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Week of June 24, 2013

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Summer Resume Books: Opt In NOW!
  • 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"
  • 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

  • Fall Recruiting: Important (New!) Dates and Resources

Programming

  • July 10: Skadden Pre-OCI Diversity Reception
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Calling all 3Ls: Attorney General’s Honors Program for Entry Level Attorneys - Apply Beginning July 31
  • Reed Smith’s 2013 Diverse Scholars Program
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • Fulbright US Student Program for 2014-2015 Now Open

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Baker Donelson 1L Diversity Scholarship
  • New York State Bar Association: Animals and the Law Student Writing Competition
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Job Fairs

  • Register Now: National Black Prosecutors Association 30th Annual Job Fair
  • 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: National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference
  • Save the Date: Northwest Minority Job Fair August 24

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
  • PSJD Post-Graduate Fellowships Page
  • Free Membership to Legal Balance

CSO Information & Announcements

Summer Resume Books: Opt In NOW!

Summer Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls (current 1Ls), rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) and Recent Grads. Employers will be notified that resume books are available on June 3rd, and, because we receive the most requests for resume books immediately thereafter, we encourage you to opt-in before this date. Employer often use these books to find candidates instead of posting a position; not having your resume in these books means missing out on potential job opportunities!  

Participation in these books must be renewed each semester, so even if your resume was in a book this spring, you must opt-in again for summer. Even if you have secured employment for this summer, keep in mind that summer resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Fall 2013.

As a reminder, a Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our resume books will collect the resumes of students and recent graduates in a particular class (e.g. rising 2Ls) with similar interests (e.g. immigration law, real estate law, or working in the northern suburbs), and then notify employers who fit those criteria that the books are available for review. These books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (“We are looking for a 3L interested in litigation who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks).

For more information about Resume Books, click here.

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.

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

Fall Recruiting: Important (New!) Dates and Resources

Just a reminder: several important Fall Recruiting dates and deadlines come up fast during the summer!  Much of “Fall” Recruiting takes place in early August, and there are several important due dates in July, so be sure to watch your kentlaw.iit.edu email for updates and information about Fall Recruiting.  Also, regularly check the OCI tab of Symplicity and the CSO Fall Recruiting website for information as well as tips on how to prepare application documents and research employers. 

IMPORTANT: We will not be sending emails to all students about the program after July 1, 2013. Instead, we will use the registration forms from the recent What’s Next for Fall Programs for rising 2Ls and 3Ls to create/update practice area specific listservs that will be used to send important email updates over the summer.  We will be testing these listservs the week of May 20th; watch your email and the Record for more information. Be sure that you’re on the listservs; if you did not attend these programs and have not completed the required makeup procedures, complete them right away!  See the Announcements section of this page for more details.

The CSO Fall Recruiting website contains a full listing of important dates to put in your calendar now.  Here are some upcoming dates to note:

May 24, 2013: Makeup procedures must be completed by any students who wish to participate in the Fall Recruiting Program but did not attend the mandatory What's Next for Fall Program for their class year, held in March and April 2013.

July 1, 2013: Resume Reviews begin. All first-time program participants must have a mandatory resume review by your Career Advisor. OCI resume reviews end at noon, Thursday, July 25. All resumes must be reviewed by your assigned Career Advisor AND uploaded to Symplicity by noon on July 25. We advise sending your resume via email or making an appointment in June or early July, as appointments tend to fill up fast later in the summer.

July 8, 2013: Noon: Information on employers participating in Fall Recruiting will be available on Symplicity.

NEW DATE! July 10, 2013:

  • Noon and 5:30pm in ROOM 520: A MANDATORY Fall Recruiting Program will be held to provide detailed information on fall recruiting program.  If you are planning to participate in Fall Recruiting, must attend one of these sessions or follow the make-up procedures.

Programming

July 10: Skadden Pre-OCI Diversity Reception

The Diversity Committe at Skadden, Arps will hold a pre-OCI panel discussion on interview tips and techniques for rising 2Ls planning to participate in the on-campus interviewing process on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Skadden’s Chicago office at 155 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.  The program will begin at 5:30pm.  The program will be followed by a cocktail reception at 6:30pm with the panelists and other Skadden attorneys and summer associates.

Space is limited, so RSVP quickly!  Students must email Elizabeth Ori at elizabeth.ori@skadden.com by Friday, June 28, 2013.

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.

Calling all 3Ls: Attorney General’s Honors Program for Entry Level Attorneys - Apply Beginning July 31

Many distinguished individuals began their careers as an attorney through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  The Attorney General’s Honors Program is the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. Learn more here.
Eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Candidates interested in starting their career as an entry-level attorney with the Department of Justice must apply through the Attorney General’s Honors Program via an on-line application. For employment beginning in Fall 2014, the application opens on July 31, 2013, and closes on September 3, 2013.  Applicants should read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the application. Apply now.

If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please contact Deana Willis at (202) 514-3397 for assistance. If you have questions related to the on-line application or need technical assistance, please click the “Avue Dojo” link at the top right of the application or call the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 (available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time).

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/

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of six second-year law students. Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s:

  • Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 3, 2013.  Recipients will be announced in early 2014.

This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, among other outreach efforts by Latham’s Diversity Hiring Subcommittee, enhances Latham’s efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.  Applications can be found here.

Fulbright US Student Program for 2014-2015 Now Open

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English teaching assistantships. Special awards exist for students in the applied arts or business initiatives.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

To be eligible to apply, you must have your bachelor’s degree by the time you plan to go abroad, but must not yet have obtained your Ph.D. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. The campus deadline is Wednesday, September 18, 2013.

For more information, please visit the program website or contact the FPA for IIT, Ashley Sinclair, at Ashley.Sinclair@iit.edu.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Baker Donelson 1L Diversity Scholarship

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will soon launch their Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Program.  This program was established in 2009 as a part of the Firm’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity both at Baker Donelson and in the legal profession as a whole.  Baker Donelson will offer three scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to diverse law students who have excelled academically and who plan to contribute to the diversity objectives of Baker Donelson.  Recipients will also be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of Baker Donelson's offices. 

Selection Criteria

To qualify for the scholarship, the candidates must:  (1) have completed their first year of law school, (2) be a member of a group traditionally under-represented at large law firms; and (3) attend an ABA accredited Law School.  Candidates may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.  Joint degree candidates must have successfully completed two years of a JD program.

Application Process and Deadline

Applications are due by midnight, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Once applications are being accepted, interested students may submit their application online and attach the below listed documents. 

  • Resume
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the scholarship program, how diversity has influenced your life, how it impacts the legal profession and any challenges you have to overcome (Single spaced, please limit to 500 words)
  • Undergraduate transcript(s)
  • Law school transcript (Including Fall and Spring semester grades)
  • Legal writing sample (Please limit to 10 pages)
  • One written professional recommendation

To register and apply, go here: http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

New York State Bar Association: Animals and the Law Student Writing Competition

The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Student Writing Competition. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2013.

The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association’s members and the public about non-human, animal related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system. This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law. This competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law.

Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law. The winner will be chosen in accordance with the attached rules. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement. The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.

The submission may be about any topic on Animal Law.  Submissions should be no more than 25 pages, including footnotes.  For more information about submission guidelines and how to apply, click here.

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: National Black Prosecutors Association 30th Annual Job Fair

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in our Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.  The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Job Fair begins at 8:00 am with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00 am.  At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Convention attendees.  The reception will afford Job Fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors.

In addition to the Job Fair reception, all Job Fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled “Strategies for a Successful Interview”.  The seminar will take place on Monday, July 15, 2013 from 4:30 pm to 5:30pm at the Rosen Shingle Creek, and will provide Job Fair participants with effective interviewing techniques.

If you register before June 14th, the early registration fee for the Job Fair and Job Fair Reception is $25.00 for law students and members of the class of 2013, and $50.00 for laterals.  After June 14th, the regular registration fee is $50.00 for law students and members of the class of 2013, and $75.00 for laterals.  Registration is available online with a credit card at www.blackprosecutors.org.  Registration closes on July 5, 2013.

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. The student registration deadline is July 7, 2013. Bidding will take place July 8-11, 2013. For more student registration 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. Students must register and upload their documents by Sunday, July 14, 2013, 11:59PM Eastern Time.

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.

Save the Date: Northwest Minority Job Fair August 24

The 27th annual Northwest Minority Job Fair will take place on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101.  Student registration will run from July 1, 2013 – July 31, 2013.  For more information, click here.

Diversity

Reed Smith’s 2013 Diverse Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Register Now: National Black Prosecutors Association 30th Annual Job Fair

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

Save the Date: Northwest Minority Job Fair August 24

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 Now 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.  PSJD can 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 Post-Graduate Fellowships Page

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 2012-2013, 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 PSJD Post-Graduate Fellowships page for more information.

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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