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Week of August 15, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Welcome, 1Ls!
  • CSO Seeks Student Worker
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Fall 2016 - Extended Deadline of September 2
  • CareerShift
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

  • On-Campus Interviews Continue - Check Interview Schedules for Updates
  • Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • August 19: CBA YLS Boat Cruise on Chicago River & Lake Michigan
  • August 25: Federal Bar Association YLD Architectural Tour and Happy Hour
  • September 13: Chicago White Sox Charities Young Professionals Council Networking Event
  • September 30 - October 2: Food Law Student Leadership Summit
  • October 14 & 15: National Law Students Worker's Rights Conference

Employment Opportunities

  • PILI 2016 Fall Internships - Apply Now!
  • U.S. Coast Guard JAG Direct Commission Lawyer Program - Applications due August 29
  • 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
  • U.S. Air Force JAG Direct Appointment Program - Applications due September 10

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29
  • Ropes & Gray Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship - Applications due August 19
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program - Applications due September 16

Job Fairs  

  • Northwest Minority Job Fair - August 27
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair - September 9
  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 28 & 29 - Deadline to Register is September 14

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29
  • 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

Welcome 1Ls!

Welcome to your first year at Chicago-Kent! We look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals.

According to guidelines adopted by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), to which Chicago-Kent College of Law as well as all other ABA-accredited law schools subscribe, 1Ls cannot meet individually with a career services advisor until October 15th and cannot initiate contact with or interview with certain prospective employers until December 1st.  However, there are still many things you can do to start planning for your future career.

  • Attend CSO panels and career development workshops during the fall semester
  • Check our Record page often for updated information on upcoming programs
  • Research various career paths and talk to attorneys and upperclassmen to come up with a list of practice areas and practice settings that interest you
  • Finally, attend the mandatory orientation (watch for the date, coming soon!) to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search

We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

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 – Extended Deadline of September 2, 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, September 2, 2016; 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

On-Campus Interviews Continue - 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 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.

Federal Bar Association YLD Architectural Tour and Happy Hour

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Meet at the Chicago Architectural Foundation, outside (224 South Michigan Avenue)

Please join the Younger Lawyers’ Division of the Federal Bar Association for a walking tour of federal and state legal buildings in the loop! This 60-minute tour will be guided by local mediator and Chicago Architecture Foundation docent, Jill Tanz. Sights will include buildings and areas of historical and architectural significance.

Then join them for a Happy Hour at the Berghoff (next to the Federal Courthouse) immediately following the walking tour. First drink and appetizers included. While the tour is sponsored by the YLD, all lawyers are invited to attend. Space is limited.

Click here for more information.

Chicago White Sox Charities Young Professionals Council Networking Event

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time:  Doors Open at 5:30 pm
Location: U.S. Cellular Field - Gate 5

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work for a professional sports organization? Do you wonder how traditional business operations in sales, marketing, accounting and other departments relate the business of baseball? Are you curious about how sports organizations try to stay ahead of the curve and stay relevant in a saturated sport and entertainment market?

Join White Sox Executives from multiple disciplines, including the General Counsel, for the White Sox Charities Young Professionals Council's Behind the Scenes with the Sox networking event on Tuesday, September 13 at U.S. Cellular Field. Tickets to the event include: networking panel of White Sox executives, networking social, a game ticket for the White Sox vs. Indians game at 7:10 p.m., along with ballpark fare and two beverage vouchers.

Get your tickets before September 1 to qualify for the $40 early bird special! Tickets purchased after September 1 increase to $50.

Follow this link for more event details: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/white-sox-charities/support-us/behind-the-scenes/.

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.

National Law Students Worker's Rights Conference

Date: Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location: The Conference Center of the Maritime Institute (692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD)

Attend the 18th Annual National Law Students Worker's Rights Conference on Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Conference Center of the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD.       

Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, will deliver the keynote address. The Conference will include multiple interactive workshops and panel discussions, and will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers' rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.
Registration is now open. Register Early! The Conference has often been fully booked before the deadline. Registration deadline is Monday, August 29, 2016 for those requesting PBF pay for their airfare and Friday, September 30, 2016 for all others. Click here for more information and to register. Questions may be addressed to Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director, at mmoffa@peggybrowningfund.org.

Employment Opportunities

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

PILI 2016 Fall Internships - Apply Now!

Applications are now being accepted for PILI Law Student Internships during the 2016 Fall Semester. Each year, PILI offers a limited number of school-year Internships in Chicago during the fall and spring semesters to second and third-year law students. School-year Interns will receive $2,500 for 200 hours of work over the course of a semester.

This fall, there are eight Internship positions in Chicago available at the following agencies:

  • Center for Disability & Elder Law
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • CARPLS
  • Equip for Equality
  • LAF
  • National Immigrant Justice Center – LGBT Immigrants Rights Initiative
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

You can find information about these agencies herehttp://pili.org/internships/agencies-placements.

How to Apply: Due to website changes at Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), which administers PILI’s application system, the procedure for applying for Fall Semester 2016 Internships has changed. This fall only, applicants should email PILI’s Program Manager, Katie Pieper, at kpieper@pili.org with the following items:

  • One standard resume (pdf), with the applicant name in the file name; and
  • A customized cover letter for each organization to which the applicant is applying. Each cover letter should be separately attached in a pdf format and named with the following structure: Last Name, First Name, Agency.

PILI will also have eight Internship positions available for Spring 2016, but that application process does not open until November 1st. PILI anticipates returning to the online application system for all other application processes going forward. To learn more, visit PILI online at www.pili.org/internships/school-year-internships, or contact PILI’s Program Manager, Katie Pieper, at 312-832-5128 orkpieper@pili.org.

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

U.S. Coast Guard JAG Direct Commission Lawyer Program - Applications due August 29, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for motivated, enthusiastic law students who want to serve their country while being exposed to myriad legal issues and practices. They hire between 6 and 12 attorneys a year; both newly graduated attorneys and practicing attorneys. Their law firm is made of up approximately 200 active duty and 90 civilian attorneys across the United States.

A position as a Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard is not only rewarding, but provides for a wonderful quality of life, competitive pay, stations in great U.S. cities, and unparalleled legal experiences. Some of the practice areas include Military Justice, Maritime and International Law, Legislative or Regulatory Law and Environmental Law. Coast Guard Judge Advocates may also be able to practice outside of the legal program in traditional Coast Guard mission areas such as intelligence, vessel inspections, or marine casualty investigations. The options are varied, the opportunities are unique and the experiences are unmatched in traditional legal positions. Best of all, JudgeAdvocates have the opportunity to proudly serve their country while enjoying stimulating work and comprehensive benefits the Coast Guard offers.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must meet physical and character standards, and must be between the ages of 21 and 41. The initial obligation is a four year active duty tour with an additional four year obligation in the Coast Guard Reserve.

Apply online. The remaining deadline for applications for this year is Monday, August 29, 2016. The available positions are listed on www.gocoastguard.com. Also see Symplicity ID 1000201.

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. 

U.S. Air Force JAG Direct Appointment Program - Applications due September 10, 2016

As a member of this elite group of law professionals, you’ll provide a full range of legal services to the U.S. Air Force and its Airmen. You’ll also enter a world of opportunity—one where you can take on immediate responsibility, continue your education in a number of legal specialties and gain experience working around the globe upholding justice for the people who defend it.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be on track to graduate from an ABA-approved law school Juris Doctor program. If selected, you must obtain admission to practice in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia before an offer of assignment will be extended to you.
  • Must be commissioned before the age of 35.
  • Once selected for the JAG Corps, all applicants must complete and pass an Air Force medical examination before an offer of assignment will be extended.

Apply online: https://www.airforce.com/careers/specialty-careers/jag/entry-programs/student (see Pre-Graduation tab, Direct Appointment Program). The application deadline is Saturday, September 10, 2016. Also see Symplicity ID 1000372.

Contact the Air Force JAG Corps with any questions at airforcejagrecruiting@gmail.com or 1-800-524-8723.

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.

GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29, 2016

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.

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.

Applications are due Monday, August 29, 2016 at noon. Applications will be accepted through the Fall Recruiting On-Campus Interview Program.

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

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.

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 28 & 29, 2016 - Deadline to Register is September 14

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. More than 160 public interest employers conduct interviews for internships and full-time jobs and meet with students in informal “table talk” discussions of public interest legal opportunities. Over 1,200 students from nearly 200 law schools attend for interviews, workshops on public interest careers, job search advice, networking, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will take place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Click here for more information and to register.

Diversity

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

GE Transportation Denniston Fellowship - Applications due August 29, 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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