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Week of December 4, 2017

C-K LAW GROUP - IN-HOUSE CLINICS

Are you looking for a way to beef up your resume and get real work experience? Not only can students take an in-house clinic through C-K Law Group as a course and earn credits but can also gain real work experience, create networking opportunities and many students even get opportunities to work directly with clients.

While the deadline for applications for the Spring 2018 semester has passed, you can still apply since there are a few available spots. Applications are still available in the C-K Law Group reception area (Room 600) and online. You can also submit them online.  

 

ACCESS2PRACTICE
SPRING 2018
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Why Extern?

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.-5:50 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

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 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.

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.

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 2018 LEP are available on line at https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/externships/students 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 web page.

 

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM – SPRING 2018 SEMESTER

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.

While the deadline has passed for applying to a judge, if you secure your own judicial externship, you may contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu). For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website, "Law Offices/Clinical Programs".

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).

FLEISCHMAN AWARD

Former criminal clinic students Laura Reichel, Nicole Murphy and Nicholas Pangere receive 2017 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. Read more.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

C-K Law Group administers three certificate programs: Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR), Criminal Litigation and a LADR/Employment Law Joint 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 tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu 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

LADR/Emloyment and Labor Law

 

ACCESS2PRACTICE
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.

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.

Placements include all public sector, public interest and non-profit organizations.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places including, but not limited to, the City of Chicago Law Department, 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 departments as well as approved in-house private legal departments. 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 any of the surrounding counties.

Application Process:

Applications for the Spring 2018 semester will come out in mid-October and will be available in the C-K Law Group reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators, and online.

 

NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

For the first time, students can opt to enroll in the new Joint LADR/Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program! Applications and information about this new and exciting program can be found online.
 

PROFESSOR KLING IN THE NEWS

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

C-K LAW GROUP NEWSLETTER

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

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 tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu.


LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (LADR)

The due date has passed for the LADR certificate program but we can still accept applications. Applications can be found online and can be turned in to the receptionist in the C-K Law Group, Suite 600.

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 C-K Law Group, Suite 600.


Student Argues Before Judge

Kudos to former C-K Law Group 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 suspicion.

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.
 

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 C-K Law Group 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.

 

 

 

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