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Week of September 16, 2019

Information & Announcements

  • Welcome, 1Ls!
  • Welcome back, 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

  • September 17/September 18: MANDATORY 1L CSO ORIENTATION
  • September 24: Opportunities through the Public Interest Law Initiative.
  • September 25: Air Force JAG Information Session.
  • September 26: Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyers Section Back 2 School Bash.
  • October 1: Institute for the Future of Law Practice Information Session.
  • October 5: 7th Circuit Fellows' Fall Program for Law Students.

Employment Opportunities

  • Equal Justice Works Fellowships: Application Open
  • Skadden Fellowship - Application is open
  • Federal Work Study - Applications open for Fall 2019
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fall 2019 Internships - Application is open

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Hinshaw Diversity Scholarship: Applications due October 1.

Job Fairs  

  • EJW Conference and Career Fair - Registration open as of August 12

Diversity

  • Hinshaw Diversity Scholarship: Applications due October 1.

Resources

  • 2018-2019 Chicago Area Law Firm List - Updated and Available 
  • 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

Welcome, 1Ls!

Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals.

1Ls may meet individually with their career services advisor beginning on October 1st by making an appointment in Symplicity. Until then, there are still many things you can do to start planning for your future career:

  • Update your resume and legal cover letter
  • Attend CSO panels and career development workshops during the fall semester
  • Check our Record and Facebook pages often for updated information on upcoming programs
  • Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upper-level students to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you

We hope you have a great 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        

     

September 17/18: MANDATORY 1L CSO Orientation

DAY STUDENTS: Tuesday, September 17: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Ogilvie Auditorium; OR Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in Ogilvie Auditorium (students only need attend one session)

EVENING STUDENTS: 5:30 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. in Room 520 (just before evening Torts)

All first-year law student are required to attend this session once (offered twice during the day, and once for evening students). We will discuss career opportunities for law students, how our office supports students, and survey you about your career interests in order to assign you to a career advisor. We need a survey from every 1L.

    September 24: Opportunities through the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

    Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Room TBD

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,500 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations, and they offer school-year paid opportunities as well. More information about this program will be forthcoming.

September 25: Air Force JAG Information Session

    Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
    Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Career Services Conference Room 360A

Major Joseph Ahlers will be on campus to share information about the Air Force JAG and to answer questions about legal career options with the Air Force. All students are welcome to attend.

    September 26: Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyers Section: Back 2 School Bash!

    Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
    Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Adamus Lounge, Silversmith Hotel, 10 S. Wabash

Free Admission! Getting involved in the CBA YLS as a law student will enable you to make career connections that can lead to jobs and business referrals now and when you graduate. Law students can join the Chicago Bar Association for $10 for all of law school.

    October 1: Institute for the Future of Law Practice Information Session

    Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Room 580

Lisa Colpoys, Executive Director of IFLP will discuss how they create “T-Shaped” lawyers who can work at the intersections of law, business, design, project management, technology, and data analytics; and how students can apply for summer
and school year internship opportunities with corporate legal departments, law firms, legal tech companies, and public service organizations.

    October 4/5: 7th Circuit Fellows' Fall Program for Law Students

    Date: Friday/Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2019
    Time: Various
    Location: Various

Friday, October 4, 2019: Networking Reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm hosted by Ogletree Deakins, 155 North Upper Wacker Drive, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 5, 2019: Hosted by Chicago Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Morris Hall – 10th Floor, Chicago, IL

  • 9:00 am Registration
  • 9:30 am Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law
    • NLRB – New directions coming from the Trump-appointed Board
    • Immigration – Recent developments and how they affect the workplace
  • 10:45 am Break
  • 11:00 am Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law - Part II
    • Marijuana and the Workplace
    • EEO – LGBT issues pending before the Supreme Court, key recent decisions under the ADA, harassment
    • Employment and Labor Arbitration
  • 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Special Guest Speaker - Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, USDC ND Illinois
  • 2:00 pm Pathways to Practice
    • Hear from seasoned lawyers who will share their wisdom, advice and thoughts on how to make that positive impression during your interview and, more importantly, what not to say. In addition, these Fellows will speak on their areas of interest, with speakers who are government
      attorneys, management attorneys from small boutique to large firms, in-house counsel on the management side and union side, attorneys who represent employees and those who represent unions. Learn how much more there is to a labor and employment law practice and how to be
      successful in that practice!
  • 3:30 pm Adjourn

These events are free of charge; however, an RSVP is required for both. Please do so by Wednesday, October 3, 2019. Jennifer Motley – 410.972.4712 or jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org

Employment Opportunities

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

Equal Justice Works Fellowships: Application Open

Immigrants, low-wage workers, communities touched by the opioid crisis—many people throughout our country face systemic injustices, yet few are fully equipped to fight back. No matter the issue, the guidance of a lawyer can make all the difference. With funding, training, and support, Equal Justice Works Fellows engage directly with issues and communities like these, expanding capacity at their host organizations and following their passions to enact real-world change.

From June 20 to September 20, 2019, aspiring public interest lawyers just like you will work to craft their dream jobs, pioneering solutions to legal issues on behalf of an underserved community.

The application process is competitive, and we want to ensure that you’re prepared to submit a top-tier proposal. As of today, we’re exactly three months away from the deadline, which means it’s time to choose the issue you plan to address through your Fellowship. Don’t worry—our Fellowship Applicant Guide is the ultimate resource for everything you need to know about the application process, from start to finish. This year we’ve also created a Facebook group, a place to ask questions, share knowledge, and network with other applicants. Still need some guidance? Attend an informational webinar to learn more about the application process.

Skadden Fellowship Application - Open
Application due September 16, 2019

The Skadden Foundation is now accepting an application for its Fellowship Program (Skadden Foundation Fellowship Program).The program is open to graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The program provides two-year fellowships to talented young lawyers to pursue the practice of public interest law on a full-time basis.Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation launched in 1988 to commemorate Skadden’s 40th anniversary and has since become the largest public interest law firm in the United States.The aim of Skadden Foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue their interests in public interest work, thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.

Eligibility:

Law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks, who want to work in the public interest, are eligible to apply. Grants are made to organizations only, not to individuals. Therefore, before the application date of September 16, all applicants must identify a sponsoring public interest organization. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Skadden website.

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 Fall 2019 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration.

DEADLINE for Fall 2019, with a start date of August 26 (first day of classes), is Friday, August 16th; 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.

Fall federal work study will begin on August 26 (first day of classes) and end on December 7 (last day of classes).

PILI Fall 2019 Internship Application - Open

PILI Interns work 200 hours part-time during the semester with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced attorneys and providing extra educational, networking and advising opportunities. Interns are paid $3,000 for their work during the semester, less applicable taxes. PILI school-year Internships are open to any second and third-year law students in the Chicago area who are attending an ABA accredited school.

PILI Interns work on a wide and diverse range of issues depending on the agency where they serve and the issues that agency addresses. In addition to direct client services, PILI Interns also do policy development and analysis, advocacy, impact litigation, and more.

AGENCIES HOSTING FALL 2019 SCHOOL-YEAR PILI INTERNS:

  • CARPLS (Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services)
  • Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL)
  • Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS)
  • Equip for Equality
  • Legal Aid Chicago (formerly LAF)
  • National Immigrant Justice Center LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Initiative
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

For information on applying, visit http://pili.org/apply/

Fellowships & Scholarships   

Hinshaw Diversity Scholarship

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, founded in 1934, is a national law firm headquartered in Chicago with over 450 lawyers in 11 states and London. We offer a full-service practice, with an emphasis in business litigation, corporate and transactional law, professional liability defense, and insurance services. Hinshaw has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that our firm reflects the diversity of the world in which we practice. Our firm has a formal Diversity Initiative led by the firm’s Diversity Committee, and our recruiting and hiring programs reflect this results-oriented commitment to diversity at Hinshaw

Every year Hinshaw awards a scholarship of $20,000 to a diverse law student for his or her final year of law school. This scholarship will be awarded to a diverse student graduating in May 2021, who during his or her first year of law school demonstrated excellent academic performance. Also, Hinshaw will offer the recipient a paid summer associate position during the summer before his or her third year of law school.
ELIGIBILITY • Diverse, full-time student graduating in May 2021

APPLICATION MATERIALS • Resume • Most recent transcript from the student’s law school • Transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended (undergraduate, master's program, etc.) • Personal statement (one page) describing your reasons for studying law, your career goals, the qualities and talents you will bring to the legal profession, and how your professional interests and goals align with the practice focus and culture of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

RECOMMENDATIONS • Two letters of recommendation from academic instructors and/or employers

DEADLINE SUBMISSION • October 1, 2019

CONTACT: • Email all materials to: Emma Hearn Attorney Recruitment & Development Coordinator ehearn@hinshawlaw.com

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - Open
Application/Registration is Open

 

Date: Friday - Saturday, October 19-20, 2019
Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. At the conference and fair, there are opportunities for both pre-scheduled interviews and networking with employers through table talk. In 2018, 200 employers conducted over 3300 formal interviews over the two day span. You can also take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions and network with like-minded students, graduates, law school professionals, and practitioners.

Student can register, and begin to submit resumes/cover letters to employers for interviews on a rolling basis, starting on Monday August 12th.

Students must apply for any prescheduled interviews by September 15, 2018 at 11:59p.m. EST. For key information registration details and other deadlines, visit https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/conference-and-career-fair/for-attendees/law-students-graduates/

SPECIAL CHICAGO-KENT EVENT: All students who attend will be invited to a Public Service Reception in Washington DC with Chicago-Kent alumni on Friday, October 18th from 5-7pm. When scheduling interviews be mindful of this reception as it is a great opportunity to network with CK alumni in DC.

Diversity

Hinshaw Diversity Scholarship -
Application due October 1

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, founded in 1934, is a national law firm headquartered in Chicago with over 450 lawyers in 11 states and London. We offer a full-service practice, with an emphasis in business litigation, corporate and transactional law, professional liability defense, and insurance services. Hinshaw has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that our firm reflects the diversity of the world in which we practice. Our firm has a formal Diversity Initiative led by the firm’s Diversity Committee, and our recruiting and hiring programs reflect this results-oriented commitment to diversity at Hinshaw

Every year Hinshaw awards a scholarship of $20,000 to a diverse law student for his or her final year of law school. This scholarship will be awarded to a diverse student graduating in May 2021, who during his or her first year of law school demonstrated excellent academic performance. Also, Hinshaw will offer the recipient a paid summer associate position during the summer before his or her third year of law school.
ELIGIBILITY • Diverse, full-time student graduating in May 2021

APPLICATION MATERIALS • Resume • Most recent transcript from the student’s law school • Transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended (undergraduate, master's program, etc.) • Personal statement (one page) describing your reasons for studying law, your career goals, the qualities and talents you will bring to the legal profession, and how your professional interests and goals align with the practice focus and culture of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

RECOMMENDATIONS • Two letters of recommendation from academic instructors and/or employers

DEADLINE SUBMISSION • October 1, 2019

CONTACT: • Email all materials to: Emma Hearn Attorney Recruitment & Development Coordinator ehearn@hinshawlaw.com

Resources

2018-2019 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.

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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