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Week of April 28, 2014

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Summer Resume Books Now Open for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Rachel Jennings Promoted to Director of Career Services & Recruitment Programs
  • Make-up procedures for "What's Next for Fall: Rising 2Ls" (Required program for current 1Ls)
  • Make-up Procedures: What's Next For Fall: Rising 3Ls (Required program for current 2Ls)
  • Federal Work Study for Summer 2014: Apply Now!
  • Appointments
  • Online viewing instructions for "Recent Graduates Find Success," a March 11 program for graduating 3Ls/4Ls.
  • Summer 2014: All-Access to Lexis Advance

On-Campus Interviewing

Programming

  • April 30: All Bar Association Social
  • May 1: ISBA Speed Networking (RSVP by April 25)

Employment Opportunities

  • Apply by April 30 for 2014 Fall Student Honors Program: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Equal Justice Works: Americorps JD Funding: criteria to apply broadened, deadline to apply extended to May 2

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2014 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program
  • 2014 Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship
  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
  • Reed Smith's 2014 Diverse Scholars Program

Job Fairs

  • Register NOW: CCBA Minority Job Fair
  • Register NOW: 2014 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
  • Register NOW: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
  • Save the Date: Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
  • Register NOW: Boston Lawyers Group's annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color
  • Register NOW:  2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair
  • Register NOW: Lavender Law Career Fair

Diversity

Resources

  • Skadden Fellowship Info Session Audio File Available
  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

CSO Information & Announcements

Summer Resume Books Now Open for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

Summer Resume Books are available  for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  Employers will be notified soon 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.

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.

Rachel Jennings Promoted to Director of Career Services & Recruitment Programs

Rachel Jennings, a career advisor in the Career Services Office since 2011, has been promoted to Director of Career Services and Recruitment Programs.  In that capacity, Rachel will manage the administrative functions for the law school's on-campus interviewing program, and she will continue to advise law students, LLM students and alumni.

Make-up procedures for "What's Next for Fall: Rising 2Ls" (Required program for current 1Ls)

The video and handouts from "What's Next For Fall: Rising 2Ls" (the April 15 program for rising 2L (current 1L) students) 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.

Current 1L students who were unable to attend the "What's Next For Fall: Rising 2Ls" program on April 15 must watch the 20 minute video online and print and complete the "Student Registration Form" located to the right of the video. Please complete and return this form to the CSO offices (suite 360) ASAP.

Make-up Procedures: What's Next For Fall: Rising 3Ls (Required program for current 2Ls)

The video and handouts from "What's Next For Fall: Rising 3Ls" (an April 1 program for rising 3L (current 2L) students) 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.

Current 2L students who were unable to attend the "What's Next For Fall: Rising 3Ls" program on April 1 must watch the 30 minute video online and print and complete the "Student Registration Form" located to the right of the video. Please complete and return this form to the CSO offices (suite 360) ASAP.

Federal Work Study for Summer 2014: Apply Now!

Chicago-Kent will have limited Community-Based Federal Work Study funds available during Summer 2014. Chicago-Kent rising 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 very limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must list their summer employers on the application form. Please visit the 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.  Applications for Federal Work Study for Summer 2014 are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible!

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.

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.

Summer 2014: All Access to Lexis Advance (R)

2014 Summer Access Program, Graduate ID program, and the Think Like a Lawyer Program, all designed to prepare students for practice. Stduents have full summer access to Lexis Advance and the spring training opportunities available. Summer 2014: All-Access to Lexis Advance (R) 1Ls & 2Ls: Students may continue to use their current Lexis Advance (R) Id for any purpose including work they perform at a law firm, corporation or government agency.

Graduating 3Ls, can register for one of our Graduate Program IDs that will extend their access beyond graduation through December 2014. To learn more, visit www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access 

On-Campus Interviews

 

Programming

April 30: All Bar Association Social

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Killerspin, 140 S. Clark St.

Join the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for an evening of ping pong, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks and mixing with Chicago's legal professionals. The YLS has invited local and specialty bar associations in the Chicagoland area to join the CBA for a fun evening of mingling and networking at Killerspin, located at 140 S Clark St.  RSVP to the YLS.  Cosponsors include: 7th Circuit Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Korean Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicagoland and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

May 1: ISBA Speed Networking (RSVP by April 25)

The Illinois State Bar Association ("ISBA") is hosting a "Speed Networking Event" on Thursday, May 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a reception to follow with the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the ISBA's Chicago Office, 20 South Clark, 9th Floor, Chicago. 

Borrowing concepts from speed dating, the event will facilitate short, focused conversations between current law students and distinguished ISBA members in a relaxed setting.  If you would like to meet seasoned attorneys with a wealth of information about practicing law in Illinois, while gaining some insight into the forward-thinking events and services offered by the ISBA, please register for the event!

Students must register for this event by Friday, April 25, 2014. To register, go here: https://www.isba.org/newlawyerspeednetworking

Employment Opportunities

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

Apply by April 30 for 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.

Equal Justice Works: Americorps JD Funding: criteria to apply broadened, deadline to apply extended to May 2

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program is currently accepting applications, but only until 5 PM Eastern time on Friday May 2, 2014. Students who have summer positions at nonprofit organizations, veteran courts or local, county or state governments can apply by filling out a brief application, serve at least 300 hours, and submit a short report of their activities to receive an education award of $1,175 that can be applied to tuition or student loans. Note that students may not receive law school credit and the education award for the same service, but they may receive outside funding up to $4,300 and still be eligible for the education award.

Previously, these funds were available only to students who committed to serve Veterans or victims of disaster for at least 20% of their summer service. Now, all students serving in qualifying organizations (e.g. nonprofit, public defender, state or local government agency) are eligible to receive the funds.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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.

2014 Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship

The Michigan car accident lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its second annual 2014 Diversity Scholarship for law students. The personal injury law firm located in Southfield, Michigan represents victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice cases, nursing home neglect cases, dog bite injuries, and all other personal injury accident matters throughout the entire state. The scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s continued commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society.

The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethical or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The second annual award will be awarded in 2014.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS – Application Deadline: May 31, 2014
In order to apply for the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Diversity Law Scholarship an applicant must submit the following items:

  • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
  • One-page typed essay describing how you will utilize your law degree to promote ethnic diversity.
  • A certified copy of law school transcript

The winner of the 2014 Diversity Scholarship will be announced by July 1, 2014.

HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in applying for the second annual 2014 Diversity Scholarship, please complete the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Diversity Law School Scholarship Application.
All application materials can be sent by fax, email, or U.S. mail on or before May 31, 2014 deadline: Fax to the attention of Marketing Department at 248.569.6737, or e-mail at Marketing@BuckfireLaw.com with Subject Line 2014 Law School Diversity Scholarship, or mail to:

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Attn: Marketing Department, 25800 Northwestern Hwy, Ste. 890, Southfield, MI 48075

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2014. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2015 in one of our Firm’s offices.  Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.  The application deadline is June 10, 2014.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

If you have questions, please contact Helen Beasley at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com or 205.328.0480. 

Reed Smith's 2014 Diverse Scholars Program

Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture.  Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program

 The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.    

Summer associate positions in 2015 are available in:  Chicago; Richmond, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston; and Washington, D.C.  Applications must be postmarked by August 4, 2014.

Students may also visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application. 

 To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/

Contact Nikki Silvio with any questions about the Diverse Scholars Program at nsilvio@reedsmith.com or 312-207-6445

Job Fairs

Register Now: CCBA Minority Job Fair

The Cook County Bar Association ("CCBA") is pleased to invite minority J.D. students (Class of 2016 and Class of 2015) to participate in the 31st Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair ("Job Fair"). Please note that students graduating in any month prior to December 2013 (current 3Ls) are not eligible. All participating students must be from fully accredited law schools.

This year's Job Fair will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014. For more information, please see visit the CCBA informational website at www.ccbaminorityjobfair.org.  The CCBA Job Fair primarily is designed to obtain summer associate positions for rising 2Ls (current 1Ls) during their second summer in law school. A limited number of employers also wish to interview rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) for entry-level associate positions. Rising 3Ls please be aware that Job Fair interview slots for rising 2Ls typically outnumber those for rising 3Ls by a 3:1 ratio.

Registration for the Job Fair is mandatory; registration is now open.  Absolutely no "walk-ins" will be allowed to participate. Registration for the Job Fair must be completed electronically through Symplicity, an internet matched matching program. Students can register here: registration website is https://law-ccba-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Each participating student must upload their resume to their Job Fair profile by Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Allison Smith (asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu) will be the Career Services liaison for this job fair.

Register NOW: 2014 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair

Student and employer registration for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair is now open. Students and employers have until Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to register for this year’s career fair, which takes place on Friday, August 1, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado.  For questions, please email info@rmdlcf.com or call the RMDLCF hotline at (303) 892-7377.

Students may learn more and register here: https://law-rmdlcf-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Register NOW: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

The 10th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 1-2, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event.  Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions.

The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City.  The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers.  In addition, the event is a great way to learn more about living in this wonderful city.
The HDLJF will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  It will kick off with an evening Welcome Reception on Friday, August 1st at 5:30p.m..  The Saturday schedule includes a continental breakfast, interviewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a luncheon at which participants will be greeted and addressed by a special Keynote Speaker.
Please register as soon as possible.  Students who register before May 16th will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes.

The final deadline for registering is June 14, 2014. Register at                https://law-kcmba-csm. symplicity.com/students/

Save the Date: 2014 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

The 2014 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the Bay Area's most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations.  Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate.  Openings are for 2015 2L summer associate positions.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to your fellow 1Ls.

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 9410

Registration begins on Monday, May 19, 2014
The registration site can be found at: https://basf-orrick-dcf-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Registration and bidding deadline: Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Register NOW: Boston Lawyers Group's annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color

The Boston Lawyers Group annual Boston Job Fair will take place on August 1, 2014 at the Sheraton Boston.  Rising second year law students of color are encouraged to participate in the fair.  Participating members therefore expect to interview students of color; however, no student will be denied an opportunity to participate in any job fair or BLG program.

The available job openings are located in Boston unless otherwise stated.  To participate in the job fair, students must complete the registration process by the deadline date, July 7, 2014. To learn more about the 2014 Boston Job Fair, click here.  To learn more about student registration, go to: http://www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com/events/student.htm

Register NOW: 2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

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 is now open, the and Student registration deadline is July 20, 2014The 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

Register NOW: Lavender Law Career Fair

Register Now for the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference.  The Lavender Law Career Fair takes place Wednesday, August 20-23, 2014.  The Conference takes place on and Thursday, August 21-23, 2014. Register at: http://lgbtbar.org/annual/register/
The Lavender Law Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment. Sponsors are encouraged to take this opportunity to showcase their diversity efforts to top level law students and lateral candidates from around the country.  For full program and event details, please visit the program page: http://lgbtbar.org/annual/

Diversity

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Reed Smith's Diverse Scholars Program

CCBA Minority Job Fair: Registration Opens April 1st

2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 21-22

2014 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

2014 Boston Lawyers Group's annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color

2014 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

2014 Lavender Law Career Fair

Resources

Skadden Fellowship Info Session Audio File Available

If you were unable to attend this year’s Skadden Fellowship Information Session with Susan Butler Plum at The University of Chicago Law School, you may listen to the audio recording of the event online.  Click here to listen to the program, which will remain live online until October 1, 2014.  Contact your career advisor with any further questions about the Skadden Fellowship Program, and learn more about the fellowship here.

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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