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 three semesters of law school.
Externs interested in civil law may select to work 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.
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 want to know more about available externship opportunities,
please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to set up an appointment.
FALL EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Exciting opportunity with the Worker’s Compensation
Litigation Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office,
Civil Division. The extern will assist in those matters
and cases leading to and currently in litigation. Students
who are eligible for a 711 license will also have the opportunity
for in-court experience.
If you are interested, please contact immediately:
Mr. Curtis A. James
Assistant State’s Attorney
Cook County Domestic Relations Court
Preference is given 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 and observe cases involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, custody, orders of protection and visitation, etc.
If you are interested, please contact Professor Gross
as soon as possible to set up a meeting and to submit your
resume and transcript.
Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Dept. of Homeland
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
You will assist in the representation of the U.S. Government
in deportation, removal and bond proceedings; draft motions
and briefs for practice before the U.S. Immigration Court
and Board of Immigration Appeals; and prepare memos dealing
with complex and novel legal issues. In addition, you will
have an opportunity to assist the Office of the Chief Area
Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on
adjudication, asylum and citizenship issues.
If you are interested, please submit a copy of your resume
and transcript to Professor Gross in Room 617 as soon as
In-House Legal Externship
(Students should be 3Ls by Fall Semester)
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 for summer semester. 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
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
Any interested student should submit a resume and transcript
to Professor Vivien Gross, Room 617, immediately.
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Division of Enforcement
(Students should be 3Ls by Fall Semester)
The Chicago office of the Division of Enforcement is seeking
externs who will receive law school credit.
The Division of Enforcement investigates and prosecutes
alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC
regulations. Violations may involve commodity futures or
option trading on domestic commodity exchanges, or the improper
marketing of commodity investments. The Division may, at
the direction of the Commission, file complaints before
the agency’s administrative law judges or in the U.S. District
Courts. Alleged criminal violations of the Commodity Exchange
Act or violations of other Federal laws which involve commodity
futures trading may be referred to the Justice Department
for prosecution. The Division also provides expert help
and technical assistance with case development and trials
to U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, other Federal and state regulators,
and international authorities.
Primary duties include conducting legal research, writing
memoranda, aiding in the preparation of court pleadings
and papers in the U.S. District Courts across the nation
as well as in an administrative forum; aiding attorneys
and investigators who are preparing to take investigative
testimony and depositions, working with exhibits, Freedom
of Information Act responses; aiding with the discovery
process and interacting with and/or interviewing customers
or investors with complaints.
To apply, interested students should e-mail a cover letter,
resume and writing sample to:
Ms. Ava Gould
Trial Team Leader Commodities Futures Trading Commission
525 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
and notify Prof. Gross (email@example.com)
if and when they are selected as externs.
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.