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Week of February 20, 2017

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students
  • CK-Law Group Legal Clinics - Positions Available!

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • February 20: Career Opportunities at Grant Thornton
  • February 21: Law Firm Life: Practical Information for the New Associate (RSVP by February 17)
  • February 21: C-K Certificate Programs Informational Reception
  • February 21: Career Path of a Tax Attorney
  • February 23: Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) Judges Night
  • February 23: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Annual Flying Squad Networking Event
  • February 24: Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Casino Night (Volunteers Needed)
  • February 24: Relativity Software Overview Program for Students and Recent Graduates
  • February 25: 2017 Law Student Career Forum
  • February 27-March 3: Alumni Student ConnecKtions Week (ASCK)
  • February 27 - March 4: Diversity Week
  • February 27: Implicit Bias Workshop
  • March 1: Navigating Diversity Job Fairs
  • March 2: Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night
  • March 3: Building a Compliance Culture in Financial Institutions
  • March 3: Ms. JD's 9th Annual Conference on Women in the Law
  • March 7: Using Your JD in Non-Traditional Ways
  • March 9: Justinian Society 2nd Annual Alumni Networking Event
  • March 16: Making a Superstar: An Associate's Path to Success and Partnership (ABA Webinar)
  • March 28: Skadden Fellowship Information Session

Employment Opportunities

  • 2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship - Apply Now!
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Still Accepting Summer 2017 Applications!
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • 2017 AT&T Summer Legal Internship for 1Ls - Applications due February 24
  • City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1
  • 2017 Summer Judicial Internship with Judge Raymond W. Mitchell - Applications due March 10
  • 2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15
  • 2017 Navistar, Inc. Corporate Legal Summer Internship - Applications due March 15
  • 2017 Social Security Administration-Office of the General Counsel Summer Internship - Applications due March 31
  • Fall 2017 U.S. Attorneys' Office Law Student Intern Program (Chicago) - Applications due April 12
  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program - Applications due April 14

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2017 Nat'l Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fellowship - Applications due February 22
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 31
  • 2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • 2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1

Job Fairs  

  • February 22-23: IIT Campus-Wide Career Fair
  • August 3-4: 2017 Patent Law Interview Program - Registration deadline is March 10
  • August 14-15: 2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - Registration opens March 1

Diversity

  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • 2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship - Apply Now!
  • 2017 AT&T Summer Legal Internship for 1Ls - Applications due February 24
  • Diversity Week - February 27-March 4
  • Implicit Bias Workshop - February 27
  • Navigating Diversity Job Fairs - March 1
  • Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night - March 2
  • 2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • 2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • 7th Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 14
  • 2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1
  • IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15: 2017, Registration opens March 1

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2016-2017 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • 2016-2017 Chicago Area Law Firms List
  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt
  • ABA Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • CBA YLS Webinar - Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp 
  • CSO Resources

Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop and 1L Cover Letter Workshop videos are now available to view. Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

All first-year law students must watch these brief videos. These workshops include detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume and cover letter.

First-year law students should schedule an initial appointment with their career advisor. Before your first career advising appointment, you must have watched the workshop videos and have uploaded a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of this fall semester. For those of you interested in applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible!

Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you check in with your career advisor to form a strategy to accomplish your career goals. Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

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.

C-K Law Group: The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent - Positions Available!

Did you know there is a law firm right here at Chicago-Kent?  It is called C-K Law Group.  Not only can students take this as a course and earn credits but can also gain real work experience, create networking opportunities and many students even get opportunities to work directly with clients.  

There are a limited number of spots available, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Below are the different clinical experiences we offer.  While not all of these clinics have an opening, you can still apply and go onto a waiting list.
Here are the current offerings:

  • Criminal Defense 
  • Vaccine Injury/Federal Court Litigation
  • Plaintiffs Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Family Law
  • Tax Law
  • Mediation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Center for Open Government

For more information, please visit the C-K Law Group homepage. If you wish to apply, email Tracy Kish at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu

Fall Recruiting

Programming        

Career Opportunities at Grant Thornton

Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (Room 345)

Representatives from Grant Thornton LLP will be on campus to discuss the variety of tax-related work done by the firm, and specific opportunities for law students and recent graduates. 
Speakers:

  • Pete Colley - Partner, Tax Services; Practice Leader
  • Jeffrey Frishman (C-K alum) - National Managing Principal, Tax Services Practice Policy and Quality Group
  • Emma Sadikovich (C-K alum) - Senior Associate, International Tax - Transfer Pricing
  • Lindsey Bezouska, University Recruiter

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the words “Grant Thornton” in the subject line.

Law Firm Life: Practical Information for the New Associate

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm 
Location:
IIT Downtown Campus - Chicago-Kent College of Law
(Room 270)

What prepares you for succeeding in the environment of the law firm? In an informal setting, attorneys from Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. will discuss practical pointers for success, including: 

  • How to land a clerk or an associate position at a law firm.
  • Tracking your billable hours correctly (the do’s and don’ts).
  • Writing a meaningful time entry.
  • Handling research assignments and writing concise memorandums.
  • Communicating effectively with clients.
  • Creating a successful working relationship with your secretary/legal assistant.
  • Learning or refreshing your knowledge of the business basics of law.
  • Correctly drafting a court order.
  • Finding the right mentor at the firm and building a meaningful relationship with him or her.

Speakers:

  • Sanjay Shivpuri, Principal, Chicago-Kent '99 
  • Sachin Shah, Associate

Don’t miss this helpful panel discussion! Be sure to arrive at noon for the FREE PIZZA.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 17, 2017 to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with "Law Firm Life" in the subject line.

C-K Certificate Programs Informational Reception

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

Students interested in applying for one of Chicago-Kent’s certificate programs are invited to attend an information reception to learn more about each program. Meet faculty and current students in the certificate programs. For a list of certificate programs offered, visit http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/certificate-programs. FREE food will be provided!

Career Path of a Tax Attorney

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (Room 370)

Are you ready to file your tax return this year? Come join Professor Decatorsmith and accountants to learn the frequent tax issues and the career path of a tax attorney!
Email taxlawsociety@kentlaw.iit.edu if you are interested but can’t attend the workshop. FREE Food and drinks will be served!

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) Judges Night

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Location:
McCormick & Schmick’s, 1 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL

The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois cordially invites you to its first annual Judges Night. The reception includes a premium open bar, appetizers, and networking. Tickets are $25 for law students. However, there are ONLY 25 STUDENT TICKETS AVAILABLE so please register early. To purchase tickets, please click here. Students interested in meeting and networking with judges and judicial clerkships are strongly encouraged to attend.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Annual Flying Squad Networking Event

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites local law students to its annual Flying Squad event for the opportunity to connect with practicing attorneys from the Twin Cities. Join attorneys from Minnesota law firms and corporations for a special dinner and discussion to learn more about jobs in the Twin Cities. This is a great way to discover the various opportunities that exist within the Twin Cities legal community, and learn why the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a great place to live and work. There is no charge for this event.  To register, click here.

Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Casino Night (Volunteers needed)

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm (5:00 pm for Volunteers) 
Location: The
University Club, 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago, IL

The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association welcomes you to its “Miami Nights” themed casino night featuring a Texas Hold’em Tournament with proceeds benefitting the Chicago Bar Foundation. Dress to impress in your most fabulous ‘80s attire for a chance to win prizes for best Miami Vice/South Beach outfit. An All Access Pass may be purchased for $150 per person including admission to the reception, casino games, and a seat in the Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.  A Casino Pass may be purchased for $100 for those who do not wish to participate in the tournament. Prices increase by $25 on February 11, 2017. For more information and to register, click here. You can also learn more on Facebook.

Want to attend for free? The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) needs Chicago-Kent volunteers to deal games. Familiarity with the games is not required. CBF will provide free food and drinks for all volunteers, and unlimited networking in a relaxed environment with a large swath of Chicago legal professionals. Volunteers need to arrive by 5 PM for a refresher course in dealing. Most events will end at 9 or 10 PM. To sign up, Email Mike Gentithes at mgentithes@gmail.com with your name, birthplace (as a name tag icebreaker), your availability, and any experience you have in dealing poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, and a money wheel. Please tell him you are with Chicago-Kent and want to volunteer for CBF's Casino Night.

Relativity Software Overview Program for Students and Recent Graduates

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (Room 210)

Please join Professor Adam Bottner and other representatives from DTI Global as they conduct an overview of Relativity, software used by law firms and litigation service providers to manage e-discovery. Professor Bottner  will give a brief overview of the e-discovery process then show you how Relativity works.  This special presentation for students and alumni will add an important tool to your toolbox as you apply and interview for job opportunities.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by Wednesday, February 22, 2017. When you RSVP, please add the word "RELATIVITY" to your subject line. Space is limited so please RSVP early!

You will need the following to participate in the overview session:

•       A laptop with the Chrome browser already installed
•       Capability to connect to the school wi-fi network
•       The overview will not be available for mobile devices such as iPads and tablets

2017 Law Student Career Forum

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 8:45 am - 1:00 pm (Registration opens at 8:15 am)
Location: John Marshall Law School
(315 S. Plymouth Court, Rooms 1200 A & B, Chicago, IL)

The Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, and the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago are proud to present their 2017 Law Student Career Forum. Law students are encouraged to learn and participate in order to better prepare themselves for life after law school. Join us for a morning of presentations and break-out sessions where we will touch on different areas of practice, networking skills, and resume drafting. Attendees are encouraged to bring several copies of their current resumes for review by our volunteer attorneys. Breakfast and lunch are included in the complimentary admission to the event. To register, click here.

Alumni Student ConnecKtions Week (ASCK)

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017-Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: Various 
Location:
IIT Downtown Campus - Chicago-Kent College of Law
(Rooms TBD)

Alumni-Student ConneKtions Week is a week-long extravaganza of opportunities for students to network and connect with Chicago-Kent alumni and gain valuable career-related skills. Activities include informational interviews, mock interviews, job shadowing, Coffee ConneKtions and a networking reception.

Informational Interviews will be conducted on Monday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28. Alumni will conduct one or more 30-minute informational interviews with students interested in their area of practice.  

Mock Interviews will take place on Wednesday, March 1. Alumni will conduct one or more 30-minute mock interviews with students looking to work on their interviewing skills. Students will spend 20 minutes interviewing with an alumnus and then 10 minutes receiving constructive feedback. Please note that student resumes will need to be provided in advance.

Coffee ConneKtions: On Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3, alumni will host a group of 2-6 students for informal networking over coffee at locations outside of the law school building. More information on times and places to follow.

Alumni will also offer job shadowing, where students are hosted at their place of business for a half or full day to give them the opportunity to see firsthand what the practice of law may be like. The specific date and time will be arranged with each student once their sign up has been confirmed. 

Finally, a Networking Reception will be held for current students to mingle with current alumni and get help honing their networking skills.

For questions, email alums@kentlaw.iit.edu or call (312) 906-5240.

Diversity Week

Date: Monday, February 27 through Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: Various
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent

The Chicago-Kent Community presents "Diversity Week 2017!" Celebrate diversity at Chicago-Kent with a week full of events, including the ones listed below, which highlight the rich and multifaceted backgrounds and experiences of the students, faculty and staff in our community. The theme this year is "Challenge the Narrative: Awareness, Inclusion and Action."

February 27: Implicit Bias Workshop
March 1: Navigating Diversity Job Fairs
March 3: HLLSA Judges’ Night
See below for more details about career-related events!

Implicit Bias Workshop

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

As part of Chicago-Kent's Diversity Week, the Black Law Students Association will host an Implicit Bias Workshop. Identify your biases before you come by taking the Harvard IAT, https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html.

Navigating Diversity Job Fairs

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (Room C40)

Please join the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Lambdas for “Navigating Diversity Job Fairs.” Learn about the many diversity job fairs available to Chicago-Kent students and hear from Chicago-Kent alumni Michael Wilder ('06), Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, about application, resume and interview tips; and student panelists who have attended diversity job fairs.

Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

Join the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA) for the 2017 Judges' Night. Mingle with Chicago-Kent alumni and students as well as Hispanic and Latino attorneys from throughout Chicago at a reception honoring the Honorable Maria Valdez for her contributions to the Latino community and the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with networking over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by a ceremony for Judge Valdez at 7:15 pm. This event is complimentary to all guests of the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association.  RSVP is required to attend this event. To register, click here.

The Chicago-Kent Hispanic-Latino Law Students Association was founded in 1982. HLLSA actively seeks to increase opportunities for Hispanic students to attend law school, provide necessary support for their academic success, and assist students in becoming acclimated to the law school environment.

Building a Compliance Culture in Financial Institutions

Date:  Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus - Chicago-Kent College of Law
(Room TBD)

Learn about the recent developments and issues of compliance culture in financial institutions at this one-day conference hosted at Chicago-Kent.  Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York will be the keynote speaker. There will also be two panel discussions. More details forthcoming.

Ms. JD's 9th Annual Conference on Women in the Law

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: All Day Starting at 8:00 am
Location: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Ms. JD would like to invite students, faculty, and staff to its annual conference bringing aspiring and early career women lawyers from legal markets around the country together for a summit on the progress and remaining challenges for women in the profession. This year's panels include topics such as international law, police power, running for office, intersectionality, and MUCH MORE! The lunch keynote features Amazon's Kelly Jo MacArthur, Vice President of Legal, and Lia Moeser, Corporate Counsel. Click here for a full conference agenda, and to purchase tickets.

There will also be a Ms. JD Honors Reception "P.R.O.P.E.L" (Promoting Retention Opportunity Partnership Excellence and Leadership) on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Jenner & Block LLP Chicago to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. The full list of awards can be found here.

The Honors Reception keynote speaker will be Laurie N. Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation and Founder & CEO, Corporate Counsel Women of Color. 

Using Your JD in Non-Traditional Ways

Date: March 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

Ever wonder how alumni use their JD-degree in non-traditional ways?  Come hear a panel of experts in human resources, compliance, business development, knowledge and project management, government affairs and legal consulting.

Guests will include:

  • Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz: Compliance, BMO Harris; 
  • Jason Dirkx: Knowledge Management, Littler, Mendelsohn;
  • Lisa Guitierrez: Human Resources,IBM;
  • Karl Haraldsson: Legal Consultant, Janders Dean;
  • Elsa Jaramillo, Government Affairs, City of Chicago; and
  • Daniel Raymer: Legal Technology, Seyfarth Shaw.

Students must RSVP to attend by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Justinian Society 2nd Annual Alumni Networking Event

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

Join the Chicago-Kent Justinian Society in celebration of the second annual Alumni Event. This unique networking event is an opportunity to meet potential employers. All are welcome. Food and drinks will be provided and the event is FREE to attend!

Making a Superstar: An Associate's Path to Success and Partnership

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT
Location: Online Webinar

Associates want to be their firm’s "superstars," in demand by partners and clients and on the fast track to partnership. However, they do not always recognize the steps to get there. David J. Scriven-Young a well-known young lawyer who has transitioned early successes, and Julie A. Lierly, a respected partner at a major firm who has insight on law firm expectations based on service on associate compensation and partnership committees, will give critical hints on becoming a superstar associate at any firm. To register, click here.

Skadden Fellowship Information Session

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: The University of Chicago Law School

The University of Chicago Law School will be hosting Susan Butler Plum’s Skadden Fellowship Information Session.  Susan will be appearing virtually, via video-conference, so students and alumni may choose either to attend the lunch event in-person, or log onto the event remotely.
                                                                   
The Skadden Fellowships allow graduates to design their dream public interest jobs. These two-year fellowships fund work in civil legal services for clients living in poverty. Susan Plum, the Executive Director of the Fellowships, will be video-conferencing with students to explain the program and answer their questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out about these prestigious fellowships and get tips on how to create a strong application. This is an essential program for all students interested in public interest work

More details and a request for RSVPs will follow.

Employment Opportunities

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

2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship

Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship. The law firm is looking for a future leader in law who is as deeply committed to diversity and inclusion as it is. Neal Gerber Eisenberg has a philosophy of inclusion long existing in the firm’s work environment and considers the Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship an extension of this philosophy at the law school level.

Qualifications:   Applicants must demonstrate each of the following qualifications in their application materials:

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

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

Clerkship Structure: The Diversity & Inclusion Clerk will be exposed to various practice areas through substantive assignments and observation opportunities.  They will be assigned an Associate Mentor to act as a “go-to” person for insider information on the firm, to provide a helpful extra set of eyes for early assignments and to answer any and all questions that may arise.  In addition, a Partner Mentor will provide developmental feedback and career guidance.  The clerk will be compensated on an hourly basis and is expected to work 10-19 hours per week, coordinated with their coursework and academic and personal obligations.

Application: Applicants must submit a cover letter or personal statement, resume, college and law school transcripts, and any additional material in support of their leadership potential and contributions to diversity efforts via email to mminor@nge.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply early!

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Still Accepting Summer 2017 Applications!

PILI summer 2017 internships are still open to law students from any ABA accredited law school in the United States. There are 27 agencies approved to host PILI Interns, and you can apply to up to 10 of them.

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students with public interest law agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours during the summer with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced attorneys and providing supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities. The result is an increase in the capacity of these legal service agencies to meet the needs of their low-income clients and an increase in the number of emerging lawyers connected and committed to public interest law. Currently, internship placements are offered in Chicago, Alton, Champaign, Peoria and Rock Island, Illinois.

PILI Interns gain hands-on, practical work experience providing legal services directly to clients or engaging in the tasks associated with advocacy, impact-litigation, policy development and analysis, or other related legal work. Interns are paid $5,500 for their work during the summer.  In order to apply for the PILI stipend, all applicants must go through the online application system. To apply, click here.

1L LCLD Scholars Program

The 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (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.

Benefits for Scholars:

  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit: LCLD invites each class of Scholars to this annual event, which includes panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities for the Scholars with LCLD Members and each other.
  • Substantive Work Assignments: LCLD Scholars spend their summer side by side with attorneys from Fortune 500 legal departments and Am Law 350 law firms.
  • Networking: There is a LinkedIn group dedicated to articles and discussions relevant to 1L LCLD Scholars. All are invited to join.

The application period will remain open per the Member organization’s discretion. Click here for more information. If you have any questions about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager. 

2017 AT&T Summer Legal Internship for 1Ls - Application due February 24

AT&T’s Midwest Legal Department is seeking one first-year law student to work as a summer intern in its Chicago office. The Summer Internship Program is part of AT&T’s effort to promote diversity within the legal profession. Some notable benefits of the program are as follows:

  • Participants will be paid a competitive salary and will work from May 15 through July 17 over the summer after their first year of law school;
  • Participants will have a unique opportunity to see life as an in-house attorney in one of the country’s largest corporations;
  • Participants will have opportunities to attend depositions and hearings, conduct research, and draft memoranda in a wide array of practice areas within the department, including Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, International, and Labor and Employment; and
  • Participants will attend an assortment of outings and social functions with AT&T attorneys and their outside counsel.

Interested candidates should mail (no electronic applications will be accepted) a resume, transcript, class rank (if available), and writing sample by Friday, February 24, 2017 to:

Nicole Byrd
Associate Vice President – Senior Legal Counsel
AT&T Legal Department
225 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Information may also be found in Simplicity’s Job Posting ID 1001630.

City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1

The City of Chicago Department of Law is interested in highly qualified law students to participate in its Summer Volunteer Program. This program is designed to provide participants with a challenging volunteer opportunity that reflects the demands and rewards of public service. The Law Department will select well-rounded applicants, who have exhibited academic excellence and an interest in public service, from law schools across the nation. Participants in the program are not compensated by the City of Chicago.

Typically, participants will be assigned to one of the practice divisions within the Law Department. The participant will be assigned a supervisor/mentor who will coordinate the assignments given to the participant and, together, the participant and the supervisor will determine the start date and the date on which the program will end for the individual.

Applications for the Summer Program are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Click here for more information and application instructions!


Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago, Springfield, or regional office, law clerks investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Advanced students who qualify for a 711 license are encouraged to obtain such a license so that they may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Click here for more information and application instructions!

Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1

The Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney is the second largest county prosecutor’s office in the nation. If you are a student that has completed at least one-half of the total hourly credits required for graduation, you are eligible to apply for the 711 license. While clerking for the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, you will be eligible to handle your own cases under the supervision of an Assistant State’s Attorney. There is no shortage of opportunities for clerks with 711 licenses to gain excellent hands-on courtroom experience. Students are asked to rank were they would like to work, however, students will be assigned based on the needs of the office.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 1, 2016. Click here to access the application and instructions. Please be sure you are logged in to Simplicity before attempting to access the application.

2017 Summer Judicial Internship with Judge Raymond W. Mitchell - Applications due March 10

The Honorable Judge Raymond W. Mitchell, Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, is seeking a judicial intern for Summer 2017. This internship provides an excellent opportunity to work closely with a judge in a state trial court that handles commercial law cases. Interns will be involved in all phases of the court’s work, including analyzing issues, conducting legal research, drafting memoranda and attending trials and hearings.

Interns will function as an additional judicial clerk. In order to benefit from this experience, applicants must possess outstanding writing skills and superior analytic abilities.

More information and details on how to apply can be found under Job ID 1001475 in Simplicity Job Postings. Applications are due no later than March 10, 2017.

2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15

McGuireWoods LLP, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and the NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) invite you to apply for the McGuireWoods/NLF Law Clerk Program Summer 2017. The Program supports students interested in the legal profession and helps students develop a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

The Program seeks to achieve these goals by providing law students with meaningful internship experiences at the NAPABA office in Washington, D.C. The law clerk will be awarded a stipend of $4,500 for the internship duration of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Funding for this program is generously provided by McGuireWoods LLP.

For more information on how to apply, click here. Applications are due on or before March 15, 2017.

2017 Navistar, Inc. Corporate Legal Summer Internship - Applications due March 15

Navistar, Inc. is pleased to offer two summer 2017 intern positions at Navistar, Inc. (headquartered in Lisle, Illinois) to students entering their second or third year of law school. This corporate legal internship provides an opportunity for a law school student entering his or her second or third year of law school to work as a legal intern in the fast-paced Corporate Law Department for Navistar, Inc., a public company in the trucking industry with its corporate headquarters Lisle, IL.  The position will report to a Senior Counsel.
 
Work areas would include a broad range of matters, such as: federal securities, corporate governance, corporate finance and treasury, mergers & acquisitions/dispositions, employment and labor, claims and litigation, immigration, compliance and ethics, intellectual property, and other general corporate legal work.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. To apply, please see Simplicity’s Job Posting ID 1001492.

2017 Social Security Administration-Office of the General Counsel Summer Internship - Applications due March 31

The Office of the General Counsel of the Social Security Administration is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Chicago Regional Chief Counsel’s Office 2017 Summer Law Internship Program. The internship program will run ten weeks from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017.

The Chicago Regional Office, located in Chicago’s Loop, represents and advises the Social Security Administration on a broad variety of legal matters, including administration of the agency’s disability benefits programs, personnel and employment disputes, and civil rights matters. Attorneys represent the agency in federal district and appellate courts as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Summer interns will assist in challenging legal work, such as drafting summary judgment motions in federal district court, responding to Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters, and drafting pleadings in bankruptcy court. The interns will also have the opportunity to visit and interact with our internal and external partners, such as SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

The program is open to students who will have completed their first or second year next spring. The intern positions are unpaid, but the office will work with sponsoring schools that grant academic credit or stipends for internships. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017. More information and details on how to apply can be found under Job ID 1001486 in Simplicity Job Postings.

Fall 2017 U.S. Attorneys' Office Law Student Intern Program (Chicago) -
Applications due April 12, 2017

The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit. The primary goals of the Law Student Intern Program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases. The students are required to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks during the Fall semester. The deadline to apply for fall 2017 is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

The program is available for those students who have completed their first or second year of law school (rising 2Ls and 3Ls). The work of law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pre-trial conferences and the trials of civil and criminal cases. For qualifications and application requirements, please click here.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program - Applications due April 14, 2017

Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides invaluable experience in various legal areas. A qualifying AmeriCorps JD project must propose to provide direct legal services for clients within one of the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps programs:

  • Justice AmeriCorps: Help immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian.
  • Veterans Legal Corps: Provide legal services that enable low-income veterans to return to successful civilian life.
  • Employment Opportunity Legal Corps: Assist unemployed or underemployed people who are seeking to join the labor market.
  • Disaster Legal Corps: Help improve the lives of populations who reside in communities affected by disasters.
  • Elder Justice AmeriCorps: Complete screenings, assessments, and provide direct legal representation to victims of elder abuse.

The current priority deadline for law students completing their service during summer 2017 is April 14, 2017. Additionally, AmeriCorps JD Members may choose a spring (Jan. 1-April 30), or summer (May 1-June 30) start date. Regardless of start date, priority is given to applicants completing their project and the required hours no later than August 31, 2017. Applicants must provide a start and end date for their term of service in their application materials. The student must inform Equal Justice Works immediately if these dates change.
For more information and to apply, please click here. NOTE: To apply to 2017 AmeriCorps JD, you must create an account in the Equal Justice Works’ Student Application Manager here.

Fellowships & Scholarships

2017 Nat'l Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fellowship –
Applications due February 22, 2017

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is pleased to announce its 2017 fellowship in criminal defense. NACDL invites ABA accredited law school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to work as Summer NACDL Fellows with exceptional, experienced, criminal defense attorney NACDL members for up to eight (8) weeks in active criminal defense practices.

The purpose of each fellowship is to advance diversity in the criminal defense community by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience on real cases to law students and recent law school graduates from historically underrepresented populations who are interested in criminal practice.  Each Fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00. All of the 2017 Fellowship Mentors practice in a variety of criminal defense cases; their primary focus is listed next to each placement city: New York (Public Defender); San Francisco (State/Federal White Collar/Street Crimes), and Washington, D.C. (Federal/Superior Court).

More information, including an application form and instructions, is available at https://www.nacdl.org/diversityfellowship/. Information may also be found in Simplicity Job Posting 1001704.

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2017

First-year law students are encouraged to apply to Fredrikson & Byron’s $15,000 Minority Scholarship program before the deadline of March 31, 2017. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples and personal interviews.

The scholarship program is part of Fredrikson's commitment to the promotion of diversity among incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest.

Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017. Click here for more information.

Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 31

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. The one-year program is designed to foster a commitment to excellence in a new generation of women attorneys, inspired by the generation of trailblazers who paved the way for their success.

Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017. More information and application instructions are available here.

2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2017

Zelle is pleased to announce the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship will be offered again in 2017. The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.
The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school. Depending upon the firm’s current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student’s interest and the firm’s need.  Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career.

For complete information about the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship, including contact and submission information and to access the formal application, please click here.

For questions pertaining to the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship, please feel free to contact the Diversity Committee at diversity@zelle.com. To learn more about Zelle's commitment to diversity, please click here.

Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (“AABA Law Foundation”) was established in February 2009, and is a non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of AABA that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The AABA Law Foundation engages in activities toward the following goals:  (a) provide financial assistance to Asian Pacific American law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and social leadership; (b) support the development of internships and fellowships in the area of public interest and community service relating to the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community; (c) assist in conducting legal scholarship and education with respect to legal issues affecting the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community; and (d) develop and support programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities in the Chicago-area regarding legal issues affecting those communities.

As part of achieving its goals, each year the AABA Law Foundation awards scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific American community through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work. A connection to the Chicago area is preferred. This year, the AABA Law Foundation intends to award one scholarship of $5,000 to a law student who has exemplified that commitment. 

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by May 1, 2017. For more information and application instructions, please click here. You must be logged into Simplicity to access the file.

Job Fairs

IIT Campus-Wide Career Fair

IIT’s Campus-Wide Career Fair will be held Wednesday, February 23-24, 2017, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in Hermann Hall, located at 3241 South Federal Street. Mark your calendar for this date and click here to learn more about specific strategies to make the most of this event, view a list of companies attending and register!

August 3-4: 2017 Patent Law Interview Program - Registration deadline is March 10, 2017

Date: Thursday-Friday, August 3-4, 2017
Time: Various
Location: Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown/Lakefront (511 N. Columbus Dr.)

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting this year’s nationwide Patent Law Interview Program. The program will be accepting registrations from JD students graduating in May/June of 2018 or 2019, December/January of 2018 or 2019, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2018 and 2019.

Last year roughly 150 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,200 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 6 and close on Friday, March 10. Online registration is now open at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/. DO NOT MISS THE DEADLINE AS LOYOLA WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE REGISTRATIONS. There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration. Once registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email. Please direct any questions about the program to Jayne Schreiber, the Patent Program Liaison in Kent’s Career Services Office, via email to jschrei3@kentlaw.iit.edu.

2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15, 2017

The 10th annual Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair has a strong history of success. More than 650 students from 31 states and 82 law schools across the nation have interviewed over the last nine years. Annually, 20 percent of interviewing students have accepted job offers. This year, the job fair will be located at the Hilton Indianapolis, 120 W Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Over the course of 24 hours, there will be:

  • Numerous networking opportunities available for students through a reception, interviews and a luncheon
  • More than 25 firm, government, court and corporate legal employers conducting hundreds of interviews with students
  • A student workshop focusing on presenting oneself in interviews and social media

Employers participating in the job fair seek candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Fall 2017, full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2019) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2019/2020) are encouraged to participate in the fair. For more information about the fair, visit http://www.ibadiversityjobfair.org/.

Registration for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair opens Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To register, click here. Please note that first you will need to create a username and password to register and access the fair’s career services management system.

Diversity

LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program

The primary objective of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program is to ensure that talented and diverse first-year law students receive the mentoring and preparation that they need to maximize their potential in law school and beyond.

Individual Mentoring Program (IMP):

The IMP is a comprehensive initiative for first-year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principles of legal excellence and personal involvement. Attorney Mentors are matched 1:1 with talented law student Mentees to ensure that Mentees receive the mentoring they need to navigate their first year of law school and maximize their long-term potential. LCLD provides a comprehensive Mentoring Toolkit to assist both Mentor and Mentee in developing a successful relationship.

Group Mentoring Program (GMP):

The GMP allows diverse 1L, 2L, or 3L law students to receive advice and support from successful attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. Three GMP events are scheduled during the school year in each city in which LCLD hosts the Success in Law School Mentoring Program. GMP events are designed to provide guidance from experienced attorneys in an informal, interactive, and collegial setting. Many GMP events include attorney Mentors in a networking session and a panel presentation. Panel presentations cover a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation.

Student registration is now open. Law students may register to be Mentees on the LCLD website. LCLD will match Mentors and Mentees based on geographic proximity.

For additional information about the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please visit: http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/law-school-mentoring/. For questions, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager, at nrichardson@lcldnet.com or 804-787-8009.

1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship
(See above)

2017 AT&T Summer Legal Internship for 1Ls - Applications due February 24
(See above)

Diversity Week - February 27 - March 4
(See above)

Implicit Bias Workshop - February 27
(See above)

Navigating Diversity Job Fairs - March 1
(See above)

Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night - March 2
(See above)

2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15
(See above)

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2017
(See above)

2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
(See above)

7th Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 14

Sidley Austin LLP is excited to announce the Seventh Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is expected to take place during June and July 2017. The firm encourages all diverse 1L students who would like to practice in law firms after graduation and who plan to spend their upcoming summer in the Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. area to apply. Please log on to Simplicity and click on the following links for an overview of the program, eligibility requirements and program application
Space for mentees is limited and completed applications are due by Friday, April 14, 2017. Individuals interested in participating in this year’s program in Chicago should submit a resume, unofficial law school transcript, unofficial undergraduate transcript and completed application to Merisa Lima, Diversity Coordinator at 1LDiversityMentorship-Chicago@sidley.com.

2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1
(See above)

2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15, Registration Opens March 1
(See above)

Resources

Government Honors & Internship Handbook and Public Policy Handbook: log-in 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! 

2016-2017 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide

The 2016-2017 PSJD Fellowship Guide is an online compilation of post-graduate fellowships. To access the database and for information about how to effectively use the database, visit https://www.psjd.org/2016-2017_Comprehensive_Fellowship_Guide. Note that many fellowships have very early fall semester deadlines; 3Ls that are interested in applying for post-graduate fellowships should access the Guide now!

2016-2017 Chicago Area Law Firm List

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.

Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt

Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt, is now available free on the EJW website.

Take Control of Your Future is a comprehensive guide to managing student debt, with chapters on understanding student loans and loan consolidation, planning before borrowing, income-driven repayment plans and a step-by-step guide to earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

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.

CBA YLS Webinar - Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp

All law students are welcome to register for the webinar of Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp, sponsored by The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Law Student and Professional Responsibility Committees.

The webinar includes a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about applying to and studying for the Illinois Bar and the character and fitness process, and features:

  • Bar exam study tips
  • Overview of professional responsibility and character and fitness rules
  • Navigating the character and fitness process
  • The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) as a resource for law students during bar prep and beyond
  • Access to “Study Tips for Bar Takers” Guide
Featured Speakers:
  • Shelley Bethune, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC)
  • Chelsy Castro, Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP)
  • Bradley Pollock, Walsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chtd.; Chair of Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for 2nd District
  • Phillip Skaggs, The American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS); Co-Chair of YLS Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Danae Weidemann, Barbri, Inc
Click here to register. Complimentary for CBA Law Student Members! Not a Law Student Member of The Chicago Bar Association yet? Join now for only $12 at www.chicagobar.org/jointhecba.

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!

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