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Week of September 18, 2017

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Orientation to the Career Services Office
  • 2Ls and 3Ls - Make an Appointment!
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews Available Through the CSO
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students
  • Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Fall 2017- Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Mentor a Legal Prep High School Student in 2017-18

Fall Recruiting

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

Programming

  • September 18: Black Women Lawyers Association Fall Meeting
  • September 19: Career Advice/Speed Counseling Sessions at the CBA
  • September 21: ISBA State & Local Taxation New Member Happy Hour
  • September 23: ISBA YLD Day at the Races
  • September 25: K&L Gates invites you to Women and Wine
  • September 26: Mandatory 1L Orientation to the Career Services Office
  • September 26: Alliance for Women Mentoring Circles
  • September 27: Opportunities Through the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
  • September 28: Chicago Bar Association YLS Meet the Committees Night 
  • September 28: Why Labor and Employment Law is a Career Option You Should Explore
  • October 5-7: ABA YLD Fall Conference
  • October 10: City of Chicago Department of Law Information Session
  • October 11: Small and Midsize Firm Reception
  • October 11: Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law 8th Annual Leadership Forum
  • October 13-14: National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference
  • October 14: Explore Public Interest Law Opportunities
  • October 18: Immigration Law Society Career Panel
  • October 30-November 3: ConneKtions @ Dinner Week

Employment Opportunities

  • 2018 Securities and Exchange Commission Student Honors Program - Applications due October 16 (2Ls and 3Ls for Spring) and October 17 (2Ls for Summer)
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund Summer 2018 Clerkship Opportunities - Applications due October 20

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellowships and Scholarships - Fall 2017 applications now available!
  • Skadden Fellowship - Applications Due September 18
  • 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship for 3Ls - Applications due September 27

Job Fairs  

  • October 27& 28: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - Registration available on August 14

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
  • September 21: Black Women Lawyers Association Fall Meeting
  • September 26: Alliance for Women Mentoring Circles
  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Applications available October 1

Resources

  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook: log-in now available
  • 2017-2018 PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide
  • 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)  
  • CSO Resources
  • Resources provided by the Chicago Bar Association
  • Lawcountability J.D. - Sign-up information now available!

Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Orientation to the Career Services Office

All 1L students are required to attend the Career Services Office orientation. Please see the full description of the orientation in the Programming section below.

2Ls and 3Ls - Make an Appointment!

Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor to discuss your recent summer experience, job search status and plans for the Fall 2017 semester. Your career advisor can also show you new updates on many tools to assist you with networking, professional development, and career planning as an upper level law student. Please bring your most recent, updated legal resume with you to your meeting with your career advisor.

Each 2L and 3L student is required to meet with his or her assigned career advisor by the end of the Fall semester. Get a head start and make your appointment today!

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.

Community Based Federal Work Study Available for Fall 2017 - Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Chicago-Kent has Community-Based Federal Work Study available during Fall 2017. Chicago-Kent students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school. Please visit the Chicago-Kent Community-Based Federal Work Study webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis for any Fall start after August 22, 2017; processing time may take a week or more; allow plenty of time for approval of your application, and the time it takes to be added to the Chicago-Kent payroll. Please e-mail Michelle Vodenik (mvodenik@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions.

Mentor a Legal Prep High School Student in 2017-18

Legal Prep Charter Academy is currently seeking mentors for its 2017-18 mentoring program. Mentors work with an individual student on a monthly basis. Legal Prep plans the programming centered around college and career readiness and transports students to the meeting location. Mentors are also welcome and encouraged to meet with students outside of the monthly meetings. The program is a great opportunity to influence the life of a high school student at Legal Prep and to serve as a role model for youth on the west side of Chicago.  Our students highly respect and value their relationships with their mentors. The program meets the first Thursday of the month from 4pm-6pm, typically at the Chicago Bar Association.  Click here to apply now! Contact Lena Walsh at lwalsh@legalprep.org with questions.

Fall Recruiting

On-Campus Interviews Continue -
Check Interview Schedules for Updates

Please remember to check Symplicity frequently during the 2017 Fall Recruiting process. Changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the recruiting process. The CSO will not always be able to send out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to continually check Symplicity.

Please Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks or job offers during the fall interview season, please report this to Helena Gonzalez in the Career Services Office by sending an email to hgonzal2@kentlaw.iit.edu (or email your career advisor directly). 

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

Programming        

Black Women Lawyers Association Fall Meeting

Date:  Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
222 N. LaSalle Dr., Ste. 300, Chicago, IL

Please help the BWLA kick off this monumental bar year by joining its members for an evening of networking with old friends and meeting new ones at the Fall General Membership Meeting! You will also have the opportunity to meet the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and hear about BWLA's exciting plans for the upcoming year.

Click here to R.S.V.P.  

Career Advice/Speed Counseling Sessions at the CBA

Date:  Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago Bar Association
321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604

Get job search advice at an individual 20-minute, one-on-one session with legal career counselor Kathy Morris of Under Advisement, Ltd. Members choose one topic to discuss: resume, cover letters, networking tactics, interviewing, negotiating a salary or raise, or non-legal careers. 

Click here to schedule an appointment between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Kayla Bryan at 312-554-2135. You can also learn more about the CBA's Career Advancement Program at www.chicagobar.org/CAP.

ISBA State & Local Taxation New Member Happy Hour

Date:  Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: IO Godfrey Hotel
127 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654

Please join members of the State & Local Taxation Section Council and Young Lawyers Division Section Council over networking and refreshments. Registration is complimentary and includes two drink tickets and appetizers. Please register here prior to 4 PM on September 18, 2017.

Black Women Lawyers Association Fall Meeting

Date:  Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: IO Godfrey Hotel
127 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654

ISBA YLD Day at the Races

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Arlington Park Racecourse
(
2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL)

Join the Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

ISBA will be at the Canopy Tables in the Winners Circle Section. Tickets will be available for pick up at 11:15 am on race day at the will call window, Grandstand Entrance (east side off of Wilke Road entrance).

Cost is $9.00 per adult, $4.00 per youth age 4-17. Tickets are complimentary for children 3 and under. General Admission cost includes admission to the park, a daily racing guide, and a fabulous day of Thoroughbred racing! Lunch is not included but the seating area is BYOB.

Please register by Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.mClick here to register.
For questions, please email Blake Howard at bhoward@isba.org.

K&L Gates invites you to Women and Wine

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: K&L Gates, 70 W. Madison St., Suite 3100

Please join us for a fun evening featuring sommelier Rebecca Loewy from Old Bridge Cellars as she leads an engaging and entertaining wine tasting focusing on female winemakers. 

Old Bridge Cellars is a group of fiercely independent winemakers who retain their belief in artisan winemaking. Its portfolio is anchored in Australia, yet also reaches internationally through long standing relationships with vintners in many of the world’s most applauded winemaking regions. The group has been recognized in such publications as The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Cellar and Wine Enthusiast. 

Hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP online by clicking here.

Mandatory 1L Orientation to the Career Services Office

Day Students: Tuesday, September 26, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Auditorium
Evening Students: Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 – 5:55 pm, Room 270

DAYTIME DIVISION: Come learn about the options and opportunities for summer employment and typical hiring timelines for first year students. Attendance is MANDATORY, but students only need to attend one session.

EVENING and PART-TIME DIVISION: Come learn about the options and opportunities for evening students and creative ways to get legal experience. Attendance is MANDATORY.

Alliance for Women Mentoring Circles

Date:  Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Chicago Bar Association
321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women’s Mentoring Circles are designed to benefit women of all ages and in all stages of professional development because junior members learn from those with more experience, and mid-level and senior attorneys gain an invaluable opportunity to hone management skills, build relationships and develop referral networks.

At the September 26 program, you can learn how you can get involved in the program and/or rejuvenate your circle. The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s Michelle Silverthorn will also discuss the draft mentoring curriculum the Commission has put together. The CBA's Circles will be asked to review the draft and provide feedback by the end of the bar year. This is a great way to rejuvenate your circle if you need discussion ideas and a plan for future meetings. Come prepared to share ideas, suggestions, or if you need to be placed in a new Circle. Have questions? Email Mary K. Curry at mkcurry@polsinelli.com.

Opportunities Through the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

Date:  Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: IIT Downtown Campus, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Room 370

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

Chicago Bar Association YLS Meet the Committees Night 

Date:  Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Chicago Bar Association
321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL

Come out and meet the Young Lawyers Section’s practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law - on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the CBA. Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Nonmembers and law students welcome. Register online today!

Why Labor and Employment Law is a Career Option
You Should Explore

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 10th Floor Morris Hall

Come meet with students and alums from Chicago-Kent's Labor &Employment Law Certificate Program and learn about the benefits of enrolling in the program. You'll also hear firsthand about the typical day of L&E law practitioners in a variety of roles and industries and have an opportunity to network with alumni.

October 5-7: ABA YLD Fall Conference

Date: Thursday, October 5 - Saturday, October 7, 2017
Location: Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202

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

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

Click here for more information.

City of Chicago Department of Law Information Session

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time:
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 370

Learn about opportunities with the City of Chicago Department of Law and what it's like to practice law at one of the premier government legal departments in the country.

Small and Midsize Firm Reception

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time:
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law,
10th Floor Morris Hall

Law firms offer a diverse range of practice areas and employ the largest percentage of law school graduates. They're also a significant source of law clerk positions, and the majority of Chicago-Kent students will spend time working at small law firms during law school. 

Join us to meet Chicago-Kent alumni from small & medium-size firms and practice areas.

Panelists include the following:

  • Melody Gaal - Champan Spingola
  • Andrew Gordon - Gordon Law Group
  • Amber Lukowicz - Johnson & Bell
  • Fiona McEntee - McEntee Law Group
  • Kathleen A. Opal - Dussias Skallas Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP
  • Alexander Pappas - Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC

Business professional attire, please. RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with "Small & Mid-Size Firm" in the subject line.

Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law 8th Annual
Leadership Forum

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time:
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N. LaSalle St.

The Coalition invites you to attend its signature event - The Eighth Annual Leadership Forum. Join more than 200 women attorneys from across the Chicago area to honor this year's leadership award winners and to be inspired by our speaker, Robyn Benincasa, speaking on Leading Through Change. 
 
Robyn Benincasa is a world champion adventure racer, award-winning motivational speaker, 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler, full-time San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author, proud owner of two bionic metal hips, and the Founder of the 501(c)(3), Project Athena Foundation, which helps women survivors of medical or other traumatic setbacks achieve their adventurous dream as part of their recovery.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Robyn’s New York Times bestselling book, How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest teams on Earth.

To learn more about the coalition, visit http://www.thewomenscoalition.com/. To register for this event, please click here.

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference

Date:  Friday-Saturday, October 13-14, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

The Peggy Browning Fund is celebrating 20 years educating law students on the rights and needs of workers at its annual National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference. The goal of the conference is to create greater understanding of, appreciation for, and interest in the issues facing American workers and to provide law students with opportunities for networking with fellow law students, top labor lawyers, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.

Conference Highlights:
• Networking Dinner
• Friday Night Panel & Discussion: Graduate Student Organizing
• Keynote Speaker: Lynn Rhinehart
General Counsel, American Federation of Labor and
Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
• Interactive Workshops and Discussions
• Saturday Afternoon Plenary Session: Topic to be Announced

Please click here for the conference brochure and here for conference FAQs, including information on how to register and if you're asking the Peggy Browning Fund to pay for your airfare. You must be logged in to Simplicity to view.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. (Peggy) Browning, a prominent labor attorney and a vigorous supporter of workers’ rights who served as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 until her death in February, 1997.

Explore Public Interest Law Opportunities

Date:  Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law

Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This program is for law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector. The program is FREE for all law students and will provide them with a broad exposure to opportunities within the public interest law sector during and after law school.

All law students are invited to attend this complimentary program, but advance registration is required. Additional details about the program and online registration are available at www.pili.org/explore. If you have any questions, please contact Belinda Bing at bbing@pili.org or 312-832-5127. Lunch will be provided. Business casual attire is recommended.

Immigration Law Society Career Panel

Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 590

Are you interested in immigration law? Come learn more about the exciting world of immigration law at the Immigration Law Society's Career Panel! 

You'll hear from a panel of all-star immigration attorneys, including an expert in immigration law and policy, a nationally recognized leader in immigration law and crimes, a Chicago-Kent alum specializing in employment and family based immigration, and a zealous immigration attorney who advocates for victims of domestic violence at Chicago's largest legal aid organization. 

This is a great opportunity to expand your horizons and learn about careers in immigration law from the very best in the business! Pizza will be provided.

ConneKtions @ Dinner Week

Date:  October 30 through November 3, 2017
Time: Various
Location: Various

ConneKtions @ Dinner  Week is an opportunity for alumni in Chicago to host a small group of students and 2017 graduates at local restaurants or open their homes to students for small dinner parties, bringing together students, alumni and faculty in a friendly environment for good food, conversation, camaraderie and to build a stronger Chicago-Kent community. It provides students and recent graduates an opportunity to network with alumni, learn more about life after law school, and to see how Chicago-Kent links its past to its future. 

The next ConneKtions @ Dinner will take place the week of  October 30 through November 3, 2017. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Employment Opportunities

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

2018 Securities and Exchange Commission Student Honors Program - Applications due October 16 (2Ls and 3Ls for Spring) and October 17 (2Ls for Summer)

Do you want to perform challenging work in a professional environment? Begin by investing in your career and future at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)!

The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals for its Spring and Summer 2018 Student Honors Program in its 11 regional offices. They offer law students robust responsibilities and experiences that enhance their legal careers. Over the course of the semester based program, students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the specific Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars/workshops, roundtable discussions, a mentoring program, and tours that will provide detailed information and guidance on securities laws.

The Spring 2018 Student Honors Program will officially begin on January 9, 2018 and end on April 20, 2018. Applications are due Monday, October 16, 2017.  See here for more information!

The Summer 2018 Student Honors Legal Program for law students will officially begin May 21, 2018 and conclude July 27, 2018. Applications are due Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  See here for more information!

Animal Legal Defense Fund Summer 2018
Clerkship Opportunities -
Applications due October 20, 2017

Summer 2018 ALDF Criminal Justice Program Clerkship:

When: The clerkships are full-time (35 hours/week), during summer 2018, for a period of 3 months (approximately 12 weeks) with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule).

Location: Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Portland, Oregon, office.

Responsibilities: Clerks will learn how to review cruelty reports, communicate with law enforcement officers, animal welfare investigators and prosecutors, assist in the development of proposed legislation, research a wide range of legal issues, and help draft pleadings and research memoranda. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on criminal cases involving animal cruelty, but there will exposure to civil animal law issues as well.

Stipend: This is an unpaid clerkship. There is a monthly stipend of $2,400 (the total stipend is $7,200). This is to assist you in paying for reasonable expenses, including room and board, gas, travel, and other expenses.

Eligibility:The Criminal Justice Programsummer clerkships are open to second-year students only (rising third year students) attending U.S. law schools. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on criminal cases involving animal cruelty, but there will exposure to civil animal law issues as well.

Application Deadline: October 20, 2017.

How to Apply: Students must apply for either the Criminal Justice Program Clerkship OR the Litigation Program Clerkship; applications submitted to both programs will not be considered. Law students interested in applying should forward an application form, cover letter, resume (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to action1@aldf.org. Please consolidate application materials into one PDF, if possible. Only complete applications will be considered.

Summer 2018 ALDF Litigation Program Clerkship:

When: The clerkships are full-time (35 hours/week), during summer 2018, for a period of 3 months (approximately 12 weeks) with a flexible starting date (dependent upon the student’s schedule).

Location: Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Cotati, California, office.

Responsibilities: The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with Animal Legal Defense Fund’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law.

Stipend: This is an unpaid clerkship. There is a monthly stipend of $2,400 (the total stipend is $7,200). This is to assist you in paying for reasonable expenses, including room and board, gas, travel, and other expenses.

Eligibility: Summer clerkships are open to second-year students only (rising third year students).

Application Deadline: October 20, 2017.

How to Apply: Students must apply for either the Criminal Justice Program Clerkship or the Litigation Program ClerkshipApplications submitted to both programs will not be considered. Forward an application form (PDF), cover letter, resumé (including 2-3 professional references), original writing sample, and transcript (unofficial is okay) to paralegal@aldf.org. Please consolidate application materials into one PDF, if possible. Only complete applications will be considered.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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

Faegre Baker Daniels invites second-year law students committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to apply for its 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship program.

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

Fellowship awardees will each receive:

  • A 10-week paid summer clerkship as a summer associate in the firm’s Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Silicon Valley, South Bend or Washington, D.C. office in 2018.
  • Formal education, training programs and hands-on legal experience through FaegreBD’s summer program.
  • Guidance from a mentor lawyer.
  • A $10,000 stipend at the conclusion of the summer associate term.
  • Eligibility for consideration for full-time employment as an associate with the firm.

Applicants for the Diversity Fellowship must be enrolled in a J.D. program at an accredited U.S. law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2019.

For more information and to complete the application, visit  https://www.faegrebd.com/fellowshipStudents are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. Applications are generally considered until mid-September.

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
- Applications Now Available

Sidley has long been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law firm diversity. Its mission is to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds who re?ect the global marketplace that it serves. Through the leadership of its Diversity Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women, Sidley is working to become a more diverse and inclusive organization.

To further promote diversity within the legal profession and to support Sidley’s diversity policies, the firm created the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for second year law students. Sidley will award a limited number of Diversity & Inclusion Scholarships in the amount of $20,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected 2018 Sidley summer associates.

For eligibility and how to apply, visit http://www.sidleycareers.com/en/north-america/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity--inclusion-scholarship. Please note that the Scholarship application is not an application for employment. You must apply separately for a summer associate position.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellowships and Scholarships - Fall 2017 applications now available!

Applications are now being accepted for PILI Law Student Internships during the 2017 Fall Semester. Each year, PILI offers a limited number of school-year Internships in Chicago during the fall and spring semesters to second and third-year law students. Please note, PILI’s stipend for fall interns has increased from $2,500 to $3,000, less applicable taxes, for 200 hours of work. 

This fall, there are six internship positions in Chicago that remain open at the following agencies:

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

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

To apply, visit http://pili.org/internships/apply-for-a-fall-semester-pili-internship. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Skadden Fellowship -
Applications Due September 18, 2017

The Skadden foundation will award two-year Fellowships for 2018 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest. Grants are made to organizations only, not to individuals. Therefore, before the application date of September 18, all applicants must identify a sponsoring public interest organization. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

An Advisory Committee, comprised of a dozen partners from all of Skadden's U.S. offices, works closely with Susan Butler Plum, director of the Fellowship Program, to administer the program and select each year's Fellows. Selection is based on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the applicant (competency, academic performance, character and demonstrated commitment to the public interest), the demonstrated effectiveness of the sponsoring organization, the quality of the proposed project and the worthiness of the project's goals.

From the large number of applications, the committee will identify approximately 100 semifinalists, each of whom will be invited for an in-person interview. From this group, 56 finalists are presented in mid-November to the Selection Trustees: seven individuals from outside the firm, Skadden's executive partner, two of counsel at the firm and one second-year Fellow. Those applicants receiving a Fellowship will be notified by November 17.

Finalists will be announced on October 18, 2017. After that date, if any finalist is presented with another opportunity or receives a Fellowship offer from another organization, we encourage you to contact us. The Skadden Foundation is committed to the complete transparency of the application process. Susan Butler Plum can be reached at 212-735-2956.

Skadden Fellows, once awarded a Fellowship, cannot receive any other fellowship funds or prize monies for the two-year duration of the Skadden Fellowship.

Applications are due by Monday, September 18, 2017. To learn more about the fellowship, go here: https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/about-foundation. Download the Skadden Fellowship Application here: https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/application.

2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship for 3Ls -
Applications due September 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to learn what makes a successful Fellowship and how you can apply.

Register for a Webinar! As with all successful journeys, planning ahead is key. Join Equal Justice Works for an informational webinar about the Fellowship selection process, and learn how to design a winning project. Register for the next session on August 23, 2017 from 2-3pm CDT here.

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 27 & 28, 2017 - Register and apply for interviews now

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. More than 165 public interest employers from across the country conduct interviews for internships and full-time jobs and meet with students in informal “table talk” discussions of public interest legal opportunities. Click here for the latest list. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 13; but students can APPLY NOW for interviews. Interview spots are filled on a rolling basis. 

In addition to the Career Fair, there are some great conference programs and the featured speaker is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will take place on October 27 & 28 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.

One of the biggest barriers to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year, EJW is helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Diversity

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

Sidley Austin LLP Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
- Application Now Available
(See above)

Black Women Lawyers Association Fall Meeting
(See above)

Alliance for Women Mentoring Circles
(See above)

LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program -
Applications available October 1, 2017

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 opens Saturday, October 1, 2017. 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.

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! 

2017-2018 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 http://www.psjd.org/2017_-_2018_Comprehensive_Fellowship_Guide. Note that many fellowships have very early fall semester deadlines; 3Ls that are interested in applying for post-graduate fellowships should access the Guide now!

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

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

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

ABA 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.

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!

Resources Provided by the Chicago Bar Association

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. See below for a summary of services.

Job Postings
Finding a new job or making a career switch isn't always easy. We understand and offer a variety of assistance to members to help ease the path to the future you imagine. Seewww.chicagobar.org/careers for a full list of resources.

Career Assistance Committee

Get tips and feedback from professional speakers as well as your colleagues at monthly meetings at the CBA. Past topics have included resumes, interviewing, salary negotiation, state of the job market and more. Sign up to receive email notice of meetings at www.chicagobar.org/committees. Free and open to all members. 

Career Advancement Program 
The CBA has partnered with local career counselor Kathy Morris to help lawyers navigate the Chicago legal job market. With over 25 years of experience, Kathy shares her intimate knowledge of our local market in complimentary one-on-one career counseling sessions at the CBA, seminars targeted to experience level and practice area, and more. Learn more atwww.chicagobar.org/CAP

Online Career Center
Search job openings and post your resume plus get everything you need to make your resume stand out, ace the interview, advance your career, and navigate the digital world through social media at www.chicagobar.org/careercenter. Our online career center also allows you to set up efficient job alerts that deliver job openings right to your inbox. 

CBA Job Flash
As a supplement to the online career center CBA members receive the “Job Flash” in their inbox. The newsletter contains a current list of both local and national job openings. Not getting the Job Flash? Check your member profile at www.chicagobar.org and make sure your email is on file with the CBA (or call 312-554-2135).

Lawcountability J.D. -
Sign-up information now available!

Lawyers and law students are facing a significantly tighter job market and a heightened level of competition for new business. This new era requires them to build consistency into their habits while more closely connecting to clients, prospects, and colleagues. Law students and lawyers seeking to raise their profiles, however, struggle with execution due to an absence of accountability. Lawcountability® is a cloud-based platform (developed by Chicago-Kent alumnus Ari Kaplan) designed to solve that problem. To watch a demo, visit http://lawcountability.com/students/.

To register for a FREE account, visit http://lawcountability.com/students/ and click on Register For a Free Account Here. Enter their information with the code LCJD2017! - this will instantly create an account and you should immediately receive a unique password with a welcome e-mail. 

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