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March 28, 2011

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • Free Membership to the Legal Balance
  • Date Change: March 29, 30 & 31: Do You have, or hope to have any job interviews? Sign-up for a Mock Interview!
  • Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30: First Defense Legal Aid Volunteer Trainings
  • March 30: Education Society Private Sector Careers Panel
  • April 1: Presentation by Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army
  • April 5: Professionalism Series: How to Be Successful in Your Summer Job
  • April 6: Careers in Family Law Panel
  • April 12: Judicial Clerkship Informational Program
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Equal Justice Works Summer Corps: Application Opens March 16
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
  • 2011 Summer PILI Student Internship Application Now Open for 1L Students

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program
  • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund for Progressive Social Change

Job Fairs

  • Save the Date: 2011 Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Job Fair will be held on August 12, 2011
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job 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

 

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

 

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

 

Free Membership to the Legal Balance

The Legal Balance, an exclusive online community for women attorneys in Chicago, is offering a free one-year membership to Chicago-Kent students. The Legal Balance offers women attorney-specific benefits tailored to help you succeed, including: access to member-only networking events, an extensive resource library, weekly email digests, and inside information from a community of successful female attorneys.  To request your free membership, email thelegalbalance@thelegalbalance.com and mention that you are a Chicago-Kent student.

 

Date Change: March 29, 30 & 31: Do you have, or hope to have any job interviews? Sign-up for a Mock Interview!

Interviewing for a job requires preparation and practice. Participating in a mock interview will help you hone in on your strengths, your interests, and how you present yourself in a professional, sometimes stressful, interview situation. Don’t let a “real interview” be your first interview, sign-up for a mock interview today. Sign-up forms are in the career services office, room 360, and will also be available during the “Professionalism Series: Interviewing Strategies” program.

Mock interviews will be held on:
Tues. March 29: 9am – 12:00pm; 1pm – 3pm
Wed. March 30: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Thurs. March 31: 9:30am – 11:30am; 12:30pm – 3:30pm

 

Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30: First Defense Legal Aid Volunteer Trainings

For over 15 years, First Defense Legal Aid (http://www.first-defense.org) has been dedicated to issues of indigent defense, police accountability, and the protection of civil rights. FDLA will conduct on-site trainings for student volunteers to teach Street Law to local youth and community groups (Tuesday, noon-1pm, room 580) and 711 student volunteers to assist attorneys in protecting arrestee's rights at local police stations (Wednesday, 3-4pm, room 590). RSVP by February 25 to Meredith Schmitt at mschmitt@kentlaw.edu. Please include your name, class year, and the training(s) you would like to attend.

March 30: Education Society Private Sector Careers Panel

Want to know what it’s like to practice education law? Looking for information about Chicago firms? Hoping to make great contacts in the field? Need tips for your job search? Then, this panel is for you! The Education and School Law Society is hosting a panel on careers in the private sector, featuring Chicago attorneys who practice in the field. Snacks will be provided and the panel will be videotaped for students who are unable to attend. Room 270. 3:00-3:45 pm.

 

April 1: Presentation by Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army

Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Place: The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court

Join Major General Clyde J. "Butch" Tate II, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, for a presentation highlighting the unique and invaluable experiences offered to an attorney with the U.S. Army JAG Corps. The program will be of particular interest to any student who is considering a career in military law. Major General Tate will be joined by Lieutenant Colonel John Maher. Captain Gavin Grimm and Captain Michael E. Barnicle will make presentations via live feeds from Afghanistan and Iraq respectively. Following the presentation, there will be a short complimentary reception in honor of Major General Tate.

Please register online here. There is no cost for this event, however, due to presentation requirements, advance registration is required.

 

April 5: Professionalism Series: How to Be Successful in Your Summer Job

Walking in the door on the first day of your summer clerkship or externship can be daunting! How do you interact with the full-time staff? What is appropriate etiquette for interoffice communications? How do you ensure that you get the best reviews of your work and your overall performance?

Ruta Stropus, Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, will speak on these topics and more as she addresses How To Be Successful in Your Summer Job. Tuesday, April 5, 12:00-1:00 pm in Room 345.

 

April 6: Careers in Family Law

Think outside the box when it comes to practicing “family law”!  Family law attorneys work on a wide range of matters with diverse client populations, in both private and public interest settings.  Join us on Wednesday, April 6th at 3pm in Room C40 to hear from a panel of practicing attorneys about the work they do. Food will be served! Panelists include:

  • Michael A. Haber, Partner, Kalcheim Haber, LLP
  • Rebecca Berlin ’05, Berger Schatz
  • Esther Lim ’08, Cook County Office of the Public Guardian, Juvenile Division
  • Jarrett Knox, Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic

This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Child and Family Law Society.  Please RSVP through the Event section of Symplicity.

 

April 12: Judicial Clerkship Informational Program

Are you interested in working for a judge as a judicial law clerk following graduation?  On Tuesday, April 12th at Noon in Room 270, the Faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee in conjunction with the CSO will host an informational panel program regarding this post-grad opportunity.  Chicago-Kent alums who are or have previously served as judicial law clerks with various courts will discuss the details of the work of a judicial clerk and why this post-graduate job is a great stepping stone for any type of legal career.  Information about the application process and timing of applications/interviews will also be discussed.  Because applications for federal clerkships must be sent out very early in the academic year, this program is especially important for current 2L students who will be 3Ls in the fall.

 

Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute

On March 30-April 1, 2011, the Defense Research Institute (DRI) will hold its annual Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute in Chicago at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Law students can join DRI for $20 and can then attend this seminar, which otherwise costs approximately $800, as well as other DRI seminars for free.

Not only will law students have a chance to learn about important insurance principles that will be useful in their legal careers, but there are several opportunities to network with several hundred attorneys from Chicago and across the nation. There are two networking receptions and dine-arounds for lunch and dinner. Students do not need to wait until they are in their third year of school to join DRI; they can take advantage of this great opportunity throughout law school.

For more information and to register, please click here.

 

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.

 

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps: Application opens March 16th

The Equal Justice Works (EJW) Summer Corps program provides law students with the opportunity to dedicate their summer to a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country on a broad range of issue areas.  Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2011 will provide 700 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 education award voucher for dedicating 300 hours of service over their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.  Summer Corps members gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, representation, and legal research and writing, and have access to EJW’s network of alumni, experience and expertise as the nation’s largest provider of public interest opportunities for law students and attorneys. In order to be eligible for Summer Corps, students must have secured a placement for the summer. The application will be open on the EJW Summer Corps website beginning March 16 and closing April 5, 2011; see the website for a full list of eligibility criteria.

 

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.

 

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 kentcso@kentlaw.edu if you have any questions.

 

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

Justice John Paul Stevents Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program.  Two Fellowships will be awarded (each paying $5000).  The Fellowship is available to students at Chicago-Kent who will spend this summer working full-time without pay for a public interest organization (including government agencies, legal services, advocacy groups and policy reform organizations).  The application is available electronically on Symplicity (in the Document Library) and in hard-copy outside of Professor Nancy Marder’s office (839).  The application is due on Friday, April 1, 2011 by noon, and must be submitted electronically to Professor Marder (nmarder@kentlaw.edu) and one hard copy must be placed in Professor Marder’s mailbox on the 2nd floor.

 

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund for Progressive Social Change

Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. Grantees are both graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be participating in activities in the US and enrolled in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify.

The maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $10,000 per year (from July 1 through June 30). Grants are disbursed to cover each separate semester, quarter or term during which the grantee is attending school. Grants must be used in the year they are awarded and cannot be deferred or carried over. Recipients must reapply each year support is sought. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1. Applicants will be informed of decisions in July. Applicants must complete the official application form and submit the required documentation of a personal statement, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, and financial aid reports. Read the detailed instructions and FAQs and obtain the application by clicking here.

 

 

Job Fairs

 

Save the Date: 2011 Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Job Fair will be held on August 12, 2011

Attention diverse students in the classes of 2012 and 2013. The Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) cordially invites you to participate in the 28th Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair. The job fair will be held on Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront. The anticipated number of employer participants is 150 and will include large, medium and small law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Student registration begins April 1, 2011. Additional details on the job fair and how to register will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) cordially invites rising full time 2L law students (graduating in May 2013) or part-time 2L and 3L students (graduating 2013/2014) to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. The IndyBar is seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. In 2010, 20 firm, government and corporate legal employers interviewed over 70 student candidates and dozens of offers were made and accepted.

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair will be held August 18-19, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. Student registration opens on April 1, 2011 and there is no fee to register. Students will register for the Job Fair via the job fair's Symplicity web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Please do not confuse the job fair's Symplicity site with your particular law school's Symplicity site and password. Once you submit your registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable you to use the system throughout the next few months. The registration deadline is July 18, 2011.

Please note that students will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. A special rate of $159 for students will be available at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. The deadline for this hotel rate is July 29, 2011. The hotel phone number is 317-236-1800 and the hotel is located at 110 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For additional information about the job fair, please visit www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

 

 

Resources

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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