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Week of December 1, 2008

Law Offices: In-House Clinics

Applications for the Spring 2009 semester of the Law Offices In-Houses Clinics were due Monday, November 24, 2008 at 5:00pm. Please note that application lottery results may be posted after registration begins.

 

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 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. 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.

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 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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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 externship program.

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 Protection
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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 
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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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 and providers.

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 julie.roknich@reshealthcare.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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 
Spring 2009 Externship: Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
3Ls preferred

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
Area Counsel
Internal Revenue Service
Suite 2300
200 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you are accepted or for more information about this externship opportunity.

 
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
312/603-5691

To receive externship credit, please contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 
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 several weeks.

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: 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 at: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/jobs/index.html.

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 aotero@atg.state.il.us.

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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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

 

 

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