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Week of March 9, 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

  • March 10: Informational Fair for J.D. Certificate Programs
  • March 12: Seyfarth Lunch and Learn

Employment Opportunities

  • Federal Work Study applications open for spring 2020.
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Applications open for Summer 2020

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Equal Justice America Public Interest Summer Fellowships
  • Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship

Job Fairs  

Diversity

  • Law Student Registration is Now Open for the Cook County Minority Job Fair!

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        

March 10: Informational Fair for J.D. Certificate Programs

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Location: Morris Hall

For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Tuesday, March 10, 4:15-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs, ask questions, and enjoy pizza and soda. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

-Business Law
-Criminal Litigation
-Environmental & Energy Law
-Financial Markets Compliance
-Intellectual Property Law
-International & Comparative Law
-Labor & Employment Law
-Legal Innovation + Technology
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Praxis
-Public Interest Law
-Workplace LADR (combination of Labor & Employment Law and Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR))

March 12: Seyfarth Lunch and Learn

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 580

Seyfarth is a Chicago based firm with a national reputation. WIth more than 900 attorneys across 16 offices, Seyfarth provides a wide range of services to clients across the world. Join the CSO and a panel of attorneys from Seyfarth to learn more about practicing law at a national law firm. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by Monday March 9.

Featuring:

  • Erin Foley - Labor & Employment Partner
  • Kristine Argentine - Litigation Partner and Summer Program Lead
  • Kelly Rourke - Employee Benefits Associate
  • Kayla Siam - Corporate Associate
  • Courtney Smith - Legal Project Manager
  • Joel Shulman - Legal Recruiting Manager

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

Fellowships & Scholarships   

Equal Justice America Public Interest Summer Fellowships

If you are providing legal services to the poor this coming summer, consider applying for funding through the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need. The organization's efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to the urgency for pro bono assistance to our most vulnerable citizens. Students at Chicago-Kent have the opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Application deadline for summer 2020 is March 25, 2020. Click here to apply.

Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship

The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program (“Stevens Fellowship”) in 2020 will provide a grant of $8,000 per student to two students at Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured unpaid public interest legal positions during the summer. These two Stevens Fellowships will be awarded to help defray living expenses of deserving and committed students working in the public interest, as well as to provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations.

Chicago-Kent joins a number of other law schools with Stevens Fellowships. The Fellowship seeks to honor Justice Stevens by promoting public interest and social justice values that have characterized Justice Stevens’ work throughout his career. The Stevens Fellowship has been funded primarily through private contributions from former law clerks to Justice Stevens.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application Deadline: Your complete application should be sent electronically to Professor Nancy Marder (nmarder@kentlaw.iit.edu) and one (1) hard-copy should be placed in Professor Marder’s mailbox on the 2nd floor by noon, Tuesday, April 1, 2020. Both the electronic version and the hard-copy must be submitted by noon on April 1st. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

Complete applications must include:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume - No need to print on resume paper; ordinary paper is fine.
  • Official transcript – Include as part of the hard-copy submission only. Please find out how long it takes to obtain an official transcript and leave sufficient time to meet the deadline.
  • Certification with signature - Hard-copy is to be signed; electronic copy can be typed.

Please keep in mind that your complete application must be submitted electronically and in hard copy. You may view an electronic version of this application packet at the Symplicity document library, which is part of Career Services’ electronic library. It is listed under “Justice Stevens Fellowship Application.” Hard copies of this application packet are also available in the clip outside Prof. Marder’s office (839) and in the Career Services Office.

Job Fairs

 

Diversity

Law Student Registration is Now Open for the Cook County Minority Job Fair!

The Minority Law Student Job Fair will be held on July 21, 2020, at the Embassy Suites - Chicago located at 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Student registration is open from February 17, 2020 to April 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST. When you register, please indicate that your law school liaison for the Job Fair is Victoria Ryan, Director or Career Services & Recruitment Programs.

Here are some additional relevant dates.

· Each student must complete their profile and upload their resume by April 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST.

· Each student must bid for 25 ranked employer selections between April 13, 2020 through April 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST.

· Students should receive their initial schedule on or before May 5, 2020.

· Initial drops, adds, and cancellations must be completed by May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST.

· Second round matching will take place mid May.

· Final cancellations should be completed by 11:59 PM CST June 15, 2020.

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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