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Week of February 6, 2006


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.

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 law school.

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 this program, you may contact Prof. Gary Laser, Room 631, or pick up an application and curriculum memorandum in Room 600.

FEBRUARY 17, 2006

Please submit your application to the Law Offices Receptionist in Room 600.

Employment Opportunity

Professor Ed Kraus in the Health and Disability Clinic in the Law Offices seeks to hire a research assistant to help with researching and data entry of medical providers and client information. The work will take 2-5 hours per week and the hours are flexible. Pay is $9 per hour. Please email a letter of interest to Ed Kraus.


Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour, Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judges or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judge.

Judicial Externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by writing memoranda 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 or the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, as well as the specific problems confronted in the courtroom.

Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 345 there will be a meeting for students who are interested in externing for one of the designated judges for the Summer or Fall 2006 Semesters. 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 for a judicial externship

Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world. If you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

Application Process

Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as of Friday, February 3rd.

Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, February 22nd, at 5:00 p.m.

Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, March 1st, at 5:00 p.m.


Office of the Attorney General of Illinois

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago office, externs investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Students who qualify for a 711 licensed may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

For further information, and to download an application form, please visit the Illinois Attorney General’s website at: Inquiries may also be directed to Adelaida Otero at 312/814-5197,

If you are interested in externing at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office during the Summer 2006 semester, you must submit your application no later than March 1, 2006. If you wish to extern during the Fall 2006 semester, you should submit your application no sooner than May 1, 2006 and no later than July 1, 2006.

In addition, to receive law school credit for either Chicago-Kent’s Summer or Fall Legal Externship program, please contact Prof. Gross ( to set up a meeting.

Clinic Students Help Make Illinois Law

Clinic students Anthony Loizzi and Shannon O'Dell were instrumental in the defeat of a motion for summary judgment in a significant case being handled by Clinical Professor Richard Gonzalez. The suit is based on the tort of fraudulent misrepresentation, which has been rarely used in Illinois as a cause of action for knowingly false oral promises made by an employer to an employee and upon which the employee relies to his detriment. Anthony and Shannon exhaustively researched and analyzed Illinois law and that of other jurisdictions and, with little precedential guidance, were able to persuade the Court that this is a viable theory for employees who have been misled by an employer to their detriment. It is particularly important because of Illinois law's disfavor of oral employment contracts, which severely limits the possibility of wrongful discharge actions based upon oral promises.

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




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