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Week of May 9, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Sandy Minea Back from Maternity Leave
  • Praxis Certificate Program: Enrollment is Now Open
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Summer 2016
  • CareerShift
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

  • Mark Your Calendar - Fall Recruiting Important Dates

Programming

  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • May 13: Lake County Bar Association Program: View From The Bench
  • May 16: BWLA Spring Mentoring Dinner
  • May 18: CBA Young Lawyers Section Open House
  • May 20: ISBA Program: Practical Skills for Attorneys New to Estate Planning
  • June 10: PracticePro Chicago Career Conference & Diversity Reception

Employment Opportunities

  • 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
  • 2017 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 17
  • Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program for 1Ls - Applications due July 25

Job Fairs  

  • National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12 - Deadline to Register is July 1
  • 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
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5 - Deadline to Register is June 2
  • 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

  • BWLA Spring Mentoring Dinner - May 16
  • McGuireWoods 1L Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 27
  • PracticePro Chicago Career Conference & Diversity Reception - June 10
  • 2017 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 17
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12 - Deadline to Register is July 1
  • 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
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5 - Deadline to Register is June 2
  • 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

Sandy Minea Back from Maternity Leave

Sandy Minea has returned to the Career Services Office after her maternity leave. You can email her with any career-related questions or issues or make an appointment with her through Symplicity.

 Praxis Certificate Program: Enrollment is Now Open

Considering your course registration options for fall? Do you learn well by "doing," and want to distinguish yourself with potential employers? Consider the Praxis Certificate. The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study, including simulation courses, clinics, and externships. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. As part of the required 24 credits, Praxis students also complete the required course "Practice and Professionalism," which satisfies the school's professional responsibility requirement. 

Online enrollment is required, but does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining as of Fall 2016. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs. For more information, or to enroll online, click here. Please contact Professor Van Neste (f/k/a Aidasani) at mvanneste@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions.

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!

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

Mark Your Calendar - Fall Recruiting Important Dates

Several important Fall Recruiting dates and deadlines come up fast during the Summer! 

Much of “Fall” Recruiting takes place in early August, and there are several important due dates in June and July.  Be sure to watch your kentlaw.iit.edu email for updates and information about Fall Recruiting.  Also, regularly check the OCI tab of Symplicity and the CSO Fall Recruiting website for information as well as tips on how to prepare application documents and research employers.

Important Fall Recruiting Dates:

Monday, June 6, 2016: Resume Reviews begin. All first-time program participants must have a mandatory resume review by a Career Advisor. 

Monday, June 6, 2016: Information on employers participating in Fall Recruiting will be available on Symplicity.  This information will include application documents to be submitted, hiring eligibility requirements (e.g. class rank) and on-campus interview dates.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 12:00pm and 5:30pm: MANDATORY Fall Recruiting Program. This program will provide information regarding registration requirements and participating employers.  If you plan to participate in Fall Recruiting, you must attend one of these sessions.  

Friday, July 1, 2016, 12:00pm:  Resume Reviews end.  Resumes must be reviewed and uploaded to Symplicity by 12:00pm.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 12:00pm:  Bidding system will be open for student bid entry.  Students may begin bidding on interviews with employers in Symplicity for OCI and Resume Collect Employers.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12:00pm: Deadline to enter all computer bids, upload all required application materials to Symplicity, and turn in all hard copy registration materials to the CSO.

August 1-5, 2016:  Mock Interviews will be available. Interview slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups will be managed online; more information will be available at the June 7th program. 

Friday, August 5, 2016: Student interview schedules will be available for online viewing.

Monday, August 8, 2016: On-campus interviews begin.

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!

Lake County Bar Association Program: View From The Bench

Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Location: Jury Assembly Room-Waukegan Courthouse (18 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL)

Three panels of judges will discuss the following topics:

Civility

Focus will be on the general concepts of behavior and practice in the courtroom generally and some areas of ethical concerns for interactions between bench and bar.
 
Pre-Trial Practice


Focus will be on the Court’s involvement in everything short of trail. When is the Court going to be involved and when will the Court leave it to the parties to resolve.

Trial Practice

Focus will be on the Court’s roles in the actual trial of the case, Bench or Jury, Witnesses, Technology, Objection, Time- Out, Sentencing/Award.

Click here for more information and to register.

BWLA Spring Mentoring Dinner

Date: Monday, May 16
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (155 N. Upper Wacker Drive, 28th Floor)

The Black Women Lawyers Association (BWLA) Spring Mentoring Dinner for Corporate and Large Firm Lawyers will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 155 N. Upper Wacker Drive, 28th Floor, Chicago, IL. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with attorneys who have experience in corporations and large law firms and to participate in a candid discussion with those attorneys about how they became successful in their various fields. Attendees must be on the security list and present a valid ID to gain entrance. This event is FREE for anyone who would like to attend.

Please RSVP to administrator@bwla.org no later than Monday, May 9, 2016.

CBA Young Lawyers Section Open House

Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Association Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Ct.)

Attend the CBA YLS Annual Open House on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Association Headquarters, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago. The reception is held annually in appreciation of the judges and lawyers who have volunteered their time and effort in support of the CBA YLS during the past year. All members are welcome. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Click to register.

ISBA Program: Practical Skills for Attorneys New to Estate Planning

Date: Friday, May 20
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: ISBA Regional Office (20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900)

Don’t miss this full-day seminar that offers practical advice from experienced estate planning attorneys on how to efficiently and effectively run an estate planning practice. Attendees will better understand:

  • The purpose and limitations of powers of attorney;
  • The importance of obtaining an accurate value of your client’s assets;
  • The challenges of representing couples jointly;
  • How to create a successful management process for your estate planning engagements;
  • How and why to use engagement/disengagement letters;
  • How to advise clients with both large and small net worths;
  • The types of clauses to use when drafting an estate plan;
  • How to handle clients with limited or diminished capacity;
  • What to do when your client is being pressured by an outside party; and
  • Much more!

Click here to register for the live program in Chicago. Click here to register for the live webcast.

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!

Employment Opportunities

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

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.

2017 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 17, 2016 

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where individual differences are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the work environment. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2016. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2017 in one of the Firm’s offices. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

Applications are due Friday, June 17, 2016. Please do not hesitate to contact Helen Beasley with questions at hbeasley@bakerdonelson.com.    

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

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12, 2016 - Deadline to Register is July 1

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!

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5, 2016 - Deadline to Register is June 2

The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) is an annual event that connects the largest legal employers in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area with diverse rising 2L and 3L candidates from around the country. Each year’s conference and job fair includes between 25 and 30 employers and upwards of 100 law students.

Employers participating in the interviews will include small, medium and large firms; corporate law departments; and public interest, nonprofit and government entities. The conference is sponsored by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice but is a unique opportunity to interview with both private law firms and local government employers. During lunch, students enjoy a discussion on key issues relevant to their job search and building a successful career.

The 2016 Minority Recruitment Conference is to be held at St. Thomas University on Friday, August 5, 2016. 

The deadline to register is Thursday, June 2, 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

BWLA Spring Mentoring Dinner - May 16, 2016
(See above)

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

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

2017 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship - Applications due June 17, 2016
(See above)

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair - July 12, 2016 - Deadline to Register is July 1
(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)

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5, 2016 - Deadline to Register is June 2
(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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