Career Services Office
Programs & Events
Each year, the Career Services Office (CSO) plans many career-related programs. These programs include practice-area roundtables, skills-based workshops, and networking receptions. The CSO also organizes an Alumni Mentoring Program and other events to expose students to government, public interest, and law firm employers.
To view a current list of our programs for the semester or to register for a specific program, please sign in to Symplicity by clicking here.
Please note that, per NALP rules, first-semester students do not have access to Symplicity. As such, first-semester students can register for programs by sending an email to the Career Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaboration with other JMLS Offices and Centers
The Career Services Office also collaborates with a number of the graduate centers at John Marshall to bring specialized programming to its students. We also coordinate Advising Week, in conjunction with Academic Services (Registrar).
Collaboration with Law Student Organizations On-Campus
The Career Services Office is happy to partner on career-related programs with law student organizations. Student leaders who are interested in collaborating with the office can reach out to the CSO’s Student Organizations Liaison, Assistant Dean Chanté Spann at email@example.com. Diverse student organization leaders can also reach out to Assistant Dean Chanté Spann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaboration with Area Law Schools through the Chicago Area Law School Consortium
The Career Services Office also organizes and co-sponsors a number of programs with other law school career services offices in the Chicagoland area, as a part of its involvement with the Chicago Area Law School Consortium (CALSC). The Chicago Area Law School Consortium consists of the six Chicago area law schools (Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall, Loyola, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago) as well as five additional schools from the surrounding areas (Northern Illinois University, Notre Dame, Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois, and Valparaiso). Together CALSC organizes several annual events for students and employers including those detailed below.
MPILCC: Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference enables employers from public interest and government organizations and JD students to gather for a day of interviews and informal networking. MPILCC is held each February at Northwestern University School of Law.
Meet the Public Service Employers Reception
The Public Interest Organizations Reception is held at Loyola University Chicago each November. This event enables students to meet and network with representatives from various public interest and government agencies from the Chicagoland area.
The Practice Tracks program brings together practitioners from various legal practice areas for an informal table talk event. Law students from CALSC schools are invited to mix and mingle with over 50 attorneys from the represented practice areas. This event typically takes place in either November or February at the Chicago Bar Association.
Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Placements
The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and CALSC partner to organize this program. The program includes a panel discussion focusing on how to obtain pro bono and public interest law placements, particularly PILI Internships and Fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, and Skadden Fellowships. It will also address incorporating pro bono and public interest law into your experience in law school and throughout your career and includes a presentation on the nuts and bolts of landing a position at a public interest organization. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with leading attorneys in private, government and public interest law practice. This event typically takes place each October at Chicago-Kent College of Law.