Law Offices:
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October 18, 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 spring 2000 semester are now available in Suite 600.  The spring applications are due no later than 10:00 a.m. on November 3, 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 Spring -- employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, tax litigation, 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), Norton (Room 623) and Leader (she will join the Law Offices on December 1, 1999) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professor Kentra (Room 611) for mediation & other ADR procedures; Professors Kling (Room 613), and Thomas (Room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Abbott (Room 625) for tax litigation; and Professor Kraus (Room 627) for health with some family law.  Professor Laser (Room 631) is also available to answer your questions.  
Please note that applications for the spring 2000 semester must be submitted to the Receptionist in Suite 600 no later than 10:00 a.m. on November 3, 1999.  

Please join the Law Offices in welcoming Associate Professor of Clinical Practice Laurie Leader, who is scheduled to begin December 1, 1999.  Ms. Leader is a well-known sole practitioner specializing in the practice of commercial and employment litigation.  She will lead an Employment Discrimination / Civil Rights practice group.

Clinic students working with Prof. Richard Gonzalez have helped bring about two major litigation victories.  In one, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers have a duty to investigate hate crimes perpetrated by co-employees, reversing a District Court decision.  In the other, the Human Rights Commission has awarded a quarter-million dollar verdict to a white male accountant who proved at trial that he lost his job due to race discrimination.  Congratulations to students Erin Foley, Jignasa Gadani, Debbie Cohen, and Carolyn Sperl who made huge contributions toward these victories. 



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 2000 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 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 11, 1999.  Applications must be turned in to Room 612 by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, November 5.  All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications. 


           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 
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