Career Development at IIT Chicago-Kent
Frequently Asked Questions
When does career counseling begin for students?
In today's challenging legal employment market, early and strategic career planning is more important than ever. For that reason, career development at Chicago-Kent starts early—during the first semester of law school.
Early on, you will be assigned a career counselor tasked with learning as much as possible about your background, legal interests and professional goals. Each of our career counselors has market expertise in a particular area of practice, such as litigation, transactional, intellectual property, labor and employment, and public interest, and students are assigned counselors based on their specific interests. Regular, mandatory strategy meetings with your career counselor will begin in your first year of studies at Chicago-Kent.
What kinds of career programming and online services does IIT Chicago-Kent offer?
Our Career Services Office conducts approximately 40 diverse career development programs each year to help students define their interests, refine their job-search skills and cultivate the professional qualities required of successful attorneys. Topics range from "Exploring Careers in the Federal Government" to "Practicing Law in a Small to Medium Sized Firm" and "Assessing Your Alternative Career." Video archives of most career services programs are available online for students.
All Chicago-Kent students have access to Symplicity, an online job-posting database, to assist them in searching for externships, clerkships and full-time legal positions.
Are special hours available to evening students?
Yes. Career advisors are available by appointment to meet with you outside of normal business hours.
How does IIT Chicago-Kent help students develop presentation and interview skills?
Our career counselors assist each student in preparing and updating his or her legal résumé throughout their studies at Chicago-Kent. Students hone their interview skills through individualized practice-and-critique sessions with career counselors, as well as with alumni volunteers.
How do alumni assist students in their job searches?
Each year, several Chicago-Kent alumni volunteer to conduct mock interviews, discuss career paths, and share their general knowledge and experiences with students. For instance, our alumni enthusiastically volunteer to advise students in one-on-one sessions during Alumni-Student ConneKtions (ASCK) Week each spring and to host student networking opportunities through our ConneKtions@Dinner program each fall.
What types of externships and related opportunities does IIT Chicago-Kent offer?
We believe that our students' most important career-planning task during law school is to strengthen their résumés. To help them get started, we assist students to obtain a summer externship after his or her first year of law school. Widely available in Chicago, students have also externed in Washington D.C. In addition, our year-round legal and judicial externship program puts students to work for trial and appellate court judges, as well as for supervising attorneys in the public sector and in some private law firms.
Many of our students also gain critical experience working side-by-side with faculty practitioners in the Chicago-Kent Law Offices. This in-house law firm engages students in challenging cases and transactional work involving criminal defense law; employment discrimination and civil rights law; entrepreneurial law; family law; health and disability law; immigration law; open government/government watchdog law; tax law; and mediation. Additional clinics offer direct experience in intellectual property law and environmental law.
Chicago-Kent also participates in the Community-Based Federal Work Study program, placing eligible students in paid positions in various government and public interest organizations. This program helps students gain valuable experience while earning money for tuition they would otherwise borrow through federal loans.
What career development services does IIT Chicago-Kent provide for alumni?
We encourage our alumni to maintain connections with the Career Services Office throughout their careers. Our professional staff is always available to support alumni with career planning advice, to review their résumés and cover letters, and to assist them with career changes and interview strategies.
How can I get more information about employment counseling and experiential learning opportunities at IIT Chicago-Kent?
For more information, please contact the Career Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or explore our website for additional details about career services for students and gaining real-world experience.