IN-HOUSE LEGAL CLINICS
There are still spots available for the Fall semester!
Applications for the Fall C-K Law Group are now available
in hard copy outside of the third floor elevators, in Suite
600 and in Career Services. You can also find a fillable
application online or an application you can submit
The due date for the Fall applications has passed but
you can still apply.
NEW EXPERIENTIAL OPPORTUNITY!
Beginning this Fall, students at Chicago-Kent will have
a fantastic opportunity to participate in a pilot program
in the Domestic Relations Division. Called the Resolution
Assistance Project, pro se litigants will be assisted by
law students, hearing officers and private attorneys in
resolving their cases on an expedited basis.
All students are invited to participate in the Triage portion
of the program, where students will gather information and
documents from the parties and assist the hearing officer
with case file and order preparation. Those students who
have their 711 licenses can also participate in courtroom
advocacy, opposite law students from DePaul, on behalf of
their pro se clients under a limited scope representation.
This is an opportunity that cannot be matched by legal externships
or even private firms, as private firms cannot utilize 711
students. It is quite literally the only opportunity of
its kind. Don't miss out!
To participate, you should enroll in the Family Law Clinic.
Contact Prof. Rhonda de Freitas, supervising attorney, at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
FALL 2018 ACCESS2PRACTICE
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour
non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising
attorney in a wide variety of legal areas - private or public,
civil or criminal. Externships are available in the Fall,
Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships
enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn
in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world
legal work. Most 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.
Where Can Students Extern?
You select and obtain your own externship. This program
does not assign you to a particular placement. To gain access
to the many available externship placement possibilities,
Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety
of public sector or public interest legal 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 Illinois
Environmental Protection Agencies, Legal Aid Bureau, Chicago
Board of Education, and Equip for Equality.
Students interested in criminal law may extern 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.
Summer LEP also includes a significant number of private
placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments,
whereas Fall and Spring placements are almost exclusively
in the public and not-for-profit areas. These private placements
are supervised by designated alums and both the alum teaching
supervisors and placements have been screened and approved.
How to Apply:
The Information and Application packets for the Fall 2018
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
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
FALL 2018 SEMESTER
Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low
Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at
least their first full year of law school and want to do
legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district
or magistrate judge or designated Illinois appellate or
circuit court judges.
JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal
problems through research and writing, and to contribute
to the resolution of those problems by participating in
drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge,
an extern may also have the opportunity to observe the judge's
day-to-day routine and to discuss with him/her the issues
and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this
prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability
in the legal world.
While the deadline has passed for securing a judicial externship
through our office, students sometimes secure their own
externship with a judge and want to earn credit.
If you have secured your own Judicial Externship and wish
to earn credit, please fill out the below application:
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 (email@example.com).
C-K Law Group Expands Into Cat Law??
Always looking for new and interesting cases, our clinic
now represents Reggie The Cat (or more accurately Reggie’s
owner) in a dispute with an animal adoption agency that
won’t give Reggie back!
We are just happy Professor Gonzalez finally decided on
Article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cat-dispute-social-media-20180123-story.html
Former criminal clinic students Laura Reichel, Nicole
Murphy and Nicholas Pangere receive 2017 Fleischman Family
Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. Read
C-K Law Group administers three certificate programs: Litigation
and Dispute Resolution (LADR), Criminal
Litigation and a LADR/Employment
Law Joint Certificate Program. These are great programs
if you want to get more exposure to Litigation and/or employment
law or other experiential learning.
For more information, please visit the Certificate program
You can email Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like further information. Applications for
these certificate programs can be found on the table on
the third floor by the elevators, in the C-K Law Group reception
area (Suite 600) or online:
and Dispute Resolution (LADR)
and Labor Law
NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
For the first time, students can opt to enroll in the new
Joint LADR/Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program!
Applications and information about this new and exciting
program can be found online.
PROFESSOR KLING IN THE NEWS
Clinical Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by
WGN-TV about the legal bills incurred for Drew Peterson's
C-K LAW GROUP NEWSLETTER
View the latest C-K
Law Group newsletter to find out what is currently happening
and hear from students who talk about their clinic experiences.
Intensive clinic is a twelve credit, one semester course
in which the students will receive an enhanced, closely
supervised and graded clinical experience and, in addition,
satisfy their senior seminar paper requirement. Intensive
Clinic has the potential to be the optimal means for law
students to transition from law school to the practice of
law in that it provides a natural progression from theory
(doctrinal classes) to simulations to clinic to Intensive
Clinic, where students engage in sophisticated lawyering
activities on a full-time basis for an entire semester,
with a safety net in place. The program will be available
for a select number of senior law students. Each student
enrolled in Intensive Clinic will receive ten graded clinical
education credits and a separate grade of two credits for
writing a paper that will satisfy the Senior Seminar paper
requirement under the close supervision of the clinical
faculty member who selected the student.
Areas of Law: Plaintiffs Employment Law, Civil Litigation,
Vaccine Injury Litigation, Criminal Law, Entrepreneurial
Law, Family Law and Tax Law.
Students will apply to Intensive Clinic via a written
submission detailing their qualifications and their reasons
for seeking admission. This submission will be the basis
for discussion during a subsequent individual interview
with each applicant. Please direct all written submissions
to Tracy Kish at email@example.com.
LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The due date has passed for the LADR certificate program
but we can still accept applications. Applications can be
and can be turned in to the receptionist in the C-K Law
Group, Suite 600.
CRIMINAL LITIGATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The due date has passed for the Criminal Ltigation Certificate
Program but we can still accept applications. Applications
can be found online
and can be turned in to the receptionist in the C-K Law
Group, Suite 600.
Student Argues Before Judge
Kudos to former C-K Law Group 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
In The News
Clinical Professor of Law Pamela Kentra, supervisor of
the Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic, explains
a Seventh Circuit decision that could chip away at the private
arbitration system in Crain's
Clinical Professor of Law Richard Kling, supervisor of the
Criminal Clinic, is interviewed by CBS
2 Chicago about the special prosecutor appointed in
the Laquan McDonald murder case.
Chicago-Kent College Clinical Professor of Law Richard
Kling is interviewed in the Chicago Sun-Times about former
Governor Rod Blagojevich’s resentencing hearing. Read Chicago-Kent's
Richard Kling's comments in the Chicago
Center for Open Government Director Clint Krislov spoke
to Investigators’ Notebook about his client’s taxpayer action
to enforce school district anti-nepotism policies. Read
Clint Krislov's comments in the Investigators'
Notebook, the blog of the Better Government Association's
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published
an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical
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: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Mom-says-son-denied-to-properly-treat-diabetes-is-life-or-death-issue-200679431.html
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the C-K Law Group Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/legal-clinics
For a description of all externship programs, please visit
the Externship home page at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/externships.