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Week of November 30, 2015


Law Offices In-House Clinics - Spring 2016

The due date for Spring 2016 semester of the Law Offices has passed but we will still continue to accept applications for a limited number of spots. They can be picked up on the table by the third floor elevators, in the Law Offices, Suite 600, or online.

Student Argues Before Judge

Kudos to Law Offices student Tracy Harkins, supervised by Professor Richard Kling, who argued in front of a 7th Circuit Judges Kanne, Hamilton and Sykes in Federal Court on Wednesday, October 7. The oral argument was based on the appeal of the district court's denial of a motion to suppress evidence. Tracy argued that the finding of reasonable suspicion, in support of a "Terry" stop, at the district court level was erroneous, on the basis that the facts the district court found supported reasonable suspicion were not articulable and reliable enough to confer such suspicion.

Hear the argument here.


Why Extern?

Chicago-Kent has long recognized that classes and textbooks alone are not sufficient to complete the education of our students and their transformation into lawyers. Students also need practical experience in the real world to acquire legal skills not accessible in the traditional classroom and to gain insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of the legal profession.

Some students gain experience when they are hired as part-time clerks. But most students don't have access to paid or volunteer positions in a legal setting of their choice and/or one that teaches them the skills they want to acquire.

LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of law you are interested in and helps you significantly broaden your practical employment opportunities.

What is LEP?

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.

LEP externships are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and in the Summer session and consist of two separate components: fieldwork and classroom.

Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Fall/Spring semester for a minimum total of 224 hours.

In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

Where Can Students Extern?

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 U.S. and Illimois Environmental Protection Agencies.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the U.S. 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.

In addition, in Fall and Spring semesters, there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for LEP placements.

How to Apply:

The Information and Application packets for the Spring 2016 LEP are available online, or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page



While the application process for Judical Externships has passed, there is an application for those who have secured an externship with a judge who is not a participating member in the Chicago-Kent Judicial Externship Program and wish to explore the possibility of converting that opportunity into a for-credit externship. If you have secured your own judicial externship, please contact Professor Vivien Gross ( and fill out the application online.

For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website, "Law Offices/Clinical Programs".

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (



Clinical Professor of Law Richard Kling is quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article about former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s latest appeal efforts.

On May 6, as the nation grappled with anger and protests over death of black men in custody or under arrest by white police officers, Chicago’s City Council passed a nationally ground-breaking ordinance awarding reparations to black victims of police torture. Clinical Professor of Law Daniel Coyne has been chosen to screen applications for Burge reparations. Read more here.

Clinical Professor of Law Daniel Coyne is interviewed in a Chicago Sun-Times article about an upcoming fraud trial involving state health grants.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical education programs.

Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by Fox 32 about the possibility that consumers may soon be able to shop for legal services via Groupon. Watch the interview here.

Remembering the 1963 March on Washington - A talk with Clinical Professor Richard Kling

Clinical Professor Ed Kraus spoke with Peoria's WEEK-TV about the needs of diabetic children in schools and the necessity of accommodation from and education of school staff, for a story about a local couple whose 10-year old son has struggled to perform needed care on the bus:

IIT Chicago-Kent Legal Fellow/Research Associate Sarah Blenner, who works with Clinical Professor Ed Kraus in the Health & Disability Law Clinic, discussed privacy and discrimination concerns surrounding a new policy in which CVS drugstores will require employees to submit to body weight and BMI testing or face higher health insurance premiums, in an ABC 7 News story. View the video.


For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at

For a description of all externship programs, please visit the Externship home page at





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