resume Books are back for spring! Spring Semester Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2011 class).  Remember, even if you opted in last semester, you must resubmit your resume to the books of your choices for the Spring Semester.  We have notified employers that resume books are available. You may still opt-in to a resume book at any time, but we encourage you to submit your resume as soon as possible in order to reach the largest amount of employers.

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).

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 Counselor. If you receive an interview or offers from an employer through Resume Books, please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Makeup Procedures for Mandatory 1L Orientation

The make-up procedures for the Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation program are now available. A video of this week’s program, along with all accompanying handouts, is posted on-line here: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/videos/videos.html. To watch the video, the user name is “videos” and the password is “kentlaw.”  One of the handouts is a survey form – please make sure that you fill out the correct form (for 2014 or 2015 graduates) and fill it out as completely as possible. We use this forms to assign your career counselor.  Please return your completed form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Survey forms are also available in the Career Services Office.

Listserv Registration and Testing

We recently tested the various Career Services listservs. If you have signed up for a listserv and did not receive a “test” email for that listserv, please contact Kentcso@kentlaw.edu to let us know that you were erroneously omitted from that listserv.  If you receive an email from a listserv that you no longer want to be included on, please also email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu noting which listserv(s) you wish to be removed from.Finally, if you have not yet submitted a listserv registration form, you can complete this form and email it back to mschmitt@kentlaw.edu, fax it to 312-906-5171 or drop it off in the Career Services Office.These listservs will be used to distribute career services information, so quick registration will ensure that you do not miss any important  information.

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 "Student Information" and select "Programs and 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

“Professionalism Series” Programs

The career services office is starting off the spring semester a series of “Professionalism” panels to assist and instruct students regarding preparing for and working in a professional legal environment.  The “Professionalism” series begins in February and lasts through April.  The remaining programs in the series are follows:

  • Salary Negotiations
  • Working with Support Staff
  • How to Handle an Assignment
  • How to Be Successful in Your Summer Job
  • Boot Camp for Summer Jobs

Details regarding the programs will be included in the Record as the program dates draw closer, so please read the Record regularly!

March 6th: Roundtable: Family Law Employment Applications

Are you interested in working in family law?  Want to know more about what employers look for and what experiences will prepare you for a career in this area?  Come to a roundtable discussion on preparing applications for these positions and tips about obtaining a career in family law.  Tuesday, March 6th at noon in room 700.  This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Child and Family Law Society.  Students must RSVP for this program to Rebecca Lyon at rlyon@kentlaw.edu.

 

March 8:  Interviewing Presentation at Northwestern University School of Law

Northwestern University School of Law and ComedySportz Chicago will host“NoLegalZzzs: Don't Be This Interviewee,” an hour long interview skills program, on March 8, 2012, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m in RB150. 

This program mixes the experience of a law firm/corporate law department interviewer with skills drawn from interactive improvisational comedy-based exercises.  You can read more about the program at http://NoLegalZzzs.com. 

 

March 10:  Apply for the Institute for Justice 2012 Law Student Conference, Sunday, June 24, 2012 at George Washington University

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice engages in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government-like the right to earn and honest living, private property rights, the right to free speech and educational choice. 

The Institute for Justice is now accepting applications for 2012 Law Student Conference.  IJ’s annual law student conference is open to first and second year law students will be held Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC. 

Law students interested in applying for the annual law student conference can find the online application at www.ij.org/students.  The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2012.

March 13: Meet and Greet with State's Attorney Anita Alvarez at Lalo’s Restaurant

Are you interested in becoming a prosecutor?  Claudia Castro, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney, is planning a “Meet and Greet” for law students (who are interested in becoming prosecutors) and assistant state's attorneys, as well as the State's Attorney herself (Anita Alvarez) for Tuesday, March 13th from 5pm-7pm at Lalo's Restaurant, 733 W. Maxwell St.
Appetizers will be provided.  There is $2 parking in the garage down the street good for 2 1/2 hours. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Claudia Castro at claudia.castro@cookcountyil.gov.

March 21:  Professionalism Series:  How to Handle an Assignment

On March 21 from 3-4pm in Room 370, Christopher A. McVety, Vice President of Legal Affairs at Merieux NutriSciences Corporation, will speak about what to expect when receiving assignments as a summer associate or law clerk. He will address such topics as:

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

To attend this program, please RSVP via Symplicity. To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the “Events” tab, then select this event and click “RSVP”.

March 22:  Small and Mid-Size Firm Reception

Date: Thursday. March 22, 2012
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm
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 20th.

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 22:  SBA “5 Under 5” Alumni- Student Networking Event

The SBA continues its "5 Under 5" events on March 22, 2012 at 7 p.m.  This event honors five young alumni less than five years out of Chicago-Kent and gives current students the opportunity to learn from and socialize with our very own alums.  Food and drinks will be provided!  The next “5 Under 5” event will take place on April 17.  Look forward to seeing you there!

March 29:  Chicago-Kent Gallery Night (4-7pm), hosted by the Art and Cultural Law Society

The Art and Cultural Law Society will host "Chicago-Kent Gallery Night on March 29, 2012. From 4-5pm, a panel of attorneys who work with the arts will discuss the many opportunities in art and cultural law and their experience in this unique practice area.  From 5-7pm, a networking event for art law lawyers and students will take place in the 10th Floor event room.  During the networking event, Chicago-Kent students, faculty, and alumni will also have the opportunity to show off their creative side!  We are looking for members of the Chicago-Kent community to submit any kind of art, even sound, for inclusion in the ‘gallery.’  Please contact Amy Harvey, President of the Art and Cultural Law Society, at aharvey@kentlaw.edu for more details. 

 

March 30:  2012 Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium

The 2012 Great Lakes Environmental Law Symposium, “A Discussion on the Future of Energy Law in Illinois and Beyond,” will be held on March 30, 2012 at Chicago-Kent.  The symposium is eligible for 3.5 hours of Illinois MCLE Credit.

The symposium will open with a keynote address from John Rowe, Chairman and CEO of Exelon.  The event will bring together diverse experts on energy law and policy from Illinois and beyond.  Panelists include environmental specialists from business and industry, professors of law, and non-profit conservation organizations.  A variety of academic and professional experts will discuss hot-button topics in energy law and policy including the future of coal in Illinois, alternative energy sources in the Great Lakes, and the use of Canadian oil sands in the Midwest.

Please click here to register.  Questions?  Contact the Great Lakes Symposium at GreatLakesSymposium@gmail.com

 

April 4, 2012:  Presentation Regarding the Skadden Fellowship Program at University of Chicago

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation, described as “a legal Peace Corps” by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate Skadden’s 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights.  The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.

Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship.  The 2012 class of Fellows brings to 648 the number of academically outstanding law school graduates and judicial clerks the firm has funded to work full-time for legal and advocacy organizations.  For more information about the Skadden Fellowship Program, click here.

Susan Butler Plum from the Skadden Fellowship Program will visit the Chicago-area this April to talk to law students who are interested in developing Skadden Fellowship proposals.  Ms. Plum will give her presentation at the University of Chicago Law School on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012.  The program will run from 12:15-1:15pm in Room V at the University of Chicago Law School at 1111 East 60th Street.  Lunch will be served. 

If you are interested in Skadden Fellowship and will attend this informational presentation, please RSVP to Michelle Vodenik at mvodenik@kentlaw.edu by March 29, 2012.

April 6: Deadline to RSVP to Federal Bar Association “Judicial Clerkships 101”

Join the Federal Bar Association for the inaugural Judicial Clerkships 101 panel discussion and networking reception, featuring:

  • Hon. Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • David Hoffman, Sidley Austin LLP, former law clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist and Hon. Dennis G. Jacobs (2nd Circuit)
  • Michael J. Nelson, Latham & Watkins LLP, former law clerk to Hon. Daniel Manion (7th Circuit) and Hon. Paul Gadola (Eastern District of Michigan)

This program will take place on April 12, 2012 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn Street, Chicago.

Law students can join the FBA for just $30 for a one year membership.  There is no charge for this program but it is open only to FBA members.  If you are an FBA member, please RSVP to pfreehling@seyfarth.com no later than April 6, 2012.  If you would like to join the FBA and attend the program, please complete the membership application found at: http://www.fedbar.org/Membership/Membership-Application.aspx and send it with your RSVP no later than April 6, 2012 to:

Paul Freehling
Seyfarth Shaw
131 South Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60603-5577

*If you have questions, contact John Ganz at Jganz@dykema.com

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.

Access to Practice Legal Externships:  Applications Now Available for Summer and Fall Externships

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 available for the Summer and Fall semesters.  Some public sector
externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Why Extern?
To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work.  Most students aren't fortunate enough to receive a paid clerking position — or even a volunteer opportunity — that teaches what they want to learn.  The legal externship program presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places.  For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well approved in-house corporate legal counsel.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State's Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Application Process:
SUMMER 2012:  All positions are posted in Symplicity and labeled as “Access2Practice Legal Externship – Summer 2012”; the position title will be “2012 Summer Extern (For Credit Only)”.  Students must apply for these positions by submitting all requested documents via Symplicity by March 14, 2012.  If you secure a position, an application for credit must be submitted to Professor Gross by April 16, 2012.

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2012 are now available on-line at the Law Offices website, as well as in front of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.  Applications for Legal Externship Fall 2012 must be submitted to Professor Gross by August 3, 2012; more information about available fall externships will be posted soon.  

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page: http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic/ep.html.

 

2012 Neal Gerber Eisenberg 1L Diversity Clerkship

Neal Gerber Eisenberg is now accepting applications for its 2012 Neal Gerber Eisenberg 1L Diversity Clerkship. 
Qualifications:   Applicants must demonstrate each of the following qualifications in their application materials:

1.  Superior academic credentials;
2.  Demonstrated leadership potential; and
3.  A personal track record of significant contributions to diversity efforts and/or diversity affinity networks in academic or professional environments. 

Examples of “significant contributions” include leadership positions in diversity affinity student organizations, mentoring and volunteering in diversity pipeline programs, work experience in civil rights organizations supporting diversity or combating discrimination, and other similar activities requiring personal engagement. 

Clerkship term:  10-week period over the summer, paid on an hourly basis.

Clerkship Structure:  Over the course of the clerkship, the law student will rotate through a few practice areas at the firm.  In each rotation, a partner and associate mentor will be assigned to provide an introduction to practice in that area and to coordinate work assignments and observation opportunities.

Selection criteria:  The firm will select the candidate who meets our academic standards and who demonstrates the highest potential to contribute significantly to the firm’s ongoing diversity efforts.

Application:  Applicants must submit a cover letter, personal statement, resume, official college and law school transcripts, a writing sample, and any additional material in support of their leadership potential and contributions to diversity efforts via email to NGEDiversityClerkship@ngelaw.com.

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund 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 Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.

INTERNSHIP:
The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship 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 Legal Internship 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 the attached 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 Monday, March 26, 2012.  Early submissions are welcome.  Click here for more details.

 

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications Opened For 2Ls on October 15th

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications for 2Ls for Summer 2012 opened on October 15th; Applications for 2Ls/3Ls for Spring 2012 open on November 1st The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,000 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations. PILI also offers a limited number of 200-hour school year internships for Chicago area law students during the Spring Semester. Many PILI Interns provide low-income and disenfranchised clients with critically needed direct legal assistance. Other PILI Interns conduct advocacy, policy-based work or impact litigation that enhances the health, safety and welfare of the disenfranchised. All PILI Interns gain valuable work experience that distinguishes their education and ultimately their careers. As many as 12 Chicago-Kent students in one summer have received PILI internships! More information about PILI internships is here: http://www.pili-law.org/internships.htmApplications for 2L students to apply for summer internships opened on October 15th. Applications for 2L/3L students for Spring Semester 2012 internships will open on November 1st. Applications for 1L students for summer internships, will open on  December 1st.PLEASE NOTE: In order to apply for a PILI Internship, you will need to register on www.IllinoisProBono.org before you can submit your application. There is an approval process that can take up to 24 hours (longer on weekends and holidays). After registering and receiving approval, you may apply online for PILI Internships.

 

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.

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

March 16:  Deadline to apply for National LGBT Bar Association and Prudential 1L Summer Internship

The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National LGBT Bar Association will select a student to join the 2012 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s offices with a stipend of approximately $10,000. Internship positions will be located in the New Jersey tri-state area. A position may be available in Dallas, Texas.

Internship Responsibilities

The summer intern will have the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of the Prudential businesses. The summer intern will also participate in the summer intern training program, which includes programs presented by Prudential attorneys that highlight different areas of the business and the legal department. Each intern will be paired with an attorney who will serve as a mentor during the program and will provide guidance on projects. The summer intern may also have an opportunity to practice interviewing skills, prepare presentations and shadow attorneys on various projects. The summer internship will run between June 4th, 2012 and August 10th, 2012. The summer intern will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references and a copy of your transcript to: Prudential@LGBTbar.org

Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 16th, 2012. Finalist shall be selected and notified on or before March 31st, 2012.

March 21:  Deadline to Apply for Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington Hong Duc Clerkship

VABAW recognizes that an international perspective will greatly enrich and broaden a law student's legal education and experience.  The 2012 H?ng D?c 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 learn about international and comparative law by working at an international law firm.  The Clerkship will award up to a total of $5,000, with approximately $2,000 applied to a round-trip airfare ticket to Vietnam and a maximum of $1,000 for each month of the Clerkship paid directly to the Clerkship Recipient for living expenses.

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 Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5 pm (PST).  If you have any questions, please check our website, www.vabaw.com, or contact the Committee chairperson, Ty Ho, at ty.ho@hoassociates.com.

Summer 2012 NAACP Law Fellow Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the NAACP's 2012 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 economic justice, education, housing, voting rights and environmental justice;
  • Perform case investigation and assist with emerging litigation and administrative complaints;
  • Attend the NAACP National Convention and Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Houston, Texas;
  • Examine and evaluate citizen complaints of civil rights violations; and
  • Interact with civil rights leaders and attorneys.

Law Fellows will be selected based on a number of factors, including: interest in civil rights law, academic credentials, recommendations, and commitment to public interest law.  Selected participants will be awarded a stipend of $6,000 to offset living and travel expenses while participating in the program.  This stipend will be paid on a bi-weekly basis through our payroll system and is subject to applicable state, local, and federal taxes. Fellows will be responsible for securing their own housing and transportation for the duration of the program.  Fellows may also seek funding from outside sources to supplement the stipend.

Questions concerning the program should be directed to Tonya M. Farmer, at legal@naacpnet.org, please use the subject line of 2012 Law Fellow Program.

March 23:  Deadline to Apply for 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 2012 will provide more than 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 AmeriCorps education award voucher upon completion of 300 hours of service that can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans.  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.

Summer Corps will begin accepting online applications for the 2012 program on March 1, 2012.  For more information, please see the EJW Summer Corps websiteThe deadline to apply is March 23, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  See the website for a full list of eligibility criteria.

Federal Communications Bar Association Summer Stipends: Applications due March 14th

For the 19th 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 2012, the Foundation will award several stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other Federal, state and local government agencies 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.

Requirements: Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least eight weeks in communications with a Federal, state or local government agency with a connection to the communications industry, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities.  To the extent a recipient receives unanticipated funding for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to reduce its scholarship awards by any amount that a recipient’s total funding (including all sources) for the internship would otherwise exceed $7,000.Applications for internship funding should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20036 or kerry@fcba.org.  Applications must be post-marked by Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Winners will be notified by Monday, April 16, 2012.  To view the application, go to: http://www.fcba.org/foundation/internship_stipends.shtml or download the attached documents.

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2012-2013 Scholarship

Apply for a 2012-2013 ABA YLD Scholarship today!  The ABA YLD Scholarship Program provides partial conference funding and an opportunity to become more involved in the Division.  Scholarship categories include:  General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners; Government, Public Sector and Military Lawyers; and Minorities in the Profession.  The Application deadline is April 1, 2012. 

The program consists of:

  • Per the Division's financial policy, scholars will receive partial funding to attend the Fall Conference, ABA Midyear Meeting and Spring Conference: round-trip airfare up to $350; $20 ground transportation; and $100 per diem (for two days)
  • Appointment to and active participation in one of the YLD boards or teams.
  • Mentoring
  • All scholars are required to: Attend the YLD Fall Conference, ABA YLD Midyear Meeting, and the YLD Spring Conference and participate in scheduled programming on Friday and Saturday of each meeting
  • Produce a written piece (i.e. 101/201 article, resolution for consideration at the YLD Assembly)
  • Assist on projects as assigned

To be eligible, a scholar must be a "young lawyer," which is defined as any licensed attorney who is under the age of thirty-six or who has been licensed for no more than five years at the start of the scholarship year (September 1).  Applicants for this scholarship program should be ABA YLD-eligible lawyers who fall within at least one of the scholarship areas.  There is no requirement that applicants be presently involved with a local ABA YLD affiliate.  Although applications will be accepted from non-ABA members, any person chosen as a scholarship recipient must be an ABA member before receiving assistance.  In addition, anyone receiving a scholarship must be present at all three funded conferences.

 

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund for Progressive Social Change

ATTENTION STUDENT ACTIVISTS!
Are you organizing for progressive social change?  Leading student movements on your campus or in your community?  If so, read on.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has grants available for student activists who are building progressive movements for social change and who will be enrolled in school during the 2012-13 academic year.  Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has provided need-based grants to students who are involved in building movements for social and economic justice and are able to do academic work at the college level.  Grantees are both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant.  Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be participating in activities in the US and plan to enroll in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify.

The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant’s circumstances and the funding available.  All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year.  Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.

Applications and the supporting documents — transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports — must be postmarked by April 1, 2012.  Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.

For more information, click here.

Defense Research Institute (DRI) 2012 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

The Defense Research Institute (DRI) announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students.  Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply.  

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: Demonstrated academic excellence

  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

Applications must include three recommendations, one each from the following individuals:

  • The Dean or an Associate Dean of the student’s law school
  • A current or past law professor
  • An individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood line or adoption.

For more information and an application, please see http://www.dri.org/About#awards

Click here to download the 2012 application.

 

Job Fairs

Save the Date: Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair August 17, 2012

The 29th Annual Cook County Bar Association Minority Law School Job Fair will be held Friday, August 17, 2012 in Chicago. This job fair provides an excellent opportunity for minority second-year and third-year law students to interview with law firms of all sizes, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations with locations throughout the United States. The anticipated number of employer participants is 150 and will include large, medium and small law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Additional details on the job fair and how to register will be available in the coming weeks.  Allison Smith (asmith16@kentlaw.edu) will be the Career Services liaison for this event.

Save the Date: Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair:
July 26-27, 2012

Are you passionate about starting your career in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm?  Looking to meet legal employers from large, medium and small firms, as well as government agencies, corporations and members of the judiciary?  Get a jump start on creating lasting relationships at the 2012 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks 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.  All fall 2012 full-time 2L students (graduating May 2014) or part-time 2L and 3L (graduating Dec 2014/May 2015) are invited to participate in the fifth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair to be held July 26-27, 2012.  The student registration deadline is June 17, 2012

Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2013/2014 based on full or part-time status.

For more information, click here.

 

Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive after attending a job fair, 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 (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.   

Diversity

Diversity Week Continues

Chicago-Kent students will continue to celebrate the diversity that makes the school both dynamic and welcoming during “Diversity Week,” February 27 – March 6.  This week of events is sponsored by the Student Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Chicago-Kent Lambdas, Gender & Law Society, Hispanic Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA), South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA), and Women in Law (WIL); in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Diversity Day (celebrated on March 2nd).

Events this week:

  • SALSA's Diversity Week Dancing Seminar - On Monday, March 5th SALSA will be putting on a dancing seminar class in support of diversity week.  Please come join us in the 10th floor event room at 7 PM on Monday to learn how to Bollywood dance, Bhangra, Garba, and Raas.  It will be a great time!
  • Women in Law / Lambdas will be screening Miss Representation on Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. as part of Diversity Week!  Pizza will be provided and Professor Baker will lead a discussion after the film.  Here's a little bit about the film: Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
  • State of Black Chicago - On Tuesday, March 6, BLSA will present a panel representing many facets of Black culture for an informative dialogue about the "State of Black Chicago."  Beginning promptly at 7:00pm, in the Auditorium at Chicago Kent, our panel of professionals will discuss relevant topics in the African American community from apportionment to welfare, Obamacare to education, and everything in between. Following our formal program, guests are invited to join us for a reception and the opportunity to interact one-on-one with our speakers. 

March 16:  Deadline to apply for National LGBT Bar Association and Prudential 1L Summer Internship

March 21:  Deadline to Apply for Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington Hong Duc Clerkship

Summer 2012 NAACP Law Fellow Program

Defense Research Institute (DRI) 2012 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

see the Fellowships & Scholarships section for more information

2012 Neal Gerber Eisenberg 1L Diversity Clerkship

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

see the Employment Opportunities section for more information

Resources

2011-2012 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice

Back by popular demand, Law Students for Reproductive Justice is pleased to share the latest edition of the 2011-12 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice.  This one-of-a-kind tool can help guide interested law students toward summers, semesters, or careers in reproductive justice advocacy.  The Guide contains listings for legal internships and fellowships at 75 non-profit organizations across the country. The Guide may be accessed in the Symplicity Document Library; please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships

The Vermont 2012 Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures is now available and may be accessed online. For username and password information, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

2011-2012 Government Honors and Internship Handbook

The 2011-2012 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available and may be accessed online. For username and password information, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

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.

Alumni 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 the Office of Career Services at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or visit 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: Public Interest Job Postings and Summer Funding Resource

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 create an account at the PSLawNet home page,or go directly the the page on funding resources. To register, 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

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.

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