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Week of December 15, 2014

Information & Announcements

  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 9, 2015
  • 1L Cover Letter Workshop
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop
  • Makeup Procedure for Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Program
  • Launch of Lawcountability, J.D.: New Resource for Chicago-Kent students

On-Campus Interviewing

Programming

  • December 17: YLS Career Assistance & Legal & Regulatory Compliance
  • December 18: CBA Young Lawyers Section Holiday Social
  • December 22: Quarles & Brady Phoenix 1L Holiday Reception
  • December 29: Milwaukee Law Firms 1L Holiday Reception
  • January 15: ABA Legal Career Development Expo

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 1Ls on December 1, 2014
  • JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program - Applications due December 26, 2014
  • Skadden 1L Scholars Program - Applications due January 5, 2014
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for summer 2015 - Applications due January 5, 2014
  • Peggy Browning Fund Labor Law Summer Fellowship Program - Applications due January 16, 2014
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Applications due January 16, 2015
  • ACC Chicago Chapter 2015 Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 31, 2015
  • SEC’s Summer 2014 Student Honors Program for 1Ls - Applications due February 2, 2015

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY
  • Dinsmore & Stohl Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY
  • Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Perkins Coie 1L Patent/Patent Litigation Fellowship - Applications due January 2, 2015
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project for Summer 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • NLG Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14
  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program - Applications due February 1, 2015
  • 2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015
  • 2015 1L LCLD Scholars Program

Job Fairs

  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) - Registered Students Must Upload a Legal Resume and Bid on Employers by 12:00 pm on January 9, 2015

Diversity

  • The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY
  • Dinsmore & Stohl Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY
  • JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1
  • Skadden 1L Scholars Program - Applications due January 5, 2014
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for summer 2015 - Applications due January 5, 2014
  • Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 12, 2015
  • Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14
  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015
  • ACC Chicago Chapter 2015 Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 31, 2015
  • 2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015
  • 2015 1L LCLD Scholars Program

Resources

  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

CSO Information & Announcements

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 9, 2015

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Spring 2015 semester.  Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L 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.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline.  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 January 9, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

1L Cover Letter Workshop

The 1L Cover Letter Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students should watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft a cover letter. Watch the CSO: 1L Cover Letter Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students must watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume.

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Wednesday, October 15. Before your first career advising appointment, you must upload a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

Watch the CSO: 1L Legal Resume Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Makeup Procedure for Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Program

If you did not attend one of the three mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation programs on September 16 or 17, the makeup procedures are as follows:

  • Watch the video of the 1L Orientation program.  The videos of the orientation programs, along with all accompanying handouts, are posted online here: http://kentlaw.hosted.panopto.com  Login with your Chicago-Kent username and password.  (The video is available to view NOW!) To quickly view all Career Services videos, click on "See All Folders" at the top of your Panopto screen, and select "Career Services." 
  • Complete the 1L Registration Form or "Survey."  Please make sure that you complete the correct survey form based on your graduation year, and fill it out as completely as possible.  These survey forms are available online at the above link, or extra survey forms are available in the Career Services Office.
  • Return a completed survey form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) ASAP if you have not done so already. You may email this form to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.  

You must complete these makeup procedures in order to gain access to Symplicity, Chicago-Kent's online job posting system, and to be assigned a career advisor.  Please email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with any questions.

Launch of Lawcountability, J.D.: New Resource for Chicago-Kent students

In a competitive job market, it helps for law students to find dynamic ways to stand out and distinguish themselves.  Lawcountability, J.D. is a powerful new technology platform that will help students:

  • Raise your profile
  • Improve your networking
  • Apply key job search strategies
  • Connect with prospective employers

Lawcountability, J.D. provides law students with:

  • On-demand programs that show you how to connect with the people you are trying to meet rather than collect random business cards
  • Automated e-mail reminders to help you execute your goals
  • The ability to identify your objectives and fit them into your busy schedule
  • A unique game-like point system to measure your performance and compare it to your peers

Using Lawcountability, J.D., students could see positive results by committing just ten minutes per week!   

Lawcountability, J.D. is open to all JD students and recent graduates of Chicago-Kent. 

Watch this presentation to learn how it works: http://alkaps.audioacrobat.com/playv/WYJlrcJW

Watch for your invitation to watch the ten minute program every Monday morning; or log-in at any time to http://www.lawcountabilityjd.com  

To log-in for the first time, enter your Chicago-Kent email address, and click on "forgot password," which will allow you to create your own password. 

You may opt-out if you do not wish to receive the messages from Lawcountability J.D. 

If you have trouble logging-in, email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

On-Campus Interview

 

Programming

YLS Career Assistance & Legal & Regulatory Compliance

Date: December 17, 2015
Time: 12:15 pm
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Join the CBA Young Lawyers’ Section Career Assistance and Regulatory Compliance committees to hear Ann Cairo and Logan Parker of TransUnion discuss alternative legal career paths.

CBA Young Lawyers Section Holiday Social

Date: December 18, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Taft Stettinius & Hollister (111 E. Wacker Dr.)

The weather outside may be frightful, but the CBA YLS holiday social is sure to be delightful! It’s never too early to start celebrating the holidays. Attend the CBA YLS Dec. 18th from 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. at the law offices of Taft Stettinius & Hollister (111 E. Wacker Dr.). With a great view of Chicago, food, spirits, music and mingling with friends and colleagues, this social is sure to be a great way to enjoy the holiday season. Sponsored by Advanced Discovery.  Attendance is limited. You must rsvp to attend. Please rsvp to the YLS.

For more information on Advanced Discovery, contact  Alex Borosage at 312-813-3462.

Quarles & Brady Phoenix 1L Holiday Reception

Date: December 22, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location:  Quarles & Brady Phoenix Office, 2 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

You are cordially invited to join Quarles & Brady LLP for our Home for the Holiday reception for first-year law students attending out-of-state schools to meet and mingle with attorneys from Quarles & Brady to learn more about the
firm and its people.

Milwaukee Law Firms 1L Holiday Reception

Date: Monday, December 29, 2014

You are cordially invited to join the law firms of Foley & Lardner LLP, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Quarles & Brady LLP, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. for the annual Home for the Holiday receptions for first-year law students attending out-of-state law schools. The receptions will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014, at the times and locations listed below:

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
2:30pm - 4:00 pm
1000 North Water Street
Suite 1700
RSVP to Sandy Fuall

Foley & Lardner LLP
3:00pm - 5:00pm
777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
40th Floor
RSVP to Aliah Berman

Quarles & Brady LLP
4:00pm - 6:00 pm
411 E. Wisconsin Avenue
24th Floor
RSVP to Linda Lamp

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
5:00pm - 7:00pm
100 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 3300
RSVP to Peggy Nadolski

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
6:00pm - 8:00pm
780 North Water Street
17th Floor
RSVP to Suzanne Schillig

ABA Legal Career Development Expo

Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Chicago ABA Headquarters, 321 N. Clark St.

The American Bar Association’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the ABA Legal Career Development Expo. The Expo is targeted to law students, recent graduates and young lawyers. Practicing attorneys and legal professionals seeking to advance their careers are also welcome to attend.  Expo admission is $10.

The aim of the Expo is to provide diverse attendees with:

  • Career and business development sessions
  • Networking opportunities with current law students, lawyers, and ABA staff
  • Practical skills training, including resume editing, one–on-one interviewing tips, and mentoring
  • Career development information from the substantive legal and professional ABA entities

Space is limited so Register now! Registrants will be have a chance to win a package for three (3) executive coaching sessions compliments of Choices Worldwide and LifeCycleLegal LLC.

For more info visit www.ambar.org/LCDExpo

Employment Opportunities

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

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 1Ls on December 1

PILI's Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer or 200 hours part-time during the school year, with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

PILI administers its Internship Program application through IllinoisProBono.org. You must register on this site before you can submit any applications.  The summer 2015 Internship application period opens on October 15 for 2Ls and December 1 for 1Ls. Click here to learn more about how to apply.

JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1

The ABA is now accepting applications from second-year law students for the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program. Applications from first-year students will be accepted starting December 1, 2014. The deadline for all applications is Friday, January 9, 2015. No applications will be accepted after the deadline, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed a screening interview.

The ABA will be placing students in summer internships. This year’s students will be granted awards in the amount of $2,000 to help offset some of the expenses associated with the placement. Please proceed to the program application to apply to the Summer 2015 program.
Should you need any additional information, feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions section.

American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program - Applications due December 26, 2014

Apply to be one of nine students placed in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program for the opportunity to gain invaluable experience, work with accomplished business court judges, and earn a stipend.
The objectives of the Diversity Clerkship are:

  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law
  • To provide opportunities for students to meet a wide variety of lawyers who are active in the practice of business law and are members of the Business Law Section
  • To establish a support system for diverse students who are pursuing business court clerkship positions and a possible career in business law

Students are placed in clerkships across the country. Applicants must be diverse first or second year students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate financial need, and be a member of the ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section.

To learn more and apply, go here:http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html

The 2014 Diversity Clerkship application is due by December 26, 2014.

Skadden 1L Scholars Program - Applications due January 5, 2014

The Skadden 1L Scholars Program provides a 10-week ultimate summer experience comprised of law firm, corporate in-house and public interest experiences for students with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.  The paid internship consists of six weeks at Skadden (four weeks dedicated to client-related work, then two weeks dedicated to public interest matters) followed by four weeks at a firm client.  Currently, the program is offered in the following Skadden offices: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington. The program provides 1L students with the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to private and public practice while building their professional network with firm attorneys, summer associates, and in-house and public interest lawyers. Participating clients have included companies in the financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, media and entertainment and commercial sectors, among others. During their summer, students are incorporated into Skadden’s summer associate program and participate in summer associate training, social events and activities.   The firm will host a pre-summer orientation and training program in New York for all 1L Scholars in order to maximize the students' preparation and experience at the firm and participating organizations.  Students will be evaluated at the conclusion of each project and will also receive midsummer and end-of-summer reviews from Skadden attorneys.  Students who successfully complete the 1L Scholars Program will receive offers to participate in our summer associate program following their 2L year.
 
Application Procedures
Applications must be received by January 5, 2015. Transcripts received after January 5, 2015, should be submitted as a supplement and should be sent directly to the applicable office contact.  Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange for an interview. Following the interview process, offers to join the program will be made in February.  For general questions about the Skadden 1L Scholars Program, please contact Talia Vallano, Attorney Recruiting Coordinator, (212) 735-2163 or talia.vallano@skadden.com.

Those submitting applications will be required to submit the online application plus the following:

  • Official or Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript
  • Official or Unofficial Law School Transcript (transcripts should be sent when available and may be sent as a supplement directly to the applicable office contact if not available at the time the application is submitted)
  • Resume
  • Essay Question (no more than 500 words)

    At Skadden our culture is shaped by our attorneys and staff who share a commitment to providing our clients with the highest-quality legal services in an atmosphere that emphasizes our core values: integrity, teamwork, creativity, responsiveness and diversity. Discuss how your personal values align with each of our core values and provide examples of how your academic and life experiences would elevate and enrich the Skadden community.

  • Short Answer – select one of the following (no more than 250 words):

    (a) What lessons have you learned from any life experience and/or challenge that you have overcome?
    (b) Briefly describe (i) what led you to pursue a legal career and (ii) your interest in practicing in a corporate legal environment.
    (c) What legal development had the most significant impact on our society in the twentieth century?

You may find the online application here.  For more information about Skadden, please visit recruit.skadden.com.

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015 - Applications due January 5

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place 75 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a federal court.

There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone.  Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision.  Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks. 

Applications will be received online 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 5, 2015. Early applications are highly encouraged. Paper applications will not be acceptedAccess the online form here.  Apply today!.

Peggy Browning Fund Labor Law Summer Fellowship Program - Applications due January 16, 2014

The Peggy Browning Fund is pleased to announce its 2015 summer fellowships for current law students and is now accepting applications. Most of the fellowships offered in 2014 are being repeated in 2015, and several new ones have been added. The application deadline is January 16, 2015.

The core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country. In 2015, the Peggy Browning Fund will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for the 2015 - 2016 academic year.  The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers' rights. The Peggy Browning Fund routinely collaborates with 130 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.  Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period. In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowships description for details)

The Peggy Browning Fund recruits interested students and works closely with mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments. The Peggy Browning Fund’s strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make this fellowship program the preeminent of its kind.

Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers. They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law. The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and committed group.

Since The Peggy Browning Fund’s beginning in 1997, the Peggy Browning Fund has placed over 500 law students in highly competitive fellowship positions with unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and union-side law firms. Peggy Browning Fellows have advocated for thousands of workers and their families nationwide. More than 120 Peggy Browning Alumni are currently working in workers' rights labor law or public interest law.

See web-site to apply: http://www.peggybrowningfund.org

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites 1L law students to apply for the upcoming 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program.  First-year law students will have the unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 30 law firms and 15 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community. The application deadline is January 16, 2015 but students are encouraged to submit their materials before winter break. 

ACC Chicago Chapter 2015 Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 31, 2015

The Association of Corporate Counsel (Chicago Chapter) Diversity Summer Internship Program places law students with diverse backgrounds from select Illinois law schools in internships in Chicagoland corporate legal departments.  Selected law students work in the legal department of a Chicagoland company for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the 2015 summer. 

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

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

  • Currently enrolled in law school
  • Must be attending an Illinois law school (no exceptions)
  • Only open to 1Ls (no exceptions)

For more information, please visit: http://www.acc.com/chapters/chic/InternshipProgramInfo.cfm 

Applications are due by January 31, 2015.

To apply, you must fill out and complete an application.  Please visit the following website for the application and instructions:http://www.acc.com/chapters/chic/InternshipProgramInfo.cfm

SEC’s Summer 2014 Student Honors Program for 1Ls - Applications due February 2, 2015

The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for first-year law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market.
 
Participants work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.
 
For more information on this SEC program, please visit the Student Honors Program Homepage.
 
Applications are due by February 2, 2015
                                                                     
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
Students must submit a resume with current contact information, a one-page cover letter, an unofficial school transcript, a list of current courses, and a 5 to 10 page writing sample (graduate and legal students only).  Your one-page cover letter should be addressed “Dear Hiring Committee” with the location to which you are applying (DC or a Region) in the mailing address block. The cover letter is the best way to explain why you think your interests or experience would make a contribution, either to the SEC in general or to particular divisions/offices. In your cover letter, please indicate three preferred offices and divisions you would like to work with. For more information about the offices and divisions, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email students@sec.gov

Fellowships & Scholarships

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY

Vedder Price recognizes that the strength of its commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital component to a better work environment and the strength of the firm. Diversity is one of Vedder Price’s core values and is integral to the way the firm is run.  In keeping with its commitment to diversity, the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005.

This scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses for each year in which the recipient remains in good academic standing and attends an Illinois law school, as well as a guaranteed summer associate position in our Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient's first year of law school.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession. In accordance with the scholarship criteria, you must be enrolled in one of the following Illinois law schools: Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University, The John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, University of Illinois.

Applications will be accepted during the month of December only.  Find the application here.

Dinsmore & Stohl Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Midwest, is pleased to offer its Diversity Scholarship Program, including 2 diversity scholarship opportunities. 

In addition to working as a salaried Summer Associate in one of Dinsmore’s offices, recipients will receive a scholarship up to $10,000. Recipients will also be assigned a mentor who will serve as a dedicated resource for professional development. Dinsmore & Stohl is specifically seeking applicants who have a strong record of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership qualities, and a meaningful commitment to diversity. 

Proctor & Gamble and Dinsmore & Stohl Diversity Scholarship
Dinsmore & Stohl is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for one first-year law student with global consumer products company Procter & Gamble. One first-year scholarship recipient will be a salaried Summer Associate for both P&G and Dinsmore, splitting a 12-week period between both organizations’ Cincinnati, Ohio offices. You may find the application here: http://www.dinsmorecareers.com/docs/default-document-library/procter-amp-gamble-and-dinsmore-amp-shohl-diversity-scholarship-application.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Yum! Brands and Dinsmore & Stohl Diversity Scholarship
Additionally, there is a similar opportunity with Yum! Brands, Inc., one of the world's largest restaurant companies with over 40,000 restaurants.  One first-year law student would be selected to split a 12-week period with Dinsmore and Yum! Brands, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky.  You may find the application here: http://www.dinsmorecareers.com/docs/default-document-library/yum!-brands-inc-and-dinsmore-amp-shohl-diversity-scholarship-application.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Dinsmore & Stohl Diversity Scholarship
Dinsmore also offers its own Diversity Scholarship Program including a weekly salary to work exclusively for Dinsmore and receive a scholarship award up to $5,000. 

Interested first-year students may apply for all opportunities between December 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.  Students should complete the application forms to indicate their specific interest in the opportunities available, however, it is only necessary to send one set of application materials if students are interested in more than one opportunity. You may find more information here: http://www.dinsmorecareers.com/diversity/diversity-scholarship-program

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due January 9, 2015

Perkins Coie is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities. Since 1991 Perkins Coie has been pleased to offer fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year of law school. Click here to apply for a 1L Diversity Fellowship.

Perkins Coie 1L Patent/Patent Litigation Fellowship - Applications due January 9, 2015

The Perkins Coie Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships provide a $7500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position following the first year of law school for 1L students with particular technical backgrounds and an interest in patent litigation and/or patent prosecution. Summer associates work on real legal matters while working for and learning from attorneys who service the needs of Fortune 100 and 500 companies in a variety of industries around the nation. Few firms, if any, have the patent litigation expertise and deep technical bench as Perkins Coie. Perkins Coie was named by U.S. News as the 2013 Law Firm of the Year in Patent Law. Click here to apply for a 1L Patent or Patent Litigation Fellowship.

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015

Franczek Radelet, a labor and employment boutique law firm in Chicago is pleased to continue its LEADS Fellowship Program designed to increase the placement of diverse lawyers at the firm and in private practice generally. Franczek Radelet’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity & Scholarship (LEADS) is an intensive eight week summer program designed for first and second year law students with the goal of providing concentrated labor and employment experience to diverse law students and developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment at Franczek Radelet.

The LEADS application is available here. As outlined on the application, completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation should be received by January 9, 2015 for 1L students. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis.

Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2015. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of our ongoing firm initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices during the summer of 2015; mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and a $10,000 scholarship*. *Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; and offer an additional $5,000 to those who receive and accept an associate offer with the firm after the completion of their 2L summer clerkship with us.

Eligibility
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community, and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson's practice.

  • Applications for the 2015 Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2014, through January 9, 2015.
  • For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

"If you stand out, you'll fit in."

To learn more about Fish, please visit www.fr.com.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project for Summer 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015

Law Students: Experience a career-making internship opportunity through The ABA Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship.  Work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state Offices of Attorneys General and other governmental offices throughout the US. The 2014-2015 Student Application is now available.

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection. 

The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General ("NAAG"), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

The first and second year law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. A number of students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service.

Each of the highly-motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states and territories that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Attorneys General Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows' work as exemplary, and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

The Project is also a tribute to the memory of the late Janet D. Steiger, one of America's great public servants who, during her remarkable tenure as FTC Chairman, dramatically improved cooperation, communication and coordination between state and federal consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agencies.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law 
students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the 
development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. 
 
Eligibility 
Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an 
ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Donald W. 
Banner Diversity Scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of 
Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff. 
 
Selection Criteria 
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship 
review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school)
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills determined through an interview of the law student
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement

Financial Award 
Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable 
for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school. 
 
Application Process 
Applications will be accepted September15, 2014 through January 12, 2015. Awards will be announced in April 2014. Find the application here.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 12, 2015

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will award one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second year of law school. Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. We believe that by continuously broadening the diversity of our attorneys, we provide better service to our clients and create a richer work environment. Our goal is to foster and support an inclusive environment that appreciates, respects and values individual and group differences across all areas of the firm. We established the diversity scholarship as part of our commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree. For more information about Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, please visit  www.hselaw.com. Applications are due on or before January 12, 2015. You may find more information about the scholarship and the application here.

NLG Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships 2015 - Applications due January 12, 2015

The application for the NLG's Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice for Summer 2015 is now available! The Burns Fellowship is open to students and legal workers working on projects that find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. The application for the fellowship can be downloaded on the NLG website.

At the link above you'll also be able to read about last year's Fellows, who spent their summers doing amazing work. There's also a history of the Fellowships and a short bio of Haywood Burns, which all applicants (and really everyone else) should read.

Students and legal workers actively involved in NLG activities are given preference for the Fellowships, so please apply! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or call student organizer Traci Yoder at traci@nlg.org.

Completed applications are due by Monday, January 12, 2015!

Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14

Stoel Rives LLP is offering First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowships in their Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle offices.  Recipients will each be awarded a salaried summer associate position after their first year of law school and a $7,500 tuition scholarship for the following academic year.

Stoel Rives has offered over 30 First-Year Diversity Fellowships over the last ten years.  To find out more about the firm’s First-Year Diversity Fellowships, please click on this link.  Applications will be accepted December 1, 2014 through January 14, 2015.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015

In furtherance of the goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. is proud to announce its 2015 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program. This prestigious fellowship is a key component of McAndrews’ recruiting program.

Eligibility
Candidate must (a) be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school with a diverse  background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; (b) have a degree in science or engineering; and (c) intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois.

Program Components

The firm intends to award a paid summer associate (clerkship) position for a period of 10 to 12  weeks following the recipient’s completion of his/her first year of law school. The position is part of McAndrews’ Summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation. The firm intends to award a $5,000 fellowship on or about September 1, 2015, at the completion of the clerkship. As a summer associate at the McAndrews office in Chicago, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource. Given the collegial culture at McAndrews, the Diversity Fellow will also establish rewarding relationships with other attorneys.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2014, through January 15, 2015. In-person interviews  with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply for the 2015 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship, candidates must fully complete the application (available in the Career Services Office) and submit it along with the following materials:

  • Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
  • Undergraduate transcript (with GPA); and
  • a 500-word personal statement explaining why you wish to pursue a career in patent law, why  you are interested in the McAndrews firm as a place to work, and how your background and/or life  experiences would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law.
For more information and the application, click here.

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program - Applications due February 1, 2015

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program® is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.

DEFINING HEALTH
Schweitzer Fellows focus on health as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO): a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  Rooted in this holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer projects address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the WHO as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health inequities.

ELIGIBILITY
Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree-granting programs from any accredited academic institution in the geographic area may apply. While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines including, but not limited to, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Applicants must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship year (May 2015-May 2016).  Applicants scheduled for a December graduation should contact the Program Director to determine if they are eligible for a waiver to this requirement.

PRIOR TO APPLYING
Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency and design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population. This project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served.

The project should:

  • Provide a direct service that meets a community-defined need and reflects national and local health priorities, such as Healthy People 2020. Prospective applicants should investigate and reflect on unmet local health-related needs, and think through the ways in which their own energies and talents might contribute, even in small ways, to ameliorating one or more of these problems.
  • Be of an enduring value to the community/agency served.  The project proposal should include a brief discussion about sustainability of the project at the end of the Fellowship year.

Potential applicants may learn more and find an application here. Applications are due February 1, 2015.

2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015

The scholarship provides financial support to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law and enhancing diversity in the legal profession. The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition and fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees).

The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2016 summer associate in one of the domestic offices (Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington).

Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply.  The award will be applied to education costs the following academic year, and may be renewed for one additional year if the scholar accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program, maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school, and is otherwise in good standing.

Application Process: Students must submit an application, resume, official or unofficial transcripts (law school grades should be forwarded once received), and a 1-2 page personal statement. The personal statement should include a description of how the applicant will contribute to Finnegan’s practice and diversity mission. Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2014 through February 13, 2015.

Students may access the application here.

2015 1L LCLD Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers first-year law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. Seventy-eight LCLD Member law firms and corporations participated in the 2014 program, collectively offering more than 165 opportunities. Opportunities for 2015 are currently being added by LCLD Members.

LCLD provides several networking opportunities for 1L LCLD Scholars, which include:

  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, May 28-30, 2015 in Dallas, TX.
  • 1L LCLD Scholars will have an opportunity to participate in a mock interview with attorneys from LCLD Member law firms.
  • Dedicated LinkedIn group for 1L LCLD Scholars.

Eligibility and Application Process:

  • 1L LCLD Scholar candidates must be enrolled as first-year law students and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school.
  • Candidates must apply directly to their desired LCLD Member firms and corporations; each Member organization will independently identify, select, and hire its 1L LCLD Scholar(s).

The following LCLD Members have available 1L LCLD Diversity Scholar positions available:

Visit http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/1l-scholars/ for more information, including the list of participating LCLD Member law firms and corporations

Job Fairs

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) - Registered Students Must Upload a Legal Resume and Bid on Employers by 12:00 pm on January 9, 2015

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference is job fair and an opportunity for students to interview and meet with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions next summer or for after graduation.  1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls can all participate.  The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Students who registered for MPILCC must bid for employers and upload a legal resume and various application documents (such as cover letters, writing samples) to the MPILCC Symplicity site by NOON on Friday, January 9, 2015. Please contact Allison Smith at asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu with any questions.

Student registration for this career conference is now closed. However, table talk is available at the job fair where students can meet with many of the employers, even if the student did not receive an interview in advance.   More information is available online at www.mpilcc.org.

Diversity

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th

Ask any successful attorney: Nothing propels a legal career like having a great mentor. That’s especially true when the mentor is at the top of the legal profession and takes an active, personal interest in the development of the young lawyer he or she is advising. The primary objective of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program is to ensure that talented and diverse students received the mentoring and preparation that they need to maximize their potential in law school and beyond.

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program includes two programs: The Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) and the Group Mentoring Program (GMP).

The IMP is a comprehensive initiative for first year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principals of legal excellence and personal involvement. Each student is matched with an LCLD mentor attorney, who is a leader in the legal profession and taken an active personal interest in the development of the Mentee law student. The goal of the IMP is to ensure that talented law school student receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward, as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers. The sign-up for a LCLD mentor will begin on October 15! For more information visit here.

The GMP allows diverse 1L, 2L, and 3L students to receive advice and support from successful attorneys from the LCLD Member law firms and corporations. GMP events are scheduled during the school year and designed to provide guidance in an information, interactive, and collegial setting. Many GMP events include a networking session and a panel presentation by experienced attorneys about a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation. For more information about GMP events, please visit: www.lcldnet.org/GMPevents.

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-year Law Students
(See above)

Dinsmore & Stohl Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications accepted during the month of December ONLY
(See above)

JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1
(See above)

Skadden 1L Scholars Program - Applications due January 5, 2014
(See above)

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015
(See above)

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due January 9, 2015
(See above)

Fish & Richardson 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
(See above)

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2015
(See above)

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students - Applications due January 12, 2015

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship
(See above)

Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship: Applications due January 14, 2015 (See above)

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program - Applications due January 15, 2015
(See above)

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015
(See above)

ACC Chicago Chapter 2015 Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 31, 2015
(See above)

2015-2016 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due February 13, 2015
(See above)

2015 1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

 

Resources

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), Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net), and Journalist Jobs (www.journalistjobs.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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