APPLICATIONS FOR IN-HOUSE CLINICS
FOR SPRING 2004 ARE AVAILABLE
Students who would like to learn how to practice
law under the supervision of a faculty attorney while they
are in law school should apply for admission to one of the
in-house clinical education programs administered by the
LAW OFFICES, the Law School's teaching law firm.
Students may enroll in one of the Law Offices
programs after they have completed the equivalent to their
first year of law school (30 credits). To be considered
for a place, ALL students must complete and return a completed
Law Offices application. Applications are now available
for the Spring 2004 semester and must be turned in to the
Law Offices receptionist in Suite 600.
Students who have previously taken or who
are currently taking Law Offices (continuing Law Offices
students), and who submit their applications by the due
date will be given preference in their same clinic if availability
permits. All other students who submit their applications
by the due date will be selected pursuant to the Law Offices
The Law Offices lottery applies to the following
seven in-house clinical programs-(1)- Employment Discrimination/Civil
Rights with some General Practice Clinic, (2)-Criminal Defense
Clinic, (3)-I.P./Patent Clinic, (4)-Health Law Clinic, (5)-Family
Law, (6)-Mediation & Other ADR Procedures Clinic, and
(7)-Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (Tax Procedure is strongly
The Law Offices offers an eighth in-house
clinical program entitled Interviewing and Counseling -
Advice Desk - in which students may enroll without going
through the lottery.
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 fourteen-week semester.
Students in Advice Desk enroll for two credits and put in
a minimum of eight hours per week.
For more information, you may talk with the
clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups
-- Professors Gonzalez (Room 629) and Leader (625) for Employment
Discrimination Clinic; Professors Kling (625) and Thomas
(609) for Criminal Defense; Professor Kraus (627) for Health
Law Clinic; Professor Kentra (611) for Mediation & other
ADR Procedures Clinic; Professor Feldman (623) for Family
Law; Professor Decatorsmith (625) for Low Income Taxpayer
Clinic; Professor Dinwoodie who may be reached at (312)
906-5138; Professors Kraus (627) and Kentra (611) for Advice
Desk; and Professor Laser, the Director of Clinical Programs
(631) is also available to answer your questions about all
of the clinic programs.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Do you want to develop your legal skills,
get practical legal experience, see what it is like to work
in a corporation, firm or government agency and -- at the
same time -- make yourself more marketable to prospective
employers? If so, then consider doing a for-credit externship
and signing up for Chicago-Kent's Legal Externship Program
LEP is 4-credit hours, non-graded, and open
predominantly to students in their last two semesters of
Externs interested in civil law may select to work in
corporations, firms or government agencies, specializing
in such diverse legal areas as immigration, tax, commodities,
securities, health care, medical malpractice, or general
corporate law. Externs in criminal law may choose to work
with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office,
or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Some externships offer the
opportunity to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
If you want to know more about available externship opportunities,
please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to set up an appointment.
More information about Legal Externship and an accompanying
application form are available in the Law Offices reception
area, Room 600, and in the Career Services Office.
THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY--PATENT CLINIC
Student interns in the IP-Patent Clinic will
assist faculty and students at the Illinois Institute of
Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and other
tech transfer or school related companies or institutions
on selected "real-life" patent related matters.
The student interns will work with and be supervised by
the newly-appointed adjunct clinical faculty who are patent
lawyers at Bell, Boyd, and Lloyd in providing patentability
opinions, performing clearance searches, and guiding clients
through the range of intellectual property legal issues
that typically face start-up inventors and companies. In
addition, the student interns will make presentations to
Illinois Institute of Technology faculty and students on
patent issues in an attempt to educate and market the IP-Patent
Clinic to the faculty and students.
Prerequisites: Prior completion of Patent
Law required. Because the IP-Patent Clinic experience will
involve working with technology, it is very strongly recommended
that students possess a technical background, and preference
will be given those students in selecting clinic interns.
The IP-Patent Clinic is a three-credit course
that will be offered in the fall and spring semesters, and
it is anticipated that between 3-5 students will participate
CHICAGO-KENT OFFERS A FAMILY LAW CLINIC
Chicago-Kent College of Law offers a clinical
program in family law. The family law clinic operates
on a sliding scale fee basis, depending on the financial
circumstances of the parties. The clinic represents clients
in matters limited to cases to be brought before the Cook
County Circuit Court. Client referrals are actively sought
from the practicing bar, labor unions, employee groups,
and educational institutions.
In addition, the clinical program provides
a teaching platform for Chicago-Kent students who are
interested in practicing in the area of family law. All
student work is completed under the direct supervision
of an attorney.
Attorney Ira C. Feldman has been named to
oversee the new program. Prior to his appointment, Feldman
was a partner at the law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen
and Dixon. From 1981 to 1991, he was a partner at Naumark,
Bonner and Feldman. Between 1975 and 1981, he headed Feldman
and Associates. Feldman completed his undergraduate at
American University and earned his law degree at the university’s
Washington College of Law.
“Professor Feldman is a highly regarded and experienced
practitioner of family law. He will expand the services
of the Chicago-Kent Law Offices to include representation
in matters of legal separation, divorce, child support,
child custody, visitation, guardianships and other related
matters,” said Professor Gary S. Laser director of clinical
LOW INCOME TAXPAYERS CLINIC
For information on the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, please
visit the website:
LAW OFFICES OF CHICAGO-KENT
Chicago-Kent Law Offices was established
in 1976. The program is a fee-generating teaching law
firm that provides clinical practice experiences under
the close supervision of teaching attorneys. The program
delivers outstanding legal services to its clients and
provides high-quality clinical education to more than
150 students each semester. Practice areas include employment
discrimination and civil rights, general practice, criminal
defense, health law, alternative dispute resolution, tax
law, and an advice desk program at the Daley Center.
For a complete description of all clinical
programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.