Applicants for the Summer 1999 semester should check the bulletin board outside of Suite 600 to see if they have been placed in a practice group or on the waiting list.
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 Fall semester are now available in Suite 600. The Fall applications are due no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 14, 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 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.
There are five in-house practice groups from which to choose this fall -- employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, tax, mediation & other ADR procedures, criminal defense, and, health with some family law.
In three of the in-house programs - employment discrimination/civil rights litigation with some general practice program, mediation & other ADR procedures, 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 both the tax and health law litigation programs, 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; Professor Kentra (Room 690) for mediation & other ADR procedures; Professors Kadish (Room 613), Kling (Room 625), and Thomas (Room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Livingston (Room 688) for tax litigation; and Professor Altman (Room 611) for health with some family law. Professor Laser (Room 631) is also available to answer your questions.
PROSPECTIVE THIRD YEAR STUDENTS ONLY:
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 Fall Semester 1999.
The Advanced Externship Program is a 4-credit hour program non-graded program. The program is open to students in their last two semesters of law school. An extern is placed in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 15 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 elect 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 students opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
More information about the program and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices Reception Area and the Career Services office. Applications must be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross in Room 612 by Noon on Friday, March 26. All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications.
If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities
or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room
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 www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.
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 www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.
Inquiries may be also be directed to Prof. Gary Laser in Room 631 or by