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Weeks of July 2 & 9, 2012

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Opt-in Resume Books NOW
  • CSO Open all Summer Long
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Mandatory Resume Review and Important Fall Recruiting Dates
  • Makeup Procedures for "What's Next For Fall"

Programming

  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Just the Beginning Foundation “Share the Wealth Law Clerk Program”
  • 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

  • Immigrant Defense Project Seeks 2013 Legal Fellowship Candidates
  • American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women’s Rights Fellowship 2013
  • 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Competition
  • 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:  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:  National Black Prosecutors Association 2012 Job Fair July 31, 2012
  • Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Diversity

  • ABA Minority Trial Lawyer committee seeks Law Student Contributors for its Website
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 1L Students: Deadline Extended to July 20!
  • Just the Beginning Foundation “Share the Wealth Law Clerk Program”
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Due June 22, 2012
  • 2013 Reed Smith Diversity Scholars Summer Program
  • 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

Opt-In to Resume Books Now

Summer Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls (current 1Ls), 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2011 and 2012 classes). Employers have been notified that resume books are available, and we continue to receive requests from employers for these books on a rolling basis. 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 used 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.  If you did not fill out a What's Next for Fall form, you should do so immediately to insure you receive vital information over the summer.  Complete the form here and email it to Meredith Schmitt at mschmitt@kentlaw.iit.edu.  The listservs created last summer for all other classes will also be used to send important email updates this summer.

We tested these listservs the week of May 14th. If you signed up for a listserv and do not receive a “test” email for that listserv, please contact kentcso@kentlaw.iit.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.iit.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.iit.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

Mandatory Resume Review and Important Fall Recruiting Dates

Any student planning to participate in the fall on-campus program for the first time must have his/her resume reviewed by a career services office advisor before July 24, 2011.  If you have previously had your resume reviewed for another purpose, you can submit your resume by email.  If you have never had a CSO Career Advisor review your resume you must make an appointment.

Important Upcoming Fall Recruiting Dates:

  • July 9, 2012: Information on employers participating in Fall Recruiting will be available on Symplicity. To see On-Campus Interview (OCI) and Resume Collect employers, click on the “OCI” tab. To review Direct Contact employers, select the “Documents” tab, then “Document Library.” These resources will contain information regarding application documents to be submitted, hiring eligibility requirements (e.g. class rank) and on-campus interview dates.
  • July 23, 2012, Noon: Bidding system will be open for student bid entry.
  • July 23, 2012 at Noon and 5:00pm: A Fall Recruiting Program will be held to provide information on program registration requirements, how to bid on employers, and additional information and updates in regards to the Fall Recruiting program. If you are planning to participate in Fall Recruiting, you must attend one of these sessions or follow the make-up procedures. Check the Record for room locations.
  • July 24, 2012, Noon: Resume Reviews end. All first-time program participants must have a mandatory resume review by a Career Advisor. If you have already had your resume reviewed, this can be done via email. If you have not already had your resume reviewed by a CSO Career Advisor, you must make an appointment. Students who participated in the program last year are not required to have a resume review, but are encouraged to do so. OCI resume reviews end at noon, Tuesday, July 24. All resumes must be reviewed and uploaded by noon on July 24. We advise sending your resume via email or making an appointment in June or early July, as appointments tend to fill up fast later in the summer.
  • August 2, 2012 at NOON: Deadline for Fall Recruiting Program computer bidding and uploading of resumes and other required materials to Symplicity. All hard copy materials must also be turned in to the CSO by this date. The CSO will close at noon on August 2nd.
  • August 3, 2012: CSO closed for processing OCI resumes and interview schedules.
  • August 7-9, 2012: Mock Interviews will be available for those who wish to brush up on their interviewing technique. Interview slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups will be managed through a website; more information will be available at the July 23rd program. A number of other programs will also be held at the beginning of the semester which are designed to help you maximize your success in the OCI program as well as provide information about other types of career/employment opportunities. Watch The Record for details about all fall career programming.
  • August 9, 2012: Student interview schedules will be available for viewing on-line.
  • August 13, 2012: On-Campus Interviews begin.

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, and if you plan to participate in Fall Recruiting beginning in July and August 2012, 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 ASAP.

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 ASAP.

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.iit.edu website under “Make-up Procedures.”) Alternatively, you can pick up copies of the handouts in the main Career Services Office.

Programming

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.

Just the Beginning Foundation “Share the Wealth Law Clerk Program”

The Just the Beginning Foundation (“JTBF”) is an organization dedicated to fostering racial diversity among law clerks serving in the federal and state judiciary. The JTBF Share the Wealth Law Clerk Program is a special opportunity for rising 2L students to be considered for full-time federal district court clerkships upon graduation. The program is aimed at encouraging more minorities to apply for federal judicial clerkships. The participating judges accept and consider law clerk applicants of all backgrounds, and this opportunity is merely an effort in addition to, not in lieu of, traditional application channels.

If you are interested in being considered for a JTBF Share the Wealth Clerkship Program interview, your application must be received by September 17, 2012.

For further information regarding how to apply to the Program please visit the JTBF program website.

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: Deadline Extended to July 20

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. The Application deadline has been extended to July 20, 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

Immigrant Defense Project Seeks 2013 Legal Fellowship Candidates

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2013 (applications due in the fall of 2012). IDP seeks rising third-year law students and other eligible candidates to sponsor for public interest law fellowships offered by programs such as Equal Justice Works, Soros Justice Fellowship, Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship Program, Arthur Liman Public Interest Program, and other law school-funded initiatives that would provide funding to new attorneys to work under IDP’s supervision on a project to respond to unmet legal needs.

IDP is the only organization in the country that focuses exclusively on “criminal-immigration” issues. IDP’s work is grounded in the core belief that immigrants are more than simply a sum of their past mistakes or convictions and should not face a double punishment of deportation when they have already “paid their dues” to society.

Qualifications and Application Instructions:

IDP is looking for candidates who are committed to and have experience in immigrant rights and criminal justice issues, and ideally have experience in the intersection of these two systems of laws and policies. IDP believes in the value of a diverse staff that identifies with the communities we serve. IDP strongly encourages women, people of color, immigrants, people with personal experience with the deportation or criminal justice systems, LGBT persons, and people who possess foreign language abilities (particularly Spanish) to apply.

IDP is interested in new project ideas that align with one or more of our main program areas: litigation, policy, community education, and criminal defense training.

Applicants should have a basic familiarity with the fellowship opportunities available and the requirements of each. To apply, please submit a cover letter (including a statement of interest and a sketch of project idea(s)), resume, writing sample, and names and contact information of at least three references.  Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, July 13, 2012 to fellowships2013@immigrantdefenseproject.org.  No phone calls, please.

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women’s Rights Fellowship 2013

The Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation's (ACLU) National Office in New York City seeks applicants for sponsored fellowships, such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Liman and other public interest fellowships, beginning in the Fall of 2013.

Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women's Rights Project has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting low-income women, women of color, and immigrant women. WRP has overall responsibility for implementing ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination. WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU legislative work on women’s rights, and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, outreach, and participation in coalitions. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in Congressional efforts to promote gender equality, and in other significant public education on behalf of women and girls.

The Women’s Rights Project has three core priority areas of focus: education; violence against women and girls; and employment. Cutting across these priority areas, WRP seeks to incorporate an international human rights framework into its litigation and advocacy efforts.

WRP is particularly interested in sponsoring a candidate to work on a project advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. The project will combine litigation and advocacy with community outreach and public education. WRP staff will work with the chosen candidate to develop the fellowship proposal.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The fellows will be participating in trial litigation at all levels of federal and state courts, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting legal and factual research;
  • Interviewing clients;
  • Drafting briefs and pleadings, and amicus curiae briefs;
  • Assisting in discovery and motion practice;
  • Providing support for ACLU affiliate litigation;
  • Serving as a resource for ACLU legislative and policy work;
  • Advancing ACLU policy goals through public education, organizing and participating in coalitions.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. degree or expect to receive one by the Fall of 2013.
  • Knowledge of legal issues involving women’s rights discrimination, violence against women, or housing is preferred but not required.
  • Skilled at complex legal analytical work.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
  • Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks.
  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU and advancing women’s rights.

COMPENSATION

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

HOW TO APPLY

Individuals interested in receiving WRP sponsorship should send a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the potential project areas described above, a resume, an unofficial transcript, the names and telephone numbers of three legal references, and a legal writing sample to via e-mail to hrjobsWRP@aclu.org - reference [WRP-12/ACLU-W] in subject line – or by mail to:

Human Resources
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
[Re: WRP-12/ACLU-W]
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

We encourage applicants to send materials as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a decision is made.

2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Competition

The Institute of International Education(IIE), in cooperation with the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition.
For more than 65 years, the federal government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research, and teach in other countries. Fulbright grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards over 1,600 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to over 60 countries. Fulbright grants provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, and health and accident coverage, and may also provide full or partial tuition.
Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant.

For more information, interested individuals should visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website. Currently enrolled IIT students should contact campus Fulbright Program advisers Jennifer Sherdan or Ashley Sinclair in the IIT Main Campus’s  International Center, for more information. Applications must be submitted electronically by September 5, 2012.

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:  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 :  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.

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.iit.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

ABA Minority Trial Lawyer committee seeks Law Student Contributors for its Website

As part of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee's ongoing efforts to increase the quality of its website while also providing additional platforms for its members to increase their public visibility, the committee is currently seeking contributors for the News and Developments section of our website. Contributors to the News and Developments section would have the opportunity to write brief (between 250–750 words) "blog-like" entries about emerging topics that are relevant to the MTL's broad membership. If you are interested in submitting contributions to the MTL's News and Developments section or would like more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Brian Josias.

Just the Beginning Foundation “Share the Wealth Law Clerk Program”

2013 Reed Smith Diversity Scholars Summer Program

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program for 1L Students: Deadline Extended to July 20

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.iit.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.iit.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.iit.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.iit.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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