Law Offices:
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March 13, 2000

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JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS FOR FALL 2000 SEMESTER
DEADLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2000.

STUDENTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM 3.25 G.P.A. TO APPLY

 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 are 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 Monday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m.
 
 

LAW OFFICES - SUMMER REGISTRATION FOR IN-HOUSE PROGRAMS
DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2000

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 summer semester.  The summer applications are due no later than Thursday, March 16, 2000.

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. Applications must be turned in to the Law Offices Receptionist in Suite 600 by 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2000.

Students who have previously taken or who are now taking Law Offices (continuing 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 spring 2000, 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 each semester is dependent upon the number of supervising attorneys in each practice group.

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 law, and mediation & other ADR procedures.

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

For more information, you may talk to the clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups -- Professors Gonzalez (room 629), Leader (room 621) and Norton (room 623) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professors Kling (room 625), and Thomas (room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Abbott (room 625) for tax; Professor Kentra (room 611) for mediation & other ADR procedures; and Professor Kraus (room 627) for health law. Professor Laser (room 631) is also available to answer your questions.            
 

PREFERENCE SHEETS ARE DUE
FOR CONTINUING LADR STUDENTS

In addition to completing a Law Offices Application, LADR students must submit a Preference Sheet to select their first and second choices of Clinic for the summer semester.  Please pick up a form in the Reception area in Room 600, or you may send an e-mail response indicating your preference to Rosemary Alexander, ralexand@kentlaw.edu.  You must make your selections by Monday, March 13.
 

APPLICATION FOR EXTERNSHIP WITH OFFICE OF U.S. ATTORNEY
DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2000

An Exciting Opportunity for Third Year Students Fall 2000 Semester:  Externships with U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois

If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office in handling its multitude of important cases, please pick up an application from Professor Gross in Room 617.  

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the U.S. Attorney by Thursday, March 16th.  The reason for this accelerated date is because each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which takes several weeks.

To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the U.S. Attorney's Office, you must enroll in the law school's Advanced Externship Program.   The law school's externship applications will be available in early March in Room 600 Law Offices and in the Career Services office.

Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Externship Program or the externship position with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
 

LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM - FALL 2000 SEMESTER

 Do you want practical legal experience in a specialized area of law, either in a government agency or a private firm or corporation?  

 Do you want to make yourself more marketable to prospective employers?  

 If so, consider Legal Externship for Fall Semester, 2000.  

 Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program open to students in their last year of law school.  You can extern in a private or public, civil or criminal practice -- everything from the State's Attorney's and Public Defender's Office to the Illinois Commerce Commission to a major corporation.   Many externships enable you to use your 711 license and appear in court.

 Information packets with accompanying application forms are available in the Law Offices Reception Area and the Career Services Office.  

 To learn more about the program or to set up an interview to discuss your placement choice and opportunity, contact Professor Gross.
 

JUDGE TO SPEAK ON HOW TO REPRESENT YOUR CLIENTS IN MEDIATION

The Hon. John W. Cooley (Ret.) will be guest lecturing in Professor Pam Kentra' Mediation and ADR Procedures clinic class on Monday March 20th from 4:00-5:50 in Room 345.  Judge Cooley is a former United States Magistrate Judge, a partner at a Chicago law firm, a former Assistant United States Attorney and the former Senior Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  He is a highly successful mediator and arbitrator and the author of many books and articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution.  All students interested in ADR or who may represent clients in an ADR proceeding are welcome to attend the lecture and discussion.
 

PROFESSOR KLING AND IN-HOUSE CLINIC STUDENTS ARE FEATURED
IN CHICAGO SUN-TIMES 

Professor Richard Kling and In-House Criminal Clinic students Kate Moriarty, Susana Ortiz, and Scott Stewart were featured in the March 7 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times.  The article emphasized that "law clinics give students an essential background in how the law works."  Professor Kling further stated, "I think a clinical education should be required, just as internships are required for doctors."  
 
 

LAW OFFICES OF CHICAGO-KENT

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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