Chicago-Kent home page Student portal Faculty portal Staff portal About The Record Current Record headlines Publication deadlines The Record archives

Career Services Office

Career Services Office home page
Week of October 30, 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

Fall Recruiting

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

Programming

  • October 30: Careers in Intellectual Property Law
  • October 30-November 3: ConneKtions @ Dinner Week
  • November 1: Mayor's Office Fellowship Program Information Session
  • November 2: NLG Webinar on SEIU and Peggy Browning Fund Job Opportunities
  • November 7: CBA hosts Career Conversations & Coffee
  • November 7: Meet the Public Service Employers Reception - NEW list of attendees!
  • November 8: Civil Rights Law Careers Panel
  • November 14: Judicial Internship Opportunity Program/Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Internship Information Session

Employment Opportunities

  • Spring 2018 Chicago-Kent Semester Law Firm Associate Program - Applications due November 3
  • Spring 2018 C-K Law Group In-House Clinics - Applications now available
  • 2018 Mayor's Office Fellowship Program - Applications due November 6
  • 2018 JAG Corps. Direct Appointment for 3Ls - Applications due November 10
  • USAO Summer 2018 Law Student Intern Program (Chicago, IL) - Applications due December 15
  • PILI 2018 Summer Internships for 1Ls - Applications available December 1
  • Spring 2017 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due January 5

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Presidential Management Fellowship - Applications open now until November 1
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due November 1
  • 2018 EPIC Law Fellowship (for 3Ls) - Applications due November 2
  • Michael Weiner Scholarship For Labor Studies - Applications due November 13
  • 2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship - Applications available December 1
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 8 for 1Ls 

Job Fairs  

Diversity

  • South Asian Bar Association of Chicago Mentorship Program - Applications due October 31
  • Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due November 1
  • 2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship - Applications available December 1
  • Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program - Applications due January 8 for 1Ls 

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.

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        

Careers in Intellectual Property Law

Date:  Monday, October 30, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL

Join the Young Lawyers Section at the Chicago Bar Association or via Webcast to learn about the varied career paths a legal career focused in intellectual property law can follow. Topics will include resumes/interviewing, networking, day-to-day practice, and how to make the most of law school. Attendees will earn up to 2 IL PR-MCLE Credit (subject to approval). Register here for in-person attendance, here for online attendance. This event is free for CBA law student members.

ConneKtions @ Dinner Week

Date:  Monday, October 30 through Friday, 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.

Mayor's Office Fellowship Program Information Session

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 370

Interested in applying for the City of Chicago's Mayor's Office Fellowship Program?  Come hear Stefan Schaffer from the Mayor's Office and student Andrea Silva, who was a 2017 Summer Mayoral Fellow, discuss the program and application process.

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

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

NLG Webinar on SEIU and Peggy Browning Fund
Job Opportunities

Date:  Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Conference Call

On Thursday 11/2 from 5:30-7:00pm, join with other law students across the country in a conference call with representatives from the SEIU and the Peggy Browning Fund to learn about summer and post-grad job opportunities. Law students of all years are invited to learn about paid summer and post-graduate fellowships in workers’ rights! This webinar is hosted by the National Lawyers Guild Labor and Employment Committee and will feature:

Kimberly Sánchez, Ethics Ombudsperson & Assistant General Counsel, SEIU

Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director, Peggy Browning Fund




Dial-in Number: 1-218-844-1930
Participant Access Code:  3221991


 
Call Logistics:  Due to the large number of participants, all students must mute themselves when joining the call.  To make the call interactive, students are encouraged to email or gchat questions in advance and during the call to lecjobpostings@gmail.com. Please include your name, school, and class year.

CBA Hosts Career Conversations & Coffee

Date:  Tuesday, 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.

Meet the Public Service Employers Reception -
NEW List of Attendees

Date:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street, Kasbeer Hall (15th Floor)

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

To view a list of registered public service employers (as of October 26), please click here to access the flyer. You must first be logged in to Simplicity.

Civil Rights Law Careers Panel

Date:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Come learn from practicing attorneys about career opportunities in Civil Rights. More information on panelists to follow.

Judicial Internship Opportunity Program & Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Internship Information Session

Date:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 370

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

The ACC Chicago - Diversity Summer Internship Program places law students with diverse backgrounds from Illinois law schools in internships with corporate legal departments.  This summer fifteen selected law students worked with Chicagoland companies. 

Chicago-Kent students who have participated in the JIOP judicial externship program and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) diversity program will discuss their experiences applying to and interviewing for these programs, and working with a judge or corporation over the summer.

Employment Opportunities

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

Spring 2018 Chicago-Kent Semester Law Firm Associate Program - Applications due November 3, 2017

Chicago-Kent’s Semester Law Firm Associate Program (SLFAP) is a unique for-credit non-graded program open to 2Ls and 3Ls with a cumulative minimum 3.1 GPA. Semester Associate externs work for academic credit (without pay) as “Associates” for designated and prestigious law firms listed below.

Semester Associate externs receive 6 credits and devote 24 hours a week during the semester to the fieldwork component. In conjunction with the fieldwork, there is an accompanying classroom component.

This is a terrific opportunity to learn about life in a law firm, substantive law from highly qualified practicing attorneys and more about your own strengths and interests, and to make an impression on the lawyers with whom you come into contact (even though there is no expectation of future employment). 

To Apply for Spring 2018 SLFAP:

Below are the participating firms and legal practice areas. All prospective 2Ls and 3Ls who wish to apply for an externship at any of the firms listed below should email a current resume and unofficial transcript to Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu) by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017. Also indicate to which firm(s) you are applying.

Each firm will conduct its own selection process. You must accept the first offer you receive and cannot withdraw after your acceptance with the respective firm.

Participating Firms:

  • Beerman Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP (Family Law)
  • Deutsch, Levy & Engel CHTD (Commercial Litigation)
  • Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (IP Law) 
  • Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC (Commercial Litigation)

Please contact Professor Gross immediately if you are selected. 

Spring 2018 C-K Law Group In-House Clinics -
Applications now available

The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent gives students the opportunity to learn how to practice law by working on real cases under the close supervision of a practicing attorney. This experience is available only in the law school’s in-house clinical program, which include the following practice areas:

  • Criminal Defense Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Vaccine Injury Litigation
  • Plaintiff's Employment Law
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • IP Law
  • Open Government/Government Watchdog Law
  • Tax Law

Applications for the Spring 2018 semester are now available.  You can fill out out and submit the application online or click here to download a fillable application.

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.

2018 JAG Corps. Direct Appointment for 3Ls -
Applications due November 10, 2017

Deadlines:

November 10, 2017: Complete and submit the online application
December 1, 2017: Complete interview with Staff Judge Advocate

Eligibility:
? Attorney: Must be a licensed attorney in good standing with the highest court of any state or federal territory
? Law Student: Must have completed 2/3 of the credit hours required for your Juris Doctorate (graduate awaiting bar results/licensing)
? Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school
? Citizen of the United States of America (birth or naturalization)
? Must be commissioned as an officer before the age of 35 (3 year waiver ability)

Selection Criteria:
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).
**Your appointment as a judge advocate is contingent upon providing proof of legal licensing and completion of the Air Force medical requirements (after selection).

Apply at: www.airforce.com/JAG

USAO Summer 2018 Law Student Intern Program (Chicago, IL) - Applications due December 15, 2017

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

The work of the law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, and assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases. Students must be first-year (second semester), second-year or third-year law students.

Applications are due Friday, December 15, 2017 no later than 5:00 p.m. (CST). Click here for more information (you must be logged in to Symplicity).

PILI 2018 Summer Internships for 1Ls -
Applications available December 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

Questions? Contact PILI’s Executive Director, Michael Bergmann, by email or by phone at 312-832-5129.

Spring 2017 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program - Applications due January 5, 2017

What:

The Legal Externship Program (LEP) presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of law you are interested in and helps you significantly broaden your practical employment opportunities. The program is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.  

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

Where:

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

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

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

How to Apply:

Applications are due Friday, January 5, 2018. Please check the Externship web page for more information and application instructions.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Presidential Management Fellowship -
Applications open now until November 1, 2017

The Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) is a two year post-graduate federal government fellowship; 3Ls and recent graduates are eligible to apply. You can learn more about the opportunity here

The application period this year is October 23, 2017  - November 1, 2017 (closes at noon EST). During the application process, you must take an on-line assessment and submit a resume and transcript. You should allow 3-4 hours to complete the entire application, and complete the assessment. Within a few weeks after the application closes, PMF will review applicants for eligibility, school accreditation, complete applications, and assessment scores. Top performing applicants will be selected as Finalists. Finalists are eligible for appointment as a Fellow with a participating Federal agency. 

The PMF announcement can be found at www.USAJOBS.gov (simply search for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period) or click here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482577500  

For complete information on eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due November 1, 2017

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

Applications are due Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Click here for more information and to download a scholarship application.

2018 EPIC Law Fellowship (for 3Ls) -
Applications due November 2, 2017

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) invites outstanding applications for the 2017 EPIC Law Fellowship. EPIC encourages applications from law students graduating before September 2018.

The EPIC Law Fellow will fill an integral role in EPIC's Washington, DC office. The Fellow will work on various EPIC Projects in areas such as Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Privacy, International Privacy, Open Government, and State Policy. Roles and responsibilities include:

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

Creative, highly motivated and accomplished students are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Thursday, November 2, 2017. Click here for more information and application instructions.

Michael Weiner Scholarship For Labor Studies -
Applications due November 13, 2017

Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner through the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies.
Awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Trust, this scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers. The Players Trust will award up to five $10,000 scholarships annually.

Applications are due Monday, November 13, 2017. Click here for more information and to apply.

2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy
Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship -

Applications available December 1, 2017

As part of McAndrews’ long-standing commitment to fostering a diverse work environment, the firm is proud to offer its annual “Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship” as part of its summer associates program. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year student of an ABA-accredited law school. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow gains crucial experience in a wide range of IP and complex technology matters, is mentored by a senior member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and is eligible for a second clerkship in the firm’s summer associates program.

The individual chosen must possess a diverse background, a technical degree in science or engineering, and a commitment to pursuing a patent law career in Chicago.

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2017, through January 15, 2018. In-person interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis, so apply early!

For application instructions, please log into Simplicity and see Job ID No. 1003394. For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit
http://www.mcandrews-ip.com/careers/diversity-fellowship.html.

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program -
Applications due January 8, 2017 for 1Ls 

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

Completed and signed applications and all required supporting documentation for 1L applicants should be received by Monday, January 8, 2018 for 1L students. Please note that applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed and selected on a rolling basis, so please submit your application as early as possible.
Click here for more information.

Job Fairs

Diversity

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.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - Applications due November 1, 2017
[See Above]

2018 McAndrews Held & Malloy
Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship -

Applications available December 1, 2017

[See Above]

Franczek Radelet LEADS Fellowship Program -
Applications due January 8, 2017 for 1Ls 
[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! 

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. 

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.

CALENDARS

.: Main Chicago-Kent event
   calendar

.: Academic calendar

.: CLE calendar

.: Alumnae/i event calendar

.: Admissions calendar

Chicago-Kent home page Student portal Faculty portal Staff portal About The Record Current Record headlines Publication deadlines The Record archives