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Week of February 11, 2013

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Resume Books for Spring Semester - Opt-In TODAY!
  • 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

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

Programming

  • “How to Succeed” Programs Begin in February
  • February 7:  ABA CareerLIVE One-On-One Career Advice
  • February 11: Justinian Society Networking Lunch
  • February 12:  ITLA Lunchtime Information Session
  • February 12: How to Succeed in Your Summer Job: Large Law Firm
  • February 12:  DuPage County Bar Association Pizza Social
  • February 13: Law Student Entrepreneur Workshop
  • February 13:  Webinar about Summer Corps Program and Application
  • February 21:  Practice Tracks Career Fair Program
  • February 26:  “The Art of Self-Promotion” Law Student Event and Networking Reception
  • February 26: How to Succeed in Your Summer Job: Government Agencies
  • February 27: Child and Family Law Society Alumni Networking Event
  • February 27: Black Women Lawyer's Association: Interview Advantage: Resume and Writing Workshop with Mock Interviews
  • February 28:  Twin Cities Diversity In Practice Dinner at Carnivale
  • 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
  • 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

  • Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Minority 1L Scholarship
  • State of Illinois Department of Human Services Summer 2013 Legal Fellowship
  • AABA Foundation 2012-13 Scholarship
  • March 2013 Law Student Writing Contest: Labor Law
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association Spring Essay Scholarship
  • Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois 1L Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
  • 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

  • Register Now for Loyola Patent Law Interview Program, August 1-2
  • Registration  Now Open for RebLaw 2013 (Rebellious Lawyering Conference) at Yale Law School

Diversity

  • 2013 AFL-CIOs Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Minority 1L Scholarship
  • February 28:  Twin Cities Diversity In Practice Dinner at Carnivale
  • AABA Foundation 2012-13 Scholarship
  • Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois 1L Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
  • 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

 

Resume Books for Spring Semester - Opt-In Today!

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 11, 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

 

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
March 27:  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!

 

February 11: Justinian Society Networking Lunch

Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Time: 11:45 am – 12:45pm
Location: Room 570

Calling all Italians! The Justinian Society of Lawyers is Chicago's largest Legal Ethnic Society. On February 11th from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm members from the parent organization are coming to campus to meet with students and discuss the many benefits of joining (including their mentor program and their scholarship opportunities). Free Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Main Chapter in room 570.

 

February 12: How to Succeed in Your Summer Job: Large Law Firm

Date:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Room C35

Come hear from a panel of attorneys and support staff at large law firms as they present their tips for summer job success. Panelists will describe what to expect when receiving assignments as a summer associate or law clerk. Topics will include: how to get work and how to turn down assignments, how to manage your time, how to work with support staff, how to handle constructive criticism and edits, and how to make sure that you get the best reviews of your work product this summer.

 

February 12:  ITLA Lunchtime Information Session

Date:  Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time:  12:00 PM
Location:  Room 165

The ITLA Young Lawyers Division invites you to an info session lead by President-Elect Stephen D. Phillips and Young Lawyers Division Co-Chairs Melanie Sims and Kathryn Conway.  Open to all students considering a career in Plaintiff’s Civil       Litigation.  Learn about the benefits of joining ITLA and ask questions of practicing Plaintiff’s attorneys and ITLA members.  Pizza and pop will be served.

 

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 13: Law Student Entrepreneur Workshop

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, 4th Floor

Geneva Brown, Professor of Law, Author and Entrepreneur is offering a free workshop to help law students become Law Student Entrepreneurs.  This free workshop is limited to 15 attendees.  To RSVP, call (312) 798-9792.

 

February 13:  Webinar about Summer Corps Program and Application

To learn more about the Summer Corps Program and application, watch a FREE webinar on Wednesday, February 13 at 3 p.m. EST.

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.

The application for the 2013 Summer Corps program is now open, and students may apply for the program on a rolling basis until the application closes on MondayMarch 18, 2013. To learn more, click here: FAQs for applicants.

 

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.

 

February 26:  “The Art of Self-Promotion” Law Student Event and Networking Reception

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time: 5-6pm Panel Presentation; 6-7pm Networking, Cocktails and Appetizers
Location:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson Street

The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law invites women law students to attend its fifth annual law student event and networking reception. Please join us for an engaging discussion on “The Art of Self-Promotion.” Panelists will discuss how to promote yourself – beginning today – both internally and externally in a variety of career settings, whether you work in a law firm, in-house, or elsewhere.

Featured Panelists:
Leslee Cohen, Principal at Hershman Cohen LLC
Jodi Glickman, Author of “Great on the Job”
Deb Knupp, Partner at Akina
David Susler, Associate General Counsel at National Material L.P.

There is no cost to attend this event, but space is limited so all attendees must register in advance. Please RSVP soon to tnewman@ngelaw.com or (312) 269-8425.

 

February 26: How to Succeed in Your Summer Job: Government Agencies

Date:  Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time: Noon - 1pm
Location: Room 170

Come hear from a panel of attorneys at government agencies as they present their tips for summer job success. Topics will include: handling assignments, working with support staff and/or clients, getting and implementing constructive criticism and edits, and how to make sure that you get the best reviews of your work product this summer. 

 

February 27: Child and Family Law Society Alumni Networking Event

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: Chicago-Kent Front Lobby

Chicago-Kent's Child and Family Law Society will be hosting an alumni networking event on Wednesday, February 27th in the lobby from 5 to 7 pm. Anyone interested in meeting alumni practicing family law, or other students interested in the area of family law, can RSVP to alums@kentlaw.iit.edu. There will be free food and appetizers there as well, and we would love to see you there!

 

February 27: Black Women Lawyer's Association: Interview Advantage: Resume and Writing Workshop with Mock Interviews

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 5-7:30pm
Location:  John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association presents: “Interview Advantage: Resume and Writing Workshop with Mock Interviews.”  This Resume and Writing Workshop with Mock Interviews is open to ALL law students, and will be held on Wednesday February 27th at John Marshall Law School. 

This event includes presentation on how to make your resume stand out, conducted by Michael A. Wilder, attorney at Littler Mendelson.  There will also be one-on-one mock interviews with current attorneys, and a networking reception with refreshments will immediately follow the program. 

Students interested in participating should RSVP (and attach their current resume) via email to administrator@bwla.org by February 15th.  Early registration is suggested, as space for this event is limited. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Kenya Wright at kenyaj@gmail.com.

 

February 28:  Twin Cities Diversity In Practice Dinner at Carnivale

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Carnivale, 702 West Fulton, Chicago, IL 60661

Diverse law students are invited to attend a special dinner and meet attorneys from Minnesota law firms and corporations. This is a great way to discover the various opportunities that exist within the Twin Cities legal community, and learn why the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a great place to live and work.

To RSVP, Go to www.DiversityinPractice.org and click on “Flying Squads” no later than Tuesday, February 26, 2013 or contact Matt Buechner at (612) 343-7999 or mbuechner@diversityinpractice.org.  There is no charge for this event.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

State of Illinois Department of Human Services Summer 2013 Legal Fellowship

The State of Illinois is strongly committed to improving public service for its citizens and promoting diversity in state government.  The State of Illinois Department of Human Services (“Department”) Legal Fellowship Program provides law students the opportunity to experience the role of law in furthering the public interest.

The Department’s Legal Fellowship is a hands-on internship program for law students interested in healthcare and human services law. The Fellows will be placed within the Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”) and the fellowship will entail meaningful assignments that will develop each student’s fundamental legal skills including factual investigation, legal research and writing, problem solving, communication, counseling, negotiation, and the organization and management of legal work.

To the extent permitted by Supreme Court Rule 711, fellows will be responsible for assisting the OGC with the following: (1) performing legal research; (2) drafting/editing administrative code regulations; (3) participating in administrative hearings as well as analyzing records and drafting/editing documents for such hearings; and (4) other legal work. The fellowship requires at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Although the fellowship does not currently offer a stipend, you may contact the externship coordinator, the career services office or the public interest organization on your campus to inquire about possible funding options and course credit.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Must be a current law student
  • Prefer students who are eligible for a 711 license, but this is not required
  • Able to commit at least 10 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and public service
  • Selected fellows may be subject to a background check and will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
All applications must include: (1) a resume; (2) a cover letter; and (3) an indication that you are in good standing with your law school (either an official transcript or a signed letter from the Registrar). Please do not submit any political sponsorship references as they will not be considered.

Please send your application to by February 28, 2013:
Matthew Langer, Deputy General Counsel
State of Illinois Department of Human Services
Office of the General Counsel
401 South Clinton Street, Sixth Floor
Chicago, IL 60607

or email Matthew.Langer@illinois.gov. If sent via email, please be sure to include “Application- Legal Fellowship Program” in the subject line.

 

 

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.

 

March 2013 Law Student Writing Contest: Labor Law

The National Law Review is hosting its March 2013 Law Student Writing Contest with the winner's article to be published on the National Law Review website, the National Law Forum blog, and included in the NLR October newsletter.

Submissions are now being accepted, and the suggested topic is Labor Law. The Submission Deadline is Monday, March 4, 2013.
*Please note that although students are encouraged to submit articles pertaining to labor law, they may also submit entries covering current issues related to other areas of the law.

How To Submit: Please email all article submissions to: lawschools@natlawreview.com

For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to: Submission Guidelines

 

Black Women Lawyers' Association Spring Essay Scholarship

The Black Women Lawyers' Association (BWLA) of Greater Chicago Scholarship Fund Committee is pleased to announce
The mission of the BWLA is to encourage and support African-American women in law.  However, these book scholarships are open to all students, and winners will be chosen based on an essay, resume and interviews.  The grand prize will be worth no less than $3,000!  The deadline for the scholarship application is Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must: 

  • Attend an ABA accredited Illinois law school, or be a paid BWLA Student Member (as of 12/31/12) and attend an out of state ABA accredited law school; 
  • Download Scholarship Application/Essay Question from http://www.bwla.org;
  • Submit your Completed Essay & ALL required accompanying information and documentation by March 13, 2013; and 
  • Interview with the BWLA-SF Board of Directors in March or April 2013.

Winners of this scholarship will be announced at the BWLA Annual Spring Fundraiser on April 22, 2013, featuring speaker Mayor Cory Booker. 

For more information about this scholarship, please contact scholarship@bwla.org

 

Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois 1L Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois is accepting applications from 1L students for its annual scholarship award. 

HLSF is also soliciting applications for summer fellowship opportunities with the Cook County State’s Attorneys’ Office, the Cook County Public Defenders’ Office and the Chicago Regional office of the National Labor Relations Board.  Each recipient will be awarded a $5,000 summer stipend.  Hispanic law students of any level may apply. 

Applications for the scholarships and fellowships are due March 29, 2013.  Recipients will be honored at a reception that will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the law offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, 35 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL. 

Please see your Career Counselor for scholarship and fellowship applications.  Additional information can also be found here: www.hlsf.org.   
Information concerning the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, can be found here: www.hlai.org.

 

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

 

Register Now for Loyola Patent Law Interview Program, August 1-2

The 2013 Patent Law Interview Program, coordinated by Loyola Law School, will be held on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

Student Eligibility: 
The 2013 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from:

  • JD students graduating in May/June 2014 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2015 (Rising 2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2013/January 2014 (Rising 3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2014/January 2015 (Rising 2Ls)
  • Students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2014 and 2015 (LLMs)

Student registration for the 2013 Patent Law Interview Program opens Monday, February 11, 2013 and CLOSES on Monday, March 4, 2013.  Program coordinators will not accept late registrations so it is important that you meet the March 4 deadline.  Students may register at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/   There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration.  Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Click here for more information.

 

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

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

AABA Foundation Scholarship

February 28:  Twin Cities Diversity In Practice Dinner at Carnivale

Black Women Lawyers' Association Spring Essay Scholarship

Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois 1L Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

 

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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