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Week of October 13, 2014

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop
  • Makeup Procedure for Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Program
  • Launch of Lawcountability, J.D.: New Resource for Chicago-Kent students
  • Fall Résumé Books: Opt-in continues. Sign up!

On-Campus Interviewing

  • Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • October 12-18: Public Interest Week
  • October 14: Preparing your PILI Application
  • October 14: Speed Networking with Federal, State and Local Government Attorneys
  • October 15: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense
  • October 18: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities
  • October 15: Opportunities in Land Use & Environmental Law
  • October 15: Loyola’s National Security Law Association Panel and Networking Event
  • October 17: 8 O'Clock Call with the Judges: Chancery Division - Complimentary for CBA Members!
  • October 18: Multi-Bar Law Student Career Forum
  • October 20-24: The Chicago Bar Association & The Chicago Bar Foundation's 2014 Pro Bono Week
  • October 21: Student to Student Career Fair
  • October 21: Exploring Careers in Criminal Prosecution
  • October 24: Alumni/Student Public Service Reception, Washington DC
  • October 28: CBA Young Lawyers Section Program - Ignite Your Job Search
  • October 29:  Meet the Public Service Employers Reception
  • October 31 and November 1: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - 7th Circuit Fellows' Fall Program for Law Students

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 2Ls on October 15

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program
  • Presidential Management Fellowship (Application Open October 1 through October 15)
  • 2015 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program application due November 2
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program Application due January 9, 2015
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students
  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program

Job Fairs

  • October 24-25: Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair
  • November 21-22: Full Access Student Summit for Students with Disabilities

Diversity

  • The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th

Resources

  • 2014-2015 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice
  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

CSO Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students must watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume.

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Wednesday, October 15. Before your first career advising appointment, you must upload a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

Watch the CSO: 1L Legal Resume Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

Makeup Procedure for Mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation Program

If you did not attend one of the three mandatory 1L Career Services Orientation programs on September 16 or 17, the makeup procedures are as follows:

  • Watch the video of the 1L Orientation program.  The videos of the orientation programs, along with all accompanying handouts, are posted online 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 1L Registration Form or "Survey."  Please make sure that you complete the correct survey form based on your graduation year, and fill it out as completely as possible.  These survey forms are available online at the above link, or extra survey forms are available in the Career Services Office.
  • Return a completed survey form to the Career Services Office (Suite 360) ASAP if you have not done so already. You may email this form to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.  

You must complete these makeup procedures in order to gain access to Symplicity, Chicago-Kent's online job posting system, and to be assigned a career advisor.  Please email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with any questions.

Launch of Lawcountability, J.D.: New Resource for Chicago-Kent students

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 and recent graduates of Chicago-Kent. 

Watch this presentation to learn how it works: http://alkaps.audioacrobat.com/playv/WYJlrcJW

Watch for your invitation to watch the ten minute program every Monday morning; or log-in at any time to http://www.lawcountabilityjd.com  

To log-in for the first time, enter your Chicago-Kent email address, and click on "forgot password," which will allow you to create your own password. 

You may opt-out if you do not wish to receive the messages from Lawcountability J.D. 

If you have trouble logging-in, email kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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.

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 kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu (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.

Programming

Public Interest Week - October 12-18

From October 12-18, Chicago-Kent's Career Services Office will host the following events related to public interest careers. See below for more information.

  • October 14: Preparing your PILI Application
  • October 14: Speed Networking with Federal, State and Local Government Attorneys
  • October 15: Exploring Careers in Criminal Law
  • October 18: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities

October 14: Preparing your PILI Application

Date: Tuesday, October 14
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 580
Sponsored by: Kent Justice Foundation & the Career Services Office

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,000 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations.  Learn helpful tips from the Executive Director of PILI, past recipients, and alumni to prepare the best application possible. This session will provide you with insights to the PILI Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs.  You will hear about these opportunities and the application process, as well as insights from former PILI Interns or Fellows and supervisor from a host agency.  Though the focus will be on PILI’s programs, many of the insights and suggestions will be applicable to your search for other public interest law internships.

PIZZA provided!

Reminder: the PILI Application for Summer 2015 opens for 2L's on October 15th; and 1L's on December 1st.

October 14: Speed Networking with Federal, State and Local Government Attorneys

Date: Tuesday, October 14
Time: 5:30 pm
Location:
Tenth Floor Event Room (Morris Hall)
Sponsored by: The Student Bar Association's Career Development Committee, Federal Bar Association, American Constitution Society, and the Career Services Office

Come speak with Federal, State, and Local Government alumni about their careers. Students (either one-on-one or in small groups) will rotate to a new attorney every few minutes, and have the opportunity to meet all the attorneys in the room. The evening will conclude with a reception providing an opportunity for you to speak further with state and local government alumni. Students MUST RSVP! Send RSVPs to: kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with Government Speed Networking in the subject line. Space is limited.

October 15: Exploring Careers in Criminal Defense

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Room 580
Sponsored by: Criminal Law Society & the Career Services Office

Interested in criminal defense?  Join us as public defenders from various divisions of the Cook County Public Defenders Office and Office of State Appellate Defender discuss their work, how students can become involved, and general hiring processes of the respective offices. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the career opportunities in criminal defense.

October 18: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 12:15 pm
Location: Chicago-Kent
College of Law

Looking to secure a position at a public interest law organization or in the government sector during law school or for your career? This program is for law students interested in learning more about opportunities as interns, externs, fellows, or staff at public interest law organizations and in the government sector. The program is free for law students but advance registration is required by October 15. For more information and to register by October 15, CLICK HERE or visit www.pili.org.  Business casual attire is recommended.

Opportunities in Land Use & Environmental Law

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location:
Rm. 700

Join the Land Use & Real Estate Law Society and the Environmental Law Society for an upcoming panel discussion event: "Opportunities in Land Use & Environmental Law" on  Wednesday, October 15 from 2:30-3:30 pm. During the hour-long session, speakers will discuss their own interesting careers as well as opportunities at Chicago-Kent and in the Chicagoland region for students interested in Environmental or Land Use Law. Please see below for bios of our panel members. Lunch will be served.
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 this great event!

BIOS
Keith Harley, Director of the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic
Keith Harley is director of the Environmental Law Program, a collaboration between the Chicago Legal Clinic and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He received his B.A. from Moravian College in 1982, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985, and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent in 1988. Mr. Harley initiated the Chicago Legal Clinic's Environmental Law Program in 1989, shortly after graduating from Chicago-Kent. Keith has represented clients in local, state and federal environmental actions for more than 20 years. He recently completed his fourth year as chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee. 

William Kling, Attorney, Public Policy Expert, & C-K Adjunct Professor 
William C. Kling is an attorney and public policy expert with over 20 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors. He currently has an appointment with the UIC School of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration division, where he teaches policy and leadership courses. Mr. Kling also serves as a senior research scientist for UIC, University of Illinois Extension, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Sustainability. He received his BA degree in economics from the University of Colorado and his JD degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)-Chicago Kent College of Law with a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law and Policy.

Jacob Karaca, Partner at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, LTD
Jacob Karaca graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages & Literature, with honors. He then graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law, with honors. Mr. Karaca also received a Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution certification from Kent. While at Kent, Mr. Karaca served as a board member for the Moot Court Honor Society and received the C.A.L.I. awards for the highest grades in Trial Advocacy and Antitrust. He is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Karaca concentrates his practice on all aspects of litigation for municipalities, school districts, family law clients, and other private entities in a wide range of litigation. His public sector experience includes: Section 1983 federal claims (First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues) and other federal statutory cases (ADA, Title VII, RLUIPA, FOIA, CERCLA, etc.), historic building preservation (federal, state and local issues), religious land use cases, zoning appeals, writs of mandamus, Rule 137 sanctions, establishment clause cases, state constitutional issues, employment discrimination, state sunshine law claims, workers' compensation claims, administrative review actions involving pension code and slip and fall cases, and breach of contract construction claims.

Loyola’s National Security Law Association Panel and Networking Event

Date: October 15
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Corboy Law Center, 25 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, 13th Floor

Loyola’s National Security Law Association is hosting an interesting panel and networking event Wednesday, October 15th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Corboy Law Center, 13th floor.   Several members of the national security community will be speaking.  Students will have an opportunity to learn about an area of law they may not be aware of and talk to several lawyers who are doing this important work. Meet and network with the following panelists:

  • W. Renn Gade: Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of  the General Counsel
  • Michael Masters: Executive Director at the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Ryan Vogel: Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent; Served  at the Pentagon as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary  of Defense (OSD); Began his career with OSD through the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship program.
  • Tom Durkin: Defense attorney; Professor at Loyola & Co-Director for Loyola’s National Security & Civil Rights Program
  • Mary O’Malley: Department of Justice Analyst
  • Tara Smith: FBI Special Agent; Loyola Alum (Class of 1995)

8 O'Clock Call with the Judges: Chancery Division - Complimentary for CBA Members!

Date: October 17, 2014
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Chicago Bar Association (321 S. Plymouth Court)

Members are invited to attend the Association's 8 O'Clock Call with the Judges on Friday, October 17, 2014, at 8:00 am, at the CBA. Judges from Cook County's Chancery Division will participate in a moderated question and answer session with the Hon. Thomas Hogan, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County. Panelists from the Chancery Division will include: Hon. Diane J. Larsen, Hon. Thomas R. Allen, Chancery Division, and Hon. Franklin Ulyses Valderrama. 0.75 IL MCLE. Free for members. See details and register online: in-person or Webcast.

Multi-Bar Law Student Career Forum

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: John Marshall Law School (enter from the State street entrance)

Attend the Multi-Bar Law Student Career Forum and speak to attorneys who have served on hiring committees at law firms, corporations, and public sector agencies! Learn how to create eye-catching resumes and receive immediate feedback on your interviewing skills. Lunch will be provided!  Sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Latina Lawyers Committee and Minority Legal Education Resources Inc. RSVP for free at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/multi-bar-law-student-career-forum-tickets-13252192665.

October 20-24: The Chicago Bar Association & The Chicago Bar Foundation's 2014 Pro Bono Week

Pro Bono Week is dedicated to highlighting the many ways that lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate through pro bono work and also to educating lawyers about how they can become involved in pro bono service.  As usual, the CBA and CBF will sponsor a variety of events during Pro Bono Week.  The always popular and well-attended 21st Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair, will take place on Thursday, October 23 at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (a new location after Kirkland has generously hosted the event for the past 5 years). See below for more information on the Pro Bono and Community Service Fair.  Here is a brief overview of the entire of the week:


Monday, October 20:

Pro Bono Trivia Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Joe’s Bar on Weed St. How does your pro bono IQ compare to the pro bono IQ of your legal colleagues?  There is only one way to find out!  Join us at Joe’s on Weed St. for a tough but friendly pro bono battle of wits. Register as an individual or as a team. (We will organize teams for individual registrants). Teams of four are ideal given the set-up at the bar but teams with more than four members are welcome to register as well. The winning team will select a CBF grantee to receive a special grant of  $500. This game will include questions on access to justice topics including innovative new pro bono programs, relevant Illinois Supreme Court Rules, and the ethics of pro bono. Help us kick off pro bono week with this fun and educational competition!

Registration includes two drinks and appetizers. To register, email probonoweek@chicagobar.org and indicate: (1) whether you are registering as part of a team or as an individual, and (2) the name of your team if you are registering as part of a team. Questions? Contact Jessica Bednarz at 312-554-4952 or probonoweek@chicagobar.org.


Tuesday, October 21:

Lost in Translation: Improving Communication with Pro Bono Clients. Participants will walk away with practical tips on how to more effectively communicate and work with your pro bono clients so that you can maximize your pro bono experience and the client’s outcome.  Details and Registration.  3:00-5:00 p.m. • CBA Building • 2 IL PR Credit Subject to Approval.


Thursday, October 23:

Pro Bono & Community Service Fair, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Come to the 21st Annual CBA Young Lawyers Section's Pro Bono and Community Service Fair, co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation & Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Meet with representatives from approximately 50 of Chicago's legal aid, pro bono and community service organizations to network with like-minded professionals and uncover the volunteer opportunity you have been seeking. Law students and nonmembers welcome.


Friday, October 24:

Breakfast with Judges at Jenner & Block. Opening remarks will be followed by small roundtable discussions, led by members of the federal and state judiciary, about professionalism, the importance of pro bono to the community and your career and other important topics. Co-sponsored by Jenner & Block LLP, Illinois Judges Association and The Seventh Circuit Bar Association. Details and Registration. 8:00-9:00 a.m. • Jenner & Block LLP • 0.75 IL PR Credit Subject to Approval

Student to Student Career Fair

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Location: Second Floor Cafeteria

Tap into one of the best resources available for information about legal fields; your fellow students!  On Tuesday, October 21st from 12:00 pm to 1:30pm in the Second Floor Cafeteria, hear experienced law students speak about the work they have done as law clerks, interns, and externs, and networking with attorneys practicing in:

  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Environmental
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Employment
  • Prosecution
  • Tax............And many more areas! Food will be served!

Exploring Careers in Criminal Prosecution

Date:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time:  12p:00 pm
Location:  
C35

On Tuesday, October 21st, the Criminal Law Society and CSO welcome prosecutors from the Cook County State's Attorney Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office!  The prosecutors will share their experiences and provide information about law student and post-grad opportunities in their respective offices.  There will also be a Q&A session where students can ask questions about prosecution work, how to prepare to be a prosecutor, the life of a prosecutor, etc.  Join us!

Alumni/Student Public Service Reception, Washington DC

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Chicago-Kent students and alumni are invited to attend the 10th Annual Public Service Reception on Friday, October 24th, 5:00-8:00pm at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001. This event is held annually for Chicago-Kent students attending the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, and Chicago-Kent Alumni in the DC area. To attend the reception, please RSVP HEREThis annual event provides the opportunity for Chicago-Kent students to meet with Chicago-Kent Alumni in the Washington DC area. Appetizers and beer/soda will be provided. Don't miss this great networking event, held in connection with the Conference & Career Fair!

CBA Young Lawyers Section Program - Ignite Your Job Search

Date: October 28, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Chicago Bar Association (321 S. Plymouth)

On October 28, 2014, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, at The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604, featured CBA Career Counselor Kathy Morris, UnderAdvisement Ltd. will be joined by a panel of career counselors who will share with you how to become self-directed, professionally confident, and effective in your job search. This fast-paced, multi-faceted program includes a full-group session & small group discussions.

Topics:
Analyzing Your Interests to Focus Your Search
Lauren Spira, Lauren Spira Career Coaching; Associate Director of Career Services, John Marshall Law School

Fine-Tuning Your Resume to Serve You Well
Hanna Stotland, Admissions Consultant

Networking to Expand Your Job Search Prospects
Sheila Nielsen, Nielsen Career Consulting

Interviewing Wisely in a Changing & Challenging Market
David Diamond, Assistant Dean, Center for Career Strategy & Advancement, Northwestern University School of Law

Identifying Alternative Careers
Murray A. Mann, Global Diversity Solutions Group, LLC

Meet the Public Service Employers Reception

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson

Save the date for the Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  Come learn about non-profit and government agency volunteer, intern and employment opportunities!  The event will take place at Loyola University School of Law, 25 E Pearson St, in Kasbeer Hall on the 15th Floor.  Contact your career advisor with any questions.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - 7th Circuit Fellows' Fall Program for Law Students

Date: October 31 and November 1

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers will be holding its annual conference for law students at schools in the Seventh Circuit. It is a great opportunity to meet lawyers and other practitioners in the field and to learn about the hot topics being litigated today.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Networking Reception hosted by Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP, 123
North Wacker Drive, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL
, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. RSVP necessary for admission.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Program hosted by Winston & Strawn, 35 West Wacker Drive, 47th Floor, Chicago, IL.

  • 9:00 am: Registration and continental breakfast
  • 9:30 am: Hot Topics and the Realities of Practice I
    • Traditional Labor Law
    • Social Media Issues
    • EEO Law
  • 10:45 am Break
  • 11:00 am Hot Topics and the Realities of Practice II
    • Wage & Hour Law
    • Employee Benefits Law
    • ADR and the Workplace
  • 12:15 pm Lunch, with an opportunity to interact informally with Fellows of the College
  • 1:30 pm Getting Noticed, Getting Hired, and Being Successful
  • 3:30 pm Adjourn
An RSVP is required no later than Thursday, October 30, 2014. Jennifer Motley – 410.972.4711 jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org

Employment Opportunities

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

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 2Ls on October 15

PILI's Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer or 200 hours part-time during the school year, with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

PILI administers its Internship Program application through IllinoisProBono.org. You must register on this site before you can submit any applications.  The summer 2015 Internship application period opens on October 15 for 2Ls and December 1 for 1Ls. Click here to learn more about how to apply.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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.

Presidential Management Fellowship (Application Open October 1 through October 15)

The Presidential Management Fellowship is a two year post-graduate federal government fellowship; 3Ls and recent graduates are eligible to apply.  The application period this year is October 1-October 15, and the announcement can be found at www.USAJOBS.gov when it opens (simply search for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period).  To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov.   In addition, the 2015 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide has been published to the website. 

See above for Presidential Management Fellowship Information Webinars offered by the Office of Personnel Management.

2015 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program application due November 2

The Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago is in the process of recruiting graduate students for the 2015 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.  The Mayor's Office Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students in any concentration who will be enrolled during the summer and are interested in local government and public policy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about municipal government and participate in a unique, hands-on experience in the development of new policy and program initiatives. Participants research policies and evaluate their potential benefit to Chicago, draft memoranda for Mayor’s Office senior staff on upcoming issues and new initiatives, and participate in a variety of talks and tours that provide insight into how City government operates. The application is due November 1.

The application process is a two-step process.  Prospective Fellows should visit www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfellowship to read more about the application steps and to begin the application process. 

Step 1 of the application process will close on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m.  NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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 January 9, 2015 for 1L students. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for IP Law Students

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law 
students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the 
development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. 
 
Eligibility 
Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an 
ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the Donald W. 
Banner Diversity Scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of 
Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff. 
 
Selection Criteria 
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship 
review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school)
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills determined through an interview of the law student
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement

Financial Award 
Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable 
for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school. 
 
Application Process 
Applications will be accepted September15, 2014 through January 12, 2015. Awards will be announced in April 2014. Find the application here.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. - Diversity In Patent Law Fellowship Program

In furtherance of the goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. is proud to announce its 2015 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program. This prestigious fellowship is a key component of McAndrews’ recruiting program.

Eligibility
Candidate must (a) be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school with a diverse  background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; (b) have a degree in science or engineering; and (c) intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois.

Program Components

The firm intends to award a paid summer associate (clerkship) position for a period of 10 to 12  weeks following the recipient’s completion of his/her first year of law school. The position is part of McAndrews’ Summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation. The firm intends to award a $5,000 fellowship on or about September 1, 2015, at the completion of the clerkship. As a summer associate at the McAndrews office in Chicago, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource. Given the collegial culture at McAndrews, the Diversity Fellow will also establish rewarding relationships with other attorneys.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2014, through January 15, 2015. In-person interviews  with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply for the 2015 McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship, candidates must fully complete the application (available in the Career Services Office) and submit it along with the following materials:

  • Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
  • Undergraduate transcript (with GPA); and
  • a 500-word personal statement explaining why you wish to pursue a career in patent law, why  you are interested in the McAndrews firm as a place to work, and how your background and/or life  experiences would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law.

Job Fairs

October 24-25: Equal Justice Works Conference & 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.
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.

Full Access Student Summit for Students with Disabilities

Date: November 21 -22, 2014
Location: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This Student Summit themed "Full Access," is destined to give students with disabilities 'full access' to the corporate ranks. Additional information and resources are available throughout the website, so please review all information and submit your application to attend.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.  Click here to apply.

Diversity

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th

Ask any successful attorney: Nothing propels a legal career like having a great mentor. That’s especially true when the mentor is at the top of the legal profession and takes an active, personal interest in the development of the young lawyer he or she is advising. The primary objective of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program is to ensure that talented and diverse students received the mentoring and preparation that they need to maximize their potential in law school and beyond.

The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program includes two programs: The Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) and the Group Mentoring Program (GMP).

The IMP is a comprehensive initiative for first year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principals of legal excellence and personal involvement. Each student is matched with an LCLD mentor attorney, who is a leader in the legal profession and taken an active personal interest in the development of the Mentee law student. The goal of the IMP is to ensure that talented law school student receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterward, as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers. The sign-up for a LCLD mentor will begin on October 15! For more information visit here.

The GMP allows diverse 1L, 2L, and 3L students to receive advice and support from successful attorneys from the LCLD Member law firms and corporations. GMP events are scheduled during the school year and designed to provide guidance in an information, interactive, and collegial setting. Many GMP events include a networking session and a panel presentation by experienced attorneys about a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation. For more information about GMP events, please visit: www.lcldnet.org/GMPevents.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program

Resources

2014-2015 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice

Back by popular demand, Law Students for Reproductive Justice is pleased to share the latest edition of the 2014-15 Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice.  This one-of-a-kind tool can help guide interested law students toward summers, semesters, or careers in reproductive justice advocacy.  The Guide contains listings for legal internships and fellowships at non-profit organizations across the country. The Guide may be accessed in the Symplicity Document Library; please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

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 (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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