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Week of April 20, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • Make an Appointment!
  • Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 2L Program - What's Next for Fall
  • Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 1L Program - What's Next for Fall
  • New Resource: CareerShift is LIVE at Chicago-Kent!
  • 1L Cover Letter Workshop
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop
  • Lawcountability, J.D. iOS Mobile App Now Available for Download!
  • Federal Work Study for Summer 2015: Apply Now!

On-Campus Interviewing

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • April 21: Calibrating Your Career Search Sessions
  • April 21: Opportunities at the Department of Justice: The Largest Legal Employer in the United States
  • April 21: Federal Bar Association Lunch Program "Going to Federal Court."
  • April 22: Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event
  • April 23: Chicago-Kent Eighth Annual Public Interest Awards
  • April 23: How Did You Become an Entertainment Attorney?
  • April 28: Immigration Law Society's Spring Soiree
  • April 29: Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law
  • April 29: Decalogue Society of Lawyers CLE: Providing Pro Bono Services
  • May 15: Federal Bar Association Chambers Lunch with Hon. Thomas M. Durkin, United States District Judge 
  • May 20-21: 27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program

Employment Opportunities

  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fall 2015 Student Honors Program - Applications due May 4, 2015
  • Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 19, 2015

Job Fairs

  • Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21
  • Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
  • Save the Date: Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31
  • Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, Chicago, August 5-8
  • Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)
  • Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (Register by May 15)
  • Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)

Diversity

  • April 22: Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event
  • April 29: Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law
  • May 20-21: 27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 19, 2015
  • Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015
  • Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21
  • Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
  • Save the Date: Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31
  • Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, Chicago, August 5-8
  • Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)
  • Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (Register by May 15)
  • Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)

Resources

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

Information & Announcements

Make an Appointment!

If you are a 1L student and you have not yet met with your Career Advisor, please come in to do so and to have your resume reviewed and begin to develop a job search strategy. Appointments are mandatory.

If you are a 2L/3L/4L and you have not come in yet this school year, please make an appointment to meet with your Career Advisor to discuss your job search status and plans. Thank you!

Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 2L Program - What's Next for Fall

Current 2L students who were unable to attend the mandatory 2L program "What's Next for Fall" must watch the 30 minute video of the program online and print and complete the "Rising 3L Student Registration Form". If you missed the program, you will receive an email with this form, but you may also find a copy in the Document Library or in the Career Services Office. Please complete and return this form to the Career Services Office (suite 360) by Friday, April 24, 2015.

Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 1L Program - What's Next for Fall

Current 1L students who were unable to attend the mandatory 1L program "What's Next for Fall" must watch the 30 minute video of the program online and print and complete the "Rising 2L Student Registration Form". If you missed the program, you will receive an email with this form, but you may also find a copy in the Document Library or in the Career Services Office. Please complete and return this form to the Career Services Office (suite 360) by Friday, May 1, 2015.

New Resource: CareerShift is LIVE at Chicago-Kent!

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 searches, find and save a list of contacts, create resumes and cover letters, and put them together in targeted e-mail or postal mail campaigns. Then users can track 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!

1L Cover Letter Workshop

The 1L Cover Letter Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students should watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft a cover letter. Watch the CSO: 1L Cover Letter Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students must watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume.

Before your first career advising appointment, you must upload a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

Watch the CSO: 1L Legal Resume Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Lawcountability, J.D. iOS Mobile App Now Available for Download!

Lawcountability, J.D. is now up and running! This service gives you access to weekly videos that give you step-by-step instructions on how to create significant communications with existing and new contacts, how to engage prospective employers, how to reduce networking anxiety, and, best of all, how to incorporate all of this into your busy schedule. 

If you could use a refresher or missed out on last semester’s videos you can check out the “video archive” for videos that were released in Fall 2014. We hope you take advantage of this incredible resource. 

NEW to Lawcountability, J.D. is their iPhone app. You can now access the services from the convenience of your iPhone. Search “Lawcountability, J.D. in the Apple app store, or follow this link to get your app today!

Federal Work Study for Summer 2015: Apply Now!

Chicago-Kent will have very limited Community-Based Federal Work Study funds available during the first half of Summer 2015; and it is anticipated that we will have enough funds for all requests during the 2nd half of summer. Chicago-Kent rising 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, provided the agency or organization has been approved for federal work study placement.  Students who have a federal work study award must obtain a summer position and list their summer employers on the application form. Please visit the 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.  Applications for Federal Work Study for Summer 2015 are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible.

On-Campus Interviewing

 

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.

Calibrating Your Career Search Sessions

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Kathy Morris will provide stage-specific job search advice for new, mid-level, and seasoned lawyers in one-hour group sessions. Come hear about the look and content of a resume and cover letter that befit your place in the profession. Discussion may include: ways to harness your technological skills (or generational lack thereof) to maximize your search; how to define, access, and expand your network at your stage along the spectrum; and how to ace the interview and get the offer.

Oft-asked questions also will be addressed including:

  • Should you respond to an ad for a job for which you are under or overqualified?
  • As a junior lawyer, how do you get experience in order to be experienced enough for the job you want? 
  • How should you respond to questions about your life-stage?
  • How do you answer inquiries about why you are looking for a new job at this particular point in your career?

You won’t want to miss the special event geared to your career stage, whether you are searching now or may be in times to come.

Register by selecting a Session:
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Geared to New and Junior Attorneys
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Geared to Mid-Level Attorneys
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Geared to Seasoned Attorneys

Opportunities at the Department of Justice: The Largest Legal Employer in the United States

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 590

As our nation’s largest legal employer, the U.S. Department of Justice offers opportunities for law students and attorneys in virtually every legal practice area.  Please join Trisha Fillbach, Assistant Director in the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM) for a presentation on hiring programs within the U.S. Department of Justice.  Trisha will talk about the Department’s four main hiring programs, including Volunteer Legal Intern opportunities, the compensated Summer Law Intern Program, the Attorney General’s Honors Program for entry-level positions, and experienced attorney employment.  She will share information about the programs as well as discuss the application process and answer questions you have about the Department. 

The Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM) leads Justice’s outreach and recruitment efforts for law students and attorneys with the goal of attracting a highly-qualified and diverse talent pool.

Federal Bar Association Lunch Program "Going to Federal Court"

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Location: Room 580

The next Federal Bar Association lunch program will focus on Federal Court litigation. Topics will include immigration related cases in Federal Court, types of suits, the interplay between DHS/ OIL/ ICE and the U.S. Attorney’s office, as well as other immigration related issues in Federal Court litigation. Box lunches will be provided.

Speakers:
Craig Oswald, Assistant United States Attorney Deputy Chief, Civil Division
Justin Burton, Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC 

Moderator:
Eileen M. Momblanco, Laner Muchin, Chair of the Immigration Committee, FBA Chicago Chapter

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, Judge Castillo’s Courtroom 2541

The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois’s JD Mentors Program welcomes law students and young attorneys to participate in their “Courtroom as Classroom” at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.

Event Highlights

  • Tour of the Courthouse
  • Meet & hear from some of the federal Judges, including Chief Judge Castillo
  • Learn about the US Attorney’s Office, US Defender’s Office, and Federal Clerkships
  • Networking Reception

Please provide RSVP by April 15th to: jdmentors@gmail.com

Chicago-Kent Eighth Annual Public Interest Awards

Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Chicago-Kent Auditorium and Lobby

All students and members of the Chicago-Kent Community are invited to attend the 8th annual Public Interest Awards Night, which will take place on April 23 at 5:00 PM.  A reception will follow in the lobby. RSVP here

This year's honorees are:
Ashlee Highland '00 -- The Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Award
Anne Shaw '95 -- Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
Chicago Legal Clinic -- Public Interest Partner Award

In addition, alumni who participate in the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) are recognized, the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships are awarded, students receive recognition for their volunteer work though the Chicago-Kent Certificate of Service and the Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award, Baum Fellows are recognized, and graduates of the Public Interest Law Certificate Program are recognized.

How Did You Become an Entertainment Attorney?

Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: American Bar Association, 321 N Clark St.

The ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries presents an open and honest panel on a career track in this popular and exciting field of law.  This panel is designed for law students and young attorneys interested in entertainment law.

See here for more information and to register.

Immigration Law Society's Spring Soiree

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (6-7 p.m. (Panel Discussion); 7-9 p.m.  (Reception))
Location: 10th Floor Event Room – Morris Hall

Please join the Immigration Law Society on Tuesday, April 28 for a panel discussion on the current state of immigration reform, featuring:

Fred Tsao,  Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Jennifer Chan, Associate Director of Policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center
Itedal Shalabi, Executive Director at Arab American Family Services
Ina Winston, Immigration Staff Attorney at the Chicago Legal Clinic

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ils@kentlaw.iit.edu.  This is a fantastic opportunity to network with members of the immigration law community, alumni, and fellow students. 

Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Arnstein & Lehr, 120 South Riverside Plaza, 12th Floor

Law Students are invited to attend a reception to celebrate diversity in the law, hosted by Arnstein & Lehr LLP.  Arnstein & Lehr LLP, one of the country’s oldest and most respected law firms, is holding a special reception to honor Chicago-based law students from all different backgrounds and experiences. This is an opportunity to join a diverse network of students and attorneys for an evening of light appetizers, beverages and conversation.

Chasity Boyce, Associate General Counsel at the Office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, will be an honored guest and give a brief presentation. Students should RSVP here by Monday, April 20.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers CLE: Providing Pro Bono Services

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Location: 134 N. LaSalle, Room 775

Join the Decalogue Society of Lawyers for a CLE program on Providing Pro Bono Services.

Speaker: Patricia NelsonDirector, Chancery Court Access to Justice Program, CVLS

Materials will be emailed the day prior to the class. It is recommended to bring your laptop or tablet with you, or print out the materials ahead of time. Hard copies will not be distributed at the class.

1 hour General MCLE Credit

This class is free of charge.  Brown bag it for lunch.

See here for more information and to register.

Federal Bar Association Chambers Lunch with Hon. Thomas M. Durkin, United States District Judge 

Date: Friday, May 15
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, 14th Floor – Judge Durkin’s Jury Room

Join United States District Judge Hon. Thomas M. Durkin for lunch.  This is an opportunity for practitioners and students to enjoy lunch in a close setting with Judge Durkin.

See here for more information and to register.

27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program

Date: Wednesday, May 20 – Thursday, May 21
Location: American Bar Association – Chicago Headquarters, 321 North Clark St., 21st Floor

Join the ABA for two days of exclusive programming and career and professional development that includes presentations and keynote plenaries with the experts on current legal issues, along with valuable CLE and networking opportunities.   

Law students may register here for $10.

See here for more information and to download a preliminary agenda.

Employment Opportunities

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fall 2015 Student Honors Program - Applications due May 4, 2015

Do you want to perform challenging work in a professional environment? Begin by investing in your career and future at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for its 2015 Fall Honors Program. The 2015 Fall Honors Program offers law students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their legal careers. Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, a mentoring program, and tours that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws. Specific duties and responsibilities will vary according to the office or division of assignment. Click here for more information and to learn how to apply. Applications are are being reviewed and considered on a rolling basis, so apply now!

Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015

Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture.  Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.
 
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $20,000 awards to students to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to her/his legal education for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
 
Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application (2015 Diverse Scholars Application), a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample to:  DiverseScholars@reedsmith.com.
 
Summer associate positions in 2016 are available in:  Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston, and Washington, D.C.  Applications must be submitted on or before July 20, 2015.
 
Students may also visit the Diverse Scholars page for more information about our program and to download an application.  To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com.

See Symplicity ID: #19955 for more information.

Fellowships & Scholarships

McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

McGuire Woods’ 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 2017, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. Applicants are considered based on their involvement in community activities and diversity related student organizations, personal achievements, and law school and undergraduate academic performance. Consistent with the objective of promoting diversity in legal education and leadership roles in the legal profession, McGuire Woods will also consider additional criteria including, among other factors, whether the applicant is: the first family member to attend college, from an economically disadvantaged family, a member of a group currently underrepresented in law schools and law firms, from a family with little or no legal education or experience, an alumnus of a college or university whose graduates are historically underrepresented in law school, or demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting diversity in his or her undergraduate school, law school and community.

Application Packet Must Include:

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate & first semester law school transcripts (photocopy of official transcript is acceptable)
  • Personal statement (limit of 1,500 words) explaining your commitment to diversity in the legal profession, community involvement and personal achievements. Tell us something that is not on your resume
  • Professional letter of recommendation from an undergraduate or law professor

The application form may be found here. Completed application packet must be received by MIDNIGHT on May 29, 2015. Scholarships will be awarded by July 2, 2015, paid directly to the law school for tuition and books only. Send materials via U.S. mail, e-mail or fax (preferably email) to: Amy L. Pretty, Attorney Recruiting Manager, McGuire Woods LLP 77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60601-1818 apretty@mcguirewoods.com 312.849.3690 (fax).

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 19, 2015

The 2016 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Is Now Available!

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2015. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2016 in one of Baker Donelson’s offices.  Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. The application deadline is June 19, 2015.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit:
http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

Please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley with questions at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com or 205.244.3833.

Job Fairs

Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in the NBPA Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C.  The goal of the Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels. The Job Fair is held in connection with the NBPA Annual Conference, which serves not only as a job fair forum, but as a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors.  This year’s 32nd Annual Conference will run from July 19, 2015 to July 25, 2015. The Job Fair begins at 8:00am with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00am.  At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Annual Convention attendees.  The reception will afford Job Fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors.

Registration is now open. You may register online. The early registration fee for the Job Fair is $25.00 for law students and 2015 law school graduates, and $50.00 for experienced attorneys.  Starting May 1st, the Job Fair registration fee is $50.00 for law students and 2015 law school graduates, and $75.00 for experienced attorneys.   On June 20th, the Job Fair registration fee increases to $100 for law students and the class of 2015, and $150 for experienced attorneys.  Registration closes on July 7th.

In addition to the Job Fair reception, all Job Fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled “Strategies for a Successful Interview.”  The seminar will take place on Monday, July 20th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Fairmont Hotel and will provide Job Fair participants with effective interviewing techniques.

Job Fair attendees are also welcome to attend the entire conference.  Students and 2015 law school graduates are invited to attend Conference seminars for free.  However, other events, such as luncheons, dinners and receptions, must be paid for separately. 

Additional information about the NBPA and the Annual Conference and Job Fair is available at www.blackprosecutors.org.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact NBPA at NBPAJobFair2015@dany.nyc.gov or (212) 335-4300.

Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25

The 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 with a welcome reception to be held on Friday, July 24. The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the Bay Area's most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations.  Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate.  Openings are for 2016 2L summer associate positions.  Student registration will open on May 18. Registration will run from March 30 - May 1, with late registration accepted until May 15.

See here for more information.

Save the Date: 2015 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31, 2015

We are pleased to announce that student registration opens for the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF) on April 22, 2015. The RMDLCF will take place on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Students may register through Symplicity.
 
For more information on registration, please contact Margee Fawley with the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (info@rmdlcf.com, 303.892.7377) or Karen Hester with CLI (khester@legalinclusiveness.org, 303.832.3502).

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair is pleased to partner with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI). Davis Graham & Stubbs, RMDLCF's founding firm, works closely with CLI to make the job fair possible. CLI's mission of transforming the legal profession to one of inclusion dovetails nicely with RMDLCF's purpose of providing opportunities for diverse law students and graduates to meet employers about employment opportunities.

Please visit their websites to learn more about the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair and the Center for Legal Inclusiveness.

Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, Chicago, August 5-8

Register Now for the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference, taking place August 5-8.  You may register here.

The Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference will take place in Chicago this year.

The Lavender Law Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment. For full program and event details, please visit the program page: http://lgbtbar.org/annual/.

Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)

The eighth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair will be held August 6-7, 2015.  Legal employers will expect to interview full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2017) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2017/2018) to participate in the fair. Registration is now open.   The student registration deadline is June 28, 2015. Only students who have registered, bid and obtain interviews can participate in Diversity Job Fair events. 

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.  To learn more about the logistics of the Job Fair, please visit ibadiversityjobfair.org.

Student registration is available at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students. Following registration, students will be provided with automatically-generated passwords that will allow them to use the system throughout the next few months.

Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (Register by May 15)

Minority Law Students in the Classes of 2016 and 2017 are cordially invited to participate in The Cook County Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair on August 14, 2015.

This year’s Job Fair will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015, from 8:30am - 5:00pm at the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

During the last hour of the Job Fair there will be an Open House Reception that will allow registered students to mingle with employers on an informal basis. Students interested in a particular employer who did not receive a formal interview with that employer will be given the opportunity to meet that firm/organization’s representatives at the Open House Reception.

Law Student registration is now open. Please note that the student registration process will be completed via a multi-step process. First, each student must register as a participating student by entering his or her profile information on the Symplicity website.  IMPORTANT: Chicago-Kent's "Law School Job Fair Liaison" is Allison Smith. Please enter her name, when you register; and be in touch with Allison, or your career advisor with any questions. Allison is at: asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu. Second, each student must upload his or her resume by Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Please visit here for more information. You may also view the CCBA Minority Job Fair Brochure in the Symplicity Document Library (it is listed under "2015 CCBA Minority Job Fair Brochure").

Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)

The 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 21-22, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri.  Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event.  Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions.

The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City.  The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers.  In addition, the event is a great way to learn more about living in the wonderful city of Kansas City.

Registration is now open.  Students who register before June 5th will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes.  The final deadline for registering is July 3, 2015.

Students can register on-line here. See the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair Website for more information.

Diversity

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event
(See above)

Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law
(See above)

27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program
(See above)

McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
(See above)

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 19, 2015
(See above)

Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015
(See above)

Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21
(See above)

Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
(See above)

Save the Date: 2015 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31, 2015
(See above)

Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, Chicago, August 5-8
(See above)

Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)
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Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (Register by May 15)
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Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)
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Resources

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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