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LAW OFFICES - IN-HOUSE LEGAL EXPERIENCE
The Law Offices gives students the opportunity
to learn how to practice law under the close supervision
of a clinical faculty attorney - an experience that is available
only in the law school’s in-house clinical programs.
Applications for the Fall 2016 semesters
of the Law Offices are now available on the table by the
third floor elevators, in the Law Offices reception area
Applications for the
Fall semester are due on Monday, April 25 at 12:00 noon.
The due date for Summer 2016 applications
has passed but you can still turn in an application
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,
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
A2P Legal Externship (LEP) 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.
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, U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental
Protection Agency, as well approved in-house corporate legal
counsel. And students interested in criminal law have externed
at the US 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/Fall Access2Practice LEP
Summer Access2Practice LEP differs from Fall/Spring LEP
in that summer students have a greater choice of placements.
Whereas Fall and Spring placements are almost exclusively
in the public and not-for-profit areas, Summer LEP includes
a significant number of private placements in law firms
and in-house corporate legal departments. These private
placements are supervised by designated alums and both the
alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened
and approved by the Chicago-Kent Faculty Externship Screening
Committee specifically for this program.
Information and application packets for Summer and Fall
2016 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room
600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the
third-floor elevators, and online.
Applications for Summer A2P externships must be submitted
to Professor Gross on or before Monday, May 9, 2016.
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 Richard Kling is quoted in a
Sun-Times article about former Illinois Governor Rod
Blagojevich’s latest appeal efforts.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published
an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical
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
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.