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Week of December 17, 2018

Information & Announcements

  • Welcome 1Ls
  • 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

  • December 20: Drinker Biddle Home for the Holidays Reception
  • December 27: Milwaukee Law Firms Home for the Holidays Reception
  • January 3: Thompson Coburn 1L Winter Reception (St. Louis)
  • January 29: Corporate Counsel Night
  • January 30: Why Mindset Matters in Law School, in Practice, and Beyond

Employment Opportunities

  • LCLD 2019 1L Scholars Summit. Applications available now.
  • Spring 2019 C-K Law Group In-House Clinics. Applications now available.
  • 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.
  • Spring 2019 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program. Applications due January 7.
  • ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship. Applications due January 7.
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). Applications due January 11.
  • 2019 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship. Applications due January 11.
  • 2019 AT&T Summer Legal Internship. Applications due January 11.
  • Abbvie 1L Patent Internship. Applications due January 15.
  • 2019 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship. Applications due January 18.
  • PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program. Application due January 20.
  • Institute for the Future of Law Practice. Application Open.

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2019 EPIC Law Fellowship (for 3Ls). Rolling Application.
  • Dinsmore Diversity Scholarship. Applications due December 31.
  • Banner & Witcoff Diversity Fellowship. Applications due January 4.
  • Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship. Applications due January 4.
  • Harter Secrest & Emery 2019 Diversity Scholarship. Application due January 7.
  • Latham & Watkins 1L Diversity Fellowship and Leadership Academy. Applications due January 11.
  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy 1L Diversity Fellowship. Applications due January 15.
  • Finnegan Diversity Scholarship. Application due February 8.

Job Fairs  

Diversity

  • LCLD 2019 1L Scholars Summit. Applications available now.
  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program. Applications available.
  • Dinsmore Diversity Scholarship. Applications due December 31.
  • Banner & Witcoff Diversity Fellowship. Applications due January 4.
  • Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship. Applications due January 4.
  • Harter Secrest & Emery 2019 Diversity Scholarship. Application due January 7.
  • ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship. Applications due January 7.
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). Applications due January 11.
  • Latham & Watkins 1L Diversity Fellowship and Leadership Academy. Applications due January 11.
  • 2019 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship. Applications due January 11.
  • 2019 AT&T Summer Legal Internship. Applications due January 11.
  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy 1L Diversity Fellowship. Applications due January 15.
  • Abbvie 1L Patent Internship. Applications due January 15.
  • 2019 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship. Applications due January 18.
  • PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program. Application due January 20.
  • Finnegan Diversity Scholarship. Application due February 8.

Resources

  • 2018-2019 Chicago Area Law Firm List - Updated and Available 
  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: Updated version available
  • ABA Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)  
  • CSO Resources
  • Resources provided by the Chicago Bar Association
  • PracticeTracks Videos
  • @theBar Podcast for Young Lawyers

Information & Announcements

Welcome 1Ls

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

According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls cannot meet individually with a career services advisor until mid-October and cannot initiate contact with or interview with certain prospective employers until December 1st. However, there are still many things you can do to start planning for your future career:

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

1Ls may meet individually with their career services advisor beginning October 15th by making an appointment in Symplicity. We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

1L Mandatory Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

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

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

First-year law students may meet with their Career Advisor as of Monday, October 15th. 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 Fall 2018 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        

December 20: Drinker Biddle Home for the Holidays Event

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath, 191 N. Wacker Dr, Suite 3700, Chicago

Drinker Biddle is hosting a 1L reception in their Chicago office on Thursday, December 20th. Any 1L student who will be in the Chicagoland area is welcome! RSVPs must be sent to recruiting.recruiting@dbr.com by December 7, 2018.

December 27: Milwaukeee Law Firms Home for the Holidays Event

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018
Time: Varies per firm
Location: Varies per firm

The annual home for the holidays events is for first year students who are attending out of state schools. Each participating firm (identified below) hosts a reception in their Milwaukee office. To participate, you must RSVP to each participating firm by December 19.

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC
3:30 – 5:00 PM
1000 N. Water St.
17th Floor
RSVP to Sarah Nord
snord@reinhartlaw.com

Husch Blackwell
4:00 – 5:30 P.M.
555 E. Wells St.
19th Floor
RSVP to Ginny Mueller
ginette.mueller@huschblackwell.com

Quarles & Brady LLP
4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
411 E. Wisconsin Ave.
24th Floor
RSVP to Linda Lamp
linda.lamp@quarles.com

Foley & Lardner LLP
5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave.
40th Floor
RSVP to Kerri Klippel
kklippel@foley.com

Godfrey Kahn SC
6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
833 E. Michigan St.
18th Floor
RSVP to Abby Van Fleet
avanfleet@gklaw.com

January 3: Thompson Coburn 1L Winter Reception

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: One US Bank Plaza, 35th Floor, St. Louis, MO

Thompson Coburn is hosting a 1L winter reception in St. Louis on January 3, 2019 and would like to invite any interested 1Ls. RSVP by Decmeber 28 to legalrecruiting@thompsoncoburn.com.

January 29: Corporate Counsel Night

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Morris Hall, Chicago-Kent

This exciting event will provide current students who are interested in corporate law with an opportunity to hear and receive guidance from a panel of practicing corporate attorneys. This event is also an opportunity to network with other corporate attorneys and Chicago-Kent students. More information to follow on the panelists and corporate attorneys who will be attending.

January 30: Why Mindset Matters in Law School, in Practice, and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Grades have come out, and for some of you, the disappointment may be sinking in. Come learn about the concept of mindset and how it influences the way we learn and how we respond to successes and challenges in law school. The concept, developed from an extensive body of educational psychology research by Stanford professor Carol Dweck, focuses on how success can be dramatically influenced by how we perceive our most basic qualities, such as our abilities or talent. Dawn Young will take a closer look into two mindsets from Dweck's findings by discussing the underlying beliefs about intelligence that can affect the overall law school experience. She will also offer strategies law students can use to cultivate a growth mindset for law school (and professional) success.

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-
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.

PILI 2019 Summer Internships for 1Ls-
Applications open December 1

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.

Spring 2019 C-K Law Group In-House Clinics-
Applications now available

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent gives students the opportunity to learn how to practice law by working on real cases under the close supervision of a practicing attorney. This experience is available only in the law school’s in-house clinical program, which include the following practice areas:

  • Criminal Defense Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Vaccine Injury Litigation
  • Plaintiff's Employment Law
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • IP Law
  • Open Government/Government Watchdog Law
  • Tax Law

Applications for the Spring 2019 semester are now available. You can fill out out and submit the application online.

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.

DEADLINE for Spring 2019, with a start date of January 22nd (first day of classes), is Wednesday, January 9th; 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.

Spring federal work study will begin on January 22nd (first day of classes) and end on May 3rd (last day of classes).

Spring 2019 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program-
Applications due January 7th

What:

The Legal Externship Program (LEP) presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of law you are interested in and helps you significantly broaden your practical employment opportunities. The program is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.

LEP externships consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class. Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Spring semester for a minimum total of 224 hours. In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

Where:

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. and Illimois Environmental Protection Agencies.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

In addition, during Spring semester there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for LEP placements.

How to Apply:

Applications are due Monday, January 7, 2019. Please check the Externship web page for more information and application instructions.

ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship
Applications due January 7th

The ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship is an eight-week summer program that provides business law clerkship placements for qualified diverse first or second year law students. Participating clerks receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices. Roles and responsibilities of selected participants include but are not limited to researching cases, drafting memoranda and opinions, observing trials, and networking with local attorneys and judges. Participants receive a $3,000 stipend to offset participation costs. Applications are due January 7, 2019. To view qualifications and application requirements, visit ambar.org/blclerkship.

This program is a part of a larger effort to increase representation in an area where diversity remains disproportionately low. The Diversity Clerkship Program is open to diverse law students, including law students of color; women; law students with disabilities; LGBT law students; and/or students who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.

ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP)
Applications due January 11th

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2019 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. The application process is still open to all law students. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. Applications for 1Ls open on December 1, 2018.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois, and Texas. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their applications. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Applications are due for the Summer 2019 Internship Program on Friday, January 11, 2019. The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview. Student applications will continue to be processed until all positions have been filled. Click here for more information.

2019 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship
Applications due January 11th

The Committee on Judicial Resources for the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are pleased to announce the eighth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project ("Project") for Summer 2019.

The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community. The JRC-JTB Project is national in scope and will place law students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country. Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers.

Applications will be received online until 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 11, 2019. Early applications are highly encouraged. For more information, please click here

2019 AT&T Summer Legal Internship
Applications due January 11th

The AT&T Legal Department is seeking a first-year law student to work as a summer intern at AT&T's offices in Chicago, as part of the 2019 Summer Legal Internship.

The program began over ten years ago as part of AT&T's effort to increase diversity within the legal profession. The program is designed to provide the interns with an opportunity to develop both personally and professionally, as well as to gain experience working alongside in-house counsel in a Fortune 10 corporation. Some of the notable benefits of the program include:

  • Participants are paid a competitive salary and will work May 20 -July 26, 2019 (after the first year of law school);
  • Participants will have a unique opportunity to see what life is like as an in-house attorney in one of the country's largest corporations;
  • Participants will have opportunities to attend depositions and hearings, conduct research, draft memoranda ranging from a wide array of practice areas within the department, which may include Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, Advanced Mobility Services, and Labor and Employment; and
  • Participants will also attend an assortment of outings and social functions with AT&T attorneys.

We are particularly interested in candidates with impressive academic credentials (top 30%) who have demonstrated an active commitment to the furtherance of diversity in the legal profession.

If selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Candidates should note that the summer intern is expected to pay for his/her own transportation and living expenses relating to, and during, the Program.

If you are interested, please submit a resume, transcript, class rank (if available), and a written statement (no more than 3 pages) describing your commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Submissions must be emailed to ATTChicagoLegalIntern@att.com by January 11, 2019 to qualify for consideration. See job posting #1006342 in Symplicity for more information.

Abbvie 1L Patent Internship
Applications due January 15th

AbbVie is proud to offer highly?qualified first?year law students with an interest in patent law and diversity an exciting opportunity to join their legal department in an immersive summer internship program in our North Chicago, Lake County, Illinois headquarters for 10 weeks this summer. Interns will be substantively immersed in AbbVie’s in?house patent prosecution and litigation legal team, learning about and handling real?world patent matters in close coordination with AbbVie attorneys.
Interns will have substantive exposure to a wide variety of prosecution and litigation?related tasks under the supervision of AbbVie attorneys, which may include managing a patent prosecution docket, performing opinion work, analyzing freedom?to?operate issues, drafting contracts, evaluating issues related to pharmaceutical patent litigation, observing litigation events such as hearings or depositions, and participating in strategy meetings with in?house and outside counsel. Interns will also receive support in study for the patent bar examination.

Selected legal academy scholars will be paid $1,300 per week for the 10 week program ($13,000), in addition to AbbVie sponsored housing and shuttle services for eligible students.

To apply, please provide a brief letter explaining your interest in the AbbVie 1L Patent Legal Academy Program, including as it relates to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession or greater community, an unofficial law school transcript, a current resume, and a completed cover page. If your first semester grades are not available when you apply, you may submit your application without your law school transcript and separately email it as soon as your grades become available. Undergraduate and other graduate school transcripts are optional. Application materials should be e?mailed to LegalResources@abbvie.com. Preference will be given to applications received by January 15, 2019. Please see Job ID 1006316 in Symplicity for more information and the cover sheet.

2019 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Rotation Clerkship
Applications due January 18th

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites 1L law students of color to apply for its upcoming 2019 1L Summer Clerkship Program. First-year law students will have a unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 31 law firms and 16 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession through its mission to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

Applications open December 3, 2018. The application deadline is January 18, 2019, but students are encouraged to submit their materials before winter break. Please click here for all details, FAQ and contact information for application submission.

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program
Applications due January 20

The Diversity Scholar Program is an intensive coaching, mentorship, and recruiting program designed to help law students understand their career goals and secure employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills required to flourish in their legal positions.

The first-year law students who are accepted into the Program attend conferences and webinars to learn both substantive and soft skills, and competencies required of them during their summer internships and as attorneys in their early years of practice. As part of the Program, Scholars will also be provided with a career coach who will help them devise an individualized job search and networking strategy, and provide guidance and support before and during on-campus interviews (OCI). The Scholars will also be provided with introductions and other recruiting opportunities with our law firm partners.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the website.

Institute for the Future of Law Practics
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.

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.

Dinsmore Diversity Scholarship

Dinsmore is pleased to offer its 2019 Diversity Scholarship Program in partnership with Procter & Gamble and Lockheed Martin.

We are proud to offer a unique opportunity for a first-year law student to split his or her summer associate experience between Dinsmore and Procter & Gamble, a global consumer goods corporation. One first-year scholarship recipient will be a salaried summer associate for both P&G and Dinsmore, splitting a 12-week period between both organizations' Cincinnati, Ohio offices.

Additionally, we are offering an opportunity for a first-year law student to split his or her summer associate experience between Dinsmore and global aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin. One scholarship recipient will be a salaried Dinsmore summer associate, who will spend half of the 12-week summer associate program in the general counsel’s office at Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

The recipients will also receive a scholarship up to $10,000 and be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. We are specifically seeking applicants who have a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership qualities and a meaningful commitment to diversity.

For more information and the application, please click here. Applications are due by December 31, 2018.

Banner & Witcoff Diversity Scholarship

Banner & Witcoff will award $5,000 in law school tuition or other school-related expenses to Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L clerkship in the firm’s summer program. If a 1L student returns to the firm’s summer program for any part of their 2L summer and accepts a full-time position with Banner & Witcoff, the student will receive an additional $5,000 financial award payable toward their law school tuition or other school-related expenses.

The firm will award $5,000 in tuition or other school-related expenses to 2L Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 2L clerkship in the firm’s summer program. If a 2L candidate accepts a full-time position with Banner & Witcoff, the candidate will receive an additional $5,000 award payable toward their law school tuition or other school- related expenses.

Eligibility:

1L and 2L law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship.

Applicants must have a demonstrated record of academic achievement, excellent interpersonal skills, a scientific or engineering degree, and be eligible to take the Patent Bar Exam.

Applications will be received December 1, 2018 through January 4, 2019. Awards are announced in early 2019.

Please see job posting ID 1006288 in Symplicity for more information.

Fish & Richardson Diversity Fellowship

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2019. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of an ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of their practice and of the legal profession.

The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices; mentoring by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and up to a $30,000 award.

Eligibility:

Candidates must be in good standing as a first year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion through their involvements in law school or other community efforts and initiatives; may include being a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or identifying as a person with disabilities, openly LGBT, and/or a military veteran; and have a technical background and sincere interest in intellectual property law at Fish & Richardson.

Applications for the 2019 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2018 through January 4, 2019. For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.

Harter Secrest & Emery 2019 Diversity Scholarship

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will award one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second year of law school.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. We believe that by continuously broadening the diversity of our attorneys, we provide better service to our clients and create a richer work environment. Our goal is to foster and support an inclusive environment that appreciates, respects and values individual and group differences across all areas of the firm. We established the diversity scholarship as part of our commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree. For more information about Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, please visit our website at www.hselaw.com.

The position is posted in Symplicity under Job ID 1006120. Applications are due January 7.

Latham & Watkins Diversity Fellowship and Leadership Academy

Latham is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our 2019 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school. Over the eight to ten week program, 1L Fellows will work in one of our US offices and in the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our annual Diversity Leadership Academy in late March 2019 and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the 1L Fellowship program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks the following summer, and will also be eligible for the 2L Diversity Scholarship of $25,000.

There are two tracks for the 1L Fellowship Program:

General Track: for students interested in working on matters across all of Latham’s practice groups. Applicants for this track may apply to any of our US offices.

Intellectual Property Track: for students with a technical background, including a degree in engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology, or physics, and who are committed to pursuing a career in intellectual property law. Applicants for this track must apply to one of either the Chicago, Silicon Valley, or Washington, DC offices.

Applications are online at www.lw.com/1LFellowship. Applications are due on January 11, 2019.

IN ADDITION,

Our 2019 Diversity Leadership Academy, taking place from March 29-31, 2019 in San Francisco, brings together Latham lawyers and summer associates from around the globe and talented first-year law students from across the United States. We seek to develop and empower future leaders of the legal profession and create community among our lawyers, recruits, and 1L guests, all of whom share a commitment to diversity and inclusion. This firm-sponsored professional development and training program provides first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process and transition from law student to practicing attorney. Students will participate in interactive seminars on a variety of topics, including resume writing, interview skills, diversity and inclusion, and pro bono.

Applications are online at www.lw.com/DiversityLeadershipAcademy. Applications are due on January 11, 2019.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy 1L Diversity Fellowship

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who, in the firm’s view, is committed to meaningfully contributing to diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and intends to pursue a career in patent law in Chicago.

Applications for the 2019 fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2018, through January 15, 2019. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.

The link to our website is www.mcandrews-ip.com/careers, which provides further details about this opportunity, as well as the application.

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law and enhancing diversity in the legal profession. The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition and fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees). The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2020 second year summer associate in one of our domestic offices (Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington).

Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply. The award will be applied to education costs the following academic year, and may be renewed for one additional year if the scholar accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program, maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school, and is otherwise in good standing.

Iinformation about the scholarship and application process are posted here. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2019.

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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.

Dinsmore Diversity Scholarship
Applications due December 31

Dinsmore is pleased to offer its 2019 Diversity Scholarship Program in partnership with Procter & Gamble and Lockheed Martin.

We are proud to offer a unique opportunity for a first-year law student to split his or her summer associate experience between Dinsmore and Procter & Gamble, a global consumer goods corporation. One first-year scholarship recipient will be a salaried summer associate for both P&G and Dinsmore, splitting a 12-week period between both organizations' Cincinnati, Ohio offices.

Additionally, we are offering an opportunity for a first-year law student to split his or her summer associate experience between Dinsmore and global aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin. One scholarship recipient will be a salaried Dinsmore summer associate, who will spend half of the 12-week summer associate program in the general counsel’s office at Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

The recipients will also receive a scholarship up to $10,000 and be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. We are specifically seeking applicants who have a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership qualities and a meaningful commitment to diversity.

For more information and the application, please click here. Applications are due by December 31, 2018.

Banner & Witcoff Diversity Scholarhip
Applications due January 4th

Banner & Witcoff will award $5,000 in law school tuition or other school-related expenses to Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L clerkship in the firm’s summer program. If a 1L student returns to the firm’s summer program for any part of their 2L summer and accepts a full-time position with Banner & Witcoff, the student will receive an additional $5,000 financial award payable toward their law school tuition or other school-related expenses.

The firm will award $5,000 in tuition or other school-related expenses to 2L Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 2L clerkship in the firm’s summer program. If a 2L candidate accepts a full-time position with Banner & Witcoff, the candidate will receive an additional $5,000 award payable toward their law school tuition or other school- related expenses.

Eligibility:

1L and 2L law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship.

Applicants must have a demonstrated record of academic achievement, excellent interpersonal skills, a scientific or engineering degree, and be eligible to take the Patent Bar Exam.

Applications will be received December 1, 2018 through January 4, 2019. Awards are announced in early 2019.

Please see job posting ID 1006288 in Symplicity for more information.

Fish & Richardson Diversity Fellowship
Applications due January 4th

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2019. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of an ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of their practice and of the legal profession.

The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices; mentoring by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and up to a $30,000 award.

Eligibility:

Candidates must be in good standing as a first year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion through their involvements in law school or other community efforts and initiatives; may include being a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or identifying as a person with disabilities, openly LGBT, and/or a military veteran; and have a technical background and sincere interest in intellectual property law at Fish & Richardson.

Applications for the 2019 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2018 through January 4, 2019. For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.

Harter Secrest & Emery 1L Diversity Scholarhip
Applications due January 7th

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will award one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second year of law school.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. We believe that by continuously broadening the diversity of our attorneys, we provide better service to our clients and create a richer work environment. Our goal is to foster and support an inclusive environment that appreciates, respects and values individual and group differences across all areas of the firm. We established the diversity scholarship as part of our commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree. For more information about Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, please visit our website at www.hselaw.com.

The position is posted in Symplicity under Job ID 1006120. Applications are due January 7.

ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship
Applications due January 7th

The ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship is an eight-week summer program that provides business law clerkship placements for qualified diverse first or second year law students. Participating clerks receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices. Roles and responsibilities of selected participants include but are not limited to researching cases, drafting memoranda and opinions, observing trials, and networking with local attorneys and judges. Participants receive a $3,000 stipend to offset participation costs. Applications are due January 7, 2019. To view qualifications and application requirements, visit ambar.org/blclerkship.

This program is a part of a larger effort to increase representation in an area where diversity remains disproportionately low. The Diversity Clerkship Program is open to diverse law students, including law students of color; women; law students with disabilities; LGBT law students; and/or students who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.

ABA Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP)
Applications due January 11th

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2019 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. The application process is still open to all law students. Interns will receive an award of $2,000. Applications for 1Ls open on December 1, 2018.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois, and Texas. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their applications. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Applications are due for the Summer 2019 Internship Program on Friday, January 11, 2019. The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview. Student applications will continue to be processed until all positions have been filled. Click here for more information.

Latham & Watkins Diversity Fellowship and Leadership Academy
Applications due January 11th

Latham is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our 2019 1L Fellowship Program offers a unique summer employment opportunity for students who have just finished their first year of law school. Over the eight to ten week program, 1L Fellows will work in one of our US offices and in the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Fellows will also be invited to attend our annual Diversity Leadership Academy in late March 2019 and will be provided with other unique training and mentoring opportunities for the duration of their time in law school. Successful participants in the 1L Fellowship program will be invited to return to the firm, for a minimum of eight weeks the following summer, and will also be eligible for the 2L Diversity Scholarship of $25,000.

There are two tracks for the 1L Fellowship Program:

General Track: for students interested in working on matters across all of Latham’s practice groups. Applicants for this track may apply to any of our US offices.

Intellectual Property Track: for students with a technical background, including a degree in engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology, or physics, and who are committed to pursuing a career in intellectual property law. Applicants for this track must apply to one of either the Chicago, Silicon Valley, or Washington, DC offices.

Applications are online at www.lw.com/1LFellowship. Applications are due on January 11, 2019.

IN ADDITION,

Our 2019 Diversity Leadership Academy, taking place from March 29-31, 2019 in San Francisco, brings together Latham lawyers and summer associates from around the globe and talented first-year law students from across the United States. We seek to develop and empower future leaders of the legal profession and create community among our lawyers, recruits, and 1L guests, all of whom share a commitment to diversity and inclusion. This firm-sponsored professional development and training program provides first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process and transition from law student to practicing attorney. Students will participate in interactive seminars on a variety of topics, including resume writing, interview skills, diversity and inclusion, and pro bono.

Applications are online at www.lw.com/DiversityLeadershipAcademy. Applications are due on January 11, 2019.

2019 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship
Applications due January 11th

The Committee on Judicial Resources for the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are pleased to announce the eighth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project ("Project") for Summer 2019.

The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community. The JRC-JTB Project is national in scope and will place law students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country. Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers.

Applications will be received online until 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 11, 2019. Early applications are highly encouraged. For more information, please click here.

AT&T Summer Legal Internship
Applications due January 11th

The AT&T Legal Department is seeking a first-year law student to work as a summer intern at AT&T's offices in Chicago, as part of the 2019 Summer Legal Internship.

The program began over ten years ago as part of AT&T's effort to increase diversity within the legal profession. The program is designed to provide the interns with an opportunity to develop both personally and professionally, as well as to gain experience working alongside in-house counsel in a Fortune 10 corporation. Some of the notable benefits of the program include:

  • Participants are paid a competitive salary and will work May 20 -July 26, 2019 (after the first year of law school);
  • Participants will have a unique opportunity to see what life is like as an in-house attorney in one of the country's largest corporations;
  • Participants will have opportunities to attend depositions and hearings, conduct research, draft memoranda ranging from a wide array of practice areas within the department, which may include Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, Advanced Mobility Services, and Labor and Employment; and
  • Participants will also attend an assortment of outings and social functions with AT&T attorneys.

We are particularly interested in candidates with impressive academic credentials (top 30%) who have demonstrated an active commitment to the furtherance of diversity in the legal profession.

If selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Candidates should note that the summer intern is expected to pay for his/her own transportation and living expenses relating to, and during, the Program.

If you are interested, please submit a resume, transcript, class rank (if available), and a written statement (no more than 3 pages) describing your commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Submissions must be emailed to ATTChicagoLegalIntern@att.com by January 11, 2019 to qualify for consideration. See job posting #1006342 in Symplicity for more information.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy 1L Diversity Fellowship
Applications due January 15th

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who, in the firm’s view, is committed to meaningfully contributing to diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and intends to pursue a career in patent law in Chicago.

Applications for the 2019 fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2018, through January 15, 2019. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.

The link to our website is www.mcandrews-ip.com/careers, which provides further details about this opportunity, as well as the application.

Abbvie 1L Patent Internship
Applications due January 15th

AbbVie is proud to offer highly?qualified first?year law students with an interest in patent law and diversity an exciting opportunity to join their legal department in an immersive summer internship program in our North Chicago, Lake County, Illinois headquarters for 10 weeks this summer. Interns will be substantively immersed in AbbVie’s in?house patent prosecution and litigation legal team, learning about and handling real?world patent matters in close coordination with AbbVie attorneys.
Interns will have substantive exposure to a wide variety of prosecution and litigation?related tasks under the supervision of AbbVie attorneys, which may include managing a patent prosecution docket, performing opinion work, analyzing freedom?to?operate issues, drafting contracts, evaluating issues related to pharmaceutical patent litigation, observing litigation events such as hearings or depositions, and participating in strategy meetings with in?house and outside counsel. Interns will also receive support in study for the patent bar examination.

Selected legal academy scholars will be paid $1,300 per week for the 10 week program ($13,000), in addition to AbbVie sponsored housing and shuttle services for eligible students.

To apply, please provide a brief letter explaining your interest in the AbbVie 1L Patent Legal Academy Program, including as it relates to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession or greater community, an unofficial law school transcript, a current resume, and a completed cover page. If your first semester grades are not available when you apply, you may submit your application without your law school transcript and separately email it as soon as your grades become available. Undergraduate and other graduate school transcripts are optional. Application materials should be e?mailed to LegalResources@abbvie.com. Preference will be given to applications received by January 15, 2019. Please see Job ID 1006316 in Symplicity for more information and the cover sheet.

2019 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Rotation Clerkship
Applications due January 18th

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites 1L law students of color to apply for its upcoming 2019 1L Summer Clerkship Program. First-year law students will have a unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 31 law firms and 16 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession through its mission to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

Applications open December 3, 2018. The application deadline is January 18, 2019, but students are encouraged to submit their materials before winter break. Please click here for all details, FAQ and contact information for application submission.

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program
Applications due January 20

The Diversity Scholar Program is an intensive coaching, mentorship, and recruiting program designed to help law students understand their career goals and secure employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills required to flourish in their legal positions.

The first-year law students who are accepted into the Program attend conferences and webinars to learn both substantive and soft skills, and competencies required of them during their summer internships and as attorneys in their early years of practice. As part of the Program, Scholars will also be provided with a career coach who will help them devise an individualized job search and networking strategy, and provide guidance and support before and during on-campus interviews (OCI). The Scholars will also be provided with introductions and other recruiting opportunities with our law firm partners.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the website.

Finnegan Diversity Scholarhsip
Applications due February 8, 2019

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law and enhancing diversity in the legal profession. The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition and fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees). The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2020 second year summer associate in one of our domestic offices (Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington).

Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply. The award will be applied to education costs the following academic year, and may be renewed for one additional year if the scholar accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program, maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school, and is otherwise in good standing.

Iinformation about the scholarship and application process are posted here. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2019.

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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