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Fall 2010 CALI Award Winners. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Fall 2010 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Fall 2010 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2010 semester are available by clicking here.

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program: Informational Meetings.
The Access2Practice Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program that enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Why Extern? To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work. Many students aren’t fortunate enough to receive a paid clerking position — or even a volunteer opportunity — that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well approved in-house corporate legal counsel.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the US Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Application Process: Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2011 are available in front of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

Informational Meetings: Professor Gross will conduct informational meetings on the following days and times:

Wednesday, February 16
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 210

Wednesday, February 23
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 510

Tuesday, March 1
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room 580

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page: You may also contact Professor Gross at

Bar Preparation Class.Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class will meet six times during the semester on Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, beginning on Thursday, February 24, in Rm. 590. The class is geared toward general bar preparation (not just Illinois), and it is open to both J.D. and LL.M. students graduating in May who plan to take a bar exam this summer or next winter.  The class will be taught by Stephanie Goetz of BAR-BRI.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email Stephanie at In your email, include the state bar exam you are planning to sit for and what your concerns are regarding studying for the bar exam.

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