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Weeks of July 7 and July 14, 2014

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Summer Resume Books: Opt-In Now
  • Listserv Registration and Testing
  • CSO Open All Summer Long
  • Federal Work Study for Summer 2014: Apply Now!
  • Summer 2014: All-Access to Lexis Advance

On-Campus Interviewing

  • Fall Recruiting (OCI): Mandatory Resume Review and Important Dates and Resources

Programming

  • July 8: Mandatory Fall Recruiting Meeting
  • July 10: How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges
  • July 15: Women in Transportation:  Young Women Transforming the Future of Transportation Panel

Employment Opportunities

  • Calling all 3Ls: Attorney General’s Honors Program for Entry Level Attorneys - Apply Beginning July 31

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Equal Justice Works 2015 Fellowship Application Open July 7
  • Reed Smith's 2014 Diverse Scholars Program
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Job Fairs

  • Register NOW: Boston Lawyers Group's annual Job Fair for Law Students of Color
  • Register NOW:  2014 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair
  • Register NOW: 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!

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!

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 Interview

Mandatory Resume Review and Important Fall Recruiting (OCI) Dates and Deadlines

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.

Any student planning to participate in the fall on-campus program for the first time must have his/her resume reviewed by a career services office advisor  (and uploaded to Symplicity) before Thursday, July 24, 2014.  If you previously had your resume reviewed for another purpose, you can submit your resume by email for review and approval.  If you have never had a CSO Career Advisor review your resume, you must make an appointment.

To learn more about Fall Recruiting, click here.

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 24, 2014, Noon: Begin entering bids for employers in Symplicity. 
  • 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, you must 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.

If you are out of town and cannot attend this mandatory program, please watch the video of the program at: http://kentlaw.hosted.panopto.com. Login with your Chicago-Kent username and password.  (The video will be available to view either in the evening on July 8 or by July 9). To quickly view all Career Services videos, click on "See All Folders" at the top of your Panopto screen, and select "Career Services." Then, complete and return the make-up questionnaire (the make-up questionnaire will be sent to the Fall Recruiting listservs, and will be available in the CSO office).

July 10: How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 155 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, Public Interest Law Initiative and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP present: How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges.

Featuring:

  • The Honorable Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The Honorable A. Benjamin Goldgar, Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • The Honorable Mary L. Mikva, Circuit Judge, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, State of Illinois
  • The Honorable Mary Jane Theis, Justice, Illinois Supreme Court, Co-Chair, Board of Advisors, ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter
  • Michael Fridkin, Senior Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Moderated By:

  • Charles F. Smith, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter

For more information and to RSVP, go here:  https://www.acslaw.org/ChicagoHowtoLandClerkship2014

July 15: Women in Transportation:  Young Women Transforming the Future of Transportation Panel

The Great Lakes Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), in partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), invites you to the Women in Transportation:  Young Women Transforming the Future of Transportation panel discussion on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at IIT.
 
Featured Panelist:
Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director at the Illinois Tollway Authority
More panelists to be announced...
 
Event Highlights:
This panel will feature interactive discussions from top-level female executives and leaders within the transportation arena about their individual career paths that led them to their success. Panelists will also be discussing current challenges, and the different support organizations available for women in the transportation industry.
 
In addition, your will have an opportunity to learn about upcoming internship and employment opportunities.

Who Should Attend:
Female college and graduate students pursuing a career in transportation.
 
Location:
July 15, 2014
University Technology Park Atrium
3440 South Dearborn, Chicago, IL
 
Event Details:
Continental Breakfast & Registration: 9:00-10:00 AM
Panel Discussion : 10:00 - 11:15 AM
Networking: 11:15- 12:00 PM
 
If you have any questions please contact:

Roberto Escalante at REscalante@ihccbusiness.net

Employment Opportunities

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

Calling all 3Ls: Attorney General’s Honors Program for Entry Level Attorneys - Apply Beginning July 31

Many distinguished individuals began their careers as an attorney through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  The Attorney General’s Honors Program is the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. Learn more here.
Eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Candidates interested in starting their career as an entry-level attorney with the Department of Justice must apply through the Attorney General’s Honors Program via an on-line application. For employment beginning in Fall 2015, the application opens on July 31, 2014, and closes on September 2, 2014.  Applicants should read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the application. Apply now.

If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please contact Deana Willis at (202) 514-3397 for assistance. If you have questions related to the on-line application or need technical assistance, please click the “Avue Dojo” link at the top right of the application or call the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 (available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time).

Fellowships & Scholarships

Equal Justice Works 2015 Fellowship Application Open July 7

Third year law students, recent law school graduates, or experienced attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to public interest law may apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship beginning Monday, July 7, 2014

Equal Justice Works Fellows have represented thousands of adults, children and families in need in communities across the country. Fellows design unique projects that serve and address a range of legal issues including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, health care, consumer fraud, and environmental justice.  Equal Justice Works then matches the fellow with sponsors to support their projects. Click here to learn what makes a successful fellowship and how you can apply.  Read Frequently Asked Questions here.

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.

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship

Sidley Austin has long been a dedicated proponent of law firm diversity and inclusion.  Sidley’s Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women work to help achieve its mission of attracting, retaining, and promoting to partnership and leadership outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and communities that it serves. 

Sidley offers a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship for second year law students who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.  The scholarship grants $20,000 to up to 15 second year law students who join the Firm’s summer program. 

Selection Criteria

  • Be a second year law student; preference is given to students at schools where Sidley conducts on-campus interviews or participates in resume collections
  • Have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership qualities
  • Have a proven ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school, the ?rm and the legal profession

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

  • Join Sidley’s summer associate program after their second year of law school
  • Use the Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to defray the costs of their legal education
  • Participate in Sidley’s ongoing dialogue regarding ways to improve diversity and inclusion

How to Apply

  • Interested candidates should complete the Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship application, which can be found on the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship page and send along with a resume, current of?cial law school transcript and personal statement to: scholarship@sidley.com

Or

Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
c/o Jennifer Connelly
Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Application Timeline

Application materials should be submitted by September 5, 2014 or prior to your callback interview, whichever is earlier. Awardees will be noti?ed of the decision during the course of the recruiting season. The scholarship application is not an application for employment. You must apply separately for a summer associate position.

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: 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: 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

Reed Smith's Diverse Scholars Program

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

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

2014 Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

2014 IndyBar Diversity 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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