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Week of September 12, 2005

Public Interest Position - Paid Opportunity

There are at least two openings for current Chicago-Kent students who are eligible for work study. The Advice Desk at the Daley Center is now hiring students through a work study program to work in paralegal/administrative positions. The candidates will have an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, public interest environment while helping to provide administrative and paralegal help to make the Desk more efficient and therefore allow more clients to receive pro bono legal assistance. Some of the duties might include: greeting and identifying eligible clients, filling out or updating forms, database entry and maintenance, assisting elderly and disabled clients in retrieving their court files or finding a courtroom, etc.

The Advice Desk provides interviewing, counseling, and limited representation to indigent defendants who seek assistance at the Circuit Court of Cook County. Approximately sixty percent of the cases involve eviction defense and forty percent involve tort, contract, personal injury and collection matters.

This position pays $10 an hour. You must be eligible for work study and your eligibility will be verified upon receipt of your application. Please submit a letter of interest to Prof. Ed Kraus in the Law Offices.

Advice Desk - Paid Opportunity

There are openings for current Chicago-Kent students who are eligible for work study and have successfully completed at least one semester of Advice Desk. We are hiring students through a work study program to work in legal intern positions. The candidates will have an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, public interest environment while helping provide pro bono legal assistance to indigent clients.

This position pays $12 an hour. You must be eligible for work study and your eligibility will be verified upon receipt of your application. Please submit a letter of interest to Prof. Ed Kraus of the Law Offices.

 

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SPRING 2006 SEMESTER


SECOND YEAR APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A CURRENT MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.28.
THIRD YEAR APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A CURRENT MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.36.

Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 580, there will be a meeting for all students who are interested in externing for a federal appellate, district, or magistrate judge and for the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, for the Spring 2006 Semester. Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply. If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and drafting opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Application Process

The applications for Spring 2006 Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600) and in the Career Services Offices as of Monday, September 19th.

Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Thursday, October 6, 2005, 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.

 

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR 3Ls
SPRING 2006 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 Monday, September 26, 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 U.S. Attorney’s Office, you must enroll in the law school’s Legal Externship Program. The law school’s externship applications for spring semester, 2006, will be available in mid-October in Room 600 Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office.

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.


For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic

 

 

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