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Week of December 2, 2019

Information & Announcements

  • 1Ls: You can now make an appointment with your career advisor!
  • 2Ls and 3Ls: Make an appointment with your career advisor!
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Programming

Employment Opportunities

  • The Albert Schwitzer Fellowship for Public Health. Application is open now.
  • Federal Work Study applications open for spring 2020.
  • A2P Legal Externships.
  • Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship, Protecting Worker's Rights - Application opens soon
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Applications open for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020
  • ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)

Fellowships & Scholarships

Job Fairs  

Diversity

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Mentoring Program Accepting Applications. Applications open now.
  • 1L LCLD Scholar Opportunities.
  • Reed Smith 1L Diversity Fellowship Programs. Application deadline varies.
  • Just The Beginning 2020 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project - Application Deadline is January 3, 2020
  • Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. Application deadline is January 3.
  • ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship - Application Deadline is January 8, 2020
  • ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). Application deadline is January 10.
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Now Accepting Applications. Application deadline is January 10.
  • McGuire Woods 1L LCLD Scholars Program. Application deadline is January 17.
  • Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarships. Applications deadline is February 1.
  • Finnegan Diversity Scholarship. Application deadline is February 7.

Resources

  • 2019-2020 Chicago Area Law Firm List - Updated and Available
  • Updated Resume and Cover Letter Guides are now available in the Symplicity Document Library
  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: Updated version available
  • ABA Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)  
  • CSO Resources
  • Resources provided by the Chicago Bar Association
  • PracticeTracks Videos
  • @theBar Podcast for Young Lawyers

Information & Announcements

1Ls: You can now make an appointment with your career advisor!

We continue to welcome you all to your first year at Chicago-Kent! October 1st has come and gone and you may now start making appointments with your career advisor through Symplicity. Please keep in mind that all 1Ls are required to meet with their assigned career advisor before Friday, January 24, 2020.

Prior to your first meeting with your career advisor you need to review the CSO Resume guide (found here) and the Resume Workshop found in the CSO folder in Panopto. After reviewing these, please draft a new or revised resume based off the guidelines discussed in those resources. When your draft is complete, you MUST upload it in Word format to Symplicity no less than 48 hours before your scheduled counseling appointment.

In addition to meeting with your career advisor, you can also do the following things to start planning for your future career:

  • Begin drafting mock cover letters
  • Attend CSO panels, workshops, and programs
  • Regularly check the CSO Record and Facebook page for updates about upcoming events
  • Research areas of practice and career paths by talking to upper-level students, professors, and practicing attorneys
  • Come up with a list of practice settings and practice areas that interest you

We hope you have a successful first semester, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

2Ls and 3Ls - Make an Appointment!

Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor to discuss your recent summer experience, job search status and plans for the Fall 2019 semester. Your career advisor can also show you new updates on many tools to assist you with networking, professional development, and career planning as an upper level law student. Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of the Fall semester. Get a head start and make your appointment today!

Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO

The Career Services Office is available to review student resumes and cover letters, and to conduct mock interviews, to help you better prepare for a variety of opportunities! If you have an upcoming interview, please consider scheduling a mock interview with your Career Services counselor. You can schedule an appointment directly through Symplicity! If you have questions about how to schedule an appointment, please email the Career Services Office at kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Free ABA Memberships for Students

The American Bar Association offers free memberships to all students enrolled in law school. The membership grants law students access to resources tailored to their interests and needs, opportunities to build their professional skills plus access to the ABA’s job listings, clerkships, internships and career events.

You can enroll here - http://www.americanbar.org/abalawstudents.

Programming        

Employment Opportunities

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

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for Public Health
Applications open now

The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on community service and leadership development in public health. Students create a proposal now, due on February 1, 2020, for a project that will last during the duration of the upcoming, 2020 - 2021 academic year.

The program aims to provide communities in the Greater Chicago area with needed health and human services through the talented assistance of graduate and professional students, build a diverse group of future service leaders who are skilled and committed to working with underserved populations, and support program alumni who continue in lives of service through a network of more than 4,000 Fellows for Life. Through the fellowship, 30 graduate students from a wide variety of health professional and public service fields will design and lead innovative projects to help Chicago's underserved communities improve their health and well-being.

Schweitzer Fellows will provide 200 hours of direct service, receive a $2,500 stipend, receive the guidance of mentors, develop program planning and leadership skills, and join a multidisciplinary network of like-minded change agents. Applicants need to submit a project proposal that addresses a community's needs. The proposal should be specific about their exact role in the project, short and long-term goals, and how the project may be of enduring value to the community. Timeline: Applications must be received on or before February 1, 2020. Finalists will be interviewed in mid March, and Fellows will be announced in early April. Applicants must be enrolled at least part time throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

APPLICATION OPEN NOW, LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.hmprg.org/programs/schweitzer/

Federal Work Study Application - Open

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a need-based financial aid program established by the federal government. The FWS program provides employment opportunities for eligible students, allowing them to earn, rather than borrow, a portion of their educational costs. Chicago-Kent students who are FWS eligible may receive payment for their work at government and public interest organizations in the Chicago area through FWS funds. However, the number of positions will be limited due to FWS budgetary limitations, and there are other restrictions and limitations as to where students can be funded to work.

Please click here for more information and the required request form.

FEDERAL WORK STUDY Applications for Spring 2020 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration.

DEADLINE for Spring 2020, with a start date of January 21 (first day of classes), is Wednesday, January 8; applications for later start dates will be considered on a rolling basis. Processing time may take a week or more. Allow plenty of time for approval, and the time it takes to go onto the Chicago-Kent payroll.

Spring federal work study will begin on January 21 (first day of classes) and end on May 1 (last day of classes).

A2P Legal Externships
Applications available

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal. LEP externships are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and in the Summer session and consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class. Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Fall/Spring semesters for a minimum total of 224 hours. In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

You select and obtain your own externship. This program does not assign you to a particular placement. To gain access to the many available externship placement possibilities, consult Symplicity. 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 U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies.
Students interested in criminal law may extern 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. In addition, there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for Spring 2020 LEP placements. These externship opportunities will also be posted on Symplicity.

The Information and Application packets for the Spring 2020 LEP will be made available online at https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/externships/students and in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area in the near future. All applications to participate in the program must be received by Monday, January 6, 2020, in order to allow sufficient time for final school approval and registration.

Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship, Protecting Worker's Rights, application open soon
Application open in December

The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program, is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country. In 2019, we awarded funded summer fellowships to 87 law students and one part-time funded school-year fellowship for 2019-2020. We anticipate awarding a similar number in 2020. We will also award one part-time funded school-year fellowship at the Chicago News Guild again for 2020-2021. The Summer Fellowship Program provides $6000 stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers' rights. We routinely collaborate with over 150 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience challenging work assignments. Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent one of its kind. Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers. They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law. The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and committed group.

APPLICATION OPEN in DECEMBER, LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
Application for Spring and Summer 2020 open

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students with public interest law agencies in Illinois and pays them for their work. Typically, Interns receive $6,000 for working 400 hours during the summer and $3,000 for working 200 hours over a semester. Interns can also receive law school credit for their Internship if first approved by both the student’s law school and agency. The application for Spring 2019 and Summer 2020 is currently OPEN for all students.

For more information and to apply, go to

http://pili.org/internships://pili.org/internships

ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)
Application due January 10

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications from second-year law students for its summer 2020 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 4. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted starting on December 1. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all diverse first- or second-year law students. Applications must be submitted by the January 10, 2020 deadline.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify as LGBT.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications but may not request judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Internships for students with a focus on intellectual property law will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their application. These specialized spots are limited, and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Detailed program information, frequently asked questions and a copy of the application are available at our website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/jiop/

Fellowships & Scholarships   

Job Fairs

 

Diversity

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Mentoring Program Accepting Applications
Applications Now Open in Chicago - Apply ASAP

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is offering a wonderful mentoring program. LCLD is a national organization of more than 300 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners. For more information about LCLD, please visit LCLD’s website at www.lcldnet.org.

LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career. To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD launched the 2019-2020 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in more than 33 cities around the country, including Chicago. Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in Chicago, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations. For a list of member law firms and corporations, please visit LCLD’s website at http://www.lcldnet.org/about/law-firm-membership/ and http://www.lcldnet.org/ about/corporation-membership/. Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming.

Students can register on LCLD’s website, using the following link: http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/law-schoolmentoring/mentees/.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me or Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager (nrichardson@lcldnet.com or 804.399.2985).

1L LCLD Scholar Opportunities
Application deadlines vary

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The program offers you the rare opportunity to spend a summer working alongside attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. It provides them with valuable professional experiences while introducing them to the value of relationships and building networks with LCLD Members.

For more information on how to apply, go to https://www.lcldnet.org/programs/1l-scholars/candidates/

To view the list of specific opportunities, go to https://www.lcldnet.org/programs/1l-scholars/program-participants/

Reed Smith 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Application deadlines vary

For complete information on all of the firm's diversity opportunities across the country, go to https://www.reedsmith.com/en/careers/general/diversity-initiatives

One of the firm's 1L diversity opportunities is the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program. Reed Smith is a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The LCLD is made up of more than 275 corporate chief legal o?cers and law ?rm managing partners working to build a more open and diverse legal profession. As a member of the LCLD, the firm's Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Pisburgh, and Tysons o?ces participate in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, which is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse ?rst-year law students. The program o?ers students the opportunity to work side-by-side with our lawyers as part of our Summer Associate Program.

How to apply: Applications should be sent to the contacts listed below and must include the following materials:

Current resume
A diversity statement, which can serve as a cover letter
Undergraduate and law school transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable)
Legal writing sample
Please reference “1L LCLD Scholars Program” in the email subject line

Application Deadlines:
Submissions to the Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Tysons offices will be accepted between November 15, 2019 and December 31, 2019
Submissions to the Pittsburgh office will be accepted until January 31, 2020

Recruiting contacts:
Chicago: Jennifer Thomas
Houston: Kaci Kingsley ·
Philadelphia: Tiffany McClendon
Pittsburgh: Katie Sikon
Tysons: Brittani Wilson

Just The Beginning 2020 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project
Application due January 3

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are pleased to announce the eighth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project (“Project”) for Summer 2020.

The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community. Operating nationally since 2011, the JRC-JTB Project has placed nearly 490 law students in successful internships to date. Over 100 judges have participated in our efforts and look to the JRC-JTB Project for summer internship candidates.

The JRC-JTB Project is national in scope and will place law students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country. Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge’s chambers.

Applicants who are hired must commit to participating in two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of their internship, either in-person or via video-conference. Additionally, applicants must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern or to find outside funding sources, and must commit to working in chambers for a minimum of six weeks. At present, this is an unpaid internship. Applicants are encouraged to seek law school or non-profit funding.

To access the application go to, https://www.tfaforms.com/4757024

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Application due January 3

Launched in 2005, Fish & Richardson’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides annual fellowships to diverse first-year law students throughout the country. The Program represents a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: Each selected Fellow receives a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices during the summer of 2020; mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and a scholarship reward of up to $30,000. Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; $10,000 to those returning as a 2L summer associate at Fish for the full 10 weeks of the summer program; and $15,000 to those who join the firm as an associate after law school graduation.

For more information and to apply, go to https://www.fr.com/about/diversity/

ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship
Application due January 8

Background and Mission: The American Bar Association Business Law Section is committed to encouraging diversity in the Section by fostering a welcoming environment for all lawyers and promoting full and equal participation by all lawyers, including lawyers of color, women lawyers, gay and lesbian lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities ("Diverse Lawyers").

To further this mission, the Business Law Section sponsors the Diversity Clerkship Program. This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for four qualified diverse second year law students. Participating clerks will receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices that many of them lack.

The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For law students, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that will advance their future career opportunities in law practice, and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work. Participants in the Diversity Clerkship will receive a $3,000 stipend to cover living expenses upon the start of their Clerkship.

For more information and to apply, visit https://form.jotform.com/92615837715162

ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)
Application due January 10

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications from second-year law students for its summer 2020 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 4. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted starting on December 1. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all diverse first- or second-year law students. Applications must be submitted by the January 10, 2020 deadline.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, women, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify as LGBT.

Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, D.C.; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications but may not request judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Internships for students with a focus on intellectual property law will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their application. These specialized spots are limited, and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Detailed program information, frequently asked questions and a copy of the application are available at our website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/jiop/

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Now Accepting Applications
Application due January 10

The ACC Chicago - Diversity Summer Internship Program places a select group of first year law students with diverse backgrounds from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments. Selected students are provided a $9,000 stipend to work for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the 2020 summer.

The Program consists of four main components: (1) the corporate in-house internship, (2) robust mentorship, (3) networking building, (4) charity.

Each intern will be assigned to work in the legal department of a Chicago area company, where they may perform a variety of work, including legal research, memo writing, contract drafting, attending internal and external meetings, and generally experiencing what in-house attorneys do on a day-to-day basis.

The mentoring portion of the Program includes assignment of two (2) mentors and attendance at several mandatory evening group mentor programs (attended by all interns, mentors, corporate hosts, and other in-house lawyers). Programs include a resume writing workshop, networking workshop, and other social networking events. Each intern will be assigned two mentors – a lawyer within their host legal department and a lawyer from ACC Chicago.

The Program offers its interns the opportunity to meet and network with their future peers, including current in-house counsel, ACC Chicago members, and attorneys from various law firms throughout the Chicagoland area. The Program’s social outings and other substantive programs provide ample time for interns, hosts, and mentors to get to know each other. As such, mandatory attendance is required for each event.

The final element of the Program includes an event where interns and committee member volunteer at a local charity.

The Chicago Chapter of ACC is looking for students from diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Additionally, the Chapter seeks students who are eager to learn and are capable of thriving in a corporate environment.

Requirements (no exceptions):
- Currently enrolled in an Illinois law school
- Only open to 1Ls

For the summer of 2020 applications are now being accepted. Students may download the application here. The deadline to submit is 11:59pm on January 10, 2020. After that, some students will be chosen for an interview.

For more detailed information, you may download the Intern Packet for 2020.

McGuire Woods 1L LCLD Scholars Program
Application due January 17

McGuireWoods is a proud member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). In connection with the LCLD Pipeline Committee’s 1L Scholars Program, we are pleased to announce our partnership in the following internships:

1. McGuireWoods/Exelon (Baltimore)

2. McGuireWoods/Ally Financial (Charlotte)

3. McGuireWoods/Verizon (Chicago)

4. McGuireWoods/FedEx (Pittsburgh)

5. McGuireWoods/Capital One (Richmond)

6. McGuireWoods/Dominion Energy (Richmond)

7. McGuireWoods/TBD (San Francisco)

8. McGuireWoods/Duke Energy (Washington, D.C.)

These partnerships will each provide a unique opportunity for a diverse 1L law student to work side by side with both McGuireWoods attorneys and the legal department of a national organization during a 10 week paid internship in the summer of 2020. The 1L LCLD Scholar will spend 6–8 weeks in one of the McGuireWoods offices listed above and the remaining time in the legal department of the partner organization. The 2020 1L LCLD Scholars will be provided with multiple networking opportunities, including:

• Attendance at the 1L LCLD Scholars Summit from June 2–4, 2020 in Atlanta, GA

• Participation in the first 6–8 weeks of the firm’s summer program

• Additional networking events throughout the summer

For more information and to apply, go to https://media.mcguirewoods.com/careers/lcld-application.pdf

Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarships
Application due February 1

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, Barnes & Thornburg is offering 1L Diversity Scholarships for a summer positions in its Indianapolis, SouthBend/Elkhart and Chicago markets. Candidates must be a first-year law student with a demonstrated commitment to positive change on the diversity, inclusion and equity front and to contributing meaningfully to the diversity, inclusion and equity goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. The scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm.

For more information and to apply, go to https://www.btlaw.com/firm?section=uncommon-culture-diversity-inclusion-diversity-scholarship

Finnegan Diversity Scholarships
Application due February 7

he scholarship provides financial support to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law and enhancing diversity in the legal profession.

The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition and fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees).

The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2021 second year summer associate in one of our domestic offices (Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington).

Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply. The award will be applied to education costs the following academic year, and may be renewed for one additional year if the scholar accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program, maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school, and is otherwise in good standing.

The scholarship application and additional information about the application process are posted here. The deadline for applications is February 7, 2020.

Resources

2019-2020 Chicago Area Law Firm List -
Updated and Available 

The Chicago Area Law Firm List is a spreadsheet of the private sector law firms in the Chicagoland area with 4 or more attorneys. Students can use the list to identify firms that include their practice areas of interest. The Chicago Area Law Firm List can be found in the Symplicity Document Library, under the Resources tab.

2019 Resume and Cover Letter Guide

Our Resume and Cover Letter guides have been completely revised and are now available in the document library in Symplicity, on the CSO webpage, and in hard-copy in the CSO office. These guides provide advice on drafting a strong legal resume and writing carefully thought out cover letters. They should be your go-to guides when drafting application materials

Government Honors & Internship Handbook and Public Policy Handbook: Updated Version Now Available

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook and the Public Policy Handbook are now available! To access the handbooks, use the link, login and password, which can be found in the Document Library in Symplicity. Note that many 3L/post-grad government honors program and 2L summer/semester internship program deadlines are very early in the semester; log in now to avoid missing an opportunity! 

ABA Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change

In today’s political climate, many questions surround the future of America’s student loan repayment programs. The current White House administration has put forth a number of proposals to change key aspects of the income-based repayment and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. While it remains to be seen whether these changes will be adopted and passed by Congress, the next elected president is expected to have a significant impact on the future of student debt in America. The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have differing visions for federal student loan programs, which could have a significant impact on your repayment strategy.

In the ABA's Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change webinar, you'll learn:

  • What you should consider when choosing between federal loan programs and private student loan refinancing
  • How borrowers can save $20,200+ over the life of their loans on average by refinancing
  • How the current proposed changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and income based repayment programs may affect your student loan repayment strategy

ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you plan to go into public service, you may have heard about public service loan forgiveness (PSLF for short). This economic incentive offers student loan forgiveness following a minimum period of service and on-time payments towards the borrower’s debt. The cost of this benefit is aimed at making public work more attractive.

In this extended two-segment episode of ABA Law Student Podcast, hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke interview Bryan Tyson, the executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Council and Jonathan Rapping, co-founder of Gideon’s Promise. 

In segment one, you will hear from Bryan about the debt to income gap, his organization’s survey of public defenders about PSLF, and the increased importance of public defenders outside the practice of law.

In segment two, you will hear from Jonathan about student debt’s barrier to public service, the lifelong commitment of student loans, and concerns about poor people not getting justice in the event of PSLF cuts or caps.

Listen now!   

CareerShift

Chicago-Kent has partnered with CareerShift to help with your job search needs. CareerShift is a one-stop search engine that allows users to search and review each and every job posting available (such as those on Monster, Indeed, all other job boards and company websites). In addition, users can search for jobs and save your searches, find and save a list of contacts, create resumes and cover letters, and put them together in a targeted e-mail or postal mail campaigns. Then you can track your responses from “Come in for an interview” to “You’re hired.”
With CareerShift you can:

  • Search every job listing, including job boards and company websites
  • Get inside contact information immediately, including email addresses, for millions of companies
  • Create and organize all of your documents
  • Confidentially market yourself
  • Remain focused and organized
  • Access your secure, private account from anywhere, anytime, 24/7

Log in to Symplicity for the link and password to access CareerShift (search “CareerShift” in the Document Library).

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites law students to attend most of its live CLE programs, or view its live or archived Webcasts, for free, on scholarship (see PLI’s student scholarship form). They are all great sources of cutting-edge, practice-oriented content, and the live programs are terrific networking opportunities.

CSO Resources

The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office has access to hundreds of helpful career resources. A majority of these resources are available in Symplicity under the red "Resources" tab (in the "Document Library"). Some of these resources include:

  • 2016-2017 Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • 2014-2015 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • DePaul Law School International Guide and Job Resource
  • Music Attorney Registry
  • Prosecution Handbook
  • Public Defender Handbook               
  • Public Interest Job Search Handbooks
  • Various handouts related to the job search, including “Researching Legal Employers,” “The Out of State Job Search,” “Salary Negotiations” and “Writing Samples”

And many more!

Chicago-Kent students can also access various websites like: Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com) and Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained in the Symplicity "Document Library" (under the Resources tab).

Speak with your Career Advisor about the various resources available through the Career Services Office!

Resources Provided by the Chicago Bar Association

The Chicago Bar Career Center is the place to go to find legal industry professionals, jobs, and resources. Legal professionals can search for jobs, post resumes, and browse career resources to help them in all stages of their career. Employers looking for quality candidates can post jobs, search resumes, and connect with prospects. Have you visited a premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified legal professionals - ? Whether you're searching for a new career or searching for a new hire, the CBA Career Center provides multiple avenues to help you achieve your goal. See below for a summary of services.

Job Postings
Finding a new job or making a career switch isn't always easy. We understand and offer a variety of assistance to members to help ease the path to the future you imagine. Seewww.chicagobar.org/careers for a full list of resources.

Career Assistance Committee

Get tips and feedback from professional speakers as well as your colleagues at monthly meetings at the CBA. Past topics have included resumes, interviewing, salary negotiation, state of the job market and more. Sign up to receive email notice of meetings at www.chicagobar.org/committees. Free and open to all members. 

Career Advancement Program 
The CBA has partnered with local career counselor Kathy Morris to help lawyers navigate the Chicago legal job market. With over 25 years of experience, Kathy shares her intimate knowledge of our local market in complimentary one-on-one career counseling sessions at the CBA, seminars targeted to experience level and practice area, and more. Learn more atwww.chicagobar.org/CAP

Online Career Center
Search job openings and post your resume plus get everything you need to make your resume stand out, ace the interview, advance your career, and navigate the digital world through social media at www.chicagobar.org/careercenter. Our online career center also allows you to set up efficient job alerts that deliver job openings right to your inbox. 

CBA Job Flash
As a supplement to the online career center CBA members receive the “Job Flash” in their inbox. The newsletter contains a current list of both local and national job openings. Not getting the Job Flash? Check your member profile at www.chicagobar.org and make sure your email is on file with the CBA (or call 312-554-2135).

PracticeTracks Videos

The Career Services Office has added a "Practice Tracks" video series provided by the Chicago Bar Association for law students interested in learning about various practice areas from current practitioners. These videos may be accessed using Panopto and are located in the Practice Tracks subfolder for Career Services. Current videos offer discussions about the following practice areas:

  • Technology Transactions
  • Real Estate Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Federal Taxation Law
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Corporate Law


@theBar Podcast for Young Lawyers

@theBar is a podcast where young and young-ish lawyers have interesting and unscripted conversations with their guests about legal news, events, topics and stories. Connect and listen to the podcast on Legal Talk Network, the nation’s premiere podcast network for legal professionals with over 1.2 million subscribers and several hundred thousand unique listeners. You can download the Legal Talk Network App on iTunes or Google Play. You can also subscribe through Legal Talk Network to receive notice of future episodes.

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