JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP: SPRING 2009 SEMESTER
Spring 2009 Semester
Judicial Externship with U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration
Description: Will assist panel of seven immigration judges
by writing legal memoranda, conducting in-depth legal research
and analysis, and drafting judicial decisions. This position
offers extensive exposure to asylum and deportation law
and an excellent opportunity to improve research, writing,
and analytical skills.
Location: Immigration Court - EOIR
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603
Qualifications: 2L or 3L
Coursework and/or volunteer and clinical experience in immigration
law preferred; United States citizenship required
Dates: January to May 2009 (federal and school holidays
16 hours per week during school semester
Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, copy
of recent transcript (unofficial is accepted), and a brief
unedited writing sample via email or mail to:
Greta Hendricks, Judicial Law Clerk
U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
55 East Monroe St., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603
Completed applications must be received at the U.S. Department
of Justice by Friday, October 24, 2008. Interviews
will be conducted in person. Inquiries should be directed
to Greta Hendricks at (312) 353-7313, ext. 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive law school credit for this externship, should
you be selected by the U.S. Department of Justice, you must
enroll in the law school’s Judicial Externship Program.
Please notify Professor Vivien Gross (email@example.com)
if and when you are selected as an extern.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
What is the Legal Externship Program?
LEP is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables
you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety
of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships
are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711
license and appear in court.
Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide
variety of places. For example, some have externed at the
City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of
the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission,
Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal
Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as
well as not-for-profit corporations like Rush University
Information about Spring 2009 Legal Externships and an
accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices
reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office,
and in front of the Spakateria.
Students interested in criminal law have externed at the
U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender,
and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender
in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.
To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn
in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world
legal work. Most students aren’t fortunate enough to receive
a paid clerking position — or even a volunteer opportunity
— that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique
and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of
the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly
broaden your future employment opportunities.
If you would like more information about externships,
please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to set up an appointment. There are lots of different types
of opportunities in which you might be interested.
Spring 2009 Semester: Externship with U.S. Department
of Education, Office for Civil Rights
The United States Department of Education, Office for
Civil Rights, (OCR), enforces several Federal civil rights
laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex disability and age. OCR also
enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001
that prohibits the denial of equal access or a fair opportunity
to meet to, or discrimination against, any group officially
affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Our extern works
with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams
in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.
The extern will also observe and participate in complainant
and witness interviews, participate in the drafting of all
documents pertinent to an OCR investigation including, letters
of notification, data requests and letters of finding. An
extern may have the opportunity to participate in local
on-site investigations, and assist with data analysis, engage
in substantial legal research and be expected to adhere
to the tight timeframes of the Department.
Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest
along with a resume and writing sample postmarked no later
than November 28, 2008 to:
Ms. Leticia Magdaleno
U. S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
500 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Applications may also be submitted by email to: Leticia.Magdaleno@ed.gov
To receive law school credit for Kent’s Spring Legal Externship
Program, please contact Prof. Gross (email@example.com).
Spring 2009 Semester: Intellectual Property (IP) Legal
Externship for IP Certificate Participants
2L and 3L applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.28.
A well-known Chicago-based national firm will select a
qualified Kent IP Certificate student for a Spring externship
in their IP division.
Submit your resume and transcript to Professor Vivien Gross
by Thursday, November 6, at noon. Professor Gross
will then forward the information to the participating firm
to make its selection.
For more information about intellectual property externship
opportunities generally, please contact Professor Vivien
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.