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Week of October 21, 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

  • October 21-25: CBA 2013 Pro Bono Week
  • October 22: Student to Student Career Fair
  • October 22: Insider Insights: So You Want to be a Business Lawyer?
  • October 22: SELS Sports Careers: Chicago Bears General Counsel Speaks
  • October 23: Real Estate Law Society lunch talk with Frank Callero, commercial real estate attorney
  • October 24: CBA Young Lawyers Section's Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
  • October 25: Chicago-Kent 8th Annual Public Service Reception, Washington, DC - Please RSVP
  • October 26: Black Women Lawyers' Association Writing Workshop
  • October 26: Asian American Bar Association Career Forum: Speed Interviewing & Resume Review
  • October 28: CBA Careers in Intellectual Property
  • October 29: Child Law Panel
  • October 29:  Meet the Public Interest Organizations Reception
  • November 6: Alternative Careers Day: Sign-Up Beginning October 28

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 2Ls on October 15
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Mayor's Office Fellowship Program: Applications Due November 3
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students

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

  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

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) ASAP! 

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 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) ASAP!  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

October 21-25: CBA 2013 Pro Bono Week

Register for the following complimentary events at www.chicagobar.org/probonoweek:
Clients, Interpreters & You:  How to Work Well with Clients who have Limited English Proficiency
Monday, October 21, 2013, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., CBA Building

  • A nuts and bolts training on how to build relationships with LEP clients, work with interpreters both inside and outside of the courtroom and more.

Legal and Social Consequences of a Criminal Record: Helping Clients Overcome These Barriers
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., CBA Building

  • A look at the disparate impact of the criminal justice system, the civil legal consequences and forms of advocacy that can take place in our communities to become change agents.

20th Annual CBA Young Lawyers Section's Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
Co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation & Kirkland & Ellis LLP. 
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5:00-7:00 p.m./Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle.  See below for more details!

Movies on Trial: To Kill a Mockingbird
A special event presented by Schopf & Weiss LLP
Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport
Lunch and Popcorn served!

  • Movies on Trial is a CLE event where the magic of Hollywood meets insightful legal debate. Please join us for a special Pro Bono Week screening of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," followed by a riveting panel discussion of this beloved American classic.
To learn more or to register for an event, visit www.chicagobar.org/probonoweek

October 22: Student to Student Career Fair

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: Noon-1:30 pm
Location: Second Floor Cafeteria

The Student Bar Association and the Career Services Office present the 2nd Annual “Student to Student Career Fair.”  Tap into one of the best resources available for information about legal fields; your fellow students!  On Tuesday, October 22nd from noon to 1:30pm in the Second Floor Cafeteria, hear experienced law students speak about the work they have done as law clerks, interns, and externs, and networking with attorneys practicing in:

  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Environmental
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Employment
  • Prosecution
  • Tax............And many more areas!  Food will be served!

October 22: Insider Insights: So You Want to be a Business Lawyer?

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Gould & Ratner, LLP, 222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 800

Attend the ABA Business Law Section Law Student Program in Chicago for a presentation and Q&A from a panel of business lawyers. Listen as they share their insights into the field and discuss how their careers have evolved. You will learn:

  • What they wished they would have known when starting their legal career
  • What attracted them to business law and their practice area
  • How membership in the ABA Business Law Section has enhanced their career

Don't miss this invaluable opportunity. To attend you must RSVP by October 18, 2013 to lauren.shores@americanbar.org Visit the ABA website for more information.

October 22: SELS Sports Careers: Chicago Bears General Counsel Speaks

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 7:15-8:30pm
Location: Room 580

Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) invites you to learn more about a legal career in the sports industry on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:15pm.  At this SELS event, General Counsel of the Chicago Bears, Cliff Stein, will discuss his career and explain where there are opportunities to leverage a law degree into a full time offer in the sports industry.  Stein's career path is not only interesting but also unconventional, which should help inspire and motivate those attendance seeking to get into the sports industry.  If nothing else, please feel free to just stop by to hear a representative of your very own, Chicago Bears!

Speaker Cliff Stein is in his 11th season with the Chicago Bears. In November of 2011, he was named Vice President of Football Administration and General Counsel after holding the title of Senior Director of Football Administration and General Counsel since May of 2007.

Stein is the team's lead contract negotiator for all player contracts and assists the general manager in the management and strategic planning of the club's salary cap. He also assists the general manager in the handling of all legal issues in the football operations department and oversees the team's security and safety services. He serves as the liaison between the National Football League Management Council and the club on all CBA and salary cap compliance issues and other legal matters. In addition, Stein serves as the club's general counsel on all general legal matters and liaison to outside counsel.

October 23: Real Estate Law Society Lunch Talk with Frank Callero, Commercial Real Estate Attorney

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013          
Time: Noon-1pm
Location: Room 305

The Real Estate Law Students Association invites all students to attend this lunch talk with Frank Callero, an associate with Ungaretti & Harris in the firm's Real Estate Group.  Mr. Callero concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate transactions and real estate finance. Prior to joining the firm, Frank worked as an in-house associate for a real estate subsidiary of The Blackstone Group, where he completed an array of commercial leasing and purchase and sale transactions.

Lunch will be provided!

October 24: CBA Young Lawyers Section's Pro Bono and Community Service Fair

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle

Come to the 20th Annual CBA Young Lawyers Section's Pro Bono and Community Service Fair, co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation & Kirkland & Ellis LLP. 

Meet with representatives from 50 of Chicago's legal aid, pro bono and community service organizations to network with like-minded professionals and uncover the volunteer opportunity you have been seeking. Law students and nonmembers welcome.

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 26: Asian American Bar Association Career Forum: Speed Interviewing & Resume Review

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 9:00-1:00pm
Location: The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL

The Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago invites law students to attend the FREE Law Student Career Forum.  Learn how to be successful when applying for jobs at law firms, corporations, government offices, and alternative legal professions. 

This event will feature Speed Interviewing and Resume Review Session.  The event begins at 9am, but registration opens at 8:30am.  This event is FREE for all law students, and lunch will be provided.  For more information and to RSVP, go here: http://aabastudentforumf13-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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.

October 29: Child Law Panel

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: Noon-1pm
Location: Room 580

Interested in Child Law?  The Child & Family Law Society invites law students to attend a panel on “Careers in Child Law” on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from noon-1pm in room 580.  Lunch will be provided!

October 29:  Meet the Public Interest Organizations Reception

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson

Save the date for the Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.  Come learn about non-profit and government agency volunteer, intern and employment opportunities!  The event will take place at Loyola University School of Law, 25 E Pearson St, in Kasbeer Hall on the 15th Floor.  Contact your career advisor with any questions.

November 6: Alternative Careers Day: Sign-Up Beginning October 28

On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, the Career Services Office will present an entire day of activities geared towards students interested in Alternative Careers.

Cheryl Rich Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives, will be on campus all day to assist students considering or even just "wondering" about an alternative to traditional legal practice.

Schedule of Events:
Individual Career Strategy Sessions
Ms. Heisler will be available for individual 30 minute strategy sessions with students interested in an alternative legal career. Sign up online beginning Monday, October 28, 2013.
 
Strategy Hour
Ms. Heisler will be available in the Career Services Office, Suite 360, from 4 – 6pm to answer quick questions about alternative careers and provide tips on making the most of the evening informational interviews.
 
Alternative Careers: Informational Interviews
Beginning 5:00 pm, alumni and other professionals using their legal education and experience in alternative careers will be available to meet with students individually for informational interviews in the Second Floor CafeteriaSign up online beginning Monday, October 28, 2013.
Attending professionals include:

  • Victoria Noonan, Director of Leasing, Tishman Speyer
  • Ray Lemming, Construction Claims Administrator, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Mike Ko, Owner, Groundwork Trial Consulting
  • Scott Stanley, Program Manager, Risk Management, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
  • Amber Bollman, RFP/Proposal Writer, Drinker, Biddle & Reath
  • Lauren Conway, Compliance Officer, Citadel
  • Andrew Baker, Director of Legal Technology Innovations Office, Seyfarth Shaw

…and more!

View more information and sign up here: http://www.mysignup.com/chicago-kentcsoaltcareersheisler2013

Employment Opportunities

Please check Chicago-Kent's job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 2Ls on October 15

PILI's Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer or 200 hours part-time during the school year, with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

PILI administers its Internship Program application through IllinoisProBono.org. You must register on this site before you can submit any applications.  The summer 2014 Internship application period opens on October 15 for 2Ls and December 1 for 1Ls. Click here to learn more about how to apply.

American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

Apply to be one of nine students placed in the Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program for the opportunity to gain invaluable experience, work with accomplished business court judges, and earn a stipend.

The objectives of the Diversity Clerkship include:

  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law

Students are placed in clerkships across the country including the Philadelphia Commerce Court or the Delaware Court of Chancery. Applicants must be diverse first or second year students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate financial need, and be a member of the ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section.

To learn more and apply, go here: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html

The 2014 Diversity Clerkship application is due by December 27, 2013.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law
students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the
development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.
 
Eligibility
Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an
ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Donald W.
Banner Diversity Scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of
Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.
 
Selection Criteria
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school)
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills determined through an interview of the law student
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement

Financial Award
Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable
for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.
 
Application Process
Applications will be accepted September 23, 2013 through January 6, 2014. Awards willbe announced in April 2014. Find the 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/

October 26: Black Women Lawyers' Association Writing Workshop

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students

see the Employment Opportunities section for more information

Resources

The Chicago-Kent Career Services Office has access to hundreds of helpful career resources. A majority of these resources are available in Symplicity under the red "Resources" tab (in the "Document Library"). Some of these resources include:

  • 2013-2014 Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • 2013-2014 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • DePaul Law School International Guide and Job Resource
  • Music Attorney Registry
  • Prosecution Handbook
  • Public Defender Handbook               
  • Public Interest Job Search Handbooks
  • Various handouts related to the job search, including “Researching Legal Employers,” “The Out of State Job Search,” “Salary Negotiations” and “Writing Samples”

And many more!

Chicago-Kent students can also access various websites like: 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 in the Symplicity "Document Library" (under the Resources tab).

Speak with your Career Advisor today about the various resources available through the Career Services Office!

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