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September 20, 2010

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Summer Experience Surveys
  • Resume Books Sign-ups Continue
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Be Sure to Check OCI Interview Schedules for Changes in Rooms, Times, Interviewers, etc.
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • "Exploring Career" Programs Start August 25th
  • Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week is September 20-24
  • September 28: Dress Like You've Got the Job
  • September 29: Presidential Management Fellowship Program
  • October 6: Student Debt Relief Program: Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Assistance Programs from A to Z
  • October 22: Chicago-Kent Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington DC
  • October 2: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Placements
  • Lawyers in the Classroom Volunteer Opportunity with Holland & Knight
  • American Bar Association Panel Discussion Highlighting Careers in Criminal Justice
  • American Bar Association Mentoring Program
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • KL Gates - Change Your World Campaign
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • SEC Summer Honors Program
  • Presidential Management Fellowship Application Period: October 1-15
  • Workforce Recruitment Program
  • Become a Velocity Ambassador for IIT

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • September 30: Application Deadline for 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

Job Fairs

  • September 24: Registration Deadline for Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
  • Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair

Resources

  • 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
  • PSLawNet

CSO Information & Announcements

 

Summer Experience Surveys

The best way for students to make an informed choice about where they would like to work is to hear from those who have worked there in the past. The Career Services Office offers all students the chance to evaluate their summer experiences. In order for this to be a valuable resource for students, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey about your summer experience at: https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students/.

Once you have logged on, please click on "Summer Experience Survey" on the right-hand side under the "Career Tools and Advising" section. Then click "Add New" to complete the survey. You must click "Submit" when you are finished.

The information you provide helps our office better understand the different types of summer legal opportunities our students are experiencing. Also, by completing the survey, you are given the option of being a resource for other students by making your contact information visible on your survey. If you choose to allow students to contact you for further information about your summer experience, you may receive emails with additional questions about the method through which you obtained your position (i.e., fall OCI program, job fairs, networking, direct mailing, etc.) and specific information about the firm/organization where you worked. However, if you would like your evaluation to remain anonymous, simply select "No" to the following question: "May students contact you for further information about your summer experience?"

We greatly appreciate your assistance in making sure this is a valuable resource for students.

 

Resume Books Sign-ups Continue

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

 

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

 

Be Sure to Check OCI Interview Schedules for Changes in Rooms, Times, Interviewers, etc.

Student interview schedules for OCI are available on Symplicity.  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 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

 

"Exploring Career" Programs Start August 25th

This fall, the career services office is starting off the year with a series of “Exploring” panels to familiarize students with a wide variety of careers paths. The “Exploring” series will start with the Exploring Careers with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and last though October. The Series will be as follows:

  • August 25: Exploring Careers with the Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • August 31: Exploring Careers in the Federal Government
  • September 7: Exploring Careers in Legal Aid
  • September 8: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense
  • September 14: Exploring Careers in State and County Government
  • September 15: Exploring Careers in Prosecution
  • October 5: Exploring Careers in Small & Mid-sized Firms

For full details on the first four of these program, please see the entries below. Additional details on the remaining programs will be included in the Record as the program dates draw closer, so please read the Record regularly!

 

Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week is September 20-24

ASCK Week is a week-long extravaganza of opportunities for students to network and connect with Chicago-Kent Alumni as well as to gain valuable career-related skills. More information can be found on the Alumni Office ASCK Week webpage (http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/alums/asck/studentschedule.html) Please plan on participating in one or more of the opportunities listed below, and RSVP through the Events section of Symplicity (1Ls may RSVP by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu):

  • Take a Student To Work Day:  Any Day, September 20-24
  • Resume Reviews: Monday, September 20, 20 minute sessions, all day
  • Informational Interviews: Tuesday, September 21, 30 minute sessions, all day
  • Generational Differences in the Work Place: Tuesday, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Mock Interviews: Wednesday, September 22, 30 minute sessions, all day
  • Unusual Interview Situations: Wednesday, 3-4 pm
  • Everything you want to know about law school: A panel hosted by the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council. Thursday, September 23, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Everything you want to know about practicing law: A panel hosted by the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council. Thursday, September 23, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • How to Network: Thursday, September 23, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Alumni and Student Networking Event, Thursday, September 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. For this event only, RSVP to alums@kentlaw.edu by Tuesday, September 21.

After you RSVP to an event, you will be contacted to set up a specific time and to be given information on your alumni contact.

September 28: Dress Like You've Got the Job

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Time: Noon - 1:00pm
Location: Room 580

Jasmin French of J French Image & Wardrobe Consulting will discuss how to dress like a professional on a student budget. Topics she will address include:

  1. The Grey Area - Addressing the issue of the "in-between," not a suit and not khakis.....but everything else.
  2. Work with What You've Got - Addressing what's in your closet creatively (but tastefully) to offer more options.
  3. Shopping on a Budget....But Recognizing the Items That Are Worth Every Penny.

 

September 29: Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 270

Natalie Hill, Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security and '07 Kent graduate; and Michelle Vodenik, Director and Public Interest/Diversity Advisor in the Career Services Office, will discuss the Presidential Management Fellowship Program.

The Presidential Management Fellowship is a 2-year post-graduation opportunity, which places applicants in public policy and management positions in a wide variety of federal government agencies and departments. Candidates must receive graduate degrees by August 31, 2011 to participate. Criteria for nomination includes breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and committment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs. For more information visit www.pmf.opm.gov. If you are interested in applying from Chicago-Kent, you must contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office, so that you can be informed of any developments in the application process and receive information about how to be nominated. Please read more detailed information about the Fellowship and the application period below in the "Employment Opportunities" section.

Please RSVP via Symplicity to attend this program. To RSVP, go directly to your Symplicity account by clicking here, and click on the "Events" Tab, then select this event and click 'RSVP."

 

October 6: Student Debt Relief Program: Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Assistance Programs from A to Z

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 510

Is fear of high student debt, causing you to worry about whether you can pursue a career working for the government or a non-profit employer? If so, please join us for an educational program explaining the latest legislation offering debt relief. This program details the College Cost Reduction and Access Act—the most significant law affecting public service in a generation. National Student Debt Relief Expert, Heather Jarvis, from Equal Justice Works, will present.  This program is co-sponsored by the Student Bar Association and the Kent Justice Foundation.   

From this program you will learn:

  • How Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness work
  • What you need to know about loan forgiveness programs while you are in school
  • What steps to take after you graduate to manage high student debt

Please RSVP via Symplicity to attend this program. To RSVP, go directly to your Symplicity account by clicking here, and click on the "Events" Tab, then select this event and click 'RSVP."

 

October 22: Chicago-Kent Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington DC

In conjunction with the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair held on October 22-23 in Washington DC, Chicago-Kent alumni and students will gather on Friday, October 22 from 5 - 7pm at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street NW (Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Stop - Red Line). Great networking opportunity! To participate, please send an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu with Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington DC in the subject line, and indicate your class year. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 19. If you have questions contact Michelle Vodenik in the Career Services Office.

October 2: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Publicinterest Law Placements

Looking to secure a position at a public interest law organization or in the government sector? This program is for Chicago-area law students and recent graduates who are interested in learning more about opportunities as volunteers, interns or externs, fellows or staff at public interest law organizations. The program will be on Saturday, October 2, 2010, 8:30am – Breakfast, 9:00am-12:00pm – Program, at DePaul University College of Law, 24 East Jackson Boulevard. Advance Registration Required by September 28th by emailing rsvp@pili-law.org.

The program will begin with a panel discussion focusing on how to obtain pro bono and public interest law positions, particularly PILI Internships and Fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships and Skadden Fellowships. It will also address incorporating pro bono and public interest law into your experience in law school and throughout your career. The panel will include: Mary Curry, Judicial Clerk, Circuit Court of Cook County; Patrick Gallagher, Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell LLP; Ashlee Highland, CARPLS; Jennifer Hrycyna, Illinois Department of Human Services; Maria Sfreddo, EJW Fellow at Legal Assistance Foundation.

Following this panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with leading attorneys in private, government, and public interest law practice as well as a member of the judiciary. The following people will participate in these mentoring sessions: Laurie Burgess, Burgess Law Offices; Jennifer Cassell, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Tammy Evans, Cook County Public Guardian; Kimberly Halvorsen, Clifford Law Offices; Jon Schildt, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

The morning will conclude with a forum on the nuts and bolts of landing a position at a public interest law organization. Panelist will offer practical advice on writing effective resumes and cover letters and also share tips on developing strong networking and interview skills. The panel will include: Alicia Aiken, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; Ruta Stropus, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and Michelle Vodenik, Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Students and recent graduates alike are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about Phi Alpha Delta, Public Interest Law Initiative, the Chicago Area Law School Consortium and Illinois Legal Aid Online. Breakfast will be proved at this complimentary program. For additional information, contact PILI’s Director of Programs, Michael Bergman, at 312-832-5129 or mbergmann@pili-law.org.

 

Lawyers in the Classroom Volunteer Opportunity with Holland & Knight

Coordinated by Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC), the Lawyers in the Classroom program partners attorneys and law students with elementary classes to help Chicago Public School students understand the U.S. Constitution and our legal system. CRFC will train teams of Chicago-Kent students and Holland & Knight attorneys to lead interactive lessons. CRFC will provide teaching materials and will match the teaching teams with 2nd through 8th grade social studies classrooms. Attorney/law student teams are asked to visit their partner school a minimum of three times throughout the school year. A training for all 2L, 3L and 4L Chicago-Kent law students and Holland & Knight attorneys interested in participating will be held at Holland & Knight (131 South Dearborn Street, 30th Floor) on October 19, 2010 from 5pm – 7pm.

If you would like to volunteer, you must send an RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.edu; details will follow. This is a great volunteer opportunity as well as an excellent opportunity to work side by side with practicing attorneys throughout this academic year!

 

American Bar Association Panel Discussion Highlighting Careers in Criminal Justice

Date: Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: Noon - 1:15pm
Location: DePaul University College of Law
Room 905 Lewis Building

The American Bar Association invites students from all Chicagoland schools to Professionas Within Criminal Justice: a Panel Discussion Highlighting Careers in Criminal Justice. This Discussion will feature:

  • Lawrence Wojcik, Partner at DLA Piper
  • Garvin G. Ambrose, ASA at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • Jonathan D. King, Partner at DLA Piper
  • Danny Martin, Illinois Federal Defender Program, Inc.
  • Margaret Hickey, AUSA at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois
  • (Tentative) Tom Vaughn, Esq, Chapter 13 trustee

Lunch will be provided. RSVP at Law_Career@depaul.edu or call 312-362-8385.

 

American Bar Association Mentoring Program

While most mentoring programs are based on occasional meetings between seasoned practitioners and young lawyers, GP|Solo’s Law Student Mentoring Program does more. The program, aimed to fill some of the gaps of traditional law school education, focuses on introducing law students to the practical aspects of being a lawyer through real world activities and the mentor’s insight and guidance. Further, the program is flexible, enabling the law student to pick his or her own mentor and tailor the program’s criteria to his or her own interests.

By completing the law student mentoring program, students will have established a strong relationship with their mentors, witnessed several legal proceedings of their choosing, and gained valuable insight to the things law school doesn’t teach. Each student who successfully completes the program earns an acknowledgement as a token of his or her accomplishment.

All law students are eligible to participate in the program, so long as you’re a member of the ABA and GP|Solo. The ABA’s annual dues for law students is $25.00. Law student membership in GP|Solo is free. You can join GP|Solo when you join the ABA.

Program requirements include:

  • Attending several court activities, alternative dispute resolution meetings, or other legal proceedings;
  • Receiving guidance and advice from an experienced practitioner of your choosing; and
  • Practicing interview techniques and developing a resume and cover letter with your mentor.
Click here to learn more and register for the program.

 

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.

 

K&L Gates - Change Your World Campaign

Continuing on the success of last year's Change Your World campaign, K&L Gates LLP is reducing waste by minimizing printed recruiting materials and eliminating promotional items. The money saved will be donated to a worthy charity. Here's where you come in.

Visit www.klgates.com/changeyourworld, play the "Change Your World" trivia challenge, and decide which of three outstanding nonprofit organizations you want your score to count toward. If you are good enough, the organization you choose could receive the cash. Compete for your school, compete for personal glory, compete for a cause you believe in.

 

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.

 

SEC Summer Honors Program

Applications for the SEC's Summer Honors Program are being accepted online between September 13, 2010 and November 15, 2010. The Summer Honors Law Program gives law and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets and careers within the Commission. Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the Commission's Washington, DC headquarters or in one of its 11 regional offices nationwide including: New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.

Applicants must attend/have attended an accredited law school and must have completed their full second year of law school by May 2011 to be eligible for this position: Evening students must have completed the equivalent of the second year for full-time students. Students graduating in May 2011 are not eligible.

Students are selected based on merit. Selection criteria include: a demonstrated interest in public service and the SEC's mission; strong academic performance; excellent writing skills; previous employment and internships; law review and other publication work; and extracurricular activities such as moot court competition, legal aid, and clinical experience. Undergraduate securities course work is not a prerequisite.

How to Apply:

Applicants apply online between September 13 and November 15, 2010 (midnight, Eastern Time).

Before you begin the application process, you should assemble the following (if applicable):

  • create a unique password for accessing your application (no more than 10 characters) and make a note of it; you will be prompted by the system for this password. You will use this password to access your application in the future.
  • a permanent e-mail address that will not change during the course of the application and hiring process (September 2010 - January 2011)
  • your cover letter, resume, most recent (unofficial) law school transcript, and a writing sample
  • information about your undergraduate degree (e.g, type of degree, major, year received, name of school)
  • information about your non-legal graduate degree(s) (e.g, type of degree, major, year received or will receive, name of school)
  • information about any unique qualifications, training, special skills or competencies relevant to your application for employment

Click here for additional information and to apply.

 

Presidential Management Fellowship Application Period: October 1-15

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: 3Ls and LLMs may participate in the 2-year program, which places applicants in public policy and management positions with a wide variety of federal government agencies and departments. This year, the program has a particular interest in law students and graduates from other specified disciplines. Strong emphasis is placed on challenging career opportunities and career development and employers offer seminars, briefings, conferences, orientation programs and on-the-job training. Rotational assignments expose Fellows to other agency areas, as well as another agency or branch of the federal government. Participants receive an initial 2-year appointment, generally at GS-9, but possibly GS-11 or GS-12 depending on experience, and promotions after the first year. Upon completion of the fellowship, PMFs are eligible for conversion to career or career-conditional status. Loan forgiveness programs are administered at the discretion of individual agencies.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must receive graduate degrees by August 31, 2011. Criteria include breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, and other criteria developed by each school. Candidates are generally eligible to apply only once. Veterans meeting PMF and school criteria must be nominated, and schools are encouraged to nominate women, minorities and people with disabilities. Federal agencies may not hire non-U.S. citizens, with a few exceptions listed on the website.

For more information: www.pmf.opm.gov. Applicants will apply from October 1 - 15, 2010 and the application window will be open for a brief time. If interested in applying, you must express that interest to Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office, so that you can be informed about the nomination process for students from Chicago-Kent and so that we know that you wish to be nominated. Any student can apply to be a PMF, but applicants must be nominated by Chicago-Kent in order to receive consideration and an interview.

 

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense with the participation of many other federal agencies, the WRP has provided employment opportunities for over 5,000 students since 1995.  To learn more, please go to: www.wrp.gov.  WRP representatives will be on-campus at IIT on October 28, 2010.   To qualify, applicants must have a disability; be a U.S. Citizen; and be currently enrolled full-time or have graduated in December 2009, Spring 2010 or Summer 2010.  Please contact Aggie Niemiec, Director of Disability Resources, in the Center for Disability Resources at 312-567-5744 or at aniemiec@iit.edu for more information.   Space is limited so please let Aggie know of your interest as soon as possible.

 

Become a Velocity Ambassador for IIT

Are you interested in earning $60 a pop to interview Chicago-Kent alumni? Conduct three interviews per month over the school year at your convenience by becoming an IIT Velocity Ambassador. The Velocity Initiative is an ambitious university project to have students conduct interviews with our alumni. Contact Tanya Pietrkowski at tpietrkowski@kentlaw.edu to learn more.


 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

September 30: Application Deadline for 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 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.

 

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.

 

Job Fairs

 

September 24: Registration Deadline for Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will be held on October 22-23 in Bethesda Maryland (Washington DC). This is a great opportunity for 2L's, 3L's, 4L's, and recent graduates to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. If you are willing and interested in expanding your job search beyond Chicago, this can be a very useful Conference & Career Fair. Please note that 1L's are welcome to attend the conference and participate in table talk with employers, but they cannot interview. Students can register and find more information about the Conference & Career Fair; registrations must be completed and applications submitted by September 24, 2010! Employers begin to review resume and cover letters and create their interview schedules for the conference NOW, in the order they are received.

A special “Chicago-Kent Public Service Employers Reception,” will be held in connection with the conference on Friday, October 22nd, 5:00-7:00p, location TBA, where Chicago-Kent students will be able to meet Chicago-Kent alumni working in Washington DC. If you have any questions, you can contact Michelle Vodenik or Susan DeCostanza in the Career Services Office. The Career Services Office will be holding a brown bag lunch on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Noon in Room 545 to discuss how best to prepare for the career fair.

Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair

P&G will host its Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair on October 13, 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, October 13th, 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.

 

Resources

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 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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