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Week of August 29, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Welcome, 1Ls!
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Fall 2016 - Extended Deadline of September 9
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

  • On-Campus Interviews Continue - Check Interview Schedules for Updates
  • Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • August 30: Student Organizations Fair
  • August 31: Equal Justice Works Roundtable 
  • September 7: Army JAG Corps Information Session
  • September 8: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night & Social
  • September 13: Chicago White Sox Charities Young Professionals Council Networking Event
  • September 15: Race Judicata 5K 
  • September 16: Cook County State's Attorney 12th Annual Minority Law Students' Reception
  • September 20, 21 & 22: Mandatory 1L Orientation to the Career Services Office
  • September 22: CBA All Bar Welcome Reception
  • September 24: ISBA YLD Day at the Races
  • September 30 - October 2: Food Law Student Leadership Summit
  • October 14 & 15: National Law Students Worker's Rights Conference
  • October 20-22: ABA YLD Fall Conference

Employment Opportunities

  • Law Office In-House Clinics - Fall 2016 Positions Still Available
  • PILI 2016 Fall Internships - Apply Now!
  • U.S. Coast Guard JAG Direct Commission Lawyer Program - Applications due August 29
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Spring 2017 Law Student Intern Program - Applications due September 2
  • Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Applications due September 6
  • Department of Justice: Summer Law Internship Program - Applications due September 6
  • U.S. Air Force JAG Direct Appointment Program - Applications due September 10
  • Securities and Exchange Commission SPRING 2017 Student Honors Program - Applications due October 9
  • Securities and Exchange Commission SUMMER 2017 Student Honors Program - Applications due October 12

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16 for 2Ls and January 9 for 1Ls 
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship - Applications due October 3
  • Michael Weiner Scholarship For Labor Studies - Applications due November 7
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship 

Job Fairs  

  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9
  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 28 & 29 - Deadline to Register is September 14

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16 for 2Ls and January 9 for 1Ls 
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship - Applications due October 3
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship 

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2016-2017 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • CareerShift
  • CSO Resources

Information & Announcements

Welcome 1Ls!

Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals.

According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls cannot meet individually with a career services advisor until October 15th and cannot initiate contact with or interview with certain prospective employers until December 1st.  However, there are still many things you can do to start planning for your future career.

  • Attend CSO panels and career development workshops during the fall semester
  • Check our Record page often for updated information on upcoming programs
  • Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you
  • Finally, attend the mandatory orientation (watch for the date, coming soon!) to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search

We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

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.

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Fall 2016 – Extended Deadline of September 9, 2016

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during Fall 2016. 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. 

How do I find community-based federal work study opportunities? Log-in to Symplicity, go to the "jobs" tab, to "CSO Jobs" and do an "Advanced Search" for "Federal Work Study." 

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. 

Requests are due by Friday, September 9, 2016; if received after this date, they will be accepted, but understand that 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.

ABA Offers Free Memberships For Law 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.

Fall Recruiting

On-Campus Interviews Continue - Check Interview Schedules for Updates

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2016 Fall Recruiting process. Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not always be able to send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

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

Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (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        

Student Organizations Fair

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time:  11:30 am – 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 2nd and 3rd Floor

First-year students are encouraged to become involved with student organizations that fit with their professional and personal interests. This is a great way to meet upper-division law students, keep up to date with programs at the law school, and learn about job opportunities. In addition, leadership, engagement, and the ability to manage your time well are skills valued by legal employers.

Equal Justice Works Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time: 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room TBA

Join us for a discussion on Wednesday, August 31 at 3pm about the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, which will be held on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29th in Arlington, VA. 
This is a great opportunity for 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls and recent graduates to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. Please note that 1Ls are welcome to attend the conference and participate in the table talk with employers but they cannot interview. During this round table discussion, we will talk about how best to prepare for the career fair and answer any questions that may arise. Students can register and find out more information about the Conference and Career Fair nowRegistration is open now, and students can submit materials for interviews on a rolling basis, now through Wednesday, September 14, 2016!

Army JAG Corps Information Session

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time: 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Room 355

Interested in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps? Come to an information session on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to learn more about a career as an Army lawyer, and about the application process, from Captain Vinnie Lichvar of the U.S. Army. Please send RSVPs to: kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu, and include “Army JAG Information Session” in the subject line. Learn more about opportunities with the U.S. Army JAG Corps here: http://www.goarmy.com/jag.html.

CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night & Social

Date:   Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time:  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association (321 South Plymouth Court)

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Chicago Bar Association has 28 practice and specialty committees-everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Family Law to Women in the Law. This is your chance to match your professional and personal goals to the right committee. Committees are a CBA member benefit-there are no extra fees to join or attend meetings.

Why Attend?

  • Meet and mingle with YLS members and leaders
  • Hear how committees can help advance your career
  • Gather information on future topics/speakers scheduled for upcoming meetings
  • Enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers
  • Sign up for committees at the event

Click here for more information.

Chicago White Sox Charities Young Professionals Council Networking Event

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time:  Doors Open at 5:30 pm
Location: U.S. Cellular Field - Gate 5

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work for a professional sports organization? Do you wonder how traditional business operations in sales, marketing, accounting and other departments relate the business of baseball? Are you curious about how sports organizations try to stay ahead of the curve and stay relevant in a saturated sport and entertainment market?

Join White Sox Executives from multiple disciplines, including the General Counsel, for the White Sox Charities Young Professionals Council's Behind the Scenes with the Sox networking event on Tuesday, September 13 at U.S. Cellular Field. Tickets to the event include: networking panel of White Sox executives, networking social, a game ticket for the White Sox vs. Indians game at 7:10 p.m., along with ballpark fare and two beverage vouchers.

Get your tickets before September 1 to qualify for the $40 early bird special! Tickets purchased after September 1 increase to $50.

Follow this link for more event details: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/white-sox-charities/support-us/behind-the-scenes/.

Race Judicata 5K 

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 
6:30 pm

Race Judicata is a 5k run/walk to benefit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), an organization of over 2,300 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans. This year’s race will be held on September 15 at 6:30 pm. To join, register here

Cook County State's Attorney 12th Annual Minority Law Students' Reception

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Time: 
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: John Marshall Law School (315 South Plymouth Court – Room 3 East)

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (Chicago-Kent alum!) cordially invites you to attend the 12th Annual Minority Law Students’ Reception. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to diversity and inclusion.  Assistant State’s Attorneys will speak about their professional development and advancement. To RSVP please call (312) 603-1847 or email saointerns@cookcountyil.gov.

Mandatory 1L Orientation to the Career Services Office

Day Students: Tuesday, September 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Auditorium OR Wednesday, September 21, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Auditorium
Evening Students: Thursday, September 22, 5:15 – 5:50 pm, Location TBD

DAYTIME DIVISION: Come learn about the options and opportunities for summer employment and typical hiring timelines for first year students. Attendance is MANDATORY, but students only need to attend one session.

  • Tuesday, September 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Auditorium
  • Wednesday, September 21, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Auditorium

EVENING and PART-TIME DIVISION: Come learn about the options and opportunities for evening students and creative ways to get legal experience. Attendance is MANDATORY.

  • Thursday, September 22, 5:15 – 5:50 pm, Location TBD

CBA All Bar Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Chicago Bar Association (321 S Plymouth Ct.)

Join the Chicago Bar Association for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Daniel M. Kotin and Young Lawyers Section Chair Kathryn C. Liss on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP to events@chicagobar.org or call 312-554-2057.

ISBA YLD Day at the Races

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Arlington Park Racecourse (
2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL)

Join the Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

ISBA will be at the Canopy Tables in the Winners Circle Section. Tickets will be available for pick up at 11:15 am on race day at the will call window, Grandstand Entrance (east side off of Wilke Road entrance).

Cost is $9.00 per adult, $4.00 per youth age 4-17. Tickets are complimentary for children 3 and under. General Admission cost includes admission to the park, a daily racing guide, and a fabulous day of Thoroughbred racing! Lunch is not included but the seating area is BYOB.

Please register by Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Click here to register.
For questions, please email Blake Howard at bhoward@isba.org.

Food Law Student Leadership Summit

Dates: Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2
Location: Drake Law School (Des Moines, Iowa)

Are you passionate about food law and policy? Attend the Food Law Student Leadership Summit, to be held September 30th – October 2nd at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hosted by Drake’s Agricultural Law Center and Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, the Summit will provide a forum for training, networking, and engagement among law students interested in food law and policy. The Summit is the only conference to convene students from around the country who share a passion for all things food law – last year’s Summit brought together 100 law students from 50 law schools! Over the course of three days, students heard from national experts on a variety of topics, visited local food justice organizations, participated in small group policy simulations, and learned about a vast array of opportunities for pursuing food law and policy at law school and beyond. This year’s event will feature many exciting speakers, hands-on policy activities, and tours of area farms and farmers’ markets.

Hotel accommodations and all meals in Des Moines will be provided for all admitted students. A limited number of transportation scholarships will be available to cover the cost of flights or other travel.

For more information and application requirements, please visit the Food Law Student Network’s website. You can also use the site to navigate to the application for the 2016 Food Law Student Leadership Summit

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in June and students are encouraged to apply early. Admitted students will be notified no later than August 31st. Please email any questions to flpc@law.harvard.edu.

National Law Students Worker's Rights Conference

Date: Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location: The Conference Center of the Maritime Institute (692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD)

Attend the 18th Annual National Law Students Worker's Rights Conference on Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Conference Center of the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD.       

Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, will deliver the keynote address. The Conference will include multiple interactive workshops and panel discussions, and will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers' rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.

Registration is now open. Register Early! The Conference has often been fully booked before the deadline. Registration deadline is Monday, August 29, 2016 for those requesting PBF pay for their airfare and Friday, September 30, 2016 for all others. Click here for more information and to register. Questions may be addressed to Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director, at mmoffa@peggybrowningfund.org.

ABA YLD Fall Conference

Date: Thursday, October 20-Saturday, October 22, 2016
Location: Westin Book Cadillac Hotel (1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI)

Join the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association in Detroit to discover new strategies, make connections and get the practice and leadership edge to make you a well-rounded and dynamic counselor.

• Interact with practice-area experts and legal profession influencers
• Share perspectives and learn best practices to drive diversity and inclusion in the profession
• Network with young lawyers at great special events with a Motor City flavor

Early-bird registration rates available until Wednesday, September 28, 2016:

Click here for more information.

Employment Opportunities

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

Law Office In-House Clinics - Fall 2016 Positions Still Available

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent gives students the opportunity to learn how to practice law by working on real cases under the close supervision of a practicing attorney. This experience is available only in the law school’s in-house clinical program. There are a few spots available in the following clinics:  

  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Vaccine Injury Litigation
  • Plaintiff's Employment Law
  • Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • IP Law

Please note that in the Entrepreneuirial Law Clinic you must do your work during normal business hours and there is specialized training in the Mediation clinic.    

If you are a 2L or a 3L and are interested in this opportunity, please email Tracy Kish at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

PILI 2016 Fall Internships - Apply Now!

Applications are now being accepted for PILI Law Student Internships during the 2016 Fall Semester. Each year, PILI offers a limited number of school-year Internships in Chicago during the fall and spring semesters to second and third-year law students. School-year Interns will receive $2,500 for 200 hours of work over the course of a semester.

This fall, there are eight Internship positions in Chicago available at the following agencies:

  • Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • CARPLS
  • Equip for Equality
  • LAF
  • National Immigrant Justice Center – LGBT Immigrants Rights Initiative
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

You can find information about these agencies herehttp://pili.org/internships/agencies-placements.

How to Apply: Due to website changes at Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), which administers PILI’s application system, the procedure for applying for Fall Semester 2016 Internships has changed. This fall only, applicants should email PILI’s Program Manager, Katie Pieper, at kpieper@pili.org with the following items:

  • One standard resume (pdf), with the applicant name in the file name; and
  • A customized cover letter for each organization to which the applicant is applying. Each cover letter should be separately attached in a pdf format and named with the following structure: Last Name, First Name, Agency.

PILI will also have eight Internship positions available for Spring 2016, but that application process does not open until November 1st. PILI anticipates returning to the online application system for all other application processes going forward. To learn more, visit PILI online at www.pili.org/internships/school-year-internships, or contact PILI’s Program Manager, Katie Pieper, at 312-832-5128 orkpieper@pili.org.

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

U.S. Coast Guard JAG Direct Commission Lawyer Program - Applications due August 29, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for motivated, enthusiastic law students who want to serve their country while being exposed to myriad legal issues and practices. They hire between 6 and 12 attorneys a year; both newly graduated attorneys and practicing attorneys. Their law firm is made of up approximately 200 active duty and 90 civilian attorneys across the United States.

A position as a Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard is not only rewarding, but provides for a wonderful quality of life, competitive pay, stations in great U.S. cities, and unparalleled legal experiences. Some of the practice areas include Military Justice, Maritime and International Law, Legislative or Regulatory Law and Environmental Law. Coast Guard Judge Advocates may also be able to practice outside of the legal program in traditional Coast Guard mission areas such as intelligence, vessel inspections, or marine casualty investigations. The options are varied, the opportunities are unique and the experiences are unmatched in traditional legal positions. Best of all, JudgeAdvocates have the opportunity to proudly serve their country while enjoying stimulating work and comprehensive benefits the Coast Guard offers.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must meet physical and character standards, and must be between the ages of 21 and 41. The initial obligation is a four year active duty tour with an additional four year obligation in the Coast Guard Reserve.

Apply online. The remaining deadline for applications for this year is Monday, August 29, 2016. The available positions are listed on www.gocoastguard.com. Also see Symplicity ID 1000201.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Spring 2017 Law Student Intern Program - Applications due September 2, 2016

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois offers intern positions to 12-18 law students during the Spring semester. Students are required to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks.

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.

Applications are due Friday, September 2, 2016. Click here for more information (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Applications due September 6, 2016

Many distinguished attorneys began their careers through the Attorney General’s Honors Program -- the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices hire entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. Review the list of the components participating this year.

Graduating law students who meet the eligibility requirements may apply. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the Department of Justice and the relevant component.

Applications for the Honors Program 2016-2017 will close on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Click here for more information. We highly recommend that applicants read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the online application. 

Department of Justice: Summer Law Internship Program - Applications due September 6, 2016

The Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) is the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Law students who participate in the SLIP benefit from an exceptional legal experience and invaluable exposure to the DOJ. Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices hire students through the SLIP. Check out the list of the components participating this year.

Law students who have completed at least one full semester of legal study by the application deadline are eligible to apply. Most successful applicants intern the summer between their second and third year of law school; however, graduating law students who will enter a judicial clerkship or a full-time graduate law program may intern following graduation. Part-time law students are also eligible to apply. All applicants should review eligibility rules.

Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background, including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the DOJ.

Applications for Summer 2017 close on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Click here for more information. We highly recommend that applicants read the application checklist and assemble requested information before stating the application. 

U.S. Air Force JAG Direct Appointment Program - Applications due September 10, 2016

As a member of this elite group of law professionals, you’ll provide a full range of legal services to the U.S. Air Force and its Airmen. You’ll also enter a world of opportunity—one where you can take on immediate responsibility, continue your education in a number of legal specialties and gain experience working around the globe upholding justice for the people who defend it.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be on track to graduate from an ABA-approved law school Juris Doctor program. If selected, you must obtain admission to practice in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia before an offer of assignment will be extended to you.
  • Must be commissioned before the age of 35.
  • Once selected for the JAG Corps, all applicants must complete and pass an Air Force medical examination before an offer of assignment will be extended.

Apply online: https://www.airforce.com/careers/specialty-careers/jag/entry-programs/student (see Pre-Graduation tab, Direct Appointment Program). The application deadline is Saturday, September 10, 2016. Also see Symplicity ID 1000372.

Contact the Air Force JAG Corps with any questions at airforcejagrecruiting@gmail.com or 1-800-524-8723.

Securities and Exchange Commission SPRING 2017 Student Honors Program - Applications due October 9, 2016

Do you want to perform challenging work in a professional environment? Begin by investing in your career and future at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for its Spring 2017 Student Honors Program in its ten (10) regional offices. They offer law students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their legal careers. Over the course of the semester based program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, a mentoring program, and tours that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws.

The Spring 2017 Student Honors Program will officially begin on Monday, January 10, 2017 and end on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Applications are due Sunday, October 9, 2016See here for more information!

Securities and Exchange Commission SUMMER 2017 Student Honors Program - Applications due October 12, 2016

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for its 2017 Summer Honors Program in the Washington, DC Headquarter and Regional Offices. They offer law students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their legal careers. Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, a mentoring program, and tours that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws.

The Summer 2017 Student Honor Program will official begin Monday, May 22, 2017 and conclude Friday, July 28, 2017.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 12, 2016. See here for more information!

Fellowships & Scholarships

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available

Faegre Baker Daniels invites second-year law students committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to apply for its 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program.

FaegreBD offers up to four Fellowships annually that provide professional experience and mentorship to second-year law students from populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Fellowship awardees will each receive:

  • A 10-week paid summer clerkship as a summer associate in the firm’s Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Silicon Valley, South Bend or Washington, D.C. office in 2017.
  • Formal education, training programs and hands-on legal experience through FaegreBD’s summer program.
  • Guidance from a mentor lawyer.
  • A $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of the summer associate term.
  • Eligibility for consideration for full-time employment as an associate with the firm.

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2018.

For more information and to complete the application, visit FaegreBD.com/Fellowship. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.

GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29, 2016

GE Transportation will hire a third-year law student after graduation for a one-year position. Over the course of the 12 months, the fellow will have the opportunity to observe the dynamics of the GE Transportation legal team, engage with corporate executives from various functional departments, and interact with lawyers from other GE businesses and outside counsel. It is likely that the fellow will have the opportunity to work on various international legal matters in addition to matters involving U.S. law. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, the fellow is guaranteed the opportunity to interview for an associate position with GE Transportation’s four partner law firms.

The program is open to students who will be 3Ls in the 2016-2017 academic year. Applicants must be in good academic standing, on track to graduate in the Spring of 2017, and committed to taking the July 2017 Illinois Bar Exam. GE Transportation will give strong consideration to applicants who can add to the diversity of thought within its Legal Department.

Applications are due Monday, August 29, 2016 at noon. Applications will be accepted through the Fall Recruiting On-Campus Interview Program.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16, 2016

Equal Justice Works Fellows have represented thousands of adults, children and families in need in communities across the country. Fellows design unique projects that serve and address a range of legal issues including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, health care, consumer fraud, and environmental justice. Equal Justice Works then matches the Fellow with sponsors to support their projects.

Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, a multi-day Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C., and access to the Equal Justice Works network of public interest advocates.

Becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow is highly competitive. The application and selection process for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship involves the following:

  • You must be a third year law student, a recent law school graduate, or an experienced attorney who demonstrates a commitment to public interest law. Your law school must be an Equal Justice Works member law school.
  • You must identify a qualifying nonprofit host organization that will provide you with a full-time position upon receiving a Fellowship.
  • The host organization must be willing to be your employer during the term of the two-year Fellowship, meet salary requirements, and provide you with supervision, a work space, employee health and fringe benefits, and the materials (computer, internet access, phone, etc.) that you will need to successfully complete your project.
  • Together with your host organization, you must design a new project, which focuses on legal advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised individuals, groups or issues not adequately represented in our legal system. 
  • Equal Justice Works reviews the applications and selects projects that can be matched with potential sponsors. Sponsors determine whom they would like to interview and ultimately choose the Fellow. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to learn what makes a successful Fellowship and how you can apply.

Register for a Webinar! As with all successful journeys, planning ahead is key. Join Equal Justice Works for an informational webinar about the Fellowship selection process, and learn how to design a winning project. Register here for an upcoming session:

-   July 28th at 2 p.m.
-   August 3rd at 2 p.m.
-   August 17th at 2 p.m.

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16, 2016 for 2Ls and January 9, 2017 for 1Ls

Franczek Radelet's Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program was established by the firm in 2010 to create a pipeline of talented and diverse law students in the Labor and Employment space.

The LEADS 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.

This program, unlike most traditional law firm summer associate programs, includes specific learning and experience modules for the LEADS Fellows during an eight-week fellowship period. The curriculum combines substantive legal experience with practical training provided by Franczek Radelet attorneys. LEADS Fellows will also receive an orientation to the business of practicing law with a focus on transitioning from the life of a law student to that of a private practice attorney.

With each Fellow assigned to a small group of Franczek Radelet attorneys, Fellows will also learn first-hand the work and demands associated with being a practicing labor and employment attorney. Work experience includes substantive exposure to real time labor, employment, employee benefits, immigration and education issues facing employers.

Completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation for 2L applicants should be received by Friday, September 16, 2016 and by Monday, January 9, 2017 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.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship - Applications due October 3, 2016

Minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for the Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Program. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in the firm’s 2017 Summer Associate Program (one in the Chicago office and one in the New York office). The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession.

Applications are due Monday, October 3, 2016. Click here for more information.

Michael Weiner Scholarship For Labor Studies - Applications due November 7, 2016

Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner through the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies.

Awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Trust, this scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers. The Players Trust will award up to five $10,000 scholarships annually.

Applications are due Monday, November 7, 2016.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and to support Sidley’s diversity policies, the firm created the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for second-year law students. Sidley will award a limited number of Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships in the amount of US$20,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected 2017 Sidley summer associates. The Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship is intended to defray the costs of the recipients’ legal education.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from among the eligible applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities and who also have demonstrated exceptional ability, including through:

  • Demonstrated contributions to diversity initiatives or to diversity and inclusion more generally, such as in the area(s) of racial or ethnic diversity, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other areas underrepresented or otherwise important to diversity in the legal profession; and/or
  • Other extraordinary contributions or accomplishments; and/or 
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome adversity, such as first-in-family college attendance or socioeconomic disadvantage; and/or
  • Past participation in and/or interest in assisting with the diversity and inclusion initiatives of the firm such as the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program or a Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program.

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipients must join Sidley’s summer associate program after their second year of law school. 

Given the highly selective nature of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship and the limited number of Scholarships available, students are encouraged to submit applications at their earliest convenience. The firm strongly prefers to receive the application by the time of the candidate’s call-back interview. 

*Please note that the Scholarship application is not an application for employment. Students must apply separately for a summer associate position.

Click here for more information.

Job Fairs

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9, 2016

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) invites students to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, at the 2016 HNBA Annual Convention on Friday, September 9, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The HNBA Career Fair is open to all students. This signature HNBA program will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to meet and interview with some of the nation’s most respected law firms, companies, organizations and government agencies.   

Early registration is now open! Deadline to Register is Friday, July 15, 2016. In order to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, students must register for the 2016 HNBA Annual Convention. Upon registering, students will be e-mailed a link to sign up for the Career Fair. 

For questions, please contact Michelle Avelino, HNBA Programs & Administrative Coordinator, at support@hnba.com.

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 28 & 29, 2016 - Deadline to Register is September 14

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country, and one of the best places for law students and recent graduates to connect with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public interest law firms. 

The event is Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29th in the Washington DC area. Students and recent graduates can apply for jobs now through Wednesday, September 14th, 2016. The first 500 students to register have a chance to win one of five $100 travel stipends. Information on key dates, deadlines and how to register is located here.  A list of registered employers will be updated on a rolling basis - keep checking for new additions!

In addition to the career fair, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kegan will be this year's keynote speaker and there will be lots of networking and capacity-building opportunities for public interest law students! Students are also encouraged to join the free webinar, "Job Search & Application Tips to Land The Interview," on August 24th at 2pm ET. It will go over how to apply for jobs in the database as well as provide helpful advice on perfecting resumes, cover letters and other application materials. Register for the seminar here!

Diversity

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
(See above)

GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29, 2016
(See above)

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9, 2016
(See above)

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16 for 2Ls and January 9 for 1Ls
(See above)

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship - Applications due October 3
(See above)

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
(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!

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 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

Sign up for an account at CareerShift and when prompted use the group access code: kentlawcso

Click on “Tutorials” under the “My Organizer” link to view tutorials on how to use all of the job search resources CareerShift has to offer!

CSO Resources

The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office has access to hundreds of helpful career resources. A majority of these resources are available in Symplicity under the red "Resources" tab (in the "Document Library"). Some of these resources include:

  • 2014-2015 Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • 2013-2014 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • DePaul Law School International Guide and Job Resource
  • Music Attorney Registry
  • Prosecution Handbook
  • Public Defender Handbook               
  • Public Interest Job Search Handbooks
  • Various handouts related to the job search, including “Researching Legal Employers,” “The Out of State Job Search,” “Salary Negotiations” and “Writing Samples”

And many more!

Chicago-Kent students can also access various websites like: Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com) and Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained in the Symplicity "Document Library" (under the Resources tab).

Speak with your Career Advisor today about the various resources available through the Career Services Office!

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