CSO Information & Announcements
- Listserv Registration and Testing
- Make-up Procedures for "What's Next for Fall?"
- Summer Resume Books Go Live May 16
- CSO Open All Summer Long
- CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!
Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program
- Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
- Equal Justice Works Educational Debt Relief Summer 2011 Webinar Schedule
- Free Membership to the Legal Balance
- Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times
- AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
Fellowships & Scholarships
- Reed Smith 2011 Diverse Scholars Program
- Registration Now Open for LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
- Registration Now Open for the 2011 Heartland Diversity legal Job Fair
- Registration Now Open for the Boston Lawyers Group 2011 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color
- Registration Now Open for IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
- Registration Now Open for Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
- National Black Prosecutor's Association Annual Job Fair
- 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
Listserv Registration and Testing
Last week we tested the various Career Services listservs. If you have signed up for a listserv and do not receive a “test” email for that listserv sometime last week, please contact Kentcso@kentlaw.edu to let us know that you were erroneously omitted from that listserv.
If you receive an email from a listserv that you no longer want to be included on, please also email Kentcso@kentlaw.edu noting which listserv(s) you wish to be removed from.
Finally, if you have not yet submitted a listserv registration form, you can complete this form and email it back to email@example.com, fax it to 312-906-5171 or drop it off in the Career Services Office.
These listservs will be used to distribute career services information beginning next week, so quick registration will ensure that you do not miss any important information.
Make-up Procedures for "What's Next for Fall?"
If you were unable to attend this year's Mandatory What’s Next for Fall Programs held in April, you must follow the steps outlined below:
1) Watch the video of the April 19 What’s Next for Fall Program Program. Click here to be taken to the Program & Videos page.
2) Complete, sign and submit the What’s Next for Fall Registration Sheet to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 by 5 pm on Friday, May 20, 2011.
3) In addition, if after viewing the video you decide that you would like to participate in Fall Recruiting 2011, you must complete the Mandatory Fall Recruiting Program Make-up Questionnaire, and submit it to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 also by 5 pm on Friday, May 20, 2011.
4) Review the Resource Sheets referenced in the program on-line (PDF links are listed on the Programs & Videos page or in the Fall Recruiting section of the kentlaw.edu website under “Make-up Procedures.”) Alternatively, you can pick up copies of the handouts in the main Career Services Office.
Summer Resume Books Go Live May 16
Updated Resume Books are being created for this summer!
Summer Resume Books will be available for “opt-in” beginning May 2, 2011 for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2010 and 2011 classes). Even if you have secured employment for this summer, keep in mind that summer resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Fall 2011.
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).
For more information about Resume Books, click here.
CSO Open all Summer Long
The Career Services Office remains open with its regular hours throughout the summer time, and continues to provide students and graduates with the same counseling, resume review, and other services. Please don’t hesitate to come in, call or email!
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.
Equal Justice Works Educational Debt Relief Summer 2011 Webinar Schedule
Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member of Equal Justice Works, a non-profit dedicated to helping law students pursue public interest careers. EJW seminars on debt relief are free and informative, if interested, please register for the sessions that interest you.
Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness
A must attend for anyone with high educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit organization, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.
- Thursday, May 5, Noon-1 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. CDT, 9 a.m PDT), Register for this session.
- Friday, July 8, Noon-1 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. CDT, 9 a.m PDT), Register for this session.
How to Pay Your Bills AND Your Student Loans: Utilizing Income-Based Repayment
Saddled with high student debt? This webinar reviews Income-Based Repayment, a powerful provision of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act that allows anyone with high debt relative to their income to reduce their federal student loan payments.
- Wednesday, May 18, 2-2:45 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT), Register for this session.
Get Your Educational Loans Forgiven: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
For recent graduates working in government or at a nonprofit, this webinar explains how to make sure you immediately begin fulfilling requirements to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness so that your educational debt will be forgiven as soon as possible.
- Thursday, May 25, 2-2:45 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT), Register for this session.
Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School
Interested in government or public interest work after graduating? This webinar will help you plan ahead and make sure you can take full advantage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.
- Thursday, June 16, 2-3 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT), Register for this session.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you are a Chicago-Kent student.
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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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
Reed Smith 2011 Diverse Scholars Program
Reed Smith is pleased to present its 2011 Diverse Scholars Program. The Diverse Scholars Program provides several $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community. Summer associate positions in 2012 are available in Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh; and Washington, D.C.
Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, two personal statements, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample. Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2011. To download a copy of the 2011 Diverse Scholars Application, please click here.
Registration Now Open for LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
Date: September 8-10, 2011
Location: Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, CA
Each year the National LGBT Bar Association hosts the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair to bring together the best and brightest legal minds in the LGBT community. The three-day conference draws over 1,200 attendees and features over 35 workshops and panel discussions. The career fair, held on the first day of the conference draws over 500 students and features over 130 recruiters.
To learn more about the conference and career fair and to register, please click here. Early registration ends on August 1, 2011 and the online registration deadline is August 15, 2011. The registration fee for law student members is $95 and $160 for non-member students.
Registration Now Open for the 2011 Heartland Diversity legal Job Fair
The Heartland Diversity Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held on August 5-6, 2011 in Kansas City Missouri at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage students to practice law in Kansas City.
All rising 2L (graduating in 2013) and rising 3L (graduating in 2012) law students and 2011 law grads may participate. There is no fee for students to register. The event will kick off with registration, a diversity panel discussion and a welcome reception on Friday, August 5th at a location which will be announced at a later date. Interviewing will begin at 8:30am on Saturday with a keynote luncheon.
Students registering before May 20th will receive an extra entry into the drawing for door prizes at the keynote luncheon. The Crowne Plaza Hotel will also have a limited number of $50 hotel rooms reserved for students participating in the job fair. The final deadline for registration will be June 22, 2011.
For more information on the job fair, a job fair brochure, and how to register, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Wasinger, KCMBA Diversity Coordinator at 816-474-4322.
Registration Now Open for the Boston Lawyers Group 2010 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color
Washington D.C. Area Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Boston Sheraton Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA
The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is a consortium of over 40 of the largest law firms, government agencies, and corporations in Boston. Its mission is to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of attorneys of color in its member organizations. A primary goal of the BLG is to increase the number of law students of color that member organizations hire for their Boston office. One of the significant ways in which this goal is accomplished, is through member participation in the annual BLG Job Fairs in Boston and D.C.
Employers who participate in either job fair hire only for positions in their Boston office. To be eligible to participate in the job fairs students must be rising second-year law students (or rising 3Ls if the student is in a 4-year program). Employers will be interviewing for 2012 summer associate/law clerk positions. Students who have been selected for one or more interviews can potentially obtain additional interviews through the lottery selection process. Students may only register for one fair.
Student registration ends at midnight on July 8, 2011. Please note that students are not allowed to bid, instead, participating BLG Members select the students they wish to interview. To register, please click here. It is strongly encouraged that you visit the BLG website for details on the registration process, eligibilty requirements, frequently asked questions, and additional job fair-related activities. Once on the BLG website, scroll down until you see the information for the job fair in which you are interested.
Registration Now Open for IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
Date: Friday, August 5, 2011
Place: Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA
Registration is now open for the IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities. This job fair is open to law students returning to school in Fall 2011 and graduates from Classes of 2011 and earlier. The deadline to register and upload application materials electronically for each employer is Sunday, July 10, 2011, 11:59 pm.
To register and for more information, please click here.
For a list of 2010 employer participants, please click here.
Registration Now Open for Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
Date: Friday, September 9, 2011
Place: Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF) provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for twenty-minute scheduled interviews with participating employers. Registation opens on April 15, 2011 and the registration deadline is July 25, 2011.
For additional information about the job fair and a list of past participating employers, please click here. To register, please click here.
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 email@example.com.
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 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