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Week of January 18, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 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
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • January 19-21: OSCAR Program Webinar
  • January 21: QuisLex Tour and Informational Session
  • January 27: Externships Panel 
  • January 28: Corporate Counsel Night 
  • February 2: CBA YLS Careers in Intellectual Property Law Panel
  • February 3: Preparing for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)
  • February 3, 4 & 5: Mock Interviews for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) 
  • February 3: Compliance Industry Trends and Careers
  • February 4: CBA YLS Cross-Cultural Lawyer Panel
  • February 5: Relativity Document Review Training for 3Ls and Recent Graduates  
  • February 19: ABA Legal Career Development Expo
  • February 22-26: Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications Now!
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Applications for Spring 2016 Now!
  • Hispanic National Bar Association and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 20
  • National Association of Women Lawyers and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 28
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 29
  • Air Force JAG Corps Summer Externship Program - Applications due January 31
  • SEC’s Summer 2016 Student Honors Program for 1Ls - Applications due February 1
  • EPIC Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) Summer Clerkships - Applications due February 5
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Counsel Legal Extern Program - Applications due February 28

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 22
  • Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 25
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship Program - Applications due February 1
  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps J.D. Program - Applications due February 29
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27

Job Fairs

  • IIT Campus-Wide Career Fair - February 4
  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) - February 6
  • Veterans' Legal Career Fair - April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. 

Diversity

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program - Registration Now Open!
  • Hispanic National Bar Association and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 20
  • Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 22
  • Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 25
  • National Association of Women Lawyers and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 28
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 29
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27

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 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 were due in the Career Services Office by Friday, January 8, 2015.  Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) to inquire about availability of remaining funds.

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.

Before 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), 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.

ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you plan to go into public service, you may have heard about public service loan forgiveness (PSLF for short). This economic incentive offers student loan forgiveness following a minimum period of service and on-time payments towards the borrower’s debt. The cost of this benefit is aimed at making public work more attractive.

In this extended two-segment episode of ABA Law Student Podcast, hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke interview Bryan Tyson, the executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Council and Jonathan Rapping, co-founder of Gideon’s Promise. 

In segment one, you will hear from Bryan about the debt to income gap, his organization’s survey of public defenders about PSLF, and the increased importance of public defenders outside the practice of law.

In segment two, you will hear from Jonathan about student debt’s barrier to public service, the lifelong commitment of student loans, and concerns about poor people not getting justice in the event of PSLF cuts or caps.

Listen now!

OSCAR Program Webinar

Date: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, January 19, 20 & 21
Time: 1:00 pm (Tuesday), 2:00 pm (Wednesday), & 10:00 am (Thursday)

OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Application and Review) is an online resource that streamlines federal law clerk hiring. Using OSCAR, applicants can find a position that fits their unique interests and talents.

Learn about the latest updates in clerkship hiring and the OSCAR Program. This webinar will address:

  • Key statistics and trends from the 2015 hiring cycle
  • Rising 2L access to OSCAR
  • Software enhancements planned for OSCAR 7.8
  • Future of OSCAR

Click on the registration link below for the date that works with your schedule!

QuisLex Tour and Informational Session

Date: Thursday, January 21
Time: 8:30 am
Location: QuisLex Chicago Office (150 N. Wacker) – meet in the lobby at 8:20 am

Meet the QuisLex team on January 21 at 8:30 am! Who and what is QuisLex?

QuisLex is an award-winning managed legal services provider specializing in executing complex document review, contract management, and compliance projects for leading corporations and law firms throughout the world.

QuisLex's Chicago office (located at 150 N. Wacker) oversees many foreign language document reviews. If you are fluent in a foreign language, and would like to learn more about participating in foreign language document reviews through QuisLex, please join Dean Harris and Dean Schreiber for a tour of QuisLex's office and to learn more about them. This is a great opportunity to meet with QuisLex's team here in Chicago and hear from some members of their executive staff in India.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Students will meet Dean Harris and Dean Schreiber in the school lobby at 8:20 am on January 21st and go to QuisLex’s office together.

Externships Panel
 
Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room 580

Are you considering an externship with a judge, law firm or company? Learn more about the process and types of opportunities available! Come hear a panel of students and recent graduates discuss their various externship positions and experiences on Wednesday, January 27 in Room 580 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

Corporate Counsel Night

Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location:  Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Chicago-Kent Career Services Office, along with the Black Law Students Association, the Hispanic Latino Law Students Association and the Corporate Law Society, are hosting a Corporate Counsel Night.

This exciting event will present the opportunity for corporate counsel attorneys to speak on a panel and provide guidance to Chicago-Kent students who are seeking similar career paths.

Panelists will include:

  • Angela Frye, Verizon Wireless
  • David G. Susler, National Material L.P.
  • Kyle Swanson, Walbro LLC
  • Jamila S. Covington, Navistar, Inc.

Additionally, there will be a networking event for corporate attorneys to socialize with fellow corporate attorneys and Chicago-Kent students.

Click here to RSVP !

CBA YLS Careers in Intellectual Property Law Panel

Date: Tuesday, February 2
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association (321 S. Plymouth Ct.)

The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Intellectual Property Law Committee is hosting a panel discussion featuring Heather Harper, Supervising Attorney in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic of the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent and other attorneys from a variety of practice settings and disciplines. Panelists will discuss their varied career paths in and related to intellectual property law.

The question and answer discussion format will touch on:

  • Career paths including in-house positions and large law firm, boutique, and solo practices
  • Improving resumes
  • Interview tactics
  • Transitioning from law student to associate
  • Networking
  • Practical advice for day-to-day practice and dealing with employers, colleagues and staff
  • Interim experience in a difficult economy
  • How to have a beneficial experience in law school

The seminar will be followed by a networking reception featuring drinks and light appetizers generously sponsored by Nextpoint.

Register here! Complimentary for Law Student Members. Not a CBA Law Student Member yet? Join for just $12.

Preparing for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: TBD

This program will help students strategize for interviewing and networking at MPILCC. Come hear from students who have prior MPILCC experience to learn how to best make connections and build professional relationships. Visit the MPILCC website at www.mpilcc.org for conference details, and be sure to attend this program.

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference is a job fair and an opportunity for students to interview and meet with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions for the summer or for after graduation. 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls can all participate. The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Student bidding for this career conference is now closed. However, Table Talk is available at the job fair where students can meet with many of the employers, even if the student did not receive an interview in advance. More information is available online at www.mpilcc.org.

Mock Interviews for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

Date: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, February 3, 4 & 5
Time: By appointment
Location: Career Services Office

Students who are scheduled to interview with employers at MPILCC may sign up for a mock interview in the Career Services Office on February 3rd, 4th or 5th. These mock interviews are an excellent way to practice and polish your interview skills. If you have not interviewed for a public interest position in the past, or if you have not interviewed for many positions, particularly legal positions, a mock interview is highly recommended. Sign-up information to come!

Compliance Industry Trends and Careers

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

Presented by the IIT Chicago-Kent Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets, the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association.

Join Chicago-Kent alumni working in the compliance field for a panel discussion on Compliance Industry Trends, and stay to network with the panelists, other alumni and fellow students seeking similar career paths. Panelists will include representatives from law firms, banks, FINRA and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The panel discussion will begin at 5:00 pm, and the reception will begin at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, February 3 in Morris Hall on the 10th floor.

RSVP here by Friday, January 29, 2016.

CBA YLS Cross-Cultural Lawyer Panel

Date: Thursday, February 4
Time: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Schiff Hardin (233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 6600)

Join the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Executive Council on Thursday, February 4 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the law offices of Schiff Hardin to hear panelists discuss the benefits of cross-cultural lawyering and the diversity issues that impact the legal profession. Law firms, law schools, corporations and others are increasingly seeing the value of diversity in the lawyers they hire or admit. Nevertheless, lawyers of diverse backgrounds often face unique challenges in their law practice, such as finding a path to partnership and focusing on networking and business development. This program will discuss the benefits of diversity in the legal profession - both from the employer’s and employee's side. The panel discussion from 4:30-6:00 p.m. will be followed by a networking reception generously hosted by Schiff Hardin from 6:00-7:00 p.m., featuring drinks and light appetizers.

Click here to register!

Relativity Document Review Training for 3Ls and Recent Graduates
 
Date: Friday, February 5
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Room 210

Please join Professor Adam Bottner and Senior Review Manager Hannah Wells from DTI Global as they conduct a two-hour training on Relativity, the software most used by law firms and document review companies when conducting e-discovery. Professor Bottner and Ms. Wells will give a brief overview of the e-discovery process and then show you how the Relativity software works. This special presentation for 3L students and alumni will add an important tool to your toolbox as you interview for legal positions.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by Wednesday, February 3, 2016. When you RSVP, please add the word “RELATIVITY” to your subject line and note which session you plan on attending.

Please bring a laptop with you to the program.

ABA Legal Career Development Expo

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: TBD
Location: Washington, DC ABA Office (1050 Connecticut Ave NW)

Save the date for the 2016 Winter ABA Legal Career Development Expo, to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, February 19, 2016. Diverse law students, recent graduates and young lawyers are encouraged to attend. Practicing attorneys and legal professionals seeking to advance their careers are also welcome.

The ABA Legal Career Development Expo provides an innovative approach to career development, mentoring, and networking. Attendees can attend career workshops and schedule personal coaching sessions while interacting with seasoned attorneys throughout the day. There will be a reception immediately following the Expo.

Time and program details to be announced!

Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week

Date: Monday – Friday, February 22 – 26
Time: See schedule of events below
Location: TBD

Save the Date! Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week will take place February 22-26. This is a great opportunity to polish your interviewing and networking skills and connect with alumni in your desired area of practice. Last year, more than 80 alumni participated, creating opportunities for more than 300 students. Please calendar these dates. Opportunities will include:

  • Informational Interviews, Monday and Tuesday, 2/22 and 2/23, 9 am - 6:30 pm
  • Mock Interviews, Wednesday, 2/24, 9 am - 6:30 pm (Students participating in mock interviews should provide resumes to the Career Services Office by February 21)
  • Networking Reception, Thursday, 2/25, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Coffee ConneKtions, Thursday and Friday, 2/25 and 2/26, any time
  • Job shadowing, any day during ASCK Week

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting:

  • Monday, February 15 for 3Ls and 4Ls
  • Tuesday, February 16 for 2Ls
  • Wednesday, February 17 for 1Ls

Additional information and registration link to come!

Students thinking about attending ASCK Week, or other networking opportunities at Chicago-Kent, who are not sure how to turn those connections into actual career opportunities, may also want to attend "Making the Most of It": ASCK Week and Other Networking Opportunities @ Chicago-Kent. The program will be held on Tuesday, February 2 from 12:00-1:00 pm (C50) and from 5:00-6:00 pm (GA). This presentation, hosted by the Committee on Student Vocational Efforts, is intended to give you a "roadmap" to take advantage of the wide array of networking and career-related programs on tap this spring at Chicago-Kent. In addition to hearing about upcoming networking opportunities at the law school, you'll learn practical tips for networking and interviewing that you can apply in your career search. The program will feature remarks from Jodi J. Caro (C-K ' 89), General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ulta Beauty, on interviewing and hiring from the employer's perspective. You'll also hear from current Chicago-Kent students who participated in last year's ASCK week, and learn how they made the most of their participation. 

This program is open to students of all levels. Please feel free to bring your own lunch or dinner.  Please RSVP to Ramona Lewis at rlewis7@kentlaw.iit.edu no later than Friday, January 29, 2016.  Please specify in your RSVP whether you will attend the noon program or the evening program.

Employment Opportunities

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

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications Now!

PILI’s online application system is now open for summer 2016. Internship placements are available in Chicago, Peoria and Champaign, Illinois. PILI Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer in return for a $5,000 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 summer 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 2016 Now!

PILI offers a limited number of school-year Internships in Chicago during the spring 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, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
 
This spring, there will be 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 its application process through this site and applicants must register on the site before they can submit an application.

To learn more, visit PILI 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.

Hispanic National Bar Association and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 20, 2016

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, HNBA will select one student to join the 2016 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.

The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:

  • Paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Chicago IL, May 19-21, 2016
  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review, interviewing, skill development, networking and other individual needs
  • Practice interviews, presentation development and delivery, and shadowing attorneys on various projects
  • Opportunities to interview with selected local firms for potential 2L internships

The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks, from June 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016. Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis.  

Applications are due by 4:00 pm CST on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

National Association of Women Lawyers and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 28, 2016

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly-motivated first-year law student.  Through this partnership, NAWL will select one student to join the 2016 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.

The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:

  • Paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Chicago IL, May 19-21, 2016
  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review, interviewing, skill development, networking and other individual needs
  • Practice interviews, presentation development and delivery, and shadowing attorneys on various projects
  • Opportunities to interview with selected local firms for potential 2L internships

The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks, from June 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016.  Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis. 

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, January 28, 2016. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 29, 2016

The ACC Chicago - Diversity Summer Internship Program places 1Ls with diverse backgrounds from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments.
  
Selected law students work in the legal department of a Chicagoland company for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the 2016 summer. Interns are assigned a mentor in the company who is responsible for directing their day-to-day workload and ensuring that the students have a positive learning experience. In addition, the interns are assigned a mentor from the ACC Chicago Chapter and will attend seminars and networking events hosted by the Chicago Chapter and participating legal departments. These seminars offer students helpful tips on topics such as networking, interviewing and resume writing. 

Applications are due Friday, January 29, 2016. See here for more information and to apply! Also see Symplicity job posting # 22196.

Air Force JAG Corps Summer Externship Program - Applications due January 31, 2016

The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps is currently seeking applications for its 2016 summer unpaid externship program. The Air Force JAG Corps provides full-spectrum legal advice to military commanders. As an extern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force and the JAG Corps. The program is an excellent way to gain exposure to substantive legal work while serving alongside Active Duty Air Force Assistant Staff Judge Advocates. Positions are available for full-time work for 8-10 weeks during the summer of 2016.

Applications are due by Sunday, January 31, 2016. For more information and application instructions, please click here.

SEC’s Summer 2016 Student Honors Program for 1Ls - Applications due February 1, 2016

The SEC boasts a robust Student Honors Program in which students undertake assignments that directly support the SEC’s mission to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation through securities and financial market regulation.

The SEC’s Student Honors Program is a ten-week program for undergraduate, graduate, and law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets. Students work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules. SEC Staff members serve as professional mentors, assisting with research and writing projects, as well as providing advice and guidance on career development. Students are invited to attend seminars, training workshops, and commission meetings as a part of their service at the SEC.

Applications are due Monday, February 1, 2016. See here for more information!

EPIC Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program (IPIOP) Summer Clerkships - Applications 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 is Friday, 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!

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Counsel Legal Extern Program - Applications due February 28, 2016

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Counsel in Chicago, Illinois, is responsible for providing legal advice, training and services in cases related to the ICE mission in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The office represents the United States in immigration removal proceedings, and provides legal support to ICE components focusing on customs, worksite enforcement, employment law, and administrative law. Legal externs assist in the representation of the United States government in immigration removal proceedings.

Legal externs can expect to research and write appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals, research and draft motions in pending cases, assemble exhibits for trial, research foreign country conditions, and observe hearings of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested. First-year and second-year law students are welcome to apply.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 28, 2016. For more information and application instructions, please click here.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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 will remain open per the Member organization’s discretion.

See here for more information and to apply!

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 22, 2016

The Columbus, Ohio-based law firm of Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter will award a Diversity Scholarship to a first-year law student, and is currently seeking applicants. The $10,000 Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter Diversity Scholarship includes a paid clerkship position with the firm’s summer associate class. All first-year law students who are members of historically underrepresented populations are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Kegler Brown’s Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually based on demonstrated academic performance, accomplishments and activities.

Those interested in being considered should submit all application materials no later than Friday, January 22, 2016. See here for more information and to apply!

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 25, 2016

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in IP law and enhancing diversity in the legal profession. Recipients are awarded $15,000 and a paid 2016 summer position in one of the firm’s domestic offices (Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington).

The award may be renewed for one additional year if the recipient  (a) is offered and accepts a 2017 summer associate position for the entirety of the 2017 summer program (no splits will be allowed); (b) subsequently accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program; (c) maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school; and (d) is otherwise in good standing.

Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply. Applicants must meet Finnegan’s hiring criteria (a degree in life sciences/chemistry, engineering, or computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience), and must contribute to enhancing diversity. Successful applicants have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled, and sexual orientation groups that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Applications are due Monday, January 25, 2016. See here for more information!

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 Monday, 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!

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps J.D. Program - Applications due February 29, 2016

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country. Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides all types of civil legal assistance. Members mainly focus their service on Equal Justice Works' priority areas, which include removing barriers to employment and housing, serving the legal needs of veterans, and providing disaster relief. AmeriCorps JD Members are students enrolled at Equal Justice Works' member law schools, who serve at a variety of organizations.

For more information about serving as an AmeriCorps JD Member, including education award benefits, please visit I want to apply to Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD. Applications are due by Monday, February 29, 2016 (priority deadline).

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2016

First-year law students are encouraged to apply to Fredrikson & Byron’s $15,000 Minority Scholarship program.  The scholarship program is part of Fredrikson's commitment to the promotion of diversity among incoming law professionals.  The purpose of the program is to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest.  Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney firm based in Minneapolis.

Applicants must be a member of a minority classification as designated in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regulations (i.e., Native American or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Black, and Hispanic).  The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples and personal interviews.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

See here for more information and to apply!

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27, 2016

McGuireWoods’ annual Diversity Scholarship Program will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse current first-year law students with an expected graduation year of 2018, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession.

McGuireWoods defines diversity as recognizing and valuing the differences in the workforce. To the firm, diversity encompasses age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status and veteran status, as well as educational and professional backgrounds. For more information on McGuireWoods’ Diversity Scholarship Program, including application instructions, please click here.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm CST on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Job Fairs

IIT Campus-Wide Career Fair - February 4, 2016

IIT’s Campus-Wide Career Fair will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in Hermann Hall, located at 3241 South Federal Street. Mark your calendar for this date and click here to learn more about specific strategies to make the most of this event, view a list of companies attending and register!

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) - February 6, 2016

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), the largest public interest legal job fair in the Midwest, enables employers from public interest and government organizations and J.D. students to gather for a day of interviews and informal networking. MPILCC is open to students from law schools in Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Each year, the MPILCC Conference attracts nearly 50 employers for on-site interviews, Table Talk (an informal networking session), or resume solicitation. From over fifteen hundred student registrants, about 275 students representing almost 40 law schools attend the conference. The conference is free to students.

The 28th Annual MPILCC Conference will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Chicago at Northwestern University School of Law. See here for more information!

Veterans' Legal Career Fair - April 29-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

The 2nd Annual Veterans’ Legal Career Fair will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. This event—the only one of its kind in the United States—provides a unique opportunity for legal employers to interview lawyers who are veterans or active-duty service members preparing for a transition out of the military.

The career fair will arrange one-on-one interviews and informational sessions for veterans (including active duty JAG Corps members and reservists) seeking positions as lawyers, including with corporate legal departments, law firms, other private sector employers and government agencies. Spouses of active-duty service members and veterans are also eligible to participate.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 150 candidates from around the world and 45 employers, including two dozen leading law firms as well as representatives of legal departments at major companies such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, American Express, PwC and Prudential.

Orrick is honored to partner with The American Legion; corporate founding sponsors Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and ALM; and private practice sponsors Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network to create this career fair.

For additional information, please visit the website.

Diversity

2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

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.

Hispanic National Bar Association and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 20, 2016
(See above)

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 22, 2016
(See above)

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship - Applications due January 25, 2016
(See above)

National Association of Women Lawyers and Prudential Financial, Inc. 1L Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 28, 2016
(See above)

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program - Applications due January 29, 2016
(See above)

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2016
(See above)

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27
(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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