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Week of October 16, 2017

Information & Announcements

  • Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops
  • 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

Fall Recruiting

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

Programming

  • October 18: Immigration Law Society Career Panel
  • October 21: Ice Miller Mock Trial (Volunteers needed)
  • October 20-21: 7th Circuit Fellows' Fall Program for Law Students
  • October 26: 24th Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair
  • October 30-November 3: ConneKtions @ Dinner Week
  • November 7: CBA hosts Career Conversations & Coffee

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
  • 2018 Mayor's Office Fellowship Program - Applications due November 6

Fellowships & Scholarships

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

Job Fairs  

  • October 27& 28: Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Diversity

  • Faegre Baker Daniels 2L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Application Now Available
  • LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program - Applications available October 1
  • South Asian Bar Association of Chicago Mentorship Program - Applications due October 31

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!
  • 2017-2018 Chicago Area Law Firm List

Information & Announcements

Mandatory 1L Legal Resume and Cover Letter Workshops

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

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

First-year law students may begin meeting with a Career Advisor on Monday, October 16thBefore 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.

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.

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        

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Law Students

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 positions as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector. The program is FREE for all law students and will provide 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 http://pili.org/events/event/explore-the-possibilities. If you have any questions, please contact Belinda Bing at bbing@pili.org or 312-832-5127. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Sponsored by: Public Interest Law Initiative and the Chicago Area Law School Consortium 

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.

Ice Miller Mock Trial (Volunteers needed)

Date:  Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: Morning
Location: Richard Daley Center, 55 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL

Ice Miller’s Chicago office is hosting a firm-wide mock trial event on Saturday morning, October 21st at the Daley Center. The firm is  looking for students who are willing to play witnesses for the attorneys.

Interested students would review a 5 pg. deposition and have one-on-one time with partners and associates from the Chicago, Columbus, and Indianapolis offices during witness preparation. After the mock trial is over, there will be a networking lunch where students can meet other Ice Miller attorneys. The event will likely last for 3 hours. In total, the firm is looking for 24 volunteers. 

If interested, please send the following information to attorney Ms. Kelsey Weyhing Kelsey.Weyhing@IceMiller.com by Monday, October 9:

Name:
Law school:
Class Year:
Email Address:
Phone number: 

Further details will be sent out to all volunteers closer to the date. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Weyhing. Ms. Weyhing is a Chicago-Kent alumni, class of 2017, and she is looking forward to welcoming and meeting Chicago-Kent volunteers. 

7th Circuit Fellows' Fall Program for Law Students

Networking Reception:
Date/Time: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 8000, Chicago, IL

Programming:
Date/Time: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 all day
Location: Winston & Strawn, 35 West Wacker Dr., 47th Floor, Chicago, IL

The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers is a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. Its Fellows are recognized as distinguished members of the labor and employment community who promote achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice by setting standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience and knowledge and by acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary and the community at large.

This year's Fall Program for Law Students will include topics from Labor and Employment Law and the Trump Administration to Pathways to Practice. For more information and to RSVP (deadline is Wednesday, October 18, 2017), please contact Jennifer Motley at jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org. You may also visit https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/.

24th Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair

Date:  October 23 -27, 2017
Time: Various (See Below)
Location: Various (See Below)

Chicago-area attorneys who volunteer their time and talent to help those less fortunate will be recognized and unique efforts to increase pro bono legal work will be promoted as the Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation mark Pro Bono Week 2017.

The lineup for Pro Bono Week 2017 includes the following:

Monday, Oct. 23Community Development through Pro Bono.  This seminar will explore how pro bono work can help small businesses, creative professionals and entrepreneurs and work to strengthen communities.  From 3 to 5 p.m. at Ropes & Gray LLC, 191 N. Wacker.

Tuesday, Oct. 24An Evening of Stories and Community.  This unique “story slam” will feature shared stories and conversation related to the theme of justice.  From 6 to 8 p.m. at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wednesday, Oct. 25How Pro Bono Contributes to a Successful Career.  A panel discussion that will explore how lawyers can gain experience, confidence and make connections through pro bono work.  From Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court.

Thursday, Oct. 2624th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair.  From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle.

Friday, Oct. 27Effective Representation of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions. This seminar will explore the best practices, strategies and resources for attorneys representing pro bono clients with mental health conditions.  From Noon to 2 p.m. at Holland & Knight, LLP. 

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. Registration will occur on a rolling basis. Please look out for an email to all students from Alumni Relations for more information.

CBA Hosts Career Conversations & Coffee

Date:  November 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. (Drop-ins welcome)
Location: CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604.

On November 7, join CBA Career Advancement Program’s featured career counselor, Kathy Morris of Under Advisement, Ltd., for an in-person drop-in session on career and job search issues. Stop by, listen in or join the conversation, ask your questions, stay a few minutes or for the whole time. Program is free to CBA members. RSVP online at https://goo.gl/forms/YTHFnqUbwiBXT3jt1.

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: Friday, 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: Friday, 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.

2018 Mayor's Office Fellowship Program -
Applications due November 6, 2017

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

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

The program seeks candidates who:

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

Applications are due by Monday, November 6, 2017. Visit www.cityofchicago.org/mayorfellowship for more information and to apply.

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.

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)

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.

South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (SABA) Mentorship Program -
Applications due October 31, 2017

SABA Chicago is proud offer a mentorship programs for Law Students and New Attorneys.SABA will pair law students and attorneys practicing less than five years with senior SABA Chicago attorneys. For mentors and mentees alike, this is a terrific opportunity to give back to the South Asian legal community, learn from one another, and continue to build your professional networks.Please note that mentors and mentees participating in this program must be members of SABA. The SABA Chicago mentorship program is not currently CLE eligible.

Please visit http://sabachicago.org/mentorship-program/ to sign up.  SABA's membership committee will do its best to pair mentees with mentors with similar areas of interest. Please email mentorship@sabachicago.org with questions.

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).

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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. 

2017-2018 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.

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