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Week of February 29, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Spring Resume Books Now Open!
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • 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
  • February 29: Seyfarth Shaw Black History Month Networking Event
  • February 29-March 4: Diversity Week
  • February 29: Out of Office Etiquette
  • March 1: Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • March 2: Diversity Job Fairs: The 411
  • March 2: Women in Sports Law
  • March 3: HLLSA Judges' Night
  • March 1: Training for 711 Law Students w/ First Defense Legal Aid
  • March 1: Practising Law Institute (PLI) Patent Office Exam Informational Session
  • March 2: Northwestern Law Webinar - Careers in Tax Law
  • March 4-6: Norman Amaker Public Interest Law & Social Justice Retreat
  • March 5: One-Day Bar Exam Boot Camp
  • March 22: Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications Now!
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1
  • City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1
  • AT&T Legal Department Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls - Applications due March 11
  • Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due March 23
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois Law Student Volunteer Intern Program - Applications due April 15

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps J.D. Program - Applications due February 29
  • Harrity & Harrity 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due March 31
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships - Applications due April 1
  • Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27

Job Fairs

  • CBA YLS Government Service Career Fair - March 3
  • Veterans' Legal Career Fair - April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. 
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2 - Deadline to Register is June 18
  • Loyola Patent Law Interview Program - August 4 & 5 - Deadline to Register is March 10!

Diversity

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program
  • AT&T Legal Department Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls - Applications due March 11
  • Harrity & Harrity 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due March 31
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1
  • 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

Spring Resume Books Now Open!

Spring Resume Books are now available for “opt-in” for all 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls. Employers will be notified that Resume Books are available soon thereafter, but because employers may request a Resume Book at any time (both before and after that date), students are encouraged to opt-in to desired Resume Books by Friday, February 5 or at any time thereafter. Even if you have secured employment for this Spring, keep in mind that Spring resume books may be used by employers for hiring for Summer 2016!

As a reminder, a Resume Book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of resumes that can be distributed to employers on request. Our Resume Books will collect the resumes of students in a particular class (e.g. 2Ls) with similar interests (e.g. immigration law, real estate law, or working in the northern suburbs), and then notify employers who fit those criteria that the books are available for review. These books can also be used when an employer calls up our office looking for a particular type of student to clerk for them (“We are looking for a 3L interested in litigation who has worked as a 711 clerk.”), so that we can respond quickly and efficiently to employer requests (in that case by looking at the 3L Litigation Resume Book for students who have been 711 clerks). For more information about Resume Books, click here.

Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO

The Career Services Office is available to review student resumes and cover letters, and to conduct mock interviews, to help you better prepare for a variety of opportunities! If you have an upcoming interview for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP), the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diversity Summer Internship Program, or another employment, fellowship or scholarship opportunity, please consider scheduling a mock interview with your Career Services counselor. You can schedule an appointment directly through Symplicity! If you have questions about how to schedule an appointment, please email the Career Services Office at kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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 was required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of fall semester.  If you have not done so, and 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!

Seyfarth Shaw Black History Month Networking Event

Date: Monday, February 29
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Seyfarth Shaw LLP (131 S. Dearborn St.)

Seyfarth Shaw invites students to join them for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking with attorneys from its National Diversity Action Team and its African American Attorneys affinity group (“A+”) to celebrate Black History Month.

Aleka Jones, the Associate General Counsel at US Foods, will provide brief remarks at this event as will David Rowland, Seyfarth's Office Managing Partner and Gerald Pauling, a Labor and Employment partner who has been with Seyfarth for over 23 years. Aleka, David and Gerald will be available for any questions after their presentations.   

Attendees will need to sign in at the security desk in the building lobby and will need photo I.D. to do so. After signing in, please come up to the 24th floor and let reception know that you are here for the networking event. 

Dress is business casual. No suits necessary!

Interested students should RSVP to Kelley Kohler (kkohler@seyfarth.com) as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, February 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Diversity Week

Celebrate diversity at Chicago-Kent with a week full of events, including the following, that highlight the rich and multifaceted backgrounds and experiences of the students, faculty and staff in our community.

February 29: Out of Office Etiquette
March 1: Diversity in the Legal Profession
March 2: Diversity Job Fairs: The 411
March 2: Women in Sports Law
March 3: HLLSA Judges’ Night

See below for more detail on each event!

Out of Office Etiquette

Date: Monday, February 29
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

As part of Chicago-Kent's Diversity Week, the Black Law Students Association will host a professional etiquette workshop titled "Out of Office Etiquette," from 4:00-5:30 on February 29, 2016. This BLSA event will provide students with tips on being professional at social events outside the office, such as lunches with attorneys and/or clients, happy hours or other networking events. All are welcome!

Diversity in the Legal Profession

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

The SBA Diversity Committee and the Career Services Office will host a panel discussion followed by a reception as part of Chicago-Kent's Diversity Week. Panelists, including diverse alumni and a law firm diversity professional, will talk to students about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Featured Speakers: 

Michelle Silverthorn, Diversity and Education Director, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Jami de Lou, Associate Director of Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Jenner and Block
Temi Oduala ('12), Associate, HeplerBroom 
Judge Barbara Flores ('05), Arbitrator, Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission
Colleen Bisher-Fry ('10), Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Diversity Job Fairs: The 411

Date: Wednesday, March 2
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Room 580

Please join the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Lambdas for “Diversity Job Fairs: The 411.” Learn about the many diversity job fairs available to Chicago-Kent students and hear from Chicago-Kent alumna and hiring committee representative, Stephanie Seay Kelly ('01), Partner at  Ice Miller, about application, resume and interview tips; and student panelists who have attended diversity job fairs.

Women in Sports Law

Date: Wednesday, March 2
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Auditorium (followed by reception in first-floor lobby)

The Sports Economy School, in partnership with the Society of Women in Law, will host an inaugural panel on WOMEN, POWER, and LEADERSHIP. The panel is an intimate social gathering, and will feature empowering conversations with executives breaking ground in SOCIETY and CULTURE across the growing dimensions and diverse layers of Sports: Media, Science, Technology, Management, and Athletics.

HLLSA Judges’ Night

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

Join the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association for the 2016 Judges' Night. Mingle with Chicago-Kent alumni and students as well as Hispanic and Latino attorneys from throughout Chicago at a reception honoring the Honorable Rossana P. Fernandez '96 for her contributions to the Latino community and the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with networking over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by a ceremony for Judge Fernandez at 7:15 p.m. 

If you plan to attend, you must rsvp at: http://alumni.kentlaw.iit.edu/events/event-pages/2016-hllsa-judges-night- . 

Training for 711 Law Students w/ First Defense Legal Aid

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Room 580

First Defense Legal Aid (http://www.first-defense.org/) is the only way people in Chicago police custody can get a free lawyer at a Chicago police station 24/7/365. FDLA operates a 24-hour hotline where callers can obtain legal representation for people in Chicago police custody. The hotline is manned by volunteer attorneys and 711 licensed law students. During their shifts, volunteers offer civil legal representation to clients held in police custody anywhere in Chicago. Volunteers can expect to gain hands-on experience in civil rights law and navigating interactions with police. 

Learn how to start helping clients now, or become a volunteer for FDLA's 24-hour hotline! 

This training will include:

- Understanding the rights of individuals in police custody
- Providing direct legal representation to clients in police custody
- Understanding law concerning station house defense

This training to become a 711 volunteer with FDLA will be hosted by the National Lawyers Guild Chicago-Kent chapter, and co-sponsored by the Career Services Office, HLLSA, BLSA, and ACS. For more information, see Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027760993934511/

FREE FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED.

Practising Law Institute (PLI) Patent Office Exam Informational Session

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room 370

If you are a student with an undergraduate degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, the computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, or some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI's Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include:

  • The latest information on the Patent Office Exam
  • Who can take the Exam
  • How the Exam works, now that it's on computer and “on demand”
  • When you should take the Exam
  • How the America Invents Act has impacted the Exam
  • Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam

 Scholarships to PLI's other IP programs will also be discussed.

Northwestern Law Webinar - Careers in Tax Law

Date: Wednesday, March 2
Time: 12:00 pm

Northwestern Law’s Tax Program will be hosting a webinar on career opportunities available to those interested in tax law!

Mary Maher, Associate Director of Legal Careers, will discuss the career paths that graduates pursue in various areas of tax law. David Cameron, Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the Tax Program, will then provide a summary of how the Tax Program gives students a foundational understanding and the specialized skills needed to practice tax law successfully.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP here.

Norman Amaker Public Interest Law & Social Justice Retreat

Date: Friday – Sunday, March 4 – 6
Location: Loyola University Chicago Retreat & Ecology Campus (2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock, IL)

Register today for the 2016 Norman Amaker Public Interest Law & Social Justice Retreat, presented by Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

The Amaker Retreat aims to capture the spirit of Loyola’s late professor, Norman Amaker, who fought alongside leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to transform the social justice landscape by challenging racial discrimination during the civil rights era. The goal is to support the future generation of public interest lawyers by teaching them the skills needed to bring about legal and social change. By increasing their awareness of inequalities in the community, the hope is to inspire students to embrace social justice values. The Amaker Retreat also helps build a network of resources by exposing students to local and national public interest leaders who have made a longtime commitment to serving people who face inequality.

A bus will transport students from Corboy Law Center (25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL) to the Retreat.

Register at: http://luc.edu/law/amaker/registration.html. For more information, please visit the website at: http://luc.edu/law/amaker/ or email Tony Wadas at awadas@luc.edu.

One-Day Bar Exam Boot Camp

Date: Saturday, March 5 
Time: 10:00 am – 3:15 pm
Location: Room 520

Please join nationally recognized bar exam expert, Professor William Birdthistle, as he conducts a One-Day Bar Exam Boot Camp. This presentation is free of charge to all graduating Chicago-Kent J.D. and LL.M. students.

Professor Birdthistle will highlight the area of Contracts as he introduces you to the skills and strategies necessary for bar exam success. The Boot Camp will break down into three specific components:

Substantive Lecture: Students will listen to a concise Contracts presentation focusing on the most commonly tested bar exam issues and highlighting key concepts or rules to focus your attention.

Essay Writing Workshop: Students will receive an easy-to-use guide on how to approach, analyze and answer Contracts essay questions. All students will have the opportunity to complete a Multistate Essay Exam question and submit it for personalized grading.

Multiple-Choice Workshop: Students will learn tips and techniques for success when attacking the concepts and topics tested in the Contracts portion of the Multistate Bar Exam. All students will have the opportunity to complete a Contracts multiple choice exam with detailed answer analysis.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. FREE LUNCH will be provided to everyone in attendance. RSVP for lunch HERE.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar

Date: Tuesday, March 22 
Time: 4:30 pm

Join the Indianapolis Bar Association and the IU McKinney School of Law online on March 22, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. as they team up to offer a webinar to help 1L students learn more about the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair. Panelists will share information about the fair, which takes place on August 1 & 2, 2016 (deadline to register is June 18), and answer questions live. Find out more here.

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

Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1, 2016

The Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney is the second largest county prosecutor’s office in the nation. If you are a student that has completed at least one-half of the total hourly credits required for graduation, you are eligible to apply for the 711 license. While clerking for the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, you will be eligible to handle your own cases under the supervision of an Assistant State’s Attorney. There is no shortage of opportunities for clerks with 711 licenses to gain excellent hands-on courtroom experience. Students are asked to rank were they would like to work, however, students will be assigned based on the needs of the office.

Applications are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions.

City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1, 2016

The City of Chicago Department of Law is interested in highly qualified law students to participate in its Summer Volunteer Program. This program is designed to provide participants with a challenging volunteer opportunity that reflects the demands and rewards of public service. The Law Department will select well-rounded applicants, who have exhibited academic excellence and an interest in public service, from law schools across the nation. Participants in the program are not compensated by the City of Chicago.

Typically, participants will be assigned to one of the practice divisions within the Law Department. The participant will be assigned a supervisor/mentor who will coordinate the assignments given to the participant and, together, the participant and the supervisor will determine the start date and the date on which the program will end for the individual.

Applications for the Summer Program are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions!

Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1, 2016

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago, Springfield, or regional office, law clerks investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Advanced students who qualify for a 711 license are encouraged to obtain such a license so that they may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

Applications are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions!

AT&T Legal Department Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls - Applications due March 11, 2016

AT&T’s Midwest Legal Department is seeking one first-year law student to work as a summer intern in its Chicago office. The Summer Internship Program is part of AT&T’s effort to promote diversity within the legal profession. Some notable benefits of the program are as follows:

  • Participants will be paid a competitive salary and will work for 8-10 weeks over the summer after their first year of law school;
  • Participants will have a unique opportunity to see life as an in-house attorney in one of the country’s largest corporations;
  • Participants will have opportunities to attend depositions and hearings, conduct research, and draft memoranda in a wide array of practice areas within the department, including Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, International, and Labor and Employment; and
  • Participants will attend an assortment of outings and social functions with AT&T attorneys and their outside counsel.

Interested candidates should mail (no electronic applications please) a resume, transcript, class rank (if available), and writing sample by Friday, March 11, 2016 to Nicole Byrd at 225 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60606.

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due March 23, 2016

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program (LEP) is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Summer Access2Practice LEP

Summer Access2Practice LEP differs from Fall/Spring LEP in that summer students have a greater choice of placements. Whereas Fall and Spring placements are almost exclusively in the public and not-for-profit areas, Summer LEP includes a significant number of private placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments. These private placements are supervised by designated alums, and both the alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened and approved by the Chicago-Kent Faculty Externship Screening Committee specifically for this program.

As of Monday, February 22, Symplicity will post many Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you can apply. Please scroll to "Access2Practice - Private Sector Externship - SUMMER" for these special opportunities. The applications to the participating member placements will be submitted through a centralized data base and sent electronically to the respective placements on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Each teaching attorney/placement then independently screens and selects its own extern(s).

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2016 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators, and online.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois Law Student Volunteer Intern Program - Applications due April 15, 2016

The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit.

The primary goals of the Law Student Intern Program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases. Fall Internship participants will work 16 hours per week for 12 weeks. Students must be second-year or third-year law students by the beginning of the fall term to apply.

The work of the law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, conducting legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, and assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases.

Applications are due Friday, April 15, 2016. Click here for more information. Also see Symplicity ID 22946.

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!

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).

Harrity & Harrity 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due March 31, 2016

Harrity and Harrity is excited to launch its annual 1L Diversity Fellowship Program awarding fellowships to diverse 1L law students. The program is an integral part of the firm’s ongoing diversity initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of the firm’s practice.

The Harrity and Harrity 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of three parts:

  • A paid summer associate clerkship position at Harrity and Harrity during the summer of 2016;
  • Mentoring throughout the year by attorneys of the firm; and
  • A $10,000 scholarship - Harrity and Harrity will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer associate clerkship with the firm, and award an additional $5,000 to those who join the firm as an associate, after receiving and accepting an associate offer with the firm following the completion of their 2L summer clerkship with the firm.

Applications are due by Thursday, March 31, 2016. Please click here for more information.

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!

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships - Applications due April 1, 2016

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of ALDF’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.” Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation.

Scholarships are for one year only. However, students are eligible to apply for continued funding. Scholarships are not available to students graduating this semester, but 3Ls in a 4-year program are welcome to apply. Scholarship amounts are: $5,000 each for three first place recipients, and $1,000 each to the second place recipients. (Note: the number of second place recipients is indeterminate and may vary from year to year.)

Applications are due by Friday, April 1, 2016. Please click here for more information.

Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2016

The keystone of Zelle LLP's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Applicants must either be first-year law students enrolled full-time or be part-time (four-year program) or joint-degree students in their second year of law school.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient's law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student's second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student's third year of law school, subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student's second year of law school.

Depending upon the firm's current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm's offices for the summer following the student's first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student.

Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient's successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student's remaining law school career.

Applications are due Friday, April 1, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions! 

Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1, 2016

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. The one-year program is designed to foster a commitment to excellence in a new generation of women attorneys, inspired by the generation of trailblazers who paved the way for their success.

Applications are due Friday, April 1, 2016. More information and application instructions are available here.

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

CBA YLS Government Service Career Fair - March 3, 2016

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s annual Government Service Career Fair on Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago.

The event gives young lawyers and law students the opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Enjoy light appetizers as you network and discover what the agencies in attendance are looking for in new hires. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies.

Click here to register and view a list of agencies scheduled to be in attendance.

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.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2 - Deadline to Register is June 18, 2016

The 9th annual Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair has a strong history of success. Nearly 600 students from 82 schools across the nation have interviewed over the last eight years, and 20 percent have accepted job offers. There will be:

  • Numerous networking opportunities available for students through a reception, interviews and a luncheon
  • More than 25 firm, government, court and corporate legal employers conducting hundreds of interviews with students
  • A student workshop focusing on presenting oneself in interviews and social media

About the Diversity Job Fair 

Employers are seeking candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2018) and part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2018/2019) are invited to participate in the fair.

Student Registration Information

Student registration opens April 1, 2016! Student registration is available at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students. Following registration, students will be provided with automatically-generated passwords that will allow them to use the system throughout the next few months.

The student registration deadline is Saturday, June 18, 2016. Only students who have registered, bid and obtained interviews can participate in Diversity Job Fair events.
 
To learn more about the logistics of the Job Fair, please visit ibadiversityjobfair.org.

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program - August 4 & 5, 2016 - Deadline to Register is March 10!

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2016 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 4-5 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LL.M. programs.

Last year roughly 140 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,300 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html .

Online student registration for this year's Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 8, 2016 and close on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Online registration is NOW OPEN at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/Default.aspx . At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester). Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law on the registration form's drop down menu of law schools.

There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration. Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our Career Services Office, Jayne Schreiber. Jayne's email is jschrei3@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Diversity

2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program

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.

AT&T Legal Department Diversity Summer Internship Program for 1Ls - Applications due March 11, 2016
(See above)

Harrity & Harrity 1L Diversity Fellowship - Applications due March 31, 2016
(See above)

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

Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2016
(See above)

Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due April 1, 2016
(See above)

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