Law Offices:
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March 1, 1999

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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 for the Summer semester are now available in Suite 600.  The Summer applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 1999.  

Students may apply for Law Offices after they have completed the equivalent to their first year of law school.  To be considered for a place, ALL students must return a completed Law Offices application. 

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.   New students who have submitted their applications by the due date will be selected tn the Law Offices lottery.  The total number of available places during the summer 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. 

There are three in-house practice groups from which to choose this summer -- employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, criminal defense, and, health with some family law. 

In two of the in-house programs - employment discrimination/civil rights litigation with some general practice program, and the criminal defense litigation program - students are given the option of enrolling for three or four credits.  Students who enroll for three credits put in a minimum of twelve hours per week during the fourteen-week semester.  Students who enroll for four credits put in a minimum of sixteen hours per week during the semester.  In the health law litigation program students enroll for three credits and put in a minimum of twelve hours per week. 

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; and Professor Altman (Room 611) for health with some family law.  Professor Laser (Room 631) is also available to answer your questions. 



A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems.  Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom.  Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world! 

Application Process 

Applications for the Fall Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office

Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Tuesday, March 9, at 5:00 p.m. 


The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent offers nine long-standing programs in live-client clinical legal education which accommodate over 150 students in the fall and spring semesters and over 50 students in the summer semester. 

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices Home Page at 


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, please visit the description of the LADR Program found at the Law Offices home page at  Inquiries may be also be directed to Prof. Gary Laser in Room 631 or by email, glaser. 

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