Work on actual cases and gain valuable experience that
will help build your resume, make you more marketable, and
most importantly provide you with skills that are necessary
in legal practice! By participating in a legal clinical
program, you'll learn the day-to-day responsibilities of
lawyering under close supervision of an experienced practicing
While the deadline has passed, we are still taking applications and can be found in Suite 600 reception
area, outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria and online (http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/legal-clinics).
Please visit our website
for more details about each clinical opportunity.
NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
For the first time, students can opt to enroll in the new
Joint LADR/Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program!
Applications will be made available shortly.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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 class.
Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Fall/Spring
semesters 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.-5:30 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
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 2017
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
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The deadline for the Judicial Externship Program has passed
but you can still participate if you secure your own externship
with a judge. There is a separate application and that will
be posted later this month.
If you have any questions about the Program or the application
itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Former criminal clinic students Lydia Ness and Dalia Labrador
receive 2016 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in
Criminal Clinic. Read
LAW OFFICES NEWSLETTER
View the latest Law
Offices 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 Law Offices,
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 Law Offices,
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
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 Law Offices' 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.