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Week of October 28, 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

  • Sign-Up Today!  Alternative Careers Day: Counseling Sessions and Informational Interviews
  • October 28: CBA Careers in Intellectual Property
  • October 29: Child Law Panel
  • October 29: Compliance Career Chat
  • October 29:  Meet the Public Interest Organizations Reception
  • October 30: Real Estate Law Society Jobs Panel
  • November 1: Government Career Fair

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Summer 2014 Applications open for 2Ls on October 15 and Spring 2014 Applications open on November 1
  • 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

  • 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

Sign-Up Today!  Alternative Careers Day: Counseling Sessions and Informational Interviews

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 Cafeteria.  Sign up online beginning Monday, October 28, 2013. Please limit yourelf to two (2) informational interviews!

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, Business Development Manager, Drinker, Biddle & Reath
  • Lauren Conway, Compliance Officer, Citadel
  • Andrew Baker, Director of Legal Technology Innovations Office, Seyfarth Shaw

…and more!

View more information (all the alumni attending) and sign up here: http://www.mysignup.com/chicago-kentcsoaltcareersalumni2013

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: Compliance Career Chat

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: Noon    
Location: Room 370

The Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance presents a Career Chat with James R. Downing, Vice President, Compliance Manager, JPMorgan ChasePizza will be provided at this discussion of Mr. Downing’s career in the compliance field.

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.

October 30: Real Estate Law Society Jobs Panel

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Room 345

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 3-4pm in Room 345, the Real Estate Law Society will host a panel of 2Ls and 3Ls who will discuss their various work experiences and will share their job-hunting strategies.  Come to this panel to hear student advice about working in Real Estate or Land Use law in the Chicago area!

November 1: Government Career Fair

Date: Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: National Louis University, The Atrium, 2nd Floor, 122 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

This is a FREE professional networking event to meet government recruiters, learn about positions, and gain information about application processes.  This government career fair is NOT solely for legal positions.  Employers to attend include US Drug Enforcement Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, US Department of Energy, Schaumburg Police Dept., US Customs & Border Protection, Social Security Administration, IL Army National Guard, and US Navy.

For more information, go to http://www.thegcrc.org/.

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):  Summer 2014 Applications open for 2Ls on October 15 and Spring 2014 Applications open November 1

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.

2L students may apply for Spring 2014 PILI internships begining on November 1. For more information about Spring 2014 PILI opportunities, click here.

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

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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