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Week of April 25, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Make an Appointment!
  • Makeup Procedures: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 2Ls
  • Makeup Procedures: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 1Ls
  • In-House Clinical Program Application is Available for Fall 2016
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Summer 2016
  • 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
  • April 26: U.S. Marine JAG Informational Session
  • April 26: Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) Information Panel: So You Wanna Be Your Own Boss?
  • April 26: ABA Webinar: Demystifying Clerkships - State and Appellate Courts
  • April 27: GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship Informational Session
  • April 27: Diversity in IP: Conquering the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
  • April 29: ABA Webinar: Building Professional Relationships - Tips for New Lawyers
  • April 30-May 6: CBA Young Lawyers Section Celebrates Law Week 2016
  • May 5-7: ABA YLD Spring Conference
  • June 10: PracticePro Chicago Career Conference & Diversity Reception
  • June 18: Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP - Mock Trial Witnesses Needed for Trial Advocacy Program

Employment Opportunities

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Accepting Summer Applications Now!
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Fall 2016 Student Honors Program - Applications due June 5

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 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!
  • Bay Area Diversity Career Fair - July 23 - Deadline to Register is June 12
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2 - Deadline to Register is June 18
  • Loyola Patent Law Interview Program - August 4 & 5
  • National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair - August 4-6 - Deadline to Register is July 22
  • 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!
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9 - Deadline to Register is July 15

Diversity

  • Diversity in IP: Conquering the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program - April 27
  • Sidley Austin 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 29
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27
  • PracticePro Chicago Career Conference & Diversity Reception - June 10
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12 - Early Registration Open Now!
  • Bay Area Diversity Career Fair - July 23 - Deadline to Register is June 12
  • 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
  • National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair - August 4-6 - Deadline to Register is July 22
  • 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!
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9 - Deadline to Register is July 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!

Makeup Procedures: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 2Ls

Current 2L students who were unable to attend the mandatory 2L program "What's Next for Fall" must watch the video of the program, found online here (sign in using your kentlaw username and password) and print and complete the "What's Next Registration Form 2016 - Rising 3Ls". If you missed the program, you will receive an email with this form, but you may also find a copy in the Document Library or in the Career Services Office. Please email the completed form to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu or drop it off in the Career Services Office (third floor, suite 360, there will be a drop-off box on the front desk). Please turn in your registration form ASAP, but no later than Friday, April 29, 2016.

Questions?  Please email your assigned career advisor or kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu

Makeup Procedures: What's Next for Fall, Required Program for 1Ls

Current 1L students who were unable to attend the mandatory 1L program "What's Next for Fall" must watch the video of the program, found online here (sign in using your kentlaw username and password) and print and complete the "What's Next Registration Form 2016 - Rising 2Ls". If you missed the program, you will receive an email with this form, but you may also find a copy in the Document Library or in the Career Services Office. Please email the completed form to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu or drop it off in the Career Services Office (third floor, suite 360, there will be a drop-off box on the front desk). Please turn in your registration form ASAP, but no later than Friday, April 29, 2016.

Questions?  Please email your assigned career advisor or kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu

In-House Clinical Program Application is Available for Fall 2016

The 2016 Fall clinical application is now available in the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600) and on the table outside of the third floor elevators. The fall due date will be announced. For more information about the respective clinics offered or to download an application, 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.

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!

U.S. Marine JAG Informational Session

Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 12:00 pm –  1:00 pm
Location: Room 345

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Noon in Room 345, Captain Frank Swan of the U.S. Marine Corp JAG will be on campus to present an informational program about opportunities available to law students with the Marine JAG both during law school and after. All class levels are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the words “Marine JAG Session” in the subject line.

Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) Information Panel: So You Wanna Be Your Own Boss?

Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 165

So You Wanna Be Your Own Boss? The Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) can help! SSPI is a program designed to support entrepreneurial-minded recent Chicago-Kent graduates whose ambitions are to create sustainable solo and small firm practices. Learn more about SSPI, and hear from a panel of lawyers who are going the solo/small firm route right now. In this informational session:

  • Get an overview of the program
  • Learn what you can do right now as a 2L or 3L in preparation for this exciting career path
  • Get valuable tips and advice from experienced solo/small firm practitioners (including recent grads) to navigate the process

Light snacks will be provided.

To RSVP, register here

ABA Webinar: Demystifying Clerkships - State and Appellate Courts

Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Securing and preparing for a clerkship can be a daunting task for even the best law students. How do you stand out in the application stacks? What are judges looking for in applicants? What should you expect during an interview? Let a panel of state and appellate judges demystify the whole process.

Panelists:
Judge Aphrodite Konduros, Court of Appeals, Columbia, SC
Judge Lora J. Livingston, 261st District Court, Travis County, Austin, TX
Judge J. Michelle Childs, U.S.D.C., District of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Click here to register.

GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship Informational Session

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room 580

Join GE Transportation to learn about its Denniston Fellowship!

GE Transportation will hire a third year law student after graduation for a one-year position. Over the course of the 12 months, the fellow will have the opportunity to observe the dynamics of the GE Transportation legal team, engage with corporate executives from various functional departments, and interact with lawyers from other GE businesses and outside counsel. It is likely that the fellow will have the opportunity to work on various international legal matters in addition to matters involving U.S. law. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, the fellow is guaranteed the opportunity to interview for an associate position with GE Transportation’s four partner law firms (Jenner & Block, Paul Hastings, Reed Smith, and Sidley Austin).

The program is open to students who will be 3Ls in the 2016-2017 academic year. Applicants must be in good academic standing, on track to graduate in the Spring of 2017, and committed to taking the July 2017 Illinois Bar Exam. GE Transportation will give strong consideration to applicants who can add to the diversity of thought within its Legal Department.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear more about the Denniston Fellowship and speak with representatives from GE Transportation.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the words “GE Transportation Session” in the subject line.

Diversity in IP: Conquering the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (300 S. Wacker Dr., 31st Fl., Conference Area)

Please join McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP’s “PINK” group and Committee for Diversity & Inclusion for a discussion about conquering the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. They will share their first-hand experiences, real life stories and best tips for navigating and being successful at the Patent Law Interview Program. They will also address the unique challenges women and diverse candidates face in the IP world, and provide valuable advice on how to turn your summer position into an associate offer!

Food will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, April 22, 2016 to Kara Fromme at fromme@mbhb.com.

ABA Webinar: Building Professional Relationships - Tips for New Lawyers

Dates: Friday, April 29
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Career success is dependent on the relationships you have with others. Want to know how to build professional relationships that may lead to the job of your dreams? Let a law firm marketing and business development director, a diversity director, and a mid-level associate tell you how. Post your questions at registration or live during the program.

Speakers:
Sidney J. Evering II, Special Counsel and Director of Diversity, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Columbia, SC
Jen Garner, Associate, Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Boston, MA
Jennifer Irvine, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Boston, MA

Click here to register.

CBA Young Lawyers Section Celebrates Law Week 2016

The CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) will celebrate Law Week 2016 from April 30-May 6, 2016. The events will focus on the American Bar Association's Law Week theme, Miranda: More than Words. Members are welcome at all events and members of the public are invited to join the YLS for the Law Day Celebration at Daley Plaza. All events are free!

Click here for a list of events.

ABA YLD Spring Conference

Date: Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7
Location: The Four Seasons Hotel (999 North 2nd Street, St. Louis, MO)

Join the ABA Young Lawyers Division at its Spring Conference. This three-day event is filled with CLE sessions, topical discussions, and opportunities to network with and learn from lawyers in varying practice areas from the U.S. and around the world. Registration is free for law students.

PracticePro Chicago Career Conference & Diversity Reception

Date: Friday, June 10
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (reception to follow)
Location: Barnes and Thornburg LLP (One North Wacker Drive, Suite 4400)

PracticePro has partnered with the Chicago Committee to bring its popular Career Conference to Chicago!  

This Conference is for all law students - 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs. Join PracticePro to learn the skills necessary to excel in your summer clerkships and get your career started on the right foot. For topics, speakers, and registration information, visit the website here.

PracticePro is giving away two free seats per school. Email them at admin@practicepro.cc with your name, class, and the name of your school. First-come first-served.  

Sign up here!

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP - Mock Trial Witnesses Needed for Trial Advocacy Program

Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Richard J. Daley Center (50 W. Washington St.)

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is in the midst of its Trial Advocacy Program for new associates. The firm is seeking 1L and 2L student volunteers to serve as witnesses for 12 final mock trials. The mock trials will all take place on Saturday, June 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Daley Center.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to network with Hinshaw & Culbertson attorneys, while participating in an exciting mock trial!

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by Monday, April 25th with the words “Hinshaw Mock Trial” in the subject line.

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

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

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.

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair - July 23, 2016 - Deadline to Register is June 12

The Bay Area Diversity Career Fair attracts hiring representatives from the most prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofit organizations. Only law students who have completed their first year of law school by the time of the interviews are eligible to participate. Openings are for 2017 2L summer associate positions.

Registration begins on Monday, May 16, 2016. The registration site can be found here. The registration and bidding deadline is Sunday, June 12, 2016.

For questions, please contact Erica Bailey, Simah Bargzie and Michelle Lockhart
(Bay Area Diversity Career Fair Project Managers) at registration@orrick.com.

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.

National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair - August 4-6, 2016 - Deadline to Register is July 22

The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments.

Pre-registration closes on Friday, July 22, 2016. Click here for more information and to register!

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 Friday, May 27, 2016 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!

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9, 2016 - Deadline to Register is July 15

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) invites students to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals, at the 2016 HNBA Annual Convention on Friday, September 9, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The HNBA Career Fair is open to all students. This signature HNBA program will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to meet and interview with some of the nation’s most respected law firms, companies, organizations and government agencies.   

Early registration is now open! Deadline to Register is Friday, July 15, 2016. In order to participate in the HNBA Career Fair, students must register for the 2016 HNBA Annual Convention. Upon registering, students will be e-mailed a link to sign up for the Career Fair. 

For questions, please contact Michelle Avelino, HNBA Programs & Administrative Coordinator, at support@hnba.com.

Diversity

Diversity in IP: Conquering the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program - April 27, 2016
(See above)

Sidley Austin 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 29, 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 29, 2016 (this deadline has been extended from the original deadline of 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)

PracticePro Chicago Career Conference & Diversity Reception - June 10, 2016
(See above)

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

Bay Area Diversity Career Fair - July 23, 2016 - Deadline to Register is June 12
(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)

National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair - August 4-6, 2016 - Deadline to Register is July 22
(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)

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9, 2016 - Deadline to Register is July 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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