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Week of August 12, 2019



The C-K Law Group is excited to announce that starting this Fall 2019 a new Immigration Clinic will be offered for interested students to learn about U.S. immigration law and practice, with a particular focus on family-based immigration and removal defense.

Students will have the opportunity to practice factual investigation and analysis, legal research, drafting and client interviewing and counseling. Students assist Clinic clients in preparing affirmative applications and attending interviews before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services including applications for permanent residency, citizenship, and humanitarian relief including: asylum, special immigrant juvenile, DACA, stays of removal, U-visa and VAWA. Students will also have the opportunity to attend removal proceedings for defensive relief before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court), including asylum/withholding/CAT and cancellation of removal. Students will regularly meet with, interview, and counsel clients; prepare and file applications, draft affidavits, secure corroborating evidence, draft trial memoranda, engage in trial preparation with clients and witnesses, and may have the opportunity to represent clients directly in court. Students need not have previous experience or knowledge of immigration law.

Fluency in another language including Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Applications are now being accepted and are due on Tuesday, August 20 at noon. Please apply here:



We are still taking applications for the Fall C-K Law Group! They can be picked up outside of the third floor elevators, in Suite 600 or can be filled out and submitted online. If you have any questions about applying or the clinic in general, please email Tracy Kish at



C-K Law Group administers three certificate programs: Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR), Criminal Litigation and a Workplace Litigation and Dispute Resolution LADR) 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 website. You can email Tracy at 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:

Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR)

Criminal Litigation

Workplace Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR)

While the due date has passed, you can still apply. Applications can be submitted via email to Tracy Kish at or handed in at Suite 600.

FALL 2019

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.

Application Process

While the dealine for the Fall 2019 Judicial Externships has passed, students who get their own externship with a Judge can still apply. See the online application.

For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website externship page.

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



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.

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.

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, consult Symplicity.

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.

How to Apply:

The Information and Application packets for the Fall 2019 LEP are now 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.

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


Clinical Professor Richard Kling, who supervises the Criminal Clinic, was interviewed by several news outlets regarding the verdict in the Van Dyke case. Watch his interview on WTTW

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 a specialty!

Article here:


Nicole Young '19 received the 2019 Gary Laser Professionalism Award! Read more.


Former criminal clinic students Zoe Arthurson-McColl ’20 and Karen Maxwell ’19 receive 2019 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. Read more.


Clinical Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by WGN-TV about the legal bills incurred for Drew Peterson's legal defense.


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.

To Apply:

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

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 Chicago Business.

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 Sun-Times.

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 Investigative Unit.

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

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the C-K Law Group Home Page at

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






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