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Week of October 5, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) hosts office hours in the CSO
  • Mandatory 1L Orientation Session
  • CareerShift
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

  • Fall Recruiting: Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • Mandatory 1L Orientation Session
  • October 7: CBA Career Assistance Committee Presentation on Interviewing Tips by Chicago-Kent's Sandy Minea
  • October 8: Hellenic Bar Association Career Corner
  • October 9 and 10: 7th Circuit Fellows’ Fall Program for Law Students
  • October 12-16: Public Interest Week
  • October 13: Preparing your PILI Application Program
  • October 14: Federal Judicial Clerkships Panel
  • October 13: Compliance Career Chat - Lilly Farahnakian, Global Chief Compliance Officer fro GCM Grosvenor
  • October 17: Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Students 
  • October 21: Exploring Careers in Prosecution
  • October 23: Alumni/Student Public Service Reception, Washington DC

Employment Opportunities

  • Judicial Externship Program - Spring 2016 Semester
  • 2016 Presidential Management Fellows Program - Application Period NOW OPEN, Applications due October 13
  • 2016 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program - Applications due November 4th
  • PILI 2015 - Apply Now!

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
  • Skadden Fellowship - Applications due October 6

Job Fairs

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

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship

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

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops

The MANDATORY 1L Legal Resume Workshop and 1L Cover Letter Workshop videos are now available to view. Sign in to Panopto using your kentlaw username and password.

All first-year law students must watch these brief videos. These workshops include detailed instructions for how to draft your legal resume and cover letter.

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Monday, October 26Before your first career advising appointment, you must have watched the workshop videos and have uploaded a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) hosts office hours in the CSO

The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) will host office hours in the Career Services Office (Suite 360) on:

  • Monday's 4-5 PM
  • Tuesday's 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Wednesday's 11:45 AM -12:45 PM and 4-5PM

If you are interested in volunteering or pro bono projects please visit the PIRC counselors during office hours or visit the PIRC webpage to be added to the PIRC newsletter and to track your volunteer hours. Students who compete 50 hours, or 250 hours, receive an award for their service at a Public Interest Awards ceremony held April. 

Mandatory 1L Orientation Session

DAYTIME and PART-TIME DIVISIONS: Come learn about the options and opportunities for summer employment and typical hiring timelines for first year students.  Attendance is MANDATORY, but students only need to attend one session.

  • Wednesday, September 30th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 6th, 12:00-1:00 pm, Auditorium

EVENING DIVISION:  Come learn about the options and opportunities for evening students and creative ways to get legal experience. Attendance is MANDATORY. We will serve dinner!

  • Wednesday, October 7th, 5:30pm – 6:00pm, Room 520

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!

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of this fall semester.  For those of you interested in applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible!

Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you check in with your career advisor to form a strategy to accomplish your career goals.  Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

ABA Offers Free Memberships For Law Students

Effective immediately, the American Bar Association will offer free memberships to all students enrolled in law school. The membership grants law students access to resources tailored to their interests and needs, opportunities to build their professional skills plus access to the ABA’s job listings, clerkships, internships and career events.

You can enroll here - http://www.americanbar.org/abalawstudents.

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.

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.

Mandatory 1L Orientation Session

DAYTIME DIVISION: Come learn about the options and opportunities for summer employment and typical hiring timelines for first year students.  Attendance is MANDATORY, but students only need to attend one session.

  • Wednesday, September 30th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 6th, 12:00-1:00 pm, Auditorium

EVENING and PART-TIME DIVISION:  Come learn about the options and opportunities for evening students and creative ways to get legal experience. Attendance is MANDATORY. We will serve dinner!

  • Wednesday, October 7th, 5:30pm – 6:00pm, Room 520

CBA Career Assistance Committee Presentation on Interviewing Tips by Chicago-Kent's Sandy Minea

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct.

Join the CBA Career Assistance Committee for a discussion on the do’s and don’ts of the attorney interviewing process. Our discussion will include topics such as (1) using networking in the application and interviewing process; (2) appropriate interviewing attire and behavior; and (3) best practices for responding to those tricky behavioral questions. We will also review mock interview questions and discuss appropriate responses.

Speaker: Sandra Minea, Director of Career Services & Recruitment Programs, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Hellenic Bar Association Career Corner

Date: Thursday, October 9
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Thompson Coburn, 55 E. Monroe, 37th Floor

Students are cordially invited to attend the Hellenic Bar Association Of Illinois’ 2015 Career Corner, graciously hosted by Thompson Coburn, 55 E. Monroe, 37th Floor on Thursday, October 9, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served! Come for an evening of networking, mentoring, practical advice and fun!

In attendance will be veteran distinguished members of the Hellenic Bar Association (HBA) from various fields of the law, including: large, medium and small firms, corporation counsel, government (local and federal), solo practitioners and members of the judiciary. The students will have the opportunity to network with these seasoned veterans in smaller group settings which will allow for a more personal experience for both the law student and the HBA member.

Among the many topics that will be covered are:

  • Networking strategies

  • Resume writing

  • Preparing for an interview

Register online at www.hellenicbar.org under “Events -- Career Corner 2015”

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers 7th Circuit Fellows’ Fall Program for Law Students

Date: Saturday, October 10 (networking reception on Friday, October 9)
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm (networking reception from 5:30pm – 7:00pm on Friday, October 9)

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers will host its annual program for students at Seventh Circuit law schools on October 10 (with a networking reception on October 9.  Registration is now open.  The program includes speakers (College fellows) from all three states participating.  Fellows of the College are the elite of the labor and employment bar in the U.S. and Canada and those participating on October 9 and 10 are from the elite of the labor and employment bar in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.  This is a great opportunity for students to learn and network and develop useful contacts.  The fellows are giving up part of their weekend, and in some cases traveling in from Milwaukee and Indianapolis, for one purpose only - to be available to students.  

Schedule:

Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Networking Reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm hosted by Cozen O’Connor LLP, 123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Program hosted by Winston & Strawn, 35 West Wacker Drive, 47th Floor, Chicago, IL

  • 9:00 am - Registration and continental breakfast
  • 9:30 am - Hot Topics and the Realities of Practice I
    • Traditional Labor Law
    • Wage & Hour Law
    • Off duty Conduct
  • 10:45 am - Break
  • 11:00 am - Hot Topics and the Realities of Practice II
    • Employee Benefits Law
    • EEO Law
    • Practical Tips in Dealing With Individuals Who Raise Employment Claims
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch, with an opportunity to interact informally with Fellows of the College
  • 1:00 pm - Transitioning to Practice - Getting Noticed, Getting Hired, and Being Successful
  • 3:00 pm - A Judicial Perspective on the Employment Law Practice – Hon. Matthew Kennelly, (USDC-Northern District of Illinois)
  • 3:30 pm - Adjourn

An RSVP is required for both events. Please do so by Wednesday, October 7, 2015 to Jennifer Motley at either 410.972.4712 or jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org

Public Interest Week

From October 11-17, Chicago-Kent's Career Services Office will host the following events related to public interest careers. See below for more information, and check back weekly for updates including additional events and information!

  • October 13: Preparing your PILI Application
  • October 14: Federal Judicial Clerkships Panel
  • October 17: Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities

Preparing your PILI Application Program

Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 270

KJF is sponsoring this event and there wille be pizza available

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,000 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations.  Learn helpful tips from the Executive Director of PILI, past recipients, and alumni to prepare the best application possible.

This session will provide you with insights to the PILI Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs.  You will hear about these opportunities and the application process, as well as insights from former PILI Interns or Fellows and supervisor from a host agency.  Though the focus will be on PILI’s programs, many of the insights and suggestions will be applicable to your search for other public interest law internships. KJF is sponsoring this event and there wille be pizza available

Federal Judicial Clerkships Panel

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Room 580

This event is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED!

Interested in a post-graduate judicial clerkship?  Join us for a panel presentation on how to find, apply to and secure these prestigious opportunities!  In addition to learning about the support offered to students seeking clerkships by the faculty committee and CSO, you'll hear from alumni who clerked at the federal and state levels and current 3Ls who just successfully navigated the process.  This event is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and food will be provided!

Compliance Career Chat - Lilly Farahnakian, Global Chief Compliance Officer fro GCM Grosvenor

Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Room 370

The Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance presents a career chat with Lilly Farahnakian, Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:00pm in Room 370.

Join the Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance for pizza and a discussion with Lilly Farahnakian, Global Chief Compliance Officer for GCM Grosvenor.

Ms. Farahnakian leads the firm's Compliance Team and is responsible for ensuring that the firm maintains compliance with various federal, state, and international regulations. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor she was a Managing Director and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase. During this time, she was also Head of Regulatory and Compliance functions for Research, Americas Investment Banking, Americas Control Room, and Disclosure of Interest.

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Students

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Location: Chicago-Kent
 College of Law

Looking to secure a position at a public interest law organization or in the government sector during law school or for your career? This program is for law students interested in learning more about opportunities as interns, externs, fellows, or staff at public interest law organizations and in the government sector. The program is free for law students but advance registration is required by October 14. For more information and to register by October 14, CLICK HERE or visit www.pili.org.  Business casual attire is recommended.

Exploring Careers in Prosecution

Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 12:00pm
Location: TBA

On October 21 at 12p, the Criminal Law Society (in co-sponsorship with the CSO) will present a panel of prosecutors from Cook and collar counties to talk about their responsibilities and answer questions about opportunities both during law school and after!  Come prepared to learn about the variety of divisions where law students and recent grads work and also about the application process for the respective positions.  Food will be provided by Kaplan! 

Alumni/Student Public Service Reception, Washington DC

Date: Friday, October 23
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Chicago-Kent students and alumni are invited to attend the 10th Annual Public Service Reception on Friday, October 23rd, 5:00-7:00pm at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001. This event is held annually for Chicago-Kent students attending the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, and Chicago-Kent Alumni in the DC area. This annual event provides the opportunity for Chicago-Kent students to meet with Chicago-Kent Alumni in the Washington DC area. Appetizers and beer/soda will be provided. Don't miss this great networking event, held in connection with the Conference & Career Fair! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

Employment Opportunities

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

Judicial Externship Program - Spring 2016 Semester

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge or designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judges.

JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by participating in drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe the judge’s day-to-day routine and to discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.

Application Process

Applications for the Spring Judicial Externships are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third floor elevators, as well as on line.

Completed applications should be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 610, by Thursday, October 15, at noon.

For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website, “Law Offices/Clinical Programs”.

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).

2016 Presidential Management Fellows Program - Application Period NOW OPEN, Applications due October 13

Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus - developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

What will  you give?

You will give the best you have to give to a cause greater than yourself. You will bring fresh, new ideas and a willingness to take on challenges never dreamed possible.  Your zeal for the position will serve to spark new energy and excitement in your co-workers. As part of the PMF "fraternal order," you will portray your elite status through the quality of your work and service to your country. You will need to demonstrate leadership, foster teamwork, set goals and, in the end, deliver something of value to the American people.

What will you get?

In addition to salary and benefits, the PMF Program gives you a lot in return for your hard work. Your two-year appointment will provide a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop your talents. You will be challenged with opportunities to flourish into a problem solver, strategic thinker and future leader. In addition to working at a single Federal agency, you may have the option to participate in a rotational opportunity at another agency. These rotational opportunities will challenge you even further and give you insight into how other areas of government operate.


While serving as a PMF, you will receive:

  • 160 hours of interactive training (on leadership, management, policy and other topics)

  • Challenging work assignments

  • Feedback on your work

  • At least one 4 to 6 month developmental assignment

  • Potential for promotions and career ladders

  • Upon certification of completion, which permits immediate conversion to a permanent or term position and carries prestige anywhere you go thereafter

Where Can You Go With This?

As a PMF, you can take your experience anywhere you want to go with your career. Many PMFs have continued their Federal service; many others have gone to the private sector, academia and the nonprofit world.

The PMF Program is an excellent leadership training ground. Where will YOU take it?

How Do You Get Started?

It all starts with your application. Get started now.  The PMF Class of 2016 application period is NOW OPEN and all applications are due by Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

2016 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program - Applications due November 4th

The Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago is in the process of recruiting graduate students for the 2016 Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.

The Mayor's Office Fellowship Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students in any concentration who will be enrolled during the summer and are interested in local government and public policy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about municipal government and participate in a unique, hands-on experience in the development of new policy and program initiatives. Participants research policies and evaluate their potential benefit to Chicago, draft memoranda for Mayor’s Office senior staff on upcoming issues and new initiatives, and participate in a variety of talks and tours that provide insight into how City government operates.

Selection Process

This year, the Mayor’s Office will again be participating in the two-step application process. Prospective Fellows should visit www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfellowship to begin the application process. Initial applications will be screened for qualification and applicants will be selected to move on to the Second Step of the application process which includes submitting:  a written response to a policy problem and a personal statement to the Mayor’s Office directly. Applicants who reach the Second Step will also be interviewed and based upon the results of the interview process and written documents, a final selection of fellows will be made. Specific details can be found at www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfellowship.

Candidates are selected on a nationwide basis from public and private colleges and universities. Candidates must be current students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 on a 5.0 scale. Fellows are not classified as full-time employees. Residency in the City of Chicago is required upon starting the fellowship program. Relocation is at the applicant’s expense. Fellows are paid at a rate of $20 per hour.

International students must have an F-1 Student Visa and must be a full-time student. International students are required to have a social security number/card which states “VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.”

Students who are Deferred Action Recipients are eligible to apply. Students must provide their Employment Authorization Document at the time of hire. In addition, if a student is selected for a Fellowship Position, they must also have a social security card.  If they do not have a social security card, they can obtain one by following the instructions on this link:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/deferred_action.pdf

The application period will close on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m.

For further information, please contact Kathryn O’Connell, Director of the Fellowship Program at 312-744-6655 or kathryn.o’connell@cityofchicago.org. 

PILI 2015 - Apply Now!

PILI’s online application system is now open for the 2015 Fall Semester. The agencies that will host fall Interns are: Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), Center for Disability & Elder Law, Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Equip for Equality, LAF Chicago, and the National Immigrant Justice Center. PILI Interns work 200 hours during the 2015 Fall Semester in return for a $2,500 stipend.  

In order to apply for the PILI stipend, all applicants must go through the online application system. Applicants must first register with www.IllinoisProBono.org, and may only apply once they have had their registration confirmed. Applicants may apply for all of the available positions in the fall if they are interested, and can upload a customized cover letter for each agency. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so APPLY NOW!  For more information and to apply, go here: http://pili.org/internships/intern-how-to-apply

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.

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship

Sidley has long been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law and diversity. Our mission is to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds who reflect the global marketplace that we serve. Through the leadership of our Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, we are working to become a more diverse and inclusive organization.

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and to support Sidley’s diversity policies, the firm created the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for second year law students. Sidley will award a limited number of Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships in the amount of $20,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected 2016 Sidley summer associates.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

A Scholarship applicant must:

  • Be a full-time law student in your second year of classes at an accredited law school.
  • Submit the following documents: Current law school transcript with all first year grades;
    • Resume;
    • Completed application form; and
    • Personal statement (500 words or less) addressing what you believe demonstrates your qualification for the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, including, potentially, a description of your academic and personal strengths; exceptional contributions, through community service or otherwise, to the cause of diversity; and/or how you have overcome adversity, such as a personal or family history of educational or socioeconomic disadvantage, and have demonstrated the tenacity and talent to excel in the legal profession.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from among the eligible applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities and who also have demonstrated exceptional ability, including through:

  • Demonstrated contributions to diversity initiatives or to diversity and inclusion more generally, such as in the area(s) of racial or ethnic diversity, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other areas underrepresented or otherwise important to diversity in the legal profession; and/or
  • Other extraordinary contributions or accomplishments; and/or
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome adversity, such as first-in-family college attendance or socioeconomic disadvantage; and/or

Past participation in and/or interest in assisting with the diversity and inclusion initiatives of the firm such as the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative or a Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipients must join Sidley’s summer associate program after their second year of law school.

The Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship is intended to defray the costs of the recipients’ legal education.

How to Apply

Complete the Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship application (see here to access the application) and send it, along with a resume, current official law school transcript and personal statement to scholarship@sidley.com or Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship, c/o Jennifer Connelly, Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Application Timeline

Given the highly selective nature of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship and the limited number of Scholarships available, students are encouraged to submit applications at their earliest convenience. We strongly prefer to receive the application by the time of the candidate’s call-back interview.

Please note that the Scholarship application is not an application for employment. You must apply separately for a summer associate position.

Skadden Fellowship - Applications due October 6

The Skadden Fellowship applications are due October 6, 2015.  The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.

Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship.  Fellows will be notified by December 4.

To learn more about the fellowship, go here: http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/application

Download the Skadden Fellowship Application here.

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!

Diversity

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

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
(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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