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October 26, 1998

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Students who would like to learn how to practice law while they are in law school should apply for the in-house clinical education program, LAW OFFICES. Applications are now available for the spring. The spring applications are due no later than November 9. 

Students may apply for Law Offices after they have completed the equivalent to their first year of law school (27 credits). To be considered for a place, ALL students must complete and return a completed Law Offices application, which can be obtained in the Reception area of Suite 600. Applications must be turned in to the Law Offices receptionist in Suite 600 by the November 9 deadline by 10:00 a.m. 

Students who have previously taken or who are now taking Law Offices (called Continuing Law Offices Students), and who submit their applications by the due date will be given preference in their same practice group if availability permits. Next, priority will be given to the top ten students on each first choice waiting list who did not turn down a place for fall 1998, who were on the waiting list in the division they have marked as first choice, and who submitted their spring application by the due date. New students who have submitted their applications by the due date will be selected in the Law Offices lottery. The total number of available places during the fall semester is dependent upon the number of supervising attorneys in each practice group. The number of available new places is dependent upon the number of continuing students and has not yet been determined. 

The in-house program is comprised of two components. One is a three credit fieldwork class graded on a pass/low pass/fail basis in which students work in practice groups on client cases or similar projects assigned to them by a supervising attorney. 

The fieldwork component also includes practice group lectures, supervising attorney conferences, section meetings, and various client interview experiences. The other is a graded classroom component for one credit. 

There are five in-house practice groups from which to choose -- employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, criminal defense, tax (prerequisites are Personal Income Tax and Tax Procedure), health with some family law, and mediation & other ADR procedures. 

For more information, you may talk to the clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups -- Professors Gonzalez (room 629) and Norton (room 623) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professors Kadish (room 613), Kling (room 625), and Thomas (room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Livingston (room 688) for tax; Professor Kentra (room 690) for mediation & other ADR procedures; and Professor Altman (room 611) for health with some family law. Professor Laser (room 631) is also available to answer your questions. 

 SPRING 1999


Do you wish to develop your legal skills, gain practical legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation, firm or government agency, and make yourself more marketable to prospective employers upon graduation?  If so, consider applying to the Advanced Externship Program for Spring 1999 Semester. 

The Advanced Externship Program is a 4-credit hour non-graded program.  The program is open to students in their last two semesters of law school.  The student selects the area of law in which he/she wishes to extern. 

For the fieldwork component, an extern is placed in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 16 hours a week at his/her designated placement.  Externs interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms or specific government agencies.  Externs may specialize in such diverse legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate, health care, medical malpractice, general corporate law, etc.  Those interested in criminal law may select to work with designated supervising lawyers at the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office.  Many externships offer the externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court. 

In addition to your fieldwork, on designated Wednesdays at 4:00 - 4:55 p.m. all externs will meet as a group. 

If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.  More information about the program and an accompanying application form will be available in the Law Offices reception area  and in the Careers Services office as of Monday, October 12, 1998.  Applications must be turned in to Room 612 by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, November 6.  All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications. 


Interested in Tax Law, Corporate Tax, Estate Planning, Trust Law?  An Externship in Tax, Corporate Tax and Business Law may be for you! 

What is the Tax, Corporate Tax and Business Law Externship Program? 

The externship will be a 3-credit hour pass/fail program where each extern will devote approximately 12 hours per week to the program.*  The program will be supervised by Processor Nancy R. Livingston.  The majority of hours will be spent at the extern's designated placement.  An extern will also be expected to meet with Professor Livingston on an individual basis or with the extern group as a whole on a number of occasions  during the semester. 

In order to be eligible to participate in the Tax, Corporate Tax and Business Law Externship Program, a student must meet the following prerequisites: 

              1.  First, a student must be in the top 25 percent of his or her class at the time of  application or have permission from Professor Livingston.  Permission will be based on the following factors: cumulative GPA, current GPA, law school courses taken, professor recommendation(s) and appropriate placement; 

              2. A student must have taken and successfully completed  Personal Income Tax by the time of application; and 

              3.  By the date the placement commences, a student must have taken and successfully completed, or be currently enrolled in, at least three of the following other courses: Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Business Planning, Commercial Law I: Sales and Secured Transactions, Commercial Law II: Commercial Paper and Banking, Corporate Finance, Employee Benefits Law, Estate Planning, Estates and Trusts, Estate and Gift Tax, Securities Regulation, Tax Procedure, Taxation of Business Enterprises, Advanced Tax Transactions (Seminar), Business Insolvency (Seminar), Dynamics of Corporate Control (Seminar), or  Tax Policy (Seminar); or such other course(s) as approved by Professor Livingston. 

In addition, all applicants must be interviewed by Professor Livingston before submitting a completed application to the Tax, Corporate Tax and Business Law Externship Program. 

* Chicago-Kent only requires 12 hours of work for 3 hours of credit; however a student's placement may from time to time require more hours of work. 

Where Do Students Extern?  

 After a student has been accepted in the program, the student and Professor Livingston begin the placement process.  We may have a limited number of available placements available at the Internal Revenue Service, an in-house corporate legal department, a bank trust department and a law firm or accounting firm. In addition, students may be interested in specific specialties or placements and the student and Professor Livingston will work together to procure a placement.   Please note that a student cannot extern for a current or former employer. 

Why Extern? 

An externship is a wonderful way to gain legal skills, familiarity with tax law and related areas, and generally enhance employment marketability upon graduation. 

If You Are Interested in Applying or Want More Information 

 If you are interested in learning more about the externship opportunities or in applying for the program, please see Professor Nancy R. Livingston in Room 688 to set up an appointment.  You may also email her at NLIVINGS. 

First information meeting Wednesday, October 28, 
Room C50 from 3:00-4:00 and from 5:00-6:00.

This program in which first-year day division students and first- or second-year evening division students may apply is different from any program at any other law school!  The day division students who are accepted begin the program during their second year of law school, and the evening division students who are accepted begin the program during their third year of law school.  

Becoming a lawyer takes more than sitting through three years of law school lectures.  It involves more than learning how to cross examine hostile witnesses, write presuasive briefs, and talk to clients.  Reading about subjects such as legal ethics or law practice management is not the same as learning about them from experience.

Throughout the LADR program , you will learn legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional values, and work in Chicago-Kent's teaching law firm, supervised by clinical professors who are expert practitioners and mentors.  You will learn the art of lawyering through two years of intensive skills and clinical training.  Your experience will teach you how to become a competent, ethical, socially responsible lawyer.

To learn more about this program, pelase contact Prof. Gary Laser, Room 631, or pick up an application and a brochure in Room 600.  There will also be Information Meetings on Wednesday, October 28, in Room C50 from 3:00-4:00 and from 5:00-6:00.  Another meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18.  Check the Record for more information on the meeting times and locations.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM MUST BE TURNED IN MY FEBRUARY 1999.  Please turn in applications in Room 600.




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