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Week of May 21, 2018

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students
  • Federal Work Study Applications are being accepted for Summer 2018
  • Summer 2018 ACCESS2PRACTICE Legal Externship Program

Fall Recruiting

  • Mark Your Calendar - Fall Recruiting Important Dates

Programming

  • May 21-23: Harrity & Harrity Women's Workshop
  • June 7: Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms Summer Soiree
  • June 13: DRI Diversity for Success Panel and Networking Reception

Employment Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2018 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 25
  • 2018 Ropes & Gray LLP Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications available June 1
  • 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 15
  • 2018 Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 15
  • 2018 Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program by Reed Smith LLP - Applications due July 20
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation 2018 Scholarships - Applications due September 1

Job Fairs  

  • July 10: National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - Regular registration deadline is May 31
  • July 24: CCBA Diversity Job Fair
  • July 26-27: 2018 Patent Law Interview Program
  • July 28: 14th Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
  • August 6-7: Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - Registration deadline is June 18
  • August 8-10: 30th Annual Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair (New York, NY) 

Diversity

  • May 21-23: Harrity & Harrity Women's Workshop
  • 2018 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 25
  • June 7: Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms Summer Soiree
  • June 13: DRI Diversity for Success Panel and Networking Reception
  • 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 15
  • 2018 Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 15
  • July 10: National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - Regular registration deadline is May 31
  • 2018 Ropes & Gray LLP Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications available June 1
  • 2018 Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program by Reed Smith LLP - Applications due July 20
  • July 24: CCBA Diversity Job Fair
  • July 28: 14th Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation 2018 Scholarships - Applications due September 1

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2017-2018 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • 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)  
  • CSO Resources
  • Resources provided by the Chicago Bar Association
  • Lawcountability J.D. - Sign-up information now available!
  • 2017-2018 Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • PracticeTracks Videos
  • @theBar Podcast for Young Lawyers

Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops

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 may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Monday, October 16thBefore 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.

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.

Federal Work Study Applications are being accepted
for Summer 2018

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.

Summer federal work study is split up into Summer 1 and Summer 2.  

  • Summer 1 is from May 21 - June 29
  • Summer 2 is from July 2 - August 10

Applications for Summer 2018 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration. The deadline for Summer 2018, with a start date of May 21 (first day of summer classes), is Friday, May 4th; applications for later start dates will be considered on a rolling basis. Processing time may take a week or more. Allow plenty of time for approval, and the time it takes to go onto the Chicago-Kent payroll. 

Summer 2018 ACCESS2PRACTICE Legal Externship Program

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal.  Externships are available in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a  711 license and appear in court. 

Where Can Students Extern?
                                   
You select and obtain your own externship.  This program does not assign you to a particular placement.  To gain access to the many available externship placement possibilities, consult Symplicity. As of Monday, February 19, 2018, Symplicity will start to post many Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you can apply.  Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special private opportunities. 

How to Apply:
           
The Information and Application packets for the Summer 2018 LEP are available online or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

Fall Recruiting


Mark Your Calendar - Fall Recruiting Important Dates

  • Monday, June 4, 2018: Resume Reviews begin. All first-time program participants must have a mandatory resume review by your Career Advisor. Resumes will be reviewed and returned to students as soon as possible. All resumes must be reviewed and approved by your assigned Career Advisor, AND uploaded to Symplicity, by noon on Friday, June 29, 2018Resumes must be submitted to your Career Advisor by Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at noon.

    We advise sending your resume via email or making an appointment EARLY, because appointments fill up fast.
  • Monday, June 4, 2018: List of employers will be available to view in the "OCI" tab in Symplicity. Each employer will list information regarding application documents to be submitted, hiring eligibility requirements (e.g., class rank) and OCI dates. You may access this information by clicking on the box labeled "Review" next to each employer's name.
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Noon and 5:30pm: Mandatory Fall Recruiting Program (required for all first-time participants). This mandatory Fall Recruiting Program will provide an overview of the Fall Recruiting Program as well as detailed information regarding registration requirements and deadlines. In order to participate in Fall Recruiting, you must attend one of these sessions. Check the Record for room locations.
  • Friday, June 29, 2018 at Noon: Resume Reviews end. All first-time program participants must have a mandatory resume review by your Career Advisor. All resumes must be reviewed and approved by your assigned Career Advisor, AND uploaded to Symplicity, by noon on Friday, June 29, 2018. Resumes must be submitted to your Career Advisor by Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at noon.

    We advise sending your resume via email or making an appointment EARLY, because appointments fill up fast. 
  • Thursday, July 5, 2018Bidding system opens for student bid entry.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Noon: Deadline for Fall Recruiting Program bidding and uploading of resumes and other required materials to Symplicity. All hard copy registration materials must be turned in to the CSO by noon on this date as well. The CSO will close at noonon July 11th.
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018: CSO closed for processing OCI resumes and interview schedules.
  • Monday, July 30, 2018: Student interview schedules will be available for viewing online.
  • Monday, July 30, 2018- Friday, August 3, 2018: Mock interviews will be available by appointment with a Career Advisor or alumni participating in the Fall Recruiting Mock Interview Program. Interview slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Details about sign-ups will be available closer to these dates. 
  • Monday, August 6, 2018: On-Campus Interviews begin.

Programming        

Harrity & Harrity Women's Workshop

Date: Monday - Wednesday, May 21-23, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Harrity & Harrity LLP
11350 Random Hills Road, Ste. 600
Fairfax, VA 22030

Harrity & Harrity is holding its first Women’s Workshop this Spring.geared towards providing female law school students with an interest in pursuing a career in Intellectual Property law with skills and presentations from leaders in the field.  So far, six speakers have been secured, including Teresa Rea, former acting and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Eligibility requirements - candidates must:

1. Be in good standing as a law student at an ABA accredited law school, or be a recent law school graduate of an ABA accredited law school;

2. Demonstrate a record of academic achievement;

3. Have a sincere interest in Harrity and practicing patent law; and

4. Have a background in a technical field (e.g., B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Computer Science, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or like such).

Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018.  Candidates must submit a completed application, a personal statement expressing their interest in pursuing a career in the patent field, and their resume.  Please refer to the application form for further instructions.

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
Summer Soiree

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: K&L Gates, 70 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL

The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms invites students to a Summer Soiree and networking reception on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at K&L Gates. Space is limited, so please RSVP at info@chicagocommittee.org to secure your spot today!

DRI Diversity for Success Panel and Networking Reception

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The DRI Diversity & Inclusion Committee invites 1L and 2L law students to join a panel discussion and evening of networking on June 13, 2018 in Chicago. DRI is an international membership organization of civil defense lawyers and in-house counsel. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of DRI focuses on promoting diversity in the legal profession through sustained commitment, leadership, innovation, and programming.  This committee is comprised of a dynamic and diverse group of attorneys representing firms from around the country.

The panel discussion will include three diverse partners from firms across the United States and in-house counsel. The title of the panel discussion is “A Frank Discussion on Succeeding as a Minority in the Legal Profession” and will begin at 4:30pm on June 13, 2018. The panelists will discuss topics such as: (1) how to stand out during interview season; (2) interviewing as a diverse student; (3) how to prepare for an interview and (4) strategies for effective networking. The panel will also answer questions posed by students.

A networking reception for the hundreds of conference attendees will occur directly after the law student panel. The attendees are very supportive of the law student program and are excited to network with the students. Students should dress professionally, but resumes will not be collected.

RSVP instructions to follow via e-mail.

Employment Opportunities

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

Fellowships & Scholarships

2018 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program -
Applications due May 25, 2018

McGuireWoods’ annual Diversity Scholarship Program will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse current first-year law students with an expected graduation year of 2020, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. Applicants are considered based on their involvement in community activities and diversity related student organizations, personal achievements, and law school and undergraduate academic performance.

Applications must include a completed application form, current resume, undergradute and first semester law school transcripts, and a personal diversity statement. For a copy of the application form and more information about the scholarship, please log on to Simplicity and click here.

2018 Ropes & Gray LLP Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications available June 1, 2018

Ropes & Gray has long been a dedicated proponent of law firm diversity and inclusion. Its Diversity Committee, Women’s Forum, and LGBTQ Forum work to help achieve its mission of attracting, retaining, and promoting to partnership and leadership outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and communities that we serve.

As part of this commitment, the firm offers the Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship for selected second year law students who exemplify the accomplishment, leadership, and dedication that were the hallmarks of Mr. Trimmier’s life, and who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

The scholarship amount, $25,000, will be granted to a limited number of second year law students who join the Firm’s summer program. More details about the application process can be found on the firm's website at https://www.ropesgray.com/diversityscholarship.

The scholarship application period will begin on Friday, June 1, 2018 and run through the end of August. Students are encouraged to apply!

2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship -
Applications due June 15, 2018

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work.

With this in mind, Baker Donelson is pleased to announce that the 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship application is now available!  Three scholarships will be awarded to three diverse rising 2L law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2018. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2019 in one of the Firm’s offices. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000, which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school, to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit:

http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

Please direct all questions about the 2019 Diversity Scholarship to Helen Beasley at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com.    

2018 Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity Scholarship -
Applications due June 15, 2018

At Chapman and Cutler LLP, supporting a diverse workforce goes beyond good citizenship; different perspectives mean better, more effective solutions for our clients. Its diversity and inclusion efforts create the foundation for a Chapman community that supports equal opportunities for individuals of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and abilities.

As a part of Chapman's commitment to diversity, it is pleased to offer the Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity Scholarship. The recipient of the award will receive a $10,000 scholarship (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to be used to cover law school expenses.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be in good standing and currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. In addition, applicants must have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2020. Recipients of a diversity or similar award from another law firm are not eligible for this scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are considered based on their academic achievements, leadership abilities, community service, oral and written communication skills, and commitment to and support of diversity and inclusion in the areas of racial or ethnic diversity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or other areas of underrepresentation or otherwise important diversity in the legal profession. Consistent with its broad and inclusive view of diversity, Chapman will also consider additional criteria, such as military experience and demonstrated ability to overcome adversity,e.g., first-in-family college attendance or socioeconomic disadvantage. An interest in finance is preferred but not required.

To learn more about and to apply for the scholarship, please click here. Please direct all questions about the 2018 Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity Scholarship to Stacey Kielbasa, Director of Talent Development, Diversity and Human Resources at kielbasa@chapman.com.    

2018 Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program
by Reed Smith LLP -

Applications due July 20, 2018

Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture. The Deborah Broyles Diverse Scholars Program provides two $20,000 awards to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to her/his legal education for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample to:  DiverseScholars@reedsmith.com

Summer associate positions in 2019 are available in:  Century City; Chicago; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Richmond; San Francisco; Silicon Valley; Tysons; Washington, D.C., and Wilmington.  Applications must be submitted on or before July 20, 2018.

For more information about our program and to download an application, please visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at https://careers.reedsmith.com/Diverse_Scholars_Program/.

Diversity Scholarship Foundation 2018 Scholarships -
Applications due September 1, 2018

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is a not-for-profit organization that provides scholarships to diverse and deserving law students. The DSF is now formally accepting applications for its 2018 scholarships, including the following:

  • Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award for a student who actively advocates for diversity within the legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community;
  • Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award for a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged;
  • Disabled Law Student Scholarship Award (DLSSA) for a disabled law student attending an accredited law school in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana; and
  • Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship for third-year law students who have demonstrated academic ability and the need for financial assistance.  This scholarship is intended to help off-set the cost of a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana State Bar Exam preparation course.

To access the scholarship applications, please click here.

2018 Scholarship Application

Job Fairs

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair -
Regular registration deadline is May 31, 2018

Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Time: Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Aurora, Aurora, Colorado

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in its Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora, in Aurora, Colorado. The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Job Fair begins at 8:00 am with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00 am.  At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and conference attendees.

In addition to the Job Fair reception, all Job Fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled “Strategies for a Successful Interview”. The seminar will take place on Monday, July 9th from 4 pm to 5 pm at the Hyatt Regency Aurora, and will provide Job Fair participants with effective interviewing strategies.

To register for the Job Fair, please complete the Applicant Registration Form found in Symplicity's Document Library and submit it along with a resume and a check for the appropriate fee payable to the National Black Prosecutors Association. You may also register for the conference and job fair online at www.blackprosecutors.org.

For lodging, the Hyatt Regency Aurora has extended a special Job Fair room rate of $89.00 per night for students and 2018 graduates. The number of rooms available at this special rate is limited, so book early! To make reservations, contact the Hyatt Regency Aurora directly at (303)365-1234. Only registered Job Fair participants will be able to take advantage of this rate.

July 24: CCBA Diversity Job Fair

The Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”) is pleased to invite you to participate in its 35th Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair. JD students in the classes of 2019 (current 1Ls/rising 2Ls) and 2018 (current 2Ls/rising 3Ls) are eligible to register and participate. 

This year’s Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the Job Fair will return to the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611. 

The Job Fair typically attracts more than 500 students from eligible U.S. law schools. Each year law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies across the nation register for the Job Fair. While the fair primarily is designed to obtain summer associate positions for rising 2Ls (current 1Ls) during their second summer in law school, a limited number of employers also wish to interview rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) for entry-level associate positions. Job Fair interview slots for rising 2Ls typically outnumber those for rising 3Ls by a 4:1 ratio. For more information, please visit the job fair website at www.ccbaminorityjobfair.org.

STUDENT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! To register, please visit the CCBA's Symplicity System and sign up to create an account. The law school liaison for Chicago-Kent is Helena Gonzalez, CSO Assistant Director. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration has been received and a subsequent email providing you with a temporary password for you to access your account and change your password. The deadline for students to register is Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to register is also the deadline to upload your legal resume to the Symplicity system where you will bid for interviews. We highly encourage you to schedule an appointment with your career counselor to prepare for this job fair in advance of the registration deadline.

July 26-27: 2018 Patent Law Interview Program

Date:  Thursday, July 26 - Friday, July 27, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson St.

The 2018 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, July 26-27 is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. The Program will be accepting registrations from students graduating the following years:

  • JD students graduating in May/June 2019 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2020 (Rising 2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2018/January 2019 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2019/January 2020 (Rising 2Ls)
  • Students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2019 and 2020 (LLMs)

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 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. 

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: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration is now closed. Students that have registered will upload their resumes and bid on interviews later in the semester. Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as Chicago-Kent College of Law on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

14th Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

Date:  Saturday, July 28, 2018 to Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Hilton, San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA


The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the most prominent law firms, government legal departments and nonprofit organizations. Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate. Openings are for 2019 2L summer associate positions. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your fellow 1Ls.

Registration begins on:

Monday, May 21
The registration site can be found here.

Registration and bidding deadline:
Sunday, June 17
11:59 p.m. PST

A panel discussion for registered students will be held at Orrick, Friday, July 27, 2018 followed by a welcome reception for registered students and employers:

Friday, July 27, 2018

4:30 p.m. Panel (registered students)
5:45 p.m. Welcome Reception (registered students and employers)
 
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
The Orrick Building
405 Howard Street
San Francisco (map)

For questions, please contact:
Marissa Chepenik
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair Project Manager
registration@orrick.com

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair -
Registration deadline is June 18, 2018

Date:  Monday, August 6, 2018 to Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Hilton Indianapolis

Are you passionate about starting your career in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm? Looking to meet legal employers from large, medium and small firms, as well as government agencies, corporations and members of the judiciary? Get a jump start on creating lasting relationships at the 2018 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.

Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2020/2021 based on full or part-time status.

Student registration will close on June 18, 2018. Bidding for interviews will take place between June 25-29, 2018. There is NO FEE to participate in the fair. More information can be found online here.

30th Annual Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair -
Registration deadline is August 4, 2018

Date:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018 to Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY

The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments.

Nearly 300 candidates and over 170 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2017 career fair in San Francisco. For a list of 2018 recruiters, please click here. For more information about the job fair and to register, visit https://lgbtbar.org/annual/career-fair/.

In conjunction with the Lavender Law® Career Fair, students will have the opportunity to meet on-site with legal career service professionals. These legal career counselors are qualified to provide students with advice on resume, cover letter, and interviewing.  Further, these counselors all have significant workplace experience in various legal sectors, including LGBT advocacy groups, big firms, and the government.

Diversity

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair -
Registration closes June 18, 2018
[See Above]

Harrity & Harrity Women's Workshop -
May 21-23, 2018
[See Above]

2018 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program -
Applications due May 25, 2018

[See Above]

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
Summer Soiree - June 7, 2018
[See Above]

DRI Diversity for Success Panel and Networking Reception -
June 13, 2018
[See Above]

2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship -
Applications due June 15, 2018

[See Above]

2018 Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Diversity Scholarship -
Applications due June 15, 2018

[See Above]

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair -
Regular registration deadline is May 31, 2018

[See Above]

2018 Ropes & Gray LLP Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications available June 1, 2018
[See Above]

2018 Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program
by Reed Smith LLP -

Applications due July 20, 2018
[See Above]

CCBA Diversity Job Fair - July 24, 2018
[See Above]

14th Annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair -
July 28, 2018
[See Above]

Diversity Scholarship Foundation 2018 Scholarships -
Applications due September 1, 2018

[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! 

2017-2018 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 http://www.psjd.org/2017_-_2018_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!

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.

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).

Lawcountability J.D. -
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Lawyers and law students are facing a significantly tighter job market and a heightened level of competition for new business. This new era requires them to build consistency into their habits while more closely connecting to clients, prospects, and colleagues. Law students and lawyers seeking to raise their profiles, however, struggle with execution due to an absence of accountability. Lawcountability® is a cloud-based platform (developed by Chicago-Kent alumnus Ari Kaplan) designed to solve that problem. To watch a demo, visit http://lawcountability.com/students/.

To register for a FREE account, visit http://lawcountability.com/students/ and click on Register For a Free Account Here. Enter their information with the code LCJD2017! - this will instantly create an account and you should immediately receive a unique password with a welcome e-mail. 

2017-2018 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.

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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