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Week of November 9, 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

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • November 9: Women's Bar Association of Illinois Law Student Meet and Greet
  • November 9: Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships: Protecting Workers' Rights
  • November 10: Meet the Public Services Organizations Reception
  • November 10: Immigration Career Panel
  • November 11: Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program
  • November 16: SBA 10 Under 10
  • November 18: Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program Panel
  • November 19: Law Practice Management Career Panel

Employment Opportunities

  • Law Office In-House Clinics - Spring 2016 Applications Now Open
  • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications now being accepted for 2Ls and December 1 for 1Ls; Applications due January 4
  • Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Spring 2016
  • Federal Work Study Available at Government/Legal Aid Organizations - Spring 2015 (Apply Now!)
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications from 2L's Now!
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Applications for Spring 2015 Now!
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2016
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2016 1L Summer Clerkship program - Applications due January 15.
  • EPIC Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) Clerkships - Applications for summer due February 5

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 11
  • Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project - Applications due January 15
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program - Applications due February 1

Job Fairs

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity Fellowship - Application Now Available!
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity Scholarship
  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program - Registration Now Open!
  • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications now being accepted for 2Ls and December 1 for 1Ls; Applications due January 4
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 11
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2016 1L Summer Clerkship program - Applications due January 15
  • JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2016

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

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.

Women's Bar Association of Illinois Law Student Meet and Greet

Date: Monday, November 9
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Brando’s Private Room on the 19th Floor (343 S. Dearborn Street)

Join the WBAI for a great networking event with the board members at Brando’s.  Beer and wine, as well as light appetizers, will be served.  Cost: $10.00 Please RSVP by November 5th at 5:00 p.m. You must be a current WBAI member to register.  Law student memberships are free.  See here for more information and to register for the event or become a WBAI member.

Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships: Protecting Workers' Rights

Date: Monday, November 9 
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Location: Room 510

Pizza, coffee and pastries will be provided.

Interested in applying for a Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship?  Come hear Mary Anne Moffa from the Peggy Browning Fund along with a former summer fellow from Chicago-Kent discuss the program and application process.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the words "Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship" in the subject line. 

The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program provides funding to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations. It is a ten-week summer fellowship available to 1st and 2nd year law students that offers unique and challenging work experiences intended to encourage students to consider labor law as a viable career choice. One school-year fellowship in Chicago is also offered. Applications are accepted beginning on December 1st. More information available here

Pizza, coffee and pastries will be provided.

This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office, the Labor and Employment Law Society and the Institute for Law and the Workplace.

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

Immigration Law Society and the Career Services Office invite you to attend the Immigration Law Career Panel on Tuesday, November 10 at 12:00pm in Room 370. Come learn about the diverse practice of immigration law from attorneys in the non-profit, private, and government sectors. Lunch will be provided.

Panelists include:

  • Marjorie Baltazar, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Aneesha Gandhi, National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Laura Grover, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Caroline Shoenberger, Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Charles Wintersteen, Charles Wintersteen & Associates

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!

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program 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

Law Practice Management Career Panel

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: TBA
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

The Law Firm Management Society at Chicago-Kent College of Law is hosting a Firm Management and Practice Panel.  The event will be held on November 19th, at Chicago Kent College of Law (565 W Adams, Chicago, IL 60661) on the 10th Floor in Morris Hall.  The goal of the panel is to expose students to what working at a law firm is like, outside of what they otherwise learn in class.  The panel will focus on four main topics of discussion with the panelists, as well as any topics that may come up along the way:

  • Managing a law firm (relationships, recruiting, networking, etc.)
  • The business side of being a lawyer (choosing cases, billing, etc.)
  • What kind of skills (both business and legal skills ) the panelists have found to be most useful in their careers
  • General advice to students on any of the above

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.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications due January 4, 2016

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession.  The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students.  Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Applications will be accepted beginning November 16, 2015 for 2Ls and December 1, 2015 for 1Ls. Applications are due January 4, 2016.

See here for more information and to apply!

 

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.

Federal Work Study Available at Government/Legal Aid Organizations, Spring 2015 (Apply Now!)

Interested in working with a government or public interest organization off-campus and being paid with federal work study funds? Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during the Spring 2016 semester. To find available positions, please log into Symplicity, go to "CSO Jobs" under the "Jobs" tab, and conduct an "Advanced Search" for Federal Work Study positions. There you will find over 20 opportunities to work with a wide-range of government and public interest organizations during Spring 2016. 

Chicago-Kent 2L & 3L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds and most of the positions are also available as for-credit externships or volunteer, if you prefer.  Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation about federal work study, as well as the form you need to turn in by Friday January 8, 2016 to the Career Services Office to request to be paid with federal work study funds. Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications from 2L's 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

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Applications for Spring 2015 Now!

The application system for Spring 2016 PILI Internships is NOW OPEN! PILI offers a limited number of school-year Internships in Chicago during the fall to second and third-year law students. School-year Interns will receive $2,500 for 200 hours of work over the course of a semester. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on the system is open, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
 
This spring, we have 7 Internship positions in Chicago available at the following agencies:

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • CARPLS (Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services)
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
  • LAF
  • Mexican-American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF)
  • National Immigrant Justice Center – LGBT Immigrants Rights Initiative
  • Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU


To apply, interested applicants should visit www.IllinoisProBono.org. PILI administers our application process through this site and applicants must register on the site before they can submit an application.

To learn more, visit us online at www.pili.org/internships/school-year-internships or contact PILI’s Program Manager, Katie Pieper, at 312-832-5128 or kpieper@pili.org.

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2016

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization® are pleased to announce the sixth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2016.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place about 100 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers.

See here for more information and to apply!

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2016 1L Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due January 15, 2016

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice invites 1L law students of color to apply for its upcoming 2016 1L Summer Clerkship Program.  First-year law students will have a unique summer opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of 31 law firms and 16 corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession through its mission to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

Students can begin applying starting December 1, 2015, and the application deadline is January 15, 2016, but students are encouraged to submit their materials before winter break. Please see the attached brochure for all details, FAQ and contact information for application submission.

See here for more information and to apply!

EPIC Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) Clerkships - Applications for summer due February 5, 2016

IPIOP seeks outstanding law students interested in public interest issues related to the Internet to spend a summer or a semester at the EPIC office in Washington, D.C.  Learn about the legislative process, public interest litigation, the Freedom of Information Act, online activism, and emerging Internet issues.

The IPIOP Program gives law students the opportunity to actively participate in valuable programs in Internet law, policy, and legislation. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for clerks to experience first-hand the new and exciting intersection between Internet law and public policy.  Washington, D.C. provides an ideal location for an introduction to Internet law and policy. IPIOP clerks attend agency proceedings, policy meetings, Congressional hearings, and visit many landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Application deadline for Summer (typically for an internship from May through July or August) is February 5, 2016.  Applications will be evaluated as they are received.  Students are encouraged to apply early, as they will be accepting on a rolling basis.

See here for more information and 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.

2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The program offers students the rare opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations.

Program benefits for 1L LCLD Scholars include:

  • Substantive Work Assignments: LCLD Scholars spend their summer side by side with attorneys from Fortune 500 legal departments and Am Law 350 law firms.
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit: LCLD invites each class of 1L LCLD Scholars to a summit, which consists of panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities for the Scholars. The 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Summit will be held in Chicago, Illinois, May 19-21, 2016.
  • Networking: There is a LinkedIn group dedicated to articles and discussions relevant to 1L LCLD Scholars.

The application period opens on December 1, 2015 and will remain open per the Member organization’s discretion.

See here for more information and to apply!

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2016

Franczek Radelet's Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program is an exciting and creative diversity pipeline initiative.  The LEADS eight-week summer program is designed for diverse law students with an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The goal of the program is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for future employment in the legal profession.

Program recipients will participate in an eight-week summer program (dates vary) with a total stipend of $15,000.

1L students must submit completed and signed applications for the 2016 Summer Program, and all required supporting documentation, by January 9, 2016. Applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.

See here for more information and to apply!

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.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project - Applications due January 15, 2016

Experience a career-making internship opportunity through the ABA Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project.  The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

In order to be eligible for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, applicants must currently be first or second year law students at an ABA accredited law school. Each Steiger Fellow will receive a gross stipend of $6,000 for a specified 8 or 10 week period.

Applications and all accompanying materials must be received by January 15, 2016.

See here for more information and to apply!

Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program - Applications due February 1, 2016

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.

Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree-granting programs from any accredited academic institution in the geographic area may apply. While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines including, but not limited to, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Applicants must be enrolled throughout the Fellowship year (May 2016-May 2017). 

Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency and design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an under served population.  This project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served.  The project should:

  • Provide a direct service that meets a community-defined need and reflects national and local health priorities, such as Healthy People 2020. Prospective applicants should investigate and reflect on unmet local health-related needs, and think through the ways in which their own energies and talents might contribute, even in small ways, to ameliorating one or more of these problems.
  • Be of an enduring value to the community/agency served.  The project proposal should include a brief discussion about sustainability of the project at the end of the Fellowship year.

The application deadline for the 2016-17 Fellowship year is February 1, 2016.  Finalists will be interviewed in March, and the Fellows will be announced in early April.

See here for more information and to apply!

Job Fairs

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)

2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications now being accepted for 2Ls and December 1 for 1Ls; Applications due January 4
(See above)

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9
(See above)

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

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 2016 1L Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due January 15
(See above)

JTBF Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2016
(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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