CSO Information & Announcements
- Resume Books for Spring
- Summer Experience Surveys
- CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
- Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
- Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Sweet Home Chicago Reception
- Milwaukee-area "Home for the Holidays" 1L Receptions
- Perkins Coie Welcome Back 1L Diversity Fellowship Celebration
- 17th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School: February 18-20, 2011
- Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times
- Army JAG Corps Interviews, January 27
- Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program
- AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
- Just the Beginning Foundation Diversity Judicial Externships
- Spring Community-Based Federal Work Study - Deadline January 10
- 2011 Summer PILI Student Internship Application Now Open for 1L Students
- Summer 2011 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program: Now Open for 1L Students
Fellowships & Scholarships
- Georges Fellowship for Conservation at Shedd Aquarium
- Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship for 1Ls
- Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program for 1Ls
- Kegler, Brown 2011 Minority Merit Scholarship for 1Ls
- Peggy Browning Labor Law Summer and School-Year Fellowship Programs
- Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Annual 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship Program
- Asian American Bar Foundation 2011 Scholarship
- Harter Secrest & Emery 2011 Diversity Scholarship
- McAndrews Held & Malloy 2011 Diversity in Patent Law Summer Fellowship Program for 1Ls
- Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for 1Ls
- 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
Resume Books for Spring
Resume Books are back for spring!
Spring Semester Resume Books will be available for “opt-in” beginning January 1, 2011 for all 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2010 class).
As a reminder, 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, Spring Resume Books will not be available for “opt-in” until January 1, 2011. If you go to Opt-in Resume Books before January 1, you will be seeing the Fall Resume Books only and 1Ls will not see any Resume Books listed.
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? The Spring Resume Books will not be available to “opt-in” until January 1, 2011. Fall Resume Books for 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Grads will continue to be active until December 31, 2010. You can upload your resume into Symplicity at any time, and can begin choosing Resume Books on January 1, 2011. An announcement will be sent to all employers in the Symplicity system regarding Spring Resume Book on Friday, January 21, 2011.
- 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 Spring Resume Books on January 21, 2011. We will do this every semester as new Resume Books are created. We have also been mentioning Resume Books in our outreach efforts 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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 Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Sweet Home Chicago Reception
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Time: Panel - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Reception - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: The Joffrey Tower
10 East Randolph Street, 4th Floor
The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms is holding its annual Sweet Home Chicago reception on Tuesday, December 28, 2010. This year’s reception will begin with a panel entitled “How to Get the Job You Want After Law School.” The panel is a great opportunity to learn useful tips for your job search directly from practicing attorneys.
This annual holiday event brings together minority law students and law firm attorneys in a festive setting to provide students with an opportunity to begin building a professional network in Chicago. This year's reception is sponsored by Chapman & Cutler LLP and Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP. Please note: you need to RSVP separately for the panel presentation and for the reception. To RSVP for the panel program, please click here. Space for the panel program is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. The deadline to RSVP for the reception is Tuesday, December 21, 2010. To RSVP, for the reception please click here.
Milwaukee-area "Home for the Holidays" 1L Receptions
The annual Milwaukee area 1L "Home for the Holidays" receptions will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at the law firms of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Michael Best & Friedrich and Quarles & Brady LLP. Please note that these events are being held on the same day, at different times, and at different locations.
The Quarles & Brady reception will be held from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at 411 E. Wisconsin Avenue, 24th Floor, in Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP for the Quarles & Brady reception, please email Linda Lamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michael Best & Friedrich reception will be held from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at 100 E. Wisconsin Avenue, 33rd Floor, in Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP for the Michael Best reception, please email Brooke Buntrock at email@example.com.
The Godfrey & Kahn reception will be held from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at 780 North Water Street, M&I Bank Building, 17th Floor in Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP for the Godfrey & Kahn reception, please email Jenna Lauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perkins Coie Welcome Back 1L Diversity Fellowship Celebration
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Place: The "W" Hotel
644 North Lakeshore Drive
Perkins Coie invites 1L students from Chicago law schools to join them in celebrating the end of the first semester and the success of its 1L Diversity Fellowship program. Please RSVP to JJConnolly@perkinscoie.com. Casual Chic Attire. Applications are currently being accepted for its diversity fellowship. Please see the entry below in the fellowship section for more details.
17th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School: February 18-20, 2011
The 17th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will take place on the weekend of February 18-20, 2011. Last year, over 700 practitioners, law students, and community activists gathered in New Haven to discuss progressive strategies for social change within and without the law. This year’s conference features keynote speakers Burt Neuborne, Graham Boyd, Laurie Rubiner, and Jose Padilla.
Descriptions of panels and workshops will be posted here, with frequent updates regarding speakers and the schedule as information becomes available. There is also a blog about the conference that will contain information and updates here.
Registration is now open on the website. When you register, you’ll be able to sign up receive FREE HOUSING for the weekend in New Haven on the spare beds, couches and floors of local friendly, rebellious law students. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
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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Army JAG Corps Interviews, January 27
The US Army JAG will be conducting on-campus interviews at Chicago-Kent on January 27 beginning at 9 am. 1Ls will be interviewed regarding summer internships and 3Ls will be interviewed regarding permanent positions in the JAG Corps. Please note that these interviews are mostly informational and additional steps must be taken to formally apply for a position with the US Army JAG. Click here for more information.
This job posting can only be applied for via the OCI tab in your Symplicity account. Please make sure that you have selected "Spring 2011" as the "Session" once you have clicked on "OCI." You must then upload all required documents (resume and transcript). Please note that you cannot upload a scanned copy of your transcript into Symplicity - the file size is too large. Instead, you must create a Word version of your transcript. If you do not know how to do this, contact your career adviser. If you are a 1L and do not yet have your grades, please create a Word document listing the grades you have received, and the classes for which you have not received grades with a "pending" note after them. You must also fill out all class conflicts for Thursday, January 27 under the subtab “Class Schedules/Conflicts;” you are not permitted to interview during a time that you have class.
You must apply by January 21 at noon. Interview times will be made available by 5pm on January 24.
Note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.
Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program
The Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. In considering a student's diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student. The objectives of the program include:
- To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions
- To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students
- To provide student with a foundation in various aspects of business law
Up to nine interns will be given a summer stipend of $6,000 and placed in business court clerkships in the Philadelphia Commerce Court or the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Applications for the 2011 program are available here. All application materials must be received on or before Friday, January 21, 2011. For more information about the Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program click here.
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee created the LCC Minority Outreach Program to encourage diverse law students to apply for summer clerkship opportunities at LCC law firms and legal departments. The outreach program seeks to introduce diverse law students to the practice of law in the labor movement and to encourage them to join the ranks of union-side attorneys in the ongoing battle for social and economic justice.
The program includes a networking conference, at the conclusion of which, students are placed in the LCC Mentor Program. Through this program LCC attorneys provide guidance and support during and after the students' clerkships. Students interested in applying at a law firm or legal department should apply directly to the employer. Click here for a listing of participating employers. To learn more about the program and the networking conference, please click here and here.
Just the Beginning Foundation Diversity Judicial Externships
For law students in the pipeline towards a legal profession, Just The Beginning Foundation (JTBF) offers resources and opportunities to assist students by exposing them to various legal opportunities (externships), helping to build resumes and assisting them in making the way through the job market and to the job that best suits them.
JTBF matches law students with federal and state judges across the country for externships for their 1L summer or 2L or 3L school years. JTBF also runs the Share the Wealth Clerkship program, through which 3L students and law school graduates participate in a special round of interviewing for full-time clerkship positions.
For additional information and application details, please click here.
Spring Community-Based Federal Work Study – Deadline: January 10
Chicago-Kent is continuing the Community-Based Federal Work Study Program during Spring 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. A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline. Please visit the 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 Monday, January 10.
2011 Summer PILI Student Internship Application Period Now Open for 1L Students
PILI’s Summer 2011 application period for the Law Student Internship Program opened on October 15th for 2Ls and will open on December 1st for 1Ls. As in years past, the application process is online through www.IllinoisProBono.org. Applicants must first register as a user on this site and it typically takes 24 hours for the user to be approved. PILI Summer Interns are required to work 400 hours at one of 21 agencies in the Chicagoland area and receive a $5,000 stipend for their work. There are also six School-Year Internship spots at five agencies for the 2011 Spring Semester, requiring 200 hours of work for a $2,500 stipend. The Spring 2011 application process will also be online and opens on November 1st. Information about PILI’s Law Student Internship Program can be found on our website at www.pili-law.org/internships.htm.
Contact your career counselor or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Summer 2011 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program: Now Open for 1L Students
The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a summer internship program open to all first or second year minority or financially disadvantaged law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in Illinois, Texas, Washington DC, Miami, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Seattle, and California. Interns will receive an award of $1,500. The time commitment can vary by student, subject to a six-week minimum. Students will be expected to coordinate their schedule with their individual judges and to work the hours required by each judge. Students are asked to submit a completed application, resume, transcript (second-year students), legal writing sample and a statement of interest. Detailed program information and applications are available at the program website. Applications will be accepted beginning October 4th for second year students and December 1st for first year students. The deadline for applications is January 7, 2011. Questions about the program should be directed to Gail Howard at email@example.com or 312-988-6348.
Fellowships & Scholarships
Georges Fellowship for Conservations at Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium, through a grant from the Georges Foundation, is pleased to offer the Georges Fellowship for Conservation, a summer internship opportunity, to a qualified candidate selected through a competitive application process. The Fellowship includes:
- An 8-week summer internship with Shedd’s conservation department focusing on environmental policy research
- Mentoring by a practicing environmental law attorney
- A $5,000 stipend
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
- Be enrolled in the first year of a juris doctor program at an accredited law school located in the state of Illinois
- Properly complete the application form and mail to Shedd Aquarium (address listed below) so that it is received no later than 4pm on Friday, January 21, 2011. Late applications will not be considered
- Commit to participate in an 8-week summer internship as part of the fellowship (receipt of the $5,000 is contingent on participation in the internship)
The recipient of the Georges Fellowship will be selected based on the best judgment of the foundation and Shedd Aquarium. Judges will consider the following in the selection process:
- Academic acheivement demonstrated by the certified transcripts submitted with the application
- Demonstrated committment to a career in environmental law or to environmental issues
- Quality of the essay submitted by the applicant
- Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work in groups and independently.
Application forms are available in the Career Services Office in Suite 360. Please pick up handout #39. Applications should be mailed to:
Attn: Melanie Napoleon
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Perkins Coie Diversity Fellowship for 1Ls
Perkins Coie is now accepting applications for its 1L Diversity Fellowship Scholarships. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid position as a 2011 summer associate with one of its following offices: Bellevue, Chicago, Phoenix (Perkins Coie Brown & Bain P.A.), Portland, San Francisco or Seattle. Students are limited to applying to one office.
The student fellows will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- The individual must be a first-year law student in good standing pursuing the degree of Juris Doctor at an ABA accredited law school,
- The individual must possess an academic record, interest and capacity that demonstrate great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession, and
- The individual must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, the legal community.
The application deadline is January 24, 2011 (January 28 for the Pheonix location). Applicants must submit an application checklist, a current resume, three current references, undergraduate and, if available, law school transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable), a legal writing sample (10-page maximum) and a one-page, single-spaced personal statement/essay. For additional details on the application requirements and the fellowship, please click here. For general questions regarding the fellowship, please contact Judah Travis at JTravis@perkinscoie.com.
Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program for 1L Students
The Mecklenburb County Bar in Charlotte, NC is accepting applications to the 2011 Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program. This is a unique program allowing first-year law students to experience law practice within a law firm and a corporate legal department.
WHO: All first-year law students who advance the value of diversity in the Charlotte legal market may apply.
WHAT: A highly competitive program sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Bar (Charlotte, NC), where rising 2Ls spend six weeks as a summer associate at a law firm, and six weeks as a legal intern in a corporate law department.
WHERE: In Charlotte, at one of six in-house law departments: Bank of America; Compass Group; Duke Energy; Goodrich; TIAA-CREF; Wells Fargo
In Charlotte, at one of nine law firms: Alston & Bird LLP; Hunton & Williams LLP; K&L Gates LLP; Mayer Brown LLP; McGuireWoods LLP; Moore & Van Allen PLLC; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP; Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.; Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
WHEN: Applications are due by noon, January 28, 2011. The program runs May - August 2011.
WHY: To gain valuable legal experience in a progressive and dynamic city.
All applications should include a resume, copies of college and first-semester law school transcripts, and a writing sample. Additionally, applicants must submit a brief statement explaining how he or she would contribute to the goal of creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte. For more information and application details, please click here and then click on the "Application Process" tab at the top of the page.
Kegler, Brown 2011 Minority Merit Scholarship for 1Ls
The law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, located in Columbus, OH, is currently seeking applicants for its minority student merit scholarship. The $5,000 Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Merit Scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship position with the firm's first-year associate class.
Scholarship application materials are due to Kegler Brown by January 7, 2011. Interested students should submit a resume, application, undergraduate transcripts and first semester law school transcript (when available) to Cara M. Tammaro, Kegler Brown's human resources manager. The application, submission details and additional information about the scholarship and eligibility requirements are available here. If you have any questions, please contact Cara Tammaro at 614-462-5467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peggy Browning Labor Law Summer and School-Year Fellowship Programs
The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit corporation established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board. The fund's mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. To that end, the Fund will support over 50 funded 2011 Summer Fellowships in labor-related organizations throughout the United States and one 2011-2012 part-time funded School-year Fellowship (at the Chicago Newspaper Guild).
The Summer Fellowship are open to first-year or second-year students in good standing. The stipends are for $4,500 per student for a 10-week employment period and in many cases, the Mentor Organizations will supplement the stipend. Students interested in applying must submit applications both to the listed organization and to the Peggy Browning Fund. Applications must be received no later than Friday, January 14, 2011. It is strongly encouraged that students submit their applications as soon as possible rather than waiting until the deadline. For additional details on the program, eligibility requirements, and an application, please click here. Your application package should include a cover letter, a completed application form and your resume. Additional requirements may apply and will vary for each respective Mentor Organization. For a summer fellowship, you may apply to a maximum of five mentor sites.
The School-Year Fellowship is open to students in good standing who have completed at least one year of law school. The stipend will be approximately $3,700 maximum, based on 15 hours/week, 11 weeks/semester. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Interested students are strongly encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Your application package should include a cover letter, a completed application form, and your resume. For additional details on the program, eligibility requirements, and an application, please click here. Students interested in applying must submit applications both to the Chicago Newspaper Guild and to the Peggy Browning Fund.
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Annual 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship Program
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of law firms and corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession and the Twin Cities legal community. Through its 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship Program, it is offering first-year law students a unique summer clerkship opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working in an in-house corporate law department.
Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the nation's best law firms. As part of the law firm clerkship, students will spend one “rotation” (typically 3 to 4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation. The corporate participants in this program are Fortune 500 global companies headquartered in the Twin Cities. A complete application will include a resume, transcript, and cover letter. Applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2010 until January 14, 2011. Firms will be considering applications as they are received.
For more information and application instructions, please click here.
Asian American Bar Foundation 2011 Scholarship
The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (AABA Law Foundation) is pleased to announce its 2011 Scholarship. As part of achieving its goals, the AABA Law Foundation will award scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American communities through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work. In 2011, the AABA Law Foundation intends to award two Inaugural Scholarships of $2,500 each to law students who have exemplified that committment.
The application deadline is January 15, 2011. For more details and an application, please pick up Handout # 37 from the Career Services Office, located in Suite 360.
Attention 3Ls: December 17 Application Deadline for the Public Defender Corps, a post-graduation fellowship for future public defenders
Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Center have partnered to develop the Public Defender Corps, a pilot project that will provide three year fellowships inside select public defender offices for top students to engage in indigent defense with a strong training and support structure. This initiative addresses the ongoing national crisis of failing to provide quality representation to accused persons who cannot afford counsel.
Applicants to Public Defender Corps will undergo a rigorous selection process. Once selected, they will receive expert advocacy training and mentoring, and be integrated into a community of defenders to help them develop the skills needed to provide the highest quality of representation to clients and imbue them with a commitment to indigent defense reform.
Public Defender Corps is scheduled to launch as a pilot program in the fall of 2011 with approximately 20 Fellowship positions. Application and supporting documents are due by 5:00 PM on December 17, 2010. For application instructions and additional information about the Public Defender Corps, go to http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/programs/public-defender-corps/general
Harter Secrest & Emery 2011 Diversity Scholarship
The Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005. The firm awards one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student’s second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student’s first and second year of law school.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP?
To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time currently enrolled 1L law student who is in good standing at an accredited law school. First year students who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.
WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?
In addition to the eligibility requirements set forth above, each recipient will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: (1) the individual must possess an academic record, interest and capacity that evidence great promise for a successful career during the remainder of law school and in the legal profession; and (2) the individual must contribute to the diversity of the student body at his or her law school. Although a disclosure of financial circumstances is not required, a demonstrated need for financial assistance may be taken into consideration. The Diversity Scholarship recipient will be chosen based upon the Firm’s review of all scholarship applications and interviews conducted with scholarship finalists.
HOW DO I APPLY?
In order to apply for the Diversity Scholarship, complete the application set forth below and return the application, together with all accompanying materials, to:
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
1600 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, New York 14604
The diversity scholarship applicaiton must be received by Harter Secrest & Emery LLP on or before Friday, January 21, 2011. Click here for more information about the application process.
McAndrews Held & Malloy 2011 Diversity in Patent Law Summer Fellowship Program for 1Ls
Each year, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago. Applications for the 2011 fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2010 through January 15, 2011. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.
For additional details about this opportunity, and an application, please click here.
Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for 1Ls
Vedder Price is accepting applications for its 2011 Diversity Scholarship for 1L students. Eligible candidates are first-year law students enrolled at various Illinois law schools, including Chicago-Kent. The application form specifies additional eligibility requirements.
The Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses for each year that the recipient remains in good standing at one of the qualified Illinois law schools, as well as a summer internship position after their first year of law school.
For an application, please click here. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bo Kim at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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