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Week of March 23, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • Make an Appointment!
  • 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 24: Compliance Career Chat with Lauren Friedlen
  • March 24: Fellowships: What They Are and How to Get One
  • March 24: CBA Young Lawyers Section Diversity Committee Presents: Explicit Impact on Implicit Bias
  • March 25: Child and Family Law Alumni Networking Event
  • March 25: Ask-A-Lawyer Q&A
  • March 26: CBA Young Lawyers Section Social
  • March 26: CBA Young Lawyers Section Health & Hospital Committee Meeting - Vaccines and Vaccine Litigation with Chicago-Kent's Tara O'Mahoney
  • 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: IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Webinar Panel
  • April 7: Mandatory 1L Program - What's Next for Fall
  • April 8: What They Don't Tell You in Law School - Real Talk on Women in the Law

Employment Opportunities

  • Access2Practice Summer Legal Externship Program: Opportunities Available, Apply Now (Applications for Private Sector due MONDAY, March 23rd at 11:59pm cdt!)
  • United States Attorney's Office Fall 2015 Intern/Extern - Applications due April 15, 2015
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fall 2015 Student Honors Program - Applications due May 4, 2015
  • Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2015 Ms. JD Fellowship - Deadline Extended: Applications due March 27, 2015
  • Zelle Hofmann 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
  • Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois Fellowship and Scholarship - Applications due April 3, 2015
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

Job Fairs

  • Save the Date: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21 (Early Registration Open Now!)
  • 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 Now Open - Register by May 15)

Diversity

  • CBA Young Lawyers Section Presents: Explicit Impact on Implicit Bias
  • IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Webinar Panel
  • Save the Date: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21 (Early Registration Open Now!)
  • 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 Now Open - Register by May 15)
  • Zelle Hofmann 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2015
  • Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois Fellowship and Scholarship - Applications due April 3, 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"

Information & Announcements

Make an Appointment!

If you are a 1L student and you have not yet met with your Career Advisor, please come in to do so and to have your resume reviewed and begin to develop a job search strategy. Appointments are mandatory.

If you are a 2L/3L/4L and you have not come in yet this school year, please make an appointment to meet with your Career Advisor to discuss your job search status and plans. Thank you!

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 searches, find and save a list of contacts, create resumes and cover letters, and put them together in targeted e-mail or postal mail campaigns. Then users can track 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 the group 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.

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 have been notified that Resume Books are available, so students are encouraged to opt-in to desired Resume Books as soon as possible (employers may request a Resume Book at any time). 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 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). Resume Books are available for employers to review, so they can see resumes of students that fit the criteria they are looking for. Resume Books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (e.g. “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 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.

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution 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.

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, as well as online.  For more information about the respective clinics offered, click here!

On-Campus Interviewing

 

Programming

Compliance Career Chat with Lauren Friedlen

Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Room 305

Join Chicago-Kent's Institute for Compliance for pizza and a discussion with Lauren Friedlen, Compliance Specialist at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Lauren focuses on general corporate compliance, enterprise risk management, and compliance with SEC and CFTC regulations. After graduating from Chicago-Kent in 2013, Lauren worked as an Investigator in the CBOE's Regulatory Services Division, focusing on financial regulatory compliance. She conducted routine examinations of Broker-Dealer Trading Permit Holders, surveilling for non-compliance with various SEC regulations and exchange rules. Shortly thereafter, Lauren transferred into CBOE's Compliance Department, reporting directly to the Chief Compliance Officer.

Fellowships: What They Are and How to Get One

Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 370

Fellowships are a great way to 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, 12:00pm - 1:00pm in room 370. This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office and Kent Justice Foundation.  Food will be served! 

CBA Young Lawyers Section 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 here or call 312-554-2056.

Child and Family Law Alumni Networking Event

Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Front Lobby

The Child & Family Law Alumni Networking Event will be on March 25th in the Front Lobby from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Food and drinks will be provided! This is a great opportunity for students interested in family law to meet various Chicago-Kent alumni who specialize in this field.

Ask-A-Lawyer Q&A

Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Room 510

Law school equips you with the tools you will need to think like a lawyer, but what is the actual practice of law like? Do you have any questions about choosing a career path?

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent are offering law students a unique opportunity to ask practicing attorneys questions about anything related to practicing law and to find out what it is like to gain practical legal experience by enrolling in one of the Law Offices’ In-House Clinics!

Come for food, drinks and straight talk on Wednesday, March 25 at 3:00pm in Room 510 for the opportunity to ask and get answers to your toughest, burning questions. Feel free to ask practicing attorneys anything related to: practicing law, specific areas and concentrations in the law, career paths, Chicago-Kent's in-house clinic program, their take on the Serial podcast, what it’s like to prepare for a trial, etc.  Put them on the stand and gain some practical insight.

CBA Young Lawyers Section Social

Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Celtic Crossings, 751 N. Clark St.

Football season is over, spring is in the air and March Madness has begun.  Tip the season off and join the YLS at Celtic Crossings (751 N. Clark) from 7-9 p.m. on March 26th for the March Social!  Located in the Gold Coast and considered a Chicago Irish Bar Institution, this will be the perfect location to catch up with friends and colleagues. Bring your brackets, the games will be on! Live music will start at 9 pm. We hope to see you there! Complimentary Guinness and other specials will be available. Cheers!

CBA Young Lawyers Section Health & Hospital Committee Meeting - Vaccines and Vaccine Litigation with Chicago-Kent's Tara O'Mahoney

Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 12:15pm – 1:00pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court

SPEAKER: Tara O'Mahoney, Staff Attorney, Law Offices of Chicago-Kent College of Law 
TOPIC: Vaccines and Vaccine Litigation 

Ms. O'Mahoney will discuss the types of injuries that may arise due to vaccines and her work representing claimants in proceedings before the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

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 10:00am - 1:00pm.  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. Visit here for additional information.

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 S. 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, Time and Location: Tuesday, March 31, 12:00pm (Auditorium) and Wednesday, April 1, 5:15pm (Room C20)

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.

These programs will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Auditorium and on Wednesday, April 1 from 5:15pm – 5:50pm in Room C20

Students need only attend one session.

Nixon Peabody IP Summer Program Preparation

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 12:00pm – 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 Chicago-Kent's Society of 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.

IndyBar 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 31st at 5:00pm as they team up to offer a webinar to help 1L students learn more about the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair. Panelists will share additional information about the fair and answer questions live. You can listen to the webinar by clicking here, on March 31 at 5pm

Here are the details on the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair: 

The eighth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair will 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.  Registration opens April 1, 2015.  The student registration deadline is June 28, 2015. Only students who have registered, bid and obtained 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.

Mandatory 1L Program - What's Next for Fall

Date: Tuesday, April 7
Times and Locations: 12:00pm (Auditorium) and 5:15pm (Room C20)

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the Career Services Office will present a mandatory program for current 1L students on the job opportunities and career deadlines coming up in the fall. Current 1L students are required to attend this program.

Learn About:

  • Fall Recruiting (OCI)
  • State, Local and Federal Government Hiring
  • Public Interest Deadlines and Opportunities
  • Small and Midsize Firm Opportunities
  • Tips for Your Transition from Summer to Fall

These programs will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Auditorium and 5:15pm – 5:50pm in Room C20

Students need only attend one session.

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.

Access2Practice Summer Legal Externship Program: Opportunities Available, Apply Now! (Applications for Private Sector due MONDAY, March 23rd at 11:59pm cdt!)

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program 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. Access2Practice 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

Summer Access2Practice differs from Fall/Spring Access2Practice 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 Access2Practice includes a significant number of private placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments. These private placements are supervised by Chicago-Kent alumni 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 Access2Practice 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 cdt. 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; Access2Practice Legal Externships – Fall; and Access2Practice 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 applicationThe 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 organization, 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 online

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

The United States Attorney's Office 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.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fall 2015 Student Honors Program - Applications due May 4, 2015

Do you want to perform challenging work in a professional environment? Begin by investing in your career and future at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for its 2015 Fall Honors Program. The 2015 Fall Honors Program offers law students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their legal careers. Over the course of the ten-week program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, a mentoring program, and tours that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws. Specific duties and responsibilities will vary according to the office or division of assignment. Click here for more information and to learn how to apply.

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 students 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 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.

See Symplicity ID: #19955 for more information.

Fellowships & Scholarships

2015 Ms. JD Fellowship - Deadline Extended: Applications due March 27, 2015

There's still time to apply for Ms. JD's Fellowship!

The Ms. JD Fellowship is one of our most popular programs. It promotes mentoring and professional development. We've extended the fellowship application deadline to March 27th! Not sure if the Ms. JD Fellowship is right for you? Read one Fellow's experience here. 

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to create the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.

Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.  

When you are ready, Apply Here!

Zelle Hofmann 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 2ndThere 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 in the Symplicity Document 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; Career Services Office; and Past Fellowship organizations.
    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; and
      • 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 in the Symplicity Document Library (it is listed under “Justice Stevens Fellowship Application").

Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois Fellowship and Scholarship - Applications due April 3, 2015

Since 1997 HLSF has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships and fellowship opportunities to Latino law students based on merit, financial need, and commitment to the Latino community. HLSF gives law firms, corporations, and individuals a vehicle for supporting Latino law students, providing both financial support and networking opportunities.

Each year, HLSF awards scholarships of $3,000 to first-year Latino law students, and $5,000 fellowships for law students who work at agencies such as the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. HLSF is especially proud of its past scholarship recipients who have gone on to become leaders of the organized Latino bar and in other organizations that help the Latino community.

HLSF is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in Illinois as a Not-For- Profit Corporation. HLSF was established in 1996 (by virtue of consolidation of the Mexican American Lawyers’ Scholarship Fund and the Latin American Bar Foundation). Click here for more facts.

Download the HLSF Scholarship Application here.
Download the HLSF Fellowship Application here.

Applications for both the Scholarship and the Fellowship are due April 3, 2015.

McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

McGuire Woods’ 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, McGuire Woods 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, McGuire Woods LLP 77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60601-1818 apretty@mcguirewoods.com 312.849.3690 (fax).

Job Fairs

Save the Date: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21 (Early Registration Open Now!)

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in our Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C.  The goal of the Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels. The Job Fair is held in connection with the Annual Conference, which serves not only as a job fair forum, but as a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors.  This year’s 32nd Annual Conference will run from July 19, 2015 to July 25, 2015. The Job Fair begins at 8:00a.m. with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00a.m.  At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Convention attendees.  The reception will afford Job Fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors.

Registration is now open. The early registration fee for the Job Fair is $25.00 for law students and 2015 law school graduates, and $50.00 for experienced attorneys.  Starting May 1st, the regular Job Fair registration fee is $50.00 for law students and 2015 law school graduates, and $75.00 for experienced attorneys.   On June 20th, the Job Fair registration fee increases to $100 for law students and the class of 2015, and $150 for experienced attorneys.  Registration closes on July 7th.

In addition to the Job Fair reception, all Job Fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled “Strategies for a Successful Interview”.  The seminar will take place on Monday, July 20th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Fairmont Hotel, and will provide Job Fair participants with effective interviewing techniques.

Job Fair attendees are also welcome to attend the entire conference.  Students and 2015 law school graduates are invited to attend Conference seminars for free.  However, other events, such as luncheons, dinners and receptions, must be paid for separately. 

You may register for the conference and job fair online.

Additional information about the NBPA and its conference and Job Fair is available at www.blackprosecutors.org.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at NBPAJobFair2015@dany.nyc.gov or (212) 335-4300.

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

The eighth annual IndyBar Diversity Job Fair will 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.  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 14 (Registration Now Open - Register by May 15)

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 on August 14, 2015.

This year’s Job Fair will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015, from 8:30am - 5:00pm at the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

During the last hour of the Job Fair there will be an Open House Reception that will allow registered students to mingle with employers on an informal basis. Students interested in a particular employer who did not receive a formal interview with that employer will be given the opportunity to meet that firm/organization’s representatives at the Open House Reception.

Law Student registration is now open. Please note that the student registration process will be completed via a multi-step process. First, each student must register as a participating student by entering his or her profile information on the Symplicity website.  IMPORTANT: Chicago-Kent's "Law School Job Fair Liaison" is Allison Smith. Please enter her name, when you register; and be in touch with Allison, or your career advisor with any questions. Allison is at: asmith16@kentlaw.iit.edu. Second, each student must upload his or her resume by Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Please visit here for more information. You may also view the CCBA Minority Job Fair Brochure in the Symplicity Document Library (it is listed under "2015 CCBA Minority Job Fair Brochure").

Diversity

CBA Young Lawyers Section Presents: Explicit Impact on Implicit Bias
(See above)

IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Webinar Panel
(See above)

Save the Date: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21 (Early Registration Open Now!)
(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 Now Open - Register by May 15)
(See above)

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

Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois Fellowship and Scholarship - Applications due April 3, 2015
(See above)

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 or you may view an electronic version of the application in the Symplicity Document Library (it is listed under "Sixth Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program Application").

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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