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 (email@example.com)
to set up an appointment. There are lots of different types
of opportunities in which you might be interested.
Spring 2009 Semester: Cook County Domestic Relations
Open 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 the day-to-day operations of a busy courtroom and
to assist domestic relations judge in researching law, writing memoranda, and drafting
If you are interested, please submit your resume and transcript
to Professor Gross by Tuesday, November 18th.
Spring 2009 Semester: Resurrection Health Care
Resurrection Health Care is seeking motivated volunteer Legal Externs to work at least two
days a week in a busy and dynamic legal and regulatory environment during the Spring 2009
terms. Resurrection Health Care (RHC) is the parent corporation for a comprehensive health
care system that provides services throughout the Chicagoland area through 8 hospitals, a
long-term acute care hospital, 7 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, 4 retirement
communities, and numerous community clinics and other health care facilities and
Resurrection Health Care’s externship opportunity is in the Office of Legal Affairs and open
to J.D. students who will:
• Work closely with the system General Counsel and other attorneys in the
Office of Legal Affairs;
• Engage in a broad range of legal activities, including research and legal
analysis, writing, preparation of legal documents and contract review;
• Gain exposure to numerous types of legal matters, including regulatory,
contracts, medical staff, estate and gifts, corporate transactional, non-profit, employment
and labor, governmental relations, real estate, corporate compliance, HIPAA and litigation
that arises in a health care setting;
• Have the opportunity to attend and observe significant meetings,
depositions, mediations, court hearings, and other events as may be available during the
term. Parking and lunch are free for volunteer externs.
To apply for an externship:
Please submit your resume and a cover letter that specifies
(a) the semester for which you are applying, and (b) which
days of the week you would work at RHC, if known. Students
will be asked to come to RHC for an interview and to submit
a writing sample. Please send your materials to Julie Roknich,
Assistant General Counsel, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or at 7435 W. Talcott Ave., #345, Chicago, Il 60631.
Location and Transportation:
The Office of Legal Affairs is located at:
Resurrection Health Care
7435 W. Talcott Avenue, #345, Chicago, IL 60631
(Near Harlem Avenue and the Kennedy Expressway)
If you are accepted, to receive credit and enroll in Legal
Externship, please contact Prof. Gross (email@example.com).
Spring 2009 Externship: Internal Revenue Service, Office
of Chief Counsel
Applicants with prior expertise or experience in tax matters are preferred, but the IRS will
consider all applicants.
Applications should include: brief cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing
Contact: Ms. Patricia Davis
Internal Revenue Service
200 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60606
Please contact Professor Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you are accepted or for more information about this externship
Spring 2009 Semester: U.S. Commodity Futures Trading
Commission, Division of Enforcement
The Chicago office of the Division of Enforcement is seeking externs who will receive law
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 by Friday, November 14, 2008
Ms. Ava Gould
Trial Team Leader
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
525 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
Please notify Prof. Gross (email@example.com)
if and when you are selected as an extern.
Spring 2009 Semester: Cook County State’s Attorneys Office,
Worker’s Compensation Division
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:
Mr. Curtis A. James
Assistant State’s Attorney
To receive externship credit, please contact Prof. Gross
Summer 2009: Externships with U.S. Attorney's Office,
Northern District of Illinois
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 Carole Ross, administrative assistant to
Professor Gross, in Room 612.
Completed applications must be received at the Office
of the U.S. Attorney by Tuesday, December 30, 2008.
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 Summer 2009, will be available in mid-March in Room 600
Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office.
Professor Gross 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spring 2009 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, Professional
Development and Attorney Recruitment, Office of the Attorney
General, 312 814-5197 or email her at email@example.com.
If you are interested in externing at the Illinois Attorney
General’s Office during the Spring 2009 semester, you must
submit your application as soon as possible. In addition,
to receive law school credit for Kent’s Fall Externship
Program, please contact Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.