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Week of March 16, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • New Resource: CareerShift is LIVE at Chicago-Kent!
  • 1L Cover Letter Workshop
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume Workshop
  • Lawcountability, J.D. iOS Mobile App Now Available for Download!
  • Resume Books Now Open!
  • Criminal Litigation Certificate Program Applications Due March 24, 2015
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Program Applications Due March 24, 2015
  • In-House Clinical Program Applications are Available for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015

On-Campus Interviewing

Programming

  • March 19: Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago's 3rd Annual March Mayhem Mixer
  • March 24: Fellowships: What they are and how to get one
  • March 24: CBA YLS Diversity Committee Presents: Explicit Impact on Implicit Bias
  • March 28: Cook County Bar Association's 10th Annual Resume Writing Workshop
  • March 28: CBA Young Lawyers Section Government Service Career Fair
  • March 31: Mandatory 2L Program - What's Next for Fall
  • March 31: Nixon Peabody IP Summer Program Preparation
  • March 31: Building Your Legacy: Professionally, Personally, Effectively
  • March 31: Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar Panel
  • April 8: What They Don't Tell You in Law School - Real Talk on Women in the Law

Employment Opportunities

  • Judicial Externships: Fall 2015 - Applications due March 19 (for Fall 2015)
  • Access 2 Practice Summer Legal Externship Program: Opportunities Available, Apply Now
  • United States Attorney's Office Fall 2015 Intern/Extern - Applications due April 15, 2015
  • Sixth Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 17, 2015
  • Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015
  • Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program 2015 - Applications due April 2, 2015
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

Job Fairs

  • Save the date: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Registration Opens April 1)
  • Save the Date: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (registration opens April 1)

Diversity

  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar Panel
  • Save the date: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Registration Opens April 1)
  • Save the Date: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (registration opens April 1)
  • Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015
  • Sixth Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 17, 2015
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
  • Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015

Resources

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

CSO Information & Announcements

New Resource: CareerShift is LIVE at Chicago-Kent!

Chicago-Kent has partnered with CareerShift to help with your job search needs. 

CareerShift is a one-stop search engine that allows users to search and review each and every job posting available (such as those on Monster, Indeed, all other job boards and company websites). 

In addition, users can search for jobs and save your searches, find and save a list of contacts, create resumes and cover letters, and put them together in a targeted e-mail or postal mail campaigns. Then you can track your responses from “Come in for an interview” to “You’re hired.” With CareerShift you can:

  • Search every job listing, including job boards and company websites
  • Get inside contact information immediately, including email addresses, for millions of companies
  • Create and organize all of your documents
  • Confidentially market yourself
  • Remain focused and organized
  • Access your secure, private account from anywhere, anytime, 24/7

Sign up for an account at CareerShift and when prompted use access code: kentlawcso

Click on “Tutorials” under the “My Organizer” link to view tutorials on how to use all of the job search resources CareerShift has to offer!

1L Cover Letter Workshop

The 1L Cover Letter Workshop video is now available to view.

All first-year law students should watch this brief video. This workshop includes detailed instructions for how to draft a cover letter. Watch the CSO: 1L Cover Letter Workshop online here.  Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

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.

Lawcountability, J.D. iOS Mobile App Now Available for Download!

Lawcountability, J.D. is now up and running! This service gives  you access to weekly videos that give you step-by-step instructions on how to create significant communications with existing and new contacts, how to engage prospective employers, how to reduce networking anxiety, and, best of all, how to incorporate all of this into your busy schedule. 

If you could use a refresher or missed out on last semester’s videos you can check out the “video archive” for videos that were released in Fall 2014. We hope you take advantage of this incredible resource. 

NEW to Law Accountability is their iPhone app. You can now access the services from the convenience of your iPhone. Search “Lawcountability, J.D. in the Apple app store, or follow this link to get your app today!

Resume Books Now Open!

Spring Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and Recent Graduates (2013 and 2014 classes). Employers will be notified that resume books are available soon thereafter, but because employers may request a resume book at any time (both before and after that date), students are encouraged to opt-in to desired resume books as soon as possible or at any time thereafter. Even if you have secured employment for this Spring, keep in mind that Spring resume books may be used by employers for hiring for 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). For more information about Resume Books, click here.

Criminal Litigation Certificate Program Applications Due March 24, 2015

Applications for the LADR Certificate Program are due on March 24 at 12:00pm. They can be picked up on the table outside of the third floor elevators, the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600), as well as online.

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Program Applications Due March 24, 2015

Applications for the Criminal Litigation Certificate Program are due on March 24 at 12:00pm. They can be picked up on the table outside of the third floor elevators, the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600), as well as online.

In-House Clinical Program Applications are Available for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015

The 2015 Summer and Fall clinical applications are now available in the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600) and on the table outside of the third floor elevators.  For more information about the respective clinics offered or to download an application, click here!

On-Campus Interview

 

Programming

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago's 3rd Annual March Mayhem Mixer

Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, 216 North Wabash Avenue

What is better than Beer & Basketball?  Join the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago for its 3rd annual March Mayhem Mixer.

What an easy way to give back! All you have to do is come cheer on your favorite NCAA team with us and enjoy good food, good drinks, and good company.  All proceeds benefit Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit organization that supports Chicagoland schools with unique civic and law-related education programs.  Head on over after work. All of the second-round games will be on!

What do you get?
Semi-private viewing area • Heavy all-you-can eat appetizers! • Two beer tickets • Warm fuzzies for supporting a good cause! $35 in advance/$40 at the door

Questions? Call us at 312-663-9057.

Visit here for more information and to purchase a ticket.

Fellowships: What They Are and How to Get One

Date: March 24, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
TBA

Fellowships are a great way begin your career as an attorney. This program will feature guest presenter Lauren Fuchs of Equal Justice Works, speaking about the EJW Fellowship, Americorp JD Fellowships and Justice Americorp Fellowships; as well as Chicago-Kent alumni who have successfully obtained fellowships. Come learn about the wide-range of post-graduate fellowships available, from academic to project-based; how to develop a fellowship proposal; as well as best practices and resources to use in applying for fellowships.  Tuesday, March 24th, 12-1pm in room TBA. This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office and Kent Justice Foundation.  Food will be served! 

CBA YLS Diversity Committee Presents: Explicit Impact on Implicit Bias

Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Although there has been a lot of dialogue on implicit and unconscious bias, unpacking this concept to understand the myriad of "mental shortcuts" that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to the diversity and inclusion journey of any organization. This presentation will cover many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work and lead, and how we can break our biases to achieve our highest potential, as individuals and organizations.

This presentation will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people who we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. In a rapidly changing global marketplace where our differences can be a source of conflict or strength, understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be an individual as well as an organizational competitive advantage.

Speaker: Arin Reeves, J.D., Ph.D

Presented by YLS Diversity Committee. 1 IL Prof. Resp. Credit (subject to approval)

Register at www.chicagobar.org/clef or call 312-554-2056

Cook County Bar Association's 10th Annual Resume Writing Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Jones Day, 77 W. Wacker Dr.

The Cook County Bar Association's 10th annual resume writing workshop, sponsored by Jones Day, will take place on March 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The workshop will take place at Jones Day located at 77 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. 60601.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Highlighting Relevant Experience
  • Accomplishments
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Addressing Law School GPA
  • Law Firm Standards
  • Resume Review and Critique

This workshop is being conducted in connection with the 32nd Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair. For additional information, visit http://www.ccbaminorityjobfair.org/.

Students who wish to participate must RSVP by March 21st to Nicholas Cummings at ncummings@neclaw.com. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

CBA Young Lawyers Section Government Service Career Fair

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court

If you are considering a career working for a government entity, join the YLS on Saturday, March 28 for its Annual Government Service Career Fair. The event kicks off with a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. $15 Member/$30 Nonmember. For more information and to register online, click here.

Participating Agencies as of March 5
Cook County Public Defender
IRS-Chicago Counsel
National Labor Relations Board-Region 13
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
U.S. EPA, Region V

Mandatory 2L Program - What's Next for Fall

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Auditorium

The summer after your second year of law school is a key time to be thinking about your postgraduate job search.  How might your summer employment lead to a permanent position, and how do you broach this possibility with your supervisor?  What kind of timelines do employers follow when hiring new attorneys?  How early are the earliest deadlines? Most importantly, what should you be doing to make connections that will further your job search now and as you prepare to graduate? 

The What’s Next for Fall Program” will address these and other important concerns for rising 3L students.  Current 2L students are required to attend this program.

Nixon Peabody IP Summer Program Preparation

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 12:0pm – 1:00pm
Location: Room 270

On Tuesday, March 31st at noon in Room 270, representatives from the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody LLC (http://www.nixonpeabody.com/) will be on-campus to meet with 1L students focused on intellectual property to discuss both their firm and its IP practice.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear the inside scoop directly from Nixon Peabody attorneys.

Panelists will be Nixon attorneys Ela Baio, Brad Taub and Tim Horton. Their bios can be found at www.nixonpeabody.com.  Join these firm reps for a free lunch as they offer their thoughts and answer your questions. Program attendees will also be invited to a reception at the firm in April.

Because the firm will be providing lunch, they have asked that students RSVP in advanceTo do so, send an e-mail to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with Nixon Peabody in the subject line by Friday, March 27th. 

Building Your Legacy: Professionally, Personally, Effectively

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Chicago-Kent Auditorium and Front Lobby

The Women's Bar Association of Illinois and Women In Law will host a panel of attorneys to discuss how law students and practicing attorneys can build their career and legacy. This event is open to the public.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar Panel

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 5:00pm

Join the Indianapolis Bar Association and the McKinney School of Law online on March 31 at 5 p.m. as they team up to offer a webinar to help 1L students learn more about the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair. Panelists will share additional information about the fair and answer questions live. Find out more here.

What They Don't Tell You in Law School - Real Talk on Women in the Law

Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn, 37th Floor

This is a complimentary program where Chicago area women law students can learn about grit and the growth mindset.  This program, presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, seeks to Educate, Equip, and Engage the next generation of women lawyers.

  • Work through real-life scenarios with gritty women attorneys
  • Develop grit and growth mindset skills
  • Understand the research on implicit bias
  • Learn how to engage with the ABA

5:30 - 7:00 PM Program
7:00 - 8:00 PM Networking Event
Light refreshments and food provided
For more information and to register, visit ambar.org/ChicagoGrit.

You must register by April 7th at 12:00 PM. 

Employment Opportunities

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

Judicial Externships: Fall 2015 - Applications due March 19 (for Fall 2015)

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program that enables Kent students to do legal research and writing for federal appellate, district or magistrate judges as well as designated Illinois appellate and circuit court judges included in our participating panel of judges.

Being a judicial extern is a unique and important learning experience which is recognized as a significant achievement by the legal community and will benefit you in pursuing your future career goals.

Judicial externs work with a judge and/or the judge's law clerks researching law, writing memoranda and participating in drafting opinions. Externs also have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom. In addition, there is an accompanying classroom component which focuses on various aspects of judicial decision-making, and how those aspects affect the extern's work product.

Application Process

Summer and Fall 2015 Information and Application packets will be available as of Monday, February 9th, in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600), in the Career Services Offices, and on the table by the third floor elevators, as well as on line. The information packets will give you complete information about the program and application procedures. In addition, if you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Prof. Vivien Gross in Room 617. E-mail: vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Completed applications for Summer 2015 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to Prof. Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Wednesday, February 25th, at 5:00 p.m.

Completed applications for Fall 2015 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to Prof. Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Thursday, March 19th, at 5:00 p.m.

Access 2 Practice Summer Legal Externship Program: Opportunities Available, Apply Now!

A2P Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas - private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court (provided you have completed ½ of the required law school credit hours).

Why Extern?

To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work. LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

Summer Access2Practice LEP

Summer Access2Practice differs from Fall/Spring LEP in that summer students have a greater choice of placements. Whereas Fall and Spring placements are predominantly in the public and not-for-profit areas, Summer LEP includes a significant number of private placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments. These private placements are supervised by Kent alums and both the placement and teaching supervisor have been screened and approved specifically for this purpose.

How do I apply for a summer Access2Practice Legal Externship?

Symplicity contains private-sector Summer A2P placement opportunities for which you can apply. Log in to Symplicity; click on “Jobs” and go to “CSO Jobs.” There you can do an “Advanced Search” and then scroll to Access2Practice: Private Sector Externship - Summer for opportunities with private law firms and in-house. The applications to the member placements are submitted through Symplicity and sent electronically to the respective placements the day after the deadline. The deadline is MONDAY, March 23rd at 11:59pm cst. Each teaching attorney/placement then independently screens and selects its extern(s).   

In addition, in Simplicity, you can search for public sector (government and legal aid) opportunities for summer/fall/spring as Access2Practice Legal Externships – Summer; Access 2 Practice Legal Externships – Fall; and Access 2 Practice Legal Externships – Spring. These government agencies and non-profit organizations tend to hire for every term (summer/fall/spring) and students can apply for legal externship credit at any of these agencies during any academic term. The deadlines for government and non-profit organizations vary, as they are set by the agency.  

Under the category “Volunteer-Internships – Summer” you will find additional opportunities at government/legal agencies that may, or may not, be available for externship credit; as this category includes out of state agencies and non-profits, and agencies where the position might not be full-time and thus may not qualify for school credit. These deadlines also vary, as they are set by the agency. If you have a question about whether an opportunity would qualify for externship credit, reach out to Professor Gross.

How do I secure academic credit?

When you accept an offer to extern for credit for an Access2Practice: Private Sector Externship with a private firm or corporation, you must schedule an interview with Professor Gross and submit a legal externship application. The final deadline to submit your application to Prof. Gross is May 4, 2015, but you are expected to schedule the interview with her before that deadline.

If you accept an offer to work at a government or non-profit, and you wish to receive externship credit, you must schedule an interview with Professor Gross and submit a legal externship application.The final deadline to submit your application to Prof. Gross is May 4, 2015, but you are expected to schedule the interview with her before that deadline.  Students who accept a position at a government or non-profit organization should be aware however, that you may seek alternative sources of funding though Kent Justice Foundation, and other sources; or volunteer and count those hours as community service (if the agency/organization is okay with that), instead of receiving academic credit. Speak with your career advisor about sources of funding that may be available. 

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2015 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators, and on line

United States Attorney's Office Fall 2015 Intern/Extern - Applications due April 15, 2015

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.

Application Materials:
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.

Qualifications:

  • Students must be second-year or third-year law students by the beginning of the fall 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.

Minimum Weeks:
Required: Fall 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. Should you secure this externship and wish to receive credit, you must see Professor Vivien Gross - vgross@kentlaw.edu - for permission to enroll in the fall legal externship class.

Assignments:
The work of the law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases.

Web Page: http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/

All application packages must be submitted by United States post-mail to the district contact (Monica LeKostaj, Administrative Assistant for the Law Student Intern Program) by April 15, 2015. See Symplicity ID: #19926 for more information.

Sixth Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 17, 2015

Sidley Austin LLP invites current 1L students who identify as racially or ethnically diverse, and/or LGBT, and/or have a disability and who will be working in Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, or San Francisco during the summer of 2015 to apply to participate in the Sixth Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is a formal mentoring program that aims to promote diverse law students’ interest in joining Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco law firms after graduation. Program Details The program will run in June and July 2015. Through the program, students will be matched with Sidley attorney-mentors to advise students on career development strategies and professional opportunities.
Sidley mentors will address subjects such as:

  • Best practices for applying to law firms, interviewing, and capitalizing on the summer associate experience;
  • Understanding the variety and nature of practice in the local market (Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, L.A. or San Francisco);
  • Advancing professional skills through pro bono service and clerkships; and
  • Cultivating role models, mentors, and professional networks as a diverse lawyer.

To be considered as a mentee for the 2015 program, a student must:

  • Be a current 1L student who will be working in the Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco area for at least 7 weeks in June and July 2015;
  • Demonstrate interest in practicing at a law firm in Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco after graduation;
  • Have a schedule that permits attending events held after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Please visit the Career Services Office for an application.

Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015

Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture.  Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.
 
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $20,000 awards to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to her/his legal education for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school.  The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
 
Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application (2015 Diverse Scholars Application), a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample to:  DiverseScholars@reedsmith.com.
 
Summer associate positions in 2016 are available in:  Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston, and Washington, D.C.  Applications must be submitted on or before July 20, 2015.
 
Students may also visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application.  To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015

Zelle Hofmann is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship.  The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient's law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student's second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student's third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student's second year of law school. Depending upon the firm's current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm's offices for the summer following the student's first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student's interest and the firm's need. Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient's successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student's remaining law school career.

Click here for a copy of the formal scholarship application containing more in-depth information about the scholarship for your reference and dissemination.

Please note that to be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the application and required documents to Zelle Hofmann by April 1, 2015.  Click here for contact information and respective submission information. 

Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program 2015 - Applications due April 2, 2015

The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program (“Stevens Fellowship”) provides a grant of $5,000 each to two students at the Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured unpaid public interest legal positions during the summer.  These two Stevens Fellowships are awarded to help defray living expenses of deserving and committed students working in the public interest, as well as to provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations. 

Chicago-Kent joins a number of other law schools with Stevens Fellowships.  The Fellowship seeks to honor Justice Stevens by promoting public interest and social justice values that have characterized Justice Stevens’ work throughout his career.  The Stevens Fellowship has been funded primarily through private contributions from former law clerks to Justice Stevens.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Application Deadline:  Your complete application should be sent electronically to Professor Nancy Marder (nmarder@kentlaw.iit.edu) and one (1) hard-copy should be placed in Professor Marder’s mailbox on the 2nd floor by noon, Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Both the electronic version and the hard-copy must be submitted by noon on April 2nd.  There are no exceptions to this deadline. 

Complete applications must include:

  • Application Form (See the Document Library in Symplicity)
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume (No need to print on resume paper; ordinary paper is fine)
  • Official transcript (Include as part of the hard-copy submission only.  Please find out how long it takes to obtain an official transcript and leave sufficient time to meet the deadline.)
  • Certification with signature (Hard-copy is to be signed; electronic copy can be typed.)

           
Please keep in mind that your complete application must be submitted electronically and in hard copy. You may view an electronic version of the application packet at the Symplicity document library, which is part of Career Services’ electronic library.  It is listed under “Justice Stevens Fellowship Application.” Hard copies of this application packet are also available in the clip outside Prof. Marder’s office (839).

REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY

  1. Applicants must secure a public interest position.
    1. Public interest organizations may include government agencies, legal services, advocacy groups and policy reform organizations.
    2. Resources are available to give you information about summer employment such as: the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC); Career Services Office; and Past Fellowship organizations [See page 4].
    3. If you have yet to secure an offer, but you are in the application process and have had an interview, you may still apply.  However, confirmation of a job offer must be provided before a Stevens Fellowship is awarded.
  1. The public interest position must be unpaid. 
    1. The Stevens Fellowship is designed to aid students who are working without pay. 
    2. The Stevens Fellowship is not available for students receiving school credit for their work.
  1. Applicants should commit to working 40 hours per week for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks (full time) at their public interest internship.
    1. Fellowship recipients must sign an Agreement Letter, stating the number of hours to which they have committed and the number of weeks.  
    2. The Fellowship Advisory Committee reserves the right to contact the employer to confirm this commitment.
  1. Factors the Fellowship Advisory Committee Considers in Awarding Stevens Fellowships:
    1. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to public interest and social justice.  Commitment is shown by:
      • Involvement in volunteer work at Chicago-Kent; and/or
      • Public service volunteering outside of Chicago-Kent. 
    1. Other factors the Committee will consider include:
      • Nature of the proposed summer position;
      • The impact of your work on the community;
      • Your commitment and intentions as demonstrated in the personal statement.
    1. Academic achievement
    2. The Stevens Fellowship is designed primarily for 2Ls, but exceptional 1Ls will be   considered.

EVALUATION PROCESS

The Fellowship Advisory Committee will be chaired by Professor Marder and may include an external reviewer and two internal reviewers (typically faculty members).  The Fellowship Advisory Committee will review applications based on the stated requirements.  Interviews may be conducted.  Announcements will be made approximately two - three weeks after the application deadline. 

AWARDING OF FELLOWSHIPS

Stevens Fellowship Recipients will receive one check for the full amount of their Stevens Fellowship, which should be issued by June.  Recipients MUST complete a W-9 tax form before the end of the spring semester. Upon notification of having received a grant, the school will provide each Fellowship recipient with all the necessary tax forms.  All such forms must be completed before Chicago-Kent can issue the award check.

Each of the two Stevens Fellowship recipients must sign an Agreement Letter, stating where he or she will work, the number of hours he or she will work, and the number of weeks.  A copy of the Agreement Letter must be forwarded to Professor Marder.  The Fellowship Advisory Committee may also follow up with the public interest organization asking how the Fellow’s work made a difference in the communities served by the organization.

At the end of the summer, Fellowship recipients must write a brief description of their summer, including information about the type of work performed and the ways in which it helped the organization.  The description must be submitted to Professor Marder at the beginning of the fall semester.  This description will be shared with Justice Stevens and will also be used for future Stevens Fellowship promotion, including promotion of Stevens Fellowships the following year.

For more information, see the application packet at the Symplicity document library, which is part of Career Services’ electronic library.  It is listed under “Justice Stevens Fellowship Application.

McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

McGuireWoods’ annual Diversity Scholarship Program will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse current first-year law students with an expected graduation year of 2017, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. Applicants are considered based on their involvement in community activities and diversity related student organizations, personal achievements, and law school and undergraduate academic performance. Consistent with the objective of promoting diversity in legal education and leadership roles in the legal profession, McGuireWoods will also consider additional criteria including, among other factors, whether the applicant is: the first family member to attend college, from an economically disadvantaged family, a member of a group currently underrepresented in law schools and law firms, from a family with little or no legal education or experience, an alumnus of a college or university whose graduates are historically underrepresented in law school, or demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting diversity in his or her undergraduate school, law school and community.

Application Packet Must Include:

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume
  • Undergraduate & first semester law school transcripts (photocopy of official transcript is acceptable)
  • Personal statement (limit of 1,500 words) explaining your commitment to diversity in the legal profession, community involvement and personal achievements. Tell us something that is not on your resume
  • Professional letter of recommendation from an undergraduate or law professor
Completed application packet must be received by MIDNIGHT on May 29, 2015. Scholarships will be awarded by July 2, 2015, paid directly to the law school for tuition and books only. Send materials via U.S. mail, e-mail or fax (preferably email) to: Amy L. Pretty, Attorney Recruiting Manager, McGuireWoods LLP 77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60601-1818 apretty@mcguirewoods.com 312.849.3690 (fax).

Job Fairs

Save the date: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Registration Opens April 1)

The eighth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair to be held August 6-7, 2015.  Legal employers will expect to interview  full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2017) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2017/2018) to participate in the fair.  Students: Registration opens April 1, 2015.  The student registration deadline is June 28, 2015. Only students who have registered, bid and obtain interviews can participate in Diversity Job Fair events. 

The IndyBar Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.  To learn more about the logistics of the Job Fair, please visit ibadiversityjobfair.org.

Student registration is available at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students. Following registration, students will be provided with automatically-generated passwords that will allow them to use the system throughout the next few months.

Save the Date: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 8 (registration opens April 1)

Minority Law Students in the Classes of 2016 and 2017 are cordially invited to participate in The Cook County Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair.

  • When: August 8, 2015 (Save the date)
  • Registration opens April 1, 2015
Please visit here for more information.

Diversity

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar Panel
(See above)

Save the date: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Registration Opens April 1)
(See above)

Save the Date: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (registration opens April 1)
(See above)

Zelle Hoffman 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015
(See above)

Sixth Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 17, 2015
(See above)

McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
(See above)

Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015
(See above)

 

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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