Chicago-Kent College of Law established the Center
for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) to make
justice more accessible to the public by promoting the use
of the Internet in the teaching, practice and public access
to the law.
November 25: Public Interest Course-Picking Session
The Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) will host its once-a-semester Public Interest Course-Picking Session on Monday, November 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 305.
We'll discuss course offerings on the upcoming schedule and how best to balance graduation and certificate requirements with other electives. The event is attended by faculty, alumni and current students who will offer their perspectives and advice. Lunch will be served.
For those of you in (or considering) the Certificate in Public Interest Law, this event can count as your Curriculum Planning Meeting with Professor Staudt.
Looking for legal experience? Sign up now to get a position at the Self-Help Web Center
Are you interested in directly interacting with people in need of legal assistance? The Self-Help Web Center (SHWC) is now recruiting student volunteers for this spring. Don't miss out on this valuable experience; sign up now! Even 1L students can gain real legal experience at the SHWC.
The Center for Access to Justice & Technology asks volunteers to donate a minimum of two hours of time per week at the Self-Help Web Center in the Cook County Clerk's Office for the Civil Division at the Daley Center. The SHWC is staffed by Chicago-Kent student volunteers who help pro se litigants complete online interviews resulting in completely assembled court documents. Volunteers also help litigants navigate the Daley Center and available public interest legal services around Chicago. Volunteering at the SHWC is a great way to learn about the Daley Center and the small claims legal process, and to get some experience interacting with people in need of legal help.
Please note: Students with federal work study awards may be compensated for this position if working a minimum of 4 hours per week.
For more information or to sign up for a shift, e-mail email@example.com or stop by room 775.
Standardized Court Forms come to Illinois!
On November 28, the Illinois Supreme Court promulgated Supreme Court Rule 10-101, "Standardized Forms." Paragraph (a) of the new rule reads as follows: "The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice shall establish a process to develop and approve standardized, legally sufficient forms for areas of law and practice where the Commission determines that there is a high volume of self-represented litigants and that standardized forms will enhance access to justice."
CALI & CAJT unveil new course project
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI®) and the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) at IIT Chicago-Kent unveiled the Access to Justice Clinical Course (A2J Clinic) Project to clinical professors on October 16. This new initiative exports clinical courses modeled off Professor Ronald W. Staudt's innovative Justice & Technology Practicum course to other law schools. The Justice & Technology Practicum teaches Chicago-Kent students how to develop document assembly tools for self-represented litigants using A2J Author® and explores access-to-justice issues, including the use of technology in law practice and legal services, alternative legal services delivery models, e-lawyering, unbundling and pro se litigant assistance.
Faculty members participating in the A2J Clinic Project will modify the curriculum to suit their school's needs, creating new course kits that CALI will offer to its member schools as a way of establishing A2J Clinics as a permanent part of the national law school curriculum. To learn more about the project and to view a model of Professor Staudt's Practicum course, visit a2jclinic.classcaster.net.
J.D. Certificate in Public Interest Law
Chicago-Kent's Public Interest Certificate Program is currently accepting Letters of Intent. The J.D. Certificate in Public Interest Law requires:
- Curriculum Planning Meeting
- Public Interest Career Planning Meeting
- Public Interest Law and Policy (3 credits)
- Legal Writing IV - Public Interest (3 credits)
- 6 additional credit hours of public interest-related course work, including a public interest clinic, public interest internship or public interest seminar
- Completion of the Dean's Certificate of Service (50 hours of community service)
- The Letter of Intent form is available on the Certificate in Public Interest Law section of the Chicago-Kent website and in the CAJT office in room 775.
For more information about any of our projects please email
or visit www.kentlaw.iit.edu/cajt.