CSO Information & Announcements
- CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
- Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
- Free Membership to the Legal Balance
- April 12: Judicial Clerkship Informational Program
- April 13: International Law Career Day, Career Panels & Reception
- April 13: Public Interest Fellowships Panel
- April 19: Environmental Law Society Alumni Panel
- April 19 & 20: What's Next for Fall (Mandatory for 1Ls; Recommended for 2Ls)
- April 20: Preparing for Diversity Job Fairs
- April 21: Public interest Awards & Reception
- April 21: Boot Camp for Summer Jobs
- April 25: Health Law Career Panel
- ABA Section of Litigation: Law Student Good Works Competition
- Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times
- Community-Based Federal Work Study: Available Summer 2011
- AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
Fellowships & Scholarships
- Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
- National Black Prosecutor's Association Annual Job Fair
- St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
- Save the Date: 2011 Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Job Fair will be held on August 12, 2011
- Registration Now Open for Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair
- 2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
- LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and Law Students Engaged in Public Interest Work
- Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs
- Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
- Password Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
- Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
- Career Advisor Network
- International Career Employment Weekly Online
- PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
CSO Information & Announcements
CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email email@example.com for the username and password. To watch videos of our programming, go to the CSO's web page, click on the right hand navigation bar "For Students" and select "Watch Program Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.
Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
If you receive callbacks/offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org every couple weeks or so. Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.). We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation. Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career counselor.
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 email@example.com and mention that you are a Chicago-Kent student.
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.
April 13: International Law Career Day, Career Panels & Reception
Date: Wednesday. April 13, 2011
Time: Panels: 3:00pm & 4pm; Networking Reception: 5:00pm
Place: Room 570
This is a great way to learn about international law in practice. If you are interested at all in working in international law, you don't want to miss this event! The event will consist of 2 panels, followed by a networking reception at 5:00pm in the 10th floor event room with appetizers and cocktails. Some of the speakers include:
- Penelope Lechtenberg, Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson (immigration team)
- Linda Babich, Member at Azulay Seiden Law Group (immigration consequences to criminal conviction)
- Kendra Fogarty, Canadian Consulate
- Nicholas Milissis, Supervisory Immigration Officer for US Citizenship & Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security
- Theresa Corcoran, Kempster, Keller & Lenz-Calvo (immigration team)
- Professor Mark E. Wojcik, John Marshall Law School (former clerk on the U.S. Court of International Trade)
- James Sawyer, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP (partner in the customs and trade team)
- Andre Fiebig, Partner at Baker & McKenzie (international joint ventures)
- Catherine Gryczan, Partner at Baker & Daniels (international/cross-border matters)
April 13: Public Interest Fellowships Panel
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Room 590
Public Interest and Government fellowships are a great way begin a career as a public interest/service attorney! Speakers at this program will discuss developing a public interest fellowship proposal, as well as best practices and resources to use in applying for fellowships. 1Ls and 2Ls interested in public interest and government law would benefit from this program. This program will feature every type of fellowship from the Equal Justice Works Fellowship program to the Presidential Management Fellowship program. Come check it out!
This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office and Kent Justice Foundation. Food will be served! The program will be recorded for those who are not able to attend. Students should RSVP for this program through Symplicity. To RSVP, please log onto Symplicity and click on the "Events" tab.
April 19: Environmental Law Society Alumni Panel
Curious where Chicago-Kent students go when they graduate? Want to celebrate Earth Week? Join us at the Environmental Law Society's Alumni Panel on Tuesday, April 19th at Noon in Room 590. A networking session with food and drinks will follow the panel.
This is an excellent opportunity to hear about various career paths in environmental law! Panelists include:
-Carrie Zalewski: Board Member, Illinois Pollution Control Board
-Raghav Murali: Chief of Legislative Affairs, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
-Kendra Fogarty: Environment and Economic Affairs Officer, Canadian Consulate
-Katy Lemanski: Assistant Counsel, United States Navy
This panel is co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Society and the Career Services Office. Questions? Email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 19 & April 20: What's Next for Fall (Mandatory for 1Ls; Recommended for 2Ls)
The Career Services Office will be presenting a program on the upcoming job opportunities, career programs and deadlines in the fall for rising 2L and 3L students on April 19 & April 20. Current 1L students will be required to attend this program (which will be offered at multiple times), current 2L students are highly encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, April 19th, 12-1pm, Room C40 (live)
Tuesday, April 19th, 5-6pm, Room 210 (live)
Wednesday, April 20th, 3-4pm, Rooms C40 (re-broadcast)
April 20: Preparing for Diversity Job Fairs
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Room 590
Please join the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA), South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA), Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Chicago-Kent Lambdas, and the Career Services Office in a panel discussion regarding summer and fall diversity job fairs, interview tips, and how to obtain a summer position. The panel features Chicago-Kent students and alums who have attended and succeeded in finding positions through diversity job fairs. Pizza will be provided!
RSVP via Symplicity. To RSVP, please go to your Symplicity Career Management System account and click on the “Events” tab, then select this event and click “RSVP”.
April 21: Public Interest Awards & Reception
Join alumni, faculty, students and staff at this reception recognizing members of the Chicago-Kent community who have demonstrated outstanding public interest leadership and service. Awards will be presented at 5:00pm, with a networking reception to follow. Be sure to submit your volunteer hours to the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), so that you can be recognized for your volunteer work at this event! Go here, to register your hours! This is a wonderful way to meet practicing public interest lawyers, and learn about all the ways you can serve your community. For more information or to RSVP, visit the website.
April 21: Boot Camp for Summer Jobs
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 590
The Career Services Office is presenting "Boot Camp for Summer Jobs." Any student with a summer job will benefit from attending this event. First, there will be a presentation on economical and efficient research on Lexis and Westlaw. Second, a panel composed of current students, who participated last summer in summer internships/clerkships in a variety of practice settings, will discuss professionalism, expectations for research and writing skills, what to expect as a law clerk or summer associate, etc.
April 25: Health law Career Panel
Join the Health Law Society for its Health Law Career Panel and Networking Reception on Monday, April 25, 2011, from 5-7p.m. in the 10th Floor Event room. Students will hear from panelists in a variety of practice areas and organizations, including:
* Karen Ferguson, Walgreens, Director, PBM Legal
* Mary Lucie, Northwestern Hospital, Associate General Counsel
* Patrick Coffey, Locke Lord Bissell, Partner
* Prashanthi Raman, American Dietetic Association, Regulatory & Legislative Affairs
* Mari Monteiro, Equip for Equality, Traumatic Brain Injury Project Manager, Attorney
* Daniel Creed, American Dental Association, State Legislation & Regulation
The panel will include a Q&A session and will be followed by an informal networking reception. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to ChicagoKentHLS@gmail.com by April 21, 2011.
ABA Section of Litigation: Law Student Good Works Competition
The ABA Section of Litigation has launched its Law Student Good Works Competition on the Section’s Facebook page. The Competition asks law students to create the Section’s next Good Works project. It offers a Grand Prize of $10,000 seed money from the Section to implement the project, along with a $2,500 cash prize, a trip to Laguna Niguel and a year’s worth of mentorship by a Section leader and committee to be assigned to the project. Proposals must be submitted in writing and via a YouTube video by April 27, 2011. Want to know more? View the Section’s Facebook Page by clicking here or the Section’s U-Tube Video by clicking 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.
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Community-Based Federal Work Study: Available Summer 2011
Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the second half of Summer 2011, starting on July 5. 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 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 Friday, April 29th.
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.
Fellowships & Scholarships
Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz is accepting applications for its 2011 Diversity Scholarship. Baker Donelson will be awarding three scholarships to diverse students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2011 (be rising 2L students in fall 2011).
Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week salaried 2L Summer Associate position for summer 2012 in one of Baker Donelson's following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.
All applications must be submitted via the online application tool by Friday, June 17, 2011.
For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Helen Beasley at email@example.com or 205-328-0480.
National Black Prosecutor's Association Annual Job Fair
The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association's (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutor's offices. The Job fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels. This year's job fair will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The job fair is being held in conjunction with the NBPA Annual Conference, which is being held July 24-July 30, 2011.
At the culmination of the job fair, there will be a reception for all job fair participants and convention attendees. The reception will afford job fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors. The early registration fee for the job fair is $25 for law students and 2011 law school graduates and $50 for experienced attorneys. After May 20, the registration fee will go up to $50 for law students and 2011 law school graduates and $75 for experienced attorneys.
In addition to the job fair reception, all job fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled "Strategies for a Successful Interview." The seminar will take place on Monday, July 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center and will provide job fair participants with effective interviewing tips.
Job fair attendees are welcome to attend the entire conference. Students and 2011 law school graduates are invited to attend conference seminars for free. However, other events such as luncheons, dinners and receptions must be paid for separately.
For additional information, a list of previous participating employers, instructions on how to register for the job fair, and hotel information please visit www.blackprosecutors.org. Registration forms and job fair information are also available as Handout # 46 in the Career Services Office, located in Suite 360. Registration closes on July 12, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Moore, NBPA Job Fair Coordinator at 212-335-4205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
Date: August 19-20, 2011
The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair is being held August 19-20, 2011. J.D. students in the classes of 2012 and 2013 (rising 3Ls and 2Ls) are invited to participate. The Job Fair will kick off with a Welcome Reception on Friday, August 19, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm during which employers and students will have the opportunity to meet on a more informal basis. Students who did not receive a formal interview with employers will also get an opportunity to network with employers. Interviews will be held Saturday, August 20 from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The Welcome Reception and Job Fair venues will be determined in the next several weeks and the information will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair Website.
Once a student registers for the job fair, they will be given information regarding participating employers' hiring criteria, offices/cities for which each employer is interviewing, and J.D. year(s) required by the employer. Students are required to pay a $25 registration fee. Please note that it may take up to one business day for the initial registration to be approved.
The deadline for law student registration is Friday, May 13, 2011. Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. To register, please click here. You will be asked to designate a contact person in the Career services Office. Your CSO contact is Michelle Vodenik . For additional information, please visit www.stldiversityjobfair.com. Students may also contact Danielle Car at 314-335-6833 or Jennifer Sloop at 314-259-5888.
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 18, 2011. Additional details on the job fair and how to register will be available in the coming weeks.
Registration Now Open for 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.
2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
The 2010-2011 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. For the password information to the online edition, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."
LexisNexis ASPIRE Program For Law Students &
Deferred Law Firm Hires
Since summer is drawing near, we want to make you aware of ASPIRE, a program for students who pursue public interest work during the summer or after they graduate from law school. LexisNexis, your partner in legal education, provides qualified law students and recent law school graduates with free access to some of the most popular sources available within our research system. Students face a heightened challenge securing internships and launching their legal careers in a tough economy. For this reason, LexisNexis has expanded the ASPIRE program to include non-profit summer positions for current students, as well as graduates who pursue public interest legal work as a career. You may learn details of the program on the ASPIRE information page.
Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs
Chicago-Kent students can access Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com), Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net), and Journalist Jobs (www.journalistjobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained through Symplicity. Please see the instructions in the entry directly below for details on how to acess password information via Symplicity. Please note that the passwords for these sites are case sensitive.
Password Protected Sites Now Available through Symplicity
To access password protected sites including:
- The Federal Government Honors & Internship Handbook;
The Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships;
The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank; and
- The Four or More List of Chicago Employers
Log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The links for the sites listed above will be listed there. Clicking on each link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link on the page. If you have any difficulties accessing Symplicity or the individual sites, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing email@example.com.
Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
Kent students and alumni now have an additional resource for their job searches. The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank compiles entry level job postings from schools throughout the country. This resource will be especially useful for students and alumni conducting an out-of-town job search, but through this service you can also access the postings of other Illinois and Chicago area schools. To access this resource, log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The link for the Job Bank will be listed there. Clicking on the link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link. The link takes you to the BYU Alumni page, and the Job Bank is about halfway down the page. After clicking that link you will be prompted to enter the user name and password. Then you will have access to a drop list of all 50 states. Picking a state will give you access to the job postings from the schools in that state. If you have any difficulties accessing the Job Bank, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is now offering a free on-line Legal Employment Weekly e-blast of open jobs in the Chicago area. Every issue contains up-to-date job postings, an article and sign-up sheet from the Illinois Paralegal Association, and an Ask an Expert column. You can view each week's installment at http://jobs.lawbulletin.com/ELEW.pdf or you can sign up to receive the "E-LEW" in your own inbox. To receive the weekly email, go to http://jobs.lawbulletin.com and select the "E-LEW" tab at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, click on the link and complete the resulting form.
Career Advisor Network
In an effort to help you connect with a strong network of Chicago-Kent alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Career Services are happy to announce a new Alumni Career Advisor Network.Alumni from around the world are available to discuss issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other career-related topics. This is an excellent opportunity to start building your personal network with Chicago-Kent alumni!To search for an Alumni Career Advisor, all you have to do is log-in to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community:First Time Login Instructions:
- Go to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/firstlogin In the Constituent ID field, enter your Banner CWID.
To find your Banner CWID login to http://my.iit.edu. Once you are logged, on the right side of your screen you should see a box called IIT Personal ID numbers. The Banner CWID is the number beginning with “A.”
- In the Class Year Field:
- If you are an LLM student, enter LLM If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
- If you are a JD student your Class Year will be three characters. The first letter for all class years will be L. The second letter is your division. The third is your year number.
Examples: A 2nd year night student’s class year is LN2. A 1st year day student’s class year is LD1.
During your first time login you will create a username and password. Afterwards, you may log in directly at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/advisorsearch using the username and password you created. If you need assistance with your first time login, please contact Celeste Addyman in the Office of Career Services at email@example.com or visit her in Suite 360.
International Career Employment Weekly Online
International Career Employment Weekly's goal is to make it easy for international professionals to keep abreast of all current job opportunities in their field. They collect information on current international job openings with governments, government contractors, United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, private voluntary organizations working overseas, corporations involved in international trade and finance, engineering firms, associations, foundations, student exchange organizations, universities, and state governments and present that information to job seekers in a clear and concise format. The Career Services Office subscribes to this resource in an online format. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the username and password.
PSLawNet is a premier resource for career-related information in legal and law-related public interest work. Students and alumni from over 170 law schools search our site every day to find internships, fellowships, pro bono opportunities, and jobs in public service. Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member school, therefore you have unlimited access to search the database for FREE. The PSLawNet website is filled with useful resources for public interest-minded law students and graduates, as well as those who may simply be exploring their options. Students can access PSLawNet here: PSLawNet home page. On the home page, click on "sign-up now" to create an account using your email address and your own password. List Chicago-Kent College of Law as your school.
PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
Interested in pursuing a fellowship upon graduation? Then be sure to check out PSLawNet's new "Fellowship Corner" which includes the full text of Yale's Fellowship Application Tips for 2002-2003, along with the expanded Appendix listing print and online fellowship resources. The site also contains a Fellowship Calendar with a chronological listing of application deadlines--a big help for potential applicants in planning and preparing their materials. Visit the Fellowship Corner at: http://pslawnet.org/postgraduatefellowships