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Week of September 26, 2011

CSO Information & Announcements

  • October 10-14: Alumni Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week
  • 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

  • ASCK Week: Meet One-on-One With Alums
  • ASCK Week: Panels and Programs
  • Exploring Careers Programs Began on August 24th
  • September 27: Exploring Careers in Family Law
  • September 28: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense
  • September 30: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • October 4: Civil Rights Law Panel
  • October 4th: CBA Alliance for Women Panel Discussion; RSVP by September 28th
  • October 5th: Holland & Knight Lawyers in the Classroom Volunteer Cocktail Party
  • October 5: Exploring Careers in Small and Midsize Firms
  • October 22: Chicago-Kent Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington, D.C.
  • October 24: Chicago Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program Fair
  • October 24: Reframing Reform: Immigration as The Solution
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Just The Beginning Foundation Spring 2012 Judicial Externship
  • SEC Summer Honors Program: Applications Review Begins September 16, 2011
  • Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps - Application Deadline Extended to September 30th
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • The Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program
  • 2012-2013 Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Georgetown Law Clinical Teaching Fellowships
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Job Fairs

  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
  • Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Diversity

  • Just The Beginning Foundation Spring 2012 Judicial Externship
  • The Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • 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

  • 2011-2012 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice  
  • 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

October 10-14: Alumni Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week

ASCK Week is a week-long extravaganza of opportunities for students to network and connect with Chicago-Kent Alumni as well as to gain valuable career-related skills. More information on exciting programs and opportunities to meet one-on-one with alums can be found in the Programming section below or on the Alumni Office ASCK Week webpage

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

ASCK Week: Meet one -on- one with Alums!
Sign up online by Wednesday, October 5th.

Take advantage of numerous opportunities to meet with Alums!  Have alums in practice areas and settings that interest you review your resume and conduct a mock interview, or use an informational interview to get great information from practicing attorneys.  For more information, visit the ASCK Week Wesbite.

Spend a day shadowing an alum in his or her work place. It’s a great opportunity to experience different practice areas first-hand!

  • Monday, October 10 – Resume Reviews, 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. – Sign up website.

Get great feedback on your resume from alums practicing in areas that interest you.  Want more info on drafting a resume?  See the CSO guide online.

  • Tuesday, October 11 – Informational Interviews - 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. – Sign up website.

An informational interview is part of a research process, one in which information and contacts are gathered from people who are already working in target positions or organizations. For more tips on informational interviews, see the CSO guide online.

  • Wednesday, October 12 – Mock Interviews - 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m – Sign up website.

Mock interviews are a great way to prepare for the real thing!  Practice answering interview questions and get feedback from alums practicing in areas that interest you.  For more interviewing tips, see the CSO guide online.

Network with Alums!
Alumni-Student Networking Reception
Wednesday, October 12, 5:30-7:30pm, 10th Floor Event Room
RSVP to alums@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5240 by Friday, October 7

Coming soon: Dinners with Alums! Watch the Record for updates.

 

ASCK Week Programming: October 10-14


Don’t miss all the great ASCK Week Programs!  Alumni will cover numerous interesting and important topics.  See details below or the ASCK Week website.

Please RSVP via Symplicity to attend these programs. To RSVP, go directly to your Symplicity account by clicking here, and click on the "Events" Tab, then select this event and click 'RSVP." 1Ls:  Attend these programs!  Email kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the program name in the subject line to RSVP.

Remember My Name: How to Market and Grow a Legal Business
Tuesday, October 11, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Room 370
Speaker: Rafi Arbel ‘94, President of Market JD (www.marketjd.com)
Get tips and strategies to market your legal skills to employers, and learn how a legal business is built.

 

Chicago-Kent Alumni in Bar Association Leadership: A Speaking Panel
Wednesday, October 12, 
3:00-4:00 p.m., Room 210
Panelists:

  • John Locallo ’86, President of the Illinois State Bar Association
  • Gregg Garofalo ’99, ISBA Young Lawyers Division and Justinian’s Society
  • Catherine Battista ’05, Kane County Bar Association

 

The Value of Networking: Hosted by the Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council
Thursday, October 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 370
Networking is critical to any job search, and the power of social media is creating new opportunities to network every day.  But how do you navigate all the options, maintain the relationships you develop and keeping a professional online presence?  Learn key tips from alumni working extensively in this area.

Moderator:        Melissa Sobota ’07 of Querry & Harrow
Panelists:        

  • Andrew Slobodien ’94, partner at Wildman Harrold and social media and business strategy expert
  • Marlene Igel ’94, Associate General Counsel for the United Methodist Church

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 remaining programs in the Series will be as follows:

  • September 27: Exploring Careers in Family Law
  • 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 27: Exploring Careers in Family Law

Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: noon
Location: Room 170

Family law attorneys work on a wide range of matters with diverse client populations, in both private and public interest settings. On Tuesday, September 27th at noon in room 170, hear from a panel of practicing attorneys about the work they do. Panelists include:

  • Maureen Gorman ‘86, Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving
  • Rebecca Berlin ‘06, Berger Schatz
  • Jamie Fisher ‘06, Grund & Leavitt, P.C.
  • Esther Lim ‘08, Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
  • Howard Rosenberg, Law Offices of Howard P. Rosenberg, LLC

This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Child and Family Law Society. FOOD WILL BE SERVED!  Please RSVP through the Event section of Symplicity. 1Ls:  Attend this program!  Email kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the program name in the subject line to RSVP.

 

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. Panelists:

  • Gillian Nichols-Smith, ’08 – Kane County Public Defender
  • Len Goodman – criminal defense attorney in private practice
  • Richard Labrador, ’00 – Cook County Public Defender
  • Scott Main – Office of the State Appellate Defender
  • Sergio Rodriguez, ’89 – Federal Defender Program

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." 1Ls:  Attend this program!  Email kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the program name in the subject line to 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 4: Civil Rights Panel

Date: Tuesday, October 4
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Room 370

Interested in learning how and what attorney who practice civil rights do every day? A panel of civil rights lawyers from law firms and non-profits will discuss their careers. Learn how to get involved now. The program will take place on October 4th at 12:00pm in Room 370. This program is co-sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association, the Career Services Office, the Chicago-Kent Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Black Law Student Association. 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." 1Ls:  Attend this program!  Email kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the program name in the subject line to RSVP.

 

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.

 

October 5: Holland & Knight Lawyers in the Classroom Volunteer Cocktail Party

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Holland & Knight LLP, and Chicago-Kent College of Law Sponsor the

LAWYERS IN THE CLASSROOM
VOLUNTEERS COCKTAIL PARTY

2Ls and 3Ls: Volunteer for the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago’s Lawyers in the Classroom Program! You’ll partner with Holland & Knight attorneys to teach civics lessons to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Chicago’s Darwin Elementary School. The Career Services Office and Black Law Students Association are pleased to coordinate this opportunity for Chicago-Kent students.

To welcome volunteers, Holland & Knight is hosting a cocktail party and orientation. You will meet Holland & Knight attorneys and learn about the program.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
5:30 p.m.

Holland & Knight
131 South Dearborn Street, 30th Floor
Chicago

Volunteers are asked to teach at least three lessons during the semester.
Sign up to volunteer for as many of the sessions listed below as you are able to attend, and join us for the party on the 5th!

Please note that new volunteers must attend this orientation.
Returning volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend. To RSVP for the orientation and to volunteer to teach lessons, e-mail Meredith Schmitt at mschmitt@kentlaw.edu by Tuesday, September 27.
*1Ls: You may be able to participate too! E-mail Meredith if you are interested*

6th and 7th Grades
Friday, September 30 | Wednesday, October 19 | Friday, December 2
9:45 – 11:45 a.m. and/or 12:25 – 2:15 p.m.

8th Grades
Friday, October 14 | Friday, November 4 | Wednesday, November 23
 9:00 – 11:15 a.m.

 

October 5: Exploring Careers in Small and Midsize Firms

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Room 170

Small and mid-sized law firms offer a diverse range of practice areas and employ the largest percentage of law school graduates. They are also a significant source of law clerking positions. On Wednesday, October 5 at 3pm in room 170 come and learn what they look for in applicants, what are average salaries, and how to identify and research this vast array of employers. Panelists will discuss the benefits to working at a smaller law firm, their personal career trajectories, and job search and interviewing tips.

 

October 22: Chicago-Kent Alumni & Student Public Service Reception in Washington, D.C.

In conjunction with the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, a “Chicago-Kent Public Service Employers Reception,” will be held on Friday, October 21st, 5:00-7:00p, Fado Irish Pub (Washington DC), 808 7th Street NW (Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Stop - Red Line), 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.

 

October 24: Chicago Masters of Laws (L.L.M.) Program Fair

Chicago Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program Fair
Monday, October 24
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Concourse Level, DePaul Center – 1 East Jackson Boulevard

The Office of Law Graduate Admission at DePaul University College of Law is hosting the Chicago LL.M. Program Fair on Monday, October 24 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.  This special program will give prospective LL.M. students an opportunity to speak to LL.M. admissions professionals and program directors from across the country. 

Participants from 30 LL.M. programs from across the country and most of the Chicago area law schools will be present.   The program will begin on the Concourse Level of the DePaul Center, located at 1 East Jackson Boulevard on the southeast corner of State and Jackson.  Please enter through the Jackson entrance of the DePaul Center Barnes & Noble.  Refreshments will be provided.  Attire is casual.

For registration information, directions and parking, please visit www.law.depaul.edu/llmfair

 

October 24: Reframing Reform: Immigration as The Solution

“Reframing Reform:  Immigration as the Solution” will take place on October 24, 2011 at DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois and will bring together voices from across the country in order to inform on the consequences of the failure to reform the current US immigration system and to engage in dialogue to educate participants to become involved in immigration law reform on a comprehensive level.   The daylong conference will cover topics including the consequences of inaction on the economy, families and communities, and analysis of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement measures and state and local government responses.  Afternoon concurrent sessions will address issues of undocumented children, detention, families, asylum and political economies. 

In order to register for this free event, please RSVP to Lorena Hernandez at lhernan2@depaul.edu  with your name, organization and contact information by October 10, 2011.  Space is limited.  Confirmation of registration will be sent via email and is required for attendance.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ReframingReform

Twitter account: http://twitter.com/#!/ReframingReform

 

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.

Just the Beginning Foundation Spring 2012 Judicial Externship

Just The Beginning Foundation, an organization committed to supporting diversity in the legal profession, is seeking Chicago area law students who are interested in an Externship placement with a Judge for the Spring of 2012.  Just The Beginning Foundation's objective in this program is to promote diversity among judicial externs.  JTBF will compile law students' information and submit this information to judges for their review.  Judges will provide the externs with assignments that will enhance their legal research, writing and analytical skills.  Students will have the opportunity to draft memoranda of law and to brief Judges on case related issues.  Students will work a minimum of 10 hours per week for the Spring semester.

To apply students should send the following documents electronically to lramsey@jtbf.org by October 10, 2011:
1.  Statement of Interest
2.  Resume
3.  Law School Transcript (Official transcript not required)
4.  2 References (optional but recommended)

 

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)

 

Equal Justice Works Public Defender Corps - Application Deadline Extended to September 30th

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.  The deadline for applications to be completed online and submitted along with a résumé and two letters of recommendation has been extended to 5pm EDT on Friday, September 30, 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

The Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program

In 2011, Franczek Radelet announced the implementation of an exciting and creative diversity pipeline initiative that we believe to be unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure. The Firm’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) fellowship program is designed to increase the placement of diverse lawyers at our law firm and in private practice generally.

The LEADS program is an intensive eight week program designed for diverse first and second year law students who have an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The program’s goal is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment in the legal profession. The curriculum will combine substantive legal experience with practical training provided by Franczek Radelet attorneys. With each Fellow assigned to a small group of Franczek Radelet attorneys, Fellows will also learn first-hand the work and demands associated with being a practicing labor and employment attorney. The Firm will also be soliciting participation by Firm clients so that Fellows may have an opportunity to spend part of the eight-week program working with an in-house legal or human resources department. The first group of LEADS Fellows will begin the program in the summer of 2012.

Application Deadline
Completed and signed applications (available here) and all required supporting documentation should be received by October 15, 2011 for 2L students and January, 15, 2012 for 1L students.  The required letters of recommendation may also be sent directly by the employer/professor to the LEADS Fellowship Coordinator. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis so submit your application as early as possible. Send completed application and required documentation to:

Franczek Radelet, P.C.
Attn: Amy Moor Gaylord – LEADS Fellowship Coordinator
300 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3400
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Or e-mail your application to: allmarketing@franczek.com

 

2012-2013 Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center

The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women's rights throughout their careers.  Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women's issues in Washington, DC with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities provided by WLPPFP.   The application deadline for the 2012-2013 Fellowship year is Thursday, December 1, 2011.  For additional details, including a link to the application, please see the website at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp/USProgram/index.html

 

Georgetown Law Clinical Teaching Fellowship

Georgetown Law is offering 14 Clinical Graduate Teaching Fellowships to new and experienced attorneys for the 2012-2014 academic years.  Each two-year fellowship is associated with one of the Law Center's clinical programs, and each program varies in purpose, requirements, and duties.  All of the clinical fellowships, however, share a common goal: to provide highly motivated lawyers the chance to develop skills as teachers and legal advocates within an exciting and supportive educational environment.   Fellows directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in the clinics, assist in teaching clinic seminars, and perform work on their own cases or other legal matters.

Fellowships will begin in the summer of 2012, with an intensive orientation designed to introduce fellows to clinical teaching methods. Upon completing the requirements for graduation, fellows are awarded the degree of Master of Laws (Advocacy).  Graduates of Georgetown's clinical fellowship program have gone on to prestigious positions in law teaching and public interest law settings. Teaching fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $53,000 (taxable), health and dental benefits, and all tuition and fees in the LL.M. program. As full-time students, teaching fellows usually qualify for deferment of their student loans. In addition, teaching fellows may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools. With the exception of fellows in the Center for Applied Legal Studies and the Street Law Clinic, all fellows must be members of the D.C. bar. Fellowship applicants who are admitted to a bar elsewhere must apply to waive into the D.C. bar upon accepting their fellowship offer. The Law Center will reimburse the expense of waiving into the D.C. bar incurred by those fellows who have already taken the bar exam elsewhere prior to accepting their fellowship offer.

To learn more about a particular clinic, please view our Clinics Brochure*<http://www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/documents/ClinicsBrochure2011-2012.pdf> For more information or to find out how to apply for a fellowship, please click on the link below for that clinic, and follow the application process described by the clinic. Each clinic makes its own hiring decisions.

Appellate Litigation - Application Due December 1, 2011
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/al/al.html#appfellowship

Center for Applied Legal Studies - Application Due December 1, 2011
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/cals/calsfell.html

The Community Justice Project - Application Due December 1, 2011
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/CJP-FellowshipInfo.htm

Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy, Criminal Justice, and Juvenile Justice Prettyman and Stiller Fellows - Application Due November 1, 2011 http://www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/cjc/prettyman.html

Domestic Violence - Application Due November 1, 2011
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/sdc/fellowship

Federal Legislation & Administrative - Application Due December 1, 2011
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/flc/fellowship.html

Harrison Institute for Public Law - Application Due March 1, 2012
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/hi/Applications.htm

Harrison Institute for Housing & Community Development - Application Due March 1, 2012www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/hi/10Applications.htm

Institute for Public Representation - Application Due December 1, 2011
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/ipr/index.html

International Women's Human Rights - Application Due December 1, 2011
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/iwhrc/IWHRCClinicalFellowship.htm

Street Law Clinic - Application Due December 13, 2011
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics/dcstreet/app_process.html

 

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.

 

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

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 now closed. 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

The Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarship

Sidley Austin Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

see the Fellowships & Scholarships section for more information

Just the Beginning Foundation Spring 2012 Judicial Externship

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

see the Employment Opportunities section for more information

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

see the Programming section for more information

 

Resources

2011-2012 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice

Back by popular demand, Law Students for Reproductive Justice is pleased to share the latest edition of the 2011-12 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice.  This one-of-a-kind tool can help guide interested law students toward summers, semesters, or careers in reproductive justice advocacy.  The Guide contains listings for legal internships and fellowships at 75 non-profit organizations across the country. The Guide may be accessed in the Symplicity Document Library; please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

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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