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Week of August 18, 2014

 

LAW OFFICES, IN-HOUSE CLINICS

Orientation for students who are new to the Law Offices will be held on Monday, August 25 at 4:00. The room will be announced later. The deadline has passed but you can still apply for a fall in-house clinic and be put on the waiting list. You can get an application from our webpage.
 

NEW CLINIC OPPORTUNITY
Fall 2014 Semester



The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent is accepting applications from students for the fall semester for The Center for Open Government. Students who are selected will work with Mr. Clint Krislov, a leading practicing attorney in the area of open government.

The Center for Open Government was established at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to help ensure transparency, accountability and responsibility in local and state government. The Center identifies instances where legal recourse is needed to provide access to government information and proceedings. The focus is on particular cases challenging closed government processes under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, and similar statutes; as well as taxpayer and citizen actions challenging and recovering misspent public money.

Under the supervision of Mr. Krislov, students may interview and counsel clients, conduct factual investigation and legal research, develop case strategies, collect and analyze documents, and assist in the litigation.

Students should expect to meet with Mr. Krislov on Monday afternoons at his office. To express your interest in participating in this program, please email Tracy Kish at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu.

The Center for Open Government is a Law Offices program. Students may enroll in the program for three or four credits. During the 14 week semester students who enroll for four credits will be required to put in a minimum 224 hours at the rate of approximately 16 hours per week and students who enroll for three credits a minimum 168 hours at the rate of approximately 12 hours per week.


ACCESS2PRACTICE
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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 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. 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.

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 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.

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Fall 2014 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and on the table by the third floor elevators.

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

You can get the online application here.

IN THE NEWS

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: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Mom-says-son-denied-to-properly-treat-diabetes-is-life-or-death-issue-200679431.html

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 http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/legal-clinics

 

 

 

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