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Week of February 8, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Spring Resume Books Now Open!
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2016
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) hosts office hours in the CSO
  • CareerShift
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • February 10: Opportunities with the City of Chicago Department of Law
  • February 11: ABA Webinar - Professionalism in Legal Practice: Real Life Examples of Lawyers Behaving Badly
  • February 11: Decalogue Society of Lawyers Young Lawyer and Law Student Winter Social
  • February 12: ABA Webinar - How to Find an Alternative Career as a Lawyer
  • February 16: Success Strategies for Women Law Students: Professionalism and Networking
  • February 18: Speed Networking with Federal, State and Local Government Attorneys (Cancelled - to be rescheduled)
  • February 19: ABA Legal Career Development Expo
  • February 19: CBA YLS Texas Hold'em Goes to Mardi Gras
  • February 22-26: Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week
  • February 24: U.S. Air Force JAG Informational Interviews
  • February 24: Minnesota Judicial Branch Law Clerk Program Informational Session
  • February 24: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Dinner and Discussion
  • February 26: Relativity Software Overview Program for 3Ls and Recent Graduates
  • February 26: Wine Tasting to Benefit CBA Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
  • February 26: ISBA YLD Wine Tasting
  • March 1: Practising Law Institute (PLI) Patent Office Exam Informational Session

Employment Opportunities

  • Law Offices of Chicago-Kent - Spring 2016 Clinic Opportunities
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications Now!
  • Judicial Externship Program (Summer) - Applications due February 19
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Counsel Legal Extern Program - Applications due February 28
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1
  • City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps J.D. Program - Applications due February 29
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27

Job Fairs

  • CBA YLS Government Service Career Fair - March 3
  • Veterans' Legal Career Fair - April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. 

Diversity

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2015-2016 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt
  • CSO Resources

Information & Announcements

Spring Resume Books Now Open!

Spring Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls. Employers will be notified that Resume Books are available soon thereafter, but because employers may request a Resume Book at any time (both before and after that date), students are encouraged to opt-in to desired Resume Books by Friday, February 5 or at any time thereafter. Even if you have secured employment for this Spring, keep in mind that Spring resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Summer 2016!

As a reminder, a Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our Resume Books will collect the resumes of students in a particular class (e.g. 2Ls) with similar interests (e.g. immigration law, real estate law, or working in the northern suburbs), and then notify employers who fit those criteria that the books are available for review. These books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (“We are looking for a 3L interested in litigation who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks). For more information about Resume Books, click here.

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 for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP), the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program, or another employment, fellowship or scholarship opportunity, 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.

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2016

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Spring 2016 semester.  Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline.  Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.  Forms were due in the Career Services Office by Friday, January 8, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) to inquire about availability of remaining funds.

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.

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

Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) hosts office hours in the CSO

The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) will host office hours in the Career Services Office (Suite 360) on:

  • Monday's 4-5 PM
  • Tuesday's 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Wednesday's 11:45 AM -12:45 PM and 4-5PM

If you are interested in volunteering or pro bono projects please visit the PIRC counselors during office hours or visit the PIRC webpage to be added to the PIRC newsletter and to track your volunteer hours. Students who compete 50 hours, or 250 hours, receive an award for their service at a Public Interest Awards ceremony held April. 

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

Sign up for an account at CareerShift and when prompted use the group access code: kentlawcso

Click on “Tutorials” under the “My Organizer” link to view tutorials on how to use all of the job search resources CareerShift has to offer!

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 2L and 3L student was required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of fall semester.  If you have not done so, and for those of you interested in applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible!

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

ABA Offers Free Memberships For Law Students

Effective immediately, the American Bar Association will offer 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

ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) have prepared a short (9 minute) webinar on how to use www.illinoisprobono.org to search for a summer internship or externship. The webinar walks you through the application process and provides tips from partnering legal aid organizations. You can access the webinar here: How to Apply for Internships and Externships.

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!

Opportunities with the City of Chicago Department of Law

Date: Wednesday, February 10
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Room C20

The City of Chicago Department of Law serves the Mayor, City Departments, Boards and Commissioners and the City Council administering policies and programs to benefit Chicago residents. Come to this program to meet City of Chicago attorneys, and to learn about the City of Chicago Department of Law’s Externship Program, Summer Volunteer Program, Law Clerk Program (paid and volunteer), and Entry-Level Attorney Program. Learn about Law Department opportunities and what it is like to manage and practice law at one of the premier government law firms in the country.

The speakers are as follows:

  • Stephen Patton, Corporation Counsel
  • Susan Song, Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel, Collections, Ownership & Administrative Litigation Division (2005 alumna)
  • Tamara Starks, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Labor Division (2010 alumna)
  • Elizabeth Simek, Director of Legal Recruitment and Professional Development

Space is Limited: Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 9, 2016 to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with "City of Chicago" in the subject line.

ABA Webinar - Professionalism in Legal Practice: Real Life Examples of Lawyers Behaving Badly

Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar, sponsored by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, essentially will be a lesson in what not to do as a young lawyer. Specifically, it will provide real-life examples of lawyers acting unethically or unprofessionally. The cautionary tales discussed took place in depositions and hearings, and through social media, across the country. 

Moderator:
Kara J. Johnson, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court, Bismarck, ND

Speakers:
Melissa Lessell, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana
Beverly DeLaune, Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana

Click here to register!

Decalogue Society of Lawyers Young Lawyer and Law Student Winter Social

Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Pearl Tavern (180 N. Wacker)

Join young lawyers and law students to learn more about mentoring and volunteer opportunities through the Decalogue Society of Lawyers (DSL), America's Oldest Jewish Bar Association. Check out DSL’s Students and Young Lawyers Facebook page for more information!

1st drink (house wine or beer) free for Decalogue Law Students & Young Lawyers. Click here to register!

ABA Webinar - How to Find an Alternative Career as a Lawyer

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

If you've ever thought of using your law degree in a new way, or taking yourself on a new path altogether, join this webinar to hear personal experiences, motivating stories and actionable tips and lessons from real lawyers who have moved on to an alternative career.

Moderated by ABA Legal Career Central Board Member and Leave Law Behind Founder Casey Berman, and featuring Gabe Rotham (Director of System Sales for Lookout) and Dan Leary (VP, Operations and Accounts at a legaltech startup).

Click here to register!

Success Strategies for Women Law Students: Professionalism and Networking

Date: Tuesday, February 16
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Auditorium

The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law invites you to attend the Eighth Annual Law Student Event and Networking Reception. This year's event will include a panel discussion and Q&A session held in the auditorium, followed by a networking reception outside the auditorium serving drinks and appetizers. Panelists will lead a roundtable discussion with law students from Chicago-Kent, DePaul, Northwestern, Loyola, John Marshall and University of Chicago.

Panelists include:

  • Carolyn Blessing, Locke Lord LLP
  • Jami Gekas, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Christina Landgraf, United Airlines, Inc.
  • Jennifer Rakstad, Mayer Brown

Click here to register!

Speed Networking with Federal, State and Local Government Attorneys (Cancelled - to be rescheduled)

Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

Come speak with Federal, State, and Local Government alumni about their careers. Students (either one-on-one or in small groups) will rotate to a new attorney every few minutes, and have the opportunity to meet all the attorneys in the room. The evening will conclude with a reception providing an opportunity for you to speak further with state and local government alumni. Cancelled - to be rescheduled to a later date.

ABA Legal Career Development Expo

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Washington, DC ABA Office (1050 Connecticut Ave.)

Save the date for the 2016 Winter ABA Legal Career Development Expo, to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, February 19, 2016. Diverse law students, recent graduates and young lawyers are encouraged to attend. Practicing attorneys and legal professionals seeking to advance their careers are also welcome.

The ABA Legal Career Development Expo provides an innovative approach to career development, mentoring, and networking. Attendees can attend career workshops and schedule personal coaching sessions while interacting with seasoned attorneys throughout the day. There will be a reception immediately following the Expo.

Click here for more information and to register!

CBA YLS Texas Hold'em Goes to Mardi Gras

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington)

The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section invites you to head to the French Quarter for an evening of Texas Hold'em and fun for all. Non-players can watch the table action while enjoying N'awlins inspired food, drink and entertainment. All proceeds benefit The Chicago Bar Foundation. 6:30 p.m. is player check-in, and play begins at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL. Click here for all the details and to purchase tickets!

Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week

Date: Monday – Friday, February 22 – 26
Time: See schedule of events below
Location: TBD

Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week will take place February 22 to 26! This is a great opportunity to polish your interviewing and networking skills and connect with alumni in your desired area of practice. Last year, more than 80 alumni participated, creating opportunities for more than 300 students. Please calendar these dates!

Opportunities will include:

  • Informational Interviews, Monday and Tuesday, 2/22 and 2/23, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Mock Interviews, Wednesday, 2/24, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Students participating in mock interviews should provide resumes to the Career Services Office by February 21.)
  • Networking Reception, Thursday, 2/25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Coffee ConneKtions, Thursday and Friday, 2/25 and 2/26, any time
  • Job shadowing, any day during ASCK Week

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting:

  • Monday, February 15 for 3Ls and 4Ls
  • Tuesday, February 16 for 2Ls
  • Wednesday, February 17 for 1Ls

Additional information and registration link to come!

U.S. Air Force JAG Informational Interviews

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: By appointment
Location: TBD

Interested in a military career as an attorney? Come learn more about becoming a Judge Advocate General with the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.  

Maj. James Gutzman from the Air Force JAG will be on campus to speak with students individually about opportunities in the Air Force JAG. Maj Gutzman will meet with each student for 30 minutes. Students of any class level may sign up.

If you are interested, please email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the times you are available that day. Please respond AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  The deadline to respond is 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016.

Learn more about the U.S. Air Force JAG here: http://www.airforce.com/jag/

Minnesota Judicial Branch Law Clerk Program

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: TBD

Representatives from the Minnesota Judicial Branch, including a Minnesota Supreme Court Judge and a Court of Appeals Judge, will be discussing the Minnesota Judicial Branch Law Clerk Program with students. More information to come!

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Dinner and Discussion

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Café Ba-Ba-Reeba (2024 N. Halsted St.)

Diverse 1L law students are cordially invited to attend a special dinner on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, located at 2024 N. Halsted St., and meet attorneys from Minnesota law firms and corporations. This is a great way to discover the various opportunities that exist within the Twin Cities legal community, and learn why the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a great place to live and work! Please visit www.diversityinpractice.org to find out more about Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) and for an updated list of the 2016 guest lawyers who will be attending the event.

There is no charge for this event. Please click here to register, or email LShaw@DiversityinPractice.org. Space is limited, so please register soon to confirm a spot!

Relativity Software Overview Program for 3Ls and Recent Graduates

Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Session 1) and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Session 2)    
Location: Room 210

Please join Professor Adam Bottner and Senior Review Manager Hannah Wells from DTI Global as they conduct an overview of Relativity, software used by law firms and litigation service providers to manage e-discovery. Professor Bottner and Ms. Wells will give a brief overview of the e-discovery process then show you how Relativity works. Stacey Kennedy, DTI’s Director of Placement, Legal Solutions, will also be on hand to discuss what could help candidates secure relevant legal positions. This special presentation for 3L students and alumni will add an important tool to your toolbox as you apply and interview for job opportunities.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by Wednesday, February 23, 2016. When you RSVP, please add the word "RELATIVITY" to your subject line and note which session you plan on attending.

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

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

Wine Tasting to Benefit CBA Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join your colleagues at the CBA on February 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an evening of wine tasting and small bites, music and mingling. Cost is $50 per person. For tickets, call 312-554-2057.

ISBA YLD Wine Tasting

Date: Friday, February 26
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: ISBA Chicago Office (20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900)

Join the Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division for wine, hors d’oeuvres, networking, socializing, and more wine! The event will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900.

Tickets are $30 in advance through Monday, February 22, and $40 if purchased at the door the night of the event. Click here to register!

Practising Law Institute (PLI) Patent Office Exam Informational Session

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 370

If you are a student with an undergraduate degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, the computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, or some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI's Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include:

  • The latest information on the Patent Office Exam
  • Who can take the Exam
  • How the Exam works, now that it's on computer and “on demand”
  • When you should take the Exam
  • How the America Invents Act has impacted the Exam
  • Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam

 Scholarships to PLI's other IP programs will also be discussed.

Employment Opportunities

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

Law Offices of Chicago-Kent - Spring 2016 Clinic Opportunities

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent has a few spots available in the following clinics: 

  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

These clinics are normally filled, so this is a rare opportunity!

Please note that, in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, students must do their work during normal business hours. In the Criminal Law Clinic, students should have a couple of mornings free during the week so they can go to court with their supervising attorney.

If you are a 2L or a 3L, and are interested in this opportunity, please email Tracy Kish at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

PILI’s online application system is now open for summer 2016. Internship placements are available in Chicago, Peoria and Champaign, Illinois. PILI Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer in return for a $5,000 stipend.  

In order to apply for the PILI stipend, all applicants must go through the online application system. Applicants must first register with www.IllinoisProBono.org, and may only apply once they have had their registration confirmed. Applicants may apply for all of the available positions in the summer if they are interested, and can upload a customized cover letter for each agency. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so APPLY NOW!  For more information and to apply, go here: http://pili.org/internships/intern-how-to-apply

Judicial Externship Program (Summer) - Applications due February 19, 2016

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students in their second and third year who want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district, or bankruptcy judge or an Illinois Supreme Court, appellate or circuit court judge.

JEP consists of both a fieldwork and classroom component. Judicial Externship fieldwork enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by writing memoranda and drafting opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge or the/judge's law clerk those legal problems confronted in the courtroom. Judicial externs work under the direct supervision of and coordinate their externship schedule with their judge and/or their judge’s law clerk. The extern must work 32 hours per week for the judge during the Summer session, for a total of 240 hours. The accompanying classroom component meets once a week and focuses on various aspects of judicial decision-making and, where appropriate, how those aspects affect the extern's work product.

Applications must be submitted to Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Law Offices, Room 610, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016. Click here for more information and to access the application.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Counsel Legal Extern Program - Applications due February 28, 2016

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Counsel in Chicago, Illinois, is responsible for providing legal advice, training and services in cases related to the ICE mission in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The office represents the United States in immigration removal proceedings, and provides legal support to ICE components focusing on customs, worksite enforcement, employment law, and administrative law. Legal externs assist in the representation of the United States government in immigration removal proceedings.

Legal externs can expect to research and write appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals, research and draft motions in pending cases, assemble exhibits for trial, research foreign country conditions, and observe hearings of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested. First-year and second-year law students are welcome to apply.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 28, 2016. For more information and application instructions, please click here (you must be logged into Symplicity).

Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1, 2016

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

Applications are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions.

City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1, 2016

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

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

Applications for the Summer Program are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions!

Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1, 2016

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

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

Applications are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions!

Fellowships & Scholarships

2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The program offers students the rare opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations.

Program benefits for 1L LCLD Scholars include:

  • Substantive Work Assignments: LCLD Scholars spend their summer side by side with attorneys from Fortune 500 legal departments and Am Law 350 law firms.
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit: LCLD invites each class of 1L LCLD Scholars to a summit, which consists of panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities for the Scholars. The 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Summit will be held in Chicago, Illinois, May 19-21, 2016.
  • Networking: There is a LinkedIn group dedicated to articles and discussions relevant to 1L LCLD Scholars.

The application period will remain open per the Member organization’s discretion.

See here for more information and to apply!

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps J.D. Program - Applications due February 29, 2016

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country. Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides all types of civil legal assistance. Members mainly focus their service on Equal Justice Works' priority areas, which include removing barriers to employment and housing, serving the legal needs of veterans, and providing disaster relief. AmeriCorps JD Members are students enrolled at Equal Justice Works' member law schools, who serve at a variety of organizations.

For more information about serving as an AmeriCorps JD Member, including education award benefits, please visit I want to apply to Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD. Applications are due by Monday, February 29, 2016 (priority deadline).

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2016

First-year law students are encouraged to apply to Fredrikson & Byron’s $15,000 Minority Scholarship program.  The scholarship program is part of Fredrikson's commitment to the promotion of diversity among incoming law professionals.  The purpose of the program is to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest.  Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney firm based in Minneapolis.

Applicants must be a member of a minority classification as designated in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regulations (i.e., Native American or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Black, and Hispanic).  The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples and personal interviews.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

See here for more information and to apply!

Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2016

The keystone of Zelle LLP'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. Applicants must either be first-year law students enrolled full-time or be part-time (four-year program) or joint-degree students in their second year of law school.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient's law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student's second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student's third year of law school, subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student's second year of law school.

Depending upon the firm's current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm's offices for the summer following the student's first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student.

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.

Applications are due Friday, April 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions! 

Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1, 2016

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

Applications are due Friday, April 1, 2016. More information and application instructions are available here.

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27, 2016

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 2018, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession.

McGuireWoods defines diversity as recognizing and valuing the differences in the workforce. To the firm, diversity encompasses age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status and veteran status, as well as educational and professional backgrounds. For more information on McGuireWoods’ Diversity Scholarship Program, including application instructions, please click here.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm CST on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Job Fairs

CBA YLS Government Service Career Fair - March 3, 2016

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s annual Government Service Career Fair on Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago.

The event gives young lawyers and law students the opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Enjoy light appetizers as you network and discover what the agencies in attendance are looking for in new hires. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies.

Click here to register and view a list of agencies scheduled to be in attendance.

Veterans' Legal Career Fair - April 29-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The 2nd Annual Veterans’ Legal Career Fair will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. This event—the only one of its kind in the United States—provides a unique opportunity for legal employers to interview lawyers who are veterans or active-duty service members preparing for a transition out of the military.

The career fair will arrange one-on-one interviews and informational sessions for veterans (including active duty JAG Corps members and reservists) seeking positions as lawyers, including with corporate legal departments, law firms, other private sector employers and government agencies. Spouses of active-duty service members and veterans are also eligible to participate.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 150 candidates from around the world and 45 employers, including two dozen leading law firms as well as representatives of legal departments at major companies such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, American Express, PwC and Prudential.

Orrick is honored to partner with The American Legion; corporate founding sponsors Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and ALM; and private practice sponsors Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network to create this career fair.

For additional information, please visit the website.

Diversity

2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer a unique professional development opportunity to diverse 1L law students.  LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career. To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD is launching the 2015-2016 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in over 30 cities around the country, including Chicago. Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in Chicago, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations. Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming. 

LCLD has recruited lawyers from its Member organizations to provide one-on-one mentoring to qualified law students. These volunteer Mentors can help you achieve the professional goals you've set for yourself. Our Mentors not only have their experiences in law school to share, but also their experience of the profession, including networking, practice area choice, and knowledge of the legal job market.

To register for the Individual Mentoring Program, please complete the form located here. Mentee registration is NOW OPEN! While LCLD has enlisted a substantial number of volunteer Mentors, this is a "first come, first serve" opportunity, so please act quickly.

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2016
(See above)

Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2016
(See above)

Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1, 2016
(See above)

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27
(See above)

Resources

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

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook and the (separate) 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!

2015-2016 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide

The 2015-2016 PSJD Fellowship Guide is an online compilation of post-graduate fellowships.  To access the database and for information about how to effectively use the database, visit https://www.psjd.org/2015-2016_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.

CSO Resources

The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office has access to hundreds of helpful career resources. A majority of these resources are available in Symplicity under the red "Resources" tab (in the "Document Library"). Some of these resources include:

  • 2014-2015 Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • 2013-2014 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • DePaul Law School International Guide and Job Resource
  • Music Attorney Registry
  • Prosecution Handbook
  • Public Defender Handbook               
  • Public Interest Job Search Handbooks
  • Various handouts related to the job search, including “Researching Legal Employers,” “The Out of State Job Search,” “Salary Negotiations” and “Writing Samples”

And many more!

Chicago-Kent students can also access various websites like: Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com) 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 today about the various resources available through the Career Services Office!

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