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Week of November 14, 2016

Information & Announcements

  • 1L Your Way - Applications for Clinical Rotation due November 14
  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Welcome, 1Ls!
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Community-Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2017 - Deadline to apply is January 6
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • November 15: Chicago Estate Planning Council Presents: Why Estate Planning is an Exciting Career Choice
  • November 15: Opportunities with the City of Chicago Department of Law
  • November 15: IPLS Lunch Talk on Job Applications
  • November 15:  Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law 7th Annual Leadership Forum 
  • November 16: Researching Employers with Lexis Advance
  • November 16: ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diverse Law Student Panel 
  • November 17: Corporate Alumni Roundtable Event
  • November 17: CBA YLS - Marketing Your Skills: The Ultimate Checklist (rescheduled from November 2) 
  • November 17: Symposium on Emerging Legal Issues in the Workplace
  • November 22: Immigration Law Career Panel
  • November 29: MBHB Program - Diversity in IP: Navigating the 1L Job Search and Beyond 
  • CBA YLS Webinar - Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp

Employment Opportunities

  • PILI 2017 Summer Internships - 2Ls Apply Now! 1Ls Apply December 1! 
  • PILI 2017 Spring Internships - Apply Now!
  • Law Offices In-House Clinics - Spring 2017 Application Now Open
  • Spring 2017 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due January 6
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications due January 6
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois Summer 2017 Law Student Intern Program - Applications due January 11
  • JRC-JTB Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2017 - Applications due January 13

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9 for 1Ls
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 6
  • National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship - Applications due January 9
  • Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 13
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications due January 16
  • PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program - Applications due January 16
  • Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project - Applications due January 31
  • Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program - Applications due February 1
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31

Job Fairs  

Diversity

  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)/Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Diverse Law Student Panel - November 16
  • MBHB Program - Diversity in IP: Navigating the 1L Job Search and Beyond - November 29
  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due January 6
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications due January 6
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 9 for 1Ls 
  • Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 13
  • JRC-JTB Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2017 - Applications due January 13
  • Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications due January 16
  • PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program - Applications due January 16
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31

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

1L Your Way - Applications for Clinical Rotation due November 14, 2016

The application form for the Clinical Rotation option in the Spring is now available. First-year full-time students will be able to choose an elective class or the Clinic Rotation in the Spring 2017 semester, if they wish, in lieu of Legislation. Part-time day students and evening division students will begin taking electives next Fall (or this Summer if they elect to enroll for the optional Summer term). Students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation next Fall.

Click here for more information about the Clinic Rotation and how to apply. If applications exceed the number of spaces, students will be chosen by lottery. Students will be notified as to whether they were selected prior to the start of Spring registration.

Applications for the Clinical Rotation are due no later than Monday, November 14, 2016.

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 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, make an appointment with your career services advisor through 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.

Community-Based Federal Work Study Available for Spring 2017 - Deadline to apply is January 6, 2017

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a need-based financial aid program established by the federal government. The FWS program provides employment opportunities for eligible students, allowing them to earn, rather than borrow, a portion of their educational costs. Chicago-Kent students who are FWS eligible may receive payment for their work at government and public interest organizations in the Chicago area through FWS funds. However, the number of positions will be limited due to FWS budgetary limitations, and there are other restrictions and limitations as to where students can be funded to work. Please click here for more information and the required request form.

FWS applications for Spring 2017 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration. The deadline for Spring 2017 is Friday, January 6, 2017Processing may take a week or more; allow plenty of time for approval, and the time it takes to be added to the Chicago-Kent payroll. 

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

Programming        

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.

Opportunities with the City of Chicago Department of Law

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 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.

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Patton, Corporation Counsel
  • Alderman Rod Sawyer
  • Melanie Patrick Neely, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Employment Litigation Division
  • Rey Phillips-Santos, Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel, Legal Counsel Division
  • James Dunn, Administrative Deputy
  • Bonnie Tunick, Director of Attorney Recruitment & Professional Development

Space is Limited: RSVP by Monday, November 14, 2016 to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with "City of Chicago" in the subject line.

IPLS Lunch Talk on Job Applications

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Room 370

The IPLS executive board will provide tips for securing a summer position, and give you useful advice on how to write a resume, cover letter, and email. Feel free to bring your resume to the event for a peer review.

Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law 7th Annual Leadership Forum

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Kirkland & Ellis (300 N. LaSalle St., 6th Floor Conference Center)

The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law invites you to attend its signature event - The Seventh Annual Leadership Forum. Join more than 200 women attorneys, from across the Chicago area, to honor this year's leadership award winners, as well as become inspired by the featured speaker. 

This year's event will feature the presentation, Courage to Lead: Lessons from Women in the Military, delivered by Brigadier General Maritza S. Ryan, U.S. Army, Brigadier General (Ret). General Ryan, recently retired from the United States Army after a 33-year career, is currently a Fellow with the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. Her last military assignment was as Professor & Head of the Department of Law, U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. General Ryan was the first woman USMA graduate and first Hispanic to be selected as a Department Head in the history of West Point. A member of the USMA class of 1982 - the 3rd class to include women - she was commissioned into the Field Artillery and assigned to the 1st Armored Division Artillery in Nuremberg, West Germany. General Ryan is a Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award winner.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is You, by General Ryan's colleague, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Becky Halstead.

The Coalition is also proud to announce this year's exceptional winners and honorees of the annual Leadership Forum Awards:

Inspiration Award - Sue Charles, Partner, Lathrop & Gage LLP
Leadership Award - Marcia Owens, Partner, Hamilton Thies & Lorch LLP
Benchmark Award - Walgreen Co., Accepted by Kim Metrick, Director and Managing Counsel, Employment Law

REGISTER TODAY . Event sponsored by Robert Half Legal.

Researching Employers with Lexis Advance

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm OR 1:00 pm – 1:30pm
Location: Room C35

Join Jonnell Simpson, your LexisNexis Representative, for a 30-minute session on using Lexis Advance to research employers over Winter Break. You will learn how to prepare a list of attorneys, law firms and others for networking, as well interview prep tips. You will also learn how to add LexisNexis Certification to your resume.

Go to www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool for more information and to register for a session.

Lunch will be provided.

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.

Corporate Alumni Roundtable Event

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Morris Hall (10th Floor Event Room)

Corporate Law Society is hosting the first annual Alumni Roundtable Event on Thursday, November 17 from 6-8pm in Morris Hall. They will be hosting alumni from Kirkland & Ellis, Vedder Price, Howard & Howard, Reed Smith, Nixon Peabody and more.

Practice areas include:

  • Securities
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business & Corporate Tax
  • Estate & Wealth Planning
  • Private Equity

Food and drinks provided.

CBA YLS - Marketing Your Skills: The Ultimate Checklist (rescheduled from November 2)

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: CBA Building (321 S. Plymouth Ct.)

Join the CBA YLS Careers Committee on November 17 to hear Ross Fishman discuss the strategies in his powerful new book, “The Ultimate Law Firm Associate’s Marketing Checklist.” This presentation will detail the specific marketing activities you should undertake throughout your career — step-by-step and year-by-year. You can buy the book at half-price and enjoy a networking reception to practice your skills.

The free event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. RSVP to yls@chicagobar.org.

Symposium on Emerging Legal Issues in the Workplace

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Bilandic Building (160 N. LaSalle St., 5th Floor, Room C-500)

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is hosting a Symposium on Emerging Legal Issues in the Workplace on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2 - 5 p.m. This free symposium is geared toward employment attorneys as well as human resources professionals and legal service providers.

The workplace is an ever-changing environment that must respond to shifts in the economy, technology and the law. As employers’ practices change and adapt, new issues may arise concerning legal compliance, as well as the impact on their workforce and bottom line. This symposium will explore current employment law issues for attorneys and their clients from a variety of perspectives, including academic experts, government regulators, employers and workers’ advocates.

The symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Non-Competition Agreements and Restrictive Covenants for Low-Wage Workers: Recent Trends and Policy Proposals
  • Non-Traditional Employment Relationships: Use of Staffing Agencies and Other Labor Market Intermediaries
  • On-Call Scheduling: Understanding the Impact of Just-in-Time and Flexible Scheduling Practices

To attend this symposium, please complete the registration form (you must be logged in to Symplicity to access the link) and return it to Eileen Baumstark-Pratt, Special Events Director, by fax at 312-814-7105 or by email at specialevents@atg.state.il.us. Please call 866-376-7215 with questions or to request reasonable accommodations.

Immigration Law Career Panel

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Room 590

Immigration Law Society and the Career Services Office invite you to attend the Immigration Law Career Panel on Tuesday, November 22 at 12:00pm in Room 590. Come learn about the diverse practice of immigration law from attorneys in the non-profit and private sectors. 

Panelists include:

  • Charles Wintersteen, Charles Wintersteen & Associates 
  • Constance Lara, Constance H. Lara P.C.
  • Ginger Devaney, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Marie Silver, National Immigration Justice Center 

Lunch will be provided.

MBHB Program - Diversity in IP: Navigating the 1L Job Search and Beyond

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: MBHB Conference Area (300 S. Wacker Dr., 31st Fl.)

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff’s “PINK” group and Committee for Diversity & Inclusion invite 1L students to learn from practicing IP attorneys, who will share their first-hand experience, real life stories, and best tips for navigating the 1L job search and preparing for your interviews. They will also address the unique challenges women and diverse candidates face in the IP world and provide valuable advice on how to turn your summer position into an associate offer!

Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 22, 2016 to Mary DeMoss at demoss@mbhb.com.

CBA YLS Webinar - Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp

All law students are welcome to register for the webinar of Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp, sponsored by The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section’s Law Student and Professional Responsibility Committees.

The webinar includes a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about applying to and studying for the Illinois Bar and the character and fitness process, and features:

  • Bar exam study tips
  • Overview of professional responsibility and character and fitness rules
  • Navigating the character and fitness process
  • The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) as a resource for law students during bar prep and beyond
  • Access to “Study Tips for Bar Takers” Guid
Featured Speakers:
  • Shelley Bethune, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC)
  • Chelsy Castro, Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP)
  • Bradley Pollock, Walsh, Knippen, Pollock & Cetina, Chtd.; Chair of Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for 2nd District
  • Phillip Skaggs, The American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS); Co-Chair of YLS Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Danae Weidemann, Barbri, Inc
Click here to register. Complimentary for CBA Law Student Members! Not a Law Student Member of The Chicago Bar Association yet? Join now for only $12 at www.chicagobar.org/jointhecba.

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.

PILI 2017 Spring Internships - Apply Now!

Applications are being accepted for PILI Law Student Internships during the 2017 Spring Semester beginning November 1, 2016. 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.

The agencies that have been approved to host Interns in Spring 2017 are listed below:

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA)
CARPLS (Coordinated Advice Referral Program for Legal Services)
Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH)
LAF
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
National Immigrant Justice Center
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc.

Students will be able to apply online beginning November 1, 2016 through the PILI website. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Law Offices In-House Clinics - Spring 2017 Application Now Open

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent is a teaching law firm that provides high-quality clinical education to students while delivering competitively priced legal services to the public. The firm serves people from every walk of life contending with a wide array of legal problems. By participating in a clinical program, students will learn the day-to-day responsibilities of lawyering—deciding which cases to take and what fees to charge, counseling clients, investigating facts, locating and interviewing witnesses, preparing motions, conducting depositions, filing court documents, writing briefs and selecting juries. Licensed 711 third-year student practitioners may also perform certain trial functions.

Applications are now available for the Spring 2017 semester. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Tracy at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu. Applications are available in the reception area of Suite 600, outside of the 3rd floor elevators and here.  

Spring 2017 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due January 6, 2017

Why Extern? 

Chicago-Kent has long recognized that classes and textbooks alone are not sufficient to complete the education of our students and their transformation into lawyers. Students also need practical experience in the real world to acquire legal skills not accessible in the traditional classroom and to gain insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of the legal profession.

Some students gain experience when they are hired as part-time clerks, but some do not have access to paid or volunteer positions in a legal setting of their choice and/or one that teaches them the skills they want to acquire. The Legal Externship Program (LEP) presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of law you are interested in and helps you significantly broaden your practical employment opportunities.

What is LEP?

The Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.  

LEP externships consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class. Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Spring semester for a minimum total of 224 hours. In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

Where Can Students Extern?

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. and Illimois Environmental Protection Agencies.  

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.  

In addition, during Spring semester there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for LEP placements.  

How to Apply:

Applications are due Friday, January 6, 2017. The Information and Application packets for the Spring 2017 LEP are available online at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/externships/students or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in the Room 600 Law Offices reception area.  

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page.

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications due January 6, 2017

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2017 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 7, 2016 for 2Ls and on December 1, 2016 for 1Ls. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students. The application process is still open to all law students. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois, and Texas. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their applications. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

The application process for the Summer 2017 Internship Program will open November 7, 2016 for 2Ls and December 1, 2016 for 1Ls, and applications are due Friday, January 6, 2017. The first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview. Student applications will continue to be processed until all positions have been filled. Click here for more information.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois Summer 2017 Law Student Intern Program - Applications due January 11, 2017

The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit. The primary goals of the Law Student Intern Program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases.

The work of the 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, and assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases. Students must be first-year (second semester), second-year or third-year law students.

Applications are due Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Click here for more information (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

JRC-JTB Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2017 - Applications due January 13, 2017

The Committee on Judicial Resources for the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are pleased to announce the seventh annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project ("Project") for Summer 2017. 

The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community. The JRC-JTB Project is national in scope and will place law students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, magistrate and select state appellate judges’ chambers across the country. Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in judge's chambers.

Applications will be received online until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017. Early applications are highly encouraged.

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.

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.

National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship - Applications due January 9, 2017

The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the National Lawyers Guild’s (NLG) tradition of “people’s lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Fellowships may be completed with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups. The NLG encourages applicants to identify grassroots and non-traditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. This could be a small non-profit, a short-staffed community law firm, or an organizing campaign that needs legal assistance. The Haywood Burns Fellowships usually provide a rigorous legal experience as well as a political one.

In 2017, the NLG expects to award five Fellowships. The NLG provides $2,000 for ten weeks of full-time work (unless otherwise noted) and encourages students to pursue matching public interest grants or course credit to supplement this stipend.

Applications are due Monday, January 9, 2017. Click here to download a copy of the application form. Click here for more information, and email NLG Director of Research and Education, Traci Yoder, at traci@nlg.org if you have questions about the fellowship or the application process.

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 13, 2017

Fish & Richardson is pleased to announce its 1L Diversity Fellowship Program for 2017. The program, which offers fellowships to diverse first year law students, is a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of the firm’s practice and of the legal profession.

The firm’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components: a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson's domestic offices, mentoring by members of the firm, participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program, and up to a $10,000 scholarship

Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson and its practice areas.

Applications will be accepted from Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Friday, January 13, 2017. For more information about the Fellowship or to print out an application and a checklist of required support materials, please click here. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program can be found here.

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications due January 16, 2017

In keeping with Vedder Price’s commitment to diversity, the firm established the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship in 2005. Eligible candidates are first-year law students enrolled at and attending one of the following Illinois law schools: the John Marshall Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois.

This scholarship includes a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses, as well as a guaranteed summer associate position in the firm’s Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient's first year of law school.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession.
Applications will be accepted no earlier than December 1, 2016 and must be postmarked by Monday, January 16, 2017.  Click here for more information.

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program - Applications due January 16, 2017

PracticePro is excited to announce that its Diversity Scholar Program is now accepting applications from first-year law students.

Diversity Scholar Program Benefits:

  • Free admission to attend the Chicago Career Conference (Spring 2017)
  • Participation in a free six-month intensive career-coaching program to help you navigate through law school, interviews, networking, and long-term career planning
  • Complimentary Interviewing and resume writing workshops
  • Free admission to attend the New Attorney Basics Conference (any time before December 2019)
  • Unlimited complimentary mentorship from PracticePro coaches and Diversity Program Advisory Board

Eligibility:

  • 1L (Class of 2019) at any participating Illinois law school
  • Member of a racial, ethnic, or gender group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, member of the LGBT community, or those with a physical disability

Applications are due Monday, January 16, 2017. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Visit the Illinois Diversity Scholar Program Page for more information.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project - Applications due January 31, 2017

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, and consumer protection agencies in both Connecticut and Hawaii that are not affiliated with offices of attorneys general. The eight to ten week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service. Each selected student will receive a $6,000 stipend.

Applications are due Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Click here for more information.

Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program - Applications due February 1, 2017

The Chicago Schweitzer Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. The Program strengthens Fellows’ resolve to provide health and human services to underserved populations by facilitating opportunities for students to:

• Use their skills and knowledge in real-life situations
• Become culturally sensitive and compassionate caregivers
• Understand the impact of social and environmental determinants of health
• Build capacity for and commitment to improving the health status of individuals and communities as well as contributing to social change
• Work collaboratively and across disciplines in pursuit of a common goal
• Learn how to exercise leadership skills to work with and influence community-based organizations, community leaders, and academic institutions to embrace holistic, service-oriented approaches to health

Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life – an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

Applications are due Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Click here for more information.

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2017

First-year law students are encouraged to apply to Fredrikson & Byron’s $15,000 Minority Scholarship program before the deadline of March 31, 2017. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples and personal interviews.

The scholarship program is part of Fredrikson's commitment to the promotion of diversity among incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest.

Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017. Click here for more information.

Job Fairs

Diversity

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

MBHB Program - Diversity in IP: Navigating the 1L Job Search and Beyond - November 29, 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)

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) - Applications due January 6, 2017
(See above)

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

Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program - Applications due January 13, 2017
(See above)

JRC-JTB Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2017 - Applications due January 13, 2017
(See above)

Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship for First-Year Law Students - Applications due January 16, 2017
(See above)

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program - Applications due January 16, 2017
(See above)

Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31, 2017
(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

Log in to Symplicity for the link and password to access CareerShift (search “CareerShift” in the Document Library).

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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