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Week of August 1, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • CSO Seeks Student Worker
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Fall 2016
  • CareerShift
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

  • Mark Your Calendar - Fall Recruiting Important Dates
  • Mock Interviews Held August 2-5
  • On-Campus Interviews Start August 8 - Check Interview Schedules for Updates
  • Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • August 11: CBA YLS Attorney/CPA Speed Learning Event
  • August 19: CBA YLS Boat Cruise on Chicago River & Lake Michigan
  • September 30–October 2: Food Law Student Leadership Summit

Employment Opportunities

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office Spring 2017 Law Student Intern Program - Applications due September 2
  • Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Applications due September 6
  • Department of Justice: Summer Law Internship Program - Applications due September 6

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications due August 19
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16

Job Fairs  

  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2
  • The Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair for Law Students of Color - August 2
  • Loyola Patent Law Interview Program - August 4 & 5
  • National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair - August 4-6
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5
  • Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6 in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12
  • St. Louis Diversity Job Fair - August 13
  • Northwest Minority Job Fair - August 27
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2
  • The Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair for Law Students of Color - August 2
  • National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair - August 4-6
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5
  • Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6 in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12
  • St. Louis Diversity Job Fair - August 13
  • Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications due August 19
  • Northwest Minority Job Fair - August 27
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9

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
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • ILAO/PILI Webinar: How to Apply for Internships and Externships
  • CSO Resources

Information & Announcements

CSO Seeks Student Worker 

The Career Services Office seeks a student worker for Fall 2016 for a paid, federal work study position. Flexible hours during 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. business day, though preference is for 10-15 hours per week.  

Duties will include creating flyers for CSO programs and posting them to our Facebook page; organizing, editing, and updating CSO resources; creating and updating spreadsheets in Excel; welcoming students who come to the office; scheduling appointments; posting jobs; checking email; calling employers and potential speakers; answering the phone and returning calls; and other tasks as needed as part of our dynamic team. 

Applicants must be comfortable with social media and have the ability to post to our Facebook page. Must be very proficient with Excel. 

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, 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 Fall 2016

Chicago-Kent will have Community-Based Federal Work Study available during Fall 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. 

How do I find community-based federal work study opportunities? Log-in to Symplicity, go to the "jobs" tab, to "CSO Jobs" and do an "Advanced Search" for "Federal Work Study." 

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. 

Requests are due by Friday, August 12th; if received after this date, they will be accepted, but understand that 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

The American Bar Association offers 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.

Mock Interviews Held August 2-5

The Career Services Office will be hosting mock interviews in preparation for Fall Recruiting interviews. We strongly encourage you to participate in a mock interview, either with an alum or one of our career advisors.

Between August 2-5, we will be hosting alumni to conduct mock interviews with students. Some of these will take place at the alum's office and some will take place at Chicago-Kent. These mock interviews are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To sign up for a mock interview, please email Sandy Minea in the Career Services Office at sminea@kentlaw.iit.edu with “Fall Recruiting Mock Interview” in the subject line. In your email, please state the time slots you are available, in order of your preference. Mock Interviews will be a 30-minute session at some point during one of the below time slots.

The time slots available are
:
Tuesday, August 2 Morning
Tuesday, August 2 Afternoon
Tuesday, August 2 Evening
Wednesday, August 3 Morning
Wednesday, August 3 Afternoon
Thursday, August 4, Morning
Thursday, August 4, Afternoon
Friday, August 5, Morning
Friday, August 5, Afternoon

*Morning is from 8am-12p; Afternoon is from 12p-5p and Evening is from 5p-8p.

On-Campus Interviews Start August 8 - Check Interview Schedules for Updates

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2016 Fall Recruiting process. Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not always be able to send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks or job offers during the fall interview season, please report this to Tamara McClatchey in the Career Services Office by sending an email to tmcclatc@kentlaw.iit.edu (or email your career advisor directly).

Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.). We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation. Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career advisor.

Programming        

CBA YLS Attorney/CPA Speed Learning Event

Date: Thursday, August 11
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Illinois CPA Society (550 West Jackson Blvd.)

The Illinois CPA Society and Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association welcome members of both groups to join them for a "speed learning" event. Come share your knowledge during several fast-paced, facilitated discussions while making connections outside of your profession. Discussion topics will include: successful networking and business development strategies, uses of technology and practice management systems, understanding and correcting misperceptions about the legal and accounting professions, managing personal and professional priorities, how issues of diversity and inclusion impact each profession, and how attorneys and accountants can collaborate to better service clients.

An open happy hour will follow in Illinois CPA Society's plaza and learning suites so you have time to continue conversations and meet others!

Click here to register.

CBA YLS Boat Cruise on Chicago River & Lake Michigan

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Wendella Dock (north side of the Chicago River behind Trump Tower)

Join the YLS for an evening aboard a private charter on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan on Friday, August 19, 2016, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Board at the Wendella Dock on the north side of the river behind Trump Tower. Casual attire preferred.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at www.chicagobar.org/ylsboat. Ticket price includes open bar. Presented by Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund Inc. and ATG Legal Serve. Event sponsors: JJ Capital Group Inc., Quarles & Brady LLP and McCorkle Court Reporters, Inc. Music provided by DJ Steve Kuzminski. Questions? Email the YLS.

Food Law Student Leadership Summit

Dates: Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2
Location: Drake Law School (Des Moines, Iowa)

Are you passionate about food law and policy? Attend the Food Law Student Leadership Summit, to be held September 30th – October 2nd at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hosted by Drake’s Agricultural Law Center and Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, the Summit will provide a forum for training, networking, and engagement among law students interested in food law and policy. The Summit is the only conference to convene students from around the country who share a passion for all things food law – last year’s Summit brought together 100 law students from 50 law schools! Over the course of three days, students heard from national experts on a variety of topics, visited local food justice organizations, participated in small group policy simulations, and learned about a vast array of opportunities for pursuing food law and policy at law school and beyond. This year’s event will feature many exciting speakers, hands-on policy activities, and tours of area farms and farmers’ markets.

Hotel accommodations and all meals in Des Moines will be provided for all admitted students. A limited number of transportation scholarships will be available to cover the cost of flights or other travel.

For more information and application requirements, please visit the Food Law Student Network’s website. You can also use the site to navigate to the application for the 2016 Food Law Student Leadership Summit

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in June and students are encouraged to apply early. Admitted students will be notified no later than August 31st. Please email any questions to flpc@law.harvard.edu.

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. Attorney’s Office Spring 2017 Law Student Intern Program - Applications due September 2, 2016

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois offers intern positions to 12-18 law students during the Spring semester. Students are required to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks.

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

Applications are due Friday, September 2, 2016. Click here for more information (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

Department of Justice: The Attorney General's Honors Program - Applications due September 6, 2016

Many distinguished attorneys began their careers through the Attorney General’s Honors Program -- the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices hire entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. Review the list of the components participating this year.

Graduating law students who meet the eligibility requirements may apply. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the Department of Justice and the relevant component.

Applications for the Honors Program 2016-2017 will close on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Click here for more information. We highly recommend that applicants read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the online application. 

Department of Justice: Summer Law Internship Program - Applications due September 6, 2016

The Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) is the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Law students who participate in the SLIP benefit from an exceptional legal experience and invaluable exposure to the DOJ. Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices hire students through the SLIP. Check out the list of the components participating this year.

Law students who have completed at least one full semester of legal study by the application deadline are eligible to apply. Most successful applicants intern the summer between their second and third year of law school; however, graduating law students who will enter a judicial clerkship or a full-time graduate law program may intern following graduation. Part-time law students are also eligible to apply. All applicants should review eligibility rules.

Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background, including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the DOJ.

Applications for Summer 2017 close on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Click here for more information. We highly recommend that applicants read the application checklist and assemble requested information before stating the application. 

Fellowships & Scholarships

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available

Faegre Baker Daniels invites second-year law students committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to apply for its 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program.

FaegreBD offers up to four Fellowships annually that provide professional experience and mentorship to second-year law students from populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Fellowship awardees will each receive:

  • A 10-week paid summer clerkship as a summer associate in the firm’s Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Silicon Valley, South Bend or Washington, D.C. office in 2017.
  • Formal education, training programs and hands-on legal experience through FaegreBD’s summer program.
  • Guidance from a mentor lawyer.
  • A $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of the summer associate term.
  • Eligibility for consideration for full-time employment as an associate with the firm.

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2018.

For more information and to complete the application, visit FaegreBD.com/Fellowship. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.

Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications due August 19, 2016

Ropes & Gray has long been a proponent of law firm inclusion and diversity, with a dedicated mission to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds. To further promote inclusion and diversity within the legal profession, the firm created the Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship, named after its beloved retired partner. Mr. Trimmier was the firm’s first African American partner and a leader of its efforts.

This scholarship provides a $25,000 award to up to five outstanding second-year law students to offset the expenses of their legal education, and includes a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school. The funds will be paid out half upon completion of the summer program, and half upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm. The scholarship will be awarded to applicants who exemplify the accomplishment, leadership and dedication that were the hallmarks of Mr. Trimmier’s life, and who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Applications are due Friday, August 19, 2016. Given the highly selective nature of the scholarship and the limited number of scholarships available, students are encouraged to submit applications early. The firm strongly encourages students who are unable to visit Ropes & Gray through an on-campus recruiting program to submit their applications before Friday, July 15, 2016. For more information about the scholarship, please click here or email trimmierscholarship@ropesgray.com

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16, 2016

Equal Justice Works Fellows have represented thousands of adults, children and families in need in communities across the country. Fellows design unique projects that serve and address a range of legal issues including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, health care, consumer fraud, and environmental justice. Equal Justice Works then matches the Fellow with sponsors to support their projects.

Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, a multi-day Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C., and access to the Equal Justice Works network of public interest advocates.

Becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow is highly competitive. The application and selection process for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship involves the following:

  • You must be a third year law student, a recent law school graduate, or an experienced attorney who demonstrates a commitment to public interest law. Your law school must be an Equal Justice Works member law school.
  • You must identify a qualifying nonprofit host organization that will provide you with a full-time position upon receiving a Fellowship.
  • The host organization must be willing to be your employer during the term of the two-year Fellowship, meet salary requirements, and provide you with supervision, a work space, employee health and fringe benefits, and the materials (computer, internet access, phone, etc.) that you will need to successfully complete your project.
  • Together with your host organization, you must design a new project, which focuses on legal advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised individuals, groups or issues not adequately represented in our legal system. 
  • Equal Justice Works reviews the applications and selects projects that can be matched with potential sponsors. Sponsors determine whom they would like to interview and ultimately choose the Fellow. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to learn what makes a successful Fellowship and how you can apply.

Register for a Webinar! As with all successful journeys, planning ahead is key. Join Equal Justice Works for an informational webinar about the Fellowship selection process, and learn how to design a winning project. Register here for an upcoming session:

-   July 28th at 2 p.m.
-   August 3rd at 2 p.m.
-   August 17th at 2 p.m.

Job Fairs

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job
Fair - August 1 & 2, 2016

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

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

About the Diversity Job Fair 

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

The registration deadline has passed. 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.

The Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair for Law Students of Color - August 2, 2016

The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is a consortium of over 40 of the largest law firms, government agencies, and corporations in Boston. Its mission is to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of attorneys of color in its member organizations. A primary goal of the BLG is to increase the number of law students of color that member organizations hire for their Boston office. One of the significant ways in which this goal is accomplished, is through member participation in the annual BLG Boston Job Fair. Employers who participate in the job fair hire for positions in their Boston office unless specified. Employers will interview rising second year law students and rising third year law students in 4-year programs for 2017 summer associate/law clerk positions.

The BLG Boston Job Fair will take place on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA.

Click here for more information and to register. The deadline to register is Monday, July 4, 2016.

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

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 closed on Friday, July 22, 2016. Click here for more information.

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5, 2016

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 has passed. Click here for more information.

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri

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 registration deadline has passed.

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12, 2016

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 ended Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Please click here for more information.

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair - August 13, 2016

Students in the classes of 2017 and 2018 are invited to participate in the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair. The Job Fair will kick-off with small group student attorney networking dinners on Friday, August 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (locations to be announced) and interviews will be held Saturday, August 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Thompson Coburn law offices, One US Bank Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri. Specific details regarding both events will be posted on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair website at www.stldiversityjobfair.com as they become available.

Students interested in attending the Job Fair may visit www.stldiversityjobfair.com for additional information or they may contact Danielle Carr at (314) 889-7025. The deadline for registration has passed.

Northwest Minority Job Fair - August 27, 2016

Perkins Coie is proud to host the 30th Annual Northwest Minority Job Fair. The Northwest Minority Job Fair is sponsored and funded by a consortium of legal sector employers. For 30 years, this event has brought together private and public law firms committed to promoting diversity by providing a unique opportunity for employers, law students, and lawyers to match legal talent with needs.

Last year’s Northwest Minority Job Fair brought together approximately 100 students and 25 law firms/agencies. This year’s Fair will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Perkins Coie, 1201 Third Avenue, in Seattle.

Registration is free for students, and all expenses are paid by the participating employers. Part of the registration fee provides scholarships for minority students.
Deadline to register was Friday, July 22, 2016. Click here for more information.

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9, 2016

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

Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
(See above)

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 1 & 2, 2016
(See above)

The Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair for Law Students of Color - August 2, 2016
(See above)

National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair - August 4-6, 2016
(See above)

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference - August 5, 2016
(See above)

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) - August 5 & 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri
(See above)

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair - August 12, 2016
(See above)

St. Louis Diversity Job Fair - August 13, 2016
(See above)

Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications due August 19, 2016
(See above)

Northwest Minority Job Fair - August 27, 2016
(See above)

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9, 2016
(See above)

Resources

Government Honors & Internship Handbook and Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook and the (separate) Public Policy Handbook are now available!  To access the handbooks, use the link, login and password, which can be found in the Document Library in Symplicity.  Note that many 3L/post-grad government honors program and 2L summer/semester internship program deadlines are very early in the semester; log in now to avoid missing an opportunity!

2015-2016 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide

The 2015-2016 PSJD Fellowship Guide is an online compilation of post-graduate fellowships.  To access the database and for information about how to effectively use the database, visit https://www.psjd.org/2015-2016_Comprehensive_Fellowship_Guide.  Note that many fellowships have very early fall semester deadlines; 3Ls that are interested in applying for post-graduate fellowships should access the Guide now!  

Equal Justice Works’ Student Debt E-Book: Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt

Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt, is now available free on the EJW website.

Take Control of Your Future is a comprehensive guide to managing student debt, with chapters on understanding student loans and loan consolidation, planning before borrowing, income-driven repayment plans and a step-by-step guide to earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

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!   

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.

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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