CSO Information & Announcements
- CSO Seeks Work-Study Student Worker(s)
- Resume Books Kick Off on August 23
- August 23: CSO Open House - Snacks and Prizes!
- CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
- August 13: OCI Interview Schedules Are Live
- Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
- Chicago Bar Association: Careers in Intellectual Property Law
- Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
- Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times
- Federal Work Study at Community-Based Organizations Deadline for Fall 2010, Tuesday, August 17
- DOJ Attorney General's Honors Program Application Opens July 26, 2010
Fellowships & Scholarships
- Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
- Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area: Opportunities for Volunteer Attorneys & Deferred Associates
- Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair
- 2010-2011 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
CSO Information & Announcements
CSO Seeks Work-Study Student Worker(s)
The Career Services Office seeks one or two part-time work-study student workers for a total of 15-20 hours per week for the fall 2010 semester. Flexible hours, though preference is for three partial days each 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by August 27 with "CSO Position" in the email subject line. Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability during the fall semester. Please note: Federal Work-study eligibility is a requirement.
Resume Books Kick off on August 23
The Career Services Office is kicking off a new job search program this fall – Resume Books!
A Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our resume books will collect the resumes of students and recent graduates in a particular class (e.g. 2Ls) with similar interests (e.g. immigration law, real estate law, or working in the northern suburbs), and then notify employers who fit those criteria that the books are available for review. These books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (“We are looking for a 3L interested in litigation who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks).
Here are a few FAQs about Resume Books:
- Do I have to participate?
No, the Resume Books are “opt-in.” Only students who choose to participate will be included in Resume Books.
If you do participate, you are authorizing our office to make your resume available to any employer who requests the Resume Books into which you have placed your resume, and you have given our office permission to send your resume in response to a telephone or email request for students interested in a particular practice area or geographic region. However, you are not obligated to accept interviews or offers resulting from your participation.
- How do I participate? In Symplicity, click on the “Documents” tab, then “Opt-In Resume Book.” At the far right, click on “Select Resume Books.” You will see your resume listed and under that a drop down list of Resume Books for your class year. Select the correct Resume Books and then click on “Submit.”
Please Note: If you have not had your resume reviewed since last spring, you will need to have your career adviser review it before you can opt-in to a Resume Book. Your resume can be emailed to your career adviser for this purpose.
- When does this start? You can upload your resume into Symplicity and begin choosing Resume Books today. Resume Books will be available to employers beginning September 1.
- How many Resume Books can I join? You can opt in to only 3 practice area Resume Books, but you are not limited as to geographic Resume Books (we do ask that you only opt in to a geographic Resume Book if you are serious about moving to that area). Any student who self-identifies as diverse is also welcome to opt in to the “Diversity Resume Book” for their class.
- Are the Resume Books indefinite? Resume Books will expire at the end of each semester and will be recreated for the following semester. You will need to opt-in again at the beginning of each semester. This is to prevent resumes from getting stale and to remind students to consider whether they are still interested in the same practice areas and/or geographic areas that they were 3 months prior. Reminders will be sent when new Resume Books are created.
- What if I find a job? If you find a job, and are no longer seeking new employment for the foreseeable future, you must remove your resume from the Resume Books you have selected, until such time that you begin seeking employment again.
- What if I change my mind about the type of law that interests me? As above, if you change your mind about the areas of law or geographic areas where you would like to work, we ask that you remove your resume from those Resume Books. Once you have done so, you can opt in to new Resume Books that fit your changed interests.
- Can I upload other job application documents to a Resume Book?Unfortunately, no. Cover letters and other documents can help paint a well-rounded picture of an applicant, but it would simply make the Resume Books too cumbersome for the employers, and it would be hard to manage and maintain. If an employer wants additional documents, they will contact you to ask.
- How will employers know about Resume Books? The Career Services Office will be sending emails to all employers in our Symplicity database telling them about our Resume Books in early September. We will do this every semester as new Resume Books are created. We have also been mentioning Resume Books in our outreach efforts this summer as something to watch for.
- Now that Resume Books exist, can I stop looking for a job? Definitely not! Resume Books are just one tool in your job search. We are not guaranteeing that Resume Books will lead to a job for everyone. However, we are trying to get as many student resumes in front of as many employers as possible, and we hope that Resume Books will accomplish that.
If you have additional questions about Resume Books, or would like your resume reviewed prior to opting in to a Resume Book, please contact your Career Services Adviser.
August 23: CSO Open House - Snacks and Prizes!
The Career Services Office will be hosting an Open House on August 23, outside of the 3rd Floor Cafeteria. The CSO table will be staffed continuously from 8:30am – 6:00pm. Be sure to stop by for information on CSO services, a list of upcoming CSO programs and useful handouts as well as snacks. Several lucky students will win prizes, including copies of Kimm Walton’s Guerilla Tactics to Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams. Hope to see you there – bring your career-related questions!
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 email@example.com 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.
August 13: OCI Interview Schedules Are Live
Student interview schedules for OCI will be available on Symplicity on August 13, 2010 after 5 pm. Click on the “OCI” tab and then on “Scheduled Interviews.” Please remember to check back frequently as changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the process. We will not be sending out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to check on Symplicity.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Chicago Bar Association: Careers in Intellectual Property
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Time: Noon - 2:00pm
Place: Chicago Bar Association Building
321 S. Plymouth Court
Interested in a career in intellectual property? Come to the Young Lawyers Section IP Committee's Sixth Annual Careers in Intellectual Property Seminar. You will hear from a panel of practicing intellectual property attorneys representing a wide variety of professional experience on the types of issues dealt with on a daily basis and why intellectual property is important for every business. These professionals will also give insider advice on creating job opportunities through networking, resume building, interview techniques and practical advice for working in this field. Topics include:
- Intellectual property practice in in-house, large law firm, boutique firm and solo
- Improving resumes
- Interview tactics
- Leveraging previous work experience
- Practical advice for day-to-day practice and dealing with employers, colleagues and staff
The panelists will be:
- William Jackson, Attorney, Norvell IP LLC
- Larisa R. Lacis, General Counsel, NeoPharm Inc.
- Olivia T. Luk, Associate, Jenner & Block LLP
- Kal K. Shah, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Lydia Wahlke, Assistant General Counsel, Chicago Cubs
- Moderator: Maria Maras, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Moderator: Jeremy Roe, Neal & McDevitt LLC
Space is limited! The program is complimentary for CBA Members and CBA Law Student Members, and is $15 for nonmembers. Lunch will be provided by DePaul University College of Law, The John Marshall Law School and BAR/BRI. To register, please visit www.chicagobar.org and find this program under the CLE section.
Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
Date: Friday, October 15, 2010
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Place: John Marshall Law School, Room 3 East
315 South Plymouth Court
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is dedicated to diversity and making sure that all segments of the community are aware of the employment opportunities available. On Friday, October 15, 2010, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is holding its 6th Annual Minority Law Students Reception. The evening will consist of a short program followed by a networking reception.
The event is being held at John Marshall Law School and will begin at 5:30pm. Registration for the event will begin at 5:15pm. Students are being asked to RSVP for this event to April Evans at 312-603-1871 or April.Evans@cookcountyil.gov.
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.
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Federal Work Study at Community-Based Organizations Deadline for Fall 2010, Tuesday, August 17
Chicago-Kent is continuing the Community-Based Federal Work Study Program during Fall 2010, through which Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school. 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 awards must secure their job placement. Please visit the the Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate. Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Tuesday, August 17.
DOJ Attorney General's Application Opens July 26, 2010
The Honors Program is the way that the DOJ hires entry-level attorneys. This year’s application period for students in their final year of law school as well as for recent graduates begins on July 26, 2010 and ends on September 7, 2010. For more information, visit http://www.justice.gov/oarm/arm/hp/hp.htm - Get your application in early! For information on other entry-level openings in the federal government, contact your career counselor or see the Federal Government Honors & Internship Handbook in the Symplicity Document Library.
The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. The Department offers extensive legal internship programs to law students with challenging opportunities in Washington, D.C. and in cities across America for positions during the summer and throughout the academic year. Through Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment, the Department selects approximately 1800 volunteer interns each year. Approximately 800 interns volunteer during the academic year and about 1000 volunteer internships are offered during the summer. These are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer. A significant number of volunteer internships are located in Washington D.C., but there are also opportunities with the 55 Immigration Courts, the 95 U.S. Trustees' Offices and other Department field offices nationwide. Some volunteer internships may qualify for course credit. Interested students can contact the externship office for specific requirements. There are a very limited number of paid part-time positions.
Fellowships & Scholarships
Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use during their third year of law school (2011-2012). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate's:
- Ability and committment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
- Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;
- Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
- Desire to practice in a global law firm environment
Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 30, 2010. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2011.
For an application form and additional information, please click here. For more information about Latham & Watkins, please click here.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair
P&G will host its Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair on September 15, 2010. Here you can learn about the opportunities available & how to apply to each. Have a question? Instant message one of the recruiters or join the group chat. This is your chance to experience P&G through the eyes of its employees, connecting not only via professional aspiration but through shared cultures as well. And do this all from the comfort of your home computer! No fees & no business attire required! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
WHEN: Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 / 10:00am – 6:00pm EST
HOW: Click here to register
TO LEARN MORE:
- Facebook: search for by P&G Diversity Networking page. Become a fan!
- Twitter: search by PGDiversity.
2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
The 2010-2011 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- 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.”
- In the Class Year Field:
- If you are an LLM student, enter LLM If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the username and password.
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