Public Interest Positions - Paid Opportunities
There are 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 administrative support, 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
This position pays $10 an hour. You must be eligible for
work study and your eligibility will be verified upon receipt
of your application. Past completion of the Advice Desk
class is a plus, but not required. Please submit a letter
of interest to Elizabeth Koziol (email@example.com)
in the Law Offices.
Exciting For-Credit Externship Opportunity at Department
of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration
Openings for 2 law students (3Ls preferred) for the Spring 2007 Semester, to extern at USCIS, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.
Students will gain experience in immigration law in the areas of citizenship, asylum, and immigration benefits. Students will draft briefs on visa petition appeals and research issues in immigration law and criminal law. They will also have the opportunity to assist with federal litigation, primarily mandamus actions. To ensure the extern receives an optimal experience, he/she will be rotated among the various departments within USCIS.
Interested students should provide a resume to Professor
Vivien Gross by Thursday, October 5th. Each accepted
extern must go through a security clearance, which can take
Please contact Professor
Gross if you have any questions about either the Legal
Externship Program and/or the externship position with the
Clinic Students Score Major Appellate Court
Congratulations to 3d year student Priya Koul and to 2006
grad Veronica Garcia for their work in achieving a great (for
employees) Appellate Court decision. This month the Illinois
Appellate Court ruled in Hoffelt v City of Chicago
that the Illinois Department of Human Rights had erred in
dismissing the claim of sexual harassment, sexually discriminatory
job assignments, and retaliation against a Law Offices client.
The decision is significant in a number of respects including
the fact that it represents an extremely rare judicial reversal
of an IDHR finding. Beyond that achievement, the Court ruled
that sexual harassment victims can allege otherwise time-barred
claims under Illinois law so long as the conduct is part of
a pattern of behavior and that any act of retaliation against
an employee for having complained of harassment is actionable.
Priya and Veronica wrote a wonderful appellate brief with
which the Appellate Court resoundingly agreed.
Judicial Externships: Spring 2007 Semester
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
judge or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court
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.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. in
Room 370 there will be a meeting for students who are interested
in externing for one of the designated judges for the Spring
2007 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 for a judicial
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
Applications for the Spring Judicial Externships will
be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room
600), and in the Career Services Office as of Monday, September
Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole
Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices,
by Tuesday, October 10th, at 5:00 p.m.
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 Spring 2007 Legal Externships and
an accompanying application form will be available in late
October 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.
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR 3LS - Spring 2007 Semester
EXTERNSHIPS WITH U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE NORTHERN DISTRICT
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 Tuesday, September 12, 2006.
The reason for this accelerated date is because each accepted
extern must go through a security clearance, which takes
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,
2007, will be available in mid-October in Room 600 Law Offices
reception area and in the Career Services office.
will be happy to answer any questions you may have about
either the Legal Externship Program and/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.