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Week of March 9, 2020


Applications for the summer and fall semesters are now available! They are available online and you will see applications by the third floor elevators.

For a list of offerings and more information, visit our webpage.

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Richard Kling, Clinical Professor and supervisor of the Criminal Defense Clinic in the C-K Law Group has been interviewed by several news outlets regarding the Jussie Smollett Case!



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.

Summer Application Process

The due date for Summer 2020 Judicial Externships applications has passed but if you have secured your own Judicial Externship, you can find the application online. You must submit on or before Tuesday, May 5, 2020:

Fall Application Process

Applications for Fall 2020 Judicial Externships are now available in the C-K Law Group reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, online, and on the table by the third floor elevators.

Completed fall applications should be submitted in hard copy to Suzanne in Room 618, no later than Tuesday, March 10, by 12:00 p.m.

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.

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.

Summer LEP placement opportunities will be posted on Simplicity. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special private opportunities.

Summer and Fall Externships
How to Apply:

The Information and Application packets for the Summer and Fall 2020 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, the Law Offices reception area.

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


Chicago-Kent’s Semester Law Firm Associate Program (SLFAP) is a unique for-credit non-graded program open to 2Ls and 3Ls with a cumulative minimum 3.2 GPA. Semester Associate externs work for academic credit (without pay) as “Associates” for one of the designated and prestigious law firms listed below.

Semester Associate externs receive 6 credits and devote 24 hours a week during the semester to the fieldwork component. Students gain experience, skills and perspective from work on different aspects of litigation and transactions. The firms strive to expose students to a range of legal problems demanding varying skill sets and competencies. In conjunction with the fieldwork, there is an accompanying classroom component, scheduled on designated Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

This is a terrific opportunity to learn about life in a law firm, learn substantive law from highly qualified practicing attorneys, develop awareness about your own strengths and interests, and make an impression on the lawyers with whom you come into contact (even though there is no expectation of future employment).

To Apply for Fall 2020 SLFAP:

Below are the participating firms and legal practice areas. All 2Ls and 3Ls who wish to apply for an externship at any of the firms listed below, please email a current resume and unofficial transcript to Suzanne Blaz (, assistant to Professor Gross on or before March 26, 2020. Also indicate to which firm(s) you are applying.

Each firm will conduct its own selection process. You must accept the first offer you receive and cannot withdraw after your acceptance with the respective firm.

Participating Firms & Practice Areas:

• Beermann LLP—Matrimonial Law

• Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.—Commercial Litigation

• Michael Best & Friedrich LLP—IP Law (Patent & Soft IP)

• Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney—Litigation (commercial/possibly some toxic tort)

• Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC —Commercial Litigation

Please contact Professor Gross ( immediately if you are selected or if you have any questions.


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.

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.


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 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

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

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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