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Week of October 26, 2015

Information & Announcements

  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 8, 2016
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) hosts office hours in the CSO
  • 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
  • October 26-30: CBA/CBF 2015 Pro Bono Week
  • October 27: Student-to-Student Career Fair
  • October 27: Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice
  • October 28: CBA Program - Networking to Get the Job and Beyond
  • October 28: Chicago Mayoral Fellowships Program
  • October 29: 22nd Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair
  • October 29: Women's Bar Association Young Lawyers Panel: Strategizing from the Start
  • November 3: CBA YLS Cook County Circuit Court Walk Through
  • November 4: Second Annual Evening with Anita Alvarez: An Up-Close Look at the Criminal Law Profession
  • November 5: Practice Tracks
  • November 10: Meet the Public Services Employers Reception
  • November 10: Immigration Career Panel
  • November 11: Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program
  • November 16: SBA 5 Under 5
  • November 17: Government Speednetworking
  • November 18: JIOP/ACC Panel 
  • December 11:  6th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp: A Practical Trial Litigation Skills Program - Register by October 29

Employment Opportunities

  • Law Office In-House Clinics - Spring 2016 Applications Now Open
  • Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Spring 2016
  • 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
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 11
  • 2016 EPIC Law Fellowship - Applications due November 2, 2015

Job Fairs

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program - Registration Now Open!
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 11

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

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2015 - Deadline to apply January 8, 2016

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Spring 2016 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 January 8, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

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. 

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.

October 26-30: CBA/CBF 2015 Pro Bono Week

The Chicago Bar Association and the The Chicago Bar Foundation presents 2015 Pro Bono Week.

Friday, October 23

Special Pro Bono Week Kickoff Event: Movies on Trial: My Cousin Vinny presented with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

A CLE event where the magic of Hollywood meets insightful legal debate.  Join us for a screening of "My Cousin Vinny," followed by an entertaining and informative panel discussion of the film, including pro bono service. One hour of CLE credit subject to approval.

Click here to register

Monday, October 26 - 3:00-5:00 pm - Chicago Bar Association
Trans 101: The Changing Landscape of Transgender Law

Hear from experts in a variety of areas of law related to the transgendered community, such as education, employment, and identification. Find out how you can help as a pro bono attorney on both individual cases and large scale reform efforts. Two hours of CLE credit subject to approval.

Click here to register

Tuesday, October 27 - 6:00-8:00 pm - Revolution Brewing
Game Night: A Battle of the Barristers

How does your knowledge of the Chicago legal community and legal-themed pop culture measure up? Come find out! This battle of wits will include questions on access to justice topics such as pro bono programs and legal aid organizations, as well as pop culture and current events-with a legal twist.

Registration: Register as a team of no more than six individuals. To register, email Angela Inzano at ainzano@chicagobar.org with the names of your team members and your team name. Space is limited!

Wednesday, October 28 - 3:00-5:00 pm - Chicago Bar Association
The Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 Years of Life-Changing Impact

The Americans with Disabilities Act is celebrating 25 years as the law of the land. Come hear experts on the ADA talk about the real-world positive outcomes that legal aid and pro bono attorneys have been able to achieve for persons with disabilities. Two hours of CLE credit subject to approval.

Click here to register

Thursday, October 29 - 5:00-7:00 pm - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 
22nd Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair 

Presented by the Young Lawyers Section and co-sponsored by the CBF and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. 

Meet with representatives from 50 of Chicago's legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests and goals. 

Click here to register  / Click to view PDF of Event Inf

Student-to-Student Career Fair

Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Second Floor Cafeteria

Tap into one of the best resources available for information about legal fields; your fellow students!  On Tuesday, October 27th from 12:00 pm to 1:30pm in the Second Floor Cafeteria, hear experienced law students speak about the work they have done as law clerks, interns, and externs, and networking with attorneys practicing in a variety of practice areas, including

  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Environmental
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Employment
  • Prosecution
  • Tax............And many more areas! Food will be served!

Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships with the U.S. Department of Justice

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27 at 11:00am OR Thursday, October 29 at 2:00pm

You’re Invited to a Webinar on Volunteer Legal Internships With The U.S. Department Of Justice. In this brief 30 minute session, you will hear about the DOJ’s Volunteer Legal Internship Program, the application process, and answers your questions about opportunities.

You have two chances to attend the webinar. Please RSVP to Rae.Alston@usdoj.gov and include your name, school, and the date you choose to attend: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 or Thursday, October 29, 2015 11:00am or 2:00pm.

CBA Program - Networking to Get the Job and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court

Are you like most lawyers who know they should network but cringe at the prospect? The CBA’s featured legal career counselor, Kathy Morris, has well tested advice about networking from your chair as well as in-person. Whether you want to make connections in a job search, network for business development purposes, or build better name recognition in your field, come hear Kathy's practical suggestions for creating personal and professional connections and, if you're game, practice the techniques in confidence with other program attendees. Don't shy away from this unique opportunity to jump start and enhance your networking skills.

Chicago Mayoral Fellowships Program

Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 520

Interested in applying for the City of Chicago's Mayor's Office Fellowship Program?  Come hear Katherine O'Connell Marrese from the Mayor's Office along with a former Chicago Mayoral Fellow from Chicago-Kent discuss the program and application process.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the words "Mayor's Office Fellowship" in the subject line.

The Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program attracts bright, highly motivated individuals, gives them a broad overview of municipal government and provides a unique, “hands-on” experience. Fellows participate in budgetary, legislative, and programmatic areas of city government and work directly with Mayor’s Office staff.  Mayoral Fellows are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to learn about public service and policy-making by directly contributing to the executive office of the City of Chicago.

22nd Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair

Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Presented by the CBA Young Lawyers Section and co-sponsored by the CBF and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. 

Meet with representatives from 50 of Chicago's legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests and goals. 

CBA Members - Click here to register  / Click to view PDF of Event Info

Students who are not CBA members can register by sending an email to ainzano@chicagobar.org with their first name, last name, and law school name. 

Women's Bar Association Young Lawyers Panel: Strategizing from the Start

Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Jenner & Block, 353 N Clark

Join the Women’s Bar Association Young Lawyers Group to hear distinguished panelists discuss what new lawyers need to know when starting out and choosing their practice areas:

Panelists

  • Reena Bajowala, Partner at Jenner & Block LLP
  • Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D., Senior Associate at Duane Morris LLP
  • Michele Jochner, Partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP
  • Eleni Kouimelis, Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP

Lunch will be served. The event is free, but space is limited.  See here for more information and to register.

CBA YLS Cook County Circuit Court Walk Through

Date: Tuesday, November 3
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W Washington – Room TBD

The CBA Young Lawyers Section will host a Court Walk Through designed to provide a basic introduction of the Circuit Court and its practice and procedures. Presenters will address the nuts and bolts of practice in the Court and provide a tour of the clerk’s and sheriff’s offices that will help explain the procedures for both filing and service of process.

Topics and Speakers:

  • Where and How to File Court Documents, Tour of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and the Introduction of E-Filing, Representative from the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Tour of the Sheriff’s Office & the Basics of Service of Process, Representative from the Sheriff’s Department
  • Practicing in the Law Division: Common Procedures & Preparing For Trial Assignment, Hon. James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division
  • Practicing in the Chancery Division & Tips for Practitioners, Hon. Moshe Jacobius, Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division
  • Basics of Probate Procedure & Tips for Practitioners, Hon. Mary Ellen Coghlan, Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Probate Division
  • Basics of the Criminal Division & Tips for Practitioners, Hon. Neera Walsh, Circuit Court of Cook County, Criminal Division
  • MODERATOR: Tracy Brammeier, Clifford Law Offices PC; YLS Special Project Coordinator

See here for more information and to register.

Second Annual Evening with Anita Alvarez: An Up-Close Look at the Criminal Law Profession

Date: Wednesday, November 4
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

It's that time of year again, so of course The Criminal Law Society is bringing back Anita Alvarez! Come one, come all to the Second Annual Evening with Anita Alvarez: An Up-Close Look at the Criminal Law Profession taking place on November 4th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room).

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will give a presentation about her career, criminal prosecution, and the use of technology in prosecuting cases. Following the presentation, meet and mingle with Anita herself and alumni Assistant State's Attorneys with delicious food and a bounty of wine and beer.

You must RSVP to attend: http://goo.gl/forms/8dUlPrQKWH

Sponsored by: Lagunitas Brewing Company, Themis Bar Review, HLLSA, Career Services Office, and the Alumni Office

Dress code: business casual

Practice Tracks

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Attorneys representing approximately 50 practice areas will attend Practice Tracks, a program held at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court (next to the John Marshall Law School) on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Practice Tracks provides students with the opportunity to talk informally with attorneys about careers in a variety of practice areas.  Practice Tracks is your chance to determine how job seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it is like to practice in a specific practice area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in that area, what skills you should emphasize when applying, and more!

Even though the participating attorneys volunteer their time and participation for Practice Tracks, that does not indicate job openings at represented organizations.  However, this program has proven to be an extremely effective means of networking and obtaining helpful information about prospective employers in a variety of different settings and practice areas.  To benefit from and make the most of this program, you may obtain business cards from practitioners in your areas of interest, and later reach out to those attorneys for an informational interview.

Meet the Public Services Employers Reception

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson,
Kasbeer Hall on the 15th Floor

Save the date for the Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  Come learn about non-profit and government agency volunteer, intern and employment opportunities!  The event will take place at Loyola University School of Law, 25 E Pearson St, in Kasbeer Hall on the 15th Floor.  Contact your career advisor with any questions.

Immigration Career Panel

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time:  12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Room 370

Interested in a career in Immigration Law? Join the Immigration Law Society for a panel on careers in Immigration Law.

Panelists include:

  • Aneesha Gandhi, National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Caroline Shoenberger, Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Charles Wintersteen, Charles Wintersteen & Associates
  • Marjorie Baltazar, Sidley Austin LLP

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program

Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: TBA

Join the Health Law Society on Wednesday, November 11 at 3:00 pm for an informational session about the Schweitzer Fellowship and how to apply. You will hear from Ray Wang, Program Director of the Fellowship as well as Chicago-Kent Schweitzer Fellows.

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program® is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.  Through the Schweitzer Fellowship, 30 graduate students from a wide variety of health professional and public service fields will design and lead innovative projects to help Chicago’s under served communities improve their health and well-being.  Schweitzer Fellows will:

  • Provide 200 hours of direct service
  • Receive a $2,500 stipend
  • Receive the guidance of mentors
  • Develop program planning and leadership skills
  • Join a multidisciplinary network of like-minded change agents, acting upon their idealism.

SBA 10 Under 10

Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Morris Hall, 10th Floor Event Room

Join the SBA for its "10 Under 10" Alumni Networking Event! Come meet, greet and network with at least ten recent Chicago-Kent alumni who have graduated in the last ten years and are now practicing law in a variety of different fields. This event is a great way network with alumni without any pressure. All of the featured attendees remember exactly what it's like to be in your shoes. The event even boasts a history of getting students jobs from their new connections!

Government Speed Networking

Date: Tuesday, November 17
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Morris Hall, 10th Floor Event Room

Come speak with Federal, State, and Local Government alumni about their careers. Students (either one-on-one or in small groups) will rotate to a new attorney every few minutes, and have the opportunity to meet all the attorneys in the room. The evening will conclude with a reception providing an opportunity for you to speak further with state and local government alumni. Students MUST RSVP! Send RSVPs to: kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with Government Speed Networking in the subject line. Space is limited.

JIOP/ACC Panel

Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: TBA

Chicago-Kent students who have participated in the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program and Association of Corporate Counsel Minority Law Student Summer Program will discuss their experiences applying, interviewing and working with a judge or corporation over the summer.

More information on JIOP and ACC is below.

JIOP: The application process for the Summer 2015 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program opened on November 3rd for second-year law students.  Applications for first-year law students (1L) will be accepted December 1st, in accordance with NALP Guidelines. Applications must be submitted by January 9, 2015.  To learn more, click here.

ACC: The Chicago ACC Diversity Summer Internship Program places top law students with diverse backgrounds from select Illinois law schools in internships in Chicagoland corporate legal departments.  The internships expose the students to in-house practices and career possibilities in corporate legal departments.  Applications for the Summer 2015 Diversity Summer Internship Program are due in February of 2015.  To learn more about this opportunity, go here:  http://www.acc.com/chapters/chic/InternshipProgramInfo.cfm

6th Annual Circuit Court Boot Camp: A Practical Trial Litigation Skills Program - Register by October 29

Date: Friday December 11 (Register by October 29)
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court

Taught by sitting judges and very experienced practitioners, this information packed seminar gets excellent reviews (see testimonials above and below) and will help you improve your litigation skills at the state trial court level.

You will learn important procedural issues that commonly trip up attorneys, receive concrete tips and learn how to avoid the frequent mistakes made by attorneys at all levels.

The insight and instruction you receive from the Circuit Court judges on our panels is invaluable, as is the opportunity ask questions throughout the program. 

See here for more information and to register.

Employment Opportunities

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

Law Office In-House Clinics - Spring 2016 Applications Now Open

Applications for Chicago-Kent’s Law Office In-House Clinics are now available and being accepted for the Spring 2016 semester. They can be picked up on the table by the third floor elevators, in the Law Offices, Suite 600, or online.

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Spring 2016

Chicago Kent has long recognized that classes and textbooks alone are not sufficient to complete the education of our students and their transformation into lawyers. Students also need practical experience in real world legal work to gain insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of the legal profession and to acquire legal skills not accessible in the traditional classroom.

Some students gain experience as paid part-time clerks.  But most students don’t have access to paid or volunteer positions in a legal setting of their choice or one(s) that exposes them to them to what they want to learn. 

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program (LEP) is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to extern in a wide variety of legal areas – civil and criminal – and gives students exposure to and supervision/mentoring in an area of law of their choosing. 

LEP externships are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and in the Summer session and consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class meetings.

Spring 2016 LEP

Fieldwork: Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Spring semester for a minimum total of 224 hours.

Class:   Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

To Obtain a Legal Externship Placement:

The program does not assign students to particular field placements.  Instead a student must apply independently to obtain an externship position.  Each placement has its own independent screening and selection process.

The greater Chicagoland area offers a wide range of placement opportunities.  The large majority of externships are in the public sector. To gain access to posted available externship opportunities, students must consult Symplicity.  To search Symplicity:

Click on “Jobs”, then click on “Advanced Search”, and then “Position Type”.  Several drop-down boxes will appear listing categories of postings.  Search any category that might be applicable, e.g., “Access2Practice Legal Externships”, “Internships”, “Volunteer Internships”, “Fall Volunteer Internships”, “Spring Volunteer Internships”, etc.

Many listings will be marked “For Credit Only”.  That means that a student cannot extern at that placement unless he/she is enrolled as a participant in Chicago-Kent’s LEP. Some postings in Symplicity will allow students the option of either applying to volunteer or to convert the opportunity into a for-credit externship.

Please understand that sometimes employers are able to access Symplicity independently and place postings that are not screened, approved, or endorsed by the law school.

Types of Placements:   

                   1.       Governmental and Public Interest Sectors

Placement sites include county, city, state and federal legislative and executive offices.  For example, students can extern in county offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender, the Office of the U.S. Attorney, City of Chicago Department of Law, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and Equip for Equality.

Externships with a legal aid bureau, legal assistance program or organization, and certain governmental agencies may enable a student to acquire a 711 student practice license and appear in court.

Externing in a public interest placement also counts toward fulfilling some of the required course work in public interest law for the J.D. Certificate in Public Interest Law.

                   2.       Private/For Profit Law Firms and In-House Corporate Legal Departments

For many reasons, unlike in Summer Acess2Practice LEP, private sector placements are excluded in Fall and Spring LEP with the exception of a very limited number of pre-screened and pre-approved private firms and in-house corporate legal departments.  The permissible private opportunities are listed in Symplicity as “For Credit Only”.

To Enroll in the Legal Externship Program:

If you have obtained an externship and wish to convert that into a for-credit Legal Externship, you must schedule an interview with Prof. Gross and submit the attached Legal Externship Program Application. 

Upon receiving an application to Spring 2016 LEP, Prof. Gross will immediately contact the applicant’s prospective supervisor and placement to ensure compliance with C-K externship guidelines and requirements.

Applications for Legal Externship Spring 2016 must be submitted to Prof. Gross by no later than Thursday, January 7, 2016.

You Cannot Extern for a Current Employer Nor Can You Receive Pay for Doing a For-Credit Externship.

The Legal Externship Program is an experiential educational program.  An employer/employee relationship is financial; you do what the employer needs and wants rather than what the law school deems educationally appropriate.  For this reason, the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) does not allow you to get paid and receive school credit for doing the same work.  Moreover, if you were employed by a specific placement, you cannot convert that employer into an externship placement.

If you receive a Spring A2P Legal Externship, you cannot, without prior approval from Prof. Gross,  simultaneously volunteer/work for pay in another legal position during the term of the semester.

Withdrawal from the Externship Program

When you have been approved and registered for LEP, you cannot then withdraw.  Your acceptance to extern and subsequent registration in the program signifies to your externship supervisor/placement that you will complete your externship in a satisfactory and professional manner. 

You May Continue in Legal Externship Program for a Second Semester.

If you wish to continue as a legal extern for a second semester, you must first obtain approval from Professor Gross. 


Contact:

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu), Director of the A2P Legal Externship Program.

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.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 11

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.

The deadline for submitting application materials for the 2016 Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students is Monday, January 11, 2016.  Scholarship winners will be announced in May 2016.  

See here for more information and to apply.

2016 EPIC Law Fellowship - Applications due November 2, 2015

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) invites outstanding applications for the 2016 EPIC Law Fellowship. EPIC encourages applications from law students graduating in 2016, recent graduates, and judicial clerks.

The EPIC Law Fellow will fill an integral role in EPIC's Washington, DC office. The Fellow will work on various EPIC Projects in areas such as Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Privacy, International Privacy, Open Government, and State Policy. Creative, highly motivated, and accomplished law school graduates are encouraged to apply.
The EPIC Law Fellowship is a one-year position to begin September 2016.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Undertake legal research
  • Draft complaints, petitions, briefs, and testimony
  • Pursue Freedom of Information Act requests and identify appellate amicus opportunities
  • Prepare posts for EPIC website and EPIC Alert
  • Participate in legal strategy sessions and coalition meetings
  • Provide support and assistance to EPIC staff and EPIC advisory board

Compensation
The EPIC Law Fellow will receive an annual salary of $51,500. EPIC provides all employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply
Applicants should prepare a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and writing sample. The writing sample should be legal in nature (brief, memorandum, or research paper) and should be the applicant's own work, not a collaborative piece or something heavily edited by someone else. Please send the complete document, not an excerpt.  Letters of recommendation are welcome and encouraged, not to exceed more than two. Applications to be submitted via email should be sent to fellowship@epic.org with the subject line "EPIC Law Fellowship."
Please direct cover letters to Khaliah Barnes, EPIC Associate Director. The application deadline is November 2, 2015.

Experience and Qualifications

  • J.D. before September 2016;
  • Exceptional academic background;
  • Outstanding research, writing, and analytic skills;
  • Passionate commitment to public interest law;
  • Deep interest in EPIC's subject areas.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Journal experience, such as law review, preferred but not required
  • Masters degree in computer science or related field preferred but not required
  • Clerkship preferred but not required.

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair

While the annual EJW Conference and Career Fair has attracted employers and law students from across the country for twenty years, there are some who are unable to attend the in-person event due to time and/or financial constraints. EJW is excited to pilot the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair to connect more students and employers!

The virtual event will take place from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30. Registration is free and open through October 27.

Employers are registering now and will continue to register and post positions over the next few weeks. Registered employers include: California Appellate Project, Death Penalty Litigation Clinic, and Public Advocates.

As this is a pilot event, it will have a smaller number of attendees than our in-person Career Fair.

Learn more about this opportunity here!

Diversity

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program - Registration Now Open!

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer a unique professional development opportunity to diverse 1L law students.  LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career. To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD is launching the 2015-2016 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in over 30 cities around the country, including Chicago. Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in Chicago, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations. Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming. 

LCLD has recruited lawyers from its Member organizations to provide one-on-one mentoring to qualified law students. These volunteer Mentors can help you achieve the professional goals you've set for yourself. Our Mentors not only have their experiences in law school to share, but also their experience of the profession, including networking, practice area choice, and knowledge of the legal job market.

To register for the Individual Mentoring Program, please complete the form located here. Mentee registration is NOW OPEN! While LCLD has enlisted a substantial number of volunteer Mentors, this is a "first come, first serve" opportunity, so please act quickly.

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

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
(See above)

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 11
(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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