Judicial Externship Update: The information
and application packets for Summer and Fall 2007 Judicial
Externships are ready but until we receive from Dean Sowle
the grades and class ranks, the applications will not be
There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested
in finding out more about the LADR Certificate program.
It will be held on Wednesday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m.
in Room 520.
The Law Offices accepts approximately 30 students per year
into the LADR Program. The LADR curriculum is designed to
give students a comprehensive and balanced professional
education to prepare them adequately for the practice of
law, with a concentration in litigation and alternative
methods of resolving conflict. It offers an innovative curriculum
that stresses the connection between legal doctrine, skills
and values, and the art of lawyering; it is one designed
to educate the students to become reflective practitioners
with a lawyering identity developed during law school that
incorporates high standards of competence, ethics, and social
If you have any questions about the Program, please contact
Professor Gary Laser.
Appleseed Seeking Law Student for Mundheim
February 2, 2007 - National Appleseed in Washington, D.C. is currently accepting law student applications for its Robert H. Mundheim Appleseed Fellowship.
The 2007 summer fellow will work on important local and national issues in public education with National Appleseed staff and network volunteer attorneys, as well as education scholars and advocates. The fellow can expect to be involved in legal research, writing and advocacy. Additionally, he or she will have opportunities to explore public interest work in the private sector with members of our board of directors and observe the legislative process in action by monitoring important developments on Capitol Hill.
Robert Mundheim, currently of counsel for Shearman & Sterling, is the former president of Appleseed’s board. His career has bridged government, the private sector, and academia, including serving as dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Treasury, general counsel of Salomon Brothers, and managing partner of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. His dedicated and high level of public service – whether full time or pro bono – exemplifies the best of the legal profession and Appleseed’s commitment to engage private sector lawyers in pro bono work that uses their skills, intellect, and influence to make a difference.
Please share this outstanding opportunity with aspiring
public interest advocates. Résumés and cover letters are
due by February 15 to:
727 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
fax: (202) 347-7961
For more information on the Appleseed network and any
of our collaborative projects, please visit: http://www.appleseednetwork.org.
Appleseed, a non-partisan and non-profit organization, is a network of public interest law Centers working to identify and address injustices in their communities. Appleseed works to build a just society through education, legal advocacy, community activism and policy expertise, addressing root causes and producing practical solutions. As one of the nation's largest legal pro bono networks, Appleseed Centers work both independently and collectively, bringing their own experiences to create local solutions that are nationally relevant. We connect the top private practice lawyers, corporate counsel, law schools, civic leaders, and other professionals to tackle problems locally, at their root cause.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM SUMMER 2007
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 will be available in the Law Offices reception
area, Room 600, and in the Career Services Office in mid-March.
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.
Summer 2007 Semester: Illinois Attorney General’s Office
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
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 2007 semester, you must
submit your application before March 1st. In addition,
to receive law school credit for either Kent’s Summer Externship
Program, please contact Prof. Gross (email@example.com)
to set up a meeting.
SUMMER AND FALL 2007 SEMESTERS
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, February 13, 2007, at 12:00 p.m. in
Room 545 there will be a meeting for students who are interested
in externing for one of the designated judges for the Summer
or Fall 2007 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
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 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 Monday,
Completed applications for Summer Externships should be
submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross,
Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, February 21st,
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 Thursday, March 15th, at
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 letter of interest. Past completion of the
Advice Desk class is a plus, but not required. If you do
have previous Advice Desk experience, you will get paid
at a rate of $12 per hour. Please submit a letter
of interest to Tracy Kish (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in the Law Offices. When we receive your letter, we will
check to see if you are work study eligible.
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.