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Week of August 29, 2011

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Welcome 1Ls!
  • Mandatory Fall Meetings for 2Ls and 3LS
  • Fall Resume Book Sign Ups Continue
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

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

Programming

  • Exploring Careers Programs Began on August 24th
  • Tuesday, August 30: Exploring Careers with the Federal Government
  • Wednesday, August 31: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable
  • Wednesday, August 31: Government Agency Career Expo
  • Tuesday, September 6: Environmental Law Networking Event
  • September 13: Exploring Careers in Legal Aid
  • September 14: Presidential Management Fellowship Informational Program
  • September 15: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night
  • September 16: Breaking In: How To Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator
  • September 28: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense
  • September 30: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Presidential Management Fellowship: Application Period September 15-25
  • DOJ Attorney General's Honors Program Application Opened July 25, 2011
  • Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps - Applications Now Open
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Job Fairs

  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Register and Apply with Employers Now through September 14th
  • Registration Now Open for the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair
  • Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Diversity

  • Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  • Registration Now Open for the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
  • September 30: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

Resources

  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • 2011-2012 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

Welcome 1Ls!

Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals. According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls can not come into the career services office until November 1st and cannot send resumes out until December 1st. However, there are still many things you can do to to start planning for your future career. Attend the many informational panels and career development workshops the CSO offers during the fall semester to start considering your career interests and options. Check our Record page often for updated information on upcoming programs. Also, research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of pratice areas and practice settings that interest you. Give some real thought to what brought you to law school. Finally, attend the mandatory orientation and resume and cover letter writing workshops in October to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search.

We hope you have a great first semester, and look forward to seeing you in November!

 

Mandatory Meetings for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

Each rising 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career adviser by October 15, 2011 for a career strategy appointment. For those of you planning on participating in Fall Recruiting, interested in a federal court clerkship, applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting sooner rather than later. Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you work with your career adviser to formulate a comprehensive strategy to accomplish your career goals and if necessary to adjust them to accommodate a longer-term plan for your success. Before attending your career strategy session with your counselor, we recommend conducting some self-analysis regarding the types of law that interest you, the types of settings in which you would like to practice, etc. In addition please plan on bringing your most recent resume with you.

 

Fall Resume Book Sign Ups Continue

Fall Resume Books became available on Monday, August 22nd for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates. Employers will be notified that resume books are available on September 2nd, but as employers may request a resume book at any time, students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible. Even if you have secured employment for this fall, keep in mind that fall resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Spring or Summer 2012.

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.

 

Listserv Registration and Testing

We recently tested the various Career Services listservs. If you have signed up for a listserv and did not receive a “test” email for that listserv, 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 mschmitt@kentlaw.edu, 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, so quick registration will ensure that you do not miss any important  information.

 

CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password. To watch videos of our programming, go to the CSO's web page, click on the right hand navigation bar "For Students" and select "Watch Program Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.

 

On-Campus Interviews

 

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

Student interview schedules for OCI are available on Symplicity.  Click on the “OCI” tab and then on “Scheduled Interviews.” Please remember to check back frequently as changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the process. We will not be sending out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to check on Symplicity.

 

Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks/offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu every couple weeks or so.  Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.).  We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation.  Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career counselor.   

 

Programming

Exploring Careers Programs Began on August 24th

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

  • August 24: Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • August 30: Exploring Careers in the Federal Government
  • September 13: Exploring Careers in Legal Aid
  • September 20: Exploring Careers in State and County Government
  • September 21: Exploring Careers in Prosecution
  • September 28: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense
  • October 5: Exploring Careers in Small & Mid-sized Firms

Details on the programs will be included in the Record as the program dates draw closer, so please read the Record regularly!

 


Tuesday, August 30: Exploring Careers with the Federal Government

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Time: 12:00pm (Noon)
Location: Room 370

This panel will feature a panel of 4 Chicago-Kent alumni who recently navigated the federal hiring process to find jobs working in the federal government. The program will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at noon in Room 370.
Featuring:
Matthew Towey (’09), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Meghan Paulas (’08), U.S. Social Security Administration
Joseph Silvia (’07), U.S. Federal Reserve Bank
Seth Wainer (’10), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page. The username and password to view videos online is available in the “Documents Library” in Symplicity.


Wednesday, August 31: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Time: 3pm
Location: Room 170

Join us for a discussion on August 31 at 3pm in Room 170 about the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, which will be held on October 21-22 in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. Please note that 1Ls are welcome to attend the conference and participate in the table talk with employers, but they cannot interview. During this round table discussion, we will talk about how best to prepare for the career fair, answer any questions that may arise and provide more detail on the Chicago-Kent Alumni Public Service Reception which will be held on Friday, October 21 from 5-7pm at Fado Irish Pub in Washington DC. Students can register and find out more information about the EJW Career Fair Online. Registration for those seeking interviews at the Career Fair close on September 12th.


Wednesday, August 31: Government Agency Career Expo

Meet prospective employers from local, state and federal government agencies through one-on-one interaction from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Chicago Bar Association located at 321 S. Plymouth Ct. (Second Floor - Corboy Room). The Government Agency Career Expo allows local, state and federal agencies to meet with public-service-minded students who are interested in careers in government. Employers demonstrate their distinctive qualities and highlight the work being done on behalf of county and state residents. Students may ask questions about opportunities and learn how to market themselves to government employers. Participating agencies confirmed thus far include:

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Chicago Transit Authority, Office of the General Counsel (CTA)
Chicago Public Schools
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD)
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Illinois Commerce Commission
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
U.S. Marine Corps, JAG
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

 

Tuesday, September 6: Environmental Law Networking Event

Come meet environmental law practitioners and other attorneys to kick off the start of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association year!  Attend a networking event on September 6, 2011, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court. This is a great opportunity to meet experienced professionals in the environmental field.

 

September 13: Exploring Careers in Legal Aid

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time: 12:00pm (Noon)
Location: Room 165

Come and learn about careers in legal aid, how to get involved and how to stand out in a tough economy from a panel of legal aid attorneys. Chicago-Kent Alums from Chicago legal aid organizations will discuss their career paths and answer questions regarding student involvement. This program is co-sponsored by the Kent Justice Foundation. The program will take place on September 13th at Noon in Room TBA.  Food will be available! For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page. The username and password to view videos online is available in the “Documents Library” in Symplicity.

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

 

September 14: Presidential Management Fellowship Information Program

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 520

On Wednesday, September 14, 3-4pm in room 520, there will be an informational program about the Presidential Management Fellowship, featuring an alumni who is a  Presidential Management Fellow. The Presidential Management Fellowship is a 2-year post-graduation opportunity, which places applicants in public policy and management positions in a wide variety of federal government agencies and departments. Candidates must receive graduate degrees by August 31, 2012 to participate. Criteria for nomination includes breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs. For more information visit www.pmf.opm.gov.  If you are interested in applying from Chicago-Kent, you must contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office, so that you can be informed of any developments in the application process and receive information about how to be nominated. Please read more detailed information about the Fellowship and the application period below in the "Employment Opportunities" section.

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

 

September 15: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night

Come out to the Chicago Bar Association and meet the Young Lawyer Section's 27 practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law - on Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. . Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Please rsvp your attendance. Nonmembers and law students welcome.

 

September 16: Breaking In: How To Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator

To encourage men and women of color, LGBT, women, and other underrepresented attorneys to consider a career in the legal academy, the Society of American Law Teachers—SALT—teams up with local law schools to bring local practitioners and recent graduates information about breaking in as a teacher or administrator at this FREE EVENT. The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), The John Marshall Law School, and Northern Illinois University College of Law present:

Breaking In: How To Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator
Friday, September 16, 2011
9:30 am registration
10:00 am-1:45 pm program with lunch
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604
This is a free event although registration is required. (Click the link to advance to the registration site.)

 

September 28: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense

Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Room 590

Interested in learning more about becoming a public defender or a career in criminal defense? A panel of public defenders from the various governmental levels (county, state, etc.) and criminal defense attorneys will discuss their careers. Learn how to get involved now. The program will take place on September 28th at 3:00pm in Room 590. For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page. The username and password to view videos online is available in the “Documents Library” in Symplicity.

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

 

September 30: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

Date: Friday,September 30, 2011
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Place: John Marshall Law School, Room 3 East
315 South Plymouth Court

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is dedicated to diversity and making sure that all segments of the community are aware of the employment opportunities available. On Friday,September 30, 2011, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is holding its 7th Annual Minority Law Students Reception. The evening will consist of a short program followed by a networking reception.

The event is being held at John Marshall Law School and will begin at 5:30pm. Registration for the event will begin at 5:15pm. Students are being asked to RSVP for this event to April Evans at 312-603-1871 or April.Evans@cookcountyil.gov.


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.

Presidential Management Fellowship: Application Period September 15th-25th

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

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must receive graduate degrees by August 31, 2012. Criteria include breadth and quality of accomplishments, capacity for leadership, and commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, and other criteria developed by each school. Candidates are generally eligible to apply only once. Veterans meeting PMF and school criteria must be nominated, and schools are encouraged to nominate women, minorities and people with disabilities. Federal agencies may not hire non-U.S. citizens, with a few exceptions listed on the website.

For more information: www.pmf.opm.gov. Applicants will apply from September 15 - 25, 2011 and the application window will be open for a brief time. If interested in applying, you must express that interest to Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office, so that you can be informed about the nomination process for students from Chicago-Kent and so that we know that you wish to be nominated. Any student can apply to be a PMF, but applicants must be nominated by Chicago-Kent in order to receive consideration and an interview.

 

DOJ Attorney General's Honors Program Application Opened July 25, 2011

The Honors Program is the way that the DOJ hires entry-level attorneys. This year’s application period for students in their final year of law school as well as for recent graduates began on July 25, 2011 and ends on September 6, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.justice.gov/oarm/arm/hp/hp.htm - Get your application in early! For information on other entry-level openings in the federal government, contact your career counselor or see the Federal Government Honors & Internship Handbook in the Symplicity Document Library.

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. The Department offers extensive legal internship programs to law students with challenging opportunities in Washington, D.C. and in cities across America for positions during the summer and throughout the academic year. Through Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment, the Department selects approximately 1800 volunteer interns each year. Approximately 800 interns volunteer during the academic year and about 1000 volunteer internships are offered during the summer. These are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer. A significant number of volunteer internships are located in Washington D.C., but there are also opportunities with the 55 Immigration Courts, the 95 U.S. Trustees' Offices and other Department field offices nationwide. Some volunteer internships may qualify for course credit. Interested students can contact the externship office for specific requirements. There are a very limited number of paid part-time positions.

 

Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps - Applications Now Open

Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center are pleased to announce that the application for the 2012 Public Defender Corps program opened on Monday, August 15.  Applications must be completed online and submitted along with a résumé and two letters of recommendation by 5pm EDT on Friday, September 16, 2011.  Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Approximately 14 fellowships will be available in 2012 and we anticipate the competition will be fierce.  Exact host site locations for the 2012 Public Defender Corps Fellowships will be posted on the Equal Justice Works website on a rolling basis.  Applicants who advance to the final round of review will be able to rank their host site preferences. Application instructions, frequently asked questions and general information about Public Defender Corps are available on the Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center websites.

 

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

 

Sidley Austin Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Through the leadership of its Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, Sidley aspires to make sustainable progress in its journey toward becoming a more diverse organization. To further promote diversity within the legal profession and within the firm, Sidley offers a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for Second Year Law Students. Sidley will grant a $15,000 Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to a limited number of deserving second year law students who join Sidley’s summer program.

Preference will be given to students at schools where Sidley conducts on-campus interviews (OCI) or participates in a resume collection. Students should have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership qualities as well as a demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school and/or legal profession.

How to Apply:

Sidley encourages students at those schools where it conducts OCI to apply before interview season and to sign up for an on-campus interview. Students attending other law schools are also encouraged to apply early. Applicants must apply for the scholarship and separately apply for a summer associate position.

For additional information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and an application form, please click here. Interested applicants should submit an application form, including resume, official transcript, legal writing sample, and personal statement to Jenny Connelly at scholarship@sidley.com or at

Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603

 

 

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Register with Employers Now through September 12th

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will be held on October 21-22 in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for 2L's, 3L's, 4L's, and recent graduates to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. If you are willing and interested in expanding your job search beyond Chicago, this can be a very useful Conference & Career Fair. Please note that 1L's are welcome to attend the conference and participate in table talk with employers, but they cannot interview. Students can register and find more information about the Conference & Career Fair; registrations must be completed and applications submitted by September 12, 2011! Employers begin to review resume and cover letters and create their interview schedules for the conference soon, reviewing applications in the order they are received.

A special “Chicago-Kent Public Service Employers Reception,” will be held in connection with the conference on Friday, October 21st, 5:00-7:00p, Fado Irish Pub (Washington DC), where Chicago-Kent students will be able to meet Chicago-Kent alumni working in Washington DC. If you have any questions, you can contact Michelle Vodenik in the Career Services Office. The Career Services Office will be holding a discussion on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 3pm in Room 170 to discuss how best to prepare for the career fair.

 

Registration Now Open for the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair and Convention

On Friday, September 2, 2011, the HNBA will host its annual Career Fair, the largest Latino Career fair for legal professionals in the country. The HNBA Career Fair provides law students, young and seasoned attorneys and Convention attendees with a tremendous opportunity to meet and network with other leading Latino attorneys from across the country.  The Career Fair also plays host to a symposium designed to help law students enhance their marketing skills for the tough legal Career market. Annual Convention registration will open soon. Full Conference fee includes Career Fair.

  • Law Student Early Registration $200.00 (Includes Thursday evening reception, Friday Career Fair and evening reception, Saturday Law Student program and gala.)
  • Attorney Career Fair Early Registration $225.00  (Includes events taking place on Friday, September 2, 2011 only.

Complete and submit a registration form (available here) via email to events@hnba.com or via fax 202.223.2324. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to upload your cover letter and resume for employer review.

 

Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive after attending a job fair, 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 (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.   

 

Diversity

Sidley Austin Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

see the Fellowships & Scholarships section for more information

Registration Now Open for the Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair and Convention

see the Job Fairs section for more information

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

see the Employment Opportunities section for more information

September 16: Breaking In: How To Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator

Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

see the Programming section for more information

 

Resources

Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerships

The Vermont 2012 Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures is now available and may be accessed online. For username and password information, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

2011-2012 Government Honors and Internship Handbook

The 2011-2012 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available and may be accessed online. For username and password information, 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

 

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.

 

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