First-year day division and first- and second-year evening division students are eligible to apply for the LADR program. The day division students who are accepted to LADR begin the Program in their 3rd semester of law school. The evening division students who are accepted to LADR begin after their 4th or 5th semester in 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 persuasive 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, and socially responsible lawyer.
To learn more about this program, please attend one of the following Information Meetings:
Tuesday, January 30, 2001
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 580 or
Tuesday, February 6, 2001
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 580 or
You may also contact Prof. Gary Laser, Room 631, or pick up an application and curriculum memorandum in Room 600.
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM MUST BE TURNED IN BY FEBRUARY 12, 2001.
Please turn in applications to the Receptionist in Room 600.
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER AND FALL 2001 SEMESTERS
On Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 370, there will be a meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge for the Summer or Fall 2001 Semesters. Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply. If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.
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!
Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as of Monday, February 5th.
Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m.
Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted
to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices,
by Thursday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m.
STUDENT DATA ENTRY POSITION
There is an opening at the Advice Desk for a law student (of any year
in school) for data entry of statistical data gathered from the Circuit
Court of Cook County. Pay is $10 per hour and the position is part-time.
Data entry can be done at the student’s convenience. The hours are
approximately 10 hours per week. If interested, please contact Professor
Pam Kentra at firstname.lastname@example.org .
NEW COURSE: TAX FRAUD AND RELATED CRIMES
This two-credit course (no paper) will focus on the elements, defenses,
sentencing trends and emerging legal issues associated with the major
federal tax crimes, including the grandaddy of them all, attempted
tax evasion. We will discuss IRS and Department of Justice investigative
authority, techniques, and prosecution policies, as well as the government’s
substantial forfeiture power. Other topics will include the interplay with
civil tax penalties, an overview of applicable federal sentencing guidelines,
trial tactics, and select ethical issues. Special attention will
be devoted to analyzing the evidentiary proof necessary to sustain the
substantive crimes, and particular strategies that might effectively weaken
or even terminate a pending administrative investigation. The
class will be taught by Professor Jonathan Decatorsmith, a former senior
trial attorney with the IRS and tax fraud specialist, and currently the
Supervisor of the Tax Litigation Clinic. Though not required,
it is recommended that students have completed Tax Procedure, Evidence,
and one Criminal Procedure class.
A NEW CLINICAL PROGRAM -
Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Information Technology & Entrepreneurship Clinic (ITEC) fills two needs in the Chicagoland technology community. First, ITEC provides competent technology law services to small technology firms and local start-ups, at affordable rates through its unique fee generating model (hyperlink). ITEC attorneys and students help these companies stay abreast of the rapidly evolving legal issues relevant to the technology entrepreneur.
Second, and most importantly, ITEC provides Chicago-Kent law students with practical, hands-on experience working on cutting-edge legal issues, under the supervision of experienced technology attorneys. These students will then travel into the Chicago legal market upon graduation, providing Chicago with technologically savvy lawyers to meet its developing technology law needs.
ITEC assists new ventures through the each stage of developing a start-up
-- business organization; protection of intellectual property rights; transactional
and contract drafting; and, current advice regarding evolving legal issues
relevant to doing business on the Internet. Students who intern in
ITEC will assist in providing legal services to established IT companies
and Internet start-ups.
A NEW CLINICAL PROGRAM -
First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA), the only program of its kind in the country, fills the gap in Illinois’ public defender system by providing 24-hour free legal representation to adults and children in police custody or under police investigation. FDLA provides a unique “frontline” criminal defense experience for students, enabling them to see: how evidence is collected and created; the tactics of the Chicago Police Department when trying to extract a confession or question witnesses; the role that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Felony Review Team plays during the beginning stages of a criminal investigation; and the utter vulnerability of children and adults when under intensive and sometimes abusive interrogation. In addition to this stationhouse representation, DSLA also works toward the permanent improvement of our criminal justice system by educating the public, organizing community residents to combat police misconduct, by engaging in legislative and community advocacy, investigating patterns of misconduct by the Chicago Police, taking select criminal defense cases to trial, and initiating 42 U.S.C. §1983 litigation to improve the policies and procedures of the Chicago Police as they relate to the treatment of persons in police custody.
Students participating in the FDLA class must be eligible for a Illinois
Supreme Court Rule 711 license. Students representing FDLA clients
at Chicago Police Stations will gain unique insight into the criminal justice
system at its earliest stage and be able to:
1. View and Document Line-Ups, DNA testing, and Halt Lie Detector Tests.
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.