CSO Information & Announcements
- Welcome, 1Ls!
- Fall Resume Books Kick Off on August 25th!
- CSO Seeks Student Worker
- Federal Work Study for Fall 2014: Deadline Extended!
- Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!
- Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.
- Makeup Procedures for Mandatory Information Session
- August 27: Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice
- August 28: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable
- Calling all 3Ls: Attorney General’s Honors Program for Entry Level Attorneys - Apply Now!
Fellowships & Scholarships
- Equal Justice Works 2015 Fellowship Application: Apply Now!
- Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
- Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program
- Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
- Register NOW: Lavender Law Career Fair
- Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair
- 2014 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
- Skadden Fellowship Info Session Audio File Available
- Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"
CSO Information & Announcements
Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals. According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls cannot meet individually with a career services advisor until October 15th, and cannot initiate contact with or interview with a prospective employer until December 1st. However, there are still many things you can do to start planning for your future career.
Attend CSO panels and career development workshops during the fall semester
Check our Record page often for updated information on upcoming programs.
Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you.
Finally, attend the mandatory orientation and resume and cover letter writing workshops in September to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search.
We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to seeing you in October!
Fall Resume Books Kick Off on August 25th
Fall Resume Books will be available on Monday, August 25th for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2013 and 2014 classes). Employers will be notified that resume books are available soon thereafter, but because employers may request a resume book at any time, students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible. Even if you have secured employment for this fall, keep in mind that fall resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Spring or Summer 2015.
As a reminder, a Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our resume books will 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 who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks).
CSO Seeks Student Worker
The Career Services Office seeks a student worker for Fall 2014 for a paid, federal work study position. Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-15 hours per week. Duties will include data entry; maintenance of active job postings; organization of resources; scheduling appointments; calls to employers and potential speakers; answering phones; and front desk reception work.
Interested students should submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 5, 2014 with "CSO Position" in the email subject line. Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability. Please note that federal work study eligibility is required for work during the fall semester.
Federal Work Study for Fall 2014: Extended Deadline!
Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study funds available during Fall 2014, and the deadline to apply has been extended! Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school. 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 Fall 2014 are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply by Friday, August 29, 2014.
Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!
If you receive callbacks or job offers during the fall interview season, please report this to the Career Services Office by sending an email to email@example.com (or email your career advisor directly). Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.). We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation. Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career advisor.
Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.
Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2014 Fall Recruiting process. Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.
Makeup Procedures for Mandatory Information Session
If you missed the Mandatory Fall Recruiting Information Session, but you still want to participate in Fall Recruiting, here are the makeup procedures:
- Watch the video of the information session here: http://kentlaw.hosted.panopto.com Login with your Chicago-Kent username and password. (The video is available to view NOW!) To quickly view all Career Services videos, click on "See All Folders" at the top of your Panopto screen, and select "Career Services."
- Complete the "2014 Fall Recruiting Session Makeup Questionnaire" and return it to Career Services ASAP. This questionnaire is available to the right of the video in Panopto, and it was emailed to the Fall Recruiting listservs. You may:
- email the completed questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org
- fax it to the CSO at 312-906-5171 or
- turn in the hard copy to the CSO (suite 360)
August 27: Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Time: 3 - 4pm
The United States Department of Justice, the federal government's law firm and the world's largest legal employer, offers many opportunities to law students in almost every area of law. This panel will explore these opportunities and discuss how to apply with the Department. Please note that the DOJ application deadline for the Attorney General's Honors Program and Competitive Paid Summer Legal Internship Program (SLIP) is September 2, 2014; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you visit the Attorney General's Honors Program or Competitive Paid Summer Legal Internship Program (SLIP) now for more information, and utilize this program to gain additional insights and tips as to your application.
This program will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 3pm in Room TBA. For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page.
August 28: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Location: Room TBA
Bring a lunch and join us for a discussion on Thursday, August 28 at Noon in Room TBA about the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, which will be held on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Bethesda, MD.
This is a great opportunity for 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States. Please note that 1Ls are welcome to attend the conference and participate in the table talk with employers, but they cannot interview. During this round table discussion, we will talk about how best to prepare for the career fair, answer any questions that may arise and provide more detail on the Chicago-Kent Alumni Public Service Reception which will be held during the conference. Students can register and find out more information about the Conference and Career Fair now; Registrations should be completed and applications submitted by September 16, 2014!
check Chicago-Kent's job
posting system ("Symplicity")
on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.
PILI Fall 2014: Apply Now!
PILI’s online application system is now open for the 2014 Fall Semester. The agencies that will host fall Interns are: Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), Center for Disability & Elder Law, Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Equip for Equality, LAF Chicago, and the National Immigrant Justice Center. PILI Interns work 200 hours during the 2014 Fall Semester in return for a $2,500 stipend.
In order to apply for the PILI stipend, all applicants must go through the online application system. Applicants must first register with www.IllinoisProBono.org, and may only apply once they have had their registration confirmed. Applicants may apply for all of the available positions in the fall if they are interested, and can upload a customized cover letter for each agency. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so APPLY NOW! To apply, go here: www.illinoisprobono.org/piliapplication
Calling all 3Ls: Attorney General’s Honors Program for Entry Level Attorneys - Apply Now!
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, applications are now open, and applications close 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: Apply Now!
Third year law students, recent law school graduates, or experienced attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to public interest law may apply NOW for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. The application became available on 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.
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.
- 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: email@example.com
Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
c/o Jennifer Connelly
Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603
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.
Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program
Franczek Radelet, a labor and employment boutique law firm in Chicago, is pleased to continue its LEADS Fellowship Program designed to increase the placement of diverse lawyers at the firm and in private practice generally. Franczek Radelet’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity & Scholarship (LEADS) is an intensive eight week summer program designed for first and second year law students with the goal of providing concentrated labor and employment experience to diverse law students and developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment at Franczek Radelet.
The LEADS application is available here. As outlined on the application, completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation should be received by September 15, 2014 for 2L students and January 9, 2015 for 1L students. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
2014 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
Date: Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road Bethesda, MD 20852
Equal Justice Works (EJW) invites you to join them for the 2014 Conference and Career Fair.
Each year, the EJW Conference and Career Fair brings together 1,200 law students with more than 125 public interest employers from around the country under one roof.
To see a list of registered employers to date, click here.
The EJW annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities. Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities. The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.
Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
2014 Lavender Law Career Fair
Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair
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.
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:
- 2014-2015 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!