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Week of October 29, 2012

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Make-up procedures for mandatory 1L orientations
  • Mandatory Meetings for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Fall Resume Books: Opt-In (Sign Up!) Continues
  • New CSO Resource: Videoconferencing for Video Interviews
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

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

Programming

  • Exploring Careers Programs Continue
  • October 30:  Exploring Careers in Small and Midsize Firms Program
  • October 31:  Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Informational Session
  • November 2:  Free CBA Program “What Every 1L Should Know: Make the Most of Your Law School Experience to Achieve the Legal Career You Want”
  • November 3:  BWLA Writing Workshop for First Year Law Students at Jenner & Block
  • November 5:  Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception
  • November 7: Preparing Your PILI Application
  • November 7: CBA Careers in Intellectual Property Law
  • November 13: Careers in Family Law Panel
  • November 14: Alternative Careers Day
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications Open For 2Ls on October 15th - Spring Applications Open November 1
  • ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project (NY):  Summer 2013 Legal Internship
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • McAndrews Held & Malloy  2013 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program for 1Ls
  • Franczek Radelet 2013 LEADS Program for 1Ls
  • 2013 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Summer Fellowship Program: Apply now!
  • Georgetown Law Women's Law and Public Policy 2013-2014 Fellowship Program
  • The 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is Now Open
  • 2012-2013  Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Opportunities Now Posted
  • American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women’s Rights Fellowship 2013

Job Fairs

  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair
  • Chicago-Kent 7th Annual Public Service Reception, Washington DC, October 26th - Please RSVP.

Diversity

  • McAndrews Held & Malloy  2013 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program for 1Ls
  • November 3:  BWLA Writing Workshop for First Year Law Students at Jenner & Block
  • ABA Minority Trial Lawyer committee seeks Law Student Contributors for its Website
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Resources

  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships.
  • 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.
  • 2011-2012 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • 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 Resource is becoming PSJD
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • Free Membership to Legal Balance

CSO Information & Announcements

Make-up Procedures for Mandatory 1L Orientations

The makeup procedures for both the Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation program and the Resume and Cover Letter Session are now available.  Videos from both these programs, along with all accompanying handouts, are posted online here:  http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/career-preparation/programs-and-videos.  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 2015 or 2016 graduates) and fill it out as completely as possible.  We use these forms to assign your career counselor.   You MUST return a completed form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) ASAP.  Survey forms are also available in the Career Services Office.

 

Mandatory Meetings for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

Each rising 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of this fall semester.  For those of you interested in a federal court clerkship, applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible. Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you work with your career advisor 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 advisor, 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 plan on bringing your most recent resume with you.

 

Fall Resume Books: Opt-In (Sign Up!) Continues

Fall Resume Books are now available for "opt-in" for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2012 and 2011 class). Employers will be notified that resume books are available on Monday, September 10, 2012, and students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books ASAP. Even if you have secured employment for this fall, keep in mind that fall resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Spring or Summer 2013.

For more information about Resume Books, click here.

 

New CSO Resource: Videoconferencing for Video Interviews

The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office now offers videoconferencing (ISDN and IP options, as well as Skype) to allow employers to interview students remotely. Videoconferencing is a great option for employers and students who cannot travel to conduct interviews.  This videoconferencing equipment is located in Suite 360A, and it is available for students to use in interviewing or other programs upon request.  Please contact the Career Services Office at kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu in advance to reserve use of the video equipment.

 

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.iit.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

OCI and Job Fairs: 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.iit.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.

 

Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2012 Fall Recruiting process.  Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

Programming

Exploring Careers Programs Continue

The career services office is starting off the year with a series of “Exploring” panels to familiarize students with a wide variety of careers paths. The “Exploring” series started with the Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and last through October. The upcoming "Exploring Careers" programs are as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 30 at noon:  Small and Midsize Firms

 

October 30:  Exploring Careers in Small and Midsize Firms Program

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time: Noon
Location: Room 570

Small and mid-sized law firms offer a diverse range of practice areas and employ the largest percentage of law school graduates.  They are also a significant source of law clerking positions. On Tuesday, October 30 at noon in room 570 come and learn what they look for in applicants, what are average salaries, and how to identify and research this vast array of employers. Panelists will discuss the benefits to working at a small or midsize law firm, their personal career trajectories, and job search and interviewing tips.

 

October 31:  Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program Informational Session

Share your gifts, and receive a wealth of experience in the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program.  Attend an informational session about this Fellows Program to learn more!

Date:  Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Time:  3-4pm
Location:  Room 545

Now in its seventeenth year, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program addresses the health and well-being of underserved and vulnerable communities throughout Chicago while also cultivating a cadre of aspiring professionals to embark on a lifelong path of service. Annually, we select 30 graduate students from diverse fields to become Fellows who will design and implement year-long direct service projects aimed at improving health and strengthening communities.  

The Fellows Program draws upon Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s ethic of “Reverence for Life” and his vision that a wealth of idealism and altruism exists in communities that can be tapped as a powerful instrument against the problems facing the poor and underserved.  In addition to their service projects, other elements of the Program are designed to inspire and inform the Fellows, and to reinforce their commitment to humanitarian service.  These include monthly meetings, symposia on pertinent public health issues and service days. Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend for their participation.

This Fellows Program is one of 13 Schweitzer Fellowship Programs that have been established around the US.  Nationally more than 2,200 Schweitzer Fellows in the fields of medicine, law, public health, psychology, social work, pharmacy, occupational therapy, music and others have followed Dr. Schweitzer's example and "made their lives their argument."  Chicago’s active "Fellows for Life" network enables Schweitzer alumni to continue to remain in contact with each other, and provides them with further leadership development and volunteering opportunities.  Information about the program may also be found online at http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org or you may send an email to rwang@hmprg.org.

 

November 2:  Free CBA Program “What Every 1L Should Know: Make the Most of Your Law School Experience to Achieve the Legal Career You Want”

It is no secret that the legal market is more competitive than ever. In addition to studying as much as possible, first year law students need to think strategically about their legal education to maximize their exposure to the legal profession.  During your years in law school, how will you best position yourself for the job you want and beat out the competition?  Come hear from a panel who will share their experiences and advice and learn about ways to distinguish yourself from the rest.

*Meet up in the school lobby to walk with other Chicago-Kent students!  1L SBA Rep Casey Brown will meet students at 4pm in the Chicago-Kent 1st floor front lobby to lead the group to this program.

Panelists will address a wide range of topics, including:

  • Planning your legal education curriculum to gain legal experience;
  • Legal aid, pro bono and volunteerism to increase exposure to legal professionals;
  • Internship and externship experiences;
  • Networking; and
  • Work/life balance.

The program is open to all law students but geared towards first year students.

Panelists:
Emily Acosta, 3L at Chicago-Kent College of Law; Co-Chair of the CBA Law Student Committee
Tina Cohen, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Ryanne Easley, Director of Grant Making at The Chicago Bar Foundation
Jonathan Mraunac, Associate at Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff; YLS Director

Those who attend will have an opportunity to win:

  • One $1,000 off certificate from Kaplan
  • Kaplan 1L kits to the first 25 1Ls that show up (valued at $100 each)
  • Five free Kaplan 2L kits (valued at $100 each)
  • One $1,000 Discount off a course from BarBri
  • Five MBE Flashcard gift certificates (AdaptiBar)
  • One MBE Simulator & Prep Program gift certificate (AdaptiBar)
Food will be provided by Kaplan.

 

November 3:  BWLA Writing Workshop for First Year Law Students at Jenner & Block

This FREE event is designed to help first year law students develop their writing skills to gain an advantage with writing final exams, completing legal writing assignments, and competing for law journal

What:  Breakfast and panel discussion with area law school professors covering exam, memo, and brief writing.
When:  Saturday, November 3, 2012, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where:  Jenner & Block LLP, 353 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

To Register: Email administrator@bwla.org or go online to www.bwla.org no later than Monday, October 29, 2012.

 

November 5:  Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception 

Save the Date!  The Chicago Area Law School Consortium presents the Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception on Monday, November 5 from 5:30-7pm.

Come learn about non-profit and government agency volunteer, intern and employment opportunities. 

When?  Monday, November 5th,  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Where?  Loyola University Chicago, Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson, Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor

We hope to see you there!  Questions? Call 312-915-7160 or email law-career@luc.edu.

 

November 7: Preparing Your PILI Application

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: Room TBA

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.  As many as 12 Chicago-Kent students in one summer have received PILI internships!  Come to this presentation to learn more about how to obtain a PILI internship.  For more information, visit the PILI website at www.pili-law.org.

 

November 7:  CBA Careers in Intellectual Property Program

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Time:  4:00-6:00 p.m.  (Reception Immediately Following)
Location: CBA Headquarters, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. Chicago, IL 60604

A panel of practicing intellectual property attorneys representing a wide variety of professional experience will outline the types of issues dealt with on a daily basis and why intellectual property is important for every business. These professionals will also give insider advice on creating job opportunities through networking, resume building, interview techniques and practical advice for working in this field.

Topics Include:

  • Intellectual property practice in corporate, in-house, and law firms
  • Improving resumes
  • Interview tactics
  • Networking
  • Leveraging previous work experience
  • Practical advice for day-to-day practice and dealing with employers, colleagues, and staff

Panelists:

  • Pamela DiCarlantonio, Managing Director and Legal Recruiter, Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • Olivia Luk, Associate, Niro, Haller & Niro
  • Sasha Mayergoyz, Partner, Jones Day, and former law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Marron Mahoney, former law clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Co-Vice Chair YLS Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Eric Martin, Director, Corporate Licensing & Acquisitions, Abbott Laboratories
  • Marci Rolnik, Legal Director, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Moderators:
  • Steve Reynolds, DLA Piper; Co-Chair,YLS Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Jessica Godell, Neal & McDevitt LLC; Co-Chair, YLS Intellectual Property Law Committee

This program is Complimentary for Members!

 

November 13: Careers in Family Law Panel

Think outside the box when it comes to practicing “family law”!  Family law attorneys work on a wide range of matters with diverse client populations, in both private and public interest settings.  On Tuesday, November 13th from noon to 1pm in room C40, hear from a panel of practicing attorneys about the work they do:

  • David Grund, Grund & Leavitt, P.C.
  • Joel Ostrow, Law Office of Joel Ostrow
  • Monica Silva, Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • Melanie MacBride, Legal Aid Society, Metropolitan Family Services

This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and Child & Family Law Society.  FOOD WILL BE SERVED!

 

Alternative Careers Day

On Wednesday, November 14th, 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.

Schedule of Events

Individual Career Strategy Sessions
Ms. Heisler will be available for individual 30 minute strategy sessions with students interested in an alternative legal career. Sign ups open on Monday, November 5th at 9am at this website; register early to secure your spot!

Assessing Your Alternative Career Options
This program will address the issues of how to select your alternative career and how to network and market yourself to achieve that career goal. 3– 4pm, Room C40. Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu for this program.

Strategy Hour
Ms. Heisler will be available for individual one-on-one consultations throughout the day (sign ups forthcoming), and she will be in the Career Services Office, Suite 360, from 4 – 5pm to answer quick questions and provide tips on making the most of the evening networking reception.

Alternative Careers Reception

At 5:00 pm, network with professionals using their legal education and experience in alternative careers in the Second Floor Cafeteria.  Please RSVP tokentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by Monday, November 12th.

 

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 Chicago-Kent's job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications Open For 2Ls on October 15th - Spring Applications Open November 1st

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications for 2Ls for Summer 2013 open on October 15th, and Applications for 2Ls/3Ls for Spring 2013 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 summer internships is here http://www.pili-law.org/applyforsummerinternships.htmApplications for 2L students to apply for summer internships will open on October 15th.  Applications for 1L students for summer internships, will open on  December 1st.

Applications for 2L/3L students for Spring Semester 2013 internships will open on November 1st.  For more information on Spring 2013 internships, go here:  http://www.pili-law.org/applyforschoolyearinternships.htm.   

PLEASE NOTE: In order to apply for a PILI Internship, you will need to register onwww.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.

 

 

ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project (NY):  Summer 2013 Legal Internship

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Criminal Law Reform Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2013.
The Criminal Law Reform Project is offering Legal Interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation.  The Summer Legal Internship requires a 10 to 12 week commitment.  Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds.  Arrangements can also be made with the student's law school for work/study stipends or course credit. Interns who do not secure funding may be eligible for a stipend provided by the Project.
 
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the CLRP team. Interns will gain hands on experience in all aspects of litigation, which may include:
 

  • Conducting legal and policy research.
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
  • Participating in discovery and motion practice.
  • Assisting in the preparation of expert and percipient witnesses for courtroom testimony.
  • Assisting with the Project’s non-litigation advocacy work.
  • Traveling with legal team to assist with the Project’s work.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, two references, and a legal writing sample, preferably 10 pages or less in length, by email to hrjobsCLRP@aclu.org reference  [CLRP Summer 2013 Legal Internship/LS] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Criminal Law Reform Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:

Law Student Intern Program
RE: Summer 2013 Legal Internship – CLRP/LS
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply by December 15, 2012.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

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

McAndrews Held & Malloy  2013 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program

In furtherance of the goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. is proud to announce its 2013 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program.  This -prestigious fellowship is a key component of McAndrews’ recruiting program.  The firm intends to award a paid summer associate (clerkship) position for a period of 10 to 12 weeks following the recipient’s completion of his/her first year of law school.  The position is part of McAndrews’ Summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation.  The firm intends to award a $5,000 fellowship on or about September 1, 2013, at the completion of the clerkship.  

As a summer associate at the McAndrews office in Chicago, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer.  To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.  Given the collegial culture at McAndrews, the Diversity Fellow will also establish rewarding relationships with other attorneys.

Candidate must (a) be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school with a diverse background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; (b) have a degree in science or engineering; and (c) intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois. Applications will be accepted December 1, 2012, through January 15, 2013. In-person interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis.  Applications can be found at the firm website here:  http://www.mcandrews-ip.com/files/McAndrewsFellowshipApplication-2012.pdf.   

Applications must include:

  • Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
  • Undergraduate transcript (with GPA); and
  • 500-word personal statement explaining why you wish to pursue a career in patent law, why you are interested in the McAndrews firm as a place to work, and how your background and/or life experiences would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law.

 

2013 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Summer Fellowship Program:  Apply Now!

The Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago is in the process of recruiting graduate students for the 2013 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.  The Mayor's Office Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students in any concentration who will be enrolled during the summer and are interested in local government and public policy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about municipal government and participate in a unique, hands-on experience in the development of new policy and program initiatives. Participants research policies and evaluate their potential benefit to Chicago, draft memoranda for Mayor’s Office senior staff on upcoming issues and new initiatives, and participate in a variety of talks and tours that provide insight into how City government operates.

There is a two-step application process.  Prospective Fellows should visit www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfellowship to begin the application process. Step 1 of the application process will close at 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Initial applications will be  screened for qualification and applicants will be selected to move on to the Second Step of the application process which includes submitting:  two letters of recommendation, a written response to a policy problem and a personal statement to the Mayor’s Office directly.  Applicants who reach the Second Step will also be interviewed and based upon the results of the interview process and written documents, a final selection of fellows will be made.  Specific details can be found at www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfellowship.

Candidates are selected on a nationwide basis from public and private colleges and universities. Candidates must be current students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 5.0 scale. Fellows are not classified as full-time employees. Residency in the City of Chicago is required prior to starting the fellowship program. Relocation is at the applicant’s expense.  Fellows are paid at a rate of $20 per hour.

International students must have an F-1 Student Visa and must be a full-time student.  International students are required to have a social security number/card which states “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.”

For further information, please contact Kathryn O’Connell, Coordinator of the Fellowship Program at 312-744-6655or kathryn.o’connell@cityofchicago.org.

 

Franczek Radelet 2013 LEADS Fellowship Program, 1L Students

Fraczek Radelet invites 1L law students to apply for the 2013 LEADS program.  For more information in the LEADS Fellowship program, so here: http://www.franczek.com/f-leadsprogram.html.

1L Law Students

We are also inviting 1L students to apply for the 2013 LEADS program.
To express your interest in being invited to apply for the program, send your resume and undergraduate transcript to allmarketing@franczek.com no later than Friday, December 14, 2012.  Selected candidates will be invited to apply for the 2013 program.

Contact: Amy Moor Gaylord
LEADS Fellowship Coordinator

312.786.6172  amg@franczek.com

 

Georgetown Law Women's Law and Public Policy 2013-2014 Fellowship Program

The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at the Georgetown University Law Center offers one year Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women's rights throughout their careers. Although each Fellowship experience is unique, all of our Fellows work full-time advancing women’s rights at a D.C.-based organization, learn together about substantive women’s rights issues, explore a multitude of career paths through which they can advocate for women’s equality, and develop their legal skills through seminars, trainings, networking events and other Fellowship activities. For more information please visit the website: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp/.   

For the 2013-2014 Fellowship year the potential work placements include:

  • One-year Fellowship at the National Partnership for Women and Families;
  • One-year Fellowship at the National Women's Law Center;
  • Two, one-year Fellowships at organizations working on Women and HIV/AIDS, one domestic and one internationally focused.
  • Two-year Fellowship at Georgetown Law as a Domestic Violence Teaching Fellow;
    • Fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer.
    • Domestic Violence Teaching Fellows are also eligible to receive a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown.
  • Two-year Fellowship at Georgetown Law as a International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHRC) Teaching Fellow
    • PLEASE NOTE: The International Women’s Human Rights Clinic position is only offered every other year.  Please consider applying to be the International Women’s Human Rights Clinical Fellow for the 2014-2015 Fellowship year in November 2013

To apply, please submit the following:

  • The Application Form, including the essay questions.
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official law school transcript. 
  • If you also want to be considered for the Domestic Violence Teaching Fellowship, attach a supplemental essay describing any litigation, policy, scholarly or volunteer experience you have had in the domestic violence field.  For additional details, please visit the clinic website at: www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/sdc.  

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

Send your completed application via e-mail to wlppfp@law.georgetown.edu by Friday, November 16th, 2012.  Your recommendation letters may be scanned and sent as e-mail attachments, or may be mailed separately.  Your official law school transcript (stamped/sealed) must be sent as a hardcopy. WLPPFP cannot consider your application until your official stamped/sealed law school transcript is received. Photocopies are not sufficient. 

 

The 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is Now Open   

As a participant in the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S., Equal Justice Works Fellows create dream jobs with nonprofit organizations. Fellows receive a salary and are eligible for loan repayment assistance. The 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is now open.

Please visit the Equal Justice Works website for up-to-date information on sponsor preferences, suggestions for writing a good fellowship application and more.  In addition, we will be providing a free, informational webinar "How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowships" on Monday, August 6, 2012.   Students interested in attending the webinar can register here.

 

2012-2013  Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Opportunities Now Posted

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship opportunities for 2012-2013 have been posted.  In partnership with AmeriCorps, this program allows Fellows to make a lasting impact on the communities they serve by facilitating pro bono opportunities and expanding the legal resources in low-income and underserved communities. A living allowance is provided and an educational award is earned after successful completion of the program. Recent graduates (within 3 years of graduation) apply for positions starting in July, for position that may begin as soon as the August or September.

A summary can be found on the Equal Justice Works website.  Please note that applications must be submitted directly to the host site – do not apply to Equal Justice Works.

 

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women’s Rights Fellowship 2013

The Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation's (ACLU) National Office in New York City seeks applicants for sponsored fellowships, such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Liman and other public interest fellowships, beginning in the Fall of 2013.

Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women's Rights Project has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting low-income women, women of color, and immigrant women. WRP has overall responsibility for implementing ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination. WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU legislative work on women’s rights, and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, outreach, and participation in coalitions. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in Congressional efforts to promote gender equality, and in other significant public education on behalf of women and girls.

The Women’s Rights Project has three core priority areas of focus: education; violence against women and girls; and employment. Cutting across these priority areas, WRP seeks to incorporate an international human rights framework into its litigation and advocacy efforts.

WRP is particularly interested in sponsoring a candidate to work on a project advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. The project will combine litigation and advocacy with community outreach and public education. WRP staff will work with the chosen candidate to develop the fellowship proposal.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The fellows will be participating in trial litigation at all levels of federal and state courts, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting legal and factual research;
  • Interviewing clients;
  • Drafting briefs and pleadings, and amicus curiae briefs;
  • Assisting in discovery and motion practice;
  • Providing support for ACLU affiliate litigation;
  • Serving as a resource for ACLU legislative and policy work;
  • Advancing ACLU policy goals through public education, organizing and participating in coalitions.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. degree or expect to receive one by the Fall of 2013.
  • Knowledge of legal issues involving women’s rights discrimination, violence against women, or housing is preferred but not required.
  • Skilled at complex legal analytical work.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
  • Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks.
  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU and advancing women’s rights.

COMPENSATION

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

HOW TO APPLY

Individuals interested in receiving WRP sponsorship should send a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the potential project areas described above, a resume, an unofficial transcript, the names and telephone numbers of three legal references, and a legal writing sample to via e-mail to hrjobsWRP@aclu.org - reference [WRP-12/ACLU-W] in subject line – or by mail to:

Human Resources
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
[Re: WRP-12/ACLU-W]
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

We encourage applicants to send materials as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a decision is made.

 

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will be held on October 26-27 in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls, and recent graduates to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States.  If you are willing and interested in expanding your job search beyond Chicago, this can be a very useful Conference & Career Fair.  Please note that 1Ls are welcome to attend the conference and participate in table talk with employers, but they cannot interview.  Students can register and find more information about the Conference & Career Fair at the website.  The registration and application deadline has now closed.  Employers begin to review resume and cover letters and create their interview schedules for the conference beginning on September 20th through October 4th; students will be notified if they received an interview from September 20th through October 11th.  Students who do not receive interviews can still attend the conference to participate in Table Talk and the informative and interesting conference presentations.  PLEASE NOTE: If you decide not to attend, you have until 5 p.m. EST October 16 to cancel your registration and receive a full refund. Cancellations after 5 p.m. EST October 16 will not be refunded.

A special “Chicago-Kent Public Service Employers Reception,” will be held in connection with the conference on Friday, October 26th, 5:30-7:30pm at Fado Irish Pub (Washington DC), where Chicago-Kent students will be able to meet Chicago-Kent alumni working in Washington DC.  If you have any questions, you can contact Allison Smith in the Career Services Office.

IMPORTANT REMAINING DATES
September 14 - October 11:  Student registration only for those not seeking an interview (may attend conference workshops and Table Talk)
September 20 - October 4: Employer application review and interviewee selection
September 20 - October 11: Students accept or decline interviews
September 26: Last day to reserve a hotel room at our discounted rate
October 16: Last day to cancel student registration with full refund
October 26 - 27: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

 

Chicago-Kent 7th Annual Public Service Reception, Washington DC, October 26th - Please RSVP

Chicago-Kent students and alumni are invited to attend the 7th Annual Public Service Reception on Friday, October 26th, 5:30-8pm at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest  Washington, DC 20001. This event is held annually for Chicago-Kent students attending the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, and Chicago-Kent Alumni in the DC area. To attend the reception, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 23rd to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu. This annual event provides the opportunity for Chicago-Kent students to meet with Chicago-Kent Alumni in the Washington DC area. Appetizers and beer/soda will be provided. Don't miss this great networking event, held in connection with the Conference & Career Fair!

 

Diversity

McAndrews Held & Malloy  2013 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program

November 3:  BWLA Writing Workshop for First Year Law Students at Jenner & Block

ABA Minority Trial Lawyer committee seeks Law Student Contributors for its Website

As part of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee's ongoing efforts to increase the quality of its website while also providing additional platforms for its members to increase their public visibility, the committee is currently seeking contributors for the News and Developments section of our website. Contributors to the News and Developments section would have the opportunity to write brief (between 250–750 words) "blog-like" entries about emerging topics that are relevant to the MTL's broad membership. If you are interested in submitting contributions to the MTL's News and Developments section or would like more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Brian Josias.

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."

2012-2013 Government Honors and Internship Handbook

The 2012-2013 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 access 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.iit.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 “Resources” tab. Within Resources, 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 password recently changed, and frequently changes. 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.iit.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.iit.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.iit.edu for the username and password.

PSLawNet Resource is becoming PSJD

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.

As of August 27, 2012, PSLawNet is now PSJD, a redesigned website that retains all of PSLawNet’s content but that adds easier navigation, enhanced searching, and new tools for job-seekers and employers alike.  PSLawNet users will be able to log in to PSJD with existing PSLawNet login credentials, and our job-seeker “email alerts” will continue uninterrupted.  As of August 27th PSJD will be found at http://www.psjd.org. To register, go to http://www.psjd.org, 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.

PSJD Fellowship Corner

Interested in pursuing a fellowship upon graduation? Then be sure to check out PSJD's "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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