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Week of January 21, 2013

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Seeks Student Worker
  • Resume Books for Spring Semester
  • Make-up procedures for mandatory 1L orientations
  • Mandatory Meetings for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls
  • New CSO Resource: Videoconferencing for Video Interviews
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • January 28: Deadline to Apply for an On-Campus Interview with US Marine Corps JAG
  • OCI and Job Fairs: Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • “How to Succeed” Programs Begin in February
  • January 29:  Preparing for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)
  • January 30-February 1: MPILCC Mock Interviews
  • January 30:  “Landing the Job” Webinar
  • January 31:  “Building Her Power Base” Presentation at Kirkland & Ellis
  • January 31: “Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Firm or Nonprofit” Webinar
  • February 7:  ABA CareerLIVE One-On-One Career Advice
  • February 12:  DuPage County Bar Association Pizza Social
  • February 21:  Practice Tracks Career Fair Program
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications Now Open For 2Ls and 1Ls
  • 2013 AFL-CIOs Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program
  • MSBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program
  • ACC Chicago Chapter 2013 Diversity 1L Summer Internship Program
  • BP 2013 Summer Legal Intern Program
  • City of Chicago Department of 2013 Summer Law Clerk Program: Deadline Extended to March 1
  • SummerCorps Applications for 1Ls and 2Ls Now Available

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP - 2013 Diversity Scholarship Program for 1Ls
  • Peggy Browning summer and school-year fellowships
  • Dorsey Diversity Fellowship Program for 1Ls – Seattle Office
  • Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship
  • Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program
  • Finnegan 1L IP Diversity Scholarship
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Minority 1L Scholarship
  • AABA Foundation 2012-13 Scholarship
  • Hogan/Smoger Access To Justice Essay Contest
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law – Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2012-2013

Job Fairs

  • February 2:  Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)
  • Registration  Now Open for RebLaw 2013 (Rebellious Lawyering Conference) at Yale Law School

Diversity

  • 2013 AFL-CIOs Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP - 2013 Diversity Scholarship Program for 1Ls
  • Dorsey Diversity Fellowship Program for 1Ls – Seattle Office
  • Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship
  • Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
  • MSBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program
  • Finnegan 1L IP Diversity Scholarship
  • BP 2013 Summer Legal Intern Program
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Minority 1L Scholarship
  • ACC Chicago Chapter 2013 Diversity 1L Summer Internship Program
  • AABA Foundation Scholarship
  • ABA Minority Trial Lawyer committee seeks Law Student Contributors for its Website

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 Bank Password Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • Alumni Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Resource is becoming PSJD
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • Free Membership to Legal Balance

CSO Information & Announcements

CSO Seeks Student Worker

The Career Services Office seeks a student worker for Spring 2012 for a paid, federal work study position.  Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-15 hours per week.  Duties will include data entry; maintenance of active job postings; organization of resources; scheduling appointments; calls to employers and potential speakers; answering phones; and front desk reception work.

Interested students should submit resumes to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by February 4, 2013 with "CSO Position" in the email subject line. Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability. Please note that federal work study eligibility is required for work during the spring semester.

 

Resume Books for Spring Semester

Resume Books are back for spring! Spring Semester Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2012 class).  Remember, even if you opted in last semester, you must resubmit your resume to the books of your choices for the Spring Semester.  We will notify employers that resume books are available on February 4, 2013. You may opt-in to a resume book at any time; however, as we receive most the most requests for resume books immediately after notifying employers, we encourage you to submit your resume before this date.

As a reminder, a Resume Book is 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). Read more about Resume Books here.

If you have additional questions about Resume Books, or would like your resume reviewed prior to opting in to a Resume Book, please contact your career counselor.

 

Make-up Procedures for Mandatory 1L Orientations

The makeup procedures for both the Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation program and the Resume and Cover Letter Session are now available.  Videos from both these programs, along with all accompanying handouts, are posted online here:  http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/career-preparation/programs-and-videos.  To watch the video, the user name is "videos" and the password is "kentlaw." 

One of the handouts is a SURVEY FORM – please make sure that you fill out the correct form (for 2015 or 2016 graduates) and fill it out as completely as possible.  We use these forms to assign your career counselor.   You MUST return a completed form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) ASAP.  Survey forms are also available in the Career Services Office.

 

Mandatory Meetings for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

Each rising 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of 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.

 

New CSO Resource: Videoconferencing for Video Interviews

The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office now offers videoconferencing (ISDN and IP options) to allow employers to interview students remotely. Videoconferencing is a great option for employers and students who cannot travel to conduct interviews.  This videoconferencing equipment is located in Suite 360A, and it is available for students to use in interviewing or other programs upon request.  Please contact the Career Services Office at kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu in advance to reserve use of the video equipment.

 

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

January 28: Deadline to Apply for an On-Campus Interview with US Marine Corps JAG

The US Marines Corps will be on-campus at Chicago-Kent to interview students at the beginning of February 2013.  The US Marine Corps interviews will be for the 1L class only. These employers, and their on-campus interview schedules, are now visible in Symplicity.  In order to interview with either or both of these employers, you must "bid" on the employer (sign up for the interview) in Symplicity under the "OCI" tab by Monday, January 28, 2013.

US Marine Corps JAG: The US Marine Corps will be on campus on February 1, 2013 beginning at 10 am to interview all 1L law students interested in becoming a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps.  This interview is for possible selection to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in summer 2013.  You may find additional information here: http://www.marines.com/being-a-marine/roles-in-the-corps/command-element/judge-advocate.   To apply and interview, a 1L law student must be a US Citizen, have an LSAT score of 150 or higher, and be no older than 27 years.

The US Air Force JAG will not be on-campus this spring. Any students still interested in the US Air Force JAG can contact Meredith Schmitt at mschmitt@kentlaw.iit.edu for more information.

To "Bid" On an Employer (Sign Up for an Interview):  Complete all steps below by Monday, January 28, 2013.

  1. Upload your legal resume in final form into Symplicity (you must have an APPROVED resume in Symplicity set as your default resume).
  2. In the OCI session screen, select the "Review" button next to the employer name.  In the next screen, select the appropriate resume from the drop down menu on the right.
  3. In that same screen, enter the number "1" in the "Bid" drop down menu on the right.
  4. Hit the “Apply” button. 
  5. Go back to the OCI session screen, and select the "Class Schedules/Conflicts" tab in the middle of the page. In the next screen, enter your Class Schedule for the day on which you are hoping to receive an interview (either February 1st or 5th or both). 
Please contact your assigned career counselor with further questions about the interview/sign-up processes.

 

OCI and Job Fairs: 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.

 

Programming

 

“How to Succeed” Programs Begin in February

The career services office is starting off the year with a series of “How to Succeed” panel presentations to familiarize students with various work settings and to help prepare students for their summer jobs. The Series will be as follows, with tentative dates listed below:

February 12:  How to Succeed in a Large Law Firm
February 26:  How to Succeed in a Government Agency
March 12:  How to Succeed in a Small/Midsize Firm
TBA:  How to Succeed in a Public Interest/Legal Aid Organization

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

 

January 29:  Preparing for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Time: noon - 1:00pm
Location: Room 345

This program will help students strategize for interviewing and networking at MPILCC.  Come hear from students and staff who have prior MPILCC experience to learn how to best make connections and build professional relationships. Visit the MPILCC website at www.mpilcc.org  for conference details and be sure to attend this program. This program is co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and Kent Justice Foundation.

MPILCC, the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, is an opportunity to meet and interview with Chicago and Midwest-area public interest and government organizations.  This year, MPILCC will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Northwestern University School of Law (located in downtown Chicago).  The conference offers students the opportunity to interview for summer law clerk positions and entry-level attorney positions.  In addition, students can meet with representatives from public interest and government organizations during the time allotted for Table Talk from 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; this is one of the most important points at which students can make valuable connections. If you do not receive any interviews, or you did not register in advance for the conference, you can still attend and meet many of the employers through table talk.

 

January 30-February 1: MPILCC Mock Interviews

Students who are scheduled to interview with employers at MPILCC may sign-up for a mock interview in the career services office on either January 30, January 31 or February 1.  These mock interviews are an excellent way to practice and polish your interview skills.  If you have not interviewed for a public interest position in the past, or if you have not interviewed for many positions, particularly legal positions, a mock interview is highly recommended.  Check the Record frequently for mock interview times and an online link students may use to sign up for available mock interview slots.

 

January 30:  “Landing the Job” Webinar

Date:  Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: 3-4pm

Learn how to best prepare yourself to get a job!  This free, live webinar from the Career Services Office will provide helpful tips and strategies, including information on:

  • finding available legal positions
  • crafting the perfect cover letter
  • interview preparation and strategy
  • salary negotiations
  • and much more!
To join the webinar, go to:  http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E952DC86824E38

 

January 31:  “Building Her Power Base” Presentation at Kirkland & Ellis

Date:  January 31, 2013
Time:  12:00 pm Presentation and Lunch
Location:  Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N. LaSalle, Chicago

Ms. JD & Kirkland & Ellis cordially invite you to attend “Building Her Power Base: A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & Entrepreneurship.”  This presentation and lunch will take place at Kirkland & Ellis on January 31, 2013RSVP here.

Laurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide.  When Ms. JD thinks Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Laurel is one of the first women that comes to mind. She is the Principal of her own law firm, The Bellows Law Group, P.C., she is the president of the ABA, she was the second woman president of the 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association, she was listed among Working Mother Magazine's 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in the country, and the list continues.  Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law! 
Laurel will also be taking questions from law students and lawyers across the country.  You can submit your questions until January 17th at Ms. JD's Facebook, and to Ms. JD's Twitter Account @msjdtweets.  (Use the hashtag #powerbase to get the conversation started early!)

Please contact Kim Watson at Watson@ms-jd.org with questions.

 

January 31: “Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Firm or Nonprofit” Webinar

On January 31, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is sponsoring a Webinar panel titled "Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Firm or Nonprofit."

This panel is directed to law students and lawyers. The panel will explore the creation and development of several small IP firms and an IP nonprofit by:

  • Rey Barcelo, partner with Barcelo, Harrison and Walker
  • David Keyzer, owner of the Law Offices of David Keyzer
  • Brittany Maxey, owner of the Maxey Law Offices
  • Joanna Mendoza, owner of the Law Offices of Joanna R. Mendoza
  • Cynthia Parks, partner of Parks IP Law, and
  • Daniel Ravicher, Founder and Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation and Professor at Cardozo Law School.
To participate in the program, law students should contact  contact Andrew Hunter at hunter@fedcirbar.org to receive a registration code.

 

February 7:  ABA CareerLIVE One-On-One Career Advice

Get answers to your career questions!  Experienced ABA lawyers offer career pointers during “ABA CareerLine LIVE!”  from 4 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013.  This virtual one-on-one, sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division and LexisNexis, is FREE to ABA members so register now here:  http://abacareerlinelive.eventbrite.com/
Registration closes on January 31, 2013; and participants will be contacted by February 4. If you are contacted, you will receive additional information from the ABA and a call from an attorney between 4-6 p.m. on February 7th.

Not an ABA member? Learn how you might win a FREE ABA membership, courtesy of LexisNexis, beginning Monday, January 21, 2013, by clicking here:  http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool

 

February 12:  DuPage County Bar Association Pizza Social

The DuPage County Bar Association (the “DCBA”) presents “Beyond the Loop Pizza Social.”  This social will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 5:30pm at Giordano’s, 223 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL.

This event will include free pizza and beer, and will allow law students to connect with DuPage County judges and attorneys, learn more about DCBA membership, and network with other Chicago law students. 

For more information, please contact Sue Makovec, DCBA Membership Director, at 630-653-7779 or at smakovec@dcba.org.

 

February 21:  Practice Tracks Career Fair Program

Attorneys representing approximately 50 practice areas will attend Practice Tracks, a program held at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall Law School) on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Practice Tracks provides students with the opportunity to talk informally with attorneys about careers in a variety of practice areas.  Practice Tracks is your chance to determine how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it is like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in that area, what skills you should emphasize when applying, and more!

Even though the participating attorneys volunteer their time and participation for Practice Tracks, that does not indicate job openings at represented organizations.  However, this program has proven to be an extremely effective means of networking and obtaining helpful information about prospective employers in a variety of different settings and practice areas.  To benefit from and make the most of this program, you may obtain business cards from practitioners in your areas of interest, and later reach out to those attorneys for an informational interview.

 

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.

 

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications Now Open

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Applications for 2Ls for Summer 2013 opened on October 15th, and Applications for 2Ls/3Ls for Spring 2013 opened on November 1st.

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,000 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations.  PILI also offers a limited number of 200-hour school year internships for Chicago area law students during the Spring Semester.  Many PILI Interns provide low-income and disenfranchised clients with critically needed direct legal assistance.  Other PILI Interns conduct advocacy, policy-based work or impact litigation that enhances the health, safety and welfare of the disenfranchised.  All PILI Interns gain valuable work experience that distinguishes their education and ultimately their careers.  As many as 12 Chicago-Kent students in one summer have received PILI internships! More information about PILI summer internships is here http://www.pili-law.org/applyforsummerinternships.htmApplications for 2L students to apply for summer internships opened on October 15th.  Applications for 1L students for summer internships, opened on  December 1st.

Applications for 2L/3L students for Spring Semester 2013 internships opened on November 1st.  For more information on Spring 2013 internships, go here:  http://www.pili-law.org/applyforschoolyearinternships.htm.   

PLEASE NOTE: In order to apply for a PILI Internship, you will need to register onwww.IllinoisProBono.org before you can submit your application. There is an approval process that can take up to 24 hours (longer on weekends and holidays). After registering and receiving approval, you may apply online for PILI Internships.

 

2013 AFL-CIOs Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program

The “2013 AFL-CIOs Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program” is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of labor law and to the labor community by providing summer clerkship opportunities with participating firms and union legal departments across the country.  Students with a demonstrated interest in labor law, as well as those students who may be interested in the field, are encouraged to participate in the program. Students should contact participating firms directly with inquiries or applications, and are advised to reference the LCC Minority Outreach Program in all correspondence.  To see a list of participating firms and legal departments, click here.

 

MSBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program

Applications for the MSBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program are due January 25, 2013.
The Minnesota Minority Clerkship Program (MMCP) is in its eighth year since implementation. The program was conceived and is administered by the Diversity Committee with the purpose of fostering diversity within the Minnesota legal community.

The program is designed to match selected 1L students-of-color with participating Minnesota legal employers for a summer clerkship opportunity. The clerkship program gives employers and students a unique opportunity to establish contacts, obtain "real world" experience and promote diversity in the legal profession.  To learn more about who qualifies, click here.

Here is how it works:
Each 1L law student who provides a complete application and who self-identifies as a minority under the EEOC definition of minority will be interviewed by members of the Diversity Committee and other volunteer attorneys. A limited number of students (based on the number of participating employers) will be chosen for a second round of interviews. Those students chosen for the second round of interviews are guaranteed summer employment. However, they will still need to interview with all the participating employers during a day-long interview process. The employers and students will then rank their choices from first to last. The MMCP chair will then generate a blind match of employer and students, which will determine the employment matches for the clerkship program.

To apply for the clerkship program you will need to submit:

  • Contact information;
  • Law school transcript with GPA;
  • Undergraduate university transcript with GPA;
  • An essay explaining what makes you a unique candidate for this program and how you think your uniqueness will affect your legal career in Minnesota;
  • A legal writing sample;
  • Your resume; and
  • The Minnesota Minority Clerkship Online Application

Each 1L law student who provides a complete application and who identifies as a minority will be interviewed by members of the Diversity Committee. A limited number of applicants will be selected for a second round of interviews.

To apply, go here:  http://www.mnlegaldiversity.org/clerkship-program/application-form.html

 

ACC Chicago Chapter 2013 Diversity 1L Summer Internship Program

The Association of Corporate Counsel internship program places top law students with diverse backgrounds from select Illinois law schools in internships in Chicagoland corporate legal departments.  The internships expose the students to in-house practices and career possibilities in corporate legal departments. Examples of corporations that have participated in this program in the past are: Accenture, Alliant Credit Union, Career Education, Empire, Illinois Tool Works, McDonald's Corporation, Navistar, Square D, Kraft, Verizon Wireless and Walgreens. Students in the program received a stipend in the summer of 2013 of $6000.

The Chicago Chapter is looking for students from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.  Additionally, the Chapter seeks diverse students who are eager to learn and are capable of thriving in a corporate environment.  Please note that the Program is only open to 1Law students – no exceptions will be made. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2013. For more information on the internship program and for an application please see http://www.acc.com/chapters/chic/InternshipProgramInfo.cfm.  You may also find information about the internship program in Symplicity, as job posting # 14962.

 

BP 2013 Summer Legal Intern Program

BP is the largest producer of oil and gas in the US, and the second largest in the world.  BP’s global legal department consists of more than 440 lawyers - 170 working in the United States at offices in Alaska, California, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas. BP lawyers are diverse and practice law in many areas - antitrust and competition, commercial, corporate, environmental, labor and employment, intellectual property, litigation, trademarks and trade regulation - just to name a few. 

BP recognizes the inherent benefits of having a diverse and inclusive work environment.  BP’s Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”) vision is to be known internally and externally as an employer and partner of choice with an inclusive culture in which a diverse workforce contributes and realizes its individual and collective potential.  One step towards realizing BP’s Diversity and Inclusion vision is through the US Legal Group Summer Internship Program (“SIP”).  The SIP was originally created to expose first-year minority law students to a corporate legal environment; the SIP has evolved to provide comprehensive legal practice exposure to first-year law students who have shown a strong commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.
In 2013, BP Legal will offer summer intern positions at each of its legal offices in:

  • Houston, Texas [10 weeks]
  • Naperville, Illinois (western suburb of Chicago) [8 weeks]
  • Anchorage, Alaska [8 weeks]

Houston and Naperville offices will have two interns each and the Anchorage office will have one intern.   All five interns are expected to work full time for the 8 to 10 week program.  Exact start and end dates are flexible but generally run from early June through the middle of August.  Interns are paid competitively.  In addition to the paid internship, BP interns receive a one-time scholarship to assist with their legal education. These scholarships will be awarded no later than mid-August 2013.

To expose interns to several areas of law practice - and thereby help inform their curriculum and career choices - interns are rotated among our various practice groups, generally working one to two weeks in a group. A program coordinator acts as the intern's immediate supervisor and mentor.  

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

Students in good standing who have completed only one year of law school at an ABA-accredited law school are invited to apply. Students participating in part time and evening programs are eligible provided that such students have not begun 2L course work.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students interested in BP Legal's Summer Intern Program should complete the online application before 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 8, 2013.
Online application forms must be submitted along with (a) a Personal Statement, (b) a Resume (c) a Letter of Recommendation, and (d) a Writing Sample.  All offers will be contingent upon receipt of an official law school transcript acceptable to BP.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates will be notified of the status of their applications by March 29, 2013.

BP LEGAL HAS A 4-STEP APPLICATION PROCESS:

Step One: Complete your online application at https://bplegalinternship.bpglobal.com. This is a secured site and will ask you to enter a User name and Password. Enter the following and click “Sign In”

User name: SIP Applicant
Password: diversity

Click on “Application” in the left menu and follow the online instructions to begin the application process.  Unless otherwise indicated, all fields in the online application are required.  Only complete applications will be considered.

Step Two:  Prepare and upload a Personal Statement. Your Personal Statement is one of the most heavily weighed components of the 4-Step Application process. It must discuss the issue of Diversity and Inclusion and the role it plays in your life, at school, in your community and in the workplace. Please provide examples of how you have actively demonstrated your support of Diversity and Inclusion issues through personal interaction and outreach activities as highlighted in your Resume, and how you have championed Diversity and Inclusion in your life experiences.

Step Three: Upload your Resume.  Your Resume should include your name and contact information, universities attended including degrees earned, GPA, class rank (if available), detailed employment history and hobbies.

Step Four: Upload your Letter of Recommendation and Writing Sample to your on-line profile.

 

City of Chicago Department of 2013 Summer Law Clerk Program: Deadline Extended to March 1

The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2013 Summer Law Clerk Program. Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit.

During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities including:
                     

  • assisting in trial preparation;
  • attending depositions;
  • observing real estate closings;
  • attending client meetings and court proceedings;
  • researching legal issues; and
  • drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts.

Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in:

  • mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County;
  • disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and
  • labor arbitration.

They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal
issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To learn more about the various Divisions within the Department of Law and the work that they handle, potential candidates should check out the Litigation, Prosecution and Transactional Division links found under “What We Do” at www.cityofchicago.org/dol.

To apply for the 2013 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials as outlined at  http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/dol/supp_info/dol_volunteer_program.html

The deadline to apply HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO March 1, 2013 to allow all students to submit Fall 2012 transcripts. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have their complete Fall 2012 academic transcripts.

 

SummerCorps Applications for 1Ls and 2Ls Now Available

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program provides law students with the chance to spend their summer working on a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization of their choosing.  Summer Corps members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, homeowners facing foreclosure, disaster victims, and those facing other legal issues. 

The application for the 2013 Summer Corps program will be accepted into the program on a rolling basis until the application closes on Monday, March 18, 2013

Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.
 For more information on the Summer Corps program and application process, review the FAQs for applicants.

Also, there are several upcoming webinars. Members of the EJW Federal Programs team will discuss in detail the Summer Corps program and how to create a successful application. Viewers will be able to ask questions during the webinar.

Summer Corps Program Overview and Successful Application Tips Webinar:
Wednesday, February 13 at 3 p.m. EST

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP - 2013 Diversity Scholarship Program for 1Ls

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will award one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second year of law school.

Harter Secrest & Emery is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force.  Harter Secrest & Emery believes that by continuously broadening the diversity of its attorneys, it will provide better service to clients and create a richer work environment.  Harter Secrest & Emery's goal as a firm is to foster and support an inclusive environment that appreciates, respects and values individual and group differences across all areas of the firm.  Therefore, Harter Secrest & Emery established the diversity scholarship as part of its commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree.  For more information about Harter Secrest & Emery, please visit www.hselaw.com.  The Diversity Scholarship application must be received by Harter Secrest & Emery LLP on or before Friday, January 18, 2013.  For an application, please email Allison Smith in the CSO at asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu.

 

Peggy Browning Summer and School-Year Fellowships

The Peggy Browning Fellowship (PBF) Program provides stipends to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations.  It is a ten-week summer fellowship available to 1st and 2nd year law students intended to encourage them to consider labor law as a viable career choice.  One school-year fellowship is also offered.

The 2013 Summer Fellowships will be funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States.  One funded part-time position in Chicago (at the Chicago Newspaper Guild) is also available during the 2013-2014 school year.  For more information, go to: www.peggybrowningfund.org

Deadline:  Applications for Summer Fellowships must be received by PBF no later than Friday, January 18, 2013.  Students are strongly encouraged to submit an application as soon as  possible rather than waiting until the deadline. 

Applications for the 2013-2014 School-Year Fellowship will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.  Again, students are strongly encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

 

Dorsey Diversity Fellowship Program for 1Ls – Seattle Office

Global law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce the eighth annual Dorsey Diversity Fellowship program. Each Fellowship recipient will work as a summer associate in the Firm's Denver, Seattle or Minneapolis office and, at the end of each summer (as applicable), will receive $7,500 toward law school tuition and expenses for the school year. Each fellowship recipient who joins the Firm as a new associate will receive an additional $5,000.

Dorsey's Seattle office will hire one 1L student for the Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship Program in 2013.  Interested 1L students may apply online starting on December 1, 2012.  The firm will accept applications from December 1, 2012 through January 21, 2013.

All students enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school who meet the class year requirements stated above are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of academic achievement and a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal community. The Fellowship application is available for download here.

The Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship is a natural extension of the Firm's commitment to diversity. Dorsey is committed to attracting, recruiting, retaining and advancing attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Dorsey supports numerous organizations that promote diversity in the legal community, including the Human Rights Campaign and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The Firm actively recruits from minority job fairs each fall. In addition, the Firm encourages attorneys to become involved in internal networking and affinity groups as well as local minority bar associations.

 

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship

The Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship Program provides first-year diverse law students with a summer associate position and a $7,500 scholarship. It is available in the following offices: Bellevue, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  However, you may apply to only one office.  The due date for a Chicago Office application is January 22, 2013You can find more information about the 1L Diversity Fellowship here.

 

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

All first-year law students (expected to graduation date Spring 2015) who advance the value of diversity in the Charlotte legal market are encouraged to apply for the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship. Eligible candidates will be asked submit the following application materials by 12 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013:

  • Resume
  • Copies of college and first semester law school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)*
  • Writing sample
  • Applicants must submit a brief statement (1-2 pages) explaining how he or she would contribute to the goal of creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte, and why he or she would like to practice law in Charlotte.

*If first semester law school grades are not available by the application deadline, applicants should submit any available grades with their application and submit additional grades as available.

Applications must be received no later than 12 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013 at the following address:

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship, c/o Caroline McKim, Recruiting Manager
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Three Wachovia Center
401 S. Tryon St., Ste. 3000
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
carolinemckim@parkerpoe.com

Any applications submitted by email should be sent in one electronic file.

Selected applicants will be invited to interview in Charlotte on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, and the morning of Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses for persons selected to interview provided. The applicants selected for interviews will be invited to a reception on the evening of Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

The Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship promotes diversity within Charlotte's legal community based on legitimate business considerations and as permitted by law. The Mecklenburg County Bar and employer participants in the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program are committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of this summer internship program including but not limited to selection, compensation, duties and other terms and conditions of employment. The Mecklenburg County Bar and employer participants in the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program will not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

 

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. In addition to the four overall goals of the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programฎ, the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program strengthens Fellows' resolve to provide health and human services to underserved populations by facilitating opportunities for students to:

• Use their skills and knowledge in real-life situations
• Become culturally sensitive and compassionate caregivers
• Understand the impact of social and environmental determinants of health
• Build capacity for and commitment to improving the health status of individuals and communities as well as contributing to social change
• Work collaboratively and across disciplines in pursuit of a common goal
• Learn how to exercise leadership skills to work with and influence community based organizations, community leaders, and academic institutions to embrace holistic, service-oriented approaches to health

Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life – an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities. The application deadline for the 2013-14 Fellowship year is 5:00pm CST, Friday, February 1, 2013.  Finalists will be interviewed March 12th or 14th (tentative), and the Fellows will be announced in early April.  Applications must include: a completed application form and a brief resume (no longer than 2 pages).  For more information and for an application go here:  http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/features/us/chi/chi_app.aspx

 

Finnegan 1L IP Diversity Scholarship

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP has developed a reputation as a leader in the field of IP law. We are consistently ranked as a top law firm by respected U.S. and international publications. The American Lawyer named Finnegan as Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year for 2012 and Managing Intellectual Property once again named Finnegan the "Specialty IP Firm of the Year." 
The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship is open to application by students attending top law schools around the nation.  Each scholar is given $15,000 per year for tuition and other law school fees.

Eligibility:
Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in the JD class of 2015, must meet Finnegan's hiring criteria, and must contribute to enhancing diversity.  We define diversity broadly.  Successful applicants have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled, and sexual orientation groups that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Application Process:
Students must submit an application, resume, official or unofficial transcripts (law school grades should be forwarded once received), and a 1-2 page personal statement.  The personal statement should include a description of how the applicant will contribute to Finnegan's practice and diversity mission.  You must also lit your geographic preference for our US offices in Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, Reston, VA or Washington, D.C.  Applications will be accepted from
December 1, 2012 through February 6, 2013

To apply, please send your completed application form to: Finnegan Diversity Scholarship, c/o  Paul Sevanich, Attorney Recruitment Manager, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P., 901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001-4413.  Or email your completed application to:  diversityscholarship@finnegan.com by February 6, 2013.

 

Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Minority 1L Scholarship

Bricker & Eckler LLP is located in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati-Dayton, Ohio.  Bricker & Eckler established the Charles H. Walker Minority Scholarship to provide first-year minority law students with a valuable employment experience early in their legal career.  This scholarship will be awarded to a minority candidate (as defined in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions Regulations, 29 C.F.R. Part 1602, i.e. Native American or Alaska native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Black and Hispanic) who demonstrates leadership skills, academic strength, service to the community and an overall commitment to excellence. All minority 1L law students currently enrolled in an ABA-approved law school are eligible to apply.  Interested students can apply on-line now by downloading the application at http://www.bricker.com/about-us/WalkerScholarship.aspx.  All applications must be complete when submitted and must be received by February 15, 2013.

 

AABA Foundation Scholarship

The Asian American Bar Association (AABA) is pleased to announce its 2012-13 Scholarship.  The AABA Law Foundation was established in February 2009, and is a non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of Asian American Bar Association ("AABA") that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

For the 4th consecutive year, the AABA Law Foundation will award annual scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and who intend to serve the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American communities through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work in the future.  This year, the AABA Law Foundation intends to award one $5,000 scholarship and one $2,500 scholarship to law students who have exemplified that commitment.

You may find the scholarship application here:  AABA 2012 Scholarship Application   

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2013.  For questions please contact Sharon Hwang at 312-775-8113 or shwang@mcandrews-ip.com.

 

Hogan/Smoger Access To Justice Essay Contest

For 40 years, this competition was known as the "Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest." It was established in 1970 by the late Roscoe B. Hogan of Birmingham, Alabama, a prominent environmental lawyer. The competition provided law students the opportunity to investigate and offer solutions to the many injustices inflicted on the environment.

With additional support from attorney Gerson Smoger — a past president of Public Justice and current board member — the contest was renamed, and, beginning with the 2011 competition, expanded to consider not only environmental but all forms of injustice.

For the 2013 contest, writers should address the question, "Is Democracy for Sale?"

  • Have Citizens United's holdings run amok?
  • Legal challenges left to Super Pacs?
  • Can funding disclosure be required?

Prize: $5000 and free 2013 Public Justice membership.

Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may enroll in the contest. Each entry must be submitted through a faculty advisor. All entrants must fill out and submit an intent-to-enter form by January 31, 2013 e-mail it to Cassandra Goings 
Essays must be received by March 31, 2013.

For additional information regarding eligibility, general submission requirements, etc., please visit the website.

 

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law – Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2012-2013

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2012-2013 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2012. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.  Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.  Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law bar.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for publication.

To be considered, articles must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDST on May 15, 2013, to swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org using the subject line "Writing Competition." The manuscript should be submitted as two attachments in both Microsoft Word and PDF documents.  The text should be Times New Roman font, 12 point pitch, double-spaced and the footnotes single-spaced with double-spacing between footnotes on 8 ? x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, may not exceed twenty pages. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Edition). Do not submit endnotes, a table of contents or table of cases. A separate cover page must also be submitted which includes the paper's title, author's name, law school, graduation date, e-mail, street address and phone number.  Personal information should not appear on the manuscript itself.  Manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.  Find more information here:  http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/writing%20competition.aspx

 

Job Fairs

 

February 2:  Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

MPILCC, the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, is an opportunity to meet and interview with Chicago and Midwest-area public interest and government organizations.  The annual conference is coordinated by a coalition of Chicago-area law school career services offices, of which Chicago-Kent is a member.  Last year, more than 100 students from Chicago-Kent participated in MPILCC, as well as representatives from more than 40 government and public interest agencies.

This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Northwestern University School of Law.  The conference offers students the opportunity to interview for summer law clerk positions and entry-level attorney positions.  Though most of the available summer opportunities are unpaid or invite outside funding, there are a few positions that offer a stipend.  Students may also meet with representatives from public interest and government organizations during “table talk.”  Table talk is an excellent way to become familiar with a wide variety of public interest and government employers.  You may distribute your resume, discuss internship opportunities (both during the summer and the school year) and find out about post-graduation opportunities.  Table Talk will take place from 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and is one of the most important points during which students can make valuable connections.

If you do not receive any interviews, or you did not register in advance for the conference, you may still attend and meet many of the employers through Table Talk.  Not all Table Talk employers may be hiring for summer or permanent positions. You are encouraged to attend and drop off resumes (if an employer is soliciting them) in person. 

Also, please note:  because scheduled interviewees may lose their interview slots if they do not check in at the conference on time (scheduled interviewees MUST check in between 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., regardless of their interview time), you may also show up at the conference early and try to receive an interview on the day of the conference; open slots are filled by lottery system for those who arrive early.  If you did receive interviews ahead of time, be sure to arrive on time (between 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.) or you will lose your interviews!

Visit the MPILCC website at www.mpilcc.org for all conference details and attend the special workshop session on Preparing for MPILCC which will be held Tuesday, January 29 from noon—1 p.m. in Room 345.  This program will help students strategize for interviewing and networking at MPILCC.  Come hear from students and staff who have prior MPILCC experience to learn how to best make connections and build professional relationships.

 

Registration  Now Open for RebLaw 2013 (Rebellious Lawyering Conference) at Yale Law School

What: The Nineteenth Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference. The RebLaw Conference is an annual, student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change.
Where: Yale Law School, New Haven, CT.
When:  Friday, February 22–Saturday, February 23, 2013
Cost: Standard registration is $30.
Register here.

You must register by February 1 in order to be guaranteed housing.  You can learn more about the RebLaw Conference here.

 

Diversity

2013 AFL-CIOs Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP - 2013 Diversity Scholarship Program for 1Ls

Dorsey Diversity Fellowship Program for 1Ls – Seattle Office

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

ACC Chicago Chapter 2013 Diversity 1L Summer Internship Program

MSBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program

Finnegan 1L IP Diversity Scholarship

Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Minority 1L Scholarship

AABA Foundation Scholarship

 

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.

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 "Resources" tab. Within Resources, 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 password recently changed, and frequently changes. 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.

As of August 27, 2012, PSLawNet is now 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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