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Week of December 7, 2020

Information & Announcements

  • Counseling appointments available by phone and by Zoom
  • Free ABA Memberships for Students
  • CSO Google Drive: new civil rights and career advice resources added
  • Chicago-Kent's Community Based Federal Work Study: Watch the Recorded Presentation to Learn How You Can Use Your FWS Award

Programming

  • CSO Panopto: Watch Informational Videos and Previous Programs
  • Watch the Winter 2021 Formal Recruiting Informational Video
  • SABA of Chicago and the CBA Young Lawyers Section Present: Spotlight on In-house - Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 pm

Employment Opportunities

  • Federal Work Study applications open for Spring 2021 - Watch the Informational Video
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office: Apply to be an Assistant State's Attorney
  • New Recruiting Opportunities for 2Ls
  • Peggy Browning Summer Fellowships in Labor Law - Application Opens December 1, 2020
  • Public Interest Law Initiative: Application Open for over 25 participating agencies
  • Law Student Volunteer - U.S. Attorney's Office (Summer 2021): Application Closes December 21; Watch the USAO Informational Video in Panopto to Learn More

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Schweitzer Health Justice school-year student fellowship: deadline February 1

Job Fairs  

  • Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Virtual using Flo Recruit; Interview Schedules Released December 10 Via PIPER
  • 2021 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair: July 28 - 30 - Registration Now Open
  • Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC): Student Bidding Opens January 4, 2021, and Closes January 13, 2021

Diversity

  • Cook County Minority Job Fair - NOW VIRTUAL on January 8, 2021: Final Interview Cancellations Should be Completed by December 10 at 11:59 pm CST
  • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP): Application closes January 10, 2021
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) 1L Diversity Summer Internships: Application closes January 8, 2021
  • 2021 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair: July 28 - 30 - Registration Now Open
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program: Applications Now Open, Deadlines Vary by Employer
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Mentor Program: Registration Open until December 15 - Register ASAP
  • Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization 2021 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project (1L/2L): Application Deadline Friday, January 10
  • Finnegan Diversity Scholarship: Application Now Open; Closes February 25, 2021
  • Practice Pro 1L Diversity Scholar Program: Application Now Open ;Closes January 10, 2021
  • McGuire Woods Summer 2021 LCLD Scholars Program: Application Now Open: Deadline January 15, 2021
  • Greenberg Traurig 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars: Application Now Open

Resources

  • Association of American Law Schools Member Schools Symposia Calendar
  • Washington DC: Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse and US House of Representatives Employment Bulletin
  • Symplicity App
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • Resume and Cover Letter Guides available in the Symplicity Document Library
  • Government Honors & Internship Handbook & Public Policy Handbook
  • CareerShift
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)  
  • CSO Resources - new resources added regularly
  • Resources provided by the Chicago Bar Association
  • @theBar Podcast for Young Lawyers

Information & Announcements

Counseling Appointments Available by Phone and Zoom

All counselors are available for counseling appointments by phone or Zoom. Please use Symplicity to schedule your appointment, rather than emailing your counselor to set up a time. When scheduling an appointment in Symplicity, choose the appointment type "Counseling: Phone Appointment" and include the phone number you wish to be called at in the notes section. If you prefer to meet using Zoom or Google Meet, please indicate that instead. Your counselor will send you a virtual meeting link.

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.

 CSO Google Drive: New Civil Rights and Career Advice Resources Added

Be sure to check out the Outside Career Advancement Opportunities spreadsheet found in the CSO Google Drive.

Recently added resources include:

  • A selection of webinars from The Belonging Project on topics such as legal writing skills, self-care during times of political conflict, and using self-evaluation in career planning
  • Upcoming webinars from the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice on various subjects including the Presidential election; the state of race, police brutality, and gun violence in America; Islamaphobia after the Muslim ban; and rights of Indigenous Peoples

Check out the Career Services Office Google Drive to access these resources!

Chicago-Kent's Community Based Federal Work Study:
Watch the Recorded Presentation to Learn How You Can Use Your FWS Award

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.

Click here to view the Federal Work Study Information Session.

Programming   

Due to social distancing restrictions, all CSO programming will be conducted virtually via Zoom unless specifically stated otherwise. Recordings of most programs can be found in the Career Services Folder in Panopto.

CSO Panopto
Watch Informational Videos and Previous Programs

Did you know that the Career Services folder on Panopto contains recordings of most recent programs and a library of old programs on a wide variety of topics? Recent recordings include:

View the Career Services folder here.

Watch the Winter 2021 Formal Recruiting Informational Video

Confused about the formal recruiting process this year? Want more information on OCIs and Resume Collects? Watch this informational video to get the details on this year's confusing recruiting season.

SABA of Chicago and the CBA Young Lawyers Section Present:
Spotlight on In-house

Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 6:00 pm CST

Join the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and the CBA Young Lawyers Section for a panel discussion on in-house counsel careers. The panel will be moderated by SABA Chicago General Directors and Mentorship Committee Chairs, Heena Arora and Sapna Khatri.

Panelists:

  • Reena Sikdar - Associate General Counsel, Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
  • Chad Fisher - Chief of Staff, Legal Affairs MetLife
  • Priya Harjani - General Counsel Northwestern University
  • Nolan Sharkey - Sourcing Manager, Indirect Procurement, Anheuser-Busch

REGISTER HERE

Employment Opportunities

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

Federal Work Study Applications open for Spring 2021
Watch the Informational Video

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.

Click here to view the Federal Work Study Information Session.

Cook County State's Attorney's Office: Apply to be an Assistant State's Attorney

If you are looking to devote your career to working with a nationally recognized litigation team, apply to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office (CCSAO) as an Assistant State's Attorney (ASA). The Office of the Cook County State's Attorney is the second-largest county prosecution office in the country - employing more than 700 lawyers.

The legal staff is diverse and reflective of the community it serves. CCSAO is looking for candidates with varied experience. Some factors considered include:

  • Favorable Academic Standing
  • Excellent Writing Ability 
  • Law School Activities - i.e., Mock Trial Competition or Moot Court, Trial Team
  • Course Selections - i.e. Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Clinical courses, etc.
  • Documented interest in public service and/or criminal law
  • Highest standards of professional and personal integrity

Interviews are currently being scheduled. Do not wait on this application!

Deadline December 18.

See more information here.

New Recruiting Opportunities for 2Ls

This has been a very unusual year for recruiting. In place of hosting an on-campus recruiting program last August, Career Services has been working with individual employers on assessing their recruiting needs and how our students could meet those needs. Employers, primarily large firms, have expressed an interest in setting up virtual interviews with our students in early February 2021.

We have been regularly posting opportunities to apply directly to firms for summer associate positions for summer 2021 in Symplicity. The opportunities with law firms or larger government agencies have been tagged with the terms “Summer Associate” and “Formal Recruiting” in Symplicity. Keep in mind that recruiters in large firms look at all applications that come across their desks, including those that are submitted directly outside of a law school's on-campus interview program.

For an overview of the Winter 2021 recruiting process, watch this video prepared by CSO. It can also be found in the Career Services folder in Panopto.

FORMAL RECRUITING - VIRTUAL OCIs AND RESUME COLLECTS

To identify the employers who have posted either an on-campus (this year virtual) interview opportunity or a resume-collect through our Winter 2021 interview program, follow these directions:

  • Under the “OCI” tab in Symplicity, there are two sessions and each session contains a list of employers for that session:
    • On-Campus Interviews - Winter 2021
    • Resume Collect - Winter 2021

Please pay close attention to the employers' required and/or preferred hiring criteria.

Bidding for these employers opened on November 11, 2020 and will close on December 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm (noon).

Employers are still in the process of assessing their hiring needs and more opportunities will be added to these sessions as employers commit to recruit students from Chicago-Kent through our formal program.

As you can see, firms have been posting their summer associate programs as direct apply opportunities through their websites or Symplicity, at the same time they plan to participate in formal recruiting specifically with Chicago-Kent. These firms are aware they may get duplicate sets of applications. It is perfectly acceptable for a student to send application materials directly to a firm and then also apply through the OCI program set up in Symplicity.

It is important for 2L students to meet with their Career Advisors to determine what opportunities they are qualified for and may want to apply to, and to ensure their application materials are in the best possible shape.

Finally, review the applicable dates relevant for participation in these interview bidding opportunities here.

Peggy Browning Summer Fellowships in Labor Law
Application Opens December 1, 2020

The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund (PBF) is to educate law students about the rights and needs of workers. Since our first Summer Fellowship Program in 1998, the prestige of a Peggy Browning Fellowship has become widely recognized.

Students have been consistently enthusiastic about the invaluable experience they gained. Many law firms, labor unions, and nonprofit organizations serving workers have reported that, because of our reputation and their experience with our Fellows, they consider a Peggy Browning Fellowship as an especially important credential.

Our core program is our Summer Fellowship Program, which provides funded ten-week summer fellowships to law students across the United States. In addition, we will offer a funded, part-time school-year fellowship (at the Chicago News Guild). Peggy Browning Fellows work in a wide variety of social justice organizations, including unions, non-profit organizations such as worker centers, and union-side law firms.

For more information, view the posting on Symplicity.

Public Interest Law Initiative:
Application Opens for Over 25 Participating Agencies

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with public interest law agencies in Illinois and pays them for their work. Typically, Interns receive $6,000 for working 400 hours during the summer and $3,000 for working 200 hours over a semester. Interns can also receive law school credit for their Internship if first approved by both the student’s law school and agency.

The application system is now open. The application process for PILI Internships can be highly competitive, so apply early!

Learn more at the PILI website.

Law Student Volunteer
U.S. Attorney's Office (Summer 2021)
Application closes December 21

Watch the USAO Informational Video in Panopto to Lean More about the USAO.

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, assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases. Law student interns are required to work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Split summers not permitted.

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, click here (Symplicity log-in required).

Fellowships & Scholarships  

Schweitzer Health Justice school-year student fellowship: Application deadline February 1

The Schweitzer Fellowship is a prestigious year-long service learning program for graduate students in health-related professions who design and implement innovative direct-service projects aimed at improving the health and well-being of underserved Chicago area communities. Annually, they select 30 graduate students from diverse fields to become Fellows who will design and implement year-long direct service projects. They are seeking IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students to join the next class. In addition to their service projects, other elements of the Program are designed to inspire and inform the Fellows, and to reinforce their commitment to humanitarian service. These include supportive mentors, monthly meetings, symposia on pertinent public health issues, and service days. Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend for their participation.

Join the 2021-2022 cohort of outstanding interdisciplinary Fellows and a network of over 4,000 Fellows nationwide! Apply by Feb 1, 2021. More details and application information at: https://hmprg.org/programs/schweitzer/application-process/

Job Fairs

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Virtual using Flo Recruit; Interview Schedules Released December 10 via PIPER

The 2020 Patent Law Interview Program that was scheduled to take place this summer has been postponed to January 14 - 15, 2021. The program will be held virtually using Flo Recruit. To ensure that emails from Flo Recruit will not be routed to your junk folder, add the email loyolapatent@floevents.com to your address book.

The Student Decision Period is now closed.

Please let your assigned career advisor know if you were selected for any interviews. CSO will be making arrangements for job fair interviewees to participate in a virtual mock interview.

If you have any questions about the Patent Law Interview Program, email Jackie Russell at jrussell5@kentlaw.iit.edu.

2021 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair - July 28 - 30
Registration Now Open

The Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair is the world's largest LGBTQ+ legal conference and legal career fair. The 2021 program is currently scheduled to be held July 28 - 30 in Los Angeles, CA. Features include:

  • 50+ Sessions
  • 1,700+ Law Professionals and Students
  • Hundreds of In-House Counsel participants
  • 150+ Recruiters

Register before May 15, 2021 and receive 10% off your registration! Advanced registration information can be found here.

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC):
Student Bidding January 4, 2021 - January 13, 2021

In light of current Illinois safety standards, MPILCC 2021 will be held in an all virtual format.

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. Each year, the MPILCC Conference attracts nearly 50 employers for on-site interviews, Table Talk (an informal networking session), or resume solicitation. The conference is free to students. For more information, visit http://www.mpilcc.org/.

How to Register

So long as your school registered, you will receive a MPILCC Symplicity username and password via email. You are responsible for setting up your Symplicity account and submitting your bids. If you do not receive a username and password, please contact your law school's career services office.

Timeline
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12pm CST         Student Bidding Begins   
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3pm CST    Student Bidding Closes
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12pm CST  Student confirmation and cancellation begins
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 3pm CST    Student confirmation and cancellation ends
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12pm CST       Open sign-up begins
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 3pm CST   Open sign-up ends
Saturday, February 6, 2021            MPILCC Conference Takes Place

Diversity

Cook County Minority Job Fair - NOW VIRTUAL
Final Interview Cancellations Should Be Completed by
December 10 at 11:59 pm CST

The Cook County Bar Association has postponed the Minority Law Student Job Fair to Friday, January 8, 2021. The job fair will now be entirely virtual. The CCBA recently announced that a limited number of employers will be recruiting 1ls through the minority job fair.

 IMPORTANT DATES FOR STUDENTS

  • Final cancellations should be completed by December 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST.

  • The Minority Law Student Job Fair will be held virtually via Symplicity on January 8, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact Chicago-Kent's CCBA Minority Job fair liaison Victoria Ryan at vryan@kentlaw.iit.edu or email info@ccbaminorityjobfair.org

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP): Application closes January 10, 2021

The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) is a summer internship program open to all diverse first and second-year law students.

JIOP students intern for a minimum of six weeks over the summer with a participating state or federal judge. The program offers a $2,000 award to each student. Students may also elect law school credit or coordinate their award with their work-study financial aid. Last year, JIOP provided internships to 135 law students representing 63 different law schools in locations throughout the country. The goal is to place 150 students for summer 2021.

Applications opened for all students on November 4, 2020 and close on January 10, 2021. Students are encouraged to apply early as last year’s program received 730 applications for 150 placements. Screening interviews are guaranteed for the first 500 applicants and additional students will be screened on an as-needed basis.

Check the posting in Symplicity for more information!

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) 1L Diversity Summer Internships: Application closes January 8, 2021

Each summer for the last seventeen years, the ACC Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Program (the “Program”) has placed a select group of diverse first year law students from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments. For the summer of 2021, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the ACC Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Committee intends to proceed with the Program. It is unclear at this time whether the Program will be in-person or virtual but the Program will move forward with student safety as its number one priority.

The Program consists of four main components:

  1. The corporate in-house internship,
  2. Robust mentorship through interactive programming,
  3. Network building, and
  4. Volunteering.

In addition, students are provided a $9,000 stipend to work for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer.

Each intern will be assigned to work in the legal department of a Chicago area company, where they may perform a variety of tasks, including legal research, memo writing, contract drafting, attending internal and external meetings, and generally experiencing what in-house attorneys do on a day-to-day basis.

Head to the Symplicity posting for eligibility requirements and more information!

2021 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair - July 28 - 30
Registration Now Open

The Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair is the world's largest LGBTQ+ legal conference and legal career fair. The 2021 program is currently scheduled to be held July 28 - 30 in Los Angeles, CA. Features include:

  • 50+ Sessions
  • 1,700+ Law Professionals and Students
  • Hundreds of In-House Counsel participants
  • 150+ Recruiters

Register before May 15, 2021 and receive 10% off your registration! Advanced registration information can be found here.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars: Applications Now Open; Deadlines Vary by Employer

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers students the rare opportunity to spend a summer working alongside attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. Opportunities for diverse first-year law students are shared on the LCLD website, and students may be chosen by their employer to participate in the 1L Scholars Program.
 
The application period opened on December 1, 2020 and will remain open per the Member organization’s discretion. Each employer sets their own application deadline. Opportunities will be available with both law firms and in-house legal departments. There are several partnerships between law firms and corporations this year.

Participating organizations include:

  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and Procter & Gamble (Partnership)
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and Lockheed Martin (Partnership)
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and Yum! Brands, Inc. (Partnership)
  • Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Katten Muchin Roseman LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • McGuireWoods LLP (Partnerships with Exelon, Ally Financial, Verizon, Fed Ex, Capital One, Dominion Energy)
  • PepsiCo

More information about the program here.

A list of participating organizations and their respective applications can be found here.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
1L Mentor Program: Registration Open until December 15
Register ASAP

Mentoring opportunity being offered by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD is a national organization of more than 300 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners.

LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career. To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD launched the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in more than 33 cities around the country, including Chicago.   Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in Chicago, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations

Students can register for a Chicago Mentor until December 15, 2020 – if interested register ASAP. More information on  LCLD’s website.

Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization
2021 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project (1L/2L): Application Deadline, Friday January 10

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization is pleased to announce the tenth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project (“Project”). The Project’s goal is to provide highly qualified law students from socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession with summer judicial internships in the chambers of federal and state appellate judges, federal district judges, and federal bankruptcy and magistrate judges. The Project is national in scope and seeks to place approximately 100 law students as judicial interns across the country.

Applications due January 10, 2021

More information here.

Finnegan Diversity Scholarship:
Application Now Open; Closes February 15, 2021

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship is a $15,000 scholarship and a paid 2022 2L summer position in one of the firm's domestic offices. The scholarship may be renewed if an associate offer is extended and accepted for Fall 2023.

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in the JD class of 2023, must meet Finnegan’s hiring criteria (a degree in life sciences/chemistry, engineering, or computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience), and must contribute to enhancing diversity. We define diversity broadly. Successful applicants have included members of racial, ethnic, disabled, and sexual orientation groups that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program:
Application Now Open; Closes January 10, 2021

The PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program is a coaching, training, and recruiting program designed to help law students secure their dream employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and savvy to flourish in their legal positions and climb the corporate leadership.

Students admitted to the program enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free tuition to attend a PracticePro Career Conference (Spring 2021)
  • Participation in excusive recruiting receptions or virtual job fairs (Spring/Summer 2021)
  • Career coaching package, including customized coaching session and email coaching (April - September 2021)
  • Free admission to webinars on topics covering resumes and cover letters, advanced interviewing techniques, networking, assessing firms, and more (Spring & Summer 2021)
  • Recommendations for employment and scholarships to our firm partners (list below)
  • Free admission to New Associate Basics seminar (any time during law school or fall after graduation)
  • Mentorship match to in-house corporate counsel to learn client collaboration and business development (after bar admission)

See here for more information.

McGuireWoods Summer 2021 LCLD Scholars Program:
Application Now Open; Deadline January 15, 2021

McGuireWoods is a proud member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). In connection with the LCLD Pipeline Committee’s 1L Scholars Program, we are pleased to announce our partnership in
the following internships:

  1. McGuireWoods/Exelon (Baltimore)
  2. McGuireWoods/Ally Financial (Charlotte)
  3. McGuireWoods/Verizon (Chicago)
  4. McGuireWoods/FedEx (Pittsburgh)
  5. McGuireWoods/Capital One (Richmond)
  6. McGuireWoods/Dominion Energy (Richmond)

These partnerships will each provide a unique opportunity for a diverse 1L law student to work side by side with both McGuireWoods attorneys and the legal department of a national organization during a 10 week paid internship in the
summer of 2021. The 1L LCLD Scholar will spend 6–8 weeks in one of the McGuireWoods offices listed above and the remaining time in the legal department of the partner organization.

The 2021 1L LCLD Scholars will be provided with multiple networking opportunities, including:

  • Attendance at the 1L LCLD Scholars Virtual Summit, May 18-20, 2021
  • Participation in the first 6–8 weeks of the firm’s summer program
  • Additional networking events throughout the summer

CLICK HERE for more information.

Greenberg Traurig 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars: Application Now Open

At Greenberg Traurig, is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It has been, and continues to be their goal, to foster a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.  To further that goal, Greenberg Traurig is accepting applications for 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars in our 2021 Summer Program in their Boston and Chicago offices.  They are seeking ambitious candidates with strong academic credentials and excellent writing skills.

With our broad geographic and practice platform, law students will find wide-ranging professional opportunities as they start their legal careers at Greenberg Traurig. We use creativity to educate – and ultimately empower – our new attorneys. In addition to our mentoring programs, we provide our new associates with high-level training in client management, business development, collaboration, and cultural skills. Our success hinges on our ability to develop a class of lawyers who can adapt to our clients’ emerging needs, and through entrepreneurship and rewarding initiative we provide our incoming attorneys with the resources necessary to meet that goal.

Resources

Association of American Law Schools
Member Schools Symposia Calendar

The Association of American Law Schools has compiled a calendar of Symposia being held by member schools throughout the remainder of 2020. This broad listing of programs is a great tool for exploring some exciting topics in many areas of law. Selected topics include:

  • Health Law
  • Immigration
  • Systemic Racism
  • Constitutional Law
  • Elections/voting rights
  • International Law

The calendar can be found here.

Washington DC: Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse and US House of Representatives Employment Bulletin

Interested in opportunities in Washington DC? The Washington Council of Lawyers (the Public Interest Bar Association for Washington, DC), produces the "Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse" every two weeks. This resource features public interest jobs in the Washington DC area, and a small section features public interest jobs throughout the United States. This is a "Protected" resource that Chicago-Kent receives because we have a subscription. You can find the latest version in Symplicity, under the Resources tab, in the Document Library. Search for Washington DC: Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse. The US House of Representatives has an Employment Bulletin, that you can subscribe to. This resource has opportunities with members and committees. If interested, find out more here.

Symplicity App

The Symplicity app has so many incredible features, and can help make your job search the easiest it's ever been. Some notable features include:

  • Personalized job recommendations curated based on your interests, allowing you to swipe left or right between jobs recommended for you
  • Deadline tracking in real time with push notifications for applications and interviews
  • Quick search tools that allow you to sort and filter jobs on the go
  • Portable access to the Kent CSO Document Library
  • Counseling appointment scheduling from your phone

Download the app here and start exploring now! Available in the App Store and Google Play.

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.

Resume and Cover Letter Guide

Our Resume and Cover Letter guides are available in the document library in Symplicity and on the CSO web page. These guides provide advice on drafting a strong legal resume and writing carefully thought out cover letters. They should be your go-to guides when drafting application materials

Government Honors & Internship Handbook and Public Policy Handbook

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! 

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.

Free resources on reducing bias and promoting diversity & inclusion in the law. Find out more here.

CSO Resources - New Resources Added Regularly

Be sure to check out the many exciting programs listed in the Outside Resources Spreadsheet in the CSO Google Drive. These include programs like::

  • The Belonging Project - On-demand webinars on topics such as writing skills, alternative careers for JDs, job searching, and mock interview skills
  • Meeting of the Minds Podcast from Evisort
  • Webinars from the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Wakeful Wednesdays: Mindfully Connecting with Law Students
  • Food and Drug Law Journal 2020 Symposium

Check out the CSO Google Drive to find more details on these, and other, exciting resources.

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The Career Services Office has access to many other 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:

  • Unofficial Transcript Guide
  • Government Honors and Internship Handbook
  • Chicago Area Law Firm List
  • Updated Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
  • BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • Prosecution Handbook
  • Public Defender Handbook               
  • Public Interest Job Search Handbooks

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/career center. 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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