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Week of August 17, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • Welcome New Assistant Dean Jayne Schreiber
  • Welcome, 1Ls!
  • CSO Seeks Student Worker
  • CareerShift
  • Federal Work Study for Fall 2015 - Apply NOW! (deadline August 28)

Fall Recruiting

  • Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.
  • Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • August 26:  Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice
  • August 27: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable
  • September 10: CBA Race Judicata Team
  • September 17: CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night
  • September 24: CBA All Bar Welcome Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Application period closes September 8
  • Department of Justice Summer Law Internship Program - Application period closes September 8

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Dinsmore & Stohl LLP Dicersity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)

Job Fairs

  • Register Now: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington DC, October 23 & 24
  • Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Register NOW: Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)
  • Dinsmore & Stohl LLP Dicersity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2015-2016 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt
  • CSO Resources

Information & Announcements

Welcome New Assistant Dean Jayne Schreiber

The Career Services Office welcomes new Assistant Dean Jayne Schreiber. Ms. Schreiber’s most recent role was Director of Employer Outreach and Associate Director of Career Services at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where her portfolio included counseling students,developing career and professional networking programs, private practice and corporate in-house employer outreach, including efforts to forge relationships with JD-advantaged employers (e.g., project management, accounting, and compliance). Welcome, Jayne!

Welcome 1Ls!

Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals.

According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls cannot meet individually with a career services advisor until October 15th and cannot initiate contact with or interview with a prospective employer until December 1st.  However, there are still many things you can do to start planning for your future career.

  • Attend CSO panels and career development workshops during the fall semester
  • Check our Record page often for updated information on upcoming programs
  • Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you
  • Finally, attend the mandatory orientation (watch for the date, coming soon!) in September to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search

We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

CSO Seeks Student Worker

The Career Services Office seeks a student worker for Fall 2015 for a paid, federal work study position.  Flexible hours, though preference is for 10-15 hours per week.  Duties will include data entry; maintenance of active job postings; organization of resources; scheduling appointments; calls to employers and potential speakers; answering phones; and front desk reception work.

Interested students should submit resumes to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by August 28, 2015 with "CSO Student Worker Position" in the email subject line. Please also indicate approximate days and hours of availability. Please note that federal work study eligibility is required for work during the fall semester.

CareerShift

Chicago-Kent has partnered with CareerShift to help with your job search needs. 
CareerShift is a one-stop search engine that allows users to search and review each and every job posting available (such as those on Monster, Indeed, all other job boards and company websites). 
In addition, users can search for jobs and save your searches, find and save a list of contacts, create resumes and cover letters, and put them together in a targeted e-mail or postal mail campaigns. Then you can track your responses from “Come in for an interview” to “You’re hired.” With CareerShift you can:

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

Sign up for an account at CareerShift and when prompted use 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!

Federal Work Study for Fall 2015 - Apply NOW! (deadline August 28)

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Fall 2015 semester.  Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school.  A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study award must secure their job placement by the deadline.  Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.  Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday, August 28, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

Fall Recruiting

Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks or job offers during the fall interview season, please report this to Sandy Minea in the Career Services Office by sending an email to sminea@kentlaw.iit.edu (or email your career advisor directly). 

Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.).  We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation.  Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career advisor.

Be sure to check OCI interview schedules for changes in rooms, times, interviewers, etc.

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2015 Fall Recruiting process.  Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not always be able to send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

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.

Exploring Careers with the U.S. Department of Justice

Date: Wednesday, August 26
Time: 12pm-1pm 
Location: TBA

The United States Department of Justice, the federal government's law firm and the world's largest legal employer, offers many opportunities to law students in almost every area of law. This panel 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 September 8, 2015; 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. For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page.

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Roundtable

Date: Thursday, August 27
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Room TBA

Bring a lunch and join us for a discussion on Thursday, August 27 at Noon about the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, which will be held on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Arlington, VA.

This is a great opportunity for 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls to interview for internships and attorney positions with a wide variety of legal aid, government and policy organizations throughout the United States.  Please note that 1Ls are welcome to attend the conference and participate in the table talk with employers but they cannot interview.  During this round table discussion, we will talk about how best to prepare for the career fair, answer any questions that may arise and provide more detail on the Chicago-Kent Alumni Public Service Reception which will be held during the conference.  Students can register and find out more information about the Conference and Career Fair now. Registrations should be completed and applications submitted by September 14, 2015!

CBA Race Judicata Team

Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 6:30pm

The Young Lawyers Section has joined forces with The Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals Board for Race Judicata 2015. Race Judicata is a 5k run/walk to benefit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), an organization of over 2,300 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans. This year’s race will be held September 10 at 6:30 pm. To join the YLS/YPB team, register here. During the registration process, indicate that you would like to “join a team that was created by someone else.” Then select “YLS/YPB” from the drop-down menu. Register by August 21 and save $5! 

CBA YLS Meet the Committees Night

Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court

Come out and meet the Young Lawyers Section’s practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law - on Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the CBA. Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Nonmembers and law students welcome. Register online

CBA All Bar Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court

Join the CBA for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Patricia Brown Holmes and Young Lawyers Section Chair Matthew A. Passen on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP to Tamra Drees at 312-554-2057.

Employment Opportunities

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

Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Application period closes September 8

Many distinguished attorneys began their careers through the Attorney General’s Honors Program -- the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind.

Eligibility for the Honors Program
Eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Participating Components
Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices hire entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. The number of entry-level attorney positions varies from year to year.  Review the list of the components participating this year. New for 2015:  INTERPOL Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau Office of General Counsel and the FBI, Office of General Counsel.  

Selection Criteria
Justice takes pride in the fact that we consider the “whole candidate” when making selections for employment. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and the relevant component.
Every year the Department hires a significant number of entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. Selectees represent diverse backgrounds and  interests and come from law schools throughout the country.  The Honors Program is centrally managed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, but each participating component reviews the applications submitted and makes independent hiring decisions.

How to Apply
Candidates interested in starting their career as an entry-level attorney with Justice must apply through the Attorney General’s Honors Program via an on-line application. For employment beginning in 2015, the application opens on July 31, 2015, and closes on September 8, 2015  We highly recommend that applicants read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the online application.  If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please contact Deana Willis at (202) 514-3397 for assistance. If you have questions related to the on-line application or need technical assistance, please click the "Avue Dojo" link at the top right of the application or call the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 (available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time).

See here for more information.

Department of Justice Summer Law Internship Program - Application period closes September 8

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department of Justice’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships.  Each year, we hire approximately 50-70 paid summer legal interns. The majority of SLIP hires are second year law students who work at Justice the summer between their second and third years of law school.  The SLIP is also open to recent law school graduates between graduation and the start of a judicial clerkship or full-time qualifying legal fellowship.

It is anticipated that applications for Summer 2016 will open on July 31, 2015. SAVE THE DATE!

Fellowships & Scholarships

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available

Faegre Baker Daniels invites second-year law students committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to apply for its 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program.

FaegreBD offers up to four Fellowships annually that provide professional experience and mentorship to second-year law students from populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Fellowship awardees will each receive:

  • A 10-week paid summer clerkship as a summer associate in the firm’s Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Silicon Valley or South Bend office in 2016.
  • Formal education, training programs and hands-on legal experience through FaegreBD’s summer program.
  •  Guidance from a mentor lawyer.
  •  A $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of the summer associate term.
  •  Eligibility for consideration for full-time employment as an associate with the firm.

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2017.

Candidates must complete the online application, including a cover letter indicating office preference, a resume, a law school transcript and a two-page personal statement describing how or why they will contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion at Faegre Baker Daniels and/or in the legal profession.

For more information and to complete the application, visit FaegreBD.com/Fellowship. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.
The Fellowship program supports Faegre Baker Daniels' ongoing commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. FaegreBD invests in recruiting a diverse workforce by supporting pipeline programs, attending multiple diversity job fairs, and conducting on-campus outreach to diverse law student populations. For more information, visitFaegreBD.com/Diversity and http://www.faegrebd.com/Legal-Careers-Summer-Associate-Program.

Dinsmore & Stohl LLP Dicersity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to offer a Diversity Scholarship Program for second year law students. Students with a meaningful commitment to diversity are encouraged to apply. The recipient will receive a salaried Summer Associate position in one of the Firm's offices during the Summer, as well as a scholarship up to $5,000. Scholarship recipients will be assigned an attorney mentor – a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP lawyer – at the time the scholarship is awarded. The mentor will be available to the Scholar as a dedicated resource to assist with professional development.
To be awarded a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship, law students must meet the following criteria:  

  • Applicant must attend an ABA-accredited law school as a second-year law student.  
  • Applicant must have a record of academic or professional achievement.  
  • Applicant must display leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities.
  • Applicant may not accept a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Second-year law students must submit applications by August 31. Interested candidates should complete and the application to: Jennifer L. Stark, Director of Recruiting and Legal Personnel Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 1900 First Financial Center, 255 E. Fifth Street Cincinnati, OH 45202, dinsmore.legalrecruiting@dinsmore.com 513.977.8141 (fax)

Job Fairs

Register Now! Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington DC, October 23 & 24\

Date: Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road Bethesda, MD 20852

Equal Justice Works (EJW) invites you to join them for the 2015 Conference and Career Fair. Each year, the EJW Conference and Career Fair brings together 1,200 law students with more than 125 public interest employers from around the country under one roof.  The EJW annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. 

To see a list of registered employers to date, click here.

See here for more information and to register!

Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)

The Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention will be held from September 2-5, 2015, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Don’t miss out on four days of non-stop educational programs, enlightening speakers, networking opportunities, and of course the finest entertainment around. Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain CLE credits in a wide variety of topics. 

The Convention will gather hundreds of attorneys, judges, and law students for an engaging and comprehensive program that includes CLE Panels on cutting edge topics with leading practitioners, national policy makers, and experts from across the country; networking events and workshops; the largest Hispanic Career Fair in the country, featuring exhibitors from prominent law firms, corporations, and government agencies; and a variety of social activities showcasing the best of what Boston has to offer.

Click here for more information and to register.

Diversity

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
(See above)

Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Convention and Career Fair, September 2-5 (Register by August 31)
(See above)

Dinsmore & Stohl LLP Dicersity Scholarship Program (2Ls apply by August 31; 1Ls apply December 1-31)
(See above)

Resources

Government Honors & Internship Handbook and Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook and the (separate) Public Policy Handbook are now available!  To access the handbooks, use the link, login and password, which can be found in the Document Library in Symplicity.  Note that many 3L/post-grad government honors program and 2L summer/semester internship program deadlines are very early in the semester; log in now to avoid missing an opportunity!

2015-2016 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide

The 2015-2016 PSJD Fellowship Guide is an online compilation of post-graduate fellowships.  To access the database and for information about how to effectively use the database, visit https://www.psjd.org/2015-2016_Comprehensive_Fellowship_Guide.  Note that many fellowships have very early fall semester deadlines; 3Ls that are interested in applying for post-graduate fellowships should access the Guide now!  

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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