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Week of March 27, 2017

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students
  • Chicago-Kent Certificate Programs - LADR & Employment Law; LADR; and Criminal Litigation - Applications due March 28
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Summer 2017

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • March 28: Skadden Fellowship Information Session (RSVP for live attendance by March 23 and for webinar by March 27, 3:00 p.m.)
  • March 28: Cook County Bar Association "Lawyerland" Bootcamp (RSVP required)
  • March 28-29: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 2Ls
  • March 31: 14th Annual Amaker Retreat: Law, Resistance, and Social Justice
  • April 4: 39th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture: "Smartphones and Fitbits: Wither Privacy in the Workplace?" 
  • April 5: Land Use and Real Estate Society Alumni Panel Event
  • April 8: Cook County Bar Association Job Fair Resume Workshop
  • April 8: Navigating an Illinois Real Estate Transaction: The Stuart H. Wolf Program for Law Students and New Attorneys
  • April 18: How to Succeed this Summer: Government/Legal Aid
  • April 18: How to Succeed this Summer: Small/Midsize Firm
  • April 18: How to Succeed this Summer: Large Law Firm
  • April 11-12: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 1L
  • May 10: Women Employed Fundraiser Gala - The Working Lunch (Volunteers needed)

Employment Opportunities

  • CK-Law Group Legal Clinics - Now accepting Summer 2017 applications
  • Institute for Science, Law and Technology Research Assistant - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 12
  • 2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship - Apply Now!
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Still Accepting Summer 2017 Applications!
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • 2017 Social Security Administration-Office of the General Counsel Summer Internship - Applications due March 31
  • Fall 2017 Semester Law Firm Associate Program - Applications due April 4
  • Fall 2017 U.S. Attorneys' Office Law Student Intern Program (Chicago) - Applications due April 12
  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program - Applications due April 14
  • Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due May 8

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 31
  • DuPage Bar Foundation Scholarships - Applications due March 31
  • 2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships - Applications due April 3
  • 2017 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship - Applications due April 10
  • 2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1
  • Gordon Law Group Essay Scholarship - Applications due June 1

Job Fairs  

  • May 5-6: 3rd Annual Veterans' Legal Career Fair
  • August 3-4: 2017 Patent Law Interview Program
  • August 11: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair - Registration now open!
  • August 14-15: 2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - Registration now open!

Diversity

  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • 2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship - Apply Now!
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • 2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • 7th Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 14
  • 2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1
  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair - August 11: Registration now open!
  • IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15: 2017: Registration now open!

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2016-2017 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • 2016-2017 Chicago Area Law Firms List
  • 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)
  • CBA YLS Webinar - Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp 
  • CSO Resources
  • Chicago Bar Association Career Center

Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

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 should schedule an initial appointment with their career advisor. Before 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.

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of this fall semester. For those of you interested in applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible!

Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you check in with your career advisor to form a strategy to accomplish your career goals. Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

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.

Chicago-Kent Certificate Programs - LADR & Employment Law; LADR; and Criminal Litigation – Applications due March 28

Chicago-Kent offers a range of certificate programs for J.D. students who have focused career agendas. Each certificate program offers a specialized course of study and training in a particular area of law, under the direction of leading faculty, scholars and practitioners.

Applications for the J.D. Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR), and combined LADR/ Labor & Employment Law are now available and are due Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by 12:00 PM to the C-K Law Group in Room 600. Unlike the other certificate programs, these programs require admission during your 1L year due to the curriculum requirements.

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Summer 2017

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during Summer 2017. Chicago-Kent students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school. Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate. Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday, May 5th 2017 for Summer 1, starting work on Monday, May 22nd, and will be accepted on an ongoing basis for Summer 2, starting work on July 1 or later. Processing time may take a week or more; allow plenty of time for approval of your application, and the time it takes to be added to the Chicago-Kent payroll. Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.           

Fall Recruiting

Programming        

Skadden Fellowship Information Session
(RSVP for live attendance by March 23 and for webinar by March 27, 3:00 p.m.)

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: The University of Chicago Law School (1111 E. 60th Street, Room V)

The University of Chicago Law School will be hosting Susan Butler Plum’s Skadden Fellowship Information Session.  Susan will be appearing virtually, via video-conference, so students and alumni may choose either to attend the lunch event in-person, or log onto the event remotely.
                                                                   
The Skadden Fellowships allow graduates to design their dream public interest jobs. These two-year fellowships fund work in civil legal services for clients living in poverty. Susan Plum, the Executive Director of the Fellowships, will be video-conferencing with students to explain the program and answer their questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out about these prestigious fellowships and get tips on how to create a strong application. This is an essential program for all students interested in public interest work

If you would like to call into the conference, you must register by emailing Susan j. Curry at currys@uchicago.edu by Monday, March 27th at 3:00 pm. Once you RSVP, she will provide you with the video-conference sign-in information and Meeting ID number.

If you would prefer to attend the lunch showing of the video-conference at the law school, you will need to RSVP to Susan Curry by Thursday, March 23, 2017.

 Cook County Bar Association "Lawyerland" Bootcamp (RSVP Required)

Date:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Room 1200

The Cook County Bar Association’s Professional Development Committee and the John Marshall Law School Career Service’s Office present “Lawyerland,” a FREE bootcamp designed to help law students and young lawyers navigate which path to take in their legal careers. Join your Chicago area law school colleagues and young lawyers for an opportunity to network and attend presentations on identifying your skills to navigate your legal career path and how to succeed as a young lawyer. Food and drinks will be provided.
Presentations:

  • Identifying your skills (5:30 p.m.): Judene Hylton, Director at Major, Lindsay and Africa will explain how lawyers can identify their skills to know which path they should take in their legal career. Major, Lindsay and Africa is The global navigators of legal search and talent management. We match firms with the world's most elite lawyers and legal professionals.
  • Navigating Law Firm Life (7:00 p.m.): Firm partners share their insight and wisdom on what it takes to climb the ranks to a partner at a law firm. Panelists include:
    • Lindsay Dates, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    • Charles Harris, KattenMuchinRosenman LLP
    • Mercedes Hill, Jenner & Block
    • Kevin Slaughter, Quarles & Brady LLP

To RSVP, email Shelley Whitehead at shelley@hirelegalbee.com.

What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 2Ls

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm; Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium)

The summer after your second year of law school is a key time to be thinking about your postgraduate job search. How might your summer employment lead to a permanent position, and how do you broach this possibility with your supervisor? What kind of timelines do employers follow when hiring new attorneys? How early are the earliest deadlines? Most important, what should you be doing to make connections that will further your job search now and as you prepare to graduate?

The “What’s Next for Fall” program will address these and other important concerns for rising 3L students. Current 2L students are required to attend this program. Students need only attend one session.
This program will be offered twice:
• Tuesday, March 28, at noon
• Wednesday, March 29, at 3 p.m.

14th Annual Amaker Retreat: Law, Resistance, and Social Justice

Date:  Friday, March 31, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street (Power Rogers & Smith Courtroom)

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.

Law, Resistance, and Social Justice,” which will address timely issues in areas including immigration, criminal law, voting rights, and environmental justice. Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, will deliver the keynote address. For more information about the event and registration, contact Professor Mary Bird at mbird1@luc.edu.

39th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture: "Smartphones and Fitbits: Wither Privacy in the Workplace?"

Date:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: IIT Downtown Campus (Chicago-Kent) Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

In this lecture, Professor Sprague, Professor of Legal Studies in Business, University of Wyoming, will examine new ways which employers can monitor the activities of their employees and their potential impact on worker privacy. Two experts will provide commentary on the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public, however registration is requested. Visit the program website to register and for more information.

Land Use and Real Estate Society Alumni Panel Event

Date:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: IIT Downtown Campus (Chicago-Kent) 10th Floor Morris Hall

The Land Use and Real Estate Society will host a panel of Chicago-Kent alumni who work in real estate-related legal jobs to discuss a real estate topic. After the panel, there will be a networking reception with food and drinks. The event is co-hosted by the Alumni Association.

Cook County Bar Association Job Fair Resume Workshop

Date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Jones Day, located at 77 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

You are cordially invited to participate in the Cook County Bar Association's 11th annual Resume Writing Workshop for students who are participating in the 34th Annual CCBA's Minority Law Student Job Fair to take place on August 11, 2017. The workshop will take place Saturday April 8, 2017 at Jones Day, located at 77 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. For additional information regarding the minority job fair, visit ccbaminorityjobfair.org/.

This workshop will consist of a panel discussion followed by one-on-one resume review. Attendees will receive valuable insight about how they can make their resume stand out.

Workshop Topics Will Include:

  • Addressing Law School GPA Standards
  • Highlighting Relevant Experience
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Resume Review and Critique

Registration details to follow.

Navigating an Illinois Real Estate Transaction:
The Stuart H. Wolf Program for Law Students and New Attorneys

Date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: IIT Downtown Campus (Chicago-Kent) Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

Just starting your real estate law practice or considering starting one? Looking for a refresher? This free seminar was designed for you! 

Join our team of experienced real estate practitioners for a day of intense learning. They will take you through a typical Illinois real estate transaction, explaining each stage from start to finish. The program includes a section on ethical issues for real estate attorneys. Attorneys earn 5.00 MCLE (1.00 PR credit applied for). Continental breakfast included. This event is sponsored by Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund Inc. 

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/NavIL2017. Account and login required to register.

What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 1Ls

Date/Time:  Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. and
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (repeat)

Location: IIT Downtown Campus (Chicago-Kent) Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

The Career Services Office will present a mandatory program for current 1L students on the job opportunities and career deadlines coming up in the fall. 

Learn about: 
• Fall Recruiting (OCI) 
• State, Local and Federal Government Hiring 
• Public Interest Deadlines and Opportunities 
• Small and Midsize Firm Opportunities 
• Tips for Your Transition from Summer to Fall 

Current 1L students are required to attend this program. Students need only attend one session.

This program will be offered twice: 
• Tuesday, April 11, at noon
• Tuesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. 

How to Succeed this Summer: Government/Legal Aid

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus (Chicago-Kent) Room 170

Come hear from a panel of attorneys at government agencies, legal aid organizations, and the judiciary as they present their tips for summer job success.

  • What can you do to start off on the right foot?
  • What do supervisors expect of their law clerks/interns/judicial externs?
  • What qualities and attributes will make you a "star" intern?
  • How do you handle assignments?
  • When you make a mistake, how should you handle it?
  • If working directly with clients, how do you communicate effectively; and can a law student, with supervision, provide advice to clients?
  • How do you exit gracefully at the end of the summer, or continue the relationship into future semesters?

Sponsored by the Career Services Office.

How to Succeed this Summer: Small/Midsize Firm

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus (Chicago-Kent) Room 270

Come hear from a panel of young attorneys at small to midsized firms as well as fellow students who have had summer law clerk positions at small to midsized firms as they present their tips for summer job success. Panelists will describe what to expect from your position as a summer law clerk. Topics will include: how to handle assignments, how to manage your time, how to work with support staff, how to handle constructive criticism and edits, and how to make sure that you get the best reviews of your work product this summer.

Sponsored by the Career Services Office.

How to Succeed this Summer: Large Law Firm

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus (Chicago-Kent) Room 370

Come hear from a panel of young attorneys at large law firms and fellow students who have had summer associate positions at large law firms as they present their tips for summer job success. Panelists will describe what to expect from your position as a summer associate. Topics will include: how to get work and how to turn down assignments, how to manage your time, how to work with support staff, how to handle constructive criticism and edits, and how to make sure that you get the best reviews of your work product this summer.

Sponsored by the Career Services Office.

Women Employed Fundraiser Gala - The Working Lunch (Volunteers needed)

Date:  Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago: 151 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL., 60601

Since 1973, Women Employed has been leading the fight to make work work by mobilizing people and organizations to expand employment and educational opportunities for ALL working women. We believe that all working people deserve fair pay, respectful working conditions, and opportunities to advance.

Women Employed’s upcoming annual fundraising gala, The Working Lunch, brings together over a thousand supporters, advocates, business leaders, and public officials with one common cause: to improve the lives of working women. Please contact Amanda Collins via email or telephone for more information and to RSVP at acollins@womenemployed.org or 312-782-3902, extension 223.

Volunteers are needed to help support this important event—which provides Women Employed with the critical funds that advance its work. Varying shifts, ranging from 8 – 9 a.m. start and 12 - 2 p.m. end times. Volunteers can select to assist with registration, greeting, ballroom set-up, raffle sales, and/or raffle ticket processing. To RSVP to volunteer for The Working Lunch, please email your completed registration form to Amanda at acollins@womenemployed no later than Friday, April 28, 2017.

Employment Opportunities

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

CK-Law Group Legal Clinics - Now accepting Summer 2017 applications

Did you know there is a law firm right here at Chicago-Kent?  It is called C-K Law Group.  Not only can students take this as a course and earn credits but can also gain real work experience, create networking opportunities and many students even get opportunities to work directly with clients.  

There are a limited number of spots available, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Below are the different clinical experiences we offer.  While not all of these clinics have an opening, you can still apply and go onto a waiting list.
Here are the current offerings:

  • Criminal Defense 
  • Vaccine Injury/Federal Court Litigation
  • Plaintiffs Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Family Law
  • Tax Law
  • Mediation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Center for Open Government

Summer 2017 Applications:  Applications are now available for the Summer 2017 semester in the reception area of Suite 600, outside of the 3rd floor elevators and here.  For more information, please visit the C-K Law Group homepage. If you wish to apply or have any questions, email Tracy Kish at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu

Institute for Science, Law and Technology Research Assistant - Applications accepted until May 12, 2017

Professor Lori Andrews, Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology (ISLAT) at Chicago-Kent College of Law, is currently hiring law students as Research Assistants to work during the summer of 2017. ISLAT is undertaking numerous projects to investigate the legal and societal implications of mobile health apps, genetic privacy, and predictive policing.

Research Assistants will be responsible for conducting research and drafting memos on a variety of topics, including gamification, 21st century privacy, geotracking, bioethics, health care proposals, and genetics. Applicants will be accepted from varied undergraduate backgrounds and must have strong writing and research skills. Applicants must submit a cover letter, writing sample, and resume via email to:
 mgoodyear@kentlaw.iit.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 12, 2017, so apply early!

2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship

Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship. The law firm is looking for a future leader in law who is as deeply committed to diversity and inclusion as it is. Neal Gerber Eisenberg has a philosophy of inclusion long existing in the firm’s work environment and considers the Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship an extension of this philosophy at the law school level.

Qualifications:   Applicants must demonstrate each of the following qualifications in their application materials:

1. Superior academic credentials;
2. Leadership potential; and
3. A personal track record of significant contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts and/or affinity networks in academic or professional environments. 

Examples of “significant contributions” include leadership positions in affinity student organizations, mentoring and volunteering in pipeline programs, work experience in civil rights or community-based organizations, and other similar activities requiring personal engagement. 

Clerkship Structure: The Diversity & Inclusion Clerk will be exposed to various practice areas through substantive assignments and observation opportunities.  They will be assigned an Associate Mentor to act as a “go-to” person for insider information on the firm, to provide a helpful extra set of eyes for early assignments and to answer any and all questions that may arise.  In addition, a Partner Mentor will provide developmental feedback and career guidance.  The clerk will be compensated on an hourly basis and is expected to work 10-19 hours per week, coordinated with their coursework and academic and personal obligations.

Application: Applicants must submit a cover letter or personal statement, resume, college and law school transcripts, and any additional material in support of their leadership potential and contributions to diversity efforts via email to mminor@nge.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply early!

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Still Accepting Summer 2017 Applications!

PILI summer 2017 internships are still open to law students from any ABA accredited law school in the United States. There are 27 agencies approved to host PILI Interns, and you can apply to up to 10 of them.

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students with public interest law agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours during the summer with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced attorneys and providing supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities. The result is an increase in the capacity of these legal service agencies to meet the needs of their low-income clients and an increase in the number of emerging lawyers connected and committed to public interest law. Currently, internship placements are offered in Chicago, Alton, Champaign, Peoria and Rock Island, Illinois.

PILI Interns gain hands-on, practical work experience providing legal services directly to clients or engaging in the tasks associated with advocacy, impact-litigation, policy development and analysis, or other related legal work. Interns are paid $5,500 for their work during the summer.  In order to apply for the PILI stipend, all applicants must go through the online application system. To apply, click here.

1L LCLD Scholars Program

The 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The program offers you the rare opportunity to spend a summer working alongside attorneys from LCLD Member organizations.

Benefits for Scholars:

  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit: LCLD invites each class of Scholars to this annual event, which includes panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities for the Scholars with LCLD Members and each other.
  • Substantive Work Assignments: LCLD Scholars spend their summer side by side with attorneys from Fortune 500 legal departments and Am Law 350 law firms.
  • Networking: There is a LinkedIn group dedicated to articles and discussions relevant to 1L LCLD Scholars. All are invited to join.

The application period will remain open per the Member organization’s discretion. Click here for more information. If you have any questions about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager. 

2017 Social Security Administration-Office of the General Counsel Summer Internship - Applications due March 31

The Office of the General Counsel of the Social Security Administration is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Chicago Regional Chief Counsel’s Office 2017 Summer Law Internship Program. The internship program will run ten weeks from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017.

The Chicago Regional Office, located in Chicago’s Loop, represents and advises the Social Security Administration on a broad variety of legal matters, including administration of the agency’s disability benefits programs, personnel and employment disputes, and civil rights matters. Attorneys represent the agency in federal district and appellate courts as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Summer interns will assist in challenging legal work, such as drafting summary judgment motions in federal district court, responding to Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters, and drafting pleadings in bankruptcy court. The interns will also have the opportunity to visit and interact with our internal and external partners, such as SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

The program is open to students who will have completed their first or second year next spring. The intern positions are unpaid, but the office will work with sponsoring schools that grant academic credit or stipends for internships. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017. More information and details on how to apply can be found under Job ID 1001486 in Simplicity Job Postings.

Fall 2017 Semester Law Firm Associate Program - Applications due April 4, 2017

Chicago-Kent’s Semester Law Firm Associate Program (SLFAP) is a unique for-credit non-graded program for students with a cumulative minimum 3.1 GPA. Semester Associate externs work for 6 academic credits (without pay) as “Associates” at the law firms listed below and devote 24 hours a week during the semester to the fieldwork component and 1.5 hours to the classroom component scheduled on designated Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m.  Students gain experience and perspective from work on different aspects of litigation and transactions, and firms strive, to the extent possible, to expose students to a range of legal problems demanding varying skill sets or competencies.

Participating firms for Fall 2017:

Beerman Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP - Family Law

Deutsch, Levy & Engel CHTD - Commercial Litigation

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP - IP Law 

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney - Litigation (commercial/possibly some toxic tort)

Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC - Commercial Litigation

To apply:

Please email a current resume and unofficial transcript to Professor Gross  (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu) by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Also indicate to which firm(s) you are applying. Each firm will conduct its own selection process. You must accept the first offer you receive and cannot withdraw after your acceptance with the respective firm. Please contact Professor Gross immediately if you are selected. 

Fall 2017 U.S. Attorneys' Office Law Student Intern Program (Chicago) -
Applications due April 12, 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 students are required to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks during the Fall semester. The deadline to apply for fall 2017 is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

The program is available for those students who have completed their first or second year of law school (rising 2Ls and 3Ls). The work of 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, assisting in pre-trial conferences and the trials of civil and criminal cases. For qualifications and application requirements, please click here.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program - Applications due April 14, 2017

Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides invaluable experience in various legal areas. A qualifying AmeriCorps JD project must propose to provide direct legal services for clients within one of the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps programs:

  • Justice AmeriCorps: Help immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian.
  • Veterans Legal Corps: Provide legal services that enable low-income veterans to return to successful civilian life.
  • Employment Opportunity Legal Corps: Assist unemployed or underemployed people who are seeking to join the labor market.
  • Disaster Legal Corps: Help improve the lives of populations who reside in communities affected by disasters.
  • Elder Justice AmeriCorps: Complete screenings, assessments, and provide direct legal representation to victims of elder abuse.

The current priority deadline for law students completing their service during summer 2017 is April 14, 2017. Additionally, AmeriCorps JD Members may choose a spring (Jan. 1-April 30), or summer (May 1-June 30) start date. Regardless of start date, priority is given to applicants completing their project and the required hours no later than August 31, 2017. Applicants must provide a start and end date for their term of service in their application materials. The student must inform Equal Justice Works immediately if these dates change.
For more information and to apply, please click here. NOTE: To apply to 2017 AmeriCorps JD, you must create an account in the Equal Justice Works’ Student Application Manager here.

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due May 8

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

Summer Access2Practice LEP

Summer Access2Practice LEP differs from Fall/Spring LEP in that summer students have a greater choice of placements. Whereas Fall and Spring placements are almost exclusively in the public and not-for-profit areas, Summer LEP includes a significant number of private placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments. These private placements are supervised by designated alums, and both the alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened and approved by the Chicago-Kent Faculty Externship Screening Committee specifically for this program.

As of Monday, February 20, Symplicity will post many Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you can apply. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special opportunities. The applications to the participating member placements will be submitted through a centralized data base. Each teaching attorney/placement then independently screens and selects its own extern(s).

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Summer 2017 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators, and online. Applications to register for the A2P Legal Externship Summer 2017 must be submitted to Professor Gross no later than Monday, May 8, 2017.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2017

First-year law students are encouraged to apply to Fredrikson & Byron’s $15,000 Minority Scholarship program before the deadline of March 31, 2017. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples and personal interviews.

The scholarship program is part of Fredrikson's commitment to the promotion of diversity among incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest.

Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017. Click here for more information.

Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 31

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. The one-year program is designed to foster a commitment to excellence in a new generation of women attorneys, inspired by the generation of trailblazers who paved the way for their success.

Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017. More information and application instructions are available here.

DuPage Bar Foundation Scholarships - Applications due March 31, 2017

The DuPage County Bar Foundation (DBF), the 501(c)(3) arm of the DuPage County Bar Association, offers several law school scholarships each year to deserving students. Any eligible student is encouraged to apply.

The DBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador and William J. Bauer Scholarships. Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship, but only one scholarship will be awarded. A screening committee will personally interview most applicants. The scholarship is awarded at the Installation Dinner in early June. Winners or their representative must be able to personally attend this dinner.

Click here for more information and refer to the scholarship application and eligibility requirements to apply!

2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2017

Zelle is pleased to announce the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship will be offered again in 2017. The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.
The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school. Depending upon the firm’s current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student’s interest and the firm’s need.  Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career.

For complete information about the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship, including contact and submission information and to access the formal application, please click here.

For questions pertaining to the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship, please feel free to contact the Diversity Committee at diversity@zelle.com. To learn more about Zelle's commitment to diversity, please click here.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships - Applications due April 3, 2017

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of ALDF’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.” Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation.

Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships are not available to students graduating this semester, but 3Ls in a 4-year program are welcome to apply. Scholarship amounts are: $5,000 each for three first place recipients, and $1,000 each to the second place recipients. (Note: the number of second place recipients is indeterminate and may vary from year to year.)

Applications are due by Monday, April 3, 2017. Please click here for more information.

2017 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship - Applications due April 10

The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program (“Stevens Fellowship”) in 2017 will provide a grant of $7,000 per student to three students at Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured unpaid public interest legal positions during the summer.  These three Stevens Fellowships will be awarded to help defray living expenses of deserving and committed students working in the public interest, as well as to provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations. 

The Fellowship seeks to honor Justice Stevens by promoting public interest and social justice values that have characterized Justice Stevens’ work throughout his career. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application Deadline:  Your complete application should be sent electronically to Professor Nancy Marder (nmarder@kentlaw.iit.edu) and one (1) hard-copy should be placed in Professor Marder’s mailbox on the 2nd floor by noon, Monday, April 10th, 2017.  Both the electronic version and the hard-copy must be submitted by noon on April 10th.  There are no exceptions to this deadline. Please keep in mind that your complete application must be submitted electronically and in hard copy. You may view an electronic version of this application packet at the Symplicity document library, which is part of Career Services’ electronic library.  It is listed under “Justice Stevens Fellowship Application.” Hard copies of this application packet are also available in the clip outside Prof. Marder’s office (839).

Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (“AABA Law Foundation”) was established in February 2009, and is a non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of AABA that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The AABA Law Foundation engages in activities toward the following goals:  (a) provide financial assistance to Asian Pacific American law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and social leadership; (b) support the development of internships and fellowships in the area of public interest and community service relating to the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community; (c) assist in conducting legal scholarship and education with respect to legal issues affecting the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community; and (d) develop and support programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities in the Chicago-area regarding legal issues affecting those communities.

As part of achieving its goals, each year the AABA Law Foundation awards scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific American community through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work. A connection to the Chicago area is preferred. This year, the AABA Law Foundation intends to award one scholarship of $5,000 to a law student who has exemplified that commitment. 

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by May 1, 2017. For more information and application instructions, please click here. You must be logged into Simplicity to access the file.

Gordon Law Group Essay Scholarship - Applications due June 1, 2017

Gordon Law Group is offering one $1,500 scholarship to an undergraduate or law school student of need who submits the best essay (maximum 500 words) addressing the following topic: Should the federal income tax code be changed to a flat tax of 18% with no deductions so that every person pays the same tax rate? The scholarship is open to any US citizen or permanent US resident who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited community college, college or university, or accredited law school in the fall of 2017.

For application requirements and to apply, visit https://www.gordonlawltd.com/gordon-law-group-scholarship/. Essay submissions are due by June 1, 2017.

Job Fairs

3rd Annual Veterans' Legal Career Fair - May 5-6, 2017

The 3rd Annual Veterans’ Legal Career Fair will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. This event—the only one of its kind in the United States—provides a unique opportunity for legal employers to interview lawyers who are veterans or active-duty service members preparing for a transition out of the military.

The career fair will arrange one-on-one interviews and informational sessions for veterans (including active duty JAG Corps members and reservists) seeking positions as lawyers, including with corporate legal departments, law firms, other private sector employers and government agencies. Spouses of active-duty service members and veterans are also eligible to participate.

In the past two years, the event drew nearly 150 candidates from around the world and over 40 employers, including two dozen leading law firms as well as representatives of legal departments at major companies such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, American Express, PwC and Prudential.

Orrick is honored to partner with The American Legion; corporate founding sponsors Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and ALM; and private practice sponsors Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network to create this career fair.

For additional information, please visit the website.

August 3-4: 2017 Patent Law Interview Program

Date: Thursday-Friday, August 3-4, 2017
Time: Various
Location: Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown/Lakefront (511 N. Columbus Dr.)

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting this year’s nationwide Patent Law Interview Program. The program will be accepting registrations from JD students graduating in May/June of 2018 or 2019, December/January of 2018 or 2019, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2018 and 2019.

Last year roughly 150 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,200 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Registration is now closed. Once registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email. Please direct any questions about the program to Jayne Schreiber, the Patent Program Liaison in Kent’s Career Services Office, via email to jschrei3@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair - Registration now open!

The Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”) is pleased to invite you to participate in the 34th Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair (“Job Fair”). In an effort to keep the student-to-employer ratio as low as possible, CCBA is only inviting JD students in the classes of 2019 (current 1Ls/rising 2Ls) and 2018 (current 2Ls/rising 3Ls). Please note that students graduating in any month prior to December 2017 (current 3Ls) are not eligible. 

This year’s Job Fair will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the Job Fair will return to the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611. 

The Job Fair typically attracts more than 500 students from eligible U.S. law schools. Each year law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies register for the Job Fair. These employers are located primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. In addition, the Job Fair attracts several employers from Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The Job Fair primarily is designed to obtain summer associate positions for rising 2Ls (current 1Ls) during their second summer in law school. A limited number of employers also wish to interview rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) for entry-level associate positions. Rising 3Ls should be aware that Job Fair interview slots for rising 2Ls typically outnumber those for rising 3Ls by a 4:1 ratio.

Registration is open from Monday, March 20, 2017 to Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Please click here for more information and to register!

2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - Registration now open!

The 10th annual Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair has a strong history of success. More than 650 students from 31 states and 82 law schools across the nation have interviewed over the last nine years. Annually, 20 percent of interviewing students have accepted job offers. This year, the job fair will be located at the Hilton Indianapolis, 120 W Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Over the course of 24 hours, there will be:

  • Numerous networking opportunities available for students through a reception, interviews and a luncheon
  • More than 25 firm, government, court and corporate legal employers conducting hundreds of interviews with students
  • A student workshop focusing on presenting oneself in interviews and social media

Employers participating in the job fair seek candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Fall 2017, full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2019) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2019/2020) are encouraged to participate in the fair. For more information about the fair, visit http://www.ibadiversityjobfair.org/.

Registration for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair opens Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To register, click here. Please note that first you will need to create a username and password to register and access the fair’s career services management system.

Diversity

LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program

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.

Individual Mentoring Program (IMP):

The 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.

Group Mentoring Program (GMP):

The GMP allows diverse 1L, 2L, or 3L law students to receive advice and support from successful attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. Three GMP events are scheduled during the school year in each city in which LCLD hosts the Success in Law School Mentoring Program. GMP events are designed to provide guidance from experienced attorneys in an informal, interactive, and collegial setting. Many GMP events include attorney Mentors in a networking session and a panel presentation. Panel presentations cover a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation.

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

For additional information about the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please visit: http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/law-school-mentoring/. For questions, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager, at nrichardson@lcldnet.com or 804-787-8009.

1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship
(See above)

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2017
(See above)

2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
(See above)

7th Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 14

Sidley Austin LLP is excited to announce the Seventh Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is expected to take place during June and July 2017. The firm encourages all diverse 1L students who would like to practice in law firms after graduation and who plan to spend their upcoming summer in the Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. area to apply. Please log on to Simplicity and click on the following links for an overview of the program, eligibility requirements and program application
Space for mentees is limited and completed applications are due by Friday, April 14, 2017. Individuals interested in participating in this year’s program in Chicago should submit a resume, unofficial law school transcript, unofficial undergraduate transcript and completed application to Merisa Lima, Diversity Coordinator at 1LDiversityMentorship-Chicago@sidley.com.

2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1
(See above)

Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair - August 11: Registration now open!
(See above)

2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15: Registration now open!
(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! 

2016-2017 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 https://www.psjd.org/2016-2017_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!

2016-2017 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.

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.

CBA YLS Webinar - Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp

All law students are welcome to register for the webinar of Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp, sponsored by The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Law Student and Professional Responsibility Committees.

The webinar includes a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about applying to and studying for the Illinois Bar and the character and fitness process, and features:

  • Bar exam study tips
  • Overview of professional responsibility and character and fitness rules
  • Navigating the character and fitness process
  • The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) as a resource for law students during bar prep and beyond
  • Access to “Study Tips for Bar Takers” Guide
Featured Speakers:
  • Shelley Bethune, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC)
  • Chelsy Castro, Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP)
  • Bradley Pollock, Walsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chtd.; Chair of Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for 2nd District
  • Phillip Skaggs, The American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS); Co-Chair of YLS Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Danae Weidemann, Barbri, Inc
Click here to register. Complimentary for CBA Law Student Members! Not a Law Student Member of The Chicago Bar Association yet? Join now for only $12 at www.chicagobar.org/jointhecba.

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!

Chicago Bar Association Career Center

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.

The CBA Career Center will allow you to:

  • Search and apply to the best legal jobs at firms that value your credentials!
  • Upload your anonymous resume so employers can contact you, but you maintain control of your information and choose to whom you release your information.
  • Receive an alert every time a job becomes available that matches your personal profile, skills, interests, and preferred location(s).
  • Access career resources and job searching tips and tools.
CBA membership is not necessary to access the CBA Career Center. Log on today to search current openings!

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