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Week of September 30, 2013

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Make-up Procedures for Mandatory 1L Orientation and/or Resume/Cover Letter Workshop

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • September 30: ISBA YLD "Financial Planning for Young Lawyers"
  • October 2: Exploring Careers in Small and Midsize Firms
  • October 8: Hellenic Bar Association's Career Corner Event
  • October 8 - 12:  Public Interest Week at Chicago-Kent
  • October 8: Preparing your Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Application: Information Session on PILI Law Student Internships & Graduate Fellowships
  • October 9: State & Local Government Speed-Networking & Reception (pre-registration required for speed-networking)
  • October 10: Exploring Careers: Criminal Law
  • October 12: REGISTER NOW: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities Program
  • October 10: CBA Pathways to Success:  Making the Most of Your Law School Experience and Building the Legal Career You Want
  • October 15: First Year Minority Law Students Reception
  • October 25: Chicago-Kent 8th Annual Public Service Reception, Washington, DC - Please RSVP
  • October 26: Black Women Lawyers' Association Writing Workshop
  • October 28: CBA Careers in Intellectual Property

Employment Opportunities

  • Spring 2014 Law Student Intern Program at the Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office: Applications due September 30th
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Due October 1
  • Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Application Due October 1
  • Securities & Exchange Commission Summer 2014 Student Honors Program: Apply by October 6
  • Calling all 3Ls: U.S. Department of Labor Honors Program For Entry Level Attorneys – Apply by October 11

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Skadden Fellowship: Applications Due October 7
  • Franczek Radelet 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program: 2L Applications Due October 15
  • Mayor's Office Fellowship Program: Applications Due November 3

Job Fairs

  • October 25-26: Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair
  • November 8-9: Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities National Conference

Diversity

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Individual Mentoring Program

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

Make-up Procedures for Mandatory 1L Orientations and/or Resume/Cover Letter Workshop

If you did not attend one of the three mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation programs, the makeup procedures are as follows:

  • Watch the video of the 1L Orientation program.  The videos of the orientation programs, along with all accompanying handouts, are posted online here:  http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/career-preparation/programs-and-videos You must watch the video using RealPlayer.  If you prefer, you may also watch this video on a computer in the Career Services Office (suite 360).
  • Complete the 1L Registration Form or "Survey."  Please make sure that you complete the correct survey form based on your graduation year, and fill it out as completely as possible.  These survey forms are available online at the above link, or extra survey forms are available in the Career Services Office.
  • Return a completed survey form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) by Tuesday, October 1

You must complete these makeup procedures in order to gain access to Symplicity, Chicago-Kent's online job posting system, and to be assigned a career advisor.  Please email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with any questions.

If you did not attend one of the three mandatory Resume/Cover Letter Workshops, the makeup procedures are as follows:

  1. Watch the video of the 1L Resume/Cover Letter Workshop.  The video from this week’s program, along with the accompanying handout and PowerPoint slides, is posted online here:  http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/career-preparation/programs-and-videos.  To watch the video, the username is videos and the password is kentlaw.  You must watch the video using RealPlayer.  If you prefer, you may also watch this video on a computer in the Career Services Office (suite 360). 
  2. Complete the 1L Resume/Cover Letter Workshop Makeup Form.   This makeup form is available online at the above link, and extra makeup forms are available in the Career Services Office.  
  3. Return a completed survey form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) by Thursday, October 10.  You may email this completed form to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.  

You must complete these makeup procedures in order to gain access to the "Documents" tab in Symplicity, Chicago-Kent's online job posting system.

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.

Programming

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.

October 2: Exploring Careers in Small and Midsize Firms

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 3pm
Location: C40

Small and mid-sized law firms offer a diverse range of practice areas and employ the largest percentage of law school graduates. They are also a significant source of law clerking positions. Join us to learn what such firms look for in applicants, what are average salaries, and how to identify and research this vast array of employers. Panelists will discuss the benefits of working at a small or midsize law firm, their personal career trajectories, and job search and interviewing tips.

October 8: Hellenic Bar Association's Career Corner Event

Date:  Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Winston & Strawn LLP, 35 W. Wacker, Suite 4200

Join the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois and fellow law students for an evening of networking, mentoring practical advice and fun!

In attendance will be veteran distinguished members of the HBA from various fields of law including: large, medium and small firms, corporate counsel, government (local and federal), solo practitioners and members of the judiciary. Law students will have the opportunity to network with seasoned veterans in smaller group settings to allow for a more personal experience for the law student and the lawyer.

Among the topics to be covered:

  • Networking strategies
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Preparation

Register today at www.hellenicbar.org. You must register by Friday, October 4, 2013.

October 8 - 12:  Public Interest Week at Chicago-Kent

From October 8-12, Chicago-Kent's Career Services Office will host several events related to public interest careers. See below for more information!

October 8: Preparing your Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Application: Information Session on PILI Law Student Internships & Graduate Fellowships

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: Room 370

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,000 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations.  Learn more about PILI here: http://pili-law.org/ 

This session will provide you with insights to the PILI Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs.  You will hear about these opportunities and the application process, as well as insights from former PILI Interns or Fellows and supervisor from a host agency.  Though the focus will be on PILI’s programs, many of the insights and suggestions will be applicable to your search for other public interest law internships.

Panelists:

  • Michael Bergmann, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • Cheryl Lawrence, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
  • Jill Roberts, Staff Attorney, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (former PILI Intern Kent alum)
  • Patrick Spangler, Vedder Price P.C. (former PILI Fellow and Kent alum)
  • Hanna Kaufman, Chicago-Kent 2L (former PILI Intern at Chicago Legal Clinic)

October 9: State & Local Government Speed-Networking & Reception (pre-registration required for speed-networking)

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: Check-in: 5:15 - 5:30pm; Speed Networking: 5:30 - 6:30pm; Reception: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Tenth Floor Event Room

Come speak with State and Local Government alumni about their careers. Students (either one-on-one or in small groups) will rotate to a new attorney every few minutes, and have the opportunity to meet all the attorneys in the room. The evening will conclude with a reception providing an opportunity for you to speak further with state and local government alumni.

Alumni from the following agencies will be here (with more being confirmed): City of Chicago, Department of Law; Chicago Transit Authority; Chicago Public Schools/Board of Education; Attorney General's Office; Illinois Department of Insurance; Cook County State's Attorney's Office; Cook County Public Defender's Office; Cook County Office of the Public Guardian; Chicago Police Department;  + Alternative Advocacy Careers with an Alderman's Office, and a State Representative.

RSVPs are REQUIRED: Please send your RSVP to Michelle Vodenik at mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu  Note: There will be a limited number of RSVPs accepted for the speed networking.

The reception from 6:30-7:30pm is open to ALL. 

October 10: Exploring Careers: Criminal Law

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: Noon
Location: Room 570

Come see County and Federal prosecutors and public defenders discuss their work, how students can become involved, and general hiring processes. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the wide variety of career opportunities in criminal law.

Speakers will include:

  • Angel Krull, US Attorney's Office
  • Maiesha Baptiste, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Domestic Violence Division
  • Scott Turk, Lake County State's Attorney's Office
  • Kulmeet Galhotra, Cook County Public Defender, Homicide Task Force

October 12: REGISTER NOW: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities Program

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 8:30am – noon
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law

This program is for Chicago-area law students and recent graduates who are interested in learning more about opportunities as volunteers, interns or fellows at public interest law organizations.  Leading attorneys in private, government and public interest law practice will attend. Student must pre-register for this event held annually at Chicago-Kent.

This program is being sponsored by by the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), Chicago Area Law School Consortium (CALSC) and Phi Alpha Delta.  The program is free, but advance registration for the program is required.  For additional information about the program, and to REGISTER for the program, go here: www.pili-law.org/lawstudentprobonoprogramming.htm.

October 10: CBA Pathways to Success:  Making the Most of Your Law School Experience and Building the Legal Career You Want

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Holland & Knight, 131 S Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603

It is no secret that the legal market is more competitive than ever. In addition to studying as much as possible, first year law students need to think strategically about their legal education to maximize their exposure to the legal profession. During your years in law school, how will you best position yourself for the job you want and beat out the competition? Come hear from our panel who will share their experiences and advice and learn about ways to distinguish yourself from the rest.

Panelists will address a wide range of topics, including:

  • Planning your legal education curriculum to gain legal experience;
  • Legal aid, pro bono and volunteerism to increase exposure to legal professionals;
  • Internship and externship experiences;
  • Networking; and
  • Work/ life balance

The panelists will be:

  • Marci Rolnik, Legal Director, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Denise Rothbardt Schwartz, Principal, EpsteinSchwartz Legal Search
  • Sahar Dar, Associate Director for Career Services at John Marshall Law School
  • Serj Mooradian, 3L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law & Co-Chair of the CBA Law Student Committee
  • Trisha Rich, Holland & Knight LLP

The program is open to all law students but is geared to first year students. For more information, click here.

October 15: First Year Minority Law Students Reception

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, 222 N. LaSalle, Suite 300

The Cook County Bar Association and Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP invite first-year minority law students to a reception on Tuesday, October 15 at 5pm.  This event will allow students to network with established attorneys and judges, discuss getting through the first year, sign up to receive a mentor, and have a great time!

Please RSVP by October 8, 2013 to Cordelia Brown at 312-630-1157 (ext. 4) or at cbrown@cookcountybar.org.   

October 25: Chicago-Kent 8th Annual Public Service Reception, Washington, DC - Please RSVP

Chicago-Kent students and alumni are invited to attend the 8th Annual Public Service Reception on Friday, October 25th, 5:00-7:00pm at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest  Washington, DC 20001.

This event is held annually for Chicago-Kent students attending the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, and Chicago-Kent Alumni in the DC area. To attend the reception, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 22nd to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu. This annual event provides the opportunity for Chicago-Kent students to meet with Chicago-Kent Alumni in the Washington DC area. Appetizers and beer/soda will be provided. Don't miss this great networking event, held in connection with the Conference & Career Fair!

October 26: Black Women Lawyers' Association Writing Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Jenner & Block (353 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association will host a Writing Workshop for law students on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9am.  This Writing Workshop is targeted at first year law students, but all students are encouraged to attend. This workshop is just in time for finals, and will be an opportunity for students to get more intensive instruction on exam writing, memorandum writing, brief and scholarly writing, as well as legal research and journal write-on competitions.

Breakfast will be served and the program is of course free, and students interested in attending should RSVP via email to BWLAWritingWorkshop2013@gmail.com by Monday, October 21st.

October 28: CBA Careers in Intellectual Property

Date: Monday, October 28, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60632

Join the CBA YLS IP Committee as it hosts a distinguished panel of attorneys to discuss their varied career paths in and related to Intellectual Property law. The discussion will touch on various career paths including, clerkships, in-house positions, large law firm and boutique firm practices; improving resumes; interview tactics; networking; practical advice for day-to-day practice and dealing with employers, colleagues and staff; interim experience in a difficult economy; and how to have a beneficial experience in law school.

SPEAKERS:

  • Marron Mahoney, Jones Day
  • Marci Rolnik, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Wasim Bleibel, Locke Lord LLP
  • J. Kenneth Joung, UOP
  • Beth Woods, MLA Global

For more information, 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.

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

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.

Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Application Due October 1

Winston & Strawn LLP believes in taking an active role in diversifying the law school pipeline. Since 2004, one of its initiatives has involved offering scholarships to diverse law school students.

Winston & Strawn LLP is offering three (3) scholarships to diverse law school students who join the 2014 summer program in one of our domestic offices following the conclusion of their second year of law school. Each $10,000 scholarship will be paid during the students' third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

To apply for the Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship, please submit an application along with your resume, law school transcript, and a brief personal statement online by October 1, 2013. To learn more about this diversity scholarship and apply, click here.

Securities & Exchange Commission Summer 2014 Student Honors Program: Apply by October 6

The SEC is currently accepting applications from 2nd and 3rd year law students for its Spring 2014 and applications for its 2L Summer 2014 Student Honors Programs.

The Student Honors Program for law students offers opportunities in Washington, D.C. and in the SEC's 11 regional offices (including Chicago, IL). In Washington DC, 11 divisions and offices participate in the program. In the regional offices, the honors students will typically be assigned to either the Division of Enforcement or the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

Student Honors Program participants are exposed to key individuals and institutions in the securities and commodities industry, as well as the legal profession. The SEC seeks to provide its honors students not only a great professional experience, but also an opportunity to learn more about life as a securities lawyer.

Students are invited to attend seminars, workshops, and commission meetings as a part of their service at the SEC. Students are assigned a supervisor who also serves as a professional mentor, assisting with research and writing projects as well as providing advice and guidance on career development.

How To Apply to the Summer 2014 Student Honors Program: For Second-Year Law Students Only:  The application deadline for the Summer 2014 Student Honors Program has been extended until October 6, 2013 (midnight Eastern Daylight Time). Please submit your materials by the deadline, as late applications are not considered. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Students should prepare a resume with current contact information, a one page cover letter, a law school transcript, a list of current courses, and a 5 to 10 page legal writing sample in a single PDF. To receive consideration you must label your PDF with your LASTNAME FIRSTNAME (ex: OBAMA MICHELLE). In your cover letter indicate three preferred offices and divisions.

Please see Symplicity Job Posting #16351 for more information.

Spring 2014 Student Honors Program Details: The Spring 2014 Student Honors Program is a one-semester volunteer program open to first, second or third year law students, LLM students or joint degree students (for example, JD/MBA candidates).  Students must work at least 10 weeks at a minimum of 15 to 20 hours a week. Students will establish their work schedule with their supervisors.  The deadline to apply for the Spring 2014 Student Honors Program has been extended to October 14, 2013

Please see Symplicity Job Posting #16562 for more information.

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

Skadden Fellowship: Applications Due October 7

The Skadden Fellowship applications are due October 7, 2013.  The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.

Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship.
To learn more about the fellowship, go here: http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/application

Download the Skadden Fellowship Application here.

Franczek Radelet 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program: 2L Applications Due October 15

In 2011, Franczek Radelet announced the implementation of an initiative that we believe to be unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure.  The Firm’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program is an exciting and creative diversity pipeline initiative that we believe to be unprecedented in terms of its focus and structure.

The LEADS eight-week summer program is designed for diverse first and second year law students with an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters.  The goal of the program is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for future employment in the legal profession.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program.  The 2L Student Application Deadline is October 15, 2013.  The 1L Students Application Deadline is January 31, 2014.

Read more about the LEADS Fellowship Program  here, and find the application here.

Mayor's Office Fellowship Program: Applications Due November 3

The Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago is in the process of recruiting graduate students for the 2014 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.  The Mayor's Office Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students in any concentration who will be enrolled during the summer and are interested in local government and public policy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about municipal government and participate in a unique, hands-on experience in the development of new policy and program initiatives. Participants research policies and evaluate their potential benefit to Chicago, draft memoranda for Mayor’s Office senior staff on upcoming issues and new initiatives, and participate in a variety of talks and tours that provide insight into how City government operates.

The application process is a two-step process.  Prospective Fellows should visit www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfellowship to read more about the application steps and to begin the application process. 

Step 1 of the application process will close at 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Start Application here.

Job Fairs

October 25-26: Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair will be held on October 25-26, 2013 in Washington DC. This is a great opportunity for 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls, and recent graduates to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States.  If you are willing and interested in expanding your job search beyond Chicago, this can be a very useful Conference & Career Fair.  Please note that 1Ls are welcome to attend the conference and participate in table talk with employers, but they cannot interview.  Students can find more information about the Conference & Career Fair at the websiteThe registration and application deadline for those seeking an interview has now closed.  However, students may still register for the conference to participate in Table Talk and the informative and interesting conference presentations.

IMPORTANT REMAINING DATES:
September 13 - October 11:  Student and recent graduate registration (for those not applying or seeking an interview)
September 19 - October 3: Employer application review and interview selection
October 8: Last day for students and recent graduates to accept/decline interview invitations
October 4: Last day to reserve a hotel room at a discounted rate
October 11: Last day for student and recent graduate refund request

A special “Chicago-Kent Public Service Employers Reception,” will be held in connection with the conference on Friday, October 25th, 5:00-7:00pm at Fado Irish Pub (Washington DC), where Chicago-Kent students will be able to meet Chicago-Kent alumni working in Washington DC.  If you have any questions, you can contact Michelle Vodenik in the Career Services Office. To attend this reception, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 22nd to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

November 8-9: Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities National Conference

The 14th Annual Career Opportunities for Students with disabilities will be held on November 8 & 9, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. This annual conference brings together college and graduate students with disabilities, with employers from major corporations. All disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are welcome.  This includes, but not strictly limited to, students with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism / Asperger's Syndrome, Chronic Health, Psychological and Behavioral Health disabilities, Sensory disabilities (blindness and deafness / hard of hearing), Physical and Mobility disabilities and Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injuries. 

This Conference is FREE, and includes a free overnight hotel stay, and all meals (transportation to the conference location is not included). As this conference is for both College & Graduate students, the event is not geared specifically to law students, and legal jobs, but will provide opportunities to meet and speak with corporate employers.  

More information about the conference is available here, and the Application, due by October 16 is available here.

Diversity

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Individual Mentoring Program

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer a unique professional development opportunity to diverse 1L law students. LCLD is an organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners, formed in 2009 to make concrete, measurable advances in the diversity of the legal profession – now! 

Success in law school is the first step toward the legal career to which you aspire. To support your success, LCLD has recruited lawyers from its Member organizations to provide one-on-one mentoring to you. These volunteer Mentors are successes in the legal profession and they can significantly advance your efforts to achieve the professional goals that you have set and will set for yourself.

To register for a mentor, diverse first year law students in Chicago should sign up beginning October 8, 2013 at noon.  You can learn more and register for a mentor here.  Read more about the Leadership Council on Diversity here: http://www.lcldnet.org/

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Due October 1

Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Application Due October 1

Franczek Radelet 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program: 2L Applications Due October 15

October 26: Black Women Lawyers' Association Writing Workshop

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.

2013-2014 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 2013-14 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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