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Week of November 1, 2004

 

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT 2LS

SUMMER 2005 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 Friday, December 10, 2004. 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 Legal Externship Program. The law school's externship applications for summer semester, 2005 will be available in Room 600 Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office in mid-March.

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
SPRING 2005


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).

LEP is 4-credit hours, non-graded, and open predominantly to students in their last two semesters of law school.

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.

Some examples of the many available externship opportunities:

Immigration Court (of Office of Homeland Security)

Asylum Law - Immigration practice with public interest organization

Office of Cook County Public Defender - Felony Courtroom (you can use 711 license)

Cook County State's Attorney's Office - Felony Courtroom (you can use 711 license)

Public Utilities Bureau of Illinois Attorney General's Office - Energy and natural gas-related policy-making and litigation

Clerk to Judge in Chancery Court of Cook County (Equity Court)

Mexican Consulate of Chicago - Legal aid to Consul General of Mexico and staff (knowledge of Spanish a prerequisite)

Office of Cook County Public Guardian - Juvenile Court (you can use 711 license)

Internal Revenue Service

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

If you want to know more about available externship opportunities, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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.

 

"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 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 each semester.

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 education.

LOW INCOME TAXPAYERS CLINIC

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

                        http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic/tax/  

 

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

 

 

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