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Week of February 18, 2019

Information & Announcements

  • 1L Mandatory Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • 2Ls and 3Ls - Make an appointment
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • February 19: Seyfarth Lunch and Learn
  • February 19: CBA Deposition Practicum
  • February 20: JD Advantage Panel and Networking Event
  • February 21: Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Night
  • February 21: Drinker Biddle & Reath 1L Diversity Reception
  • February 21: Reed Smith 1L Diversity Reception
  • February 27: Women of Legal Tech Summit
  • February 27: ABA Tech Show - Bringing Lawyers and Technology Together
    Employment Opportunities
  • March 1: Legal Staffing Agency Open House
  • March 5: Patent Bar Exam Program
  • March 6: CBA One-on-One Career Counseling Sessions
  • March 14: Varnum 1L Spring Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • LCLD 2019 1L Scholars Summit. Applications available now.
  • PILI 2019 Summer Internships for 1Ls. Applications available December 1.
  • PILI 2019 Summer Internships for 2Ls. Applications available now.
  • Federal Work Study application open for spring 2019.
  • Institute for the Future of Law Practice. Application open.
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps Program. Applications available now.
  • Summer Judicial Externship Program. Applications due February 19.
  • Drinker Biddle Diverse 1L Summer Internship Program. Applications due March 1.
  • Zelle Diversity Clerkship. Applications due March 15.
  • Ice Miller LCLD Scholar. Applications due March 15.

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2019 EPIC Law Fellowship (for 3Ls). Rolling Application.
  • Equal Justice America Public Interest Summer Fellowships. Applications due March 18.
  • The Honorable Timothy Evans Scholarship. Applications due March 23.
  • SABA DC Public Interest Fellowship. Applications due April 15.

Job Fairs  

  • Loyola Patent Fair. Registration closes February 28.
  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair. Registration closes March 24.

Diversity

  • LCLD 2019 1L Scholars Summit. Applications available now.
  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. Applications available.
  • Drinker Biddle Diverse 1L Summer Internship Program. Applications due March 1.
  • Zelle Diversity Clerkship. Applications due March 15.
  • Ice Miller LCLD Scholar. Applications due March 15.

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

1L Mandatory Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop and 1L Cover Letter Workshop videos are 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.

Before your first career advising appointment, you must have watched the workshop videos and uploaded a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

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 Spring 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.

Fall Recruiting

Programming        

February 19: Seyfarth Lunch and Learn

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Room 370

Seyfarth Shaw is a Chicago based firm with a national reputation. The firm specializes in labor and employment and employee benefits law. Many Chicago-Kent alumni work as attorneys in this firm. The firm is sponsoring a panel discussion at the school.

  • Tracy Billows – Labor & Employment Partner, Chicago Group Lead
  • Kara Goodwin – Labor & Employment Partner
  • Whitney Schmidt – Corporate Associate
  • Kyle Hoover – Seyfarth Lean Legal Project Manager
  • Kyle Peterson – Labor & Employment Partner

Food will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, February 15 by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

February 19: CBA Deposition Practicum

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth

The Young Lawyers Section of the CBA is putting together a “Deposition Practicum” event, in which students will get a chance to learn the basics of taking a civil deposition. It will be held at CBA headquarters (321 S. Plymouth) on Tuesday, February 19 at 5:30, and will be led by Octavio Duran, partner at Hart, David, Carson LLP. Octavio is the Second Vice President of the Young Lawyers Section and practices exclusively in personal injury and workers compensation. He will be presenting on the basics of taking a deposition as well as tips and pitfalls that students will find useful.

February 20: JD Advantage Panel and Networking Event

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Morris Hall

Are you interested in expanding your job search beyond the traditional firm setting? Are you wondering what those other settings are? Don’t miss the upcoming panel. Come hear a number of lawyers working in non-traditional settings describe their jobs and their career paths.

Panelists will include JD’s from–

  • Consulting
  • Legal Publishing
  • Compliance
  • Knowledge Management
  • Legal Technology

All interested students are welcome. This is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of non-traditional legal settings and network with individuals working in them!

Food will be served.

Please RSVP for the event to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

February 21: Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Night

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 200 N. LaSalle Street, 30th Floor

Please join Scholler DuCanto & Fleck for a discussion about careers in family law. The discussion is designed to be most beneficial to first and second year law students. Please RSVP by February 15th to jrobinson@sdflaw.com.

February 21: Drinker Biddle & Reath 1L Diversity Reception

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath, 191 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 3700, Chicago

Please join the attorneys at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP for a 1L Diversity Reception. Learn more about Drinker's culture of diversity, inclusiveness and training through our Chicago 1L Diverse Summer Internship Program. Please RSVP by February 15th at this link.

February 21: Reed Smith 1L Diversity Reception

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Reed Smith, 10 S. Wacker Suite 4000, Chicago

Please join us as we welcome first year law students from all the local area schools to the Chicago diverse lawyer community. Reed Smith attorneys from various industry and expertise groups will be on hand to provide insights into their practices. Gain valuable insight into Reed Smith’s summer associate hiring process and how diversity plays an important factor Reed Smith will kick off its 2019 Deborah Broyles Diverse Scholars Program. Applications will be available at the reception for this diversity scholarship. To RSVP, click here.

February 27: Women of Legal Tech Summit

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent

Women are woefully unrepresented in the tech field, often facing sexism and harassment. As startup founders, investors, or tech employees, men often outnumber women many times over. Female lawyers in turn face a higher bar to success when interested in representing tech companies, as in-house or outside counsel.

To help increase opportunities for women lawyers in tech and legal tech, Women of Legal Tech are hosting a summit that will consist of: Ignites (fast and fun 5 minute powerpoint presentations on different tech topics), Dean and Professor Kimblery A. Yuracko of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as keynote speaker, a luncheon, and a design thinking workshop led by leading-edge design thinking facilitator Caitlin Moon of Vanderbilt Law Schools. To wrap up the day, participants will present proposed solutions to the challenges women face in breaking into tech and legal tech.

Register at http://womenoflegaltech.org/. Student registration is free. The code to register free is: WLTS2019_Student

February 27: ABA Tech Show - Bringing Lawyers and Technology Together

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - March 2, 2019
Time: Varies
Location: Hyatt Regenacy Chicago

Celebrate over 31 years of legal technology and innovation. Network with legal technology experts from around the globe, February 27 – March 2, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. CBA members can register at a special reduced rate. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the Standard registration and will save you $150. You can register online at www.techshow.com/pricing and include this unique discount code EP1901 at checkout to receive the discount.

March 1: Legal Staffing Agency Open House

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent, Concourse Level

The Career Services Office would like to invite recent graduates, 3L students and LL.M. students to attend a Legal Staffing Agency Open House event at Chicago-Kent on Friday, March 1st from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Representatives from five local staffing agencies will be on campus to speak with you about the project-based work opportunities that they can potentially connect you with following graduation. Please see below for the list of staffing agencies that will be attending:

After you graduate, project-based work can be a smart way to continue getting legal experience and build your resume while you continue to search for a permanent full-time position. Please consider stopping by for a few minutes to chat with the agency representatives!

March 5: Patent Bar Exam Program

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 580

If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney,

Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by John White, Academic Director of PLI’s Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include: the latest info on the Patent Office Exam; who can take it; how it works, now that it's on computer and “on demand”; when you should take it (you don't need to…and probably shouldn't…wait until you graduate); how the America Invents Act is impacting the Exam, and; recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam. Scholarships to PLI's other IP programs will also be discussed.

Please visit us on the Web for a wealth of information on the resources we offer: www.PatentOfficeExamCourse.com and www.pli.edu.

March 6: CBA One-on-One Career Counseling Sessions

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago

The CBA's Career Advancement Program (CAP) is scheduling our very popular individual, confidential 20-minute Job Search and Professional Development Speed Counseling sessions with our featured legal career counselor, Kathy Morris of Under Advisement, Ltd, for Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 7 am to 12 pm. Members only. Learn more and schedule an appointment.

March 14: Varnum 1L Spring Reception

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bridgewater Place, 333 Bridge Street NW, 17th Floor, Grand Rapids, MI

Please join Varnum in their Grand Rapids office for networking and cocktails. RSVP to Kim DeBoer at ksdeboer@varnumlaw.com or 616/336-6831 by Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Employment Opportunities

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

LCLD 2019 1L Summer Scholars Summit
Applications available now

Tthe application period for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) 2019 1L Scholars Program is now open. Designed to offer diverse, first-year law students the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations, more than 100 law firms and corporations will be hosting summer internships across the country.

In addition to a meaningful summer internship, 2019 1L Scholars also have the opportunity to benefit from:

  • Attending the 2019 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Atlanta, GA, June 4-6, 2019, which helps students build leadership and networking skills.
  • Mock interviews with attorneys from selected LCLD Member law firms.
  • Career-development resources and long-term connections with other 1L Scholars via the exclusive 1L LCLD Scholars LinkedIn group. 1L Scholars will be invited to join the LinkedIn group in spring 2019.
  • Group Mentoring Program (GMP) events during the summer for 1L Scholars to continue to build their network.

For more information and the link to apply, please click here.

PILI 2019 Summer Internships for 2Ls-
Application Open Now

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

Through this program, PILI helps its partner agencies increase their impact while also helping its Interns develop their legal and client interaction skills, build their professional networks, and strengthen their commitment to public interest law and service.

Applicants will apply directly through the PILI website. PILI offers Internships at 27 different legal service agencies in Illinois, and each applicant may apply to up to 10 agencies. You can review the list of agencies approved to host PILI Interns here.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring. Please note that each agency supervisor handles hiring differently: some make hiring decisions early in the application period, while others wait until later. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the fullest consideration of their application.

PILI 2019 Summer Internships for 1Ls-
Applications are open now

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

Through this program, PILI helps its partner agencies increase their impact while also helping its Interns develop their legal and client interaction skills, build their professional networks, and strengthen their commitment to public interest law and service.

Applicants will apply directly through the PILI website. PILI offers Internships at 27 different legal service agencies in Illinois, and each applicant may apply to up to 10 agencies. You can review the list of agencies approved to host PILI Interns here.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring. Please note that each agency supervisor handles hiring differently: some make hiring decisions early in the application period, while others wait until later. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the fullest consideration of their application.

Federal Work Study Application Open for Spring 2019

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

FEDERAL WORK STUDY Applications for Spring 2019 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration.

Institute for the Future of Law Practice
Application Open Now

The Institute for the Future of Law Practice offers rising 2L and rising 3L law students opportunities to gain modern practice skills through its 2019 boot camp and summer internship program. Participating students attend an intensive hands-on boot camp from in mid to late May, at which they gain knowledge and skills in business operations, process improvement, project management, technology, and data. Following the boot camp students put into practice what they learned in 10-week paid summer internships at leading legal employers in the private and public sectors. Learn more and apply for this innovative program at www.FutureLawPractice.org.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

The Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP) admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at IFLP. It doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs administered by IFLP.

Crime Victims Justice Corps
Application Open Now

The Crime Victims Justice Corps, an initiative designed to increase access to civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims, is now recruiting law students for the summer of 2019. Law students apply directly to the legal services organization of their choice, and a list of organizations hosting CJVC law students can be found on our website. Some organizations have position descriptions posted, while others are in the process of finalizing and posting them. Encourage students to continue to check our website throughout the next month or reach out directly to the organization for more information.

Summer Judicial Externship Program
Application due February 19

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge or designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judges.

JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by participating in drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe the judge’s day-to-day routine and to discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.

Summer Application Process

Applications for Summer 2019 Judicial Externships will be available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, online, and on the table by the third floor elevators by Monday, February 4, 2019.

Completed applications should be submitted in hard copy to Suzanne in Room 618, by Tuesday, February 19, 2019, no later than 5 p.m.

Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, February 5, at 12p.m., in Room 345, Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Summer/Fall 2019 Judicial Externship Programs.

For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website externship page. If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).

Drinker Biddle Diverse 1L Summer Internship Program
Application due March 1

Drinker Biddle is pleased to solicit applications for our Diverse 1L Summer Internship program in the Chicago office. Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at Drinker Biddle. We believe that diversity, inclusiveness, and respect among our lawyers and staff members are essential, and that they strengthen our entire firm. As a diverse and inclusive organization, we can more effectively serve a broad range of clients and enable our lawyers to grow from the creativity, talents, and perspectives contributed by people of different backgrounds and experiences.

In line with Drinker Biddle’s commitment to training and developing excellent lawyers, we are excited to provide a unique training and mentoring opportunity for 1L candidate development and to invest in young, diverse lawyers. The Diverse 1L Summer Interns will participate in both legal and professional skill building throughout the 6-week program. Interns will receive a stipend in the amount of $10,000, payable in accordance with Drinker Biddle’s payroll policy.

We invite highly qualified first-year candidates to apply for a position in our 2019 Program. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled and in good standing at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, or Loyola University Chicago School of Law with the anticipated graduation date of 2021;
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the profession;
  • A record of academic and professional achievement.

If you are interested in being considered as a candidate, please submit a resume, undergrad transcript, law school transcript, writing sample, and brief personal statement discussing diversity and your commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession to Nadine Ott, Professional Recruitment Coordinator nadine.ott@dbr.com. Applications must be received on or before Friday, March 1st. Please see Symplicity job post #1006585 for more information.

Zelle Diversity Clerkship
Application due March 15

On behalf of the national law firm Zelle LLP, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2019 Diversity in Law Scholarship. 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 $20,000 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.

Please note that to be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the application and required documents to Zelle LLP by March 15, 2019. Click here for complete eligibility requirements.

Ice Miller LCLD Scholars Program
Application due March 15

Ice Miller is pleased to participate in the LCLD Scholars Program. One (1) LCLD Scholar opportunity will be awarded to a 1L law student (anticipated graduation in 2021) for the summer of 2019 and will be based in our Indianapolis office. The program provides broad exposure to a variety of practice areas. You will come away with a good understanding of a “day in the life” of an Ice Miller attorney, and you’ll also gain a sense of how our clients are impacted by the work we do.

This 10-week program includes:

  • Opportunities to develop direct working relationships with our attorneys to enhance your research, writing and presentation skills.
  • Guidance and mentoring from our Summer Program Lawyer Advisory Team.
  • Opportunities for client contact.
  • Participation in social events and activities including dinner outings, team building activities, a community service day and gatherings hosted by our partners.
  • A competitive weekly stipend.
  • Attendance at the 2019 1L LCLD Scholars Summit.

Please apply online between December 1, 2018 and March 15, 2019. All applications must include:

  • Cover letter referencing your application for the 1L LCLD Scholar Program
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript (once first semester grades are available)
  • Writing sample

If you have questions, please contact the Firm's director of attorney recruiting, Debbie Atlas, or the Firm's talent acquisition assistant, Valerie Sequeira.

To apply, click here.

Fellowships & Scholarships   

2019 EPIC Law Fellowship for 3Ls

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) invites outstanding applications for the 2019 EPIC Law Fellowship. EPIC encourages applications from law students graduating before September 2019.

The EPIC Law Fellow will fill an integral role in EPIC's Washington, DC office. The Fellow will work on various EPIC Projects in areas such as Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Privacy, International Privacy, Open Government, and State Policy. Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Undertake legal research
  • Draft complaints, petitions, briefs, and testimony
  • Pursue Freedom of Information Act requests and identify appellate amicus opportunities
  • Prepare posts for EPIC website and EPIC Alert
  • Participate in legal strategy sessions and coalition meetings
  • Provide support and assistance to EPIC staff and EPIC advisory board

Creative, highly motivated and accomplished students are encouraged to apply. Applications are rolling. Click here for more information and application instructions.

Equal Justice America Public Interest Summer Fellowships

If you are providing legal services to the poor this coming summer, consider applying for funding through the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need. The organization's efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to the urgency for pro bono assistance to our most vulnerable citizens. Students at Chicago-Kent have the opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Application deadline for summer 2019 is Monday, March 18, 2019. Click here to apply.

Timothy Evans Scholarship

The scholarship is available to law school students currently attending an accredited Illinois law school who reside in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (includes Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy and LaSalle counties) and who have demonstrated a commitment to the highest scholastic standards.

The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship is made available to local students through voluntary contributions made by members of the NWSBA. Factors that are considered when awarding scholarships include::

  • scholastic achievement
  • leadership skills
  • involvement in school activities
  • involvement in community service
  • extra curricular activities
  • financial need

"The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship” was established to honor the commitment and dedication that the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans, has devoted to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) and to the community of Cook County. Judge Evans’s tireless commitment to public service and his passionate pursuit of legal excellence and integrity mirror the very virtues embodied by the NWSBA and its esteemed membership. Like Chief Judge Evans, The NWSBA Foundation is honored to recognize Judge Evans’ contribution to the legal community through "The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship”. Judge Evans’s example, passion, and integrity are a guiding light for the NWSBA membership and the worthy recipient of this endowment.

Click here for more information. Applications must be received by March 23, 2019.

SABA-DC Public Interest Fellowship

SABA-DC provides financial assistance in the form of summer fellowships to law students working at public interest organizations in the metropolitan D.C. area. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to help fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization for the benefit of the South Asian community and the metropolitan D.C. area. The number of Fellowships awarded, as well as the amount of each grant, will be determined by the SABA-DC Fellowship Committee and is based on SABA­-DC’s fundraising efforts and the number of quality applicants it receives. SABA-DC has provided grants up to $7,500 per fellow in past years, and sponsors several fellows every year. The application deadline is April 15, 2019.

For the complete application, please visit the Document Library in Symplicity.

Job Fairs

Loyola Patent Fair - Registration Closes February 28

REGISTRATION FOR THE LOYOLA PATENT FAIR IS NOW OPEN

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2019 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, July 25-26 in Chicago, Illinois. This nationwide interview program targets patent law employers and rising 2L and 3L students.

The 2019 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from:

  • JD students graduating in May/June 2020 (rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2021 (rising 2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2019/January 2020 (rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2020/January 2021 (rising 2Ls)

Students who will graduate before the program is held in July 2019, and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2021, are not eligible for the 2019 Patent Law Interview Program and should not register.

Dual degree students should use the date that they will complete both of their degrees as their anticipated graduation date.

Last year roughly 140 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,100 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit application materials to apply to interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review their materials and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: https://www.luc.edu/law/currentstudents/careerservices/patentprogram/.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Tuesday, February 5 and close on Thursday, February 28. Students can register at: https://epay.luc.edu/C20996_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=311&SINGLESTORE=true.

At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).

There is a non-refundable $40 dollar registration fee that you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration. Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - Registration Closes March 24

The Job Fair typically attracts more than 500 students from eligible law schools. Each year large, medium and small law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies register for the Job Fair. These employers are located primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. It is anticipated that 80 employers will be participating.

To register, go to https://law-ccba-csm.symplicity.com/students/?signin_tab=0. (Note – When registering, list Victoria Ryan as your Chicago-Kent Law CCBA Job Fair Liaison)

Student registration is open until March 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST. Each student must complete their profile and upload their resume by March 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST. The March 24, 2019 deadline is a strict deadline and will not be extended.

Each student must bid for 25 ranked employer selections between April 1, 2019 through April 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST. Students should receive their initial schedule on or before May 5, 2019. Initial drops, adds, and cancellations must be completed by May 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST. Second round matching will take place between May 13, 2019 and May 17, 2019. Final cancellations should be completed by 11:59 PM CST June 3, 2019.

For more information, see https://ccbaminorityjobfair.org/

Diversity

LCLD 2019 1L Summer Scholars Summit
Applications available now

Tthe application period for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) 2019 1L Scholars Program is now open. Designed to offer diverse, first-year law students the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations, more than 100 law firms and corporations will be hosting summer internships across the country.

In addition to a meaningful summer internship, 2019 1L Scholars also have the opportunity to benefit from:

  • Attending the 2019 1L LCLD Scholars Summit in Atlanta, GA, June 4-6, 2019, which helps students build leadership and networking skills.
  • Mock interviews with attorneys from selected LCLD Member law firms.
  • Career-development resources and long-term connections with other 1L Scholars via the exclusive 1L LCLD Scholars LinkedIn group. 1L Scholars will be invited to join the LinkedIn group in spring 2019.
  • Group Mentoring Program (GMP) events during the summer for 1L Scholars to continue to build their network.

For more information and the link to apply, please click here.

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 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.

Drinker Biddle Diverse 1L Summer Internship Program
Application due March 1

Drinker Biddle is pleased to solicit applications for our Diverse 1L Summer Internship program in the Chicago office. Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at Drinker Biddle. We believe that diversity, inclusiveness, and respect among our lawyers and staff members are essential, and that they strengthen our entire firm. As a diverse and inclusive organization, we can more effectively serve a broad range of clients and enable our lawyers to grow from the creativity, talents, and perspectives contributed by people of different backgrounds and experiences.

In line with Drinker Biddle’s commitment to training and developing excellent lawyers, we are excited to provide a unique training and mentoring opportunity for 1L candidate development and to invest in young, diverse lawyers. The Diverse 1L Summer Interns will participate in both legal and professional skill building throughout the 6-week program. Interns will receive a stipend in the amount of $10,000, payable in accordance with Drinker Biddle’s payroll policy.

We invite highly qualified first-year candidates to apply for a position in our 2019 Program. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled and in good standing at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, or Loyola University Chicago School of Law with the anticipated graduation date of 2021;
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the profession;
  • A record of academic and professional achievement.

If you are interested in being considered as a candidate, please submit a resume, undergrad transcript, law school transcript, writing sample, and brief personal statement discussing diversity and your commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession to Nadine Ott, Professional Recruitment Coordinator nadine.ott@dbr.com. Applications must be received on or before Friday, March 1st. Please see Symplicity job post #1006585 for more information.

Zelle Diversity Clerkship
Application due March 15

On behalf of the national law firm Zelle LLP, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2019 Diversity in Law Scholarship. 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 $20,000 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.

Please note that to be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the application and required documents to Zelle LLP by March 15, 2019. Click here for complete eligibility requirements.

Ice Miller LCLD Scholars Program
Application due March 15

Ice Miller is pleased to participate in the LCLD Scholars Program. One (1) LCLD Scholar opportunity will be awarded to a 1L law student (anticipated graduation in 2021) for the summer of 2019 and will be based in our Indianapolis office. The program provides broad exposure to a variety of practice areas. You will come away with a good understanding of a “day in the life” of an Ice Miller attorney, and you’ll also gain a sense of how our clients are impacted by the work we do.

This 10-week program includes:

  • Opportunities to develop direct working relationships with our attorneys to enhance your research, writing and presentation skills.
  • Guidance and mentoring from our Summer Program Lawyer Advisory Team.
  • Opportunities for client contact.
  • Participation in social events and activities including dinner outings, team building activities, a community service day and gatherings hosted by our partners.
  • A competitive weekly stipend.
  • Attendance at the 2019 1L LCLD Scholars Summit.

Please apply online between December 1, 2018 and March 15, 2019. All applications must include:

  • Cover letter referencing your application for the 1L LCLD Scholar Program
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript (once first semester grades are available)
  • Writing sample

If you have questions, please contact the Firm's director of attorney recruiting, Debbie Atlas, or the Firm's talent acquisition assistant, Valerie Sequeira.

To apply, click here.

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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