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Week of March 28, 2005


In-House Clinical Programs

Applications for both Summer and Fall semesters are now available in room 600 and outside of the cafeteria. Summer applications are due on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 by 3:00. The due date for Fall semester will be announced.

Fall Externship For-Credit Opportunity

The General Counsel of a small independent retail electric supplier serving non-residential businesses throughout Illinois, with headquarters in downtown Chicago, is willing to supervise an extern this summer. The General Counsel oversees all legal matters, running the gamut from drafting contracts, reviewing contracts, regulatory filings with city, county, state and federal agencies, litigation before the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, drafting and handling lawsuits against customers, negotiating contracts, and pretty much everything else that comes up. As a member of senior management, the General Counsel is also involved in almost every aspect of business decisions as well.

The right Kent student would have an excellent experience working there. If he/she has a particular interest in energy law, he/she would be able to gain invaluable experience. If he/she is interested in learning how to be a “business” lawyer, this would also be a perfect fit. If accepted, the extern would enroll in the 4-credit hours Legal Externship Program.

Any interested student should submit a resume and transcript as soon as possible to Professor Gross, Room 617.

Fall Intellectual Property (IP) Legal Externship

There is currently 1 firm which will be interviewing qualified Kent students for a Fall IP externship. If you are interested, please submit your resume and a transcript to Prof. Gross by Monday, April 11 at noon. Professor Gross will then forward the information on to the participating firm to make its selection(s).

Chicago-Kent’s IP Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour, non-graded program which enables a 3L student enrolled in Kent’s Intellectual Property Certificate Program to receive academic credit, not pay, for working 16 hours a week in an approved legal placement under the supervision of a designated attorney. The program is unique in that it enables students to gain practical experience and develop legal skills while making themselves more marketable to prospective employers.

IP Legal Externship consists primarily of a fieldwork experience under a supervising lawyer, supplemented by individual meetings between the extern and Professor Gross throughout the semester.

For more information about intellectual property externship opportunities generally, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (



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 primarily 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 Externships and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area, Room 600, and in the Career Services Office.




If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the US 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 US Attorney by Monday, April 18, 2005. 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 US Attorney’s Office, you must enroll in the law school’s Legal Externship Program. The law school’s externship applications for Fall Semester, 2005 will be available in Room 600 Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office in early March.

Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Externship Program or the externship position with the US Attorney’s Office.



The LADR Faculty Committee will consider the applications and inform the students of its decision.



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