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Week of March 17, 2014

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Appointments
  • Resume books are Open! Looking for a job? Be sure to put your Resume in the books
  • Access 2 Practice Summer Legal Externship Program opportunities available. Deadline for private sector/corporate opportunities is March 18.
  • Online viewing instructions for "Recent Graduates Find Success," a March 11 program for graduating 3Ls/4Ls.
  • March 31: Applications for the Litigation and ADR Certificate and Criminal Litigation Certificate Due
  • In-House Clinical Program Applications are Available

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • March 19: Kick-Off Workshop on Job Search Skills (first in a four-part series from the Legal Profession PREP Class, held at the Chicago Bar Association).
  • March 25: Federal Bar Association Presents: State of the Court and State of the City
  • March 26: Sports and Entertainment Law Society Presents Brenda Robinson
  • March 27: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association: Human Trafficking Panel
  • March 31: "Communicating Orally & In Writing" (second in a four-part series from the Legal Profession PREP Class, held at the Chicago Bar Association).
  • April 1: "What's Next for Fall" Program. Mandatory for current 2Ls
  • April 1: Skadden Fellowship Program at the University of Chicago. RSVP by March 27.

Employment Opportunities

  • 2014 Fall Student Honors Program - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • United State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, Externship Deadline for Fall semester April 16
  • City of Chicago Law Department is hiring December 2013 and May 2014 grads
  • CBS Law Department Diversity Internship Program
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Internships
  • United State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, Externship Deadline for Fall Semester April 16

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Zelle Hofmann 2014 Diversity Scholarship
  • 2014 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program

Job Fairs

  • CCBA Minority Job Fair: Registration Opens April 1st
  • Save the Date:  2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 21-22

Diversity

Resources

  • Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program, Deadline April 1 at noon
  • Americorp JD: apply for financial support for students working with veteran's, disaster relief, or civil legal corp this coming summer 
  • Equal Justice America: apply for funding if you are providing legal services to the poor this coming summer
  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

CSO Information & Announcements

Make an appointment

Reminder: if your are a 1L student, and you have not visited with us yet, appointments are mandatory. Please come in to have your resume reviewed, meet your career advisor, and begin to develop a job search strategy. If you are a 2L/3L/4L and you did not come in during Fall of 2013, please make an appointment. Thank you.

Resume books are open! Looking for a job? Be sure to put your Resume in the books

Spring Resume Books are available  for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2012 and 2013 classes). Employers have been notified that resume books are available and may look at resumes any time throughout the semester, students are encouraged to opt-in if they are looking for an opportunity. Even if you have secured employment for this spring, keep in mind that spring resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Summer 2014.

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

For more information about Resume Books, click here.

Access 2 Practice Summer Legal Externship Program Opportunities Available. Deadline for private sector/corporate opportunities is March 18.

Access 2 Practice Legal Externship Opportunities for summer are available for your applications!

What is an Access 2 Practice Legal Externship? The Access 2 Practice Legal Externship is a 4 credit hour, non-graded, opportunity with a law firm or corporation this summer; or a government or legal aid organization year-round. For the law firm or corporate opportunities for the summer, students apply with a resume and cover letter by the deadline of March 18, 2014. At that time, all employers receive your materials and interviews take place during the following weeks. If you interview and accept the opportunity, you then enroll in the Legal Externship class for the summer.

Why Extern? To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work. A2P presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

How do I find the Access 2 Practice Externships? Go to Symplicity, and search by Access 2 Practice Legal Externship - Summer. The entries titled "Summer 2014 A2P Legal Extern (For-credit Only)" are part of the Access 2 Practice Legal Externship program with an application deadline of March 18th. Check back often as additional Access 2 Practice Legal Externships will continue to be added throughout the coming weeks. Please note that entries not marked with this title, " Summer 2014 A2P Legal Extern (For-credit Only)," are not specific to Chicago-Kent students, are with government or legal aid organizations, and likely have a different application deadline set by the employer.

Application Process: Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2014 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and on the table by the third floor elevators.

Online viewing instructions for "Recent Graduates Find Success," a March 11 program for graduating 3Ls/4Ls."

The video and handouts from "Recent Graduates Find Success," a March 11 program for graduating 3Ls/4Ls are available online. Chicago-Kent has a NEW online video viewing website, go to http://kentlaw.hosted.panopto.com and login with your Chicago-Kent username and password.

March 31: Applications for the Litigation and ADR Certificate and Criminal Litigation Certificate Due

Applications for the Criminal Litigation Certificate Program are due on March 31. They can be picked up on the table outside of the third floor elevators, the Law Offics reception area (Suite 600), as well as online.

Applications for the LADR Certificate Program are due on March 31. They can be picked up on the table outside of the third floor elevators, the Law Offics reception area (Suite 600), as well as online.

In-House Clinical Program Applications are Available

The 2014 Summer and Fall clinical applications are now available in Rm 600 and on the table outside of the third floor elevators.  For more information about the respective clinics offered or to download an application, click here!

 

On-Campus Interviews

Programming

March 19: "Kick-Off Workshop on Job Search Skills" (first in a four-part series from the Legal Profession PREP Class, held at the Chicago Bar Association).

The Legal Profession PREP CLASS is a new program to help Chicago-area law students and recent graduates gain skills, find legal jobs, and perform them well from the start. PREP CLASS is open to upperclass law students and recent graduates. 90-minute free of charge programs will be held at the Chicago Bar at 321 S. Plymouth Court:

  • Kick-Off Workshop on Job Search Skills:
    March 19, 8:30 to 10
  • Communicating Efficiently Orally and in Writing:
    March 31, 12 to 1:30
  • Dealing Effectively with People and Projects:
    April 4, 12 to 1:30
  • Developing Business and Understanding Client
    Needs: April 9, 4 to 5:30

Upperclass law students and recent graduates: Register online at: www.chicagobar.org/PREP

March 25: Federal Bar Association Presents: State of the Court and State of the City

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Auditorium

The newly formed Federal Bar Association Chicago-Kent Law Student Division, in co-sponsorship with the Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter, will be hosting the "State of the Court and the State of the City." The Honorable Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Stephen Patton, Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, will each deliver their thoughts on the current state of their respective institutions. After their remarks in the auditorium, a reception will be held in the first floor lobby.
Spaces are limited. Registration is required, but admission is free and open to the public. Please visit http://www.fedbarchicago.org/state-of-the-court-state-of-the-city/ to register. 

March 26: Sports and Entertainment Law Society Host Brenda Robinson

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Room 370

Please Join the Sports and Entertainment Law Soceity on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 3-4pm in Room 370. SELS is hosting Brenda Robinson, a partner from Faegre Baker Daniels, who focuses her practice on intellectual property, including copyright and trademark, and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film, television and sports industries.

March 27: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association: Human Trafficking Panel

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: 10th Floor Event Room

Join the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association in association with the American Bar Association, American Constitution Society, Christian Legal Society, Hispanic Latino Law Student Association, Republican Nation Lawyers Association, and the South Asian Law Students Association on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 4-6pm in the 10th Floor Event Room for a human trafficking panel. Food and drinks will be provided!
Featured Panelists:

  • Angela Koon, LGBTQ & Hate Crimes Specialist
    Victim Witness Assistance Unit: CCSAO
  • Amy Alvarado, Human Trafficking Specialist: CCSAO
  • Catherine Longkumer, A.T.L.A.S.S.T. Staff Attorney: Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
  • Miguel Keberlein, Supervisory Attorney: Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group
  • Darci Jenkins, Midwest Regional Coordinator: Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC) Heartland Alliance

March 31: "Communicating Efficiently Orally and in Writing" (second in a four-part series from the Legal Profession PREP Class, held at the Chicago Bar Association).

The Legal Profession PREP CLASS is a new program to help Chicago-area law students and recent graduates gain skills, find legal jobs, and perform them well from the start. PREP CLASS is open to upperclass law students and recent graduates. 90-minute free of charge programs will be held at the Chicago Bar at 321 S. Plymouth Court:

  • Communicating Efficiently Orally and in Writing:
    March 31, 12 to 1:30
  • Dealing Effectively with People and Projects:
    April 4, 12 to 1:30
  • Developing Business and Understanding Client
    Needs: April 9, 4 to 5:30

Upperclass law students and recent graduates: Register online at: www.chicagobar.org/PREP

April 1: "What's Next for Fall" Program - Mandatory for current 2Ls

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: Noon
Location: Auditorium

The summer after your second year of law school is a key time to be thinking about your postgraduate job search.  How might your summer employment lead to a permanent position, and how do you broach this possibility with your supervisor?  What kind of timelines do employers follow when hiring new attorneys?  How early are the earliest deadlines? Most importantly, what should you be doing to make connections that will further your job search now and as you prepare to graduate?  

“The What’s Next for Fall Program – Rising 3Ls” will address these and other important concerns for rising 3L students.  Current 2L students are required to attend this program.

April 1: Skadden Fellowship Program at U of C,
RSVP by March 27

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 12:20 - 1:20pm
Location: University of Chicago, 111 East 60th Street, Room 1
Please RSVP to mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu by March 27

Want to design your dream public interest job for after graduation?  The Skadden Foundation Fellowships allow you to pick the type of work you will do and the organization with which you will do it.  Come hear Susan Plum, who directs the program and the application process, talk about how to win one of these coveted fellowships.

3Ls who will be clerking: You may apply for a fellowship to begin after you complete a clerkship

2Ls: If you are considering public interest after graduation, this program is a crucial resource for you

1Ls: Now is a good time to start thinking about fellowships if you plan on working in public interest after graduation

Employment Opportunities

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

2014 Fall Student Honors Program - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join SEC’s Student Honors Program for Fall 2014. The Student Honors Program is a ten-week (minimum) volunteer opportunity for law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market and the activities of the Commission. Honor Students are assigned to work with SEC staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission's work.  Projects can include the investigation of industry and issuer practices, litigation of civil enforcement actions and the drafting of proposed statutes and rules.  Specific duties and responsibilities will vary according to the office or division of assignment. For more information and to learn how to apply visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/362827700

 

United State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, Externship Deadline for Fall semester April 16

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.
Qualifications: Students must be second-year or third-year law students by the beginning of the fall term. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Interns are not permitted to work in a legal capacity - private or public - during the internship.
Fall Internship – 16 hours per week for 12 weeks
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).
All application packages must be submitted by post-mail to the district contact by April 16, 2014.
USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
Dirksen Federal Building
219 south Dearborn Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
ATTN: Monica LeKostaj, Administrative Assistant for the Law Student Intern Program

Web Site:  http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/interns.html
Questions: Contact Monica LeKostaj@usdoj.gov

City of Chicago Law Department is hiring December 2013 and May 2014 grads

City of Chicago Law Department is hiring December 2013 and May 2014 grads for entry level attorney positions for Fall 2014.  Application is two step process (Step 1 due March 14, 2014 and Step 2 due March 21, 2014).  You can find the details in Symplicity posted as #17151.

CBS Law Department Diversity Internship Program

The CBS Law Department is committed to creating and participating in programs designed to assist diverse individuals in obtaining the training, development and advancement opportunities necessary to succeed in the legal profession. To that end, the CBS Law Department has developed the CBS Diversity Internship Program with the goal of providing substantive experience and meaningful exposure to students of diverse backgrounds interested in learning about in-house practice. CBS defines diversity broadly to include not only its most “visible” aspects such as race and gender, but all of its aspects, such as age, physical disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin and marital/parental status. All students with diverse
backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to be exposed to the various legal issues handled by in-house attorneys from across the Company. During the course of the internship, participants should expect to interact with attorneys handling matters pertaining to CBS’s various business entities, such as CBS Television and CBS Radio, Simon and Schuster, Showtime, and CBS Outdoor. Students should also expect to be exposed to several different practice areas while working under the supervision of attorneys from the Law Department’s Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, and Litigation practice groups. Participants will be invited to join CBS attorneys in attending seminars on various legal issues in the media field,and luncheons with CBS attorneys will be arranged, allowing CBS attorneys to discuss their careers and to answer student questions in an informal setting.

The Program is open to students who will be 2Ls and 3Ls at the time of the internship.  The duration of the Program is for the summer session. The Program is unpaid and students will be required to receive academic credit from their law school for their participation in the Program. During the summer, students should expect to spend at least 20 hours per week at CBS. A prior background in media or news is not required. Deadline March 31, 2014. If you are interested in applying for the CBS summer program, click here for the application.

Apply Now!  Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Internships

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.  Applications for summer 2014 and are now open! Click here to learn more about how to apply.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about PILI internships.                                                                    

Fellowships & Scholarships

Zelle Hoffmann 2014 Diversity in Law Scholarship

On behalf of the national law firm Zelle Hofmann, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2014 Diversity in Law Scholarship.  The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient's law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student's second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student's third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student's second year of law school. Depending upon the firm's current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm's offices for the summer following the student's first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student's interest and the firm's need. Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient's successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student's remaining law school career.

Click here for a copy of our formal scholarship application containing more in-depth information about the scholarship for your reference and dissemination.

Please note that to be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the application and required documents to Zelle Hofmann by April 1, 2014.  Click here for contact information and respective submission information.

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship

McGuireWoods is awarding up to 8 $5,000 scholarships this spring to diverse 1Ls. McGuireWoods’ annual Diversity Scholarship Program will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse current first-year law students with an expected graduation year of 2016, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession.
At McGuireWoods, we define diversity as recognizing and valuing the differences in our workforce. To us, diversity encompasses age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status and veteran status, as well as educational and professional backgrounds.
For more information on McGuireWoods’ Diversity Scholarship Program, including application instructions, please click here. Application packet must be received by May 30, 2014.

Job Fairs

CCBA Minority Job Fair: Registration Opens April 1st

Minority Law Students in the Classes of 2015 and 2016 are cordially invited to participate in The Cook County Bar Association’s 31st Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair.

  • When: Friday, August 7-8, 2014 (Save the date)
  • Registration opens April 1, 2014

2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 21-22

The seventh annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair to be held August 21-22, 2014.  Legal employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2014/2015 based on full or part-time status.  Students: Registration opens April 1, 2014.  The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.  We cordially invite fall 2014 full-time 2L students (graduating May 2016) or part-time 2L and 3L students (graduating Dec 2016/May 2017) to participate.  For more information, click here.
Students will register for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity's web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students

 

Diversity

CBS Law Department Diversity Internship Program

Zelle Hoffmann 2014 Diversity in Law Scholarship

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship

CCBA Minority Job Fair: Registration Opens April 1st

2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 21-22

Resources

Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program, Deadline April 1 at noon

The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program provides a grant of $5,000 each to two students at the Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured unpaid public interest legal positions during the summer.  These two Stevens Fellowships are awarded to help defray living expenses of deserving and committed students working in the public interest, as well as to provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations.

For application information please log-in to Symplicity, go to the "Resources" tab, Document Library under “Justice Stevens Fellowship Application.” Hard copies of the application packet are also available outside Prof. Nancy Marder’s office (839).

Deadline, Tuesday April 1, at noon. You will need an offiical transcript, which may take several days, be sure to give yourself enough time.

Americorp JD: apply for financial support for students working with veteran's, disaster relief, or civil legal corp this coming summer 

AmeriCorpsJD, http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjd. A student can apply for AmeriCorp JD funding for work in 3 areas:

1) Veterans Legal Corps
2) Disaster Legal Corps
3) Civil Legal Corps

To participate in Veterans or Disaster Legal Corps, the student needs to spend at least 50% of his or her time serving either veterans or victims of a federally recognized disaster. The applications are on a rolling basis.

To participate in Civil Legal Corps, the student can focus on a variety of legal issues, but will also provide support on a Veterans Toolkit for at least 20% of the student's required 300 hours of service (at least 60 hours). These applications are due April 15th, 2014.

AmeriaCorps JD provides a student with a $1175 Segal AmeriCorps Education award voucher that can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans.

Equal Justice America: apply for funding if you are providing legal services to the poor this coming summer

Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need. Our efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to the urgency for pro bono assistance to our most vulnerable citizens. Students at more than 70 law schools now have the opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Visit www.equaljusticeamerica.org to apply, application deadline for summer 2014 is March 24, 2014.

Other CSO 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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