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Week of September 12, 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
  • 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 20: Exploring Careers in City, State and County Government
  • September 21: Exploring Careers in Prosecution
  • September 24: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono& Public Interest Law Placements
  • September 28: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense
  • September 30: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • October 4th: CBA Alliance for Women Panel Discussion; RSVP by September 28th
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • SEC Summer Honors Program: Applications Review Begins September 16, 2011
  • Presidential Management Fellowship: Application Period September 15-25
  • Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps - Applications Now Open
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security 2011 National Security Law Student Writing Competition
  • Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Job Fairs

  • Registration Now Open for the Fifteenth Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference
  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Application Deadline Extended to September 19th!
  • Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Diversity

  • Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program
  • September 30: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • Registration Now Open for the Fifteenth Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference

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 were notified that resume books are available on September 2nd, but as employers may request a resume book at any time, students are encouraged to continute 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!

 

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 165.  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. This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Military Law Society. Food will be provided!

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 20: Exploring Careers in City, State and County Government

Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: Noon
Location: Room 370

Come and learn about careers in local government, how to get involved and how to stand out in a tough economy from a panel of local government attorneys from varying state, county and city offices. Speakers will discuss their career paths and answer questions regarding student involvement. The program will take place at Noon on September 20 in Room 370 . This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Black Law Student Association.. Food will be provided! For those unable to attend, the program will be 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, please go directly to your Symplicity Center Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the "Events" tab, then select this event and click "RSVP".

 

September 21: Exploring Careers in Prosecution

Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Room 520

At 3:00pm on September 21 in Room 520, County and Federal prosecutors will discuss their work, how students can become involved, and general hiring processes. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the wide variety of career opportunities in this field. This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Trial Advocacy Society. Pizza will be provided! For those unable to attend, the program will be 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, please go directly to your Symplicity Center Management System account at https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on the "Events" tab, then select this event and click "RSVP".

 

September 24: Explore The Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Placements

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and the Chicago Area Law School Consortium (CALSC) has organized a program,  Explore The Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Placements, for law students and recent graduates. The program will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Chicago-Kent College of Law and breakfast is included. The program will feature:

  • A panel discussion focusing on how to obtain pro bono and public interest law placements, particularly PILI Internships and Fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, and Skadden Fellowships. It will also address incorporating pro bono and public interest law into your experience in law school and throughout your career.
  • An opportunity to meet with leading attorneys in private, government and public interest law practice.
  • A presentation on the nuts and bolts of landing a position at a public interest law organization. The presenter will offer practical advice on writing effective resumes and cover letters and tips on developing strong networking and interviewing skills.

Don’t wait to guarantee your attendance!  Advance registration is required by September 19th for this complimentary program by sending an email to rsvp@pili-law.org.

 

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. This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Food will be provided! 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.

 


October 4th: Alliance for Women of the Chicago Bar Association Panel Discussion; RSVP by September 28th

The Alliance for Women of the Chicago Bar Association in sponsorship with Winston & Strawn LLP and Baxter Healthcare Corporation is hosting a panel discussion entitled “From the Corner Office to the Boardroom to the Bench: Women Leaders in the Law Share Varied Experiences on Their Respective Paths to Success”, Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at Winston & Strawn LLP, 35 West Wacker Drive, Chicago.  The panel will begin at 5:30pm, followed by a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30pm.

Panelists include:

  • The Honorable Joy V. Cunningham, Justice, Illinois Appellate Court
  • The Honorable Sheila Finnegan, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Patricia Barker, Founding Member, Barker & Castro, LLC
  • Paula Hudson Holderman, Chief Attorney Development Officer, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Monica Weed, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Navigant Consulting

Moderators:

  • The Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, District Court Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Tracy A. O’Flaherty, Assistant General Counsel, Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Space is limited. Please register by September 28, 2011 here: Yes, I will attend.

 

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.

SEC Summer Honors Program: Application Review Begins September 16, 2011

The Summer Honors Law Program gives law and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets and careers within the Commission. Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the Commission's Washington, DC headquarters or in one of its 11 regional offices nationwide including: New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.  Application reviews and hiring begins on a rolling basis on September 16, 2011, with application evaluations at two-week intervals after that point.   The posting will officially close on October 14, 2011. Please see the application links below for more information.

Washington, DC Headquarters: 2012 2L Summer Honors Program
Regional Offices:
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (ARO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (BRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (CHRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (DRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (FWRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (LARO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (MIRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (NYRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (PLRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (SFRO)
2012 2L Summer Honors Program (SLRO)

 

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.

 

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

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarship

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the acceptance of applications for the firm's annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program, which awards second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their third year of law school. Previous recipients of the scholarships have told us that the program not only defrays the cost of a law school education, but also signals the importance of diversity to the firm and is a strong indicator of Latham's open-minded and forward-thinking culture. This year, we are pleased to expand the Diversity Scholars Program from four to six scholarship recipients.
 
Started in 2005, the Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms and intend to practice law in the United States. The quality and quantity of applicants over the past six years have been overwhelming, and the success of the program reaffirms and strengthens our commitment to innovative initiatives that support and sustain greater diversity in the legal profession. The Diversity Scholars Program is among a range of ongoing activities that enhance the firm's efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.

Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include motivation for pursuing a legal career, academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges, and desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives. Candidates are asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by October 14, 2011. Recipients will be announced in the Spring of 2012. The process is open to all second-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools, and the scholarships are not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Application forms and more information on the program can be found by clicking here.

 

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security 2011 National Security Law Student Writing Competition

**Cash Prize and Trip to the Law and National Security Conference in Washington**
The Standing Committee on Law and National Security, founded in 1962 by then-ABA President and later Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Powell, conducts studies, sponsors programs and conferences, and administers working groups on law and national security-related issues. The Committee's activities assist policymakers, educate lawyers, the media and the public, and enable the Committee to make recommendations and provide advice on such subjects as the legal responses to terrorism, the restructuring of the intelligence community and its role in law enforcement, and operational international law in the conduct of the military. In furtherance of this mission the Standing Committee is proud to announce the 4th annual writing competition for law students.


This year’s writing competition encourages a scholarly debate regarding current issues affecting US national security, the Constitution and the First Amendment. The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500, free registration to the 21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference held in Washington, DC, and reimbursement for coach travel and one night’s lodging. Additionally, the essay will be published in the National Security Law Report.


The competition is open to all students who are in attendance at an ABA accredited law school between September 1, 2011 and September 15, 2011.  Submission must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2011 and mailed to: American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Law and National Security, 740 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005; or sent via email to hmcmahon@staff.abanet.org. The winner will be notified by October 15, 2011. For full entry requirements, visit the website.

 

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

Registration Now Open for the Fifteenth Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference

Registration is now open for the National Latina/o Law Student Association's 15th Annual Latina/o Law Student Conference.  This year's event will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana and co-hosted by Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.  The 2011 Conference theme, “Crossroads: Changing Faces in New Beginnings,” recognizes the moment where a new culture full of color and life enters a community in the time of growth and recovery. 
The weekend will feature:  
•   Topical discussions and workshops addressing legal issues affecting the Latino community  
•   Panel discussions offering strategies to succeed both during and after law school  
•   Networking events and opportunities to enjoy the city’s cultural sights and vibrant nightlife  
•   A community service event giving attendees a chance to make a positive contribution to the lives of Latina/o students in New Orleans

For more information about the Conference, please contact Conference Co-Chair Ana Maria Rivera at arivera2@tulane.edu

 

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Application Deadline Extended to September 19th!

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 at the website. The registration and application deadline has been extended to September 19th at 5pm Eastern time. Employers begin to review resume and cover letters and create their interview schedules for the conference beginning on September 21st through October 3rd; students will be notified if they received an interview beginning on October 3rd. Students who do not receive interviews can still attend the conference to participate in Table Talk and the informative and interesting conference presentations. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO ATTEND, YOU MUST NOTIFY careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org BY OCTOBER 6 AT 5PM TO CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION AND RECEIVE A FULL REFUND.

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 held a discussion on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 to discuss how best to prepare for the career fair; a video of this program is available on the Career Services website.

 

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

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarship

Sidley Austin Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

see the Fellowships & Scholarships section for more information

Registration Now Open for the Fifteenth Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference

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

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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."

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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