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July 12, 2010

CSO Information & Announcements

  • July 21: Career Services Orientation for Transfer Students
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Mock Interviews for Fall Recruiting
  • Save the Date: Fall Recruiting Program on July 28, offered at Noon and 5:15pm
  • Employer Lists Now Available on Symplicity
  • Fall Recruiting Resume Review Reminder
  • Fall Recruiting: Important Dates
  • Save the Date: August 4: Meet the Employers Reception
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • American Constitution Society: How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges
  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms Summer Soiree
  • Network of Indian Professionals Chicago Professional Development Speaker Series Featuring Ravi Baichwal
  • American Constitution Society Invites Law Students to Summer Events around the Country
  • WealthCounsel Estate Planning Symposium August 10 - 13
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Federal Work Study at Community Based Organizations Available in Summer 2010

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  • Reed Smith's 2010 Diverse Scholars Program
  • The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area: Opportunities for Volunteer Attorneys & Deferred Associates
  • A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

Job Fairs

  • D.C. Public Service Career & Internship Fair
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair
  • July 23: Registration Deadline for the 2010 Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program
  • Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair
  • The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference
  • July 12: Registration Deadline for the Boston Lawyers Group 2010 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color
  • July 16: Registration Deadline for the Indianapolis Bar Association 2010 Diversity Job Fair

Resources

  • NALP Summer Apartment Exchange
  • 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and Law Students Engaged in Public Interest 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
  • Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet

CSO Information & Announcements

 

July 21: Career Services Orientation for Transfer Students

The Career Services Office is presenting a program to introduce transfer students to the services that are offered by the Career Services Office, including the process for participating in Fall Recruiting. Please plan on attending this important program on July 21 at noon (Room 545) at the law school. If you cannot attend, please contact Pascale Bishop 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 28th at noonWelcome to Chicago-Kent!

 

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 August 10-13 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Sign-ups for mock interviews will begin on July 26. If you are interested in scheduling a mock interview to prepare for the Fall Recruiting 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 Fall Recruiting Programs at noon and 5:15 pm on July 28.

 

Save the Date: Fall Recruiting Program on July 28, offered at Noon and 5:15pm

On July 28th, the CSO will host a Fall Recruiting Program at Noon and 5:15pm in Room 590 to discuss the process of bidding in greater detail and answer any questions that students may have about the Fall Recruiting Program. Please note that this program is mandatory for any student wishing to participate in Fall Recruiting who did not attend the bidding program last July. Please contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you cannot attend either session for make-up procedures.

 

Employer Lists Now Available on Symplicity

Starting July 1, students will be able to view the preliminary list of employers participating in the 2010 Fall Recruiting 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 Fall Recruiting materials on the CSO website (http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/students/foci/) and plan on attending the mandatory Fall Recruiting Program on July 28 (held at noon and 5:15pm in Room 590) for further information on this process. Please note: employers are sometimes late in signing up to participate in Fall Recruiting, so be sure to regularly check Symplicity, your email and the Record for updates.

Registration for Fall Recruiting on Symplicity begins July 26, 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 Chicago-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 2010, 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.

 

Fall Recruiting Resume Review Reminder

As a reminder, all first-time Fall Recruiting program participants must have a resume review by a Career Advisor. If you have already had your resume reviewed during the 2009-2010 school year, this can be done via email. If you have not already had your resume reviewed by a CSO Career Advisor, you must make an appointment. Students who participated in the program last year are not required to have a resume review, but are encouraged to do so. Call the office at (312) 906-5200 to schedule an appointment. OCI resume reviews end at noon, Wednesday, July 28. All resumes must be reviewed and uploaded into Symplicity by noon on July 28. We advise sending your resume via email or making an appointment in June or early July, as appointments tend to fill up fast later in the summer.

 

Fall Recruiting: Important Dates

To review other important dates for this year’s Fall Recruiting Program, please go to: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/students/foci/FOCIimptdates.html.

 

Save the Date: August 4: Meet the Employers Reception

If you are in town this summer, and are considering participating in Fall Recruiting, please plan on coming to our “Meet the Employers” reception on the evening of Wednesday, August 4, 2010. Firm, corporate and government employers from the city of Chicago who are participating in Fall Recruiting this year or who have participated in years past will be available for networking and to answer your questions before the bidding deadline on August 6.  The reception will be held in the Event Room of the law school from 5pm-7pm. Please RSVP to Kentcso@kentlaw.edu so that we have sufficient food and beverages for everyone.

 

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

 

American Constitution Society: How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges

Date: Monday, July 12, 2010
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Location: 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 Peter Flynn, Judge, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, State of Illinois and Co-Chair, American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors
  • The Honorable Ruben Castillo, Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The Honorable Maria Valdez, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Michael Fridkin, Senior Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Charles F. Smith, Moderator, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Member, Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors

There is no cost to attend this program, please feel free to bring your own lunch. RSVPs and photo IDs are required. To RSVP, click here.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Scott Richard at scottrichard@gmail.com.

 

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms Summer Soiree

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Location: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle, 6th Floor

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is hosting the Chicago Committee's annual Summer Soiree on July 14, 2010. This annual event brings together diverse law students, law firm attorneys, in-house counsel and other members of Chicago legal community in a festive setting to socialize and network. Pease RSVP by Wednesday, July 7th. To RSVP, please click here.

 

Network of Indian Professionals Chicago Professional Development Speaker Series featuring Ravi Baichwal

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Time: 6:30pm - 7:15pm - Cocktail Reception
7:15pm-7:45pm - Presentation

7:45pm-8:45pm - Networking

Location: Tabet DiVito and Rothstein (Event Sponsor)
209 S. LaSalle St., 7th Floor

Please join the Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Chicago, on July 15, 2010, for the continuation of the Professional Development Speaker Series, featuring Ravi Baichwal, ABC 7 News Anchor and 2008 Emmy award winner.

Ravi Baichwal, co-anchors the ABC 7 weekend evening news and also reports for ABC 7 daily newscasts. Ravi will discuss how he has reinvented and transformed his career from government and politics to broadcast journalism. He will also share his insight into career management for young and established professionals alike.

In his early 30s, Ravi transitioned to broadcast journalism from a career in public affairs and electoral politics. In late 2006, Ravi moved his family from Toronto to Chicago, and left an on-air position on CTV, the Canadian national news broadcast network, to join ABC 7 news in Chicago. Just a few of the historically significant stories he has covered include the terrorist attacks on the London Underground system, the discovery of former Iraq president Saddam Hussein by U.S. soldiers and the death of Pope John Paul II.

The event is $5 for NetIP members and $7 for non-members and the attire is business casual. To register:

NetIP Members click here

Non-members click here

 

The American Constitution Society Invites Law Students to Summer Events Around the Country

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations with chapters at over 170 law schools and over 30 lawyer chapters. Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers and activists working to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.

As law students begin their summers, ACS invites students to participate in programs and activities held around the country by signing up for an ACS summer list. When students enter their summer information into the summer list, it allows ACS to send information about specific events in their cities and areas. To sign up, please click here.

 

WealthCounsel Estate Planning Symposium
August 10 - 13

WealthCounsel, a national organization of over 2,000 estate planning attorneys will be conducting a live estate planning symposium in Chicago, August 10-13, 2010.  The symposium offers three days of practical estate planning education, including many essential estate planning topics which would be of tremendous interest to law students.  WealthCounsel would like to offer Chicago-Kent faculty and students who may be considering careers in estate planning a very special professional development opportunity.  Students may audit these courses for only $75 per day (just $200 for the entire symposium) and network with experienced attorneys to advance their understanding of estate planning strategies, concepts, and client relationships. Click here for a registration form.

 

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.

 

Federal Work Study at Community-Based Organizations
Available in Summer 2010

Chicago-Kent is launching a “pilot” program for the Summer 2010, through which Chicago-Kent 1L and 2L 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. In our first semester of the program, nineteen students worked at government and non-profit agencies such as the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian, the Chicago Legal Clinic, among others. Additional government and non-profit organizations are also expected to join this summer. This is a unique opportunity to be paid for your work at a government or non-profit agency. A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study allotment must secure their job placement, please visit the Career Service Office’s webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Sidley Austin is launching a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for Second Year Law Students. Please note that candidates must both apply for the scholarship as well as apply for a summer associate position. Sidley will grant a $15,000 Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to a limited number of deserving second year law students who also have an offer to join Sidley's 2011 summer program.

Preference will be given to students at schools where Sidley conducts on-campus interviews (OCI) or participates in a resume collection. Students should have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership qualities as well as a demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school and/or legal profession.

Scholarship recipients are expected to join Sidley's 2011 summer associate program following the second year of law school and use the scholarship to defray the costs of his/her legal education. Recipients are also expected to participate in Sidley's ongoing dialogue regarding ways to improve diversity and inclusion.

How to Apply:

The application process will open on June 14, 2010 and will remain open through the Fall 2010 recruiting season. Sidley encourages students at those schools where it conducts OCI to apply before interview season and to sign up for an on-campus interview. Students attending other law schools are also encouraged to apply early. Applicants must apply for the scholarship and separately apply for a summer associate position.

For additional information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and an application form, please click here. Interested applicants should submit an application form, including resume, official transcript, legal writing sample, and personal statement to Jenny Connelly at scholarship@sidley.com or at

Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603

Students also have the option of including a letter of recommendation from a professor (law school or undergraduate), employer or personal acquaintance who can meaningfully comment on the applicant's academic and intellectual strengths, demonstrated commitment to diversity, and/or ability to contribute to Sidley's diversity efforts. For more information about Sidley, please visit www.sidley.com.

 

Reed Smith 2010 Diverse Scholars Program

Reed Smith is pleased to present its 2010 Diverse Scholars Program. The Diverse Scholars Program provides several $10,000 awards 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 commitment to diversity, inclusion and community. Summer associate positions in 2011 are available in Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C. Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample. Applications must be postmarked by July 30, 2010. To download a copy of the 2010 Diverse Scholars Application, please click here.

 

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area: Opportunities for Volunteer Attorneys & Deferred Associates

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), with the help of pro bono attorneys, provides free legal assistance to individuals in the areas of race, poverty, and immigration. In addition, the Lawyers' Committee handles impact cases that focus on important civil rights issues. Volunteer/deferred associates will work in one or more issue areas. Projects include:

  • Educational Equity: Addresses differential access by students of color to resources in K-12 education by coordinating a program to ensure that schools, districts and superintendents comply with the Williams v. California settlement.
  • African-American Agenda: Impact litigation and policy advocacy on significant issues facing the Bay Area's African-American community, including racial discrimination in housing & education, school desegregation & affirmative action.
  • Voting Rights: Advocates for the rights of people of color under the California Voting Rights Act.
  • Legal Services for Entrepreneurs: Provides business legal services to low-income entrepreneurs whose for-profit businesses will enhance the economic infrastructure of their neighborhoods. Free legal assistance is also provided to businesses which invest directly in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
  • Legal Services Clinic: Enlists pro bono attorneys to serve low-income San Franciscans with a focus on six areas: eviction defense, public benefits issues, tort defense, debt collection, school expulsions/suspensions & non-profit counseling.
  • Asylum Program: Recruits pro bono lawyers, interpreters, and mentor immigration attorneys to provide legal representation to indigent refugees fleeing persecution and torture around the globe.
  • Immigrant Rights: Impact litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees, including legal challenges to unlawful arrest practices, detention conditions, and racial/ethnic profiling.
  • Domestic Workers Project: Provides legal assistance, community education, and policy advocacy on behalf of domestic workers and other low wage immigrant workers experiencing exploitation.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:Philip Hwang at phwang@lccr.com orLawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
131 Steuart Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105Please indicate which, if any, of the projects are of particular interest to you. Please also indicate the amount of time (number of months; hours per week) that you are willing to volunteer.

A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates
with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

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 Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE provides complimentary access to LexisNexis services to law students and 2010 law school graduates, in response to the trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2010 law student or 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;
  • 2010 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment; and
  • Those 2010 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods. 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

 

D.C. Public Service Career & Internship Fair

The Public Service Career & Internship Fair, hosted by the Partnership for Public Service, is being held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Don't miss your opportunity to network with representatives from more than 75 federal agencies across government. Agencies will be recruiting for a variety of internships and entry-level positions. For a list of participating agencies, please click here.

What You need to Know

What: The Public Service Career & Internship Fair is one of a kind. No other event connects so many federal agencies with students and recent graduates eager to pursue government work. At the fair, you'll have the chance to meet and interact with government recruiters, and learn more about their agencies, missions and available positions.

Who: Agencies will be recruiting for a variety of entry-level jobs and internships at this event. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, recent graduates, and professionals with less than five years of experience are those most likely to find opportunties that fit their interests and skill set at the career fair.

When: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: The National Building Museum. This venue is located at 401 F Street NW in Washington, D.C., across the street from the Judiciary Square metro station on the red line. For metro accessibility, directions and parking informtion, please click here

Extras: The Partnership will be presenting brief, one-hour sessions for Career Fair participants on how to navigate the federal application process and take full advantage of the fair both before and during the event. Sign up for a pre-event webinar and mark down the times of the information sessions to get the inside scoop on finding and applying for government opportunities.

For additional information and to register, please click here.

 

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is pleased to open registration to the nation's largest career fair for experienced Hispanic lawyers and law students. The career fair will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, September 10, 2010. Scores of employers will be matched with hundreds of talented job seekers.

The registration deadline is August 6, 2010. To register, click here. Early bird registration (by July 31) for law students is $175 and for lateral attorneys is $225. After July 31, the cost of registration rises to $200 and $275 respectively. For additional information about the job fair, registration fees/details, and a list of past employer participants, please click here.

Please note that when registering, law students should designate Fall 2010 as their year in school. Once you register and have confirmed your email address, you will receive a system generated password and an invoice for your participation. On August 9, 2010, you will receive detailed instructions on how to apply to the participating employers. All applications must be submitted the week of August 9-13. Once you have registered, you need not do anything further until August 9, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact HNBA Career Fair Symplicity administrator Ashley Bowes at abowes@stthomas.edu.

 

July 23: Registration Deadline for the 2010 Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program

The Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program offers rising second and rising third year law students the opportunity to interview for summer associate and entry-level positions with prominent regional and national employers. This year's program will be held August 20-21, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Covington, Kentucky.

A cocktail reception for all attendees will be held Friday August 20, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The reception will begin at 6:30pm and is an excellent meet-and-greet opportunity for students to speak with participating employers.

To register, candidates must submit a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and a completed registration form by email or standard mail to Kim Spurlock at the address contained in the registration form. For a copy of the law student brochure and a registration form, please pick up Handout #20 from the career services office or email Yadi Trujillo. The registration deadline is Friday, July 23, 2010.

 

Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair

The 5th Annual Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Washington DC. At the job fair, rising 2L, rising 3L and lateral candidates will have the opportunity to put their resumes in front of America's top legal employers. Meet with hiring partners and recruiters from top law firms, government agencies, and general counsel during recruiting hall hours. Per NALP rules, first-year law students are not allowed to be interviewed on-site, but may attend the event to learn more about legal employers.

Candidates who register prior to May 30, 2010 will be eligible for separate pre-scheduled on-site interviews with recruiters.

Attendance is free. For additional information, eligibility requirements, and to register, please click here.

 

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 22nd such conference on August 26-28 , 2010 in Miami, FL. The 2009 Career Fair featured 130 recruiters and over 600 students from across the country. Students interested in learning more about the conference should visit www.lgbtbar.org/annual. Registration ends on July 31, 2010 and the deadline for late registration is August 14, 2010.

 

July 12: Registration Deadline for the Boston Lawyers Group 2010 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color

Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The InterContinental Hotel
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Washington D.C. Area Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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 rising second-year law students for 2011 summer associate/law clerk positions, and in a very limited number of cases employers will interview third-year law students for Fall 2011 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 2010.

Student registration begins April 1, 2010 and ends at midnight on July 12, 2010. Students can register for only one fair. 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. It is strongly encouraged that you visit the BLG website for details on the registration process, eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, and additional job fair-related activities.

 

July 16: Registration Deadline for the Indianapolis Bar Association 2010 Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites rising 2L law students (graduating in May 2012) to participate in the IBA Diversity Job Fair. The IBA is seeking candidates who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held August 19-20, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. Student registration opens on April 1, 2010 and there is no fee to register. Students will register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via the job fair's Symplicity web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Please do not confuse the job fair's Symplicity site with your particular law school's Symplicity site and password. Once you submit your registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable you to use the system throughout the next few months. The registration deadline is July 16, 2010.

Please note that students will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. A special rate of $169 for students will be available at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. The deadline for this hotel rate is July 20, 2010. The hotel phone number is 317-236-1800 and the hotel is located at 110 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. For additional information about the job fair, please visit www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

 

Resources

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.

2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. For the password information to the online edition, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

LexisNexis ASPIRE Program For Law Students &
Deferred Law Firm Hires

Since summer is drawing near, we want to make you aware of ASPIRE, a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. LexisNexis, your partner in legal education, provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within our research system. Students face a heightened challenge securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career. You may learn details of the program on the ASPIRE information page.

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.

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

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