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Week of July 13, 2009

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Attention Transfer Students - Orientation Program
  • CSO Seeks Part-Time Student Worker(s)
  • Student-Counselor Assignments Finalized
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Mock Interviews for Fall Recruiting
  • Save the Date: Mandatory OCI Meeting on July 28, offered at Noon and 5:15pm
  • July 29: Deadline for Resume Review for OCI
  • Preliminary Employer Lists Are Now Available on Symplicity
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • July 14: How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges
  • Student Debt Relief Webinar Series: Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How Government and Nonprofit Employees can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

 

Employment Opportunities

  • Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • July 15: Deadline for Law Scholarship Video Contest from Access Group
  • July 31: Application Deadline for Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program
  • Urban Debate Advocacy Fellowship for Recent Graduates
  • Additional Resources and Potential Opportunities for Recent Graduates

Job Fairs

  • Update on Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • July 27: Registration Deadline for the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
  • August 1: Registration Deadline for the 2009 Tri-State Diversity Recruitment Program
  • Patent Law Interview Program
  • Indianapolis Bar Association 2009 Diversity Job Fair
  • IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
  • Boston Lawyers Group Job Fairs for Law Students of Color
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference
  • Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Missouri
  • The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Job Fair
  • St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
  • Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second & Third-Year Law Students
  • The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference
  • National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) 26th Annual Conference and Job Fair

Resources

  • LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and other 2009 Graduates Pursuing Public Service Work
  • Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs
  • Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • Password Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • NALP Summer Apartment Exchange
  • Jenner & Block Summer Apartment Sublet Service
  • Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet
  • 2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

CSO Information & Announcements

 

Attention Transfer Students - Orientation Program

The Career Services Office is presenting a program to introduce you to the services that are offered to you as Chicago-Kent students, including the process for participating in Fall Recruiting. Please plan on attending this important program on July 15 at noon in Room 345 of the school. If you cannot attend, please contact Pascale Bishop, the assigned counselor for all transfer students, at pbishop@kentlaw.edu to learn more. In addition, review those portions of this week’s Record pertaining to Fall Recruiting to ensure that you are aware of all pertinent dates and procedures. Please note that in order to enter you into our Symplicity system for Fall Recruiting purposes, you must provide us with your Campus Wide ID number and kentlaw email address as soon as possible. You also will need to schedule an appointment for a mandatory resume review.  The deadline for having your resume reviewed to participate in OCI is Wednesday, July 29th at noonWelcome to Chicago-Kent!

 

CSO Seeks Part-time Student Workers

The Career Services Office seeks part-time student workers for the fall 2009 semester (any year student eligible). Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-20 hours per week. Duties will include data entry and maintenance of active job postings; ordering/upkeep of resources; scheduling appointments; answering phones; front desk reception work; and some web-page maintenance.

Interested students should submit resume to kentcso@kentlaw.edu by Monday, July 27, 2009 with "CSO Position" in the email subject line. Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability during the fall semester, as well as work study eligibility status. Please note that work-study eligibility is a requirement.

 

Student-Counselor Assignments Finalized

The Career Services Office has assigned a counselor to each student at Chicago-Kent. If you have not received an email from your assigned counselor, please email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for information on your assigned counselor.

 

CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password. To watch videos of our programming, go to the CSO's web page, click on the right hand navigation bar "For Students" and select "Watch Program Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.

On-Campus Interviews

 

Mock Interviews for Fall Recruiting

Our office will be conducting Mock Interviews the week of August 10-15 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Sign-ups for mock interviews will begin on July 27. If you are interested in scheduling a mock interview to prepare for the Fall Interview Program, please email kentcso@kentlaw.edu with your availability, stop by Suite 360 or call the office at (312) 906-5200 to schedule. Sign-up sheets will also be available at the Mandatory OCI Program at noon and 5:15 pm on July 28.

 

Save the Date: Mandatory OCI Meeting on July 28, offered at Noon and 5:15pm

On July 28th, the CSO will host a mandatory OCI Program at Noon and 5:15pm in the Auditorium to discuss the process of bidding in greater detail and answer any questions that students may have about the Fall Interview Program. Please contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you cannot attend either session.

 

July 29: Deadline for Resume Review for OCI

Resume review for OCI begins July 1.  The deadline for OCI resume review is noon on July 29.  However, it is in your best interest to have your resume reviewed well before the deadline to ensure that there is sufficient time to revise your resume and upload it onto the system.  If you wait until the last minute to submit your resume for review, your assigned counselor will not be able to devote as much time to your resume.  If you have questions about the resume review process, incuding whther you are one of the students required to do an in-office resume review, please contact your counselor. If you do not yet know who your assigned counselor is, please email kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

 

Preliminary Employer Lists Are Now Available on Symplicity

Students are now able to view the preliminary list of employers participating in the 2009 fall OCI program and their hiring criteria.  Please remember that if you are within 10% of an employer's stated class rank there is a process by which you may submit a paper copy of your resume to be given to that employer. Please review the OCI materials on the CSO website and plan on attending the mandatory OCI Program on July 28 (held at noon and 5:15pm in the Auditorium) for further information on this process. Please note: employers are sometimes late in signing up to participate in OCI, so be sure to regularly check Symplicity, the CSO website and the Record for updates.

Registration for OCI on Symplicity begins July 27, but you should take time in July to research employers on the lists as well as employers who are not on the list. The NALP Directory (www.nalpdirectory.com) is a good starting point for identifying firms across the nation that have summer associate programs. You should apply directly to firms that are not participating in Fall Recruiting at Kent, and in the current economic climate, you should consider applying to firms and other employers in other geographic areas. Please consider scheduling an appointment with your counselor in July to discuss a strategy for approaching the Fall Recruiting process. All rising 2L and 3L students will be required to have a meeting with their counselors before mid-October 2009, and for those interested in large firms or larger government agencies, meeting in July or August to discuss Fall recruiting counts towards that mandatory counseling appointment.

 

Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks/offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu every couple weeks or so.  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 counselor.   

Programming

 

How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges

Date: July 14, 2009
Time: 12:00pm
Place: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
155 N. Wacker Drive, 28th Floor

The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Public Interest Law Initiative and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP present: How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges. This program will feature:

  • The Honorable Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The Honorable Peter Flynn, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division and Co-Chair, Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors
  • The Honorable Joan B. Gottschall, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The Honorable Sanjay Tailor, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, and
  • The Honorable Mary Jane Theis, Illinois Appellate Court First District, Third Division, Co-Chair, Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors
  • Moderator: Charles F. Smith, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Former Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Member, Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors

Current and former federal and state law clerks will be on hand to answer additional questions. Please feel free to join them for an informal session after the panel concludes. There is no cost to attend this program. RSVPs and photo IDs are required. Please RSVP by July 13, 2009. To RSVP, click here.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Lindsey Marcus at lmarcus@gmail.com or Megan Pitz at mkpitz@sbcglobal.net.

 

Student Debt Relief Webinar Series: Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How Government and Nonprofit Employees can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Dates: Wednesday, July 8, 11:15am - 12:45pm
Thursday, July 23, 11:15am - 12:45pm

A must attend for anyone with high student debt working for the government or a nonprofit. From this interactive webinar, you will learn and be able to ask questions about:

  • How to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • How the new Income-Based Repayment plan works
  • How to figure out how much you can benefit

To learn more and to register online, please visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.

 

Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

As a public service, NALP and ALI-ABA are pleased to offer Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times — a 75-minute presentation by Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch LLP, who generously donated their time and talent to this special project to assist lawyers and 3Ls who are currently seeking employment.

To watch the video, please click here.

 

Employment Opportunities

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

 

Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will accept applications beginning September 8, 2009 for the position of staff law clerk for a two-year term starting August 2010. Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and possess superior analytical, research, and writing skills. Law review or moot court experience is preferred. To apply, on or after September 8, 2009, please submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two unedited legal writing samples (any length), and two letters of recommendation to:

Michael Fridkin, Senior Staff Attorney
219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2650
Chicago, IL 60604

Application materials can also be submitted via e-mail to stafflawclerk_apps@ca7.uscourts.gov, preferably in .pdf format, on or after September 8, 2009. There is no application deadline. Positions are open until filled, typically by Thanksgiving each year.

Staff law clerks work in a highly collegial environment with recent law school graduates and lawyers coming from the nation's top law schools, as well as with more experienced supervisory attorneys. Staff law clerks learn a wide variety of substantive and practical lawyering and writing skills through discussions with the judges and other staff law clerks.

Staff law clerkships comine the intellectual rigor of a chambers clerkship with the benefits of working closely with all the judges of the Seventh Circuit, one of the most highly respected appeals courts in the country, on all phases of appellate litigation. Like traditional chambers clerks, the staff law clerks at the Seventh Circuit perfrom legal research, prepare bench memoranda and draft merits opinions on a broad spectrum of federal cases subject to oral argument at the Court.

In addition to receiving the type of work typical of chambers clerkships, staff law clerks work with all the judges of the entire Court rather than a single judge. They also assist the judges in resolving substantive motions that address complex questions of civil procedure or seek preliminary or emergency relief. Finally staff law clerks assist three-judge panels in weekly deliberative conferences on cases not subject to oral argument.

 

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

July 15: Deadline for Law Scholarship Video Contest from Access Group

For the second consecutive year, Access Group is sponsoring its popular law scholarship video contest and is inviting as many students as possible to participate in this opportunity. During last year's "One Less Worry" contest, Access Group received 99 video submissions and awarded six winning law students more than $15,000 in scholarships.

This year's law video contest, "My Inspiration," is calling for current and entering law students to create and submit a brief video describing their inspirations for becoming a lawyer. The top ten videos, as chosen by Access Group, will be posted on YouTube.com and the student whose video receives the most votes will win a $10,000 scholarship. Access Group may also award up to five additional honorable mention scholarships valued at $1,500 each. Deadline for entries is July 15, 2009, with judging set to begin August 3, 2009. The winners will be announced by September 3, 2009.

For more details, including the official reuls and deadlines, please visit www.youtube.com/MyInspirationContest.

 

July 31: Application Deadline for Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program

Reed Smith is accepting applications for its Diverse Scholars Program. This program provides a $10,000 award toward tuition for the second year of law school as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a committment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Summer associate positions are available in Chicago; Falls Church, Virginia; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Students may select the office they are interested in on the application form.

Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2009 and selection of the 2009 Diverse Scholars will be made by September 30, 2009. Application materials should be sent to:

Dana Levin
U.S. Director of Legal Recruiting
c/o Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program
Reed Smith LLP
1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

For more information and the application, please click here.

 

Urban Debate Advocacy Fellowship for Recent Graduates

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), the national leadership organization of the urban debate movement, seeks to facilitate participation in organized debate activities for as many urban students as possible. Urban students of color and women with great creativity and potential for future careers in the law unfortunately face many challenges in learning the communication and academic skills they need to enter law school and start legal careers. To counter these challenges, many firms have turned to academic debate in urban schools as an effective mechanism to open a larger, more diverse pipeline of students who are interested in, and well-prepared for, law school and legal practice.

NAUDL is offering a pro bono public interest fellowship to 3Ls and recent law school graduates whose firms are deferring their start dates. Associates who are deferring their start dates can make a valuable contribution in the interim to the NAUDL and urban debate.

The Urban Debate Advocacy Fellow will provide legal advice and assistance to local Urban Debate Leagues (UDLs), run legal education seminars with UDL students, prepare submissions to federal and local governments on matters of public interest, and conduct other legal work, including drafting documents. The pro bono fellows will focus on legal research and writing, advocacy, non-profit governance issues, and policy development, and will be helping to bring debate to thousands of additional students nationwide. The length of the fellowship can vary with availability, ranging from several months to an entire year.

If interested in becoming an Urban Debate Advocacy Fellow, please contact Eric Tucker at the NAUDL at EricTucker@urbandebate.org or 312-427-0152.

 

Additional Resources and Potential Opportunities for Recent Graduates

The Career Services Office is compiling a list of resources for Recent Graduates dealing with law firm start date deferrals. The following organizations are accepting applications from deferred law firm associates (please contact the CSO for specific application instructions for each organization):

The Public Interest Law Initiative also has a number of helpful resources for those dealing with delayed law firm start dates. Please click here for more information. For those interested in opportunities both within the Chicago area as well as across the nation, organizations have been posting opportunities and positions for deferred associates on www.pslawnet.org (membership for Chicago-Kent students/alums is free; after signing in, click on "Search Opportunities").

Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

  • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;
  • 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
  • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here.

LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge.

Please note that the following organizations are NOT accepting applications from deferred associates:

  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • SEC – Illinois
  • LaPorte County (IN) Attorney’s Office
  • AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association)
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office – Illinois (DOJ)
  • National Lawyers Guild – Chicago
  • National Training and Information Center

Please contact Susan DeCostanza if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed above or other career plans.

 

Job Fairs

 

Update on Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair

Date: August 21, 2009
Location: Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront
511 North Columbus Drive

Bidding is now closed for the CCBA job fair. Please note that all student accounts are currently blocked until all registered employers complete their pre-selections and alternate selections. All student accounts display the message, "Your account has been blocked from participation in the recruitment process. Please contact student services to have your account reactivated." Please disregard this message. Student accounts will remain blocked until the CCBA generates initial interview schedules. When student accounts are unblocked in July, this message will disappear.

Please do not email the CCBA to ask when interview schedules will be available. The CCBA will let students know as soon as the initial interview schedules become available. This cannot be accomplished until all employers complete their pre-selections. The CCBA expects to generate initial interview schedules some time during the week of July 13, 2009. If you are no longer able to attend the CCBA Job Fair on August 21, 2009, please make sure to send the CCBA an email with the words "Drop Out" in the subject line.

Your law school liaison is Elsa "Yadi" Trujillo. If you have registered for the CCBA job fair and do not yet have a copy of the Law Student Registration Information Brochure, please contact Yadi and she will forward it to you. Because you will receive information from the CCBA and your liaison via email, it is critical that registered students check their email regularly. Please review the Law Student Registration Information Brochure or visit the CCBA Job Fair website (www.ccbaminorityjobfair.com), for additional information.

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

 

July 27: Registration Deadline for the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

Date: Friday, September 11, 2009
Time: 8am - Noon
Location: Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, CO

The 2009 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF) is being held on Friday, September 11, 2009 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, CO. Student registration opens on Monday, May 18, 2009 and ends on July 27, 2009. Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for 20-minute interviews with participating employers.For additional information and to register, please go to www.rmdlcf.com. Due to the current economic climate, a new feature has been added to this year's fair. Employers may choose to conduct interviews for open positions or interviews that are informational only. Each employer will specify which interview they are conducting in their job posting. For any questions about the RMDLCF, please call 303-892-7377 or email
info@rmdlcf.com.

 

August 1: Registration Deadline for the 2009 Tri-State Diversity Recruitment Program

The 2009 Tri-State Diversity Recruitment Program is being held August 28-29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Covington, Kentucky. The Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program offers second and third-year law school students the opportunity to interview for summer associate and entry-level positions in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky with prominent regional and national employers. The registration deadline is August 1, 2009. Registration forms are now available in the CSO (please pick up handout #52). In addition to the filled-out registration form, interested students must also submit a copy a their resume, a cover letter, and transcript(s) by standard mail to:
Kim Spurlock
Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program
3500 National City Tower
101 South Fifth Street
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202
Your cover letter should include information specific to your interests or abilities that are not represented on your resume. A cocktail reception for all attendees will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, August 28, 2009 at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The reception is an excellent meet-and-greet opportunity for students to speak with participating employers. Please email tri-statediversity@gdm.com with any questions you may have.

 

Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2009 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. Last year roughly 150 employers, 150 law schools, and 1,500 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the resumes of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students. For more information on the program, please refer to the program website at http://www.luc.edu/law/career/Patent_Program_-_Stu.html.Pre-registered students should have recently received a password and instructions for submitting resumes and bids from the coordinators at Loyola. If you pre-registered in March and have not received your password, please contact Jeanne Kraft ASAP. Bids must be entered by May 11, 2009. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Jeanne Kraft at jkraft@kentlaw.edu.

 

Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) 2009 Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) invites fall 2009, 2L law students (graduating May 2011) to participate in the IBA Diversity Job Fair. The IBA is seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.Student registration opens April 1, 2009. Students will register via Symplicity's web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. After the student submits his/her registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable him/her to use the system throughout the next few months. The registration deadline is July 5, 2009. There is no fee to register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair.Schedule of Events:
Thursday, August 6, 2009
4-8pm: Student Registration, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
5:30-7pm: Welcome Reception, location TBA
Friday, August 7, 2009
8:00am: Registration Re-opens, Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
9:00am - 12pm: Interviews held in guest suites
11:45am - 1:15pm: Keynote Luncheon
1:20 - 4:00pm: Interviews held in guest suites The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN, August 6-7, 2009. Room rates for students are $189 for the nights of August 6 & 7. Students should contact the hotel directly at 1-800-EMBASSY or 1-317-236-1800 and reference the IBA Diversity Job Fair to receive the group rate. If you need special accomodations, please contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org or 317-269-2000. The hotel reservation deadline to receive the special rate is July 7, 2009. The current list of participating employers includes: Baker & Daniels LLP, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Bingham McHale LLP, Dann Pecar Newman & Kleiman PC, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Kightlinger & Gray LLP, Krieg DeVault LLP, Lewis Wagner LLP, Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Scopelitis Garvin Hansen Light & Feary PC, and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

 

IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

Friday, August 7, 2009: 10am - 6:00 pm
Sheraton Crystal City Hotel - Arlington, VA

The IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Diabilities is open to law students returning to school in Fall 2009 and graduates from Classes of 2009 and earlier. The deadline to register and upload application materials electronically for each employer is Sunday, July 5, 2009, 11:59 pm. To register and for more information, please click here. For a list of 2008 employer participants, please click here. The National Association of Law Students with Disabilities will be hosting their 2nd Annual Conference the same weekend as IMPACT. Click here for details.

 

The Boston Lawyers Group Job Fairs for Law Students of Color

Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The InterContinental Hotel
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA
Washington D.C. Area Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is a consortium of over 40 of the largest law firms, government agencies, and corporations in Boston. Its mission is to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of attorneys of color in its member organizations. A primary goal of the BLG is to increase the number of law students of color that member organizations hire for their Boston office. One of the significant ways in which this goal is accomplished, is through member participation in the annual BLG Job Fairs in Boston and D.C.

Employers who participate in either job fair hire for positions in their Boston office. Employers will interview second-year law students for 2010 summer associate/law clerk positions, and in a limited number of cases employers will interview third-year law students for Fall 2010 first year associate positions. Students who have been selected for one or more interviews can potentially obtain additional interviews through the lottery selection process. To be eligible to participate in the job fairs, students must be entering their second or third year of law school in the Fall of 2009. Student registration begins April 1, 2009 and ends on July 8, 2009. Students can register for only one fair. A completed registration must include a resume and law school transcript (including Sprng 2009 grades).

Please note that students are not allowed to bid, instead, participating BLG Members select the students they wish to interview. To register, please click here. For more information, please visit the BLG website at www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com.

 

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

Date: August 14-15, 2009
Location: Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

The 18th Annual Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference is being held August 14-15, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The student registration deadline is June 25, 2009. The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference aims to increase legal diversity in the Twin Cities area by joining the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with top quality 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Employers participating in the interviews will include small, medium, and large firms; corporate law departments; and public interest/non-profit/government entities. This year's conference is sponsored by a new collaboration between Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and the Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms ("TCC"). For more information and to register, please go to www.diversityinpractice.org. Once at the website, please click on "MMRC." Read the Frequently-Asked Questions for further details about the program. Log onto Symplicity and upload your application materials.

 

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Missouri

The Fifth Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 7-8, 2009, in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City's dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event. Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions.The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers. In addition, the event is a great way to learn more about living in this wonderful city.The HDLJF will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. It will kick off with an evening Welcome Reception on Friday, August 7th at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The Saturday schedule includes a continental breakfast, interviewing from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and a luncheon at which participants will be greeted and addressed by a special Keynote Speaker. Please register as soon as possible after registration opens on March 26, 2009. Students who register before May 25th will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes. The final deadline for registering is June 20, 2009.Students can register on-line and find more information about the Job Fair at www.heartlanddiversity.org. Students may also contact Emily Perry at 816-474-4322.

 

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Job Fair

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 2009 Job Fair will be held on Friday September 4, 2009 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico in conjunction with HNBA's Annual Convention, which will be held September 2-6, 2009 in the same location. Job Fair participants will be able to interact with leading Hispanic lawyers throughout the United States and participate in enriching continuing legal education programs.Pre-Registration for the Job Fair is now available at www.hnba.com. Full registration will begin online on May 1, 2009. The deadline to register is August 14, 2009. Fees for the Convention and Job Fair have not yet been determined, but will be published soon on the website. HNBA will also have a Law Student Symposium designed to encourage, educate and mentor students and young attorneys as they embark on their legal careers. Approximately 60 employers from the private and public sectors will be holding interviews at the Job Fair. Large and medium sized firms are heavily involved, as well as a few small law firms. For more information please visit the website or email beckerd2@staff.abanet.org if you have specific questions regarding the Job Fair.

Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second & Third-Year Law Students

As part of an effort to recruit talented students and increase diversity in the Delaware Bar, a number of law firms, corporations, and governmental legal employers will participate in the Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second & Third-Year Law Students, which is being held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 on the Wilmington campus of Widener University School of Law. This job fair is by invitation only and is limited to students who are in their second or third year of law school during the 2008-2009 school year and interested in employment opportunities in Delaware.The Delaware Minority Job Fair differs from many other job fairs in that students must be invited to attend rather than simply registering and attending. In return, the students invited receive considerable more individual attention than is possible in a very large job fair. When you submit an application for invitation, you are, in effect, submitting an application to all of the Delaware legal employers who participate in the program. To become eligible by an invitation you must complete the application form, which is available in the career services office as handout #50, and return it via mail, fax or email, along with your resume and college and law school transcripts (if available), no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2009.You will be eligible for an invitation if two or more of the Job Fair employers wish to meet with you. Invitations enclosing a proposed interview schedule will be sent by mid-June. Your response, accepting or declining the invitation, will be due by Tuesday, June 30, 2009.There are no application or registration fees. If you are invited you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Wilmington. The organizers of the job fair hope to be able to reimburse you for all or at least a portion of your transportation expenses. They have historically been able to reimburse 100% of such expenses. A breakfast will be provided to all invited students. A number of experienced attorneys and leaders from the Delaware Bench and Bar will join students for breakfast to answer any questions you might have about life and the practice of law in Delaware.

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

August 14-15, 2009
Venue in downtown St. Louis: TBA

The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair is being held August 14-15, 2009. J.D. students in the classes of 2010 and 2011 (3L and 2L) are invited to participate. The Job Fair will kick off with a Welcome Reception and Expo on Friday, August 14, from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, during which employers and students will have the opportunity to meet on a more informal basis. Students who attend the Welcome Reception will get an opportunity to meet with the representatives and learn more about all that a legal career in St. Louis has to offer. Students who did not receive a formal interview with employers will also get an opportunity to network with employers. Interviews will be held Saturday, August 15 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Both events will take place at a venue located in downtown St. Louis. Specific details will be provided in the near future. Each employer schedule allows or 16 interviews, and each interview is 20 minutes in length. A sit-down lunch will be provided for all employers and students from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Students will not be scheduled for back-to-back interviews to ensure that they will be on time for their next interview. The deadline for law student registration has been extended to Friday May 8, 2009. To register, please click here. You will be asked to designate a contact person in the Career services Office. Your CSO contact is Yadi Trujillo. For additional information, please visit www.stldiversityjobfair.com.

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association is a national organization of LGBT judges, lawyers, law students and other legal professionals committed to promoting diversity within the legal profession. Each year, the LGBT Bar hosts the only national career fair and legal education conference (formerly known as Lavender Law) for LGBT law students. The LGBT Bar will host the 21st such conference on September 10-12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. The 2008 Career Fair featured 169 recruiters and over 590 students from across the country. Students interested in learning more about the conference should visit www.lgbtbar.org/annual.


National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) 26th Annual Conference and Job Fair

The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices. The Job Fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels. This year's job fair will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at the Marriott Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to the job fair, all job fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled "Strategies for a Successful Interview," which will take place on Monday, July 20 from 4-6pm and will provide job fair participants with effective interviewing tips. The Job Fair early registration fee for law students and 2009 law school graduates is $25.00; for laterals/licensed attorneys is $50.00. After March 31st, the registration fee will be $50.00 for law students and 2009 graduates and $75.00 for laterals/licensed attorneys. After June 12th, the late registration fee will be $100.00 for law students and 2009 law school graduates and $150.00 for laterals/licensed attorneys. To register for the Job Fair, pick up an applicant registration form (handout # 47 ) from the Career Services Office and submit it along with a resume and a check for the appropriate fee payable to the NBPA 26th Annual Conference. After March 1st, registration will also be available online with a credit card at www.blackprosecutors.org. Additional information about the NBPA and its conference is available at www.blackprosecutors.org. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Audrey Moore, National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair Coordinator at 212-335-4205 or moorea@dany.nyc.gov.

 

Resources

LexisNexis ASPIRE Program For Deferred Law Firm Hires

Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

  • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
  • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here. LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge.

Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs

Chicago-Kent students can access 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 through Symplicity. Please see the instructions in the entry directly below for details on how to acess password information via Symplicity. Please note that the passwords for these sites are case sensitive.

Password Protected Sites Now Available through Symplicity

To access password protected sites including:

  • The Federal Government Honors & Internship Handbook; The Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships; The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank; and
  • The Four or More List of Chicago Employers

log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The links for the sites listed above will be listed there. Clicking on each link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link on the page. If you have any difficulties accessing Symplicity or the individual sites, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank

Kent students and alumni now have an additional resource for their job searches. The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank compiles entry level job postings from schools throughout the country. This resource will be especially useful for students and alumni conducting an out-of-town job search, but through this service you can also access the postings of other Illinois and Chicago area schools. To access this resource, log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The link for the Job Bank will be listed there. Clicking on the link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link. The link takes you to the BYU Alumni page, and the Job Bank is about halfway down the page. After clicking that link you will be prompted to enter the user name and password. Then you will have access to a drop list of all 50 states. Picking a state will give you access to the job postings from the schools in that state. If you have any difficulties accessing the Job Bank, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is now offering a free on-line Legal Employment Weekly e-blast of open jobs in the Chicago area. Every issue contains up-to-date job postings, an article and sign-up sheet from the Illinois Paralegal Association, and an Ask an Expert column. You can view each week's installment at http://jobs.lawbulletin.com/ELEW.pdf or you can sign up to receive the "E-LEW" in your own inbox. To receive the weekly email, go to http://jobs.lawbulletin.com and select the "E-LEW" tab at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, click on the link and complete the resulting form.

NALP Summer Apartment Exchange

If you are a student who is working out of town this summer and looking for housing options, please see www.nalpexchange.org. NALP is offering the opportunity to exchange housing information through an online Apartment Exchange. On this site you can search for housing as well as post a listing to sublet your place.

Jenner & Block Summer Apartment Sublet Service

Jenner and Block is looking for students who want to sublet their apartments this summer. Send information to Ben Litman at blitman@jenner.com. Please include details regarding location, rent, dates available, amenities, and utilities included.

Career Advisor Network

In an effort to help you connect with a strong network of Chicago-Kent alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Career Services are happy to announce a new Alumni Career Advisor Network.Alumni from around the world are available to discuss issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other career-related topics. This is an excellent opportunity to start building your personal network with Chicago-Kent alumni!To search for an Alumni Career Advisor, all you have to do is log-in to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community:First Time Login Instructions:

  1. Go to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/firstlogin In the Constituent ID field, enter your Banner CWID.
    To find your Banner CWID login to http://my.iit.edu. Once you are logged, on the right side of your screen you should see a box called IIT Personal ID numbers. The Banner CWID is the number beginning with “A.”
  2. In the Class Year Field:
    1. If you are an LLM student, enter LLM If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
    2. If you are a JD student your Class Year will be three characters. The first letter for all class years will be L. The second letter is your division. The third is your year number.
      Examples: A 2nd year night student’s class year is LN2. A 1st  year day student’s class year is LD1.

During your first time login you will create a username and password. Afterwards, you may log in directly at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/advisorsearch using the username and password you created. If you need assistance with your first time login, please contact Celeste Addyman in the Office of Career Services at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or visit her in Suite 360.

International Career Employment Weekly Online

International Career Employment Weekly's goal is to make it easy for international professionals to keep abreast of all current job opportunities in their field. They collect information on current international job openings with governments, government contractors, United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, private voluntary organizations working overseas, corporations involved in international trade and finance, engineering firms, associations, foundations, student exchange organizations, universities, and state governments and present that information to job seekers in a clear and concise format. The Career Services Office subscribes to this resource in an online format. Contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password.

PSLawNet

PSLawNet is a premier resource for career-related information in legal and law-related public interest work. Students and alumni from over 170 law schools search our site every day to find internships, fellowships, pro bono opportunities, and jobs in public service. Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member school, therefore you have unlimited access to search the database for FREE. The PSLawNet website is filled with useful resources for public interest-minded law students and graduates, as well as those who may simply be exploring their options. Students can access PSLawNet here: PSLawNet home page. On the home page, click on "sign-up now" to create an account using your email address and your own password. List Chicago-Kent College of Law as your school.

PSLawNet Fellowship Corner

Interested in pursuing a fellowship upon graduation? Then be sure to check out PSLawNet's new "Fellowship Corner" which includes the full text of Yale's Fellowship Application Tips for 2002-2003, along with the expanded Appendix listing print and online fellowship resources. The site also contains a Fellowship Calendar with a chronological listing of application deadlines--a big help for potential applicants in planning and preparing their materials. Visit the Fellowship Corner at: http://pslawnet.org/postgraduatefellowships

2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2008-09 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. Please contact our office for the password for the online edition.

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