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Week of December 1, 2014

Information & Announcements

  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 9, 2015
  • 1L Cover Letter Workshop
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop
  • Makeup Procedure for Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Program
  • Launch of Lawcountability, J.D.: New Resource for Chicago-Kent students

On-Campus Interviewing

Programming

  • December 4: Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago 2nd Annual Drinks for a Claus Holiday Party and Toy Drive
  • December 5: CBA 8 O'Clock Call with the Judges: Commercial Calendar
  • December 5: ISBA Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party
  • December 9: CBA Strategies for Getting Hired & Advancing Within a Law Firm
  • December 18: CBA Young Lawyers Section Holiday Social
  • December 29: Milwaukee Law Firms 1L Holiday Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 1Ls on December 1, 2014
  • JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program - Applications due December 26, 2014
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for summer 2015 - Applications due January 5, 2014
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Applications due January 16, 2015

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project for Summer 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • NLG Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14
  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program - Applications due February 1, 2015
  • 2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015

Job Fairs

  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) student registration: Deadline is December 5

Diversity

  • The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY
  • JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for summer 2015 - Applications due January 5, 2014
  • Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14
  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015
  • 2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015

Resources

  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt
  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

CSO Information & Announcements

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 9, 2015

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Spring 2015 semester.  Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline.  Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.  Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday January 9, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

1L Cover Letter Workshop

The 1L Cover Letter Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students should watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft a cover letter. Watch the CSO: 1L Cover Letter Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students must watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume.

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Wednesday, October 15. Before your first career advising appointment, you must upload a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

Watch the CSO: 1L Legal Resume Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Makeup Procedure for Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Program

If you did not attend one of the three mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation programs on September 16 or 17, the makeup procedures are as follows:

  • Watch the video of the 1L Orientation program.  The videos of the orientation programs, along with all accompanying handouts, are posted online here: http://kentlaw.hosted.panopto.com  Login with your Chicago-Kent username and password.  (The video is available to view NOW!) To quickly view all Career Services videos, click on "See All Folders" at the top of your Panopto screen, and select "Career Services." 
  • Complete the 1L Registration Form or "Survey."  Please make sure that you complete the correct survey form based on your graduation year, and fill it out as completely as possible.  These survey forms are available online at the above link, or extra survey forms are available in the Career Services Office.
  • Return a completed survey form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) ASAP if you have not done so already. You may email this form to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.  

You must complete these makeup procedures in order to gain access to Symplicity, Chicago-Kent's online job posting system, and to be assigned a career advisor.  Please email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with any questions.

Launch of Lawcountability, J.D.: New Resource for Chicago-Kent students

In a competitive job market, it helps for law students to find dynamic ways to stand out and distinguish themselves.  Lawcountability, J.D. is a powerful new technology platform that will help students:

  • Raise your profile
  • Improve your networking
  • Apply key job search strategies
  • Connect with prospective employers

Lawcountability, J.D. provides law students with:

  • On-demand programs that show you how to connect with the people you are trying to meet rather than collect random business cards
  • Automated e-mail reminders to help you execute your goals
  • The ability to identify your objectives and fit them into your busy schedule
  • A unique game-like point system to measure your performance and compare it to your peers

Using Lawcountability, J.D., students could see positive results by committing just ten minutes per week!   

Lawcountability, J.D. is open to all JD students and recent graduates of Chicago-Kent. 

Watch this presentation to learn how it works: http://alkaps.audioacrobat.com/playv/WYJlrcJW

Watch for your invitation to watch the ten minute program every Monday morning; or log-in at any time to http://www.lawcountabilityjd.com  

To log-in for the first time, enter your Chicago-Kent email address, and click on "forgot password," which will allow you to create your own password. 

You may opt-out if you do not wish to receive the messages from Lawcountability J.D. 

If you have trouble logging-in, email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

On-Campus Interview

 

Programming

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago 2nd Annual Drinks for a Claus Holiday Party and Toy Drive

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 45th Floor of 353 N. Clark.

Kick off the holidays with the CRFC Civic Leadership Council's 2nd Annual Drinks for a Claus Holiday Party! Enjoy light fare, unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks, and entertainment from 6 pm - 8 pm while taking in the sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from the 45th Floor of 353 N. Clark. Take your chances with the 50/50 raffle or win one of our fabulous door prizes!

The CRFC will also be collecting toys to donate to children at McCutcheon Elementary School in the Uptown neighborhood. CRFC works regularly with the wonderful students at McCutcheon who are 97% low income. Please help CRFC make the holidays a little brighter for these kids by donating a toy (age range 3-14).  Every attendee who donates a toy will receive $5 off admission to this great event!  

This special event of the Civic Leadership Council will benefit Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago's vital civic education programs for K-12 students in Chicagoland. To learn more about CRFC, please visit www.crfc.org.

All tickets must be purchased in advance (including raffle tickets) HERE. If you buy a ticket, you should list Allison Smith as the contact.

This event is graciously sponsored by Navigant and Jenner & Block LLP.

Allison Smith will be walking over to the event at 5:30pm - please email her if you would like to join her.

CBA 8 O'Clock Call with the Judges: Commercial Calendar

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 8:00am
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Chicago Bar Association members are invited to attend the CBA's 8 O'Clock Call with the Judges on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., at the CBA.
Judges from Cook County's Commercial Calendar Section of the Law Division will participate in a moderated question and answer session with the Hon. Thomas Hogan, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County. Panelists from the Commercial Calendar Section will include: Hon. John C. Griffin, Supervising Judge; Hon. Brigid Mary McGrath; and Hon. Patrick J. Sherlock. This event is FREE for CBA members. See details and register online: in-person or Webcast.

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Duffy's Tavern and Grille, 420½ W. Diversey, Chicago, Illinois

Please attend the ISBA/YLD Annual Holiday Party and show your support for the IBF/ YLD Children's Assistance Fund. Initially created to assist with the opening of children's waiting rooms in courthouses across the State of Illinois, the IBF/YLD Children's Assistance Fund has since grown, and now provides funding to organizations across the State of Illinois that provide legal assistance to children, maintain children's waiting rooms in courthouses, work to reduce recidivism of juveniles, and/or work to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in families with children. The YLD has distributed nearly $300,000.00 in grants through the Children's Assistance Fund over the past sixteen years, due, in large part, to the widespread support and participation in our annual Holiday Party. The ISBA/YLD hope that you will help continue this worthy tradition by attending in person or, if you cannot attend, by contributing to the cause. Cost: $40.00 per person, for tickets purchased online through November 23, 2014; $50.00 per person, for tickets purchased at the door the evening of the event.

CBA Strategies for Getting Hired & Advancing Within a Law Firm

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Free for Chicago Bar Association members! Get 60-minutes of insider quick tips on how to get hired, advance and make moves in Chicago's legal field on December 9 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the CBA. Experienced panelists will share their insights on how young lawyers can move their careers forward. Bring your job search questions.

Speakers include: Rachel D. Kiley, Bollinger Connolly Krause LLC; Rachel Jennings, Director, Career Services & Recruitment Programs, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Matthew A. Passen, Passen Law Group; and Matthew T. Jenkins, Corboy & Demetrio (moderator). See details and register online at www.chicagobar.org/cleInperson or Webcast.

CBA Young Lawyers Section Holiday Social

Date: December 18, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Taft Stettinius & Hollister (111 E. Wacker Dr.)

The weather outside may be frightful, but the CBA YLS holiday social is sure to be delightful! It’s never too early to start celebrating the holidays. Attend the CBA YLS Dec. 18th from 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. at the law offices of Taft Stettinius & Hollister (111 E. Wacker Dr.). With a great view of Chicago, food, spirits, music and mingling with friends and colleagues, this social is sure to be a great way to enjoy the holiday season. Sponsored by Advanced Discovery.  Attendance is limited. You must rsvp to attend. Please rsvp to the YLS.

For more information on Advanced Discovery, contact  Alex Borosage at 312-813-3462.

Milwaukee Law Firms 1L Holiday Reception

Date: Monday, December 29, 2014

You are cordially invited to join the law firms of Foley & Lardner LLP, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Quarles & Brady LLP, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. for the annual Home for the Holiday receptions for first-year law students attending out-of-state law schools. The receptions will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014, at the times and locations listed below:

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
2:30pm - 4:00 pm
1000 North Water Street
Suite 1700
RSVP to Sandy Fuall

Foley & Lardner LLP
3:00pm - 5:00pm
777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
40th Floor
RSVP to Aliah Berman

Quarles & Brady LLP
4:00pm - 6:00 pm
411 E. Wisconsin Avenue
24th Floor
RSVP to Linda Lamp

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
5:00pm - 7:00pm
100 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 3300
RSVP to Peggy Nadolski

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
6:00pm - 8:00pm
780 North Water Street
17th Floor
RSVP to Suzanne Schillig

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 1Ls on December 1

PILI's Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer or 200 hours part-time during the school year, with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

PILI administers its Internship Program application through IllinoisProBono.org. You must register on this site before you can submit any applications.  The summer 2015 Internship application period opens on October 15 for 2Ls and December 1 for 1Ls. Click here to learn more about how to apply.

JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1

The ABA is now accepting applications from second-year law students for the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program. Applications from first-year students will be accepted starting December 1, 2014. The deadline for all applications is Friday, January 9, 2015. No applications will be accepted after the deadline, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed a screening interview.

The ABA will be placing students in summer internships. This year’s students will be granted awards in the amount of $2,000 to help offset some of the expenses associated with the placement. Please proceed to the program application to apply to the Summer 2015 program.
Should you need any additional information, feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions section.

American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program - Applications due December 26, 2014

Apply to be one of nine students placed in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program for the opportunity to gain invaluable experience, work with accomplished business court judges, and earn a stipend.
The objectives of the Diversity Clerkship are:

  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law
  • To provide opportunities for students to meet a wide variety of lawyers who are active in the practice of business law and are members of the Business Law Section
  • To establish a support system for diverse students who are pursuing business court clerkship positions and a possible career in business law

Students are placed in clerkships across the country. Applicants must be diverse first or second year students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate financial need, and be a member of the ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section.

To learn more and apply, go here:http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html

The 2014 Diversity Clerkship application is due by December 26, 2014.

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015 - Applications due January 5

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place 75 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate 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 a federal court.

There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone.  Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision.  Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks. 

Applications will be received online 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 5, 2015. Early applications are highly encouraged. Paper applications will not be acceptedAccess the online form here.  Apply today!

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites 1L law students to apply for the upcoming 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program.  First-year law students will have the unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 30 law firms and 15 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community. The application deadline is January 16, 2015 but students are encouraged to submit their materials before winter break. 

Fellowships & Scholarships

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY

Vedder Price recognizes that the strength of its commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital component to a better work environment and the strength of the firm. Diversity is one of Vedder Price’s core values and is integral to the way the firm is run.  In keeping with its commitment to diversity, the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005.

This scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses for each year in which the recipient remains in good academic standing and attends an Illinois law school, as well as a guaranteed summer associate position in our Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient's first year of law school.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession. In accordance with the scholarship criteria, you must be enrolled in one of the following Illinois law schools: Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University, The John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, University of Illinois.

Applications will be accepted during the month of December only.  Find the application here.

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015

Franczek Radelet, a labor and employment boutique law firm in Chicago is pleased to continue its LEADS Fellowship Program designed to increase the placement of diverse lawyers at the firm and in private practice generally. Franczek Radelet’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity & Scholarship (LEADS) is an intensive eight week summer program designed for first and second year law students with the goal of providing concentrated labor and employment experience to diverse law students and developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment at Franczek Radelet.

The LEADS application is available here. As outlined on the application, completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation should be received by January 9, 2015 for 1L students. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis.

Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2015. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices during the summer of 2015; mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and a $10,000 scholarship*. *Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; and offer an additional $5,000 to those who receive and accept an associate offer with the firm after the completion of their 2L summer clerkship with us.

Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community, and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson's practice.

  • Applications for the 2015 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2014, through January 9, 2015.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

"If you stand out, you'll fit in."

To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project for Summer 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015

Law Students: Experience a career-making internship opportunity through The ABA Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship.  Work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state Offices of Attorneys General and other governmental offices throughout the US. The 2014-2015 Student Application is now available.

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection. 

The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General ("NAAG"), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

The first and second year law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. A number of students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service.

Each of the highly-motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states and territories that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Attorneys General Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows' work as exemplary, and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

The Project is also a tribute to the memory of the late Janet D. Steiger, one of America's great public servants who, during her remarkable tenure as FTC Chairman, dramatically improved cooperation, communication and coordination between state and federal consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agencies.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law 
students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the 
development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. 
 
Eligibility 
Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an 
ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Donald W. 
Banner Diversity Scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of 
Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff. 
 
Selection Criteria 
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship 
review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school)
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills determined through an interview of the law student
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement

Financial Award 
Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable 
for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school. 
 
Application Process 
Applications will be accepted September15, 2014 through January 12, 2015. Awards will be announced in April 2014. Find the application here.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 12, 2015

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will award one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second year of law school. Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. We believe that by continuously broadening the diversity of our attorneys, we provide better service to our clients and create a richer work environment. Our goal is to foster and support an inclusive environment that appreciates, respects and values individual and group differences across all areas of the firm. We established the diversity scholarship as part of our commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree. For more information about Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, please visit our website at www.hselaw.com. Applications are due on or before January 12, 2015.

NLG Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015

The application for the NLG's Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice for Summer 2015 is now available! The Burns Fellowship is open to students and legal workers working on projects that find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. The application for the fellowship can be downloaded on the NLG website.

At the link above you'll also be able to read about last year's Fellows, who spent their summers doing amazing work. There's also a history of the Fellowships and a short bio of Haywood Burns, which all applicants (and really everyone else) should read.

Students and legal workers actively involved in NLG activities are given preference for the Fellowships, so please apply! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or call student organizer Traci Yoder at traci@nlg.org.

Completed applications are due by Monday, January 12, 2015!

Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14

Stoel Rives LLP is offering First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships in their Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle offices.  Recipients will each be awarded a salaried summer associate position after their first year of law school and a $7,500 tuition scholarship for the following academic year.

Stoel Rives has offered over 30 First-Year Diversity Fellowships over the last ten years.  To find out more about the firm’s First-Year Diversity Fellowships, please click on this link.  Applications will be accepted December 1, 2014 through January 14, 2015.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015

In furtherance of the goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. is proud to announce its 2015 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program. This prestigious fellowship is a key component of McAndrews’ recruiting program.

Eligibility
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.

Program Components

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, 2015, 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.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2014, through January 15, 2015. In-person interviews  with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply for the 2015 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship, candidates must fully complete the application (available in the Career Services Office) and submit it along with the following materials:

  • Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
  • Undergraduate transcript (with GPA); and
  • a 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.
For more information and the application, click here.

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program - Applications due February 1, 2015

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program® is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.

DEFINING HEALTH
Schweitzer Fellows focus on health as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO): a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  Rooted in this holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer projects address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the WHO as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health inequities.

ELIGIBILITY
Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree-granting programs from any accredited academic institution in the geographic area may apply. While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines including, but not limited to, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Applicants must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship year (May 2015-May 2016).  Applicants scheduled for a December graduation should contact the Program Director to determine if they are eligible for a waiver to this requirement.

PRIOR TO APPLYING
Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency and design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population. This project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served.

The project should:

  • Provide a direct service that meets a community-defined need and reflects national and local health priorities, such as Healthy People 2020. Prospective applicants should investigate and reflect on unmet local health-related needs, and think through the ways in which their own energies and talents might contribute, even in small ways, to ameliorating one or more of these problems.
  • Be of an enduring value to the community/agency served.  The project proposal should include a brief discussion about sustainability of the project at the end of the Fellowship year.

Potential applicants may learn more and find an application here. Applications are due February 1, 2015.

2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015

The 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 2016 summer associate in one of the 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.

Application Process: Students must submit an application, resume, official or unofficial transcripts (law school grades should be forwarded once received), and a 1-2 page personal statement. The personal statement should include a description of how the applicant will contribute to Finnegan’s practice and diversity mission. Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2014 through February 13, 2015.

Students may access the application here.

Job Fairs

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) student registration: Deadline is December 5

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference is job fair and an opportunity for students to interview and meet with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions next summer or for after graduation.  1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls can all participate.  The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

To register, contact Allison Smith at asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu in the Career Services Office with your first name, last name, middle initial, year of graduation and an email address that you regularly check by Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12 noon.  In addition, table talk is available at the job fair where you can meet with many of the employers, even if you do not receive an interview in advance.  More information is available online at www.mpilcc.org.

Diversity

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th

Ask any successful attorney: Nothing propels a legal career like having a great mentor. That’s especially true when the mentor is at the top of the legal profession and takes an active, personal interest in the development of the young lawyer he or she is advising. The primary objective of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program is to ensure that talented and diverse students received the mentoring and preparation that they need to maximize their potential in law school and beyond.

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program includes two programs: The Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) and the Group Mentoring Program (GMP).

The IMP is a comprehensive initiative for first year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principals of legal excellence and personal involvement. Each student is matched with an LCLD mentor attorney, who is a leader in the legal profession and taken an active personal interest in the development of the Mentee law student. The goal of the IMP is to ensure that talented law school student receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward, as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers. The sign-up for a LCLD mentor will begin on October 15! For more information visit here.

The GMP allows diverse 1L, 2L, and 3L students to receive advice and support from successful attorneys from the LCLD Member law firms and corporations. GMP events are scheduled during the school year and designed to provide guidance in an information, interactive, and collegial setting. Many GMP events include a networking session and a panel presentation by experienced attorneys about a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation. For more information about GMP events, please visit: www.lcldnet.org/GMPevents.

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-year Law Students
(See above)

JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1
(See above)

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015
(See above)

Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(See above)

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
(See above)

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship
(See above)

Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14, 2015 (See above)

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015
(See above)

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015
(See above)

2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015
(See above)

 

Resources

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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:

  • 2014-2015 Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • 2013-2014 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), Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net), and Journalist Jobs (www.journalistjobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained in the Symplicity "Document Library" (under the Resources tab).

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

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