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Week of September 15, 2014

Information & Announcements

  • Welcome, 1Ls!
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Fall Résumé Books: Opt-in continues. Sign up!
  • CSO Resource: Lawcountability, J.D.

On-Campus Interviewing

  • Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!


  • September 16-17: Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Sessions
  • September 17: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night
  • September 17: Land Use & Real Estate Law Society Panel - Real Estate 101: Back to Basics
  • September 18: Discussion Panel and Networking Event for Early- and Mid-Career Healthcare Attorneys
  • September 25: "JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness" FREE Student Webinar
  • September 26: Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Minority Law Students Reception
  • October 6: Cook County Bar Association and Hinshaw & Culbertson First Year Minority Law Students Reception
  • October 8: Young Lawyers Section Night at Greater Chicago Food Depository Volunteer Opportunity

Employment Opportunities

  • PILI Fall 2014: Apply Now!
  • Spring 2015 Law Student Intern Program at the Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office: Apply by September 22

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Equal Justice Works 2015 Fellowship Application: Apply Now!
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program
  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • 2014 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship due October 1
  • Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Application Due October 1
  • Skadden Fellowship Applications due October 6

Job Fairs

  • 2014 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair: Register by September 16



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

CSO Information & Announcements

Welcome 1Ls!

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!

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of this fall semester.  For those of you interested in applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible!

Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you check in with your career advisor to form a strategy to accomplish your career goals.  Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

Fall Resume Books: Opt-in continues. Sign up!

Fall Resume Books are available for “opt-in” for all rising 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2013 and 2014 classes). 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). Read more here.

CSO Resource: Lawcountability, J.D.

In a competitive job market, it helps for law students to find dynamic ways to stand out and distinguish themselves.  Lawcountability, J.D. is a powerful new technology platform that will help students:

  • Raise your profile
  • Improve your networking
  • Apply key job search strategies
  • Connect with prospective employers

Lawcountability, J.D. provides law students with:

  • On-demand programs that show you how to connect with the people you are trying to meet rather than collect random business cards
  • Automated e-mail reminders to help you execute your goals
  • The ability to identify your objectives and fit them into your busy schedule
  • A unique game-like point system to measure your performance and compare it to your peers

Using Lawcountability, J.D., students could see positive results by committing just ten minutes per week!  Lawcountability, J.D. is open to all JD students. Watch this presentation to learn more:

More information about how to login will be coming soon!

On-Campus Interview

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 (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.


September 16-17: Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Sessions

Come learn about the options and opportunities for summer employment and typical hiring timelines for first year students.  Attendance is MANDATORY, but students only need to attend one session.

Tuesday, September 16th, Noon-1:00 pm, Auditorium

Wednesday, September 17th, 3:00-4:00 pm, Auditorium

EVENING and PART-TIME DIVISION:  Come learn about the options and opportunities for evening students and creative ways to get legal experience. A panel of upper-level evening students will discuss their experiences and advice they have for new students.  Attendance is MANDATORY; students who are unable to attend this orientation will be required to follow specific makeup procedures after the session takes place.

Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-6:30pm, Room 370

September 17: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: CBA (321 S. Plymouth Court)

Come out and meet the Young Lawyer Section’s practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law. Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Click here to register. Nonmembers and law students welcome.

September 17: Land Use & Real Estate Law Society Panel - Real Estate 101: Back to Basics

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Rm. 165

The Land Use & Real Estate Law Society will be hosting its first networking and informational panel Real Estate 101: Back to Basics. Lunch will be served! During the hour-long session, speakers will discuss their career progression as well as the basics of a legal career in residential and commercial real estate. The Panel members will be Michael J. Delrahim, Managing Partner at Brown, Udell, Pomerantz & Delrahim; Brian Davis, Partner at Mayer Brown; and Christos Komissopolous, Principal at Aspire Capital. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend, so we can get a headcount for ordering lunch. We hope that you can join us for our first event of the fall semester!

September 18: Discussion Panel and Networking Event for Early- and Mid-Career Healthcare Attorneys

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm
Location: McGuireWoods LLP, 77 W. Wacker Drive, Michigan Conference Room, 44th Floor

The Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys invites you to attend a complimentary and informative networking event and panel discussion designed to address topics of interest to individuals interested in beginning or furthering a career in healthcare law.  


  • Carl Bergetz, Associate General Counsel, Rush University Medical Center
  • Joan Lebow, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
  • Jayme Matchinski, Clark Hill PLC
  • Gita Rampersad, Vice President, DuPage Health Coalition and Legislative Advocate for American Heart Association
  • Larry Singer, Associate Professor and Director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy
  • Julie Treumann, Solo Practitioner, de jure de facto, p.c.

Stacie Phillips, Baxter International

RSVP online here until September 15, 2014.

September 25: "JDs in Debt: What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Loans & Earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness" FREE Student Webinar

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

EJW free webinars provide in-depth information on how income-driven repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness can help you manage your student debt and control your career and financial future. They also cover loan repayment assistance programs, the cuts to Public Service Loan Forgiveness proposed in the President's 2015 Budget and the latest legislative updates.

September 26: Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Minority Law Students Reception

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Registration begins at 5:15 pm)
Location: John Marshall Law School, Room 3 East, 315 South Plymouth Court

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) is dedicated to diversity and making sure that all segments of the community aware of the employment opportunities available.  The CCSAO invites minority law students to its 14th Annual Minority Law Students Reception. The evening will consist of a short program, followed by a networking reception.

To RSVP for this event, please call 312.603.1847, or RSVP via email to

October 6: Cook County Bar Association and Hinshaw & Culbertson First Year Minority Law Students Reception

Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Hinshaw & Culertson, 222 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL.

The CCBA along with Hinshaw & Culbertson, will host its annual Reception for first year minority law students on Monday, October 6, 2014, at Hinshaw & Culertson.  Take this opportunity to network with established attorneys and judges, and receive insight on getting through the first year of law school. RSVP by September 29, 2014 to, and for more information contact, Chevasier Smith at 312-630-1157 (x23) or

October 8: Young Lawyers Section Repack Night at Greater Chicago Food Depository Volunteer Opportunity

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Location: Greater Chicago Food Depository - 4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago, IL 60632

Spend an evening serving the community while getting to know other young lawyers! The YLS needs volunteers to work at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 6:00-8:45 p.m. Pizza and soda will be served. Volunteers will work on the repacking line inspecting, cleaning, and sorting donated products for distribution to soup kitchens, pantries, and homeless shelters. Volunteers must wear long pants, sleeved shirts and closed shoes with nonskid soles. The GCFD is located on the Southwest side of Chicago (not far from Midway Airport). For more information or to volunteer, please contact project coordinator  Stephanie Lieberman.

Employment Opportunities

Please 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, 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:

Spring 2015 Law Student Intern Program at the Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office: Apply by September 22

Are you interested in working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office?  The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit. The primary goals of the Law Student Intern Program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases.

Qualifications: Students must be second-year or third-year law students by the beginning of the spring term. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Residency Requirement: For a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the past five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the United States; 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a federal or military employee serving overseas. The Residency Requirement ensures an adequate background investigation can be completed. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion of a required background investigation. Interns are not permitted to work in a legal capacity - private or public - during the internship.

To apply, submit a resume, personal statement reflecting your background and your interest in participating in this program, legal writing sample, three letters of recommendation (preferably legal), and law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

Recommendation letters, whether or not submitted in sealed envelopes, may be included by the student with the application materials. Please make every effort to include them with the application to avoid delay.

Application Deadline:   Monday, September 22, 2014

Minimum Weeks Required:   Spring Internship - 16 hours per week for 12 weeks

Academic credit:   Work-study or academic credit may be available through a student=s law school. Students must make arrangements through his/her law school. This Internship is not compensated. No matching contributions available; all compensation must be provided by law school.

Web Site:

See Symplicity job posting #18476 for more information.

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 must be submitted online by 5 p.m. ET on September 17, 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.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program

Since 2004, Kirkland & Ellis has sponsored 130 Diversity Fellows with grants totaling more than $2.1 million. In 2014, each Diversity Fellowship recipient received a $25,000* stipend. Fellowship applicants submit a personal statement that details how their employment by the Firm would enhance the Firm's diversity mission. Applicants must also apply to and receive an offer to join the summer program at one of the Firm's offices. The Firm awarded Diversity Fellowships to 10 law students in 2014.

Interested in the Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program?  To learn more and apply, click here.

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:

  • 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

2014 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship due October 1

Minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for the Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship Program. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in our 2015 Summer Associate Program'one in our Chicago office and one in our New York office. The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession.

Please complete and submit the application by October 1, 2014.

Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Application Due October 1

Winston & Strawn LLP is offering three (3) scholarships to diverse law school students who join the 2015 summer program in one of the firm’s domestic offices following the conclusion of their second year of law school. Each $10,000 scholarship will be paid during the students’ third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

In selecting the scholarship recipients, Winston & Strawn will consider the students’:

  • Interest in practicing law after graduation in one of Winston’s domestic offices (currently, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.)
  • Law school and undergraduate record, including academic achievements and involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and interpersonal skills

Scholarship applicants who attend a law school at which Winston & Strawn conducts on-campus interviews should also sign up to see the firm on campus.

To apply for the scholarship, please submit an application along with your resume, law school transcript, and a brief personal statement by October 1, 2014 via Winston & Strawn’s online application tool.  Learn more here.

Skadden Fellowship Applications due October 6

The Skadden Fellowship applications are due October 6, 2014.  The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.

Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship.  Fellows will be notified by December 5.
To learn more about the fellowship, go here:

Download the Skadden Fellowship Application here.

Job Fairs

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. You must register for this conference and Career Fair by September 16, 2014.

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.
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. 

To see a list of registered employers to date, click here.


Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

2014 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Minority Scholarship due October 1

Winston & Strawn Diversity Scholarship Application Due October 1

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.

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:

  • 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 (, Political Jobs (, Human Rights Jobs (, Ethical Jobs (, and Journalist Jobs ( 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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