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Week of November 25, 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

  • December 11: CBA Practice Area Pros and Cons - Understand Where You Will Thrive

Employment Opportunities

  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program
  • Community Based Federal Work Study - Available Spring Semester, Application Deadline January 3
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI): Summer 2014 and Spring 2014 Applications Open for 2Ls NOW; Summer 2014 Applications for 1Ls Open December 1
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2014
  • Judicial Internship Opportunity Program Applications Open NOW for 2Ls, Open December 1 for 1Ls
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project for Summer 2014
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First Year Law Students
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students
  • McAndrews Held & Malloy  2014 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program
  • Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program
  • Franczek Radelet 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program, 1L Students
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program

Job Fairs

  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) student registration: Deadline is December 4

Diversity

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

December 11: CBA Practice Area Pros and Cons - Understand Where You Will Thrive

If you are trying to choose a practice area, but are unsure where you will fit or may falter, come hear leaders from a variety of practice areas--from commercial to civil practice, general litigation to transactional work, hybrid practices that cross those lines to specialty niches--provide the pluses, pitfalls, and candid insights about what the work is really like and what it takes, day to day, to succeed in each arena. Following a fast-paced full group session, breakouts will ensue for an even deeper dive, your specific questions, and networking suggestions. Only $12.50 for law students! Click here for more information or to register.

MODERATOR:
Kathy Morris, UnderAdvisement, Ltd.

Practice Area Roundtable Leaders:

  • Brian K. Jones, Harrison & Held (Estate Planning)
  • Elizabeth A. Kaveny, Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny (Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice)
  • Abizer Zanzi, Franczek Radelet P.C. (Labor and Employment)
  • Ralph J. Schumann, Law Offices of Ralph J. Schumann (Real Property)
  • Joseph U. Schorer, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Bankruptcy)
  • Ana Maria Echiburu, Minsky McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. (Immigration)
  • Payal Shaw, Esq. (Health Law)
  • Ashly I. Boesche, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP (Intellectual Property)
  • Esther Chang, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Business Law)
  • Mallory O'Connor, Downs Law Office (Family Law/Domestic Relations)
  • To be Announced: Criminal Law

Employment Opportunities

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

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.

Community Based Federal Work Study - Available Spring Semester, Application Deadline January 3

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Spring 2014 semester.  Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline.  Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.  Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday January 3, 2014.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Summer 2014 and Spring 2014 Applications open for 2Ls; Applications for 1Ls Open December 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.

1L law students may begin to apply for Summer 2014 PILI Internships on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about PILI internships.

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2014

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2014.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place 75 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a federal court.

There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone.  Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision.  Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks. 

Applications will be received online until 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 6, 2014. Electronic applications are available here. Early applications are highly encouraged. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Judicial Internship Opportunity Program Applications Open NOW for 2Ls, Open December 1 for 1Ls

The ABA is now accepting applications from second-year law students for the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program. Applications from first-year students will be accepted starting December 1, 2013. The deadline for all applications is Friday, January 10, 2014. No applications will be accepted after the deadline, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed a screening interview.

The ABA will be placing 150 students in summer internships. This year’s students will be granted awards in the amount of $2,000 to help offset some of the expenses associated with the placement. Please proceed to the program application to apply to the Summer 2014 program.

Should you need any additional information, feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship

Gain Experience at Both a Law Firm and a Corporation!
First-year law students now have a unique summer clerkship opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working in an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of law firms and corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. TCDP’s mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

How Does the Program Work?
This program connects top legal employers with talented 1L students of color. Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the nation’s best law firms (Law firms include Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and Stoel Rives). As part of the law firm clerkship, the students will spend one “rotation” (typically 3 to 4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation. Not only will the clerk get valuable legal training essential for success at most law firms, the clerk will gain “real world” insights into the fast-paced environment of a corporate law department.

Which Corporations are Participating?
The corporate participants in this program are Fortune 500 global companies headquartered in the Twin Cities, including:

  • 3M
  • General Mills
  • Cargill
  • Target
  • Medtronic
  • Best Buy

And more!

To learn more about this program, contact your career advisor and go to their website here.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the deadline to apply is Friday, January 17, 2014.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project for Summer 2014

Apply now for the Summer 2014 Janet D. Steiger Fellowship!  Selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer of 2014 in the consumer protection or consumer affairs offices of participating State and Territorial governments.  The thirty-seven participating government office locations and application for the summer of 2014 can be found at http://AmBar.org/Steiger. Each selected student will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer (administered through the offices of the state attorneys general and subject to certain federal taxes). The application period closes on December 13, 2013.  Applications will not be accepted beyond the December 13, 2013 deadline date.  See Symplicity Job Posting #16893 for more information.

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First Year Law Students

Vedder Price recognizes that the strength of its commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital component to a better work environment and the strength of the firm. Diversity is one of Vedder Price’s core values and is integral to the way the firm is run.  In keeping with its commitment to diversity, the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005.

This scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses for each year in which the recipient remains in good academic standing and attends an Illinois law school, as well as a guaranteed summer associate position in our Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient's first year of law school.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession. In accordance with the scholarship criteria, you must be enrolled in one of the following Illinois law schools: Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University, The John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, University of Illinois.

Applications will be accepted no earlier than December 1, 2013 and must be postmarked by December 31, 2013Find the 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.

McAndrews Held & Malloy  2014 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program

In furtherance of the goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. is proud to announce its 2014 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program. This prestigious fellowship is a key component of McAndrews’ recruiting program.

Eligibility
Candidate must (a) be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school with a diverse background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; (b) have a degree in science or engineering; and (c) intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois.

Program Components
The firm intends to award a paid summer associate (clerkship) position for a period of 10 to 12 weeks following the recipient’s completion of his/her first year of law school. The position is part of McAndrews’ Summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation.

The firm intends to award a $5,000 fellowship on or about September 1, 2014, at the completion of the clerkship. As a summer associate at the McAndrews office in Chicago, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource. given the collegial culture at McAndrews, the Diversity Fellow will also establish rewarding relationships with other attorneys.

Application Process. Applications will be accepted December 1, 2013, through January 15, 2014. In-person interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis. Find the application here.

Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program

The Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship Program is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country.  The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers' rights.  Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.  Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers.  They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law.  The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and committed group.

The 2014 fellowships will be announced here by December 1, 2013.  The application deadline will be January 17, 2014.

Franczek Radelet 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program, 1L Students

Fraczek Radelet invites 1L law students to apply for the 2014 Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) program.  The LEADS program is an intensive eight-week program designed for diverse first and second year law students who have 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 potential future employment with the Firm or in the private practice of law generally. For more information in the LEADS Fellowship program, go here: http://www.franczek.com/f-leadsprogram.html.

1L Law Students may apply for the 2014 LEADS program beginning December 1, 2014.  Find the application here.  The application deadline for 1L students is Friday, January 31, 2014.

To apply, send  or e-mail completed application and required documentation to:
Franczek Radelet P.C.
Attn: Amy Moor Gaylord – LEADS Fellowship Coordinator
300 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3400
Chicago, Illinois 60606

allmarketing@franczek.com

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program® is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.

DEFINING HEALTH
Schweitzer Fellows focus on health as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO): a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  Rooted in this holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer projects address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the WHO as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health inequities.

ELIGIBILITY
Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree-granting programs from any accredited academic institution in the geographic area may apply. While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines including, but not limited to, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Applicants must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship year (May 2013-May 2014).  Applicants scheduled for a December graduation should contact the Program Director to determine if they are eligible for a waiver to this requirement.

PRIOR TO APPLYING
Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency and design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population. This project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served.

The project should:

  • Provide a direct service that meets a community-defined need and reflects national and local health priorities, such as Healthy People 2020. Prospective applicants should investigate and reflect on unmet local health-related needs, and think through the ways in which their own energies and talents might contribute, even in small ways, to ameliorating one or more of these problems.
  • Be of an enduring value to the community/agency served.  The project proposal should include a brief discussion about sustainability of the project at the end of the Fellowship year.
Potential applicants may learn more and find an application here. The application deadline for the 2014-15 Fellowship year is Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Job Fairs

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) student registration: Deadline is December 4

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference is job fair and an opportunity for students to interview and meet with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions next summer or for after graduation.  1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls can all participate.  The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

To register, contact Allison Smith at asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu in the Career Services Office with your first name, last name, middle initial, year of graduation and an email address that you regularly check by Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12 noon.  In addition, table talk is available at the job fair where you can meet with many of the employers, even if you do not receive an interview in advance.  More information is available online at www.mpilcc.org.

Diversity

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First Year Law Students

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students

McAndrews Held & Malloy  2014 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Rotation Clerkship

Franczek Radelet 2014 LEADS Fellowship Program, 1L 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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