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Weeks of June 9 and June 16, 2014

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Summer Resume Books: Opt-In Now
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • CSO Open All Summer Long
  • 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!
  • 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

  • Fall Recruiting (OCI): Important Dates and Resources

Programming

  • July 8: Mandatory Fall Recruiting Meeting

Employment Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
  • Reed Smith's 2014 Diverse Scholars Program
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Job Fairs

  • Register NOW: St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
  • Register NOW: Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference
  • Register NOW: 2014 Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
  • Register NOW: Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
  • Register NOW: Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
  • Register NOW: National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair
  • Register NOW: Boston Lawyers Group's annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color
  • Register NOW:  2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair
  • Save the Date: Northwest Minority Job Fair
  • Register NOW: Lavender Law Career Fair
  • Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and 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: Opt-In Now!

Summer Resume Books are available  for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls and 3Ls and for Recent Graduates (Classes of 2013 and 2014).  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.

Listserv Registration and Testing

The CSO used the Student Registration Forms from the recent “What’s Next for Fall” Programs to create practice area specific listservs for the classes of 2015 and 2016.  The CSO will use these listservs to send important email updates to students during the summer and 2014-2015 school year.

The listservs are:

  • Fall Recruiting
  • Federal and Government Hiring
  • State and Local Government Hiring
  • Small and Midsize Firm Opportunities
  • Public Interest
  • Fellowships
  • Judicial Clerkships
  • Military
  • Alternative Careers

The CSO tested these listservs the week of May 19th, 2014. If you signed up for a listserv but did not receive a “test” email for that listserv by the end of that week, please contact kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu ASAP to let us know that you were erroneously omitted from that listserv.  If you receive an email from a listserv on which you no longer want to be included, please also email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu  noting from which listserv(s) you wish to be removed.

CSO Open All Summer Long

The Career Services Office remains open with its regular hours throughout the summer, and continues to provide students and graduates with counseling, resume review, and other services.  Please do not hesitate to set up an appointment, call or email!

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!

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

Fall Recruiting (OCI): Important Dates and Resources

Just a reminder: several important Fall Recruiting dates and deadlines come up fast during the summer!  Much of “Fall” Recruiting takes place in early August, and there are several important due dates in July, so be sure to watch your kentlaw.iit.edu email for updates and information about Fall Recruiting.  Also, regularly check the OCI tab of Symplicity and the CSO Fall Recruiting website for information as well as tips on how to prepare application documents and research employers.

Important Fall Recruiting Dates:

  • June 30, 2014: Resume Reviews begin. All first-time program participants must have a mandatory resume review by your Career Advisor.
  • July 8, 2014 at Noon and 5:30pm: A MANDATORY Fall Recruiting Program will be held to provide information on program registration requirements, how to bid on employers, and additional information and updates in regards to the Fall Recruiting program.
  • July 24, 2014, Noon:  Resumes must be reviewed and uploaded to Symplicity by NOON. 
  • July 31, 2014 at Noon:  Deadline to enter all computer bids, upload all required application materials to Symplicity, and turn in all hard copy registration materials to the CSO.
  • August 5-7, 2014:  Mock Interviews will be available.
  • August 11, 2014: On-campus interviews begin.

Programming

July 8: Mandatory Fall Recruiting Meeting

Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Time: Noon or 5:30pm
Location: Room 520

If you would like to participate in “Fall Recruiting” (also known as “OCI” or “On-Campus Interviewing”) this coming August, please attend this informational program on Tuesday, July 8 at either Noon or 5:30pm.

If you have never participated in Fall Recruiting (all rising 2Ls and rising 3Ls who did not participate last year), you must attend one of these sessions or follow the make-up procedures in order to bid on employers and participate.

Employment Opportunities

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

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

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

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, started in 2005, is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms, such as Latham & Watkins, which has approximately 2,100 lawyers located in the world's major business and financial centers.

Eligibility
To become a Latham Diversity Scholar, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2016, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award
Latham Diversity Scholars will receive a gift of $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their second year of law school (2014 - 2015). This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham & Watkins. We awarded four scholarships each in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2012, we expanded our scholarship to include six diversity scholars. In 2015, we anticipate naming six scholars as well.

Application
To be considered for the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, please complete and submit an application form, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and personal statement to Latham & Watkins. The application process is open to law students who meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Applications must be received by September 26, 2014. A selection panel of attorneys will evaluate all applications, considering such factors as academic achievement, work experience and overall commitment to diversity, and interview the scholarship finalists in late 2014. The scholarship recipients will be publicly announced in early 2015. Late or incomplete applications may be reviewed at the discretion of the selection panel.

Your complete application package must include the following items:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial or Official Law School Transcript
  • Personal Statement (no more than 500 words)

Please keep in mind that this is not an application for employment at Latham & Watkins. Accordingly, please refrain from discussing how you would be a great candidate to work at Latham or to contribute to diversity at Latham. Instead, in your personal statement, please discuss how you will contribute to diversity in the legal profession specifically, including (to the extent applicable) such factors as:

  • What led you to pursue a legal career
  • If applicable, what led to your desire to practice in a global law firm environment
  • The ways in which you would commit, promote and contribute to the diversity objectives of your law firm and global law firms generally (provide any relevant examples of your past efforts to advance diversity goals)
  • Life experiences that have shaped your values and/or that provide you with a unique perspective
  • Any obstacles, challenges or other factors (financial or otherwise) that you encountered in pursuing a legal career
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements
If you have any questions regarding the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, please contact Elizabeth Krichmar, Senior Manager of Global Attorney Recruiting, at elizabeth.krichmar@lw.com.

Job Fairs

Register NOW: Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) is an annual event that connects the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area with top 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Each year's conference and job fair includes between 25 and 30 employers and upwards of 100 law students.

Employers participating in the interviews will include small, medium and large firms; corporate law departments; and public interest, nonprofit and government entities.

The conference is sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice.

The 2014 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference will be held on August 1, 2014 at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis.  Student registration will begin on May 15 and end on June 7, 2014.  To learn more, click here.

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/

Register NOW: 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: National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair

The National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair will take place on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. The goal of the NBPA Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices.

The early registration fee for the Job Fair and Job Fair Reception is $25.00 for law students and members of the class of 2014, and $50.00 for laterals. Register by June 16, 2014 to secure a cheaper rate! After June 16th, the regular registration fee is $50.00 for law students and members of the class of 2014, and $75.00 for laterals. On July 1st, the Job Fair registration fee increases to $100 for law students and 2014 law school graduates and 2014 graduates and $150 for experienced attorneys.  The Registration Deadline is June 30, 2014.  Applicants must fill out and submit the Applicant Registration Form. To learn more, go to www.blackprosecutors.org.  

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact (212) 335-4300 or NBPAJobFair2014@dany.nyc.gov.

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

Save the Date: Northwest Minority Job Fair

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is proud to host the 28th Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair.  Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 150 students and 27 law firms/agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office.   This year’s Fair will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Office of the Attorney General, 800 Fifth Avenue in Seattle.

Registration is free for students and all expenses are paid by the participating employers. Part of the registration fee provides scholarships for minority students.  Student registration will take place from June 25 to July 21, 2014.  To learn more, click here.

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/

Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair

The Hispanic National Bar Association’s Career Fair (HNBA), the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, will take place at the HNBA’s Annual Convention on Friday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 2014 HNBA Convention will be held September 10–13, 2014 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event will give students and alumni access to government agencies, law firms, and leaders of industry, as well as allow them to make contacts that may lead to employment or other post-graduation professional opportunities.

To learn more, go here: http://www.hnba.com/2014-annual-convention/

Diversity

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship

Reed Smith's Diverse Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Register by May 23: CCBA Minority Job Fair

Register NOW: St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair August 21-22

2014 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair

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

2014 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

Northwest Minority Job Fair

2014 Lavender Law Career Fair

Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and 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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