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Week of February 17, 2020

Information & Announcements

  • 1Ls: You can now make an appointment with your career advisor!
  • 2Ls and 3Ls: Make an appointment with your career advisor!
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Programming

  • February 18: Tools for Finding a Legal Position
  • February 19: FINRA Compliance Chat
  • February 19: Voting Access Chicago: Ensure the Right to Vote, Pro Bono Opportunity for the March Primary Election
  • February 25: Summer/Fall 2020 Legal Externship Program Informational Meeting
  • February 26: Judicial Clerkship Panel
  • February 26: Lawyer's Club of Chicago
  • February 27: Husch Blackwell Winter Open House for First-Year Law Students

Employment Opportunities

  • Federal Work Study applications open for spring 2020.
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Applications open for Summer 2020
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps Program. Application deadline is February 18.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Job Fairs  

Diversity

Resources

  • Symplicity App
  • 2019-2020 Chicago Area Law Firm List - Updated and Available
  • Updated Resume and Cover Letter Guides are now available in the Symplicity Document Library
  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: Updated version available
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)  
  • CSO Resources
  • Resources provided by the Chicago Bar Association
  • @theBar Podcast for Young Lawyers

Information & Announcements

1Ls: You can now make an appointment with your career advisor!

We continue to welcome you all to your first year at Chicago-Kent! October 1st has come and gone and you may now start making appointments with your career advisor through Symplicity. Please keep in mind that all 1Ls are required to meet with their assigned career advisor before Friday, January 24, 2020.

Prior to your first meeting with your career advisor you need to review the CSO Resume guide (found here) and the Resume Workshop found in the CSO folder in Panopto. After reviewing these, please draft a new or revised resume based off the guidelines discussed in those resources. When your draft is complete, you MUST upload it in Word format to Symplicity no less than 48 hours before your scheduled counseling appointment.

In addition to meeting with your career advisor, you can also do the following things to start planning for your future career:

  • Begin drafting mock cover letters
  • Attend CSO panels, workshops, and programs
  • Regularly check the CSO Record and Facebook page for updates about upcoming events
  • Research areas of practice and career paths by talking to upper-level students, professors, and practicing attorneys
  • Come up with a list of practice settings and practice areas that interest you

We hope you have a successful first semester, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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 2019 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.

Programming        

February 18: Tools for Finding a Legal Position

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Location: C-40

Join the Career Services Office and one of our student staff for a presentation on various tools for finding work experience as a law student. You will also learn more about the Symplicity system, including features of the new Symplicity app.

Pizza will be served.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the subject "Tools for Finding a Legal Position".

February 19: Voting Access Chicago: Ensure the Right to Vote, Pro Bono Opportunity for the March Primary Election

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: C20 (Chicago-Kent College of Law)

RSVP here: www.equipforequality.org/VAC12

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to ensure American's with Disability Act(ADA) accessibility at as many as 1400 polling places throughout Chicago on Primary Day, March 17th. This is a great volunteer opportunity!

During this training held at Chicago-Kent you will learn how to:

  • Inspect polling places on Election Day for ADA accessibility
  • Use an upgraded app on your own smart phone or tablet to send in the results of your inspections
  • Survey on your own or with a partner

Pledge your choice of 4 or 8 hours with flexible start/end times between 6am - 7pm on Tuesday, March 17th (please note this is during Chicago-Kent's Spring Break week)

Volunteers RSVP here: www.equipforequality.org/VAC12

Voting Access Chicago is an initiative of Equip for Equality, Illinois' leading disability rights organization, in partnership with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and many partner law schools, law firms, and corporations. Our goal is simple: ensure that Chicago's 460,000 older adults and people with disabilities can vote at their local polling places - like everyone else! This project with make the promise of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Help America Vote Act a reality by ensuring everyone can vote.

FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED

This session at Chicago-Kent is sponsored by: Disability Advocacy Law Student Association (DALSA), the Student Bar Association, American Constitution Society, and Kent Justice Foundation - with the support of our Career Services Office/Public Interest Program.

Questions: ask Michelle Vodenik mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu

February 19: FINRA Compliance Chat

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 305

Interested in Business Law, Financial Compliance, Options?

Join the C-K Institute for Financial Markets Compliance and the CSO for a Very Special Presentation by Gene DeMaio, Executive Vice President in FINRA’s Market Regulation Department.

Gene DeMaio is an Executive Vice President in FINRA’s Market Regulation Department where he manages the Options Regulation and Trading and Financial Compliance Examinations programs. Prior to joining FINRA, Mr. DeMaio was an Options Market Maker at the American Stock Exchange, and earlier worked as an attorney at the law firm of Kord Lagemann where he represented complainants in securities arbitration disputes. Mr. DeMaio is a graduate of Fordham Law and earned his LL.M at New York University.

Pizza will be served.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu

February 25: Summer/Fall 2020 Legal Externship Program Informational Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 345

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 12p.m., in Room 345, Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Summer / Fall 2020 Legal Externship Programs.

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

How to Apply: The Information and Application packets for the Summer 2020 LEP will become available online or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area by February 18, 2020. Applications for fall will be released in the same location shortly thereafter.

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).

February 26: Judicial Clerkship Panel

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 580

Clerking for a judge after graduation is an excellent way to build your legal skills, and position yourself for a great career. This panel with feature four current or recent Chicago-Kent graduates who are clerking for judges at the federal, state, and county levels. Second-year law students can set up an account in OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship and Application Review) now, and begin building their applications for Federal Clerkships. State and County clerkship application processes will also be discussed.

Sponsored by: Career Services Office, and the Faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee

February 26: Lawyer's Club of Chicago

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Morris Hall

Lawyers Club of Chicago - https://lawyersclubchicago.org/ – is a professional networking organization. Lawyers Club is hosting a membership event for students here at Chicago-Kent to encourage students to join the club and attend club events. There will be a panel discussion featuring some of the group's board members, listed below, who will offer insight on the value of joining a bar association for networking and mentorship purposes in addition to offering early career advice.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • The Honorable Sanjay Tailor, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County (Board President)
  • The Honorable Nichole Patton, Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Linton Childs, General Counsel at Sidley Austin
  • Maureen Mullen, Associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman

Pizza, beer and wine will be served.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the subject "Lawyers Club of Chicago".

February 27: Husch Blackwell Winter Open House for First-Year Law Students

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Husch Blackwell - 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2200, Chicago

Husch Blackwell cordially invites first-year law students to attend an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with members of its Hiring and Recruiting Committees. Please note that this event is business casual dress.

REGISTRATION

Space is limited and RSVPs will be accepted on a first?come, first?serve basis. Kindly RSVP by February 20th to Ginny Mueller at ginette.mueller@huschblackwell.com

Employment Opportunities

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

Federal Work Study Application - Open

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 2020 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration.

DEADLINE for Spring 2020, with a start date of January 21 (first day of classes), is Wednesday, January 8; 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 21 (first day of classes) and end on May 1 (last day of classes).

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
Application for Summer 2020 open

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students with public interest law agencies in Illinois and pays them for their work. Typically, Interns receive $6,000 for working 400 hours during the summer and $3,000 for working 200 hours over a semester. Interns can also receive law school credit for their Internship if first approved by both the student’s law school and agency. The application for Summer 2020 is currently OPEN for all students.

For more information and to apply, go to

http://pili.org/internships://pili.org/internships

Equal Justice Works Fellowship - Immigration Summer Legal Corps
Due Date: February 18, 2020

Learn more at the EJW information Session: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm, Room C20

Equal Justice Works is excited to launch their new Student Fellowship program: the Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC). This program places law students at legal services organizations around the country to help expand legal services and resources for low-income immigrants in need of assistance. Student Fellows will complete 300 hours of service within an eight-to-ten week period and receive $5,000 for serving during the summer of 2020.

Interested in becoming an Immigration Summer Legal Corps Fellow? Here are some tips on how to get started:

1. Review the Host Organizations. You can view the participating ISLC host organizations on the Equal Justice Works website and read their corresponding project descriptions.

2. Read "Law Student Frequently Asked Questions." Find out more about this new opportunity with Equal Justice Works by reading through their FAQs. If you have additional questions, you can visit their program page.

3. Tune into the Webinar. On Monday, January 27 at 3:00 PM ET we will be hosting an "Immigration Summer Legal Corps Application Overview and Tips" webinar for interested applicants. If you cannot attend the webinar live, register and you will be sent a recording afterwards.

4. Apply for the Program! Applications will be accepted until February 18, 2020. After the ISLC application closes, you will be contacted by the host organizations if selected for an interview. All Student Fellows will be selected no later than March 25, 2020.

If you have additional questions about the program, you can reach out to Brooke Meckler (bmeckler@equaljusticeworks.org) or Sarah Jasper (sjasper@equaljusticeworks.org). For more information about Equal Justice Works, attend their informational meeting on campus on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 3:30-4:30pm in Room C20.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship - Rural Summer Legal Corps
Due Date: February 20, 2020

Learn more at the EJW information Session: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm, Room C20

Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with the Legal Services Corporation to support 35 dedicated law students who want to serve rural communities, as part of the Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC). Student Fellows serve 300 hours over eight-to-ten weeks at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations while receiving a $5,000 stipend. The deadline to apply for the 2020 Rural Summer Legal Corps is Monday, February 10, 2020. Below are some helpful links for those interested:

1. Read more about the RSLC program, including the application timeline, on our website.

2. Review the RSLC host organizations and their corresponding project descriptions.

3. Have questions about the Rural Summer Legal Corps? Read through our "Law Student Frequently Asked Questions"

4. Listen to a recording of the "Rural Summer Legal Corps Overview and Application Tips." Register for the webinar and you will be sent a recording.

Still have questions? Reach out to us at ruralcorps@equaljusticeworks.org. For more information about Equal Justice Works, attend their informational meeting on campus on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 3:30-4:30pm in Room C20.

Fellowships & Scholarships   

Job Fairs

 

Diversity

Resources

Symplicity App

More information shortly.

2019-2020 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.

2019 Resume and Cover Letter Guide

Our Resume and Cover Letter guides have been completely revised and are now available in the document library in Symplicity, on the CSO webpage, and in hard-copy in the CSO office. These guides provide advice on drafting a strong legal resume and writing carefully thought out cover letters. They should be your go-to guides when drafting application materials

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! 

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).


@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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