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Week of August 20, 2012

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Welcome 1Ls!
  • Mandatory Meetings for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Fall Resume Books Kick Off on August 27th
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • OCI: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!
  • Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.

Programming

  • Exploring Careers Programs begin on August 29
  • August 29:  Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice
  • August 30: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable
  • September 5: Exploring Careers with the Federal Government
  • September 21: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • 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
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • The 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is Now Open
  • 2012-2013  Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Opportunities Now Posted
  • American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Women’s Rights Fellowship 2013
  • 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Competition
  • 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

  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Register and apply with employers August 15 through September 13.
  • Chicago-Kent 7th Annual Public Service Reception, Washington DC, October 26th - Please RSVP.
  • Register Now:  LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair August 23-25, 2012
  • Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Diversity

  • September 21: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • ABA Minority Trial Lawyer committee seeks Law Student Contributors for its Website
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee - Minority Outreach Program

Resources

  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships.
  • 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook.
  • 2011-2012 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • 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 Fellowship Corner
  • Free Membership to Legal Balance

CSO Information & Announcements

Welcome 1Ls!

Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals. According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls cannot 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 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.
  • Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you.
  • Finally, attend the mandatory orientation and resume and cover letter writing workshops in September and October to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search.

We hope you have a great first semester, and we 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 advisor this fall semester.  For those of you 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 as soon as possible. Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you work with your career advisor 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 advisor, 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 Books Kick Off on August 27th

Fall Resume Books will be available on Monday, August 27th for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2011 and 2012 classes). Employers will be notified that resume books are available soon thereafter, but because employers may request a resume book at any time, students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible. Even if you have secured employment for this fall, keep in mind that fall resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Spring or Summer 2013.

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

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

OCI: 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.iit.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.

Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2012 Fall Recruiting process.  Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

Programming

Exploring Careers Programs begin on August 29

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 through October. The Series will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 29 at noon:  United States Department of Justice
  • Wednesday, September 5 at 3pm:  Federal Government
  • Tuesday, October 2 at noon:  State, City and County Government
  • Wednesday, October 3 at 3pm:  Prosecution
  • Tuesday, October 23 at noon:  Legal Aid
  • Wednesday, October 24 at 3pm:  Public Defender/Criminal Defense
  • Tuesday, October 30 at noon:  Small and Midsize Firms

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

August 29:  Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2012
Time: noon
Location: TBA

The United States Department of Justice, the federal government's law firm and the world's largest legal employer, offers many opportunities to law students in almost every area of law. This panel will explore these opportunities and discuss how to apply with the Department. This program will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2012 at noon in Room TBA. 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.

August 30: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable

Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time: Noon
Location: Room TBA

Bring a lunch and join us for a discussion on Thursday August 30 at Noon in Room TBA about the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, which will be held on October 26-27 in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. Please note that 1Ls are welcome to attend the conference and participate in the table talk with employers, but they cannot interview. During this round table discussion, we will talk about how best to prepare for the career fair, answer any questions that may arise and provide more detail on the Chicago-Kent Alumni Public Service Reception which will be held during the conference. Students can register and find out more information about the Conference and Career Fair ; Registrations should be completed and applications submitted by September 13, 2012!

September 5: Exploring Careers with the Federal Government

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time: 3pm
Location: Room TBA

This panel will explore careers in the Federal Government, including summer and semester internship programs, permanent positions post-graduation, and how to navigate the hiring process when there are so many agencies and opportunities within agencies to explore. The program will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at 3pm in Room TBA. 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.

September 21: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

Date: Friday,September 21, 2012
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 21, 2012, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is holding its 8th Annual Minority Law Students Reception. The evening will consist of a short program followed by a networking reception.

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

Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

As a public service, NALP and ALI-ABA are pleased to offer Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times — a 75-minute presentation by Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch LLP, who generously donated their time and talent to this special project to assist lawyers and 3Ls who are currently seeking employment.

To watch the video, please click here.

Employment Opportunities

Please check 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.

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 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is Now Open   

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. The 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is now open.

Please visit the Equal Justice Works website for up-to-date information on sponsor preferences, suggestions for writing a good fellowship application and more.  In addition, we will be providing a free, informational webinar "How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowships" on Monday, August 6, 2012.   Students interested in attending the webinar can register here.

2012-2013  Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Opportunities Now Posted

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship opportunities for 2012-2013 have been posted.  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.

A summary can be found on the Equal Justice Works website.  Please note that applications must be submitted directly to the host site – do not apply to Equal Justice Works.

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.

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

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Register and apply with employers August 15 through September 13.

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 20022

Would you like to connect with public interest employers from all across the country and meet fellow, public interest-minded students, graduates and practitioners in the field? Then you should attend the Equal Justice Works 2012 Conference and Career Fair. With more than 125 public interest employers, 1,200 public interest law students and workshops to help you navigate your public interest career, you won’t want to miss it. * Chicago-Kent students are invited to attend a Public Service Reception with Chicago-Kent Alumni on Friday, October 26th, from 5-7pm, at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest  Washington, DC 20001. This event is held exclusively for Chicago-Kent students attending the Conference & Career Fair, and Chicago-Kent Alumni in the DC area. To attend the reception, RSVP by Tuesday, October 23rd to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu. 

Students begin to register and apply for interviews with employers at the Career Fair on Wednesday, August 15. Employers are added continually during the August 15th - September 13th registration/application period, so check back often! 

Students and graduates attending the Equal Justice Works 2012 Conference and Career Fair must register on the JusticeWork! site even if only attending for a conference session or the Table Talk informal interview opportunities. If a student decides not to attend, he/she will have until 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 16 to cancel his/her registration and receive a full refund of the $25 registration fee. Cancellations after this time will not be refunded.

Note: Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during Table Talk on Friday and Saturday.

View schedule and workshops pages to learn more about this year’s event.

IMPORTANT DATES
May 1 - September 6: Employer registration
August 15 - September 13: Student and recent graduate registration and interview application
August 15 - October 16: Law school professional registration
September 14 - October 11:  Student registration only for those not seeking an interview (may attend conference workshops and Table Talk)
September 20 - October 4: Employer application review and interviewee selection
September 20 - October 11: Students accept or decline interviews
September 26: Last day to reserve a hotel room at our discounted rate
October 16: Last day to cancel student registration with full refund
October 26 - 27: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Chicago-Kent 7th Annual Public Service Reception, Washington DC, October 26th - Please RSVP

Chicago-Kent students and alumni are invited to attend the 7th Annual Public Service Reception on Friday, October 26th, 5:30-8pm at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest  Washington, DC 20001. This event is held annually for Chicago-Kent students attending the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, and Chicago-Kent Alumni in the DC area. To attend the reception, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 23rd to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu. This annual event provides the opportunity for Chicago-Kent students to meet with Chicago-Kent Alumni in the Washington DC area. Appetizers and beer/soda will be provided. Don't miss this great networking event, held in connection with the Conference & Career 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.

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

If you receive an offer after attending a job fair, please report this to the CSO 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

September 21: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

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

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."

2012-2013 Government Honors and Internship Handbook

The 2012-2013 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 Resource is becoming PSJD

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.

On August 27, 2012, PSLawNet will become PSJD, a redesigned website that retains all of PSLawNet’s content but that adds easier navigation, enhanced searching, and new tools for job-seekers and employers alike.  PSLawNet users will be able to log in to PSJD with existing PSLawNet login credentials, and our job-seeker “email alerts” will continue uninterrupted.  As of August 27th PSJD will be found at http://www.psjd.org. To register, go to http://www.psjd.org, 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.

PSJD Fellowship Corner

Interested in pursuing a fellowship upon graduation? Then be sure to check out PSJD's "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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