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Week of March 21, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Make an Appointment!
  • In-House Clinical Program Applications are Available for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016
  • Criminal Litigation Certificate Program Applications Due March 28, 2016 
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR) Certificate Program Applications Due March 28, 2016
  • Spring Resume Books Now Open!
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Summer 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
  • March 22: Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar
  • March 22: The LAF Young Professionals Board Presents: Panel Discussion on Experiences in Public Interest Law
  • March 23: Fellowships: What They Are and How to Get One
  • March 23: Lunch with Ruth Gudino: Come Hear from Cook County State's Attorney's Office's Director of Legal Hiring and Recruitment on the Clerking Process
  • March 24: Seyfarth Shaw Women’s History Month Celebration
  • March 24: Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago's Annual March Mayhem Mixer
  • March 28: Skadden Public Interest Fellowship Informational Session
  • March 29 & 30: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 2Ls
  • March 31: Chicago Real Estate Now Panel and Reception
  • April 2: Cook County Bar Association’s Job Fair Resume Writing Workshop
  • April 5 & 6: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 1Ls
  • April 5-6: CBA Young Lawyers Section and The Chicago Bar Foundation Explore Springfield!
  • April 13: Your Right to an Attorney: Meet Cook County Public Defender and Kent Alumna Amy Campanelli
  • April 13: Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications Now!
  • Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due March 23
  • Judicial Externship Program (Fall) - Applications due March 24
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois Law Student Volunteer Intern Program - Applications due April 15
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fall 2016 Student Honors Program - Applications due June 5

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Equal Justice America Fellowship Program: apply for funding if you are providing legal services to the poor this coming summer - Applications due March 21
  • 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
  • DuPage Bar Foundation Scholarships - Applications due April 4
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27
  • Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 25

Job Fairs

  • Veterans' Legal Career Fair - April 29 & 30 in Washington, D.C. 
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12 - Early Registration Open Now!
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2 - Deadline to Register is June 18
  • Loyola Patent Law Interview Program - August 4 & 5
  • Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6 in Kansas City, Missouri - Deadline to Register is June 24
  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12 - Deadline to Register is May 15!

Diversity

  • 2016 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Individual Mentoring Program
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar - March 22
  • 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
  • Cook County Bar Association’s Job Fair Resume Writing Workshop - April 2
  • Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law - April 13
  • Sidley Austin 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 15
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12 - Early Registration Open Now!
  • Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 25
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2 - Deadline to Register is June 18
  • Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6 in Kansas City, Missouri - Deadline to Register is June 24
  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12 - Deadline to Register is May 15!

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

Make an Appointment!

If you are a 1L student and you have not yet met with your Career Advisor, please come in to do so and to have your resume reviewed and begin to develop a job search strategy. Appointments are mandatory.

If you are a 2L/3L/4L and you have not come in yet this school year, please make an appointment to meet with your Career Advisor to discuss your job search status and plans. Thank you!

In-House Clinical Program Applications are Available for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016

The 2016 Summer and Fall clinical applications are now available in the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600) and on the table outside of the third floor elevators. For more information about the respective clinics offered or to download an application, click here.

Criminal Litigation Certificate Program Applications Due March 28, 2016

Applications for the Criminal Litigation Certificate Program are due on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. They can be picked up on the table outside of the third floor elevators, the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600), as well as online.

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR) Certificate Program Applications Due March 28, 2016

Applications for the LADR Certificate Program are due on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. They can be picked up on the table outside of the third floor elevators, the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600), as well as online.

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 Summer 2016

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during Summer 2016. Chicago-Kent 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. Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate. Forms are due in the Career Services Office by Friday, May 6th 2016 for Summer 1, starting work on Monday, May 23rd, and will be accepted on an ongoing basis for Summer 2, starting work on July 1 or later. Processing time may take a week or more; allow plenty of time for approval of your application, and the time it takes to be added to the Chicago-Kent payroll. Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops

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

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

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!

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar

Date: Tuesday, March 22 
Time: 3:30 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.

The LAF Young Professionals Board Presents: Panel Discussion on Experiences in Public Interest Law

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 170
PLEASE RSVP: "LAF" in the subject line to 
kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu

Join the LAF (aka Legal Assistance Foundation) Young Professionals Board for a conversation with a legal aid attorney, a law firm attorney, and a professor about the different ways you can engage in providing legal services to low-income clients. 

This program is sponsored by the LAF Young Professionals Board, the Career Services Office, the Kent Justice Foundation, and the National Lawyers Guild. PLEASE RSVP with "LAF" in the subject line to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu. Food will be served, complimentary of the LAF Young Professionals Board. 

Featuring: 

Kim Cramer, LAF staff attorney.
 She has represented people living in poverty in a range of legal matters related to public benefits, subsidized housing, foreclosure, and abusive debt collection practices. Kim currently works in LAF’s Volunteer Services Unit coordinating two pro bono projects: the SNAP Pro Bono Panel which places cases of SNAP budgeting errors with attorney and paralegal volunteers, and ADAPT for Seniors, a project that brings volunteer attorneys to LAF’s offices to meet with clients and draft advance directives and transfer on death instruments.

Joelle Shabat
 works in the tort defense practice group of Greene and Letts and is a member of the LAF Young Professionals Board. Ms. Shabat’s practice involves counseling insurance companies, self-insured corporations and municipalities in the fields of personal injury, premises liability, motor vehicle liability, toxic tort, product liability, third-party criminal liability claims, and governmental liability cases. Prior to working at Greene and Letts, Ms. Shabat worked in the fields of estate planning, charitable giving, tax planning, audit preparation, and internal policies, and Ms. Shabat also volunteered with the Center for Disability & Elder Law in 2012-2013.

Professor Alexander Boni-Saenz was a Skadden Fellow at LAF, where he created a medical-legal partnership for low income seniors. His scholarship focuses on how legal doctrines and institutions can respond to the challenges of an aging society. His work touches on disability law, family law, health law, and trusts and estates. He teaches Health Law, Property, and Trusts and Estates. 

Fellowships: What They Are and How to Get One

Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room 170

Fellowships are a great way to begin your career as an attorney. This program will feature Chicago-Kent alumni and 3rd year law students who have successfully obtained fellowships. Come learn about the wide range of post-graduate fellowships available, from academic to project-based; how to develop a fellowship proposal; as well as best practices and resources to use in applying for fellowships. Wednesday, March 23rd, 3-4 p.m. (Room 170).

This program is sponsored by the Career Services Office, Kent Justice Foundation, and National Lawyers Guild.  Food will be served! 

Lunch with Ruth Gudino: Come Hear from Cook County State's Attorney's Office's Director of Legal Hiring and Recruitment on the Clerking Process

Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Room C35

Clerking for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office this summer? Want to learn all about the clerking process? Come hear from Assistant State’s Attorney and the Director of Legal Hiring and Recruitment, Ruth Gudino, about how to get a clerkship at the office, what it takes to succeed, and how to ultimately get hired.

Lunch will be served!

Seyfarth Shaw Women’s History Month Celebration

Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Seyfarth Shaw LLP (131 S. Dearborn Street)

Interested in learning about potential career opportunities at Seyfarth? Want to hear about the exciting projects that Seyfarth’s Women’s Network and National Diversity Action Team are working on? Looking for a great networking opportunity with a premier law firm?

Seyfarth invites women law students to join them for a casual and fun evening of cocktails, appetizers and networking as the firm celebrates Women’s History Month!
Please RSVP to Kkohler@seyfarth.com.

Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago's Annual March Mayhem Mixer

Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N. Wabash)

On Thursday, March 24, 2016 head on over after work and join CRFC's Civic Leadership Council to watch NCAA matches while you mingle with Chicago young professionals.

All proceeds benefit Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit organization that supports Chicagoland schools with custom civic and law-related education programs. CRFC strengthens democracy one classroom at a time. 

What Happens at the Mixer?

You watch the games in a private viewing area • Enjoy Appetizers • Get two drink tickets for wine or beer • Try your chance at 50/50 Raffle • Place bids on the Sports Memorabilia Silent Auction • Mingle with like-minded professionals who care about youth

Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Buy tickets here!

Skadden Public Interest Fellowship Informational Session

Date: Monday, March 28
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (375 E. Chicago Ave., Rubloff Building, Room 180)

The Skadden Fellowships allow graduates to design their dream public interest jobs. These two-year fellowships fund work in civil legal services for clients living in poverty. Susan Plum, the Executive Director of the Fellowships, will be video-conferencing with students to explain the program and answer your questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out about these prestigious fellowships and get tips on how to create a strong application. This is an essential program for all students interested in public interest work.

Food will be served! Please RSVP to Katie Shelton at kathryn.shelton@law.northwestern.edu.

What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 2Ls

Dates and Times (Day Division): Tuesday, March 29, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm OR Wednesday, March 30, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dates and Times (Evening Division): Tuesday, March 29, 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Location: Auditorium (Day Division); Room 590 (Evening Division)

The summer after your second year of law school is a key time to be thinking about your postgraduate job search. How might your summer employment lead to a permanent position, and how do you broach this possibility with your supervisor? What kind of timelines do employers follow when hiring new attorneys? How early are the earliest deadlines? Most importantly, what should you be doing to make connections that will further your job search now and as you prepare to graduate? 

The “What’s Next for Fall” program will address these and other important concerns for rising 3L students. Current 2L students are required to attend this program. Students need only attend one session.

Chicago Real Estate Now Panel and Reception

Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 5:30 pm (Panel); 6:30 pm (Reception)
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

Join Chicago-Kent's Land Use and Real Estate Law Society (LURE) and the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association for a panel on "Chicago Real Estate Now." The panel will focus on the recent trends in the real estate market and the resulting legal effects for attorneys working in commercial real estate and related areas.  

The panel will discuss the increase in foreign investment in the Chicago market, recent legal transformations stemming from the recession, and consequences for future development. After the panel, mix and mingle with accomplished real estate attorneys, young alumni, and aspiring practitioners attending Chicago-Kent.

This is a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow alumni in real estate, learn how professionals on all sides are approaching current challenges, and mentor up-and-coming attorneys. All alumni are welcome.

Panelists:

Please RSVP here!

Cook County Bar Association’s Job Fair Resume Writing Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Jones Day (77 W. Wacker Drive)

You are cordially invited to participate in the Cook County Bar Association's 11th annual Resume Writing Workshop for students who are participating in the CCBA's Minority Law Student Job Fair (to take place on August 12, 2016). The workshop will take place Saturday April 2, 2016 at Jones Day, located at 77 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.

This workshop will consist of a panel discussion followed by one-on-one resume review. Attendees will receive valuable insight about how they can make their resume stand out.

Workshop Topics Will Include:

  • Addressing Law School GPA Standards
  • Highlighting Relevant Experience
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Resume Review and Critique

Students who wish to participate must register by Friday, March 25, 2016 using the following Eventbrite link: https://ccba-2016-minority-job-fair-resume-workshop.eventbrite.com

Workshop is being conducted in connection with the 33rd Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair. For additional information, visit ccbaminorityjobfair.org/.

What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 1Ls

Dates and Times (Day Division): Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm OR Wednesday, April 6, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dates and Times (Evening Division): Tuesday, April 5, 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Location: Auditorium (Day Division); Room 520 (Evening Division)

The Career Services Office will present a mandatory program for current 1L students on the job opportunities and career deadlines coming up in the fall. Learn About:

  • Fall Recruiting (OCI)
  • State, Local and Federal Government Hiring
  • Public Interest Deadlines and Opportunities
  • Small and Midsize Firm Opportunities
  • Tips for Your Transition from Summer to Fall

Current 1L students are required to attend this program. Students need only attend one session.

CBA Young Lawyers Section and The Chicago Bar Foundation Explore Springfield!

Dates and Times: Tuesday, April 5, TBD and Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Location: Various Locations, Springfield, IL

The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (YLS) and The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) are set to explore Springfield, Illinois on Tuesday, April 5* to Wednesday, April 6, 2016. There will be opportunities to learn more about Illinois’ legislative process and how to lobby, as well as to meet with legislators, make new connections, and explore Springfield.

Highlights Include:

  • Opening reception at The Globe, located at The President Lincoln Hotel
  • Issues Facing Our Legislature and Lobbying 101 CLE programs
  • Tours of the Capitol Building and Illinois Supreme Court
  • Viewing of the General Assembly and Committees
  • Free Time to Explore Springfield (including the Lincoln Museum)
  • Access to Making Sausage and Legislation in Illinois: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Illinois’ Legislative Process CLE Webcast

*If you are interested in gaining some additional hands-on lobbying experience, you are welcome to join CBA and CBF staff members in Springfield during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 5. They will be meeting with legislators to discuss some of the CBA priority legislative issues.

Click here for more information!

Your Right to an Attorney: Meet Cook County Public Defender and Kent Alumna Amy Campanelli

Date: Wednesday, April 13
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

The Criminal Law Society invites all students, faculty, and alumni to attend this criminal law networking event where students have the opportunity to hear Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli discuss her time as a Kent student, her rise to her current position as Cook County Public Defender, and her ultimate decision to enter the criminal law field. Students will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with alumni working in the criminal litigation field.

Food and beverages will be provided!

Please RSVP here!

Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law

Date:  Wednesday, April 13
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location:  Arnstein & Lehr LLP (120 South Riverside Plaza, 12th Floor Lobby)

Arnstein & Lehr LLP, one of the country's oldest and most respected law firms, is holding a special reception to honor Chicago-based law students from all different backgrounds and experiences. Please join a diverse network of students and attorneys for an evening of appetizers, beverages and conversation. 

Chasity Boyce, Associate General Counsel at the Office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, will be an honored guest and give a brief presentation.    

Please RSVP by Monday, April 11, 2016.  

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

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.

Judicial Externship Program (Fall) - Applications due March 24, 2016

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program that enables Kent students to do legal research and writing for federal appellate, district or magistrate judges as well as designated Illinois appellate and circuit court judges included in our participating panel of judges.

Being a judicial extern is a unique and important learning experience which is recognized as a significant achievement by the legal community and will benefit you in pursuing your future career goals.

Judicial externs work with a judge and/or the judge's law clerks researching law, writing memoranda and participating in drafting opinions. Externs also have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom. In addition, there is an accompanying classroom component which focuses on various aspects of judicial decision-making, and how those aspects affect the extern's work product.

Application Process


The Deadline for Fall applications has been extended to March 24th at 4:00 p.m.


Fall 2016 Information and Application packets are available in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and on the table by the third floor elevators, as well as online.

Completed applications for Fall 2016 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu by Thursday, March 24th, at 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617 by e-mail: vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fall 2016 Student Honors Program - Applications due June 5, 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 Sunday, June 5, 2016. See here for more information!

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 America Fellowship Program: apply for funding if you are providing legal services to the poor this coming summer - Applications due March 21, 2016

Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need. EJA's efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to the urgency for pro bono assistance to our most vulnerable citizens. Students at Chicago-Kent have the opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Application deadline for summer 2016 is Monday, March 21, 2016. Visit www.equaljusticeamerica.org to apply.

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.

DuPage Bar Foundation Scholarships - Applications due April 4, 2016

The DuPage County Bar Foundation (DBF), the 501(c)(3) arm of the DuPage County Bar Association, offers several law school scholarships each year to deserving students. Any eligible student is encouraged to apply.

The DBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador and William J. Bauer Scholarships. Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship, but only one scholarship will be awarded. A screening committee will personally interview most applicants. The scholarship is awarded at the Installation Dinner in early June. Winners or their representative must be able to personally attend this dinner.

Applications are due Monday, April 4, 2016. Click 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.

Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 25, 2016

The Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program provides an award in the amount of $20,000 and a summer associate position to two law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The award is to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to the recipient’s legal education and will be paid in addition to the summer associate salary. Summer associate positions in 2017 are available in the following Reed Smith offices: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. Applicants must accept Reed Smith’s offer to join the 2017 Summer Program following the completion of their second year of law school.

To learn more about the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit diversity.reedsmith.com.

Applications are due Monday, July 25, 2016. Click here for more information!

Job Fairs

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.

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12, 2016- Early Registration Open Now!

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites students to participate in its Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Hilton Ballpark, St. Louis Missouri. The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

The NBPA, established in 1983, is a professional member organization comprised of over 800 prosecutors. Its mission is to recruit, train, and advance the careers of minority attorneys as prosecutors at all levels of government. The annual convention serves not only as a job fair forum, but as a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors. This year’s 33rd Annual Conference will run from July 10, 2016 to July 16, 2016.

At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Convention attendees. The reception will afford Job Fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors. In addition to the Job Fair reception, all Job Fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled “Strategies for a Successful Interview”. The seminar will take place on Monday, July 11th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Hilton Ballpark, and will provide Job Fair participants with effective interviewing techniques. Job Fair attendees are also welcome to attend the entire conference. Students and 2016 law school graduates are invited to attend Conference seminars for free. However, other events, such as luncheons, dinners and receptions, must be paid for separately.

Click here for more information. Click here to view the application form. Registration closes on Friday, July 1, 2016.

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

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 is now open! 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

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.

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

Student registration for this year's Patent Law Interview Program CLOSED on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

If you have registered for the program, please direct any questions to the Patent Program Liaison in our Career Services Office, Jayne Schreiber. Jayne's email is jschrei3@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri - Deadline to Register is June 24

The 12th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 5 & 6, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community should strongly consider attending this event. Students who will be returning to school in August and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions.

The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage law students to practice law in Kansas City. The HDLJF is designed to expose law students of diverse backgrounds to both traditional and non-traditional legal employers. In addition, the event is a great way to network and learn more about living in Kansas City. For more information, please visit the website: http://heartlanddiversity.org/.

Students can register online at https://law-kcmba-csm.symplicity.com/students/. When registering, class years for the Job Fair are defined by graduation date. Please see guide below:

2L= Graduating in 2018
3L= Graduating in 2017
Recent Graduate = Graduating in 2016

Please register as soon as possible. Students who register before May 27th will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes. The final deadline for registering is Friday, June 24, 2016.

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12, 2016 - Deadline to Register is May 15!

The Cook County Bar Association (“CCBA”) is pleased to invite you to participate in the 33rd Annual CCBA Minority Law Student Job Fair (“Job Fair”). In an effort to keep the student-to-employer ratio as low as possible, CCBA is only inviting JD students in the classes of 2018 (current 1Ls/rising 2Ls) and 2017 (current 2Ls/rising 3Ls). Please note that students graduating in any month prior to December 2016 (current 3Ls) are not eligible. 

This year’s Job Fair will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the Job Fair will return to the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611. 

The Job Fair typically attracts more than 500 students from eligible U.S. law schools. Each year law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies register for the Job Fair. These employers are located primarily in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. In addition, the Job Fair attracts several employers from Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The Job Fair primarily is designed to obtain summer associate positions for rising 2Ls (current 1Ls) during their second summer in law school. A limited number of employers also wish to interview rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) for entry-level associate positions. Rising 3Ls should be aware that Job Fair interview slots for rising 2Ls typically outnumber those for rising 3Ls by a 4:1 ratio.

Registration ends Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Please click here for more information and to register!

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.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair Webinar - March 22, 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)

Cook County Bar Association’s Job Fair Resume Writing Workshop - April 2, 2016
(See above)

Arnstein & Lehr Reception to Celebrate Diversity in the Law - April 13, 2016
(See above)

Sidley Austin 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 15, 2016

Sidley Austin LLP’s Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco offices invite current 1L students who identify as racially or ethnically diverse, LGBT and/or identify as having a disability who will be working in Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco during the summer of 2016 to apply to participate in the Seventh Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is a mentoring program that aims to promote diverse law students’ interest in joining Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco law firms after graduation.

The program is anticipated to run during June and July 2016. Through the program, students will be matched with Sidley attorney-mentors to advise them on career development strategies and professional opportunities. Mentors will address subjects such as:

  • Best practices for applying to Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco law firms, interviewing, and capitalizing on the summer associate experience;
  • Understanding the variety and nature of practice areas available in the Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco legal markets;
  • Advancing professional skills through pro bono service and clerkships; and
  • Cultivating role models, mentors, and professional networks as a diverse lawyer.

During the program, students will meet with their mentors at formal and informal events, including a kick-off reception, afternoon coffee breaks, and brown bag lunches. Mentors will also regularly communicate with mentees. The program will provide a resume and interview workshop, as well as other opportunities to learn about the legal profession in Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco. All formal program events will be scheduled after 5:30 p.m. to accommodate work schedules.

Program space is limited and participants will be selected on a competitive basis. Diverse law students who plan to be in Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco for summer clerkships in the private or public sectors are encouraged to apply. To be considered as a mentee for the 2016 program, a student must:

  • Be a current 1L student who will be working in the Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco area for at least 7 weeks in June and July 2016;
  • Demonstrate interest in practicing at a law firm in Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco after graduation;
  • Have a schedule that permits attending events held after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Applications are due Friday, April 15, 2016. Please click here for more information and application instructions (you must be logged into Symplicity).

McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27, 2016
(See above)

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12, 2016 - Early Registration Open Now!
(See above)

Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 25, 2016
(See above)

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

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri - Deadline to Register is June 24
(See above)

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12, 2016 - Deadline to Register is May 15!
(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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