Law Offices:
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March 27, 2000

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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 will soon be available for the fall 2000 semester. 

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. 

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 sixteen hours per week, and students who enroll for three credits put in a minimum of twelve hours per week during the sixteen-week semester.  In the health law litigation program and the tax 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), 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. 


 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.


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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