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Week of October 17, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Welcome, 1Ls!
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

  • Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • October 17-21: ConneKtions @ Dinner Week
  • October 18: Preparing Your PILI Application
  • October 18: Compliance Career Chat with Tina Stavrou
  • October 18: IPLS - Intro to Patents and Trademarks
  • October 18: CBA YLS - Storytelling for Lawyers
  • October 18: Seyfarth Shaw Hispanic Heritage Month Happy Hour
  • October 19-23: ABA YLD Fall Conference
  • October 20: CBA YLS - MPRE from A to Z: Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam Review for Aspiring and Practicing Attorneys
  • October 21: FBA YLD - Careers in Federal Government: A Lunchtime Discussion
  • October 24-28: CBA/CBF - Pro Bono Week
  • October 25: J.D. Advantaged Jobs at Bloomberg Law and Axiom 
  • October 25: CBA YLS - Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community
  • October 26: Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program
  • October 27: CBA YLS - 23rd Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
  • November 2: Judicial Clerkships Panel
  • November 2-4: PLI 48th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation
  • November 8: Opportunities with the City of Chicago Department of Law
  • November 9: Meet the Public Service Employers Reception
  • November 15: Chicago Estate Planning Council Presents: Why Estate Planning is an Exciting Career Choice
  • November 16: ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diverse Law Student Panel 

Employment Opportunities

  • PILI 2017 Summer Internships - 2Ls Apply Now! 1Ls Apply December 1!
  • Air Force JAG Corps 2017 Spring Externship - Applications due October 20 
  • Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Spring 2017 Law Student Volunteer Externship Program - Applications due October 28 
  • City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program - Applications due November 6

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9 for 1Ls 
  • EPIC Law Fellowship - Applications due November 2
  • Michael Weiner Scholarship For Labor Studies - Applications due November 7
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 6
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship 

Job Fairs  

  • Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 28 & 29

Diversity

  • Seyfarth Shaw Hispanic Heritage Month Happy Hour - October 18
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diverse Law Student Panel - November 16
  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 6
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9 for 1Ls 
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship 

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2016-2017 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • 2016-2017 Chicago Area Law Firms List
  • 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
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • CSO Resources

Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

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

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

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Monday, October 24, 2016Before your first career advising appointment, you must have watched the workshop videos and have uploaded a legal resume to Symplicity. Please also bring a copy of your legal resume to your first appointment.

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 mid-October 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 to learn how to prepare the materials you'll need for your job search

1Ls may meet individually with their career services advisor beginning October 24th by making an appointment in Symplicity. We hope you have a great first semester, and we look forward to meeting with you!

Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of this fall semester. For those of you interested in applying to larger federal government agencies with early deadlines (e.g. the Department of Justice), or considering participation in the fall public interest job fair Equal Justice Works, we strongly recommend that you schedule this meeting as soon as possible!

Given the difficult market it is more important than ever that you check in with your career advisor to form a strategy to accomplish your career goals. Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

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.

Free ABA Memberships for 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

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        

ConneKtions @ Dinner Week

Dates: Monday, October 17 – Friday, October 21, 2016
Times and Locations: TBD

ConneKtions @ Dinner Week is an opportunity for alumni in Chicago to host a small group of students and 2015 graduates at local restaurants or to open their homes to students for small dinner parties, bringing together students, alumni and faculty in a friendly environment for good food, conversation, camaraderie and to build a stronger Chicago-Kent community. It provides students and recent graduates an opportunity to network with alumni, learn more about life after law school, and to see how Chicago-Kent links its past to its future.

Watch for opportunities to sign up for a dinner with Chicago-Kent alumni during the week of October 17-21! This event is coordinated by the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association.

Preparing Your PILI Application

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 370

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers $5,500 internships for students who spend their summer at one of their designated Chicago-area legal aid organizations. Learn helpful tips from past recipients and alumni to prepare the best application possible!

Compliance Career Chat with Tina Stavrou

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 345

The Institute for Compliance invites you for pizza and an informal career chat with alumna Tina Stavrou '01, VP, Head of Bank Capital Markets Compliance for PNC Bank. Come learn more about compliance from a working professional in the field, network with other students, and enjoy a slice of pizza or two.

IPLS - Intro to Patents and Trademarks

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room C40

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) will be hosting a "Patents and Trademarks 101" event on Tuesday, October 18 at noon in Room C40. Please come and learn from alumni about the basics of IP law. They will go over what you need to know in order to succeed in interviews.

CBA YLS - Storytelling for Lawyers

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: The Chicago Bar Association (321 S. Plymouth Ct.)

Lawyers are storytellers. We seek to convince our audience, whether it be in court or out, that our client's story is true, important, and worthy of their attention. This training will provide you with the tools necessary to craft an effective story and provide concrete examples of effective storytelling.

We will end with some tips and tricks to utilize if attendees hope to craft a story and participate in the upcoming Pro Bono Week Story Slam (Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community) on Tuesday, October 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee). More details and registration for the slam can be found at www.chicagobar.org/probonoweek.

Speakers:
Keith Grant, Chief, Special Defense & Professional Development, Office of the Lake County Public Defender
Larry Wood, Director, Housing Practice Group, Legal Assistance Foundation

Presented by:
CBA YLS Executive Council

Click here to register.

Seyfarth Shaw Hispanic Heritage Month Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Seyfarth Shaw (131 S. Dearborn St.)

Seyfarth Shaw invites you to join them for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking with attorneys from the firm’s National Diversity Action Team to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Please RSVP to kmeany@seyfarth.com.

ABA YLD Fall Conference

Date: Wednesday, October 19 Sunday, October 23, 2016
Location: Westin Book Cadillac Hotel (1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI)

Join the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association in Detroit to discover new strategies, make connections and get the practice and leadership edge to make you a well-rounded and dynamic counselor.

• Interact with practice-area experts and legal profession influencers 
• Share perspectives and learn best practices to drive diversity and inclusion in the profession
• Network with young lawyers at great special events with a Motor City flavor

Free for law students. Click here for more information.

CBA YLS - MPRE from A to Z: Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam Review for Aspiring and Practicing Attorneys

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: CBA Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Ct.)

Whether you are preparing to take the November 5th MPRE, looking ahead to future tests in March or August, or wanting to renew your understanding of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, it is never too early (or too late) for a comprehensive MPRE refresher. Join the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section for a one-hour MPRE Review Session highlighting the good, the bad, and the grey of attorney ethics.

Speaker:
Emily Hawkins, Illinois Director, Themis Bar Review
 
To view the webcast, visit www.chicagobar.org and click on the Webcast tab. Print materials at www.chicagobar.org - under Committees tab click on Meeting Notices.

MPRE study materials and pizza to be provided courtesy of Themis Bar Review.

Please RSVP to philskaggs@gmail.com by Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

FBA YLD - Careers in Federal Government: A Lunchtime Discussion

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Dirksen U.S. Courthouse (219 S. Dearborn St., Rm. 248 - Ceremonial Courtroom)

The Younger Lawyers’ Division of the FBA Chicago Chapter presents a lunchtime panel on legal careers in the federal government. The panel includes attorneys from 4 different government agencies.

The discussion will include a lively dialogue on how to get started with a career in federal government, the type of work involved, and any hurdles that these attorneys had to overcome. For anyone interested in a career with the federal government, this panel is a must!

Speakers:

Marcela Sanchez Aguilar
Supervisory Attorney
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights

Richard J. Mrizek 
Trial Attorney
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Chicago District Office

Susan Prout 
Associate Regional Counsel 
Environmental Protection Agency

Anastasie Senat
Assistant Chief Counsel
Department of Homeland Security

Space is limited. Click here to register. Lunch is included and will be catered by Inspiration Kitchens, a member of the FBA’s Buying Change Program.

CBA/CBF - Pro Bono Week

Dates: Monday, October 24 – Friday, October 28, 2016

The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation are pleased to present Chicago’s 12th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 24-28, 2016. Pro Bono Week celebrates lawyers’ pro bono efforts and educates the public and the legal community about how these lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate. Events will include the Young Lawyers Section’s Pro Bono and Community Service Fair on October 27, free seminars and pro bono trainings. Visit: www.chicagobar.org/probonoweek to learn more.

J.D. Advantaged Jobs at Bloomberg Law and Axiom

Date: Tuesday, October 25 , 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 270

Did you ever wonder about new and creative ways that lawyers are using their law degrees? Come hear lawyers from Bloomberg Law and Axiom talk about exciting new ways to enter the legal market at their companies, including positions in project management, legal data analysis and legal research

Please send RSVPs to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with “Bloomberg Law and Axiom” in the subject line.

Pizza will be served.

CBA YLS - Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

As part of Pro Bono Week 2016, join The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Young Lawyers Section on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Revolution Brewing. Get to know your fellow justice-minded colleagues and enjoy listening to stories of justice shared by volunteers from the audience. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared with a five-minute story related to the theme (justice) to share with attendees from the Chicago legal community. Those who volunteer to tell stories will be entered in a prize raffle. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend. Register for the free event here.

Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room 510

Interested in applying for the City of Chicago's Mayor's Office Fellowship Program?  Come hear Katherine O'Connell Marrese from the Mayor's Office discuss the program and application process.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the words "Mayor's Office Fellowship" in the subject line. 

The Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program attracts bright, highly motivated individuals, gives them a broad overview of municipal government and provides a unique, “hands-on” experience. Fellows participate in budgetary, legislative, and programmatic areas of city government and work directly with Mayor’s Office staff.  Mayoral Fellows are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to learn about public service and policy-making by directly contributing to the executive office of the City of Chicago.

CBA YLS - 23rd Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Kirkland & Ellis LLP (300 N. LaSalle St.)

Meet with representatives from 40+ of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests and goals. Join the YLS, CBA and CBF for the 23rd Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. The Fair will be held at the law offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Lawyers and law students from all backgrounds and levels of expertise are welcome. CBA members and non-members are both welcome. This event is free of charge and law students are welcome. Learn more or register here.

Judicial Clerkships Panel

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room 590

This panel presentation will touch on how to find, apply to and secure these prestigious post-grad opportunities. You'll hear from alumni who clerked at the federal and state levels, and current 3Ls who just successfully navigated the process.

PLI 48th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation

Date: Wednesday, November 2 – Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Webcast or Roosevelt Hotel in New York City

Practising Law Institute, along with its Co-Chairs, Alan L. Beller (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP), Carmen J. Lawrence (King & Spalding LLP) and David M. Lynn (Morrison & Foerster LLP), cordially invites law students to join them on a complimentary basis at the 48th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation, November 2-4, 2016 on the Web, or live at New York City’s historic Roosevelt Hotel.  

For more than four decades, PLI’s Annual Institute has been the premier conference on securities regulation and corporate governance for lawyers, from students to seasoned practitioners. This year’s Institute will once again feature the nation’s leading securities and corporate legal experts to deliver the practical information, insights and real-world strategies and solutions to the many challenges facing practitioners today. At the same time, the Institute is a unique opportunity to connect with the best and brightest in the field of securities law.

 The scholarship application must be submitted by Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Click here for the scholarship application form (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

 Space at the live program is limited, so sign up today if you can attend in person. Click here for more information: 48th Annual Institute on Securities Regulation.

Opportunities with the City of Chicago Department of Law

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room C50

The City of Chicago Department of Law serves the Mayor, City Departments, Boards and Commissioners and the City Council administering policies and programs to benefit Chicago residents. Come to this program to meet City of Chicago attorneys and to learn about the City of Chicago Department of Law’s Externship Program, Summer Volunteer Program, Law Clerk Program (paid and volunteer), and Entry-Level Attorney Program. Learn about Law Department opportunities and what it is like to manage and practice law at one of the premier government law firms in the country.

Space is Limited: RSVP by Tuesday, November 7, 2016 to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with "City of Chicago" in the subject line.

Meet the Public Service Employers Reception

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Loyola Law (25 E. Pearson St.)

Meet with representatives from over 50 area public interest and government employers during this evening reception at Loyola Law. Business professional attire, please. Sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium.

Chicago Estate Planning Council Presents: Why Estate Planning is an Exciting Career Choice

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 355

Join members of the Chicago Estate Planning Council (CEPC) for a panel discussion on why you should consider an estate planning practice as a career option and how the CEPC can help. Hear from lawyers and other industry professionals about their own experiences in the private clients, trusts, and estates field.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with “Estate Planning Council” in the subject line.

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diverse Law Student Panel

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Room 590

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession and opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, women, and students who identify themselves as LGBT. Chicago-Kent students who have participated in the JIOP judicial externship program and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) diversity program will discuss their experiences applying to and interviewing for these programs, and working with a judge or corporation over the summer.

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 2017 Summer Internships - 2Ls Apply Now! 1Ls Apply December 1, 2016!

PILI's Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer, with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Through this program, PILI helps its partner agencies increase their impact while also helping its Interns develop their legal and client interaction skills, build their professional networks, and strengthen their commitment to public interest law and service.

Applicants will apply directly through the PILI website. PILI offers Internships at 27 different legal service agencies in Illinois, and each applicant may apply to up to 10 agencies. You can review the list of agencies approved to host PILI Interns here.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring. Please note that each agency supervisor handles hiring differently: some make hiring decisions early in the application period, while others wait until later. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the fullest consideration of their application.

If you have questions, please contact PILI’s Executive Director, Michael Bergmann, by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

Air Force JAG Corps 2017 Spring Externship - Applications due October 20, 2016

The Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s Corps is currently seeking applications for its 2017 spring unpaid externship program at participating Air Force installations across the country. The Air Force JAG Corps provides full-spectrum legal advice to military commanders. As an extern, you will gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force and the JAG Corps. The program is an excellent way to gain exposure to substantive legal work while serving alongside active duty Air Force Judge Advocates. Positions are available for full-time or part-time work for 16 weeks during the 2017 spring semester.

Description of Duties:

As an extern, you will work under attorney supervision in numerous practice areas of the JAG Corps including, but not limited to:

  • Preparing criminal and civil cases by conducting legal research, writing briefs and opinions, conducting investigations and interviewing witnesses;
  • Assisting attorneys who counsel and represent Airmen, their family members and retirees in personal legal matters in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord-tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law, and military administrative law; and
  • Supporting attorneys in other areas, such as federal tort claims, government procurement law, employment law, international law, environmental law and operational law.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen (birth or naturalization)
  • Attending an ABA approved law school
  • Able to obtain law school permission for your externship (credit is authorized)
  • Work part-time (10+hrs) or full-time for up to 40 hours a week for 16 weeks

Applications are due Thursday, October 20, 2016. Click here for more information and application instructions (you must be logged in to Symplicity). For questions about the externship, please contact Capt Justina “Tia” O. Hooper, the Chief of Recruiting for the Air Force JAG Corps, at 1-800-JAG-USA or airforcejagrecruiting@gmail.com.

Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Law Student Volunteer Externship Program - Applications due October 28, 2016

Tax Law Externship Program

Students who are interested in Tax Law are invited to participate in an unpaid externship program with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Chicago. During the academic year, the Chicago Chief Counsel office offers volunteer positions for a limited number of highly qualified law students from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. The program allows law students and LL.M. candidates to volunteer on either a part-time or full-time basis, subject to the approval of their law schools. Students may have the opportunity to receive course credit for this experience.

The externship program provides an opportunity for law students to obtain legal work experience while gaining a familiarity with the Chief Counsel organization and its work. The program helps students improve their ability to identify, understand, and analyze federal tax issues as well as enhance their legal research and writing.
Generally, law students are assigned to one of Chief Counsel’s main divisions: Large Business & International, Small Business/Self Employed, and Tax Exempt and Government Entities. Each division handles different issues related to tax matters.

Externs work alongside Chief Counsel attorneys on a variety of tax related work assignments and provide legal assistance to them. Students may assist in assignments involving fact gathering and reviewing, legal research, drafting opinions and memoranda, pre and post-trial preparation, and providing trial team assistance in Tax Court.

Applications are due Friday, October 28, 2016. Click here for more information (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

Labor and Employment Law Externship Program

Students who are interested in federal sector labor and personnel law are invited to participate in an unpaid externship program with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, General Legal Services Division (GLS), Area Counsel Office in Chicago. During the academic year, the Chicago Chief Counsel office offers volunteer positions for a limited number of highly qualified law students from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. The program allows law students and LL.M. candidates to volunteer on either a part-time or full-time basis, subject to the approval of their law schools. Students may have the opportunity to receive course credit for this experience.

The externship program provides an opportunity for law students to obtain legal work experience while gaining a familiarity with the Chief Counsel organization and its work. The program helps students improve their ability to identify, understand, and analyze federal sector labor and employment law issues as well as enhance their legal research and writing.

The GLS Chicago Area Counsel Office litigates and arbitrates labor and personnel cases arising in its geographic area before various administrative fora, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and arbitrations under the collective bargaining agreement. It also provides advice to management and litigation support in Federal courts to the Department of Justice in a variety of matters, such as EEO, Bivens suits and suits arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act. 

GLS externs work alongside GLS attorneys on a variety of labor and personnel related work assignments and provide legal assistance to them. Students may assist in assignments involving fact gathering and reviewing, legal research, drafting opinions and memoranda, pre and post-trial preparation, case management, and providing assistance at administrative hearings.

Applications are due Friday, October 28, 2016. Click here for more information (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program - Applications due November 6, 2016

The Chicago Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program offers a unique opportunity for students to engage in policymaking from inception to implementation. The Fellowship Program is highly-regarded as a leader in municipal fellowship programs. Fellows gain hands-on experience working directly with the Mayor’s Office staff in budgetary, legislative and programmatic areas of city government. Fellows gain a broad understanding of city-level policymaking and have an opportunity to connect what they are learning in the classroom to real world challenges.

Fellows will:

  • Gain an understanding of the work and mission of other City Departments through weekly tours and presentations;
  • Interact with and attend weekly meetings with Commissioners, Aldermen, experts in a variety of policy areas as well as senior level staff; and
  • Attend press conferences, City Council meetings and hearings, staff meetings and strategic planning sessions

The program seeks candidates who:

  • Are enthusiastic to learn about city government;
  • Have demonstrated a substantial commitment to excellence as evidenced by academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and involvement in community or public service; and
  • Embody strong personal character and conviction.

Applications are due by Sunday, November 6, 2016. Click here for more information.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2017 for 1Ls

Franczek Radelet's Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program was established by the firm in 2010 to create a pipeline of talented and diverse law students in the Labor and Employment space.

The LEADS program is an intensive eight-week program designed for diverse first- and second-year law students who have an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The program’s goal is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment in the legal profession.

This program, unlike most traditional law firm summer associate programs, includes specific learning and experience modules for the LEADS Fellows during an eight-week fellowship period. The curriculum combines substantive legal experience with practical training provided by Franczek Radelet attorneys. LEADS Fellows will also receive an orientation to the business of practicing law with a focus on transitioning from the life of a law student to that of a private practice attorney.

With each Fellow assigned to a small group of Franczek Radelet attorneys, Fellows will also learn first-hand the work and demands associated with being a practicing labor and employment attorney. Work experience includes substantive exposure to real time labor, employment, employee benefits, immigration and education issues facing employers.

Completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation is due by Monday, January 9, 2017 for 1L students (the deadline for 2L students has passed). Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis, so please submit your application as early as possible.

Click here for more information.

EPIC Law Fellowship - Applications due November 2, 2016

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) invites outstanding applications for the 2017 EPIC Law Fellowship. EPIC encourages applications from law students graduating before September 2017.

The EPIC Law Fellow will fill an integral role in EPIC's Washington, DC office. The Fellow will work on various EPIC Projects in areas such as Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Privacy, International Privacy, Open Government, and State Policy. Creative, highly motivated and accomplished students are encouraged to apply.

The EPIC Law Fellowship is a one-year position to begin September 2017.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Undertake legal research
  • Draft complaints, petitions, briefs, and testimony
  • Pursue Freedom of Information Act requests and identify appellate amicus opportunities
  • Prepare posts for EPIC website and EPIC Alert
  • Participate in legal strategy sessions and coalition meetings
  • Provide support and assistance to EPIC staff and EPIC advisory board

Applications are due Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Click here for more information.

Michael Weiner Scholarship For Labor Studies - Applications due November 7, 2016

Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner through the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies.

Awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Trust, this scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers. The Players Trust will award up to five $10,000 scholarships annually.

Applications are due Monday, November 7, 2016.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 6, 2017

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. 1Ls and 2Ls who meet the selection criteria are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.

Applications are due Friday, January 6, 2017. Click here for more information.

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and to support Sidley’s diversity policies, the firm created the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for second-year law students. Sidley will award a limited number of Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships in the amount of US$20,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected 2017 Sidley summer associates. The Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship is intended to defray the costs of the recipients’ legal education.

Scholarship recipients will be selected from among the eligible applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities and who also have demonstrated exceptional ability, including through:

  • Demonstrated contributions to diversity initiatives or to diversity and inclusion more generally, such as in the area(s) of racial or ethnic diversity, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other areas underrepresented or otherwise important to diversity in the legal profession; and/or
  • Other extraordinary contributions or accomplishments; and/or 
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome adversity, such as first-in-family college attendance or socioeconomic disadvantage; and/or
  • Past participation in and/or interest in assisting with the diversity and inclusion initiatives of the firm such as the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program or a Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program.

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipients must join Sidley’s summer associate program after their second year of law school. 

Given the highly selective nature of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship and the limited number of Scholarships available, students are encouraged to submit applications at their earliest convenience. The firm strongly prefers to receive the application by the time of the candidate’s call-back interview. 

*Please note that the Scholarship application is not an application for employment. Students must apply separately for a summer associate position.

Click here for more information.

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 28 & 29, 2016

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country, and one of the best places for law students and recent graduates to connect with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public interest law firms. 

In addition to the career fair, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kegan will be this year's keynote speaker and there will be lots of networking and capacity-building opportunities for public interest law students!

The event is Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th in the Washington DC area. 

Student registration for workshops and table talk is open from September 15th-October 28th (job application period is closed).

Information on key dates, deadlines and how to register is located here.  A list of registered employers will be updated on a rolling basis - keep checking for new additions!

Diversity

Seyfarth Shaw Hispanic Heritage Month Happy Hour - October 18, 2016
(See above)

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diverse Law Student Panel - November 16, 2016
(See above)

LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program

The primary objective of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program is to ensure that talented and diverse first-year law students receive the mentoring and preparation that they need to maximize their potential in law school and beyond.

Individual Mentoring Program (IMP):

The IMP is a comprehensive initiative for first-year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principles of legal excellence and personal involvement. Attorney Mentors are matched 1:1 with talented law student Mentees to ensure that Mentees receive the mentoring they need to navigate their first year of law school and maximize their long-term potential. LCLD provides a comprehensive Mentoring Toolkit to assist both Mentor and Mentee in developing a successful relationship.

Group Mentoring Program (GMP):

The GMP allows diverse 1L, 2L, or 3L law students to receive advice and support from successful attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. Three GMP events are scheduled during the school year in each city in which LCLD hosts the Success in Law School Mentoring Program. GMP events are designed to provide guidance from experienced attorneys in an informal, interactive, and collegial setting. Many GMP events include attorney Mentors in a networking session and a panel presentation. Panel presentations cover a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation.

Student registration is now open. Law students may register to be Mentees on the LCLD website. LCLD will match Mentors and Mentees based on geographic proximity.

For additional information about the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please visit: http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/law-school-mentoring/. For questions, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager, at nrichardson@lcldnet.com or 804-787-8009.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 6, 2017
(See above)

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9, 2017 for 1Ls
(See above)

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
(See above)

Resources

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

The Government Honors and Internship Handbook and the 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! 

2016-2017 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide

The 2016-2017 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/2016-2017_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!

2016-2017 Chicago Area Law Firm List

The Chicago Area Law Firm List is a spreadsheet of the private sector law firms in the Chicagoland area with 4 or more attorneys. Students can use the list to identify firms that include their practice areas of interest. The Chicago Area Law Firm List can be found in the Symplicity Document Library, under the Resources tab.

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!   

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!

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites law students to attend most of its live CLE programs, or view its live or archived Webcasts, for free, on scholarship (see PLI’s student scholarship form). They are all great sources of cutting-edge, practice-oriented content, and the live programs are terrific networking opportunities.

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:

  • 2016-2017 Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • 2014-2015 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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