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Week of August 7, 2006


 

Law Offices - Fall 2006
Orientation Information

Orientation for new students will be held on Monday, August 28, 2006, 4:00 p.m. in room 510. Please bring your schedule with you as you will be choosing a time for a one hour office duty. Plan on meeting with your supervising attorney after the orientation. Continuing students: please pick up a handbook from Norma at reception before Tuesday, August 29. Please email Tracy Kish if you have any questions.


LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
FALL 2006

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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up an appointment.

 

FALL EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Corporate/Transactional Externships

#1. This financial company makes senior and junior secured loans to middle market companies. The extern will assist outside counsel with the documentation phase of the loan transaction from its inception to closing. The work will also involve dealing and communicating with other lenders, company borrowers, and making sure that all closing documentation is complete and in order before the company funds.

3Ls or 2Ls with business/financial backgrounds are preferred. Applicants should be in the top 30% of their class. If you are interested, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) immediately to set up a meeting and to submit your resume and transcript.

#2. Extern to in-house corporate counsel of a corporation which is an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The extern would be involved in issues confronting investment advisers, mutual funds and broker-dealers, as well as with an array of issues facing a business with 150 employees both in the United States and abroad.

3Ls with business backgrounds are preferred. Applicants should be in the top 35% of their class. If you are interested, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) immediately to set up a meeting and to submit your resume and transcript.

#3. 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. 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 to Professor Vivien Gross, Room 617, immediately.

 

Litigation Externships

Worker’s Compensation Litigation

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
312/603-5691


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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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 Security
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 possible.

 

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
agould@cftc.gov

and notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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

 

 

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