Chicago-Kent home page Student portal Faculty portal Staff portal About The Record Current Record headlines Publication deadlines The Record archives

Law Offices

Law Offices home page
Week of May 16, 2005


Fall Externship Opportunity for Credit

The mission of the Disability Rights Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is to protect and advance the interests of persons with disabilities in Illinois. The Bureau enforces the civil rights of people with disabilities under state and federal laws and is specifically charged with enforcing the Environmental Barriers Act, 410 ILCS 25/1, et seq. and the Illinois Accessibility Code, 71 Ill. Admin. Code 400.110 et seq., the state laws that ensure physical access to public facilities by people with disabilities. When a violation is confirmed, or an investigation of a civil rights matter indicates reasonable cause to believe that a person with a disability has suffered discrimination, the Bureau attempts to amicably resolve the complaint. When this is not possible, the Bureau may file a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief, damages and fines in the name of the People of the State of Illinois against the owner of the facility or other appropriate respondent.

The Bureau also provides advocacy, information and referral services to persons with disabilities. In this role, the Bureau responds to questions from people with disabilities, professionals, business owners, school districts, community groups, employers and others regarding their rights and responsibilities under local, state and federal disability laws. In most cases, the Bureau refers individuals to disability organizations that have the expertise to address the specific needs of the individual. In some instances, Bureau staff will advocate for the provision of services or accommodations on behalf of a person with a disability. The Disability Rights Bureau is also engaged in proposing legislative amendments, commenting on policy and advising on amicus curiae briefs with the goal of improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Externs who join us for the fall, spring or summer term can expect to work with Assistant Attorneys General in the bureau in investigating and resolving complaints, researching the law and preparing memoranda and participating in advocacy initiatives. All candidates must go through the regular process and fill out an application that is available at

For students who are particularly interested in disability rights, they should so indicate on the application itself.

To receive credit, please contact Prof. Gross ( to set up a meeting.

Regulatory & Aviation Litigation – Fall Externship

The City of Chicago Regulatory & Aviation Litigation Division is willing to take on an extern for the fall academic semester. The position is open to 3Ls or 2Ls, but those eligible for 711 licenses are preferred. The Division practices in the areas of aviation, collections, environmental, financial/bankruptcy, general regulatory, intellectual property, public utilities, telecommunications and tax. Division attorneys practice in federal and state court, as well as before various administrative tribunals. The extern will have the opportunity to participate in different types and stages of litigation. Students with a 711 license may also have the opportunity to represent the City in contested hearings.

If you are interested, please contact Ms. Dori McDonald, Department of Law, Regulatory & Aviation Litigation Division, Room 900, 30 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602 (, and include a copy of your resume, transcript and writing sample. To receive credit, please contact Prof. Gross ( to set up a meeting.


Mexican Consulate of Chicago – Fall

Students must have a proficiency in Spanish. The extern will work at the Chicago office of the Mexican consulate with staff attorneys. Externs will review case files and take an active role in cases involving Mexican nationals under the direction of a Mexican foreign service officer. Externs may also answer calls from Mexican nationals, speak with attorneys and other officials from local, state and federal agencies. The extern may also be involved in doing some legal research. If you are interested, e-mail Professor Gross ( as soon as possible to set up a meeting.


Illinois Attorney General's Office – Fall Externship

The Antitrust Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is accepting applications for unpaid extern positions for fall 2005. The Antitrust Bureau enforces both Federal and State antitrust laws and has criminal as well as civil enforcement powers. The extern will work directly with the bureau chief and other attorneys in the bureau on legal research, investigations, document review and the drafting of correspondence and pleadings.

If you are interested, please contact Mr. Blake L. Harrop, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau, 13th Floor, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 (, and include a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript. To receive credit, please contact Prof. Gross ( to set up a meeting.


Summer/Fall Externships in Family Law:
Cook County Domestic Relations Court

Open to students who have either taken Family Law or Family Law Clinic or who will be concurrently enrolled in either of these courses while doing the externship.

Enjoy this exciting opportunity to observe and participate in the day-to-day operations of a busy domestic relations courtroom and to assist the judge in researching law and drafting orders.

If you are interested, please contact Professor Gross ( as soon as possible to set up a meeting and to submit your resume and transcript.


Legal Externship Program
Fall 2005 Semester

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.

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at




.: Main Chicago-Kent event

.: Academic calendar

.: CLE calendar

.: Alumnae/i event calendar

.: Admissions calendar

Chicago-Kent home page Student portal Faculty portal Staff portal About The Record Current Record headlines Publication deadlines The Record archives