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Week of April 22, 2019

Information & Announcements

  • 1L Mandatory Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • 2Ls and 3Ls - Make an appointment
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • April 23: Chicago Estate Planning Council presents "Why Estate Planning Is an Exciting Career Choice."
  • April 23: Public Interest Fellowships.
  • April 25: SEC Webinar on Fall 2019 Internships

Employment Opportunities

  • Federal Work Study Applications are being accepted for Summer 2019
  • Harrity Women's Workshop. Applications due April 30.

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship. Applications due June 16.

Job Fairs  

  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference. Application due by May 31.
  • Kansas City Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair. Register by June 28th.

Diversity

  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference. Application due by May 31.
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship. Applications due June 16.
  • Kansas City Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair. Register by June 28th.

Resources

  • 2018-2019 Chicago Area Law Firm List - Updated and Available 
  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: Updated version available
  • ABA Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)  
  • CSO Resources
  • Resources provided by the Chicago Bar Association
  • PracticeTracks Videos
  • @theBar Podcast for Young Lawyers

Information & Announcements

1L Mandatory Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop and 1L Cover Letter Workshop videos are available to view. Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

All first-year law students must watch these brief videos. These workshops include detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume and cover letter.

Before your first career advising appointment, you must have watched the workshop videos and uploaded a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

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 Spring 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.

3L Exit Interviews

For those of you who haven't made an appointment for your mandatory exit interview with your career advisor, please do so asap. Your exit interview must be completed by April 26th.

Fall Recruiting

Programming        

April 23: Chicago Estate Planning Council Presents:
Why Estate Planning is an Exciting Career Choice

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 590

Join members of the Chicago Estate Planning Council (“CEPC”) for a panel discussion on why you should consider an estate planning practice as a career option and how the CEPC can help. Hear from lawyers and other industry professionals about their own experiences in the private clients, trusts, and estates field.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with “Estate Planning Council” in the subject line.

April 23: Public Interest Fellowships

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 520

Please join us to learn about public interest fellowships. This program will feature Chicago-Kent alumni with Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellowship Projects at: Equip for Equality and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law; as well as current 3L's who have successfully obtained Equal Justice Works Fellowships that will begin in Fall 2019.
Current 2L law students who are planning to put together fellowship proposals should definitely attend, as we have a new "fellowship committee" that would like to help you with your proposals as you draft them this summer. If you are a 2L planning to draft a proposal and you can not make it, send an email to Michelle Vodenik, mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu.

First-year law students who are interested in public interest work should also attend to learn more about the process of creating a fellowship project.

Sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Kent Justice Foundation. PIZZA will be provided! 

April 25: SEC Webinar on Fall 2019 Internships

Date: April 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: N/A - Webina
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The SEC is currently taking applications for Fall 2019 interns and will be hosting a webinar regarding the internship program and application process on April 11, 18, and 25 from 12:00-1:00 Central. The Chicago Regional Office will be hiring as part of the program.

For more information on how to view the webinar, please click here.

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 Applications are being accepted for Summer 2019

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.

Summer federal work study is split up into Summer 1 and Summer 2.

  • Summer 1 is from May 28 - June 29
  • Summer 2 is from July 1 - August 16

Applications for Summer 2019 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration. The deadline for Summer 2018, with a start date of May 28 (first day of summer classes), is Friday, May 10th; 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.

Harrity Women's Workshop
Application due April 30

Harrity is excited to host our second annual Women’s Workshop. A select group of women will participate in a 3-day long program geared towards an introduction to the practice of patent law. This program will take place during the week of May 20-22, 2019 and is open to science and engineering students, law school students, and recent graduates.

The application for the 2019 Women’s Workshop is now OPEN! Applications are due by 4/30/19. Early submissions are encouraged!

Candidates must submit a completed application,, a personal statement expressing their interest in pursuing a career in the patent field, as well as their resume. Please note participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation.

Click here for the application.

Fellowships & Scholarships   

Baker Doneldson Diversity Scholarship

The 2020 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship application is now available! We will award three scholarships to three diverse rising 2L law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2019. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2020 in one of our Firm’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. For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

Job Fairs

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference
Application due May 31

The 2019 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) takes place in downtown Minneapolis on August 1st and 2nd this year. There will be a reception on August 1st from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. and interviews will take place on August 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (More details on the exact location for these events will be announced at a later date.)

MMRC connects legal employers in the Twin Cities metro area with rising 2L and 3L students from across the country. The Conference organizers invite firms of all sizes, corporate law departments, and public interest, nonprofit and government entities to register for MMRC and meet with students from diverse backgrounds.

MMRC is sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a nonprofit association comprised of leading Twin Cities legal employers with a single mission: to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color in and around the Twin Cities legal community. The organization takes a leadership role in advancing diversity. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice turns good intentions into action through the active participation of all members. Its stated mission: "We're not about theory. We're about putting diversity into practice and promoting the Twin Cities as a great place for attorneys of color to develop professionally and personally." https://diversityinpractice.org/

Important MMRC Dates

April 15 - May 31: Student registration is open

June 3 - June 14: Student bidding

June 17 - July 3: Employer pre-selections

July: Student interview schedules released

Note: The Fredrick L. McGhee Scholarship is available to help offset travel costs for students who are coming from out-of-state. Applications are due July 9 and award recipients are notified July 12.

If you have questions, please email info@diversityinpractice.org

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Application due June 28

The 15th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 9-10, 2019 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 this wonderful city.

The HDLJF will kick off with an evening Welcome Reception on Friday, August 9th and the Job Fair will take place on Saturday, August 10th at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2300 Main Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64108. Saturday schedule includes a continental breakfast, interviewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a luncheon at which participants will be greeted and addressed by a special Keynote Speaker. More information can be found at heartlanddiversity.org.

Please register as soon as possible. Students who register before May 31st will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes. The final deadline for registering is June 28th.

Students can register on-line at https://law-kcmba-csm.symplicity.com/students/.

Diversity

Minnesota Diversity Recruitment Conference
Application due June 28

The 2019 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) takes place in downtown Minneapolis on August 1st and 2nd this year. There will be a reception on August 1st from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. and interviews will take place on August 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (More details on the exact location for these events will be announced at a later date.)

MMRC connects legal employers in the Twin Cities metro area with rising 2L and 3L students from across the country. The Conference organizers invite firms of all sizes, corporate law departments, and public interest, nonprofit and government entities to register for MMRC and meet with students from diverse backgrounds.

MMRC is sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a nonprofit association comprised of leading Twin Cities legal employers with a single mission: to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color in and around the Twin Cities legal community. The organization takes a leadership role in advancing diversity. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice turns good intentions into action through the active participation of all members. Its stated mission: "We're not about theory. We're about putting diversity into practice and promoting the Twin Cities as a great place for attorneys of color to develop professionally and personally." https://diversityinpractice.org/

Important MMRC Dates

April 15 - May 31: Student registration is open

June 3 - June 14: Student bidding

June 17 - July 3: Employer pre-selections

July: Student interview schedules released

Note: The Fredrick L. McGhee Scholarship is available to help offset travel costs for students who are coming from out-of-state. Applications are due July 9 and award recipients are notified July 12.

If you have questions, please email info@diversityinpractice.org

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
Application due June 16

The 2020 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship application is now available! We will award three scholarships to three diverse rising 2L law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2019. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2020 in one of our Firm’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. For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Application due June 28

The 15th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 9-10, 2019 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 this wonderful city.

The HDLJF will kick off with an evening Welcome Reception on Friday, August 9th and the Job Fair will take place on Saturday, August 10th at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2300 Main Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64108. Saturday schedule includes a continental breakfast, interviewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a luncheon at which participants will be greeted and addressed by a special Keynote Speaker. More information can be found at heartlanddiversity.org.

Please register as soon as possible. Students who register before May 31st will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes. The final deadline for registering is June 28th.

Students can register on-line at https://law-kcmba-csm.symplicity.com/students/.

Resources

2018-2019 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.

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! 

ABA Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change

In today’s political climate, many questions surround the future of America’s student loan repayment programs. The current White House administration has put forth a number of proposals to change key aspects of the income-based repayment and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. While it remains to be seen whether these changes will be adopted and passed by Congress, the next elected president is expected to have a significant impact on the future of student debt in America. The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have differing visions for federal student loan programs, which could have a significant impact on your repayment strategy.

In the ABA's Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change webinar, you'll learn:

  • What you should consider when choosing between federal loan programs and private student loan refinancing
  • How borrowers can save $20,200+ over the life of their loans on average by refinancing
  • How the current proposed changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and income based repayment programs may affect your student loan repayment strategy

ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you plan to go into public service, you may have heard about public service loan forgiveness (PSLF for short). This economic incentive offers student loan forgiveness following a minimum period of service and on-time payments towards the borrower’s debt. The cost of this benefit is aimed at making public work more attractive.

In this extended two-segment episode of ABA Law Student Podcast, hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke interview Bryan Tyson, the executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Council and Jonathan Rapping, co-founder of Gideon’s Promise. 

In segment one, you will hear from Bryan about the debt to income gap, his organization’s survey of public defenders about PSLF, and the increased importance of public defenders outside the practice of law.

In segment two, you will hear from Jonathan about student debt’s barrier to public service, the lifelong commitment of student loans, and concerns about poor people not getting justice in the event of PSLF cuts or caps.

Listen now!   

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).

PracticeTracks Videos

The Career Services Office has added a "Practice Tracks" video series provided by the Chicago Bar Association for law students interested in learning about various practice areas from current practitioners. These videos may be accessed using Panopto and are located in the Practice Tracks subfolder for Career Services. Current videos offer discussions about the following practice areas:

  • Technology Transactions
  • Real Estate Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Federal Taxation Law
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Corporate Law


@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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