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Week of May 21, 2012

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Makeup Procedures for "What's Next For Fall"
  • Resume Books Go Live May 21st
  • CSO Open all Summer Long
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • Makeup Procedures for "What's Next For Fall"
  • May 23:  “Getting the Most From Your Summer Public Interest Experience” Free Webinar
  • Equal Justice Works Educational Debt Relief Summer 2012 Webinar Schedule
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Due June 22, 2012
  • 2013 Reed Smith Diversity Scholars Summer Program
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 1L Students
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship Programs
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association:  Writing Competition for Students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law
  • 2012 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award from the International Association of Gaming Advisors

Job Fairs

  • Register Now: Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair August 17, 2012
  • Register Now:  LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair August 23-25, 2012
  • Register Now:  2012 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair September 14, 2012
  • Register Now:  Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color on August 1, 2012
  • Register Now:  2012 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Missouri August 3-4, 2012
  • Register Now:   St. Louis Diversity Job Fair August 3-4, 2012
  • Register Now:  Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, July 26-27, 2012
  • Register Now:  National Black Prosecutors Association 2012 Job Fair July 31, 2012
  • Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Diversity

  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Due June 22, 2012
  • 2013 Reed Smith Diversity Scholars Summer Program
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 1L Students
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Resources

  • 2011-2012 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  •  Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • 2011-2012 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs
  • Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job BankPassword Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • Alumni Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet: Public Interest Job Postings and Summer Funding Resources
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • Free Membership to Legal Balance

CSO Information & Announcements

Make-up Procedures for "What's Next for Fall"

If you were unable to attend this year's Mandatory What’s Next for Fall Programs held in April, you must follow the steps outlined below:

1) Watch the video of the What’s Next for Fall Program (originally presented April 24th and 25th). Click here to be taken to the Program & Videos page.

2) Complete, sign and submit the What’s Next for Fall Registration Sheet to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 by 5 pm on Friday, May 18, 2012.

3) In addition, if after viewing the video you decide that you would like to participate in Fall Recruiting 2012, you must complete the Mandatory What’s Next For Fall 2012 Fall Recruiting Questionnaire, and submit it to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 also by 5 pm on Friday, May 18, 2012.

4) Review the Resource Sheets referenced in the program on-line (PDF links are listed on the Programs & Videos page or in the Fall Recruiting section of the kentlaw.edu website under “Make-up Procedures.”) Alternatively, you can pick up copies of the handouts in the main Career Services Office.

Resume Books Go Live May 21st

Summer Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls (current 1Ls), 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2011 and 2012 classes). Employers will be notified that resume books are available on May 21st, and as we receive the most requests for resume books immediately thereafter, we encourage you to opt-in before this date.  Even if you have secured employment for this summer, keep in mind that summer resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Fall 2012. 

For more information about Resume Books, click here.

CSO Open all Summer Long

The Career Services Office remains open with its regular hours throughout the summer time, and continues to provide students and graduates with the same counseling, resume review, and other services. Please don’t hesitate to come in, call or email!

Listserv Registration and Testing

The CSO will use the recent April What’s Next for Fall program Registration forms to create practice area specific listservs for the class of 2014 that will be used to send important email updates over the summer.  The listservs created last summer for all other classes will also be used to send important email updates this summer. We will be testing these listservs the week of May 14th. If you signed up for a listserv and do not receive a “test” email for that listserv by the end of that week, please contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu to let us know that you were erroneously omitted from that listserv.  If you receive an email from a listserv that you no longer want to be included on, please also email kentcso@kentlaw.edu noting which listserv(s) you wish to be removed from.

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 "Student Information" and select "Programs and Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.

On-Campus Interviews

 

Programming

Make-up Procedures for "What's Next for Fall"

If you were unable to attend this year's Mandatory What’s Next for Fall Programs held in April, you must follow the steps outlined below:

1) Watch the video of the What’s Next for Fall Program (originally presented April 24th and 25th). Click here to be taken to the Program & Videos page.

2) Complete, sign and submit the What’s Next for Fall Registration Sheet to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 by 5 pm on Friday, May 18, 2012.

3) In addition, if after viewing the video you decide that you would like to participate in Fall Recruiting 2012, you must complete the Mandatory What’s Next For Fall 2012 Fall Recruiting Questionnaire, and submit it to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 also by 5 pm on Friday, May 18, 2012.

4) Review the Resource Sheets referenced in the program on-line (PDF links are listed on the Programs & Videos page or in the Fall Recruiting section of the kentlaw.edu website under “Make-up Procedures.”) Alternatively, you can pick up copies of the handouts in the main Career Services Office.

May 23:  “Getting the Most From Your Summer Public Interest Experience” Free Webinar

NALP is hosting free Webinar “Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience” on May 23 at 3:00 PM EDT. This free webinar will give your students practical tips on how to develop professionally and personally while interning at public interest offices this summer. They’ll get insider advice from public interest attorneys and community leaders on how to walk away from their summer positions having had an invaluable experience! The wonderful Deb Ellis and Sherizaan Minwalla from the Tahirih Justice Center will be leading the webinar.

Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/824680642 or here: http://pslawnet.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/were-hosting-a-free-webinar-on-maximizing-your-summer-experience-come-one-come-all/

Equal Justice Works Educational Debt Relief Summer 2012 Webinar Schedule

Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member of Equal Justice Works, a non-profit dedicated to helping law students pursue public interest careers. EJW seminars on debt relief are free and informative, if interested, please register for the sessions that interest you.

Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School
Interested in government or public interest work after graduating? This webinar will help you plan ahead and make sure you can take full advantage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.

  • Thursday, May 10, 2-3 p.m. EDT.  Register here for this session.

Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness
A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation.

  • Thursday, May 17, 2-3 p.m. EDT.  Register here for this session.
  • Thursday, June 28, 3-4 p.m. EDT.  Register here for this session.

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 Chicago-Kent's job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Due June 22, 2012

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will award three (3) scholarships to diverse law students this year. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL;  Baton Rouge, New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX. The recipients' office preferences will be taken into consideration, but final assignment will be according to the Firm's needs. The recipients may split their summers with other law firms; however, they are required to work during the period that the other Summer Associates in that Baker Donelson office are working.

To apply for the Diversity Scholarship, all applications must be submitted via the firm’s online application tool.  The application deadline is June 22, 2012.  Please see http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/ for more information.

2013 Reed Smith Diversity Scholars Summer Program

The Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program provides an award in the amount of $15,000 and a summer associate position to two first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community. The $15,000 will be awarded for the recipient’s second year of law school and will be paid in addition to the
summer associate salary.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Excellent academic scholarship
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and community
  • Agree to join the 2013 Reed Smith Summer Program
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Applicants must submit the following information:

  • Resume
  • Completed application
  • Two personal statements
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Legal writing sample
  • Undergraduate transcript

Applications must be postmarked by August 6, 2012.  Please send application materials to: Dana B. Levin, U.S. Director of Legal Recruiting, c/o Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program, Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 1L Students

The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, started in 2005, is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms, such as Latham & Watkins, which has US offices in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. This program is part of our active involvement in the initiatives of bar associations to promote diversity in attorney hiring and advancement. 

To become a Latham Diversity Scholar, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2014, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

To be considered for the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, please complete and submit an application form, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and personal statement to Latham & Watkins. The application process is open to law students who meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Applications must be received by June 15, 2012.  For more information and an application, click here.

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

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Programs

Click on the links below to learn more about the fellowship programs available through Equal Justice Works.  Applications for most programs open on July 6, 2012.  You may find more detailed information and requirements at www.equaljusticeworks.org.

AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships: In partnership with AmeriCorps, this program allows Fellows to make a lasting impact on the communities they serve by facilitating pro bono opportunities and expanding the legal resources in low-income and underserved communities. A living allowance is provided and an educational award is earned after successful completion of the program. Recent graduates (within 3 years of graduation) apply for positions starting in July, for position that may begin as soon as the August or September.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships: As a participant in the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S., Equal Justice Works Fellows create dream jobs with nonprofit organizations. Fellows receive a salary and are eligible for loan repayment assistance.

Public Defender Corps: Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center have partnered to improve the quality of representation for adults and juveniles nationwide. This three-year fellowship program addresses the ongoing national crisis of providing quality representation to accused persons who cannot afford counsel. Recent graduates (within 3 years of graduation) apply for these positions starting in July, for positions that begin the following year.

Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association:  Writing Competition for Students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law

The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (“PIABA”) is again sponsoring a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law.   First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association website. The PIABA Bar Journal Board of Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, elect to print additional submissions.

The submission may address any aspect of Securities law; Securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code.  The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.  The competition is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are also eligible. 

To enter, students must submit entries electronically to rsringo@piaba.org with the subject heading, “2012 Writing Competition”. Entries must be received via e-mail no later than midnight September 10, 2012 and shall include the required entry form. The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. Please click here for more information.

2012 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award from the International Association of Gaming Advisors

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) will award prizes of $2,500 for each of the two best research papers written by students of accredited law schools as part of their class work during the 2011-2012 school year. The awards will be announced at IAGA’s 2012 Gaming Law Conference inSingaporeon October 23-25, 2012.

The awards honor the memory of Shannon Bybee, one of the IAGA founders, who had a distinguished career as a gaming attorney, state gaming regulator, gaming industry executive and pioneering educator in casino operations and gaming law. The awards are made possible by a grant from International Game Technology, the world’s largest gaming device manufacturer, through the courtesy of Robert Melendres, its Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary.

To be eligible for the 2012 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award, submitted papers must:

  • Be prepared as part of a student’s class work at an accredited law school during the 2011-2012 school year;
  • Be submitted no later than September 4, 2012, to the Award Coordinator, Bob Faiss, by mail addressed to his attention at Lionel Sawyer & Collins, 300 South Fourth Street, Suite 1700, Las Vegas, NV 89101, or via email at rfaiss@lionelsawyer.com;
  • Be accompanied by written confirmation from a law school instructor that the paper was written under the direction of that instructor; and
  • Either enhance the understanding of gaming law or recommend a beneficial change in gaming law.

Also, the author of each submitted paper must agree, in writing, that if the paper is selected for the 2012 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award, IAGA may publish the paper in an IAGA publication.  The papers may be of any length, but it is recommended they be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, exclusive of footnoting.

Job Fairs

Register Now : Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair August 17, 2012

The 29th Annual Cook County Bar Association Minority Law School Job Fair will be held Friday, August 17, 2012 in Chicago. Student registration for this event ends on Thursday, May 31, 2012. This job fair provides an excellent opportunity for minority second-year and third-year law students to interview with law firms of all sizes, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations with locations throughout the United States. The anticipated number of employer participants is 150 and will include large, medium and small law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Additional details on the job fair and how to register will be available in the coming weeks.  Allison Smith (asmith16@kentlaw.edu) will be the Career Services liaison for this event. Please e-mail Allison Smith to register for this job fair.

Register Now:  LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair August 23-25, 2012

The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference will take place at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on August 23-25, 2012. The Lavender Law Conference is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. Go to http://www.lgbtbar.org/annual/ for more information about the conference.

Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment.  The Lavender Law Career Fair kicks off with a panel of legal practitioners with experience working in government, non-profit, small and large firms. The panel will be guided by a law career services professional will discuss the tools, considerations and critical aspects to find, research and evaluate LGBT-friendly employers in each of these legal arenas.

Over 500 candidates and 130 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2011 career fair in Hollywood.

Click here for a list of recruiters participating in the 2012 Lavender Law Career Fair.

Go to http://www.lgbtbar.org/annual/register/ for more information about how to register for this career fair.

Register Now:  2012 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair September 14, 2012

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair will take place on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.  This Career Fair provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for twenty-minute scheduled interviews with participating employers.

Student registration for the 2012 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair is now open. Students have until July 14, 2012 to register for this year’s career fair, which takes place on Friday, September 14, 2012.  Please click on the links below to register. For questions, please email info@rmdlcf.com or call the RMDLCF hotline at (303) 892-7377.

Student Registration:
https://law-rmdlcf-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Register Now:  Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color on August 1, 2012

Student Registration is now open for the Boston Lawyers Group's ("BLG") annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color*  Registration ends at midnight on July 6, 2012

The Boston Job Fair for Rising 2L (JD 2014) Law Students of Color will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA.  Visit www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com under the Events tab for job fair information. 

*BLG members' criterion focuses on deserving diverse students with preference to students with racial and ethnic backgrounds that have been historically underserved and under-represented in the legal profession with strong ties to Boston.  This criteria is in accordance with our mission to create a pipeline of talent, so that our members can "identify, recruit, advance and retain diverse attorneys" in the greater Boston legal community.

Register Now :  2012 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Missouri August 3-4, 2012

The 2012 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair will take place August 3-4, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Kansas City. Last year, Kansas City played host to nearly 100 students from over 40 Law Schools from across the nation who had the opportunity to interview with 15 area law firms, organizations and government agencies. We hope to make this year's job fair an even bigger success.  See http://www.heartlanddiversity.org/ for more information.

All 2L(Graduating in 2014) and 3L(Graduating in 2013) Law Students and Recent Law Grads (Graduating in 2012) are invited to participate regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age and veteran status.  Student Registration is available online here: https://law-kcmba-csm.symplicity.com. Feel free to check out this year's Student Registration Brochure for additional information. Registration is now open and the registration deadline is June 22, 2012. There is no fee for students to register.

Register Now :  8th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities in Washington, D.C. on August 3, 2012

The 8th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities will take place on Friday, August 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, Washington, DC.  Last year, 30 law firms and government agencies interviewed students from across the US.  Go to http://www.law.arizona.edu/impact/studentregistrationintro.cfm to register as a student.  The student registration deadline is Sunday, July 8, 2012, 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Register Now :  St. Louis Diversity Job Fair August 3-4, 2012

The fifth annual St. Louis Diversity Job Fair will take place on August 3-4, 2012.  The primary goal of the Fair is to attract a diverse group of 2L and 3L students to the metropolitan St. Louis legal community, encourage them to practice law in the area, and become an integral part of the St. Louis community. The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair steering committee has invited law firms, corporations, and government agencies from all over the nation. For more information regarding the Job Fair, go to http://www.stldiversityjobfair.com/index.html. Law students can register for the 2012 St. Louis Diversity Job Fair by going to https://law-sldjf-csm.symplicity.com. THE DEADLINE FOR ALL REGISTRATIONS IS MAY 31, 2012 - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Register Now : Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair:
July 26-27, 2012

Are you passionate about starting your career in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm?  Looking to meet legal employers from large, medium and small firms, as well as government agencies, corporations and members of the judiciary?  Get a jump start on creating lasting relationships at the 2012 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.  All fall 2012 full-time 2L students (graduating May 2014) or part-time 2L and 3L (graduating Dec 2014/May 2015) are invited to participate in the fifth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair to be held July 26-27, 2012.  The student registration deadline is June 17, 2012

Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2013/2014 based on full or part-time status.

Students should register via Symplicity at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. After you register, a password will be provided to you, which enables you to use the system throughout the next few months. There is NO FEE for students to register for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. Bidding will take place June 18-22, 2012.

For more information, click here.

Save the Date:  National Black Prosecutors Association 2012 Job Fair July 31, 2012

The National Black Prosecutors Association is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of blacks as prosecutors. Founded in 1983, the association's membership is comprised of more than 800 prosecutors nationwide. It includes both chief and line prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, the association's membership includes law students, former prosecutors and law enforcement personnel. 

The National Black Prosecutors Association’s annual Job Fair will take place on July 31, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Job Fair begins at 8:00 am with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00 am.  At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Convention attendees.  The reception will afford Job Fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors. The early registration fee for the Job Fair is $25.00 for law students and 2012 law school graduates, and $50.00 for experienced attorneys.  After June 8th, the regular Job Fair registration fee is $50.00 for law students and 2012 law school graduates, and $75.00 for experienced attorneys.   

Check http://www.blackprosecutors.org/annualconference.html for more details and to register. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email NBPAJobFair2012@dany.nyc.gov.

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

2013 Reed Smith Diversity Scholars Summer Program

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 1L Students

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

see the Employment Opportunities 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 Clerkships

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 access 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.

Alumni 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 the Office of Career Services at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or visit 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: Public Interest Job Postings and Summer Funding Resource

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 create an account at the PSLawNet home page,or go directly the the page on funding resources. To register, 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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