Law Offices: In-House Clinics
Applications for the Spring 2009 semester of the Law Offices
In-Houses Clinics are now available in the Law Offices -
Room 600 and outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria. The due
date is Monday, November 24, 2008 at 5:00pm. Please note
that application lottery results may be posted after registration
begins. Since registration continues for a week, it will
not prejudice your registration options.
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: U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of
Associate Chief Counsel (Chicago) has one extern position available for Spring 2009. The
position will provide excellent opportunities for interesting and important legal work.
The Office of the Associate Chief Counsel provides legal advice to, and legal representation for,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees in matters relating to the activities and functions
of CBP. These areas include, but are not limited to Customs and Immigration enforcement, seizures and
forfeitures, MSPB and EEO hearings and grievance arbitrations. The Office is also responsible for
reviewing proposed actions to ensure compliance with legal requirements, preparing formal legal opinions,
preparing or reviewing responses in all court actions, civil or criminal, involving CBP, and developing,
implementing, and evaluating nationwide programs, policies, and procedures within its functional areas.
An extern performs legal research and depending upon current work demands, may draft pleadings, prepare
litigation reports, declarations, discovery and other documents.
An extern must complete a background investigation and participate in a law school for-credit
Students interested in being considered for the extern position should submit a cover letter, resume,
and writing sample (unofficial or official) by Friday, December 12, 2008, to:
Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border
Office of Associate Chief Counsel
Attn: Edward Greenwald, Attorney
610 South Canal St., Rm. 767
Chicago, Illinois 60607
To obtain credit, please contact Prof. Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spring 2009 Semester: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
The Department of Enforcement of the Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is currently seeking interested
first, second and third year law students to apply for its
Externship Program for the 2009 Spring semester. The selected
student will work approximately 12-15 hours a week from
January 2009 through May 2009 and must receive school credit
to be eligible to participate in the Program.
The Department of Enforcement was created through the
consolidation of NASD and the member regulation, enforcement,
and arbitration functions of the NYSE. It is the largest
non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing
business in the United States and is dedicated to investor
protection and market integrity through effective and efficient
regulation. The Externship Program for the Department of
Enforcement is designed for students who have an interest
in securities law and regulation. Externs will perform research,
writing, investigative work and analysis as part of preliminary
and formal investigations being conducted by FINRA. These
investigations cover all areas of the securities industry
including customer-initiated sales practice complaints,
market manipulation, insider trading, member firm financial
operations and trading violations. Externs will attend hearings
and depositions over the course of the semester.
Interested students should submit a resume no later than
December 5th for the position entitled "Enforcement
Extern – Chicago" via the FINRA website at: http://www.finra.org/CareerOpportunities/index.htm.
Please notify Prof. Gross (email@example.com)
if you are selected as an extern.
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
Resurrection Health Care’s externship opportunity is in
the Office of Legal Affairs and open to J.D. students who
• 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 sample.
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: 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
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 (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com)
to set up a meeting.
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.