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Week of November 10, 2014

Information & Announcements

  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 9, 2015
  • 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

On-Campus Interviewing

  • Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • November 11: Institute for Compliance: Career Chat with Hank Bell
  • November 11: Child and Family Law Society Attorney Panel
  • November 12: Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) and Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Minority Law Student Panel
  • November 12: SBA "5 Under 5"Alumni Networking Event
  • November 13: "Practice Tracks" Networking and Informational Event
  • November 14: Government Career Fair
  • November 14: ABA Webinar - Choosing and Pursuing Alternative Careers
  • NOVEMBER 18: FREE PIZZA at LawcountabilityJD Launch Party!
  • November 19: Schweitzer Fellowship Informational Program

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI):  Applications open for 2Ls on October 15
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 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
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation scholarship opportunities - Application due November 12

Job Fairs

  • November 21-22: Full Access Student Summit for Students with Disabilities
  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) student registration: Deadline is December 5

Diversity

  • The LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Registration opens October 15th
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for summer 2014
  • JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students
  • Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation scholarship opportunities - Application due November 12
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015

Resources

  • Career Resources available in Symplicity's "Document Library"

CSO Information & Announcements

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 9, 2015

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Spring 2015 semester.  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.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline.  Please visit the Chicago-Kent 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.  Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday January 9, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

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.

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

Institute for Compliance: Career Chat with Hank Bell

Date: November 11, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Rm 580

The Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance and Career Services Office present a Compliance Career Chat with Hank Bell, Senior Compliance Examiner, OTC Derivatives at the National Futures Association. Join us for pizza and a discussion of Mr. Bell's career in the compliance field. 

Child and Family Law Society Attorney Panel

Date: Tuesday,  November 11, 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Room 270

Please join the Child and Family Law Society on November 11th at 12:30 pm in room 270 for an alumni attorney panel! The panel will offer students the opportunity to receive advice, hear about work environments and the experiences of practicing family law attorneys. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with attorneys and fellow students. Food and beverages will be provided.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) and Association of CorporateCounsel (ACC) Minority Law Student Panel

Date: November 12, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Rm. C40
This event is cosponsored by APALSA, BLSA, HLLSA, SALSA, Lambdas and the Career Services OFfice

Chicago-Kent students who have participated in the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program and Association of Corporate Counsel Minority Law Student Summer Program will discuss their experiences applying, interviewing and working with a judge or corporation over the summer.

This program will be on Wednesday, November 12th from 3-4 pm in Room TBA.

More information on JIOP and ACC is below.

JIOP: The application process for the Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program opened on November 3rd for second-year law students.  Applications for first-year law students (1L) will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP Guidelines. Applications must be submitted by January 9, 2015.  To learn more, click here.

ACC: The Chicago ACC Diversity Summer Internship Program places top law students with diverse backgrounds from select Illinois law schools in internships in Chicagoland corporate legal departments.  The internships expose the students to in-house practices and career possibilities in corporate legal departments.  Applications for the Summer 2015 Diversity Summer Internship Program are due in February of 2015.  To learn more about this opportunity, go here:  http://www.acc.com/chapters/chic/InternshipProgramInfo.cfm

SBA 5 Under 5 Alumni Networking Event

Date: Wedensday, November 12, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Chicago-Kent Lobby

Join the SBA for its "5 Under 5" Alumni Networking Event! Come meet, greet and network with five recent Chicago-Kent alumni who have graduated in the last five years and are now practicing law in a variety of different fields. This event is a great way network with alumni without any pressure. All of the featured attendees remember exactly what it's like to be in your shoes. The event even boasts a history of getting students jobs from their new connections!

"Practice Tracks" Networking and Informational Event

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30pm
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court

Attorneys representing approximately 50 practice areas will attend Practice Tracks, a program held at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall Law School) on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Practice Tracks provides students with the opportunity to talk informally with attorneys about careers in a variety of practice areas.  Practice Tracks is your chance to determine how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it is like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in that area, what skills you should emphasize when applying, and more!

Even though the participating attorneys volunteer their time and participation for Practice Tracks, that does not indicate job openings at represented organizations.  However, this program has proven to be an extremely effective means of networking and obtaining helpful information about prospective employers in a variety of different settings and practice areas.  To benefit from and make the most of this program, you may obtain business cards from practitioners in your areas of interest, and later reach out to those attorneys for an informational interview.

Government Career Fair

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:  University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607

This is a FREE professional networking event to meet government recruiters, learn about positions, and gain information about application processes.  This government career fair is NOT solely for legal positions.  Employers to attend include US Drug Enforcement Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, US Department of Energy, Schaumburg Police Dept., US Customs & Border Protection, Social Security Administration, IL Army National Guard, and US Navy.

For more information, go to http://www.thegcrc.org/.

ABA Webinar - Choosing and Pursuing Alternative Careers

Date: November 14, 2014
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

If you are contemplating moving beyond a traditional role for a lawyer, join the ABA for a webinar to hear from stand-out speakers with experience in leaving law behind and charting new directions. Learn about:

  • What kinds of non-traditional roles you might contemplate
  • Job search obstacles you may encounter...and how to overcome them
  • Shifts in describing yourself and your skills that can help you land an alternative career

Panelists:

Carroll Welch is the Principal and Founder of Carroll Welch Consulting, LLC, her legal career coaching and counseling practice. She practiced commercial litigation and employment law at two major law firms and worked with Pace Law School’s re-entry program, New Directions for Attorneys, where she supported attorneys in their efforts to return either to legal practice or find an alternative legal career.

Casey Berman holds a BA in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After a few years in the legal field, Casey left law to create a number of different enterprises. In 2009, the Hastings career services office asked him to speak about his professional experience in branching out from the law and, after addressing a packed room of lawyers and law students, Casey started Leave Law Behind. He continues to engage in a number of business and community endeavors, and helps lawyers focus on where to begin to look for alternative careers.

Moderator:

Kathy M. Morris is the moderator of the American Bar Association's monthly Career Advice Series. A former criminal defense attorney, she has taught law, pioneered professional development initiatives in law firms, and in 2000, launched the original Career Resource Center of the ABA. She currently counsels law students, lawyers, law schools, and law firms through Under Advisement, Ltd., which she founded in 1988. Ms. Morris, a charter board member of the Professional Development Consortium, is a frequent public speaker on legal career issues and the author of ABA manuals on job search and career satisfaction. She is also the creator of "The Legal Profession PREP Class," an initiative designed to draw law professors and practicing lawyers into dialogue on the skills needed by graduates for effective practice readiness. She earned her J.D. from Northeastern in Boston and her B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan

FREE PIZZA at Lawcountability, J.D. Launch Party!

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBA

Join Lawcountability, J.D.  and Kaplan for a pizza party to celebrate the launch of Lawcountability, J.D.  Free pizza will be provided! You will have the opportunity to watch a short demo on Lawcountability JD, ask questions about Lawcountability JD, and speak with a representative from Kaplan. You can stop by anytime during the 11:30am - 1:00pm timeframe, but please send an RSVP by Monday, November 17th at noon to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with "Lawcountability JD" in the subject line so that we can order enough pizza. 

What is Lawcountability JD?

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

Lawcountability, J.D. is open to all JD students and recent graduates of Chicago-Kent. 

Chicago-Kent is happy to be one of the first 23 law schools in the United States to offer this helpful resource to our students; and the first in the Chicago-area. Come learn more at the launch! 

Schweitzer Fellowship Informational Program

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Rm 590

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program® is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.  Through the Schweitzer Fellowship, 30 graduate students from a wide variety of health professional and public service fields will design and lead innovative projects to help Chicago’s underserved communities improve their health and well-being.  Schweitzer Fellows will:

  • Provide 200 hours of direct service
  • Receive a $2,500 stipend
  • Receive the guidance of mentors
  • Develop program planning and leadership skills
  • Join a multidisciplinary network of like-minded change agents, acting upon their idealism.
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Join the Health Law Society on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm for an informational session about the Schweitzer Fellowship and how to apply. You will hear from Ray Wang, Program Director of the Fellowship as well as Chicago-Kent Schweitzer Fellows.

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.

American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

Apply to be one of nine students placed in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program for the opportunity to gain invaluable experience, work with accomplished business court judges, and earn a stipend.
The objectives of the Diversity Clerkship are:

  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law
  • To provide opportunities for students to meet a wide variety of lawyers who are active in the practice of business law and are members of the Business Law Section
  • To establish a support system for diverse students who are pursuing business court clerkship positions and a possible career in business law

Students are placed in clerkships across the country. Applicants must be diverse first or second year students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate financial need, and be a member of the ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section.

To learn more and apply, go here:http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html

The 2014 Diversity Clerkship application is due by December 26, 2014.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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.

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program® is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.

DEFINING HEALTH
Schweitzer Fellows focus on health as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO): a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  Rooted in this holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer projects address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the WHO as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health inequities.

ELIGIBILITY
Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree-granting programs from any accredited academic institution in the geographic area may apply. While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines including, but not limited to, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Applicants must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship year (May 2015-May 2016).  Applicants scheduled for a December graduation should contact the Program Director to determine if they are eligible for a waiver to this requirement.

PRIOR TO APPLYING
Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency and design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population. This project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served.

The project should:

  • Provide a direct service that meets a community-defined need and reflects national and local health priorities, such as Healthy People 2020. Prospective applicants should investigate and reflect on unmet local health-related needs, and think through the ways in which their own energies and talents might contribute, even in small ways, to ameliorating one or more of these problems.
  • Be of an enduring value to the community/agency served.  The project proposal should include a brief discussion about sustainability of the project at the end of the Fellowship year.

Potential applicants may learn more and find an application here.

Be on the lookout for an upcoming program at Chicago-Kent about applying to be a Schweitzer Fellow!

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students

Vedder Price recognizes that the strength of its commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital component to a better work environment and the strength of the firm. Diversity is one of Vedder Price’s core values and is integral to the way the firm is run.  In keeping with its commitment to diversity, the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship was established in 2005.

This scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses for each year in which the recipient remains in good academic standing and attends an Illinois law school, as well as a guaranteed summer associate position in our Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient's first year of law school.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession. In accordance with the scholarship criteria, you must be enrolled in one of the following Illinois law schools: Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University, The John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, University of Illinois.

Applications will be accepted during the month of December only.  Find the application here.

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will award one 1L law student with (1) a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second year of law school. Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is committed to the ongoing development of a diverse work force. We believe that by continuously broadening the diversity of our attorneys, we provide better service to our clients and create a richer work environment. Our goal is to foster and support an inclusive environment that appreciates, respects and values individual and group differences across all areas of the firm. We established the diversity scholarship as part of our commitment to diversity, and in an effort to provide students with support in pursuing a law degree. For more information about Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, please visit our website at www.hselaw.com.

Diversity Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Opportunities - Application due November 12

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation supports students seeking a career in the legal profession what have maintained a high GPA and are actively participating in or supporting diversity-related programs.

Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award: This scholarship will be awarded to a student who actively advocates for diversity within the Chicago area legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.

Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award: This scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged. Eligible students must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Disabled Law Student Scholarship Award (DLSSA): This scholarship (an award of at least $500) was established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell, an associate with Hinshaw & Culbertson, and her fiance Dr. George F. Viamontes. There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship.

Note: The Diversity Scholarship Foundation reserves the right to waive the GPA requirements for well-deserving students who tirelessly advocate for diversity.

Learn more about the scholarships here. The application deadline is November 12. Selected applicants will then have an interview. The scholarship recipients must be able to attend a dinner on December 2, 2014 which is at no cost to them.

Job Fairs

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.

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) student registration: Deadline is December 5

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference is job fair and an opportunity for students to interview and meet with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions next summer or for after graduation.  1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls can all participate.  The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law onSaturday, February 7, 2015.

To register, contact Allison Smith at asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu in the Career Services Office with your first name, last name, middle initial, year of graduation and an email address that you regularly check by Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12 noon.  In addition, table talk is available at the job fair where you can meet with many of the employers, even if you do not receive an interview in advance.  More information is available online at www.mpilcc.org.

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.

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2015.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place 75 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a federal court.

There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone.  Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision.  Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks. 

Applications will be received online 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 5, 2015. Early applications are highly encouraged. Paper applications will not be acceptedAccess the online form here.  Apply today!

JIOP - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program - Applications open for 2Ls on November 3 and for 1Ls on December 1

The ABA is now accepting applications from second-year law students for the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program. Applications from first-year students will be accepted starting December 1, 2014. The deadline for all applications is Friday, January 9, 2015. No applications will be accepted after the deadline, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed a screening interview.

The ABA will be placing students in summer internships. This year’s students will be granted awards in the amount of $2,000 to help offset some of the expenses associated with the placement. Please proceed to the program application to apply to the Summer 2015 program.
Should you need any additional information, feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-year Law Students
(See above)

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP 2015 Diversity Scholarship
(See above)

Diversity Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Opportunities - Application due November 12
(See above)

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program - Application deadline January 16, 2015

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites 1L law students to apply for the upcoming 2015 1L Summer Clerkship program.  First-year law students will have the unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 30 law firms and 15 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community. The application deadline is January 16, 2015 but students are encouraged to submit their materials before winter break. 

Resources

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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