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Week of December 11, 2017

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal 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
  • Federal Work Study Applications are being accepted for Spring 2018
  • Solo and Small Practice Incubator Program for May 2018 Grads - Applications due January 15

Fall Recruiting

  • Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • December 21: Thompson Coburn 1L Winter Reception (St. Louis, MO) 
  • December 27: Milwaukee Law Firms 1L Holiday Reception
  • January 17: Putting Your Best Foot Forward: A Mandatory 1L Program on Professionalism 
  • January 23: Corporate Counsel Night
  • February 2: Amaker Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat

Employment Opportunities

  • McKinsey & Company JD Diversity Leaders Internship for 1Ls - Applications now available
  • USAO Summer 2018 Law Student Intern Program (Chicago, IL) - Applications due December 15
  • PILI 2018 Summer Internships for 1Ls - Applications available December 1
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 2018 Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due December 31
  • Spring 2017 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due January 5
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications due January 8
  • 2018 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship and Paid Summer Internship - Applications due January 8
  • 2018 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship - Applications due January 10
  • 2018 ACC Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls - Applications due January 10
  • 2018 Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship - Applications due January 16
  • Air Force JAG Corps Graduate Law Program for 1Ls - Applications due January 18
  • Air Force JAG Corps One Year College Program for 2Ls - Applications due January 18
  • 2018 1L IP Foley & Lardner Summer Associate - Applications due January 19
  • 2018 1L LCLD Summer Internship - Applications due January 26

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2018 ATJ Tech Fellows Program - Applications available November 22
  • 2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship - Applications available December 1
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 8 for 1Ls 
  • Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 12
  • 2018 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship and Summer Internship - Applications due January 8
  • PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program - Applications due January 20
  • 2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31

Job Fairs  

  • February 21-22: CareerFair @ Illinois Tech
  • March 1-2: Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Direct Job Fair

Diversity

  • McKinsey & Company JD Diversity Leaders Internship for 1Ls - Applications now available
  • 2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship - Applications available December 1
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 2018 Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due December 31
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 8 for 1Ls 
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications due January 8
  • Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 12
  • 2018 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship and Summer Internship - Applications due January 8
  • 2018 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship - Applications due January 10
  • 2018 ACC Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls - Applications due January 10
  • 2018 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for 1Ls - Applications due January 16
  • PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program - Applications due January 20
  • 2018 1L LCLD Summer Internship - Applications due January 26
  • 2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31
  • March 1-2: Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Direct Job Fair

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2017-2018 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt
  • 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
  • Lawcountability J.D. - Sign-up information now available!
  • 2017-2018 Chicago Area Law Firm List

Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop and 1L Cover Letter Workshop videos are now 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.

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Monday, October 16thBefore your first career advising appointment, you must have watched the workshop videos and have 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 Fall 2017 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.

Federal Work Study Applications are being accepted
for Spring 2018

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.
FWS applications for Spring 2018 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration. Processing may take a week or more; allow plenty of time for approval, and the time it takes to be added to the Chicago-Kent payroll. 

Solo and Small Practice Incubator Program for May 2018 Grads -
Applications due January 15, 2018

The Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) is a one-year program designed to offer a select group of entrepreneurial-minded recent IIT Chicago-Kent graduates with valuable experience and ongoing training to help build their professional careers as solo or small firm legal practitioners. The program is intended to accelerate the successful development of newly admitted lawyers in an "incubator" environment.

SSPI is accepting applications for the upcoming 2018-19 program through January 15, 2018. For more information, visit https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/alumni/solo-and-small-practice-incubator or contact Dawn Young at dyoung@kentlaw.iit.edu.  

Fall Recruiting

Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks or job offers during the fall interview season, please report this to Helena Gonzalez in the Career Services Office by sending an email to hgonzal2@kentlaw.iit.edu (or email your career advisor directly). 

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

Programming        

Thompson Coburn 1L Winter Reception (St. Louis, MO) 

Date:  Thursday, December 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Thompson Coburn LLP
One US Bank Plaza, 35th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101

1Ls are cordially invited to a 1L Winter reception at Thompson Coburn LLP on
Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by December 18, 2017 to legalrecruiting@thompsoncoburn.com.

Milwaukee Law Firms 1L Holiday Reception

Date:  Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Time: Various
Location: Various (Milwaukee, WI)

Milwaukee law firms Husch Blackwell LLP; Reinhart Boerner Van Duren S.C.; Foley & Lardner LLP; Quarles & Brady LLP; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; and Godfrey & Kahn S.C. invite first-year law students attending out of state schools to their annual Home for the Holiday receptions. Times are staggered (schedule below) so that you may attend all firm receptions.

Husch Blackwell LLP
1:30-3:00 p.m.
555 E. Wells St., Suite 1900
RSVP to Susan Early at susan.early@huschblackwell.com

Reinhart Boerner Van Duren S.C
2:30-4:00 p.m.
1000 N. Water St., Suite 1700
RSVP to Sandy Faull at sfaull@reinhartlaw.com

Foley & Lardner LLP
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
777 E. Wisconsin Ave., 40th Floor
RSVP to Kerri Klippel at kklippel@foley.com

Quarles & Brady LLP
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

411 E. Wisconsin Ave., 24th Floor
RSVP to Linda Lamp at linda.lamp@quarles.com

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
5:00-7:00 p.m.

100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 3300
RSVP to Ginny Mueller at gamueller@michaelbest.com

Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

833 E. Michigan St., 18th Floor
RSVP to Abby Wichgers at awichgers@gklaw.com

Putting Your Best Foot Forward:
A Mandatory 1L Program on Professionalism 

Date:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

There will be a 1L mandatory program on professionalism on January 17th at 3pm in the Auditorium.  Featured speakers will be Nancy Roberts Linder, Director of Marketing for the law firm Chapman and Cutler, and Curtis A. Linder, President of Linder Legal Staffing.


Jayne Schreiber of the Career Services office will give highlights from the program to the 1L evening students at 5:30 on Wed. January 17th (room TBD).

Corporate Counsel Night

Date:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 10th Floor Morris Hall

This exciting event will provide current students who are interested in corporate law with an opportunity to hear and receive guidance from a panel of practicing corporate attorneys. This event is also an opportunity to network with fellow corporate attorneys and Chicago-Kent students. Speakers to be announced soon. To RSVP, please click here.

This event is hosted by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Hispanic Latino Law Students Association, Corporate Law Society, Chicago-Kent Career Services Office, and the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association.

Amaker Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat

Date:  Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law invites you to attend its annual Amaker Retreat. The retreat aims to capture the spirit of our late professor, Norman Amaker, who fought alongside leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to transform the social justice landscape by challenging racial discrimination during the civil rights era. The goal is to support the future generation of public interest lawyers. The event is FREE for students.

The retreat will start at noon with a box lunch and an inspirational keynote, followed by panels on a variety of public interest topics of interest to law students. It will end around 5 p.m. with pizza for all. Past panels and speakers have covered the topics of mass incarceration; environmental justice; hate speech; voter disenfranchisement; racism; and health, education, and housing disparities. 

 If you would like to RSVP for the Amaker Retreat and receive additional information, please complete the attached link: https://goo.gl/forms/mgMeoIzzofwJsuxS2

Employment Opportunities

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

McKinsey & Company JD Diversity Leaders Internship for 1Ls - Applications now available

When you join McKinsey as a JDLI, you are joining a firm that will challenge you and invest heavily in your professional development. In this role you will have the opportunity to work on teams and help the best organizations in the world – across the private, public, and social sectors – solve some of their most difficult problems. You will also work with a range of experts in the firm, from data scientists to researchers to software and app designers. You’ll also join a community of caring colleagues for social, networking, and learning opportunities.

WHO YOU'LL WORK WITH:


You'll work in one of McKinsey's offices in the U.S. or Canada for 10 weeks in the summer. You'll work as part of a client project team, collaborating with colleagues and clients to solve their toughest business problems.

McKinsey & Company is committed to building the leaders of tomorrow. As part of that commitment, it offers a JD Diversity Leaders Internship program (JDLI). This program, which is part of the firm-wide effort to attract top diversity talent, joins McKinsey's strong network of existing programs to serve its Black Network, Hispanic Latino Network and Native American Network.




WHAT YOU'LL DO

You’ll work in teams of typically 3 – 5 consultants, playing an active role in all aspects of the client engagement. 

This includes gathering and analyzing information, formulating and testing hypotheses, and developing and communicating recommendations.  You’ll also have the opportunity to present results to client management and implement recommendations in collaboration with client team members.

You’ll gain new skills and build on the strengths you bring to the firm.  JDLIs receive exceptional training as well as frequent coaching and mentoring from colleagues on their teams.  This support includes an optional but strong recommended introductory learning and community program before you join us for the summer, a week of training when you arrive, and a Partner from your local office or practice assigned to you to help guide you throughout your internship.

You will work at the client site with your McKinsey colleagues and with the client team, owning a distinct piece of the project. Some examples of the specific work may include interviewing clients, leading client teams, building financial models, creating and delivering presentations, and working with McKinsey subject experts to develop perspectives and insights for the client.


USAO Summer 2018 Law Student Intern Program (Chicago, IL) - Applications due December 15, 2017

The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit. The primary goals of the Law Student Intern Program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases.

The work of the law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, and assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases. Students must be first-year (second semester), second-year or third-year law students.

Applications are due Friday, December 15, 2017 no later than 5:00 p.m. (CST). Click here for more information (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

PILI 2018 Summer Internships for 1Ls -
Applications available December 1, 2017

PILI's Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer, with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Through this program, PILI helps its partner agencies increase their impact while also helping its Interns develop their legal and client interaction skills, build their professional networks, and strengthen their commitment to public interest law and service.

Applicants will apply directly through the PILI website. PILI offers Internships at 27 different legal service agencies in Illinois, and each applicant may apply to up to 10 agencies. You can review the list of agencies approved to host PILI Interns here.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring. Please note that each agency supervisor handles hiring differently: some make hiring decisions early in the application period, while others wait until later. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the fullest consideration of their application.

Questions? Contact PILI’s Executive Director, Michael Bergmann, by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 2018 Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due December 31, 2017

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to offer its 2018 Diversity Scholarship Program in partnership with Procter & Gamble and Lockheed Martin.

One first-year law student will split his or her summer associate experience between Dinsmore and Procter & Gamble, a global consumer goods corporation. One first-year scholarship recipient will be a salaried summer associate for both P&G and Dinsmore, splitting a 12-week period between both organizations' Cincinnati, Ohio offices.

Additionally, an opportunity will be offered to a first-year law student to split his or her summer associate experience between Dinsmore and global aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin. One scholarship recipient will be a salaried Dinsmore summer associate, who will spend half of the 12-week summer associate program in the general counsel’s office at Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

The recipients will also receive a scholarship up to $10,000 and be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. For more information and to apply to either or both of these opportunities, please visit http://www.dinsmore.com/diversity-scholarship-program/.

Spring 2017 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due January 5, 2018

What:

The Legal Externship Program (LEP) presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of law you are interested in and helps you significantly broaden your practical employment opportunities. The program is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.  

LEP externships consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class. Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Spring semester for a minimum total of 224 hours. In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

Where:

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. and Illimois Environmental Protection Agencies.  

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.  

In addition, during Spring semester there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for LEP placements.  

How to Apply:

Applications are due Friday, January 5, 2018. Please check the Externship web page for more information and application instructions.

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) -
Applications due January 8, 2018

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 3, 2017 for 2Ls and on December 1, 2017 for 1Ls. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. The application process is still open to all law students. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois, and Texas. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their applications. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Applications are due for the Summer 2018 Internship Program on Monday, January 8, 2018. The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview. Student applications will continue to be processed until all positions have been filled. Click here for more information.

2018 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship and
Paid Summer Internship -

Applications due January 8, 2018

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will award one 1L law student (1) a $7,500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position in the firm's Rochester office between the student's first and second year of law school. 

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. By continuously broadening the diversity of its attorneys, Harter Secrest believes that it provides better service to its clients and creates a richer work environment. The Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship was established as part of this commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree.

For information regarding eligibility and application instructions, please log onto Simplicity and view Job ID 1003620. You may also click here for the firm's scholarship announcement.

2018 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship - Applications due January 10, 2018

The Committee on Judicial Resources for the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are pleased to announce the eighth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project ("Project") for Summer 2018. 

The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community. The JRC-JTB Project is national in scope and will place law students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country. Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers.

Applications will be received online until 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Early applications are highly encouraged. For more information, please see Job Posting ID 1003710 in Simplicity.

2018 ACC Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls -
Applications due January 10, 2018

The ACC Chicago - Diversity Summer Internship Program places 1L law students with diverse backgrounds from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments. Selected law students work in the legal department of a Chicagoland company for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the 2018 summer. 

Interns are assigned a mentor in the company who is responsible for directing their day-to-day workload and ensuring that the students have a positive learning experience. In addition, the interns are also assigned a mentor from the ACC Chicago Chapter and will attend seminars and networking events hosted by the Chicago Chapter and participating legal departments. These seminars offer the students helpful tips on topics such as networking, interviewing and resume writing. 

The Chicago Chapter is looking for 1L students from diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Additionally, the Chapter seeks diverse students who are eager to learn and are capable of thriving in a corporate environment.

Applications are due Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Applications will become available on December 1, 2017 at http://www.acc.com/chapters/chic/InternshipProgramInfo.cfm. 

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2017
1L Summer Rotation Clerkship –

Applications due January 16, 2018

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites 1L law students of color to apply for its upcoming 2017 1L Summer Clerkship Program.  First-year law students will have a unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 31 law firms and 16 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession through its mission to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

The application deadline is January 16, 2018, but students are encouraged to submit their materials before winter break. Please see the brochure for all details, FAQ and contact information for application submission.

Air Force JAG Corps Graduate Law Program for 1Ls -
Applications due January 18, 2018

The Air Force JAG Corps' Graduate Law Program (GLP) (available for 1Ls) is open!  The application is due, online, by Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  The Graduate Law Program is for students interested in doing AFROTC and Law School at the same time. Interested students must be able to handle both AFROTC class and Law School classes at the same time.

The GLP is an excellent ways to enter the Air Force JAG Corps. Interested students must first meet with an AFROTC Detachment Commander before they apply to the JAG Corps and they should do that during November/December 2017.

Please click here to access the GLP advertisement and click here for the info sheet that explains the programs. You must be logged into Simplicity to access the sheet.

Air Force JAG Corps One Year College Program for 2Ls -
Applications due January 18, 2018

The Air Force JAG Corps' One Year College Program (OYCP) (available for 2Ls) is open!  The application is due, online, by Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  The One Year College Program is for students interested in doing AFROTC and Law School at the same time. Interested students must be able to handle both AFROTC class and Law School classes at the same time.

The OYCP is an excellent ways to enter the Air Force JAG Corps. Interested students must first meet with an AFROTC Detachment Commander before they apply to the JAG Corps and they should do that during November/December 2017.

Please click here to access the OYCP advertisement and click here for the info sheet that explains the programs. You must be logged into Simplicity to access the sheet.

2018 1L IP Foley & Lardner Summer Associate -
Applications due January 19, 2018

Foley & Lardner is seeking first-year JD students interested in intellectual property to join the 2018 Summer Associate Program, supporting its Various  Groups. Candidates must have a background in specific field discipline.  Ideal candidates are eager to confront new challenges and responsibilities; take satisfaction in developing practical, winning solutions; value an environment where everyone is treated with mutual support and respect; and do their best work when functioning as part of a team.

This position is open to all qualified candidates who are in their first-year at an ABA-accredited law school. Interested candidates should apply to their first choice location with a resume, first semester law school transcript (when available), undergraduate and other related-field graduate transcripts, and brief cover letter addressing your practice interests and ties to office location in which you are interested. For more information and to apply, please log on to Simplicity and view Job Posting ID 1003849.

2018 1L LCLD Summer Internship - Applications due January 26

Reed Smith is proud to be a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), which is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The LCLD is made up of more than 275 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners working to build a more open and diverse legal profession.

Its Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Tysons offices are pleased to participate in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program. Additionally, the Pittsburgh office offers a unique opportunity for the LCLD Scholar to split their summer internship between Reed Smith's and PNC's legal departments. All LCLD Scholars work side-by-side with our lawyers as part of our 2018 Summer Associate Program and participate in a two-day retreat designed exclusively for 1L LCLD Scholars, which includes panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities.

For more information and application instructions, please log in to Simplicity and click here to access the program flyer.

Fellowships & Scholarships

2018 ATJ Tech Fellows Program -
Applications available November 22, 2017

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Tech Fellows program was founded to meet the needs of a rapidly changing legal environment and growing justice gap. ATJ is looking for entrepreneurial-minded law students who are passionate about social justice and want to spend the summer learning new ways to leverage technology in order to improve access legal services for low-income individuals and communities.

The fellowship positions are open to rising 2L & 3L law students from any ABA-accredited law school in the country, but preference will be given to applicants within the host organization's state. For a detailed description of each position, please click here. To apply, visit https://www.atjtechfellows.org/apply.

2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy
Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship -

Applications available December 1, 2017

As part of McAndrews’ long-standing commitment to fostering a diverse work environment, the firm is proud to offer its annual “Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship” as part of its summer associates program. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year student of an ABA-accredited law school. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow gains crucial experience in a wide range of IP and complex technology matters, is mentored by a senior member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and is eligible for a second clerkship in the firm’s summer associates program.

The individual chosen must possess a diverse background, a technical degree in science or engineering, and a commitment to pursuing a patent law career in Chicago.

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017, through January 15, 2018. In-person interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis, so apply early!

For application instructions, please log into Simplicity and see Job ID No. 1003394. For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit
http://www.mcandrews-ip.com/careers/diversity-fellowship.html.

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program -
Applications due January 8, 2018 for 1Ls 

Franczek Radelet's Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program is an intensive eight-week program designed for diverse first- and second-year law students who have an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The program’s goal is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment in the legal profession.

Completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation for 1L applicants should be received by Monday, January 8, 2018 for 1L students. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis, so please submit your application as early as possible.
Click here for more information.

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program -
Applications due January 12, 2018

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2018. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of the firm’s practice and of the legal profession.

The firm’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and its practice areas.
Applications will be accepted from Friday, December 1, 2017 through Friday, January 12, 2018. For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

2018 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Diversity Scholarship and Summer Internship -
Applications due January 8, 2018

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. The firm believes that by continuously broadening the diversity of its attorneys, it provides better service to its clients and creates a richer work environment. As part of this commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree, the firm has established the Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship.

The Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005. The ­firm awards one 1L law student with (1) a $7,500 scholarship to be applied to the student’s second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student’s ­first and second year of law school.

To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time currently enrolled 1L law student who is in good standing at an accredited law school. First-year students who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

The Diversity Scholarship application must be received on or before Monday, January 8, 2018. Click here for more information.

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program -
Applications due January 20, 2018

The Diversity Scholar Program is a coaching, mentorship, and recruiting program designed to help law students understand their career goals and secure employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills required to flourish in their careers.


Students admitted into the program enjoy the following perks:
  • Free tuition to attend the Chicago Career Conference or another 2018 Career Conference (Spring 2018)
  • Career and interview/OCI coaching (Summer and Fall 2018)
  • Admission to Interviewing and Resume Workshops (Summer 2018)
  • Introductions and other recruiting opportunities with our law firm partners
  • Recommendation for employment and scholarships to our law firm partners
  • Mentorship from PracticePro coaches and Diversity Program Advisors
  • Admission to any New Attorney Basics Conference (before February 2021)
  • Mentorship match to in-house corporate counsel to learn client collaboration and business development (post-bar admission)

Applications are due by Saturday, January 20, 2018. For application instructions and to apply, please click here.

2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31, 2018

This scholarship provides a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses and a guaranteed summer associate position in our 2018 Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient’s first year of law school.  The Chicago recipient will have the opportunity to work with our Corporate, Litigation and Labor & Employment practice areas.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession.  In accordance with the scholarship criteria, applicants for our Chicago position must be enrolled in one of the following law schools: Chicago-Kent, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame or Washington University in St. Louis.

The application deadline for the Vedder Price P.C. Diversity Scholarship is January 31, 2018. Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by March 15, 2018. First-Year Students cannot submit before December 1, 2017.

For more information and to download the application, please visit: https://www.vedderprice.com/diversity/the-vedder-price-diversity-scholarship.

Job Fairs

CareerFair @ Illinois Tech

Date:  Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Illinois Tech Main Career Center

Illinois Tech offers a tech-focused, hands-on, relevant and rigorous curriculum—paired with real-world, team-based projects—that prepare our students and alumni to hit the ground running in the workplace. Companies attend our Career Fairs to recruit individuals within the fields of engineering, computer science, information technology management, social science, business, food science, architecture, psychology, manufacturing, science (life and physical), and more. Career Services hosts Career Fairs each year on the Mies (main) Campus during the fall and spring semesters, as well as smaller fairs throughout the academic years.

Registration details coming soon.

Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Direct Job Fair -
Applications due January 12, 2018

Date:  Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Chicago, IL (Details to be announced)

The DAPP Direct Job Fair will give 1L law students the opportunity to interview for an eight to ten-week paid internship with a law firm or corporation during the summer of 2018. Women of color in-house counsel will conduct interviews on behalf of both law firms and corporations. The students who receive internships will also attend our client-readiness boot camp where they will participate in seminars, taught entirely by women of color attorneys, on navigating their summer internships, understanding law firm and in-house cultures, and how to stand out amongst their fellow interns. Applications are due January 12, 2018.

Selected students must be available to participate in first-round Skype interviews on January 19, 2018. A select group of students will then be invited to attend the job fair in Chicago, Illinois on March 1 – 2, 2018. The job fair will commence with a welcome reception on Thursday, March 1, 2018 where students will be eligible to receive scholarships to assist in their law school expenses. Interviews will take place on March 2, 2018. Anticipated placements will be in a variety of markets, including but not limited to the Midwest, the DMV area, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Palo Alto, and Los Angeles. DAPP will begin to notify selected students on March 12, 2018. Selected students must attend the client-readiness boot camp in May 2018 before beginning their summer placements.

For background, DAPP's year-round scholars program for first-year women of color law students teaches them to excel academically, provides professional development and mentoring, and finds paid internships for their 1L summers and teaches them how to be client-ready before beginning their summer positions. The scholars program now runs at four different law schools in the Chicago area – Northwestern, IIT Chicago-Kent, DePaul, and Loyola. You can learn more about DAPP and what we are doing to support the pipeline of women of color lawyers by viewing our video here or by visiting our website.

Any questions regarding DAPP Direct should be sent to admin@dapprogram.org.

Diversity

McKinsey & Company JD Diversity Leaders Internship for 1Ls - Applications now available
[See Above]

2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy
Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship -

Applications available December 1, 2017

[See Above]

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program -
Applications due January 8, 2018 for 1Ls 
[See Above]

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) -
Applications due January 8, 2018
[See Above]

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program -
Applications due January 12, 2018
[See Above]

2018 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Diversity Scholarship and Summer Internship -
Applications due January 8, 2018

[See Above]

2018 Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Internship - Applications due January 10, 2018
[See Above]

2018 ACC Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls -
Applications due January 10, 2018
[See Above]

2018 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for 1Ls - Applications due January 16, 2018

The primary objective of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program is to ensure that talented and diverse first-year law students receive the mentoring and preparation that they need to maximize their potential in law school and beyond.

The Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) is a comprehensive initiative for first-year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principles of legal excellence and personal involvement. Attorney Mentors are matched 1:1 with talented law student Mentees to ensure that Mentees receive the mentoring they need to navigate their first year of law school and maximize their long-term potential. LCLD provides a comprehensive Mentoring Toolkit to assist both Mentor and Mentee in developing a successful relationship.

Student registration is open now and will close on January 16, 2018. Law students may register to be Mentees on the LCLD website. LCLD will match Mentors and Mentees based on geographic proximity.

To register for IMP, please click here and complete the online form.

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program -
Applications due January 20, 2018

[See Above]

2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31, 2018
[See Above]

Resources

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

2017-2018 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide

The 2016-2017 PSJD Fellowship Guide is an online compilation of post-graduate fellowships. To access the database and for information about how to effectively use the database, visit http://www.psjd.org/2017_-_2018_Comprehensive_Fellowship_Guide. Note that many fellowships have very early fall semester deadlines; 3Ls that are interested in applying for post-graduate fellowships should access the Guide now!

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

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

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

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).

Lawcountability J.D. -
Sign-up information now available!

Lawyers and law students are facing a significantly tighter job market and a heightened level of competition for new business. This new era requires them to build consistency into their habits while more closely connecting to clients, prospects, and colleagues. Law students and lawyers seeking to raise their profiles, however, struggle with execution due to an absence of accountability. Lawcountability® is a cloud-based platform (developed by Chicago-Kent alumnus Ari Kaplan) designed to solve that problem. To watch a demo, visit http://lawcountability.com/students/.

To register for a FREE account, visit http://lawcountability.com/students/ and click on Register For a Free Account Here. Enter their information with the code LCJD2017! - this will instantly create an account and you should immediately receive a unique password with a welcome e-mail. 

2017-2018 Chicago Area Law Firm List -

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.

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