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Week of April 13, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • Make an Appointment!
  • Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 2L Program - What's Next for Fall
  • Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 1L Program - What's Next for Fall
  • 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!
  • Federal Work Study for Summer 2015: Apply Now!

On-Campus Interviewing

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • April 14: How to Succeed: Government or Legal Aid
  • April 16: Women in Law: Being Successful and Making an Impact
  • April 18: 3rd Annual BARBRI’s Beyond the Bar Associate Skills Training
  • April 21: Calibrating Your Career Search Sessions
  • April 21: Opportunities at the Department of Justice: The Largest Legal Employer in the United States
  • April 21: Federal Bar Association Lunch Program "Going to Federal Court."
  • April 22: Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event
  • April 23: How Did You Become an Entertainment Attorney?
  • April 28: Immigration Law Society's Spring Soiree
  • April 29: Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law
  • April 29: Decalogue Society of Lawyers CLE: Providing Pro Bono Services
  • May 15: Federal Bar Association Chambers Lunch with Hon. Thomas M. Durkin, United States District Judge 
  • May 20-21: 27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program

Employment Opportunities

  • United States Attorney's Office Fall 2015 Intern/Extern - Applications due April 15, 2015
  • Summer Internship Opportunity with the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council - Applications due April 17, 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

  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Funding - Applications due April 15, 2015
  • Ms. JD 2015 Summer Public Interest Scholarships - Applications due April 17, 2015
  • Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago Foundation Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, Applications due April 17, 2015
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015

Job Fairs

  • Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21
  • Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
  • Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, August 5-8
  • Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)
  • Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (Register by May 15)
  • Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)

Diversity

  • Women in Law: Being Successful and Making an Impact
  • Summer Internship Opportunity with the Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council - Applications due April 17, 2015
  • Sixth Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 17, 2015
  • Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago Foundation Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, Applications due April 17,2015
  • April 22: Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event
  • April 29: Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law
  • May 20-21: 27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • McGuire Woods Diversity Scholarship - Applications due May 29, 2015
  • Reed Smith 2015 Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 20, 2015
  • Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21
  • Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
  • Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, August 5-8
  • Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)
  • Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (Register by May 15)
  • Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)

Resources

  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt
  • CSO Resources

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!

Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 2L Program - What's Next for Fall

Current 2L students who were unable to attend the mandatory 2L program "What's Next for Fall" must watch the 30 minute video of the program online and print and complete the "Rising 3L Student Registration Form". If you missed the program, you will receive an email with this form, but you may also find a copy in the Document Library or in the Career Services Office. Please complete and return this form to the Career Services Office (suite 360) by Friday, April 24, 2015.

Makeup Procedures: Mandatory 1L Program - What's Next for Fall

Current 1L students who were unable to attend the mandatory 1L program "What's Next for Fall" must watch the 30 minute video of the program online and print and complete the "Rising 2L Student Registration Form". If you missed the program, you will receive an email with this form, but you may also find a copy in the Document Library or in the Career Services Office. Please complete and return this form to the Career Services Office (suite 360) by Friday, May 1, 2015.

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 Lawcountability, J.D. 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!

Federal Work Study for Summer 2015: Apply Now!

Chicago-Kent will have very limited Community-Based Federal Work Study funds available during the first half of Summer 2015; and it is anticipated that we will have enough funds for all requests during the 2nd half of summer. Chicago-Kent rising 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school, provided the agency or organization has been approved for federal work study placement.  Students who have a federal work study award must obtain a summer position and list their summer employers on the application form. Please visit the Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.  Applications for Federal Work Study for Summer 2015 are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible.

On-Campus Interviewing

 

Programming

ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) have prepared a short (9 minute) webinar on how to use www.illinoisprobono.org to search for a summer internship or externship. The webinar walks you through the application process and provides tips from partnering legal aid organizations. You can access the webinar here: How to Apply for Internships and Externships.

How to Succeed: Government or Legal Aid

Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Room 590

Come hear from a panel of attorneys at government and legal aid organizations as they present their tips for summer job success.

  • What can you do to start off on the right foot?
  • What do supervisors expect of their law clerks/interns?
  • What qualities and attributes will make you a "star" intern?
  • How do you handle assignments?
  • When you make a mistake, how should you handle it?
  • If working directly with clients, how do you communicate effectively; and can a law student, with supervision, provide advice to clients?
  • How do you exit gracefully at the end of the summer, or continue the relationship into future semesters?

Featuring: 

Ruth Gudino, Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Beth Karpiak, Equip for Equality, Equal Justice Works Fellow
Stephanie Ridella ('14), Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL)
Renee Thibault, Cook County State's Attorney's Office 

Sponsored by the Career Services Office, the Kent Justice Foundation, the American Constitution Society and the Criminal Law Society. Pizza will be provided.

Women in Law: Being Successful and Making an Impact

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Perkins Coie, 131 South Dearborn St.

The transition from law school to practice can often be a challenging one. We invite you to hear from seasoned lawyers about legal career options and tips on how to navigate toward success in the changing legal market.

Please join the women of Microsoft and Perkins Coie for an interactive session on what lies ahead after law school. Learn from the perspectives of both the in-house counsel and private practitioner on what you can do to shape your career trajectory as a female lawyer, and how the decisions you make during and after law school can make a positive impact at work.

Presenters
Hillary Kaplan, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Nichole Abbotts, Attorney, Microsoft
Jeanne Cullen, Partner, Perkins Coie
Jeannil Boji, Counsel, Perkins Coie
Debra Bernard, Moderator, Partner, Perkins Coie

Agenda
Registration & Networking: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Program: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Plus, door prizes!  Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP.

3rd Annual BARBRI’s Beyond the Bar Associate Skills Training

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 9:00am – 5:15pm
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson St.

BARBRI is proud to present the 3rd Annual Beyond the Bar Associate Skills Training, sponsored by Bloomberg Law! This exclusive one-day professional development workshop will equip you with the right skills, knowledge and attitude for success in today’s challenging legal market.

During this program, participants will learn a range of practical day-to-day attorney skills to complement their technical legal know-how. The investment in learning and implementation of these innovative approaches to the "business of law" will help you win and retain clients, ultimately driving your career success.

As the exclusive sponsor of this program, Bloomberg Law is offering students free admission to this incredibly valuable opportunity. All law students with Bloomberg Law accounts may easily register online for the event here.

This program will include the following informative presentations:

  • 9:00 - 12:00 PM          How To Become The Go-To Associate
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM          Lunch and Bloomberg Law Presentation
  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM            Persuasive Communication
  • 3:00 - 3:15 PM            Networking Break
  • 3:15 - 5:15 PM            Financial Literacy

Calibrating Your Career Search Sessions

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Kathy Morris will provide stage-specific job search advice for new, mid-level, and seasoned lawyers in one-hour group sessions. Come hear about the look and content of a resume and cover letter that befit your place in the profession. Discussion may include: ways to harness your technological skills (or generational lack thereof) to maximize your search; how to define, access, and expand your network at your stage along the spectrum; and how to ace the interview and get the offer.

Oft-asked questions also will be addressed including:

  • Should you respond to an ad for a job for which you are under or overqualified?
  • As a junior lawyer, how do you get experience in order to be experienced enough for the job you want? 
  • How should you respond to questions about your life-stage?
  • How do you answer inquiries about why you are looking for a new job at this particular point in your career?

You won’t want to miss the special event geared to your career stage, whether you are searching now or may be in times to come.

Register by selecting a Session:
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Geared to New and Junior Attorneys
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Geared to Mid-Level Attorneys
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Geared to Seasoned Attorneys

Opportunities at the Department of Justice: The Largest Legal Employer in the United States

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 590

The United States Department of Justice, the federal government's law firm and the country's largest legal employer, offers many opportunities to law students in almost every area of law. This program will explore these opportunities and discuss how to apply with the Department.  Please note that the DOJ application deadline for the Attorney General's Honors Program and Competitive Paid Summer Legal Internship Program (SLIP) is in the early fall; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you visit the Attorney General's Honors Program or Competitive Paid Summer Legal Internship Program (SLIP) now for more information, and utilize this program to gain additional insights and tips as to your application.

Federal Bar Association Lunch Program "Going to Federal Court"

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Location: Room 580

The next Federal Bar Association lunch program will focus on Federal Court litigation. Topics will include immigration related cases in Federal Court, types of suits, the interplay between DHS/ OIL/ ICE and the U.S. Attorney’s office, as well as other immigration related issues in Federal Court litigation. Box lunches will be provided.

Speakers:
Craig Oswald, Assistant United States Attorney Deputy Chief, Civil Division
Justin Burton, Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC 

Moderator:
Eileen M. Momblanco, Laner Muchin, Chair of the Immigration Committee, FBA Chicago Chapter

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, Judge Castillo’s Courtroom 2541

The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois’s JD Mentors Program welcomes law students and young attorneys to participate in their “Courtroom as Classroom” at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.

Event Highlights

  • Tour of the Courthouse
  • Meet & hear from some of the federal Judges, including Chief Judge Castillo
  • Learn about the US Attorney’s Office, US Defender’s Office, and Federal Clerkships
  • Networking Reception

Please provide RSVP by April 15th to: jdmentors@gmail.com

How Did You Become an Entertainment Attorney?

Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: American Bar Association, 321 N Clark St.

The ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries presents an open and honest panel on a career track in this popular and exciting field of law.  This panel is designed for law students and young attorneys interested in entertainment law.

See here for more information and to register.

Immigration Law Society's Spring Soiree

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: 10th Floor Event Room – Morris Hall

Save the date on Tuesday, April 28, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm for the Immigration Law Society's Spring Soiree! The event will feature a panel and opportunity to network.

Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Arnstein & Lehr, 120 South Riverside Plaza, 12th Floor

Law Students are invited to attend a reception to celebrate diversity in the law, hosted by Arnstein & Lehr LLP.  Arnstein & Lehr LLP, one of the country’s oldest and most respected law firms, is holding a special reception to honor Chicago-based law students from all different backgrounds and experiences. This is an opportunity to join a diverse network of students and attorneys for an evening of light appetizers, beverages and conversation.

Chasity Boyce, Associate General Counsel at the Office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, will be an honored guest and give a brief presentation. Students should RSVP here by Monday, April 20.

Decalogue Society of Lawyers CLE: Providing Pro Bono Services

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Location: 134 N. LaSalle, Room 775

Join the Decalogue Society of Lawyers for a CLE program on Providing Pro Bono Services.

Speaker: Patricia NelsonDirector, Chancery Court Access to Justice Program, CVLS

Materials will be emailed the day prior to the class. It is recommended to bring your laptop or tablet with you, or print out the materials ahead of time. Hard copies will not be distributed at the class.

1 hour General MCLE Credit

This class is free of charge.  Brown bag it for lunch.

See here for more information and to register.

Federal Bar Association Chambers Lunch with Hon. Thomas M. Durkin, United States District Judge 

Date: Friday, May 15
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, 14th Floor – Judge Durkin’s Jury Room

Join United States District Judge Hon. Thomas M. Durkin for lunch.  This is an opportunity for practitioners and students to enjoy lunch in a close setting with Judge Durkin.

See here for more information and to register.

27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program

Date: Wednesday, May 20 – Thursday, May 21
Location: American Bar Association – Chicago Headquarters, 321 North Clark St., 21st Floor

Join the ABA for two days of exclusive programming and career and professional development that includes presentations and keynote plenaries with the experts on current legal issues, along with valuable CLE and networking opportunities.   

Law students may register here for $10.

See here for more information and to download a preliminary agenda.

Employment Opportunities

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

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.

Summer Internship Opportunity with the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council - Applications due April 17, 2015

The National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council (NDECC) is looking for enthusiastic, politically-minded future leaders for our internship program.  The NDECC offers an internship each summer, fall and spring for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.

This is a very unique opportunity for hardworking, passionate future leaders to gain real life, hands-on experience in Democratic ethnic politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process and prepare for future political opportunities in your ethnic community.  It is also a great way to form lasting connections and memories.

In addition to typical intern duties, you will have the chance to volunteer in ethnic community outreach projects and ethnic grassroots organizing, assist at DNC ethnic functions and attend weekly lunches hosted by DNC staff.  Working as an intern for the NDECC will offer you a very unique learning experience.

Applications should be emailed to Maureen Pikarski at mpikarski@gordonpikarski.com.  Applications emailed must include in the subject line the word “NDECC Internship Application.”  The application deadline for our summer internship program is April 17, 2015.

You can find the NDECC Internship Application here.

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. Applications are are being reviewed and considered on a rolling basis, so apply now!

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

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Funding - Applications due April 15, 2015

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,212 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with a nonprofit program or other qualifying organization.

Students serving in the priority areas defined below may apply now through Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

SERVICE OVERVIEW:
The 300 service hours required to earn the education award can be completed anytime from when the application is accepted and the background check has been initiated through August 31, 2015.

PRIORITY AREAS: 
Priority will be given to applications from students who are serving veterans, military families or victims of disasters, or focusing on removing barriers to employment or housing. However, there are also many spots available for students working with other populations and in other areas of law.
See here to learn more about what can be done in these priority areas and in other areas of law.

The AmeriCorps program, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, has a list of prohibited activities that cannot be included in the hours of service completed to earn the SegalAmeriCorps Education Award. A list of these activities can be found here.

REQUIREMENTS:                  

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Agree to criminal background checks during application 
  • Serve in any nonprofit or qualifying government agency within the U.S.
  • Supervised by licensed attorney
  • Have received less than two full Segal Education Awards for any prior AmeriCorps service
  • Not receive more than $4,300 in outside funding for service hours at your organization
  • Cannot receive law school credit and education award

See here for more details on eligibility and requirements .

APPLY:
Students serving in the priority areas or other issue areas may apply now through Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Applications are accepted through the Student Application Manager (SAM). It will require approximately 30 minutes to complete the application. Questions may be directed to AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.

Ms. JD 2015 Summer Public Interest Scholarships - Applications due April 17, 2015

Ms. JD is excited to announce the 2015 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

The winners of this year’s Public Interest Scholarship Competition will each receive a $500 scholarship to go towards their summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law.  Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2015 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply.  Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. 

Applications for the Summer Public Interest Scholarships are due by Friday, April 17th!

See here for more details and to apply!

Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago Foundation Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, Applications due April 17, 2015

The Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago Foundation encourages all law students committed to public interest work to apply for the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago Foundation 2015 Fellowship. 

The Fellowship provides a $5,000 grant to a law school student who works in an unpaid or low-paid summer position benefiting public interest. Work benefiting the South Asian community is preferable but not required. See here for more information.

The application is available to download here.

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
The application form may be found here. 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

Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in the NBPA 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 NBPA 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 8:00am with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00am.  At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Annual 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. You may register online. 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 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. 

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

Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25

The 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 with a welcome reception to be held on Friday, July 24. The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the Bay Area's most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations.  Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate.  Openings are for 2016 2L summer associate positions.  Student registration will open on May 18. Registration will run from March 30 - May 1, with late registration accepted until May 15.

See here for more information.

Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, August 5-8

Register Now for the National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference, taking place August 5-8.  You may register here. The Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference will take plan in Chicago this year.

The Lavender Law Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their identity and their aspirations to become part of a bias-free work environment. For full program and event details, please visit the program page: http://lgbtbar.org/annual/.

Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)

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 is now open.   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.

Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (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 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").

Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)

The 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 21-22, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri.  Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event.  Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions.

The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City.  The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers.  In addition, the event is a great way to learn more about living in the wonderful city of Kansas City.

Registration is now open.  Students who register before June 5th will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes.  The final deadline for registering is July 3, 2015.

Students can register on-line here. See the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair Website for more information.

Diversity

Women in Law: Being Successful and Making an Impact
(See above)

Summer Internship Opportunity with the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council - Applications due April 17, 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").

Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago Foundation Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, Applications due April 17, 2015
(See above)

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois - Courtroom as Classroom Event
(See above)

Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law
(See above)

27th Annual ABA Minority Counsel Program
(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)

Register NOW: 2015 National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair, July 21
(See above)

Save the Date: 2015 Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, July 25
(See above)

Register NOW: 2015 Lavender Law Career Fair, August 5-8
(See above)

Register NOW: 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, August 6 and 7 (Register by June 28)
(See above)

Register NOW: Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, August 14 (Register by May 15)
(See above)

Register NOW: 11th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, August 21-22 (Register by July 3)
(See above)

Resources

Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt

Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt, is now available free on the EJW website.

Take Control of Your Future is a comprehensive guide to managing student debt, with chapters on understanding student loans and loan consolidation, planning before borrowing, income-driven repayment plans and a step-by-step guide to earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

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) and Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.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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