Law Offices - Fall 2006
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
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
#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 (email@example.com)
immediately to set up a meeting and to submit your resume
#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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
immediately to set up a meeting and to submit your resume
#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
Any interested student should submit a resume and transcript
to Professor Vivien Gross, Room 617, immediately.
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
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
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.