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Week of October 27, 2008


Spring 2009 Semester
Judicial Externship with U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration Court

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 off)
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
Immigration Court
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

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 schoolís Judicial Externship Program. Please notify Professor Vivien Gross ( if and when you are selected as an extern.



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 Ė 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 Counselís 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 Medical Center.

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. Attorneyís Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the Stateís Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Why Extern?

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 arenít fortunate enough to receive a paid clerking position ó or even a volunteer opportunity ó 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 ( 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
Citigroup Center
Suite 1075
500 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661

Applications may also be submitted by email to:

To receive law school credit for Kentís Spring Legal Externship Program, please contact Prof. Gross (

Spring 2009 Semester: Illinois Attorney Generalís Office

The Illinois Attorney Generalís 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 Generalís website at:

Inquiries may also be directed to Adelaida Otero, Professional Development and Attorney Recruitment, Office of the Attorney General, 312 814-5197 or email her at

If you are interested in externing at the Illinois Attorney Generalís Office during the Spring 2009 semester, you must submit your application as soon as possible. In addition, to receive law school credit for Kentís Fall Externship Program, please contact Prof. Gross ( to set up a meeting.

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.

To apply:
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 Gross (


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