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Week of April 22, 2013

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Federal Work Study for Summer 2013: Apply Now!
  • CSO Open all Summer Long
  • Makeup Procedures: What's Next for Fall - Rising 2Ls Mandatory Program
  • Makeup Procedures for "What's Next for Fall - Rising 3Ls"
  • Makeup Procedures for 3Ls for Mandatory “Recent Graduates Find Success” Program
  • Resume Books for Spring Semester - Opt-In TODAY!
  • Mandatory Meetings for Current 2Ls and 3Ls
  • New CSO Resource: "JD Careers Out There"
  • New CSO Resource: Videoconferencing for Video Interviews
  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Job Fairs: Please Report Job Offers to the CSO

Programming

  • April 23: Edwards Wildman's Spring 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series and Reception for Diverse Law Students
  • April 24: “Night of Giving” Reception and Movie Benefitting Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund
  • April 25: RELS "Recent Law School Grads Give Keys to Success"
  • April 27-May 3:  Chicago Bar Association Law Week
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Reed Smith’s 2013 Diverse Scholars Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • For 1Ls: 2013 Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties
  • May 2013 Law Student Writing Contest: Health Law
  • Call for Applications - CBF Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2012-2013
  • Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Job Fairs

  • Register Now: 2013 Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair
  • Register Now:  2013 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 7-8
  • Register Now: Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color
  • Register Now: 9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.
  • Register Now: 2013 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
  • Register Now: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
  • Register Now: 2013 Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • Register Now: National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference

Diversity

  • 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

Federal Work Study for Summer 2013: Apply Now!

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study funds available during Summer 2013. Chicago-Kent rising 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must list their summer employers on the application form. Please visit the Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.  Applications for Federal Work Study for Summer 2013 are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible!

CSO Open all Summer Long

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

Makeup Procedures: What's Next for Fall - Rising 2Ls Mandatory Program

1) Watch the video of the Mandatory Program (originally presented April 9th) at the CSO Programs and Videos Page.

2) Complete and submit the What's Next for Fall Registration Form available at the Programs and Videos Page to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 or by email to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by 5 pm on Friday, May 24, 2013.

3) Review the hand-outs distributed at the What's Next for Fall program, linked at the Programs and Videos Page.

4) In addition, if after viewing the video you decide that you would like to participate in Fall Recruiting 2013, you must complete the Mandatory What's Next For Fall 2013 Fall Recruiting Questionnaire, available at the Programs and Videos Page, and submit it to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 or by email to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu also by 5 pm on Friday, May 24, 2013.

Makeup Procedures for "What's Next for Fall - Rising 3Ls"

If you are a current 2L and were unable to attend this year's Mandatory What’s Next for Fall - Rising 3Ls program held on March 26th, you must follow the steps outlined below:

1) Watch the video of the What’s Next for Fall Program. Click here to be taken to the Program & Videos page.

2) Complete and submit the What’s Next for Fall Registration Sheet (available at the Program & Videos page)  to the main Career Services Office in Suite 360 by 5 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013.

3) Review the Resource Sheets referenced in the program on-line (PDF links are listed on the Programs & Videos page) Alternatively, you can pick up copies of the handouts in the main Career Services Office.

Makeup Procedures for 3Ls for Mandatory “Recent Graduates Find Success” Program

If you were not able to attend Recent Graduates Find Success on Tuesday, March 5th, we invite you to please view the video online, and access the handouts from the program. We are looking forward to working with you on your post-grad job search, and appreciate you filling out the make-up form so that your career advisor can help you! Please bring completed forms to the CSO in room 360 or send to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

To access the video, handouts and make-up form, please go to: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/career-preparation/programs-and-videos; the user name “videos” and the password “kentlaw.” To view the video, you will need to have the latest version of "real player" installed on your computer. To download the appropriate version for your computer visit the RealPlayer download site.

If you have a permanent post-graduate job and know that you will not be seeking any other employment before or after you graduate, please fill out this survey.

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 notfied 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 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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.

Mandatory Meetings for Current 2Ls and 3Ls

Each rising 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor as soon as possible.  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: “JD Careers Out There”

JD Careers Out There (JDCOT) is a new web video service that helps you find - and succeed in - a fulfilling career path using your law degree. This new tool is full of real world advice that you won't get in class. Whether you want to land a gig at a law firm, start your own firm, work for the government, or use your legal skills to do something outside of law, you'll hear from accomplished JDs who have been in your shoes and found the right path for them. With each video, you’ll get an “insider’s” look as they describe their fields, how to break in and how to succeed. You'll also get video tips on all kinds of practical skills from interviewing and networking to how to handle a new assignment at work and how to make partner. New video content will be coming to JDCOT 6 times per week.  Watch the videos in the CSO for free! Or check them out on your computer or mobile device for a minimal fee.  www.JDCareersOutThere.com; www.JDCOT.com.

JDCOT was founded by Marc Luber, author of 99 Things You Can Do With A Law Degree.  He is an alum of the University of Michigan and the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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

Job Fairs: Please Report Job Offers to the CSO

If you receive callbacks or job offers from job fairs (such as MPILCC), please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.  We keep track of job offers in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation. 

Programming

April 23: Edwards Wildman's Spring 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series and Reception for Diverse Law Students

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, 225 West Wacker Drive, 30th Floor, Chicago, IL

Edwards Wildman is pleased to invite law students to a presentation in our Chicago office featuring The Honorable Shelvin Louise Marie Hall, Justice of the Illinois Court of Appeals. The event will also afford students an opportunity to meet and interact with many attorneys and firm leaders, including members of Edwards Wildman’s hiring and diversity committees.

RSVP: By April 12, 2013 to ChicagoEvents@edwardswildman.com

April 24: “Night of Giving” Reception and Movie Benefitting Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund

Join the National Association of Women Lawyers, Ms. JD, the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, & the Women’s Leadership Coalition at Northwestern University School of Law for a “Night of Giving, Benefitting Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund” on Wednesday, April 24, 2013From 5:30-7pm, a reception will take place at Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois, featuring a no-host bar and free tapas.  The reception will be followed by a screening of the film “Girl Rising” at 7:30pm at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern Law School, Chicago, Illinois.  Girl Rising is a film showcasing the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world by telling the story of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries.

In lieu of a registration fee, Ms. JD Global Education Fund welcomes contributions to help to the organization's continued efforts to increase the representation of women in law.  To learn more about Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund, please click here.

To view Girl Rising movie trailer, please click here.

To register for this event, click here.

April 25: RELS "Recent Law School Grads Give Keys to Success"

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 6pm
Location: Room 210

The Real Estate Law Society (RELS) and The Corporate Law Society (CLS) will host a panel discussion with recent law school grads who will answer questions and give advice on excelling in law school, passing the bar (on the first try) and landing a job.  Come with questions!  This event will be beneficial for 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls.     

Panelists: (2 large firm Associates, 1 midsize firm Associate, 1 small firm Associate)

Free Beer & Food will be provided!  Following the panel, everyone is invited up to the 10th floor to join the Environmental Law Society (ELS) Trivia Night and network with the attorneys.  The first 25 students to arrive at the panel (room 210) will have the $10 ELS cover charge paid.

April 27-May 3:  Chicago Bar Association Law Week

The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section will celebrate Law Week 2013 from April 27-May 3, 2013All of the events will focus on the American Bar Association’s Law Week theme "Realizing the Dream Equality for All."

Wills for Heroes Event - April 27 (Volunteers Needed)
The YLS will be hosting a Wills for Heroes event on April 27, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.  If you are able to volunteer for this event please RSVP by clicking on this link and entering your information http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WFH042713.  You do not need to be an attorney to volunteer, nor do you need to have any estate planning experience.  Volunteer slots will fill up quickly.  Click here for details.

Through the events coordinated by the committee, volunteer lawyers create free wills and other estate planning documents for local emergency first responders and their spouses or partners.  Since November 2001, the Wills for Heroes program has prepared over 7,000 estate-planning documents for first responders.  

Judge’s Reception - April 30
In honor of Law Day, the YLS will host its annual "Meet the Judges Reception" at the CBA on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.  Judges from the Circuit Court of Cook County, Appellate Court, and Federal Court will be invited to attend.  Includes cocktails and appetizers. To RSVP for the complimentary event, call 312-554-2032 or email the YLS.  Space is limited; RSVP as soon as possible!

Liberty Bell Award - April 30
Presented at the Judge’s Reception to a nonlawyer whose exemplary community service has advanced the ideals of law and justice.  This year's award will be presented by the Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois.

Lawyers in the Classroom - May 1
The YLS has been paired with 5th and 6th grade classes at Decatur Elementary, 7030 N Sacramento, to participate in Lawyers in the Classroom on the morning/early afternoon of May 1. The project aims to help local elementary students understand the U.S. Constitution and our legal System. Volunteers will be provided materials and asked to attend a one hour training on how to lead the interactive lessons. Transportation is the responsibility of the volunteer. For more information or to volunteer contact Helena Livitz.

Law Day Celebration - May 2 (Open to the Public)
The YLS will host a free concert at the Richard J. Daley Center on May 2, 2013, at Noon. The CBA Symphony, composed of judges, lawyers, and law students, will perform musical selections. In addition, speeches from various bar association members. A keynote speaker will give their personal reflections on the Law Week theme "Realizing the Dream Equality for All."

Law Day Live - May 3 (Open to the Public) The CBA Television Committee will present "Law Day Live."  During several 30-minute segments, each focused on a particular area of the law, viewers are encouraged to call in live with questions to the attorney hosts and guests. Submit your questions to attorneys (in advance or during the broadcast). Stay tuned for topics and broadcast information.

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.

Reed Smith’s 2013 Diverse Scholars Program

Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture.  Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.
 
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.
 
Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.  Summer associate positions in 2014 are available in:  Chicago; Richmond, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston and Washington, D.C.  Applications must be postmarked by August 5, 2013.
 
Students may visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application.  

To learn more about Reed Smith’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/

Fellowships & Scholarships

For 1Ls: 2013 Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties

First-year law students are encouraged to apply to the Nation Institute's Masur Fellowship this year.  Application packets must be received by Thursday, April 25, 2013.  Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.  Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.  The fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium.

Robert Masur dedicated his legal career to protecting the rights of the unemployed, minorities and the poor. A 1973 graduate of Stanford Law School, he spent six years at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where he litigated a number of employment and consumer law cases. In 1976, he successfully argued an employment discrimination case before the Supreme Court. He entered private practice in 1981, where he focused on consumer protection law. His friends and family established the Robert Masur Fellowship Program in his memory to support the work to which he was dedicated, and to encourage young people to pursue public-interest legal careers.

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to:

Robert Masur Fellowship
The Nation Institute
116 East 16th Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003

Applications sent in via email will not be considered.

You can find more information about the fellowship and past participants on this page.

May 2013 Law Student Writing Contest: Health Law

The National Law Review is hosting its May 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 our October newsletter. 

Submissions are now being accepted.  The deadline to submit is May 6, 2013. Please email all article submissions to: lawschools@natlawreview.com  For complete submission guidelines and accompanying materials go to: Submission Guidelines

Call for Applications - CBF Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship

CBF Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship
Through the generous gift of Kimball Anderson and Karen Anderson, The Chicago Bar Foundation (“CBF”) awards public interest law fellowships to provide loan repayment assistance for outstanding recent law school graduates who either are presently working for or have accepted an offer to work for CBF-funded public interest law organizations.  The CBF first awarded the fellowship in 2003.  The CBF now awards a single $50,000 fellowship each year to an individual who demonstrates the following: (1) commitment to public interest work, (2) academic achievement in law school, and (3) outstanding character and integrity. 

Fellowship funds are awarded in ten installments of $5,000 over five years, contingent upon continued compliance with the terms of the Fellowship.  The Fellowship will be presented to the 2013 recipient at the CBA/CBF’s Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 16, 2013.

The application deadline for the 2013 Anderson Fellowship is May 15, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.  Application materials are available at www.chicagobarfoundation.orgPlease contact Ryanne Easley at (312) 554-1247 orreasley@chicagobar.org with any questions.

CBF Chicago Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship
Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the CBF Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship may also be considered for that fellowship.  Through a generous cy pres award from a case involving the Sun-Times, the CBF awards public interest law fellowships to provide loan repayment assistance for outstanding recent law school graduates who are either presently working for or who have accepted an offer to work for CBF-funded public interest law organizations.  The CBF Sun-Times Fellowship Program guidelines are available atwww.chicagobarfoundation.org.  

In order to be considered for the Sun-Times Fellowship Program, applicants should indicate their preference in the designated space on the attached Anderson Fellowship application form.  Please note that while an applicant may be considered for both fellowships, a recipient of the Anderson Fellowship is not eligible to receive the Sun-Times Fellowship, and vice versa. 

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

Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 31, 2013

The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its first annual 2013 Diversity Scholarship for law students. The scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society.

The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethical or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The first annual award will be awarded in 2013. All information can be found by visiting our website at www.BuckfireLaw.com and hitting the “Apply Button” under “Student Scholarships” on the right hand column. Interested students are encouraged to apply.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Click on the links below to learn more about the Equal Justice Works (post-graduate) Fellowship.  The 2014 Fellowship Application will open on July 8, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. EDT and close on September 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.  You may find more detailed information and requirements at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships.

As a participant in the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S., Equal Justice Works Fellows create dream jobs with nonprofit organizations.   Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. 

Depending on funding, between 45-55 two-year fellowships are funded annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two-year tenure.

Job Fairs

Register Now:  2013 Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair

Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2013 Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair on Friday, August 2, 2013 in Washington DC.  The Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair will provide minority, female, LGBT and candidates with disabilities the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms and government agencies who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.   Students must register for this Career Fair by July 31, 2013.

For additional details please visit our event website at http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity

Register Now:  2013 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 7-8

The sixth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair to be held August 7-8, 2013.  Legal employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2014/2015 based on full or part-time status.  Students: Registration opens April 1, 2013The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.  We cordially invite fall 2013 full-time 2L students (graduating May 2015) or part-time 2L and 3L students (graduating Dec 2015/May 2016) to participate.  For more information, click here.

Register Now: Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color

Student Registration is now open for the Boston Lawyers Group's ("BLG") annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color.  Register here.

The Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color will be held August 8, 2013 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA.  Visit www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com under the Events tab for job fair information.

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

Register Now: 9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.

The 9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities is a job fair open to law students returning to school in Fall 2013 and graduates from Classes of 2013 and earlier.  The 2013 IMPACT Career Fair will take place on Friday, August 9, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA .  For more information, click here.  Students and graduates can go here for registration and upload instructions.

Register Now: 2013 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

Registration is now open for the 2013 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair.  The Career Fair will take place on Friday, August 9, 2013 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO.   

Students have until June 8, 2013 to register for this year’s career fair.  To register, go here:
https://law-rmdlcf-csm.symplicity.com/students/

The Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair provides an excellent forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds that have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region. These include law students and graduates who are ethnic or racial minorities, disabled, and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

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

Register Now: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

The 9th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 9-10, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event.  Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions. 

The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City.  The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers.  In addition, the event is a great way to learn more about living in this wonderful city. 

The HDLJF will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  It will kick off with an evening Welcome Reception on Friday, August 9th at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.  The Saturday schedule includes a continental breakfast, interviewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a luncheon at which participants will be greeted and addressed by a special Keynote Speaker. For more information, please go here: http://www.heartlanddiversity.org/

Please register as soon as possible.  Students who register before May 24th will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes.  The final deadline for registering is June 22, 2013. 

Students can register on-line at https://law-kcmba-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Register Now: 2013 Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair

The Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”) is pleased to invite minority J.D. students in the classes of 2015 (current 1Ls/rising 2Ls) and 2014 (current 2Ls/rising 3Ls) to participate in the 30th Annual CCBA  Minority Law Student Job Fair (“Job Fair”).  

Please note that students graduating in any month prior to December 2013 (current 3Ls) are not eligible. All participating students must be from fully accredited law schools. Students must also fall into one of the following categories:

  • attend a law school ranked among the top 30 as determined by U.S. News and World Report, or
  • attend law school at a historically black college or university, or
  • attend a law school located in the Midwest as defined by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP); or
  • be a fellow or associate of the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity (CLEO).

This year’s Job Fair will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. Please note that the Job Fair will return to the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611.  The hotel’s large suites are conducive to conducting formal interviews, as the sleeping area is closed off while interviews are in progress.

The Job Fair typically attracts more than 800 students from eligible US law schools.  Each year law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies register for the Job Fair. These employers are located primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. In addition, we attract several employers from Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. For more information, please see visit the CCBA informational website at www.ccbaminorityjobfair.org.

The CCBA Job Fair primarily is designed to obtain summer associate positions for rising 2Ls (current 1Ls) during their second summer in law school. A limited number of employers also wish to interview rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) for entry-level associate positions. Rising 3Ls please be aware that Job Fair interview slots for rising 2Ls typically outnumber those for rising 3Ls by a 3:1 ratio.

Registration for the Job Fair is mandatory; absolutely no “walk-ins” will be allowed to participate.  Registration for the Job Fair must be completed electronically through Symplicity, an internet matched matching program.  Each participating student must upload their resume to their Job Fair profile by Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM CST (NO EXCEPTIONS). 

Allison Smith (asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu) will be the Career Services liaison for this event. Please e-mail Allison Smith to receive the CCBA Job Fair Registration Brochure for additional details AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Register Now: National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference

Register Now for the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference.  The Lavender Law Career Fair takes place all day on Thursday, August 22, 2013.  The Conference takes place on Friday and Saturday, August 23 & 24, 2013Click here to register.

The Lavender Law Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment. Sponsors are encouraged to take this opportunity to showcase their diversity efforts to top level law students and lateral candidates from around the country.  For full program and event details, please visit the Program page.

Diversity

April 23: Edwards Wildman's Spring 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series and Reception for Diverse Law Students

Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship

Reed Smith’s 2013 Diverse Scholars Program

Register Now:  2013 Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair

Register Now:  2013 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 7-8

Register Now: Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color

Register Now: 9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.

Register Now: 2013 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

Register Now: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

Register Now: 2013 Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair

Register Now: National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference

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 250750 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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