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Week of May 25, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • CSO Open All Summer Long
  • Summer Resume Books - OPT IN NOW!
  • ABA Win a Dream Interview Contest

Fall Recruiting

  • Mark Your Calendar - Fall Recruiting Important Dates

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • May 28: Free Webinar!  JDs in Debt: What Law Students Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • June 3: Do Good and Do Well, Young Lawyer:Pro Bono Opportunities Around Chicago
  • June 5: CBA Program - How to Succeed as a Young Lawyer
  • June 10: CBA YLS Annual Meeting
  • June 9: Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Networking Opportunity
  • June 11: CBA YLS and CBF Spring Into Summer Social
  • June 12: Chambers Lunch with Hon. Sara L. Ellis, United States District Judge

Employment Opportunities

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

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
  • 2015 Bryan Cave/ NAPABA Law Foundation Community Service Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
  • Buckfire & Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 31
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 19, 2015
  • Swords to Plowshares Fellowship - Applications due June 29
  • Bricker & Eckler 2016 Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship - Applications due July 1, 2015

Job Fairs

  • Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21
  • Register NOW: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
  • Register NOW: Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31
  • Register NOW: Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color, August 4 (Register by July 10)
  • Register NOW: 2015 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair, August 8 (Register by May 30)
  • 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: Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, August 7
  • Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)
  • Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)

Diversity

  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
  • Buckfire & Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 31
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 19, 2015
  • Bricker & Eckler 2016 Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship - Applications due July 1, 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
  • Register NOW: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
  • Register NOW: Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31
  • Register NOW: Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color, August 4 (Register by July 10)
  • Register NOW: 2015 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair, August 8 (Register by May 30)
  • 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: Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, August 7
  • Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)
  • Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)

Resources

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

Information & Announcements

CSO Open All Summer Long

The Career Services Office remains open with its regular hours throughout the summer, and continues to provide students and graduates with counseling, resume review, and other services.  Please do not hesitate to set up an appointment, call or email!

CSO Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening appointments will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. if scheduled in advance.

Summer Resume Books - OPT IN NOW!

Summer Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  Employers will be notified on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 that Resume Books are available. However, because employers may request or look at Resume Books at any time throughout the Summer (both before and after they are notified), students are encouraged to opt-in to Resume Books as soon as possible or at any time thereafter.  Even if you have secured employment for this Summer, keep in mind that Summer Resume Books may be used by employers for hiring for Fall 2015. Even if you have opted-in to Resume Books before, you must opt-in again if you wish to have your resume included.

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).

For more information about Resume Books, click here.

ABA Win a Dream Interview Contest

Enter the ABA's "Win a Dream Interview" contest, visit www.ABADreamInterview.com.
Participate now and you can win an interview for a chance at a dream internship in just three easy steps:

1. Submit a one minute video.  Explain why you should intern at one of many law firms around the country. Winners receive an interview and chance to personally pitch themselves! 

2. Choose up to three firms. Select the internships for which you would like to interview, and then submit resumes, transcripts and/or other required selection criteria. 

3. Join the ABA.  Membership is FREE for students. You must be an ABA Law Student Member to be eligible for this contest. 

Visit www.ABADreamInterview.com for official rules and more information.

Fall Recruiting

Mark Your Calendar - Fall Recruiting Important Dates

Several important Fall Recruiting dates and deadlines come up fast during the Summer! 

Much of “Fall” Recruiting takes place in early August, and there are several important dates and deadlines in June and July.  Be sure to watch your kentlaw.iit.edu email for updates and information about Fall Recruiting.  Also, regularly check the Record, the OCI tab of Symplicity and the CSO Fall Recruiting website for information as well as tips on how to prepare application documents and research employers.

Important Fall Recruiting Dates:

Monday, June 22, 2015: Resume Reviews begin. All first-time program participants must have a mandatory resume review by a Career Advisor. 

Monday, June 22, 2015: Information on employers participating in Fall Recruiting will be available on Symplicity.  This information will include application documents to be submitted, hiring eligibility requirements (e.g. class rank) and on-campus interview dates.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 12:00pm and 5:30pm: MANDATORY Fall Recruiting Program. This program will provide information regarding registration requirements and participating employers.  If you plan to participate in Fall Recruiting, you must attend one of these sessions. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 12:00pm:  Resume Reviews end.  Resumes must be reviewed and uploaded to Symplicity by 12:00pm.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Noon:  Bidding system will be open for student bid entry.  Students may begin bidding on interviews with employers in Symplicity for OCI and Resume Collect Employers.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12:00pm: Deadline to enter all computer bids, upload all required application materials to Symplicity, and turn in all hard copy registration materials to the CSO.

August 4-6, 2015:  Mock Interviews will be available. Interview slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups will be managed online; more information will be available at the June 23rd program.

Friday, August 7, 2015: Student interview schedules will be available for online viewing.

Monday, August 10, 2015: On-campus interviews begin.

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.

Free Webinar!  JDs in Debt: What Law Students Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Date: Thursday, May 28
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Equal Justice Works is hosting a FREE webinar, JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness.  A must attend for anyone with student debt, this free webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.  See here for more information and to register for this FREE webinar. 

Do Good and Do Well, Young Lawyer: Pro Bono Opportunities Around Chicago

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 77 West Wacker Dr., 51st Floor

Join the Federal Bar Association for a lunchtime panel discussing pro bono opportunities available to younger lawyers in Chicago.  A complimentary box lunch will be provided.

Panelists
Kelly Tautges, Director of Pro Bono and Court Advocacy, Chicago Bar Foundation
Ashley Huebner, Managing Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center
Katherine Shank, Supervisory Attorney, LAF
Cunyon Gordon, Director, Settlement Assistance Program
Greg McConnell, Pro Bono Counsel, Winston & Strawn

CBA Program – How to Succeed as a Young Lawyer

Date: Friday, June 5
Time: 2:30pm – 4:45pm (Reception to Follow)
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Join the CBA for an afternoon discussing Networking, Personal Branding, Client Development and More as well as hearing tips from top Chicago Attorneys.

PERSONAL BRANDING AND COMMUNICATION TIPS (2:30pm - 3:30pm):
From improving your speaking skills to developing your personal brand, a solid foundation is critical when starting a job search. Our job search experts will lead a dynamic discussion on laying the foundation for a successful job search through building your personal brand and speaking skills.

Panelists
Vickie Austin, Choices Worldwide, Founder
Jonathan Becks, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered
Josie M. Gough,Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Clinical Assistant Professor/Director of Experiential Learning 
Lauren Spira, Career Services Office, The John Marshall Law School, Associate Director 

PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS: TIPS FROM TOP CHICAGO ATTORNEYS (3:45pm - 4:45pm):
As a newer attorney, have you ever wondered how to be the best you can be in your legal career? Do you wish someone would provide you with a road map to success? If so, then you will benefit from our panel discussions led by attorneys who have appeared on the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch list. Get the inside scoop on everything from client development, working with partners and support staff, volunteerism, job search techniques, balancing priorities and more. 

Panelists
Dan CotterVice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Fidelity Life Association; CBA President 2014-2015
Laura Shroyer LissPartner, Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd. 
Michael BergmannExecutive Director, PILI
And more to be announced!

Moderator
Malcolm "Skip" HarschAmerican Bar Association 

RECEPTION (4:45pm)

CBA YLS Annual Meeting

Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, 33 West Kinzie

You are invited to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association.  Outgoing YLS Chair Paul J. Ochmanek Jr. will preside over the Meeting. Incoming Chair Matthew A. Passen will be introduced and special awards honoring outstanding Section members will also be presented. $40 per person (held at the door). To make a reservation, reserve online or call 312-554-2031. 

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Networking Opportunity

Date: Tuesday, June 9
Time: 5:15pm – 7:00pm
Location: Barnes & Thornburg, 1 North Wacker Drive, Suite 4400

The Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys invites law students to attend this free and informative small table discussion and networking event designed to allow law students to interact with experienced attorneys in a smaller setting.  The format of the event will include a brief introduction by each experienced attorney followed by speed networking.  The networking component will attempt to pair 4-6 law students with 2 experienced attorneys at each table.  Each session will last approximately 10-15 minutes.

Experienced attorneys at each table will cover such topics as:

  1. career paths in health law and life sciences;
  2. finding internships/clerkships in a challenging job market; and
  3. interesting clients/matters.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served.  See here for more information and to register.

CBA YLS and CBF Spring Into Summer Social

Date: Thursday, June 11
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Tradition Gastropub & Kitchen

Spring into Summer with the CBF Young Professionals Board and the YLS on Thursday, June 11, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Tradition Gastropub & Kitchen. This event brings people together to have fun, connect with other young professionals in the community, and learn more about the CBF’s work, all while raising money that advances the CBF’s access to justice efforts. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and include 3 drink tickets (beer, wine, call drinks) and appetizers. Register at http://chicagobarfoundation.org/spring-summer/.

Chambers Lunch with Hon. Sara L. Ellis, United States District Judge

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

Join the Federal Bar Association for lunch with United States District Judge Hon. Sara L. Ellis.  This is an opportunity for practitioners and students to enjoy lunch in a close setting with Judge Ellis. Space is limited and tickets go quickly - sign up ASAP!

See here for more information and to register.

Employment Opportunities

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

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).

2015 Bryan Cave/ NAPABA Law Foundation Community Service Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

Diversity is a core value of Bryan Cave LLP and an engrained part of our culture. Bryan Cave LLP has partnered with the NAPABA Law Foundation to offer the Bryan Cave / NLF Community Service Scholarship, which will provide a $2,500 scholarship award for one law student who is a summer law intern that works on issues on behalf of, or that benefits, the Asian Pacific American community.
  
Eligibility:

  • To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled as a full time or part time student in an Association of American Law School (AALS)-accredited law school and must have secured a summer law internship.  The internship must be: (a) with a public service, civic, or non-profit organization or a corporation that is not a law firm; (b) arranged by the student; and (c) last for at least eight weeks.

Award:

  • The Bryan Cave / NLF Community Service Scholarship will provide $2,500 in total for a finalist, which will be awarded on Saturday, November 8th at the 2015 NAPABA Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.
  • Bryan Cave encourages the award recipient to attend the Annual Convention in November 2015 and will pay the award recipient’s registration fee (up to $250).
  • Award of scholarship funds under this program must be used to further the recipient’s law school education.

How to Apply:

  • A completed and signed Personal Information Form.
  • A letter from your employer verifying that you have accepted an internship with a public service, civic, or non-profit organization or a corporation that is not a law firm for the summer of 2015. The letter should state the number of weeks and expected hours you will work. If you will be engaged in more than one internship over the summer and thus working for more than one employer, please submit one form for each employer
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:         
    • How the upcoming internship will benefit the Asian Pacific American community; and
    • Your past or present activities showing commitment to the public interest or the Asian Pacific American community.
  • At least one letter of recommendation written within the past year.
  • A copy of your most recent law school transcript (unofficial or official) from an AALS-accredited law school.  Grades from the academic term immediately preceding the summer are not required.
  • A current resume.

Submission & Deadline:

  • The deadline for submitting an application is 9:00 PM EST on May 29, 2015.  All materials, except the at least one letter of recommendation, should be submitted in a single email to nlfstaff@napaba.org.  The at least one letter of recommendation may be emailed separately to the same email address.
  • Bryan Cave and NLF may interview candidates or request supplemental information, as appropriate. All applicants will be notified via email whether they have been selected. 
Bryan Cave LLP and the NLF do not discriminate against any scholarship applicant because of race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, perceived disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and any other legally protected characteristic. As part of its commitment to implement this policy, Bryan Cave and the NLF make continuing efforts to ensure that all scholarship applicants are treated, in all aspects of the application process, without regard to race, color, age, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, perceived disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other legally protected characteristic.

Buckfire & Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 31

The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce the second annual 2015 Diversity Scholarship for law students. The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority group, or who demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The second annual award will be awarded in 2015.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Recipient is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority group or is any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States
  • Recipient has academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and has completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS – Application Deadline: May 31, 2015

In order to apply for the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Diversity Law Scholarship an applicant must submit the following items:

The winner of the 2015 Diversity Scholarship will be announced by July 1, 2015.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying for the second annual 2015 Diversity Scholarship, please complete the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Scholarship Application.

All application materials must be sent by U.S. mail on or before May 31, 2015 to:

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Attn: Law Scholarship
25800 Northwestern Hwy, Ste. 890
Southfield, MI 48075 

See here for more information and the application.

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 19, 2015

The 2016 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Is Now Available!

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.

Swords to Plowshares Fellowship - Applications due June 29

Swords to Plowshares seeks candidates to sponsor for both Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.

Swords to Plowshares is a nationally-recognized nonprofit serving veterans in need in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides legal assistance, counseling and case management, employment and training, and housing to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.  Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

Our legal services include free assistance to veterans who seek Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare, disability compensation, and pension; we also specialize in military discharge reviews and upgrades for veterans who received less than fully Honorable discharges.  We are a small, collegial staff seeking candidates to sponsor for both Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.  Applicants are encouraged to propose project ideas.  We seek someone who is dynamic, creative, and highly motivated. 

A successful fellowship candidate will:

  • Possess superior research skills; strong academic record; impeccable written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have demonstrated experience with or sensitivity to the needs of homeless and disabled veteran populations, particularly “hard to reach / hard to serve” populations.
  • Possess patience; creativity; attention to detail; excellent organizational skills.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and remain calm under pressure.
  • Be committed to the mission of Swords to Plowshares.
  • Become a member of the State Bar of California (other state bar membership may qualify, if it satisfies VA rules for attorney representation and meets eligibility requirements for admission to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims).

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  Women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals are also encouraged to apply.  Please note that Swords to Plowshares will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.

To learn more about Equal Justice Works post-graduate legal fellowships, please visit http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships.  To learn more about Skadden post-graduate legal fellowships, please visit http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/

TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in Swords to Plowshares along with a resume, academic transcript, writing sample, and list of three references to:  bvonbehren@stp-sf.org.  Please be sure to include “Fellowship Candidate” in the subject line.  The deadline for applications is Monday June 29, 2015.

Bricker & Eckler 2016 Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship - Applications due July 1, 2015

Bricker & Eckler LLP is pleased to present the Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for 2016.

Established to provide a second-year law student with a valuable employment experience early in their legal career, this scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who: demonstrates leadership skills, academic strength, service to the community and an overall commitment to excellence, and who has exhibited meaningful commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Eligible candidates should complete the application and forward it with their resume, writing sample, LSAT score (optional), official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and law school grades to the attention of Patricia M. Lach, Recruiting/Professional Development Coordinator, Bricker & Eckler LLP, 100 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215. All applications must be complete when submitted and must be received by July 1, 2015

See here for more information.

Job Fairs

Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21 (Register by July 7)

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. 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.

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.

Register NOW: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25 (Register by June 14)

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 is now open - click here to register NOW! Registration closes June 14.

See here for more information.

Register NOW: 2015 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31, 2015

We are pleased to announce that student registration for the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF) is now open. Students may register online. 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: Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color, August 4 (Register by July 10)

The 2015 Boston Lawyers Group’s Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color will be held on August 4, 2015 in Boston, MA.

Eligible Students: Rising second year (2Ls) law students (rising third year (3Ls) only if student attends a 4-year program) Employers are interviewing students only for 2016 summer associate positions. Graduates and LLM candidates are not eligible.

RegistrationRegistration is NOW OPEN and ends on July 10, 2015.
Students must complete an academic profile by uploading a resume and law school transcript (including spring 2015 grades—unofficial copies are acceptable). Do not upload transcripts that contain watermarks.  You can register online here. 

See here for more information.

Register NOW: 2015 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair, August 8 (Register by May 30)

The seventh annual St. Louis Diversity Job Fair will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015. All Job Fair interviews will take place at the law offices of Armstrong Teasdale, 7700 Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri.

The primary goal of the Fair is to attract a diverse group of 2L and 3L students to the metropolitan St. Louis legal community, encourage them to practice law in the area, and become an integral part of our community. The Job Fair steering committee has invited law firms, corporations, and government agencies from all over the nation.

Law students can register for the 2015 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair by going to https://law-sldjf-csm.symplicity.com. THE DEADLINE FOR ALL REGISTRATIONS IS MAY 30, 2015 - NO EXCEPTIONS.

The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair offers full and partial stipends to students who would be unable to attend the Job Fair without financial assistance.  The number of stipends awarded is contingent on requests received and funds available. The deadline for submitting stipend requests is Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at midnight (CST).  You may download the Stipend Request Form from the Symplicity document library, which is part of Career Services’ electronic library.  It is listed under “St. Louis Diversity Job Fair Stipend Request Form.”

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: Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, August 7

Student registration is now open for the 2015 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference. It will be held at St. Thomas University on Friday, August 7, 2015. 
 
The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) is an annual event that connects the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area with diverse rising 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Each year’s conference and job fair includes between 25 and 30 employers and upwards of 100 law students.

Employers participating in the interviews will include small, medium and large firms; corporate law departments; and public interest, nonprofit and government entities.  The conference is sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice but is a unique opportunity to interview with both private law firms and local government employers as well.  During lunch, students enjoy a discussion on key issues relevant to their job search and building a successful career.

See here for the Student Flyer and Registration Information.

Please CLICK HERE for a list of important dates and deadlines.

CLICK HERE to see the list of the 25 participating employers.

All MMRC registered participants are also invited to the Thursday, August 6th Employer Reception.  Click here for more information.

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

DEADLINE - REGISTER BY MAY 15: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14
(See above)

27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program
(See above)

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

Buckfire & Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 31
(See above)

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

Bricker & Eckler 2016 Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship - Applications due July 1, 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)

Register NOW: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
(See above)

Register NOW: 2015 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, July 31, 2015
(See above)

Register NOW: Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color, August 4 (Register by July 10)
(See above)

Register NOW: 2015 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair, August 8 (Register by May 30)
(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)
(See above)

Register NOW: Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, August 7
(See above)

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

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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