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Week of January 22, 2018

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
  • Federal Work Study Applications are being accepted for Spring 2018
  • Solo and Small Practice Incubator Program for May 2017 Grads - Applications due January 15

Fall Recruiting

Programming

  • January 23: Corporate Counsel Night
  • January 24: Putting Your Best Foot Forward: A Mandatory 1L Program on Professionalism 
  • January 25: Loyola and U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals presents Appellate Argument
  • January 30: Seyfarth Shaw LLP Labor Law Lunchtime Program
  • January 31: Husch Blackwell Winter Reception for 1Ls
  • January 31: How to Prepare for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) - Includes link to sign up for mock interviews!
  • February 2: Amaker Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat
  • February 3: Midwest Public interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) - Mock interviews available, sign up now 
  • February 6: Chicago Estate Planning Council Presents: Why Estate Planning is an Exciting Career Choice
  • February 13: Air Force JAG Corps Information Session
  • April 13-15: Campus 1871 Ultimate Startup Experience

Employment Opportunities

  • PILI 2018 Summer Internships for 1Ls - Still accepting applications
  • 2018 Kirkland Diversity Scholars Program - Applications due January 24
  • Air Force JAG Corps' 2018 Summer Internship and Externship Programs - Applications due January 18 for 2L Internship and February 9 for 1L Internship and 1L/2L Externship
  • 2018 1L LCLD Summer Internship - Applications due January 26
  • 2018 1L Summer Internship Program with Prudential Financial, Inc. - Applications due January 26

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • 2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31
  • 2018 ATJ Tech Fellows Program - Applications due February 9
  • 2018 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program - Applications due May 25

Job Fairs  

  • February 3: Midwest Public interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) -  Conference Details, all JD students are welcome at Table Talk 
  • February 21-22: CareerFair @ Illinois Tech
  • March 1-2: Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Direct Job Fair
  • August 6-7: Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - Registration opens March 1

Diversity

  • 2018 Kirkland Diversity Scholars Program - Applications due January 24
  • 2018 1L LCLD Summer Internship - Applications due January 26
  • 2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31
  • March 1-2: Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Direct Job Fair

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
  • PracticeTracks Videos

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.

Federal Work Study Applications are being accepted
for Spring 2018

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a need-based financial aid program established by the federal government. The FWS program provides employment opportunities for eligible students, allowing them to earn, rather than borrow, a portion of their educational costs. Chicago-Kent students who are FWS eligible may receive payment for their work at government and public interest organizations in the Chicago area through FWS funds. However, the number of positions will be limited due to FWS budgetary limitations, and there are other restrictions and limitations as to where students can be funded to work. Please click here for more information and the required request form.
FWS applications for Spring 2018 are currently being accepted; early applications receive first consideration. Processing may take a week or more; allow plenty of time for approval, and the time it takes to be added to the Chicago-Kent payroll. 

Fall Recruiting

Programming        

Corporate Counsel Night

Date:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 10th Floor Morris Hall

This exciting event will provide current students who are interested in corporate law with an opportunity to hear and receive guidance from a panel of practicing corporate attorneys. This event is also an opportunity to network with fellow corporate attorneys and Chicago-Kent students. Speakers to be announced soon. To RSVP, please click here.

This event is hosted by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Hispanic Latino Law Students Association, Corporate Law Society, Chicago-Kent Career Services Office, and the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward:
A Mandatory 1L Program on Professionalism 

Date:  Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium

There will be a 1L mandatory program on professionalism on January 24, 2018 featuring Nancy Roberts Linder, Director of Marketing for the law firm Chapman and Cutler, and Curtis A. Linder, President of Linder Legal Staffing.

Jayne Schreiber of the Career Services office will give highlights from the program to the 1L evening students at 5:15 p.m. on Wed. January 24th in room 370.

Loyola and U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals presents Appellate Argument

Date:  Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Loyola University Chicago, 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals invite all Chicago area law students to attend an appellate hearing in the matter of U.S. v. Brown at Loyola on January 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. on the 10th floor in the Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom. 

The formal session and hearing involves the case of Sergeant Brown, who was convicted of aggravated assault for his alleged role in a bar altercation in Baumholder, Germany. In a pretrial motion, defense counsel sought to suppress any identification of SGT Brown by the victim, Ms. LW. At trial, over defense counsel’s objection, Ms. LW identified SGT Brown in-person as her attacker. On appeal, SGT Brown argues, inter alia, the military judge abused his discretion by admitting evidence stemming from the photographic lineup conducted by the German authorities. 

The hearing will be followed by a question and answer session with counsel, judges, and Brigadier General Joseph Berger III, Commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency.  A reception will follow.  

Interested students should RSVP to: nationalsecuritylaw@luc.edu.
Please put "ACCA RSVP" in the email subject line.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP Labor Law Lunchtime Program
(RSVP required)

Date:  Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 170

Please join various labor and employment attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw discuss their labor practices as well as what the firm looks for from students for the summer program. Guest speakers include:

  • Tracy Billows (Chair of the Chicago L&E Department) - Labor & Employment Partner - Workplace Counseling & Compliance, Complex Discrimination Litigation.
  • Ron Kramer - Labor & Employment Partner - Labor & Employee Relations, ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation
  • Kara Goodwin - Labor & Employment Associate - Wage & Hour Litigation
  • Kyle Hoover, Legal Solutions Architect, and Larissa Kruzel, Legal Project Manager, will also discuss the firm's cutting edge project management department Lean Solutions. 

Even if you aren't interested in labor law, this will be a terrific program to learn what private law firms look for in a candidate, AND if you are interested in labor law, this will be a great program for you to attend!

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by January 26, 2018 via email to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu by January 26th with "SEYFARTH LUNCH" in the subject line.

Husch Blackwell Winter Reception for 1Ls
(RSVP Required)

Date:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rivers Restaurant, 30 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL

Husch Blackwell cordially invites first-year law students to attend an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with members of its Hiring and Recruiting Committees. Please note this event is business casual dress.

Kindly RSVP by January 24, 2018 to Katie Flaschar at katie.flaschar@huschblackwell.com.

How to Prepare for the Midwest Public Interest Law
Career Conference (MPILCC) -

Includes link to sign up for mock interviews!

Date:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: IIT Downtown Campus - Chicago-Kent College of Law (Room 370)

This program will help students strategize for interviewing and networking at MPILCC. Come hear from students who have prior MPILCC experience to learn how to best make connections and build professional relationships. Visit the MPILCC website at www.mpilcc.org for conference details, and be sure to attend this program. This event is co-sponsored by the Kent Justice Foundation. Pizza will be served.

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference is a job fair and an opportunity for students to interview and meet with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions for the summer or for after graduation. 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls can all participate. The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Table Talk is also available at the job fair where students can meet with many of the employers, even if the student did not receive an interview in advance. More information is available online at www.mpilcc.org.

Stay tuned to sign up for mock interviews.

Amaker Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat

Date:  Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law invites you to attend its annual Amaker Retreat. The retreat aims to capture the spirit of our late professor, Norman Amaker, who fought alongside leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to transform the social justice landscape by challenging racial discrimination during the civil rights era. The goal is to support the future generation of public interest lawyers. The event is FREE for students.

The retreat will start at noon with a box lunch and an inspirational keynote, followed by panels on a variety of public interest topics of interest to law students. It will end around 5 p.m. with pizza for all. Past panels and speakers have covered the topics of mass incarceration; environmental justice; hate speech; voter disenfranchisement; racism; and health, education, and housing disparities. 

 If you would like to RSVP for the Amaker Retreat and receive additional information, please complete the attached link: https://goo.gl/forms/mgMeoIzzofwJsuxS2.

Midwest Public interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) -
Mock interviews available, sign up now 

Date:  Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Interviews); 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Table Talks)
Location: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), the largest public interest legal job fair in the Midwest, enables employers from public interest and government organizations and J.D. students to gather for a day of interviews and informal networking. MPILCC is open to students from law schools in Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Each year, the MPILCC Conference attracts nearly 50 employers for on-site interviews, Table Talk (an informal networking session), or resume solicitation. From over fifteen hundred student registrants, about 275 students representing almost 40 law schools attend the conference. The conference is free to students. For more information, visit http://www.mpilcc.org/.

All students that will be attending the conference for interviews or table talks will have an opportunity to prepare with one mock interview with a counselor in the Career Services Office during the week of January 29, 2018. A sign-up sheet will be posted soon.

Chicago Estate Planning Council Presents:
Why Estate Planning is an Exciting Career Choice

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: 
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 370

Join members of the Chicago Estate Planning Council (“CEPC”) for a panel discussion on why you should consider an estate planning practice as a career option and how the CEPC can help. Hear from lawyers and other industry professionals about their own experiences in the private clients, trusts, and estates field.

Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with “Estate Planning Council” in the subject line.

Air Force JAG Corps Information Session

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 355

Interested in learning more about the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps? Come to an information session on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to learn more about a career as an Air Force lawyer, and about the application process, from Major Monica Nussbaum of the U.S. Air Force. Please send RSVPs to: kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu, and include “Air Force JAG Information Session” in the subject line. Learn more about opportunities with the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps here

Campus 1871 Ultimate Startup Experience

Date:  Friday, April 13, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Loyola University Chicago School of Law

For one weekend a year, 1871 brings together more than 100 students from local universities for the ultimate startup experience. Students come together to share ideas, collaborate and build an original startup business plan with mentoring and coaching from 1871 entrepreneurs. The local weekend concludes with a pitch competition in front of a panel of top leaders in Chicago's tech community for assorted prizes. Click here for more detailed information about the event.

Competition Rules:

  • Teams may have a maximum of 10 people.
  • The company you develop must be able to be used on a mobile device.
  • Your company and app should be made from scratch and not from a device, platform or application you have already started working on.
  • You cannot outsource any of the coding or design components of your startup/app.
  • You do not have to have a functioning app by the end of the weekend, but you will need to create visual demonstrations of what the app and user interface might look like and how it would work.

Pitching Rules:

  • Your presentation must be created and presented in Microsoft PowerPoint
  • You have 3 minutes to pitch your company to a panel of judges and 2 minutes for questions from the judges
  • You must choose 1 person from your team to pitch
  • You will be judged on the following categories:
    • The originality of your idea
    • The realistic potential of your business
    • Your revenue plan
    • How well you pitch
    • Overall design

Click here to apply. The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the status of their acceptance by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Employment Opportunities

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

PILI 2018 Summer Internships for 1Ls -
Still accepting applications

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.

2018 Kirkland Diversity Scholars Program -
Applications due January 24, 2018

1L law students who are selected to be Kirkland & Ellis Diversity Scholars will gain early exposure to one of the world’s leading law firms. In the spring, Scholars will participate in a day-long conference at Kirkland’s New York office combining unique networking opportunities with Kirkland attorneys, Kirkland clients and other Scholars representing the brightest law students from schools across the country, with a substantive look into practicing in a large law firm.

The conference will be from Thursday, March 1 to Friday, March 2, 2018. Scholars will participate in interactive sessions led by Kirkland partners and take part in presentations from high-profile Kirkland clients. Participants will also receive a mentor who will be eager to support and develop them. Relationships formed during this program are designed to last throughout the Scholar’s career.

For more information and instructions to apply, please log in to Symplicity and click here to access the program flyer.

Air Force JAG Corps' 2018 Summer Internship and
Externship Programs -

Applications due January 18 for 2L Internship and February 9 for 1L Internship and 1L/2L Externship

The Air Force JAG Corps will be accepting applications for its internship and externship programs beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Please click on the hyperlink for each opportunity below for more information and application instructions. You must be logged in to Simplicity to view the application information. These application windows are very short. If interested, begin the application process ASAP!

2L Student Trainee (Law Clerk) Internship: Apply online via USAJobs.gov. The application window is from January 16 to January 22, 2018.

1Ls Student Trainee (Law Clerk) Internship: Apply online via USAJobs.gov. The application window is from January 16 to January 22, 2018. The application window is from February 5 to February 9, 2018. 

1L and 2L Externship: Apply by sending the application to airforcejagrecruiting@gmail.com. Applications are due by 10 pm EST on Friday, February 9, 2018.

2018 1L LCLD Summer Internship -
Applications due January 26, 2018

Reed Smith is proud to be a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), which is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The LCLD is made up of more than 275 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners working to build a more open and diverse legal profession.

The firm's Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Tysons offices is participating in this year's 1L LCLD Scholars Program.  Additionally, the Pittsburgh office offers a unique opportunity for the LCLD Scholar to split their summer internship between Reed Smith's and PNC's legal departments.  All LCLD Scholars work side-by-side with our lawyers as part of our 2018 Summer Associate Program and participate in a two-day retreat designed exclusively for 1L LCLD Scholars, which includes panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities.

For information on qualifications and how to apply, please log in to Simplicity and search Job ID 1003828.

2018 1L Summer Internship with Prudential Financial, Inc. -
Applications due January 26, 2018

The National Association of Women Lawyers is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National Association of Women Lawyers will select a student to join the 2018 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential's New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.

The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses and will provide paid attendance at the LCLD Scholars Summit in Philadelphia PA, May 22-24, 2018.

The application includes a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a copy of your transcript. For more information, intern requirements, and how to apply, please click here.

Fellowships & Scholarships

2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31, 2018

This scholarship provides a $5,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses and a guaranteed summer associate position in our 2018 Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient’s first year of law school.  The Chicago recipient will have the opportunity to work with our Corporate, Litigation and Labor & Employment practice areas.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession.  In accordance with the scholarship criteria, applicants for our Chicago position must be enrolled in one of the following law schools: Chicago-Kent, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame or Washington University in St. Louis.

The application deadline for the Vedder Price P.C. Diversity Scholarship is January 31, 2018. Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified by March 15, 2018. First-Year Students cannot submit before December 1, 2017.

For more information and to download the application, please visit: https://www.vedderprice.com/diversity/the-vedder-price-diversity-scholarship.

2018 ATJ Tech Fellows Program - 
Applications due February 9, 2018

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Tech Fellows program was founded to meet the needs of a rapidly changing legal environment and growing justice gap. ATJ is looking for entrepreneurial-minded law students who are passionate about social justice and want to spend the summer learning new ways to leverage technology in order to improve access legal services for low-income individuals and communities.

The fellowship positions are open to rising 2L & 3L law students from any ABA-accredited law school in the country, but preference will be given to applicants within the host organization's state. For a detailed description of each position, please click here. To apply, visit https://www.atjtechfellows.org/apply.

2018 McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship Program -
Applications due May 25, 2018

McGuireWoods’ annual Diversity Scholarship Program will award up to eight $5,000 scholarships to diverse current first-year law students with an expected graduation year of 2020, who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. Applicants are considered based on their involvement in community activities and diversity related student organizations, personal achievements, and law school and undergraduate academic performance.

Applications must include a completed application form, current resume, undergradute and first semester law school transcripts, and a personal diversity statement. For a copy of the application form and more information about the scholarship, please log on to Simplicity and click here.

Job Fairs

Midwest Public interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC) -  
Conference Details, all JD students are welcome at Table Talk 

Date:  Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Interviews); 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Table Talks)
Location: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), the largest public interest legal job fair in the Midwest, enables employers from public interest and government organizations and J.D. students to gather for a day of interviews and informal networking. MPILCC is open to students from law schools in Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Each year, the MPILCC Conference attracts nearly 50 employers for on-site interviews, Table Talk (an informal networking session), or resume solicitation. From over fifteen hundred student registrants, about 275 students representing almost 40 law schools attend the conference. The conference is free to students. For more information, visit http://www.mpilcc.org/.

CareerFair @ Illinois Tech

Date:  Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Illinois Tech Main Career Center

Illinois Tech offers a tech-focused, hands-on, relevant and rigorous curriculum—paired with real-world, team-based projects—that prepare our students and alumni to hit the ground running in the workplace. Companies attend our Career Fairs to recruit individuals within the fields of engineering, computer science, information technology management, social science, business, food science, architecture, psychology, manufacturing, science (life and physical), and more. Career Services hosts Career Fairs each year on the Mies (main) Campus during the fall and spring semesters, as well as smaller fairs throughout the academic years.

Registration details coming soon.

Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Direct Job Fair -

Date:  Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Chicago, IL (Details to be announced)

The DAPP Direct Job Fair will give 1L law students the opportunity to interview for an eight to ten-week paid internship with a law firm or corporation during the summer of 2018. Women of color in-house counsel will conduct interviews on behalf of both law firms and corporations. The students who receive internships will also attend our client-readiness boot camp where they will participate in seminars, taught entirely by women of color attorneys, on navigating their summer internships, understanding law firm and in-house cultures, and how to stand out amongst their fellow interns. Applications are due January 12, 2018.

Selected students must be available to participate in first-round Skype interviews on January 19, 2018. A select group of students will then be invited to attend the job fair in Chicago, Illinois on March 1 – 2, 2018. The job fair will commence with a welcome reception on Thursday, March 1, 2018 where students will be eligible to receive scholarships to assist in their law school expenses. Interviews will take place on March 2, 2018. Anticipated placements will be in a variety of markets, including but not limited to the Midwest, the DMV area, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Palo Alto, and Los Angeles. DAPP will begin to notify selected students on March 12, 2018. Selected students must attend the client-readiness boot camp in May 2018 before beginning their summer placements.

For background, DAPP's year-round scholars program for first-year women of color law students teaches them to excel academically, provides professional development and mentoring, and finds paid internships for their 1L summers and teaches them how to be client-ready before beginning their summer positions. The scholars program now runs at four different law schools in the Chicago area – Northwestern, IIT Chicago-Kent, DePaul, and Loyola. You can learn more about DAPP and what we are doing to support the pipeline of women of color lawyers by viewing our video here or by visiting our website.

Any questions regarding DAPP Direct should be sent to admin@dapprogram.org

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair -
Registration opens March 1, 2018

Date:  Monday, August 6, 2018 to Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Hilton Indianapolis

Are you passionate about starting your career in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm? Looking to meet legal employers from large, medium and small firms, as well as government agencies, corporations and members of the judiciary? Get a jump start on creating lasting relationships at the 2018 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.

Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2020/2021 based on full or part-time status.

Student registration will open on March 1, 2018. There is NO FEE to participate in the fair. More information can be found online here.

Diversity

2018 1L LCLD Summer Internship -
Applications due January 26, 2018

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2018 Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship & 1L Summer Associate Position - Applications due January 31, 2018
[See Above]

Diversity Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) Direct Job Fair -
[See Above]

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair -
Registration opens March 1, 2018
[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).

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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.

PracticeTracks Videos

The Career Services Office has added a "Practice Tracks" video series provided by the Chicago Bar Association for law students interested in learning about various practice areas from current practitioners. These videos may be accessed using Panopto and are located in the Practice Tracks subfolder for Career Services. Current videos offer discussions about the following practice areas:

  • Technology Transactions
  • Real Estate Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Federal Taxation Law
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Corporate Law



 

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