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Week of February 27, 2017

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • Mandatory Meetings for 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students
  • Chicago-Kent Certificate Programs - LADR & Employment Law; LADR; and Criminal Litigation - Applications due March 28

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • February 27-March 3: Alumni Student ConnecKtions Week (ASCK)
  • February 27 - March 4: Diversity Week
  • February 27: Implicit Bias Workshop
  • March 1: Navigating Diversity Job Fairs
  • March 1: 2017 WBAI Annual Judicial Reception
  • March 2: Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night
  • March 2: A Conversation with Lt. Gen. Flora D. Darpino, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army
  • March 3: Building a Compliance Culture in Financial Institutions
  • March 3: Ms. JD's 9th Annual Conference on Women in the Law
  • March 7: Using Your JD in Non-Traditional Ways
  • March 9: Justinian Society 2nd Annual Alumni Networking Event
  • March 16: Making a Superstar: An Associate's Path to Success and Partnership (ABA Webinar)
  • March 21: Clerking for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Informational Session
  • March 28: Skadden Fellowship Information Session

Employment Opportunities

  • CK-Law Group Legal Clinics - Now accepting Summer 2017 applications
  • 2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship - Apply Now!
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Still Accepting Summer 2017 Applications!
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1
  • 2017 Summer Judicial Internship with Judge Raymond W. Mitchell - Applications due March 10
  • Air Force JAG Corps Active Duty for 3Ls and Alumni - Applications due March 10
  • 2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15
  • 2017 Navistar, Inc. Corporate Legal Summer Internship - Applications due March 15
  • Fall 2017 Judicial Externship Program - Applications due March 21
  • 2017 Social Security Administration-Office of the General Counsel Summer Internship - Applications due March 31
  • Fall 2017 U.S. Attorneys' Office Law Student Intern Program (Chicago) - Applications due April 12
  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program - Applications due April 14
  • Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due May 8

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2017 Equal Justice America Public Interest Summer Fellowships - Applications due March 20
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 31
  • 2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • 2017 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship - Applications due April 10
  • 2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1

Job Fairs  

  • August 3-4: 2017 Patent Law Interview Program - Registration deadline is March 10
  • August 14-15: 2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - Registration opens March 1

Diversity

  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program
  • 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • 2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship - Apply Now!
  • Diversity Week - February 27-March 4
  • Implicit Bias Workshop - February 27
  • Navigating Diversity Job Fairs - March 1
  • Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night - March 2
  • 2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15
  • Fredrikson & Byron 1L Minority Scholarship Program - Applications due March 31
  • 2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
  • 7th Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 14
  • 2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1
  • IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15: 2017, Registration opens March 1

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 Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change
  • ABA Law Student Podcast: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • CBA YLS Webinar - Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp 
  • CSO Resources
  • Chicago Bar Association Career Center

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 should schedule an initial appointment with their career advisor. Before 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.

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.

Chicago-Kent Certificate Programs - LADR & Employment Law; LADR; and Criminal Litigation – Applications due March 28

Chicago-Kent offers a range of certificate programs for J.D. students who have focused career agendas. Each certificate program offers a specialized course of study and training in a particular area of law, under the direction of leading faculty, scholars and practitioners.

Applications for the J.D. Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR), and combined LADR/ Labor & Employment Law are now available and are due Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by 12:00 PM to the C-K Law Group in Room 600. Unlike the other certificate programs, these programs require admission during your 1L year due to the curriculum requirements.

Fall Recruiting

Programming        

Alumni Student ConnecKtions Week (ASCK)

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017-Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: Various 
Location:
IIT Downtown Campus - Chicago-Kent College of Law
(Rooms TBD)

Alumni-Student ConneKtions Week is a week-long extravaganza of opportunities for students to network and connect with Chicago-Kent alumni and gain valuable career-related skills. Activities include informational interviews, mock interviews, job shadowing, Coffee ConneKtions and a networking reception.

Informational Interviews will be conducted on Monday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28. Alumni will conduct one or more 30-minute informational interviews with students interested in their area of practice.  

Mock Interviews will take place on Wednesday, March 1. Alumni will conduct one or more 30-minute mock interviews with students looking to work on their interviewing skills. Students will spend 20 minutes interviewing with an alumnus and then 10 minutes receiving constructive feedback. Please note that student resumes will need to be provided in advance.

Coffee ConneKtions: On Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3, alumni will host a group of 2-6 students for informal networking over coffee at locations outside of the law school building. More information on times and places to follow.

Alumni will also offer job shadowing, where students are hosted at their place of business for a half or full day to give them the opportunity to see firsthand what the practice of law may be like. The specific date and time will be arranged with each student once their sign up has been confirmed. 

Finally, a Networking Reception will be held for current students to mingle with current alumni and get help honing their networking skills.

For questions, email alums@kentlaw.iit.edu or call (312) 906-5240.

Diversity Week

Date: Monday, February 27 through Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: Various
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent

The Chicago-Kent Community presents "Diversity Week 2017!" Celebrate diversity at Chicago-Kent with a week full of events, including the ones listed below, which highlight the rich and multifaceted backgrounds and experiences of the students, faculty and staff in our community. The theme this year is "Challenge the Narrative: Awareness, Inclusion and Action."

February 27: Implicit Bias Workshop
March 1: Navigating Diversity Job Fairs
March 3: HLLSA Judges’ Night
See below for more details about career-related events!

Implicit Bias Workshop

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

As part of Chicago-Kent's Diversity Week, the Black Law Students Association will host an Implicit Bias Workshop. Identify your biases before you come by taking the Harvard IAT, https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html.

Navigating Diversity Job Fairs

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (Room C40)

Please join the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Lambdas for “Navigating Diversity Job Fairs.” Learn about the many diversity job fairs available to Chicago-Kent students and hear from Chicago-Kent alumni Michael Wilder ('06), Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, about application, resume and interview tips; and student panelists who have attended diversity job fairs.

Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

Join the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA) for the 2017 Judges' Night. Mingle with Chicago-Kent alumni and students as well as Hispanic and Latino attorneys from throughout Chicago at a reception honoring the Honorable Maria Valdez for her contributions to the Latino community and the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with networking over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by a ceremony for Judge Valdez at 7:15 pm. This event is complimentary to all guests of the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association.  RSVP is required to attend this event. To register, click here.

The Chicago-Kent Hispanic-Latino Law Students Association was founded in 1982. HLLSA actively seeks to increase opportunities for Hispanic students to attend law school, provide necessary support for their academic success, and assist students in becoming acclimated to the law school environment.

2017 WBAI Annual Judicial Reception

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street

Please join the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois for a fabulous evening of networking and celebration at its annual Judicial Reception on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.  This year, WBAI is honoring Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman of the Northern District of Illinois and Judge Lynn Egan of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Tickets are $110 for members and $135 for nonmembers. To RSVP and purchase tickets, visit http://wbaillinois.org/events/judicialreception/.

A Conversation with Lt. Gen. Flora D. Darpino, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: John Marshall Law School (315 S. Plymouth Court, Room 200)

Join John Marshall Law School for an intimate conversation between Dean Darby Dickerson and Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino, Judge Advocate General of the United States Army.  Lt. Gen. Darpino, the first woman to hold her position, will share insights into her career as an American general and military lawyer, as well as advice for students considering the JAG Corps, before taking questions from the audience. The event is free and students from all area law schools are invited to attend. To RSVP, click here.

Building a Compliance Culture in Financial Institutions

Date:  Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus - Chicago-Kent College of Law
(Room TBD)

Learn about the recent developments and issues of compliance culture in financial institutions at this one-day conference hosted at Chicago-Kent.  Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York will be the keynote speaker. There will also be two panel discussions. More details forthcoming.

Ms. JD's 9th Annual Conference on Women in the Law

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: All Day Starting at 8:00 am
Location: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Ms. JD would like to invite students, faculty, and staff to its annual conference bringing aspiring and early career women lawyers from legal markets around the country together for a summit on the progress and remaining challenges for women in the profession. This year's panels include topics such as international law, police power, running for office, intersectionality, and MUCH MORE! The lunch keynote features Amazon's Kelly Jo MacArthur, Vice President of Legal, and Lia Moeser, Corporate Counsel. Click here for a full conference agenda, and to purchase tickets.

There will also be a Ms. JD Honors Reception "P.R.O.P.E.L" (Promoting Retention Opportunity Partnership Excellence and Leadership) on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Jenner & Block LLP Chicago to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. The full list of awards can be found here.

The Honors Reception keynote speaker will be Laurie N. Robinson Haden, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation and Founder & CEO, Corporate Counsel Women of Color. 

Using Your JD in Non-Traditional Ways

Date: March 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

Ever wonder how alumni use their JD-degree in non-traditional ways?  Come hear a panel of experts in human resources, compliance, business development, knowledge and project management, government affairs and legal consulting.

Guests will include:

  • Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz: Compliance, BMO Harris; 
  • Jason Dirkx: Knowledge Management, Littler, Mendelsohn;
  • Lisa Guitierrez: Human Resources,IBM;
  • Karl Haraldsson: Legal Consultant, Janders Dean;
  • Elsa Jaramillo, Government Affairs, City of Chicago; and
  • Daniel Raymer: Legal Technology, Seyfarth Shaw.

Students must RSVP to attend by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Justinian Society 2nd Annual Alumni Networking Event

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (10th Floor Morris Hall)

Join the Chicago-Kent Justinian Society in celebration of the second annual Alumni Event. This unique networking event is an opportunity to meet potential employers. All are welcome. Food and drinks will be provided and the event is FREE to attend!

Making a Superstar: An Associate's Path to Success and Partnership

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT
Location: Online Webinar

Associates want to be their firm’s "superstars," in demand by partners and clients and on the fast track to partnership. However, they do not always recognize the steps to get there. David J. Scriven-Young a well-known young lawyer who has transitioned early successes, and Julie A. Lierly, a respected partner at a major firm who has insight on law firm expectations based on service on associate compensation and partnership committees, will give critical hints on becoming a superstar associate at any firm. To register, click here.

Clerking for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Informational Session

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus Chicago-Kent (Room 580)

Interested in clerking for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office? The Criminal Law Society will be hosting an informational session with Cook County State's Attorney's Office Director of Legal Hiring and Recruiting Sonia Antolec. She will discuss the process of applying to clerk with the office, the clerking experience, and the hiring process. Lunch will be provided. Please join to learn about an excellent clerking opportunity!

Skadden Fellowship Information Session

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: The University of Chicago Law School

The University of Chicago Law School will be hosting Susan Butler Plum’s Skadden Fellowship Information Session.  Susan will be appearing virtually, via video-conference, so students and alumni may choose either to attend the lunch event in-person, or log onto the event remotely.
                                                                   
The Skadden Fellowships allow graduates to design their dream public interest jobs. These two-year fellowships fund work in civil legal services for clients living in poverty. Susan Plum, the Executive Director of the Fellowships, will be video-conferencing with students to explain the program and answer their questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out about these prestigious fellowships and get tips on how to create a strong application. This is an essential program for all students interested in public interest work

More details and a request for RSVPs will follow.

Employment Opportunities

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

CK-Law Group Legal Clinics - Now accepting Summer 2017 applications

Did you know there is a law firm right here at Chicago-Kent?  It is called C-K Law Group.  Not only can students take this as a course and earn credits but can also gain real work experience, create networking opportunities and many students even get opportunities to work directly with clients.  

There are a limited number of spots available, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Below are the different clinical experiences we offer.  While not all of these clinics have an opening, you can still apply and go onto a waiting list.
Here are the current offerings:

  • Criminal Defense 
  • Vaccine Injury/Federal Court Litigation
  • Plaintiffs Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Family Law
  • Tax Law
  • Mediation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Center for Open Government

Summer 2017 Applications:  Applications are now available for the Summer 2017 semester in the reception area of Suite 600, outside of the 3rd floor elevators and here.  For more information, please visit the C-K Law Group homepage. If you wish to apply or have any questions, email Tracy Kish at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu

2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship

Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship. The law firm is looking for a future leader in law who is as deeply committed to diversity and inclusion as it is. Neal Gerber Eisenberg has a philosophy of inclusion long existing in the firm’s work environment and considers the Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship an extension of this philosophy at the law school level.

Qualifications:   Applicants must demonstrate each of the following qualifications in their application materials:

1. Superior academic credentials;
2. Leadership potential; and
3. A personal track record of significant contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts and/or affinity networks in academic or professional environments. 

Examples of “significant contributions” include leadership positions in affinity student organizations, mentoring and volunteering in pipeline programs, work experience in civil rights or community-based organizations, and other similar activities requiring personal engagement. 

Clerkship Structure: The Diversity & Inclusion Clerk will be exposed to various practice areas through substantive assignments and observation opportunities.  They will be assigned an Associate Mentor to act as a “go-to” person for insider information on the firm, to provide a helpful extra set of eyes for early assignments and to answer any and all questions that may arise.  In addition, a Partner Mentor will provide developmental feedback and career guidance.  The clerk will be compensated on an hourly basis and is expected to work 10-19 hours per week, coordinated with their coursework and academic and personal obligations.

Application: Applicants must submit a cover letter or personal statement, resume, college and law school transcripts, and any additional material in support of their leadership potential and contributions to diversity efforts via email to mminor@nge.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply early!

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - Still Accepting Summer 2017 Applications!

PILI summer 2017 internships are still open to law students from any ABA accredited law school in the United States. There are 27 agencies approved to host PILI Interns, and you can apply to up to 10 of them.

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students with public interest law agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours during the summer with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced attorneys and providing supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities. The result is an increase in the capacity of these legal service agencies to meet the needs of their low-income clients and an increase in the number of emerging lawyers connected and committed to public interest law. Currently, internship placements are offered in Chicago, Alton, Champaign, Peoria and Rock Island, Illinois.

PILI Interns gain hands-on, practical work experience providing legal services directly to clients or engaging in the tasks associated with advocacy, impact-litigation, policy development and analysis, or other related legal work. Interns are paid $5,500 for their work during the summer.  In order to apply for the PILI stipend, all applicants must go through the online application system. To apply, click here.

1L LCLD Scholars Program

The 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The program offers you the rare opportunity to spend a summer working alongside attorneys from LCLD Member organizations.

Benefits for Scholars:

  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit: LCLD invites each class of Scholars to this annual event, which includes panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities for the Scholars with LCLD Members and each other.
  • Substantive Work Assignments: LCLD Scholars spend their summer side by side with attorneys from Fortune 500 legal departments and Am Law 350 law firms.
  • Networking: There is a LinkedIn group dedicated to articles and discussions relevant to 1L LCLD Scholars. All are invited to join.

The application period will remain open per the Member organization’s discretion. Click here for more information. If you have any questions about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager. 

City of Chicago Department of Law Summer Volunteer Program - Applications due March 1

The City of Chicago Department of Law is interested in highly qualified law students to participate in its Summer Volunteer Program. This program is designed to provide participants with a challenging volunteer opportunity that reflects the demands and rewards of public service. The Law Department will select well-rounded applicants, who have exhibited academic excellence and an interest in public service, from law schools across the nation. Participants in the program are not compensated by the City of Chicago.

Typically, participants will be assigned to one of the practice divisions within the Law Department. The participant will be assigned a supervisor/mentor who will coordinate the assignments given to the participant and, together, the participant and the supervisor will determine the start date and the date on which the program will end for the individual.

Applications for the Summer Program are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Click here for more information and application instructions!


Illinois Attorney General's Office Summer Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 1

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago, Springfield, or regional office, law clerks investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Advanced students who qualify for a 711 license are encouraged to obtain such a license so that they may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Click here for more information and application instructions!

Cook County State's Attorney's Office Summer Clerkship Program - Applications due March 1

The Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney is the second largest county prosecutor’s office in the nation. If you are a student that has completed at least one-half of the total hourly credits required for graduation, you are eligible to apply for the 711 license. While clerking for the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, you will be eligible to handle your own cases under the supervision of an Assistant State’s Attorney. There is no shortage of opportunities for clerks with 711 licenses to gain excellent hands-on courtroom experience. Students are asked to rank were they would like to work, however, students will be assigned based on the needs of the office.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 1, 2016. Click here to access the application and instructions. Please be sure you are logged in to Simplicity before attempting to access the application.

2017 Summer Judicial Internship with Judge Raymond W. Mitchell - Applications due March 10

The Honorable Judge Raymond W. Mitchell, Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, is seeking a judicial intern for Summer 2017. This internship provides an excellent opportunity to work closely with a judge in a state trial court that handles commercial law cases. Interns will be involved in all phases of the court’s work, including analyzing issues, conducting legal research, drafting memoranda and attending trials and hearings.

Interns will function as an additional judicial clerk. In order to benefit from this experience, applicants must possess outstanding writing skills and superior analytic abilities.

More information and details on how to apply can be found under Job ID 1001475 in Simplicity Job Postings. Applications are due no later than March 10, 2017.

Air Force JAG Corps Active Duty for 3Ls and Alumni - Applications due March 10

The April board is now open for Air Force JAG Corps Active Duty applicants. The federal hiring freeze does not apply to active duty military service. The application can be found at www.airforce.com/JAG and is due by Friday, March 10, 2017. Interviews with a Staff Advocate Judge will be completed by April 1, 2017.

The Air Force JAG Corps selects applicants based on the “whole person” concept. Selection factors include: academic performance; work experience; leadership traits; extracurricular activities; personal integrity; demonstrated elements of core values; awards and honors; adaptability and flexibility; motivational statement; and military records (if applicable).

2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15

McGuireWoods LLP, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and the NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) invite you to apply for the McGuireWoods/NLF Law Clerk Program Summer 2017. The Program supports students interested in the legal profession and helps students develop a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

The Program seeks to achieve these goals by providing law students with meaningful internship experiences at the NAPABA office in Washington, D.C. The law clerk will be awarded a stipend of $4,500 for the internship duration of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Funding for this program is generously provided by McGuireWoods LLP.

For more information on how to apply, click here. Applications are due on or before March 15, 2017.

2017 Navistar, Inc. Corporate Legal Summer Internship - Applications due March 15

Navistar, Inc. is pleased to offer two summer 2017 intern positions at Navistar, Inc. (headquartered in Lisle, Illinois) to students entering their second or third year of law school. This corporate legal internship provides an opportunity for a law school student entering his or her second or third year of law school to work as a legal intern in the fast-paced Corporate Law Department for Navistar, Inc., a public company in the trucking industry with its corporate headquarters Lisle, IL.  The position will report to a Senior Counsel.
 
Work areas would include a broad range of matters, such as: federal securities, corporate governance, corporate finance and treasury, mergers & acquisitions/dispositions, employment and labor, claims and litigation, immigration, compliance and ethics, intellectual property, and other general corporate legal work.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. To apply, please see Simplicity’s Job Posting ID 1001492.

Fall 2017 Judicial Externship Program -
Applications due
March 21

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program that enables Kent students to do legal research and writing for federal appellate, district or magistrate judges as well as designated Illinois appellate and circuit court judges included in our participating panel of judges.

Being a judicial extern is a unique and important learning experience which is recognized as a significant achievement by the legal community and will benefit you in pursuing your future career goals. Judicial externs work with a judge and/or the judge's law clerks researching law, writing memoranda and participating in drafting opinions. Externs also have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom. In addition, there is an accompanying classroom component which focuses on various aspects of judicial decision-making, and how those aspects affect the extern's work product.

Application Process:
Fall 2017 Information and Application packets are available in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and on the table by the third floor elevators, as well as online. Completed applications for Fall 2017 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu by Tuesday, March 21th, at 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617 by e-mail: vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.

2017 Social Security Administration-Office of the General Counsel Summer Internship - Applications due March 31

The Office of the General Counsel of the Social Security Administration is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Chicago Regional Chief Counsel’s Office 2017 Summer Law Internship Program. The internship program will run ten weeks from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017.

The Chicago Regional Office, located in Chicago’s Loop, represents and advises the Social Security Administration on a broad variety of legal matters, including administration of the agency’s disability benefits programs, personnel and employment disputes, and civil rights matters. Attorneys represent the agency in federal district and appellate courts as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Summer interns will assist in challenging legal work, such as drafting summary judgment motions in federal district court, responding to Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters, and drafting pleadings in bankruptcy court. The interns will also have the opportunity to visit and interact with our internal and external partners, such as SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

The program is open to students who will have completed their first or second year next spring. The intern positions are unpaid, but the office will work with sponsoring schools that grant academic credit or stipends for internships. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017. More information and details on how to apply can be found under Job ID 1001486 in Simplicity Job Postings.

Fall 2017 U.S. Attorneys' Office Law Student Intern Program (Chicago) -
Applications due April 12, 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 students are required to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks during the Fall semester. The deadline to apply for fall 2017 is Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

The program is available for those students who have completed their first or second year of law school (rising 2Ls and 3Ls). The work of law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pre-trial conferences and the trials of civil and criminal cases. For qualifications and application requirements, please click here.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program - Applications due April 14, 2017

Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides invaluable experience in various legal areas. A qualifying AmeriCorps JD project must propose to provide direct legal services for clients within one of the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps programs:

  • Justice AmeriCorps: Help immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian.
  • Veterans Legal Corps: Provide legal services that enable low-income veterans to return to successful civilian life.
  • Employment Opportunity Legal Corps: Assist unemployed or underemployed people who are seeking to join the labor market.
  • Disaster Legal Corps: Help improve the lives of populations who reside in communities affected by disasters.
  • Elder Justice AmeriCorps: Complete screenings, assessments, and provide direct legal representation to victims of elder abuse.

The current priority deadline for law students completing their service during summer 2017 is April 14, 2017. Additionally, AmeriCorps JD Members may choose a spring (Jan. 1-April 30), or summer (May 1-June 30) start date. Regardless of start date, priority is given to applicants completing their project and the required hours no later than August 31, 2017. Applicants must provide a start and end date for their term of service in their application materials. The student must inform Equal Justice Works immediately if these dates change.
For more information and to apply, please click here. NOTE: To apply to 2017 AmeriCorps JD, you must create an account in the Equal Justice Works’ Student Application Manager here.

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due May 8

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program (LEP) is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Summer Access2Practice LEP

Summer Access2Practice LEP differs from Fall/Spring LEP in that summer students have a greater choice of placements. Whereas Fall and Spring placements are almost exclusively in the public and not-for-profit areas, Summer LEP includes a significant number of private placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments. These private placements are supervised by designated alums, and both the alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened and approved by the Chicago-Kent Faculty Externship Screening Committee specifically for this program.

As of Monday, February 20, Symplicity will post many Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you can apply. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special opportunities. The applications to the participating member placements will be submitted through a centralized data base. Each teaching attorney/placement then independently screens and selects its own extern(s).

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Summer 2017 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators, and online. Applications to register for the A2P Legal Externship Summer 2017 must be submitted to Professor Gross no later than Monday, May 8, 2017.

Fellowships & Scholarships

2017 Equal Justice America Public Interest Summer Fellowships - Applications due March 20

If you are providing legal services to the poor this coming summer, consider applying for funding through the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need. Our efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to the urgency for pro bono assistance to our most vulnerable citizens. Students at Chicago-Kent have the opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program. Application deadline for summer 2017 is Monday, March 20, 2017. Click here to apply.

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.

Ms. JD Fellowship - Applications due March 31

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. The one-year program is designed to foster a commitment to excellence in a new generation of women attorneys, inspired by the generation of trailblazers who paved the way for their success.

Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017. More information and application instructions are available here.

2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1, 2017

Zelle is pleased to announce the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship will be offered again in 2017. The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.
The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school. Depending upon the firm’s current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student’s interest and the firm’s need.  Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career.

For complete information about the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship, including contact and submission information and to access the formal application, please click here.

For questions pertaining to the firm's Diversity in Law Scholarship, please feel free to contact the Diversity Committee at diversity@zelle.com. To learn more about Zelle's commitment to diversity, please click here.

2017 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship - Applications due April 10

The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program (“Stevens Fellowship”) in 2017 will provide a grant of $7,000 per student to three students at Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured unpaid public interest legal positions during the summer.  These three Stevens Fellowships will be awarded to help defray living expenses of deserving and committed students working in the public interest, as well as to provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations. 

The Fellowship seeks to honor Justice Stevens by promoting public interest and social justice values that have characterized Justice Stevens’ work throughout his career. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application Deadline:  Your complete application should be sent electronically to Professor Nancy Marder (nmarder@kentlaw.iit.edu) and one (1) hard-copy should be placed in Professor Marder’s mailbox on the 2nd floor by noon, Monday, April 10th, 2017.  Both the electronic version and the hard-copy must be submitted by noon on April 10th.  There are no exceptions to this deadline. Please keep in mind that your complete application must be submitted electronically and in hard copy. You may view an electronic version of this application packet at the Symplicity document library, which is part of Career Services’ electronic library.  It is listed under “Justice Stevens Fellowship Application.” Hard copies of this application packet are also available in the clip outside Prof. Marder’s office (839).

Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (“AABA Law Foundation”) was established in February 2009, and is a non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of AABA that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The AABA Law Foundation engages in activities toward the following goals:  (a) provide financial assistance to Asian Pacific American law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and social leadership; (b) support the development of internships and fellowships in the area of public interest and community service relating to the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community; (c) assist in conducting legal scholarship and education with respect to legal issues affecting the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community; and (d) develop and support programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities in the Chicago-area regarding legal issues affecting those communities.

As part of achieving its goals, each year the AABA Law Foundation awards scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific American community through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work. A connection to the Chicago area is preferred. This year, the AABA Law Foundation intends to award one scholarship of $5,000 to a law student who has exemplified that commitment. 

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by May 1, 2017. For more information and application instructions, please click here. You must be logged into Simplicity to access the file.

Job Fairs

August 3-4: 2017 Patent Law Interview Program - Registration deadline is March 10, 2017

Date: Thursday-Friday, August 3-4, 2017
Time: Various
Location: Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown/Lakefront (511 N. Columbus Dr.)

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting this year’s nationwide Patent Law Interview Program. The program will be accepting registrations from JD students graduating in May/June of 2018 or 2019, December/January of 2018 or 2019, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2018 and 2019.

Last year roughly 150 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,200 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 6 and close on Friday, March 10. Online registration is now open at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/. DO NOT MISS THE DEADLINE AS LOYOLA WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE REGISTRATIONS. There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration. Once registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email. Please direct any questions about the program to Jayne Schreiber, the Patent Program Liaison in Kent’s Career Services Office, via email to jschrei3@kentlaw.iit.edu.

2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15, 2017

The 10th annual Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair has a strong history of success. More than 650 students from 31 states and 82 law schools across the nation have interviewed over the last nine years. Annually, 20 percent of interviewing students have accepted job offers. This year, the job fair will be located at the Hilton Indianapolis, 120 W Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Over the course of 24 hours, there will be:

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

Employers participating in the job fair seek candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm. Fall 2017, full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2019) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2019/2020) are encouraged to participate in the fair. For more information about the fair, visit http://www.ibadiversityjobfair.org/.

Registration for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair opens Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To register, click here. Please note that first you will need to create a username and password to register and access the fair’s career services management system.

Diversity

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.

1L LCLD Scholars Program
(See above)

2017 Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship
(See above)

Diversity Week - February 27 - March 4
(See above)

Implicit Bias Workshop - February 27
(See above)

Navigating Diversity Job Fairs - March 1
(See above)

Hispanic/Latino Law Students' Association Judges Night - March 2
(See above)

2017 McGuireWoods/NLF Summer 2017 Law Clerk Program - Applications due March 15
(See above)

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

2017 Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship - Applications due April 1
(See above)

7th Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program - Applications due April 14

Sidley Austin LLP is excited to announce the Seventh Annual Sidley 1L Diversity Summer Mentorship Program. The program is expected to take place during June and July 2017. The firm encourages all diverse 1L students who would like to practice in law firms after graduation and who plan to spend their upcoming summer in the Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. area to apply. Please log on to Simplicity and click on the following links for an overview of the program, eligibility requirements and program application
Space for mentees is limited and completed applications are due by Friday, April 14, 2017. Individuals interested in participating in this year’s program in Chicago should submit a resume, unofficial law school transcript, unofficial undergraduate transcript and completed application to Merisa Lima, Diversity Coordinator at 1LDiversityMentorship-Chicago@sidley.com.

2016-2017 Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship - Applications due May 1
(See above)

2017 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair - August 14-15, Registration Opens March 1
(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 Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change

In today’s political climate, many questions surround the future of America’s student loan repayment programs. The current White House administration has put forth a number of proposals to change key aspects of the income-based repayment and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. While it remains to be seen whether these changes will be adopted and passed by Congress, the next elected president is expected to have a significant impact on the future of student debt in America. The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have differing visions for federal student loan programs, which could have a significant impact on your repayment strategy.

In the ABA's Student Loan Best Practices in the Face of Political Change webinar, you'll learn:

  • What you should consider when choosing between federal loan programs and private student loan refinancing
  • How borrowers can save $20,200+ over the life of their loans on average by refinancing
  • How the current proposed changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and income based repayment programs may affect your student loan repayment strategy

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.

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” Guide
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.

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 about the various resources available through the Career Services Office!

Chicago Bar Association Career Center

The Chicago Bar Career Center is the place to go to find legal industry professionals, jobs, and resources. Legal professionals can search for jobs, post resumes, and browse career resources to help them in all stages of their career. Employers looking for quality candidates can post jobs, search resumes, and connect with prospects. Have you visited a premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified legal professionals - ? Whether you're searching for a new career or searching for a new hire, the CBA Career Center provides multiple avenues to help you achieve your goal.

The CBA Career Center will allow you to:

  • Search and apply to the best legal jobs at firms that value your credentials!
  • Upload your anonymous resume so employers can contact you, but you maintain control of your information and choose to whom you release your information.
  • Receive an alert every time a job becomes available that matches your personal profile, skills, interests, and preferred location(s).
  • Access career resources and job searching tips and tools.
CBA membership is not necessary to access the CBA Career Center. Log on today to search current openings!

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