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Week of March 8, 2004



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 through Chicago-Kent's Legal Externship Program (LEP).

LEP is 4-credit hours, non-graded, and open predominantly to students in their last two semesters of law school and to 2Ls with permission from Professor Gross.

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 or whether a specific legal volunteer opportunity enables you to receive law school credit, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross ( 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.



Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program open to students who want to do legal research and writing for federal court judges and magistrate judges.

The program provides externs with the opportunity to work with a judge and/or the judge's law clerks by researching law, writing memoranda and drafting opinions. An extern also has the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom and to discuss with the judge or the judge's law clerk those legal problems which judges confront in their courtroom.

Take advantage of this prestigious opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Application Process

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Prof. V. Gross in Room 617. E-mail:

Applications for the Summer and 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 Friday, March 12th, at 5:00 p.m.

Please do not apply for an externship unless you intend to accept an offer to extern. And just as important, after you accept a judicial externship with one of the participating federal judges, you have committed yourself to that judge for the coming semester. For the sake of the continued success of the Judicial Externship Program and the ability of Kent students to be able to continue to have the privilege of externing with these judges, you cannot withdraw from or drop Judicial Externship as you can other law school courses. Breaching your promise to a federal judge to extern is the equivalent of ethical misconduct. So bottom line: if you are entertaining the possibility of transferring or visiting at another law school for the coming semester, do not apply for a judicial externship that semester.


Another exciting summer Legal Externship opportunity:

The Wm. WRIGLEY Jr. Company, global leader in the manufacturing and marketing of chewing products, will take on an extern in its downtown Chicago offices.

This externship attempts to provide a hands-on education in daily legal practices within a corporate environment. Wrigley envisions cross-training students in the following four (4) fundamental areas of law: International, Intellectual Property, Employment and General Corporate Law. The extern must be doing this for credit hours only.

Wrigley's Law Department is responsible for governing, managing and administering all the Company's legal affairs worldwide. The extern will be involved in projects such as legal research and writing, contract review, and legal filing. Familiarity with employment, real estate and/or intellectual property is a plus.

A strong proficiency with Lexis Nexis, LOTUS Notes, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and database administration is required. Good verbal and communication skills are required. The incumbent will possess a proficiency in typing and proofreading and have experience with various software programs.

If you are interested, contact Prof. Vivien Gross immediately to apply. Applications are due by April 1.

Current 1Ls and 2Ls

The Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, has two paid positions and two for credit volunteer externship positions available this summer in its Chicago office.

Applicants with prior expertise or experience in tax matters are preferred, but the IRS will consider all applicants.

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 10, 2004. Applications should include:
brief cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample. Applicants must also submit Form 6524, available at Alternatively, to request a Form 6524 application, call Karen Lawrence at (312) 886-9225, x357, or fax requests to fax # 312-886-8244.

Applications should be mailed to Area Counsel, IRS, Suite 2300, 200 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60606, Attention: Judith M. Picken.

For more information, please see Professor Gross, Room 617.

"Attention 2nd and 3rd Year Students"

Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS)
And the Law Offices of the Chicago-Kent College of Law
Have Established a Hotline Clinical Education Program

The Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) and Chicago-Kent College of Law have created a legal aid hotline clinical program at the Law School for Chicago-Kent students starting in the spring 2004 semester. The 2 credit clinical program will be open to a maximum of 5 second and third year students, with preference being given to evening-division students. Students need not be "711" licensed. The class will generally meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The participating students will talk to CARPLS clients who call the CARPLS Hotline seeking legal advice in the areas of landlord-tenant and family law. The students will be supervised by an experienced CARPLS attorney.

The course will meet on Wednesdays evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. commencing on Wednesday January 21, 2004. In addition to meeting on Wednesday evenings the students will be expected to participate in an intensive weekend immersion lecture session on the relevant substantive law on Saturday, January 24, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday, January 25, 2004, from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Additional training will occur during the Wednesday evening classes in the first four weeks of the semester. By the fifth week the students will be working on the CARPLS Hotline. All class sessions will take place at the Law School.

Students will be permitted to enroll only with the permission of Professor Gary Laser ( If you are interested in participating, please notify Professor Laser by e-mail no later than Monday, January 19 at 5:00 P.M. You will be notified on Tuesday, January 20 whether you have been accepted into the program.


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 each semester.


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 education.


For information on the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, please visit the website: 




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



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