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Week of August 31, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • Welcome 1Ls!
  • CSO Seeks Student Worker
  • CareerShift
  • Federal Work Study for Fall 2015 - Apply NOW! (deadline September 11)
  • Fall Resume Books NOW OPEN!
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Fall Recruiting

  • Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.
  • Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • September 8: Environmental Law Society and ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Career Panel and Networking Event
  • September 8: US Marine JAG informational session
  • September 10: CBA Race Judicata Team
  • September 10: Chicago-Kent Race Judicata Team
  • September 17: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night
  • September 24: CBA All Bar Welcome Reception
  • September 24: CBA Alliance For Women Kick-Off Reception
  • September 25th: Cook County State's Attorney 11th Annual Minority Law Students' Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Application period closes September 8
  • Department of Justice Summer Law Internship Program - Application period closes September 8
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Spring 2016 Student Honors Program - Application period closes September 30
  • PILI 2015 - Apply Now!

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due September 15
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
  • 2015 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship - Applications due October 1

Job Fairs

  • Register Now: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington DC, October 23 & 24
  • Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
  • 2015 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship - Applications due October 1

Resources

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

Information & Announcements

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 October 15th and cannot initiate contact with or interview with a prospective employer 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 page often for updated information on upcoming programs
  • Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you
  • Finally, attend the mandatory orientation (watch for the date, coming soon!) in September to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search

We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

CSO Seeks Student Worker

The Career Services Office seeks a student worker for Fall 2015 for a paid, federal work study position.  Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-15 hours per week.  Duties will include data entry; maintenance of active job postings; organization of resources; scheduling appointments; calls to employers and potential speakers; answering phones; and front desk reception work.

Interested students should submit resumes to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by August 28, 2015 with "CSO Student Worker Position" in the email subject line. Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability. Please note that federal work study eligibility is required for work during the fall semester.

CareerShift

Chicago-Kent has partnered with CareerShift to help with your job search needs. 
CareerShift is a one-stop search engine that allows users to search and review each and every job posting available (such as those on Monster, Indeed, all other job boards and company websites). 
In addition, users can search for jobs and save your searches, find and save a list of contacts, create resumes and cover letters, and put them together in a targeted e-mail or postal mail campaigns. Then you can track your responses from “Come in for an interview” to “You’re hired.” With CareerShift you can:

  • Search every job listing, including job boards and company websites
  • Get inside contact information immediately, including email addresses, for millions of companies
  • Create and organize all of your documents
  • Confidentially market yourself
  • Remain focused and organized
  • Access your secure, private account from anywhere, anytime, 24/7

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

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

Federal Work Study for Fall 2015 - Apply NOW! (deadline September 11)

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Fall 2015 semester.  Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline.  Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.  Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday, September 11, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

Fall Resume Books NOW OPEN!

Fall Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2014 and 2015 classes). Employers will be notified that resume books are available soon, but because employers may request a resume book at any time, students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible. Even if you have secured employment for this fall, keep in mind that fall resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Spring or Summer 2016.

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

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of this fall semester.  For those of you interested in applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible!

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

Fall Recruiting

Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks or job offers during the fall interview season, please report this to Sandy Minea in the Career Services Office by sending an email to sminea@kentlaw.iit.edu (or email your career advisor directly). 

Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.).  We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation.  Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career advisor.

Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2015 Fall Recruiting process.  Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not always be able to send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

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.

Environmental Law Society and ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Career Panel and Networking Event

Date: Tuesday, September 8
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

Join the Environmental Law Society and the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources for a career panel and networking event. Meet and network with attorneys and learn about careers in environmental and energy law! This event will also include the opportunity to fill out scholarship applications to attend the ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources (SEER) Conference, hosted in Chicago this fall!

Moderator:

  • Patrick Joyce, Seyfarth Shaw

Panelists:

  • Renee Cipriano, Partner, Schiff Hardin, Former head of IEPA
  • Averil Edwards, Counsel, United Airlines
  • Cary Perlman, Partner, Latham & Watkins

US Marine JAG informational session and informational meetings

Date: Tuesday, September 8
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 355

On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Noon in ROOM 355, Captain Frank Swan of the US Marine Corp JAG will be on campus to present an informational program about opportunities available to law students with the Marine JAG both during law school and after.  All class levels are welcome to attend. 

CBA Race Judicata Team

Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 6:30pm

The Young Lawyers Section has joined forces with The Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals Board for Race Judicata 2015. Race Judicata is a 5k run/walk to benefit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), an organization of over 2,300 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans. This year’s race will be held September 10 at 6:30 pm. To join the YLS/YPB team, register here. During the registration process, indicate that you would like to “join a team that was created by someone else.” Then select “YLS/YPB” from the drop-down menu. Register by August 21 and save $5! 

Chicago-Kent Race Judicata Team

Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 6:30pm

Join your fellow law students, alumni, and practicing attorneys from firms, corporations, government agencies/offices, and public interest organizations at the annual Race Judicata 5K Run/Walk benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. The race will be starting at 6:30 p.m. on September 10th at 6:30pm at the southern end of Grant Park (1501 S. Lake Shore Drive).

This year, Bloomberg Law will be sponsoring Race Judicata in Chicago on Thursday, September 10th (6:30 p.m. start time), and will be covering the registration costs of anyone who joins the team by September 1!

Two things to note when registering (at http://www.cvls.org/judicata):

  1. “Select event for participant” please select “Group Payment (FREE) For joining a team where the captain has agreed to pay for everyone at a later date. Team captains will be invoiced on September 4th.”
  2. On the form it will ask you to join a team please join “Bloomberg Law” and our password is BLAW2015RJ

CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night

Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court

Come out and meet the Young Lawyers Section’s practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law - on Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the CBA. Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Nonmembers and law students welcome. Register online

CBA All Bar Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court

Join the CBA for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Patricia Brown Holmes and Young Lawyers Section Chair Matthew A. Passen on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP to Tamra Drees at 312-554-2057.

CBA Alliance For Women Kick-Off Reception

Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Seyfarth Shaw, 131 South Dearborn, #2400

Join the Alliance for Women at their annual kick-off reception on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Seyfarth Shaw. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be the guest speaker. RSVP online

Cook County State's Attorney 11th Annual Minority Law Students' Reception

Date: Friday, September 25
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: John Marshall Law School, 315 South Plymouth Court

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (Chicago-Kent alum!) cordially invites you to attend the 11th Annual Minority Law Students’ Reception.  The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to diversity and inclusion.  Assistant State’s Attorneys will speak about their professional development and advancement. To RSVP please call (312) 603-1847 or email saointern@cookcountyil.gov.

Employment Opportunities

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

Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Application period closes September 8

Many distinguished attorneys began their careers through the Attorney General’s Honors Program -- the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind.

Eligibility for the Honors Program
Eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Participating Components
Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices hire entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. The number of entry-level attorney positions varies from year to year.  Review the list of the components participating this year. New for 2015:  INTERPOL Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau Office of General Counsel and the FBI, Office of General Counsel.  

Selection Criteria
Justice takes pride in the fact that we consider the “whole candidate” when making selections for employment. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and the relevant component.
Every year the Department hires a significant number of entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. Selectees represent diverse backgrounds and  interests and come from law schools throughout the country.  The Honors Program is centrally managed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, but each participating component reviews the applications submitted and makes independent hiring decisions.

How to Apply
Candidates interested in starting their career as an entry-level attorney with Justice must apply through the Attorney General’s Honors Program via an on-line application. For employment beginning in 2015, the application opens on July 31, 2015, and closes on September 8, 2015  We highly recommend that applicants read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the online application.  If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please contact Deana Willis at (202) 514-3397 for assistance. If you have questions related to the on-line application or need technical assistance, please click the "Avue Dojo" link at the top right of the application or call the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 (available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time).

See here for more information.

Department of Justice Summer Law Internship Program - Application period closes September 8

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department of Justice’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships.  Each year, we hire approximately 50-70 paid summer legal interns. The majority of SLIP hires are second year law students who work at Justice the summer between their second and third years of law school.  The SLIP is also open to recent law school graduates between graduation and the start of a judicial clerkship or full-time qualifying legal fellowship.

It is anticipated that applications for Summer 2016 will open on July 31, 2015. SAVE THE DATE!

Securities and Exchange Commission Spring 2016 Student Honors Program - Application period closes September 30

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 2016 Spring 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.  See here for more information and to apply.

PILI 2015 - Apply Now!

PILI’s online application system is now open for the 2015 Fall Semester. The agencies that will host fall Interns are: Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), Center for Disability & Elder Law, Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Equip for Equality, LAF Chicago, and the National Immigrant Justice Center. PILI Interns work 200 hours during the 2015 Fall Semester in return for a $2,500 stipend.  

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

Fellowships & Scholarships

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available

Faegre Baker Daniels invites second-year law students committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to apply for its 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program.

FaegreBD offers up to four Fellowships annually that provide professional experience and mentorship to second-year law students from populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Fellowship awardees will each receive:

  • A 10-week paid summer clerkship as a summer associate in the firm’s Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Silicon Valley or South Bend office in 2016.
  • Formal education, training programs and hands-on legal experience through FaegreBD’s summer program.
  •  Guidance from a mentor lawyer.
  •  A $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of the summer associate term.
  •  Eligibility for consideration for full-time employment as an associate with the firm.

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2017.

Candidates must complete the online application, including a cover letter indicating office preference, a resume, a law school transcript and a two-page personal statement describing how or why they will contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion at Faegre Baker Daniels and/or in the legal profession.

For more information and to complete the application, visit FaegreBD.com/Fellowship. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.
The Fellowship program supports Faegre Baker Daniels' ongoing commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. FaegreBD invests in recruiting a diverse workforce by supporting pipeline programs, attending multiple diversity job fairs, and conducting on-campus outreach to diverse law student populations. For more information, visitFaegreBD.com/Diversity and http://www.faegrebd.com/Legal-Careers-Summer-Associate-Program.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to offer a Diversity Scholarship Program for second year law students. Students with a meaningful commitment to diversity are encouraged to apply. The recipient will receive a salaried Summer Associate position in one of the Firm's offices during the Summer, as well as a scholarship up to $5,000. Scholarship recipients will be assigned an attorney mentor – a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP lawyer – at the time the scholarship is awarded. The mentor will be available to the Scholar as a dedicated resource to assist with professional development.
To be awarded a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship, law students must meet the following criteria:  

  • Applicant must attend an ABA-accredited law school as a second-year law student.  
  • Applicant must have a record of academic or professional achievement.  
  • Applicant must display leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities.
  • Applicant may not accept a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Second-year law students must submit applications by August 31. Interested candidates should complete and the application to: Jennifer L. Stark, Director of Recruiting and Legal Personnel Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 1900 First Financial Center, 255 E. Fifth Street Cincinnati, OH 45202, dinsmore.legalrecruiting@dinsmore.com 513.977.8141 (fax)

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due September 15

Franczek Radelet, a labor and employment boutique law firm in Chicago, is pleased to continue its LEADS Fellowship Program designed to increase the placement of diverse lawyers at the firm and in private practice generally. Franczek Radelet’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity & Scholarship (LEADS) is an intensive eight week summer program designed for first and second year law students with the goal of providing concentrated labor and employment experience to diverse law students and developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment at Franczek Radelet.

The LEADS application is available here. As outlined on the application, completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation should be received by September 15, 2015 for 2L students and January 9, 2016 for 1L students. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis.

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship

Sidley has long been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law and diversity. Our mission is to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds who re?ect the global marketplace that we serve. Through the leadership of our Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, we are working to become a more diverse and inclusive organization.

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and to support Sidley’s diversity policies, the firm created the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for second year law students. Sidley will award a limited number of Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships in the amount of $20,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected 2016 Sidley summer associates.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

A Scholarship applicant must:

  • Be a full-time law student in your second year of classes at an accredited law school.
  • Submit the following documents: Current law school transcript with all first year grades;
    • Resume;
    • Completed application form; and
    • Personal statement (500 words or less) addressing what you believe demonstrates your qualification for the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, including, potentially, a description of your academic and personal strengths; exceptional contributions, through community service or otherwise, to the cause of diversity; and/or how you have overcome adversity, such as a personal or family history of educational or socioeconomic disadvantage, and have demonstrated the tenacity and talent to excel in the legal profession.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from among the eligible applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities and who also have demonstrated exceptional ability, including through:

  • Demonstrated contributions to diversity initiatives or to diversity and inclusion more generally, such as in the area(s) of racial or ethnic diversity, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other areas underrepresented or otherwise important to diversity in the legal profession; and/or
  • Other extraordinary contributions or accomplishments; and/or
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome adversity, such as first-in-family college attendance or socioeconomic disadvantage; and/or

Past participation in and/or interest in assisting with the diversity and inclusion initiatives of the firm such as the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative or a Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipients must join Sidley’s summer associate program after their second year of law school.

The Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship is intended to defray the costs of the recipients’ legal education.

How to Apply

Complete the Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship application (see here to access the application) and send it, along with a resume, current official law school transcript and personal statement to scholarship@sidley.com or Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship, c/o Jennifer Connelly, Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Application Timeline

Given the highly selective nature of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship and the limited number of Scholarships available, students are encouraged to submit applications at their earliest convenience. We strongly prefer to receive the application by the time of the candidate’s call-back interview.

Please note that the Scholarship application is not an application for employment. You must apply separately for a summer associate position.

2015 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship due October 1

Minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for the Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Program. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in our 2016 Summer Associate Program(one in our Chicago office and one in our New York office. The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession. Applications are due by October 1, 2015. See here for more information and the application.

Job Fairs

Register Now! Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington DC, October 23 & 24\

Date: Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road Bethesda, MD 20852

Equal Justice Works (EJW) invites you to join them for the 2015 Conference and Career Fair. Each year, the EJW Conference and Career Fair brings together 1,200 law students with more than 125 public interest employers from around the country under one roof.  The EJW annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. 

To see a list of registered employers to date, click here.

See here for more information and to register!

Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)

The Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention will be held from September 2-5, 2015, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Don’t miss out on four days of non-stop educational programs, enlightening speakers, networking opportunities, and of course the finest entertainment around. Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain CLE credits in a wide variety of topics. 

The Convention will gather hundreds of attorneys, judges, and law students for an engaging and comprehensive program that includes CLE Panels on cutting edge topics with leading practitioners, national policy makers, and experts from across the country; networking events and workshops; the largest Hispanic Career Fair in the country, featuring exhibitors from prominent law firms, corporations, and government agencies; and a variety of social activities showcasing the best of what Boston has to offer.

Click here for more information and to register.

Diversity

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
(See above)

Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)
(See above)

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)
(See above)

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
(See above)

2015 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship due October 1
(See above)

Resources

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

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook and the (separate) Public Policy Handbook are now available!  To access the handbooks, use the link, login and password, which can be found in the Document Library in Symplicity.  Note that many 3L/post-grad government honors program and 2L summer/semester internship program deadlines are very early in the semester; log in now to avoid missing an opportunity!

2015-2016 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide

The 2015-2016 PSJD Fellowship Guide is an online compilation of post-graduate fellowships.  To access the database and for information about how to effectively use the database, visit https://www.psjd.org/2015-2016_Comprehensive_Fellowship_Guide.  Note that many fellowships have very early fall semester deadlines; 3Ls that are interested in applying for post-graduate fellowships should access the Guide now!  

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

Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt, is now available free on the EJW website.

Take Control of Your Future is a comprehensive guide to managing student debt, with chapters on understanding student loans and loan consolidation, planning before borrowing, income-driven repayment plans and a step-by-step guide to earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

CSO Resources

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

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

And many more!

Chicago-Kent students can also access various websites like: Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com) and Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained in the Symplicity "Document Library" (under the Resources tab).

Speak with your Career Advisor today about the various resources available through the Career Services Office!

CALENDARS

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