EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT 2LS
SUMMER 2005 SEMESTER: EXTERNSHIPS WITH U.S. ATTORNEY'S
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
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
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 (Office of Homeland Security)
Asylum Law - Immigration practice with public interest
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
Clerk to Judge in Chancery Court of Cook County (Equity
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 (email@example.com)
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.
Office of the Attorney General of Illinois, Public Utilities
The Public Utilities Bureau is actively engaged in the
development of the Attorney General's public policy on energy
and communications issues, primarily through their participation
in administrative proceedings before the Illinois Commerce
Commission and legislative initiatives.
Bureau attorneys appear regularly before the Illinois Commerce
Commission as public interest advocates, as well as before
Illinois appellate courts, litigating cases involving the
major utilities in the state. The extern would be involved
primarily in resolving legal and factual issues. Factual
research may include locating regulatory precedent or gathering
information about economic issues such as deregulation,
monopoly economics and competition, utility accounting,
rate design, environmental policy, engineering and consumer
If interested, please contact Prof. Gross immediately (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Refugee and Asylum Law
Externs will interview asylum applicants, previously interviewed
and accepted by Heartland Alliance's Midwest Immigrant &
Human Rights Center, to prepare their asylum applications.
Externs research domestic and international law as well
as country conditions and handle at least one asylum case
per semester. Asylum applicants either apply for asylum
affirmatively to the Immigration and Naturalization Service,
or apply defensively to the Immigration Court if they are
in deportation or removal proceedings. Externs attend the
asylum interview with their clients and a supervising attorney
before the Asylum Office of the Immigration and Naturalization
Service. Students who elect to represent an asylum applicant
in removal proceedings will appear before the Immigration
Court with their clients and a supervising attorney.
Prior immigration law experience is not required. Fluency
in a second language is helpful, although it is not a requirement
for the externship.
Interested students, please contact Prof. Gross (email@example.com).
The lottery has been completed and the results are posted
outside of the Law Offices, Room 600.
LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
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 into LADR begin
the certificate program in their 3rd semester of law school.
The evening division students who are accepted to LADR begin
the certificate program in their 4th or 5th semester of
Becoming a lawyer takes more than sitting through three
years of law school classes. It involves more than learning
how to cross-examine hostile witnesses, write persuasive
briefs, and talk with 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, 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 intensive skills and clinical training.
Your experience will teach you how to become a competent,
ethical, and socially responsible lawyer.
To learn more about the program, you may contact Prof.
Gary Laser, Room 631, or pick up an application and curriculum
memorandum in Room 600.
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM MUST BE
BY 3:00 P.M. ON
FEBRUARY 18, 2005
Please submit your application to the Law Offices Receptionist
in Room 600.
"Attention 2nd and 3rd Year Students"
Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services
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
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
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.
IMMIGRATION LAW CLINIC
The newly established Immigration Law Clinic represents
individuals and organizations in all areas of immigration
law, including professionals, aliens of extraordinary ability
in the sciences, arts and business, individuals seeking
immigration benefits for family members, asylees and individuals
threatened with removal from the United States by the government.
Students will work under the supervision of Professor Matthew
Bernstein. Prior to joining Chicago-Kent’s faculty, Professor
Bernstein was a partner with the law firm Mandel, Lipton
and Stevenson, Limited. He has focused his practice exclusively
on immigration and nationality law for over a decade. He
is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers
Association where he currently serves as Associate Chair
of the Department of Labor Liaison Committee for the Chicago
Chapter. Professor Bernstein is a frequent invited speaker
by legal and community organizations and is a regular volunteer
advisor to nonprofit organizations such as Asian Human Services,
where he is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award
of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation.
Students who intern with the Immigration Program will be
exposed to a broad spectrum of Immigration and Nationality
issues, from employment-based petitions to asylum and removal
work. They will learn the basic legal requirements for immigration
benefits and non-immigration visas and will gain experience
interviewing clients, identifying possible avenues for immigration
benefits and grounds for inadmissibility or removal. They
will draft immigration petitions and supporting letters
and will assist in researching and writing memoranda and
briefs to the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration
Appeals and Federal Court. After receiving authorization
from the agency involved, students may have an opportunity
to appear on behalf of clients before the U.S. Asylum office,
the Citizenship and Naturalization Service and the Immigration
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
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 http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.