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Week of September 2, 2013

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Welcome 1Ls!
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Fall Resume Books: Opt-in continues. Sign up!
  • CSO Seeks Student Worker
  • Weekly Drop-In Hours for the CSO
  • Law Student Membership With The Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • 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: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!
  • Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.

Programming

  • September 4: "JD Careers Out There" Presentation
  • Volunteer at Race Judicata September 12
  • September 13: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • September 24: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night & Social
  • September 30: ISBA YLD "Financial Planning for Young Lawyers"
  • 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 by September 3rd
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • Fulbright US Student Program for 2014-2015 Now Open
  • Spring 2014 Law Student Intern Program at the Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office: Applications due September 30th
  • 2013 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Due October 1
  • Calling all 3Ls: U.S. Department of Labor Honors Program For Entry Level Attorneys – Apply by October 11

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship Now Open

Job Fairs

  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Register and apply with employers August 13 through September 12

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

Welcome 1Ls!

Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals. According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls cannot meet individually with a career services advisor until October 15th, and cannot initiate contact with or interview with a prospective employer until December 1st.  However, there are still many things you can do to start planning for your future career.

  • Attend CSO panels and career development workshops during the fall semester
  • Check our Record page often for updated information on upcoming programs.
  • Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you.
  • Finally, attend the mandatory orientation and resume and cover letter writing workshops in September to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search.

We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 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 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 check in 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. Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

Fall Resume Books Opt-In Continues: Sign Up!

Fall Resume Books became available on Monday, August 26th for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2012 and 2013 classes). Employers will be notified that resume books are available on Monday, September 9, 2013, but because employers may request a resume book at any time, students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible. Even if you have secured employment for this fall, keep in mind that fall resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Spring or Summer 2014.

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

For more information about Resume Books, click here.

CSO Seeks Student Worker

The Career Services Office seeks a student worker for Fall 2013 for a paid, federal work study position.  Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-15 hours per week.  Duties will include data entry; maintenance of active job postings; organization of resources; scheduling appointments; calls to employers and potential speakers; answering phones; and front desk reception work.

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

Weekly Drop-In Hours for the CSO

The Career Services Office will host a “drop-in” session for any students who have career-related questions on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm during the fall semester.  Please stop by the CSO Table outside of the Spakateria on the third floor to ask a career advisor your quick questions about resumes, cover letters, job applications, etc.  We hope to see you there!

Law Student Membership With The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

The Defense Research Institute (DRI) invites law students to get a head start on networking efforts and to enjoy DRI membership benefits now!  An annual law student membership with the DRI costs $25.00.  If you are interested in DRI membership, please ask your career advisor for a membership application. 

DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, is an international membership organization.  DRI provides education, business development and networking opportunities to its members.  DRI has 25 substantive law committees focused on developing cutting edge dialogue, resources and educational seminars on various areas of practice.  Its members have access to tools, directories and resources designed to enhance their practice.  For more information, go to www.dri.org.   
 

Law student members receive complimentary registration to all DRI seminars, complimentary registration to the annual meeting, access to DRI tools, directories and resources, and are encouraged to participate on the Young Lawyers Committee.

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.

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 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: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks or job offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.  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 advisor.

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

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2013 Fall Recruiting process.  Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

Programming

September 4: "JD Careers Out There" Presentation

Marc Luber, Chicago-Kent alum, founder of career resource JD Careers Out There (www.JDCOT.com), author of 99 Things You Can Do With A Law Degree, and former legal recruiter will be at the law school on Wednesday, September 4th at 3:00 pm (room to be announced) to provide both interviewing tips from a legal recruiters perspective and practical advice about securing the job you want whether you choose the traditional practice of law or an alternative career. 

A Chicago native and member of the Illinois bar, Marc spent the better part of past decade as an attorney recruiter in Los Angeles after a first career in the music industry that included working for the Rolling Stones (his first paying job after graduating from Chicago-Kent), A&M Records and more. He'll share his story, and provide advice on how to best chase your career goals.  Don't miss this engaging program and an opportunity to network with this accomplished entrepreneurial alum! 

Volunteer for Race Judicata September 12

Race Judicata 2013 is a 5K Run/Walk, benefiting Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) Foundation in its mission to ensure that the law works for everyone.  This is the 20th year for the run, and CVLS needs volunteers to help with everything from registration, gear check and water distribution.  The race will take place this year on Thursday, September 12, 2013.  Volunteers are needed beginning at 4pm.  You can read more about the race here

To learn more information about how to volunteer, and to complete a volunteer registration form, please contact Kristen Harrison at 312- 332-6436 or kharrison@cvls.org

September 13: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

Date: Friday, September 13, 2013
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: John Marshall Law School, Room 3 East
315 South Plymouth Court

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is dedicated to diversity and making sure that all segments of the community are aware of the employment opportunities available.  On Friday, September 13, 2013, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is holding its 9th Annual Minority Law Students Reception. The evening will consist of a short program followed by a networking reception.

The event is being held at John Marshall Law School and will begin at 5:30pm.  Registration for the event will begin at 5:15pm.

To RSVP for this event, please call 312-603-1847 or send an email to saointerns@cookcountyil.gov.

September 24: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night & Social

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time: 5-7pm
Location: CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604

Come out and meet the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section’s practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law - on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA. Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Register at www.chicagobar.org/yls (under Events). Nonmembers and law students welcome.

September 30: ISBA YLD "Financial Planning for Young Lawyers"

Date: Monday, September 30, 2013
Time: Noon-1pm
Location: ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60603

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Development Luncheons are aimed at teaching law students and young attorneys practical steps in developing their legal careers. This first luncheon program will feature two panelists with financial planning backgrounds discussing investing in your future while also paying off your student loans.

Speakers:

  • Kevin C. Koney, CFP®, CRPC®, CMFC®, Certified Financial Planner™ Patricia A. Koney & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Kurt Winiecki, CPA, J.D., President, CEO & Founder, Winiecki Wealth Management

Moderator:

  • George Schoenbeck, Co-Chair of YLD’s Professional Development Committee, Associate, Sosin & Arnold LTD
Cost: $10 includes lunch.  Learn more and Register here.

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 by September 3rd

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 opened 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).

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.

Spring 2014 Law Student Intern Program at the Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office: Applications due September 30th

The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit. The primary goals of the Law Student Intern Program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases.

Projected No. of Volunteers: 15
Internship Location: Chicago, Illinois

Application Materials: Resume, personal statement reflecting your background and your interest in participating in this program, legal writing sample, three letters of recommendation (preferably legal), and law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable).  Recommendation letters, whether or not submitted in sealed envelopes, may be included by the student with the application materials. Please make every effort to include them with the application to avoid delay.

Qualifications: Students must be second-year or third-year law students by the beginning of the spring term. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion of a required background investigation. Interns are not permitted to work in a legal capacity-private or public- during the internship.

Application Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2013

Minimum Weeks Required: Spring Internship - 16 hours per week for 12 weeks

All application packages must be submitted by mail (NOT EMAIL) to the district contact below by September 30:
Dirksen Federal Building
219 South Dearborn Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
ATTN: Monica LeKostaj, Administrative Assistant for the Law Student Intern Program
Telephone: (312) 353-1091
Email: monica.lekostaj@usdoj.gov (for questions only)

Academic credit: Work-study or academic credit may be available through a student’s law school. Students must make arrangements through his/her law school. This Internship is not compensated. No matching contributions available; all compensation must be provided by law school.
Assignments: The work of the law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases.

Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/interns.html

2013 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Due October 1

Minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for the Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Program. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in our 2014 Summer Associate Program(one in our Chicago office and one in our New York office. The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession.

All inquiries relating to the Minority Scholarship Program should be directed to: Nicole Morden, Attorney Recruiting Manager, at nicole.morden@kattenlaw.com.  The application for this scholarship is due by October 1, 2013.  View and complete the application here.

Calling all 3Ls: U.S. Department of Labor Honors Program For Entry Level Attorneys – Apply by October 11

The Honors Program in the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) at the U.S. Department of Labor provides challenging professional opportunities for outstanding law school graduates. Honors Program attorneys work with the ten divisions of the Solicitor’s Office, gaining exposure to a broad range of substantive legal work in one of the government’s preeminent legal offices. Upon completion of the two-year program, Honors Program attorneys continue their careers in public service in one of the Solicitor’s national or regional offices.  Read more about the program here.

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit the following:

    1. cover letter describing the applicant's interest in the Honors Program as well as any personal or professional experience the applicant wishes the Hiring Committee to consider;
    2. resume;
    3. writing sample; and
    4. official or unofficial law school transcript.

Applications must be received by October 11, 2013.
Please mail, e-mail, or fax the required materials to:
Director, The Honors Attorney Program
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of the Solicitor, Room N-2700
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: (202) 693-5774

E-mail: SOLHonorsProgramApplications@dol.gov

Fellowships & Scholarships

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Now Open

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

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Register and apply with employers August 13 through September 12

Would you like to connect with public interest employers from all across the country and meet fellow, public interest-minded students, graduates and practitioners in the field?  Then the Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the event for you. The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair takes place Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 in Washington, D.C.  With more than 115 public interest employers, 1,200 public interest law students and workshops to help you start down the path to your public interest career, you will not want to miss it.

Law students can register and find out more information about the Conference and Career Fair now.  Registrations should be completed and applications submitted by September 12, 2013Students can review the Registration and Application Guide here.

Diversity

September 13: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

2013 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Due October 1

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

Law Student Membership With The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

The Defense Research Institute (DRI) invites law students to get a head start on networking efforts and to enjoy DRI membership benefits now!  An annual law student membership with the DRI costs $25.00.  If you are interested in DRI membership, please ask your career advisor for a membership application. 

DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, is an international membership organization.  DRI provides education, business development and networking opportunities to its members.  DRI has 25 substantive law committees focused on developing cutting edge dialogue, resources and educational seminars on various areas of practice.  Its members have access to tools, directories and resources designed to enhance their practice.  For more information, go to www.dri.org.

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."

2013-2014 Government Honors and Internship Handbook

The 2013-2014 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

PSJD 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 PSJD 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.  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 Resources for "Postgraduate Fellowships" which includes the full text of Yale's Public Interest Fellowship Guide for 2013-2014. The site also contains an Application Deadline Calendar for Fellowships 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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