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Week of February 2, 2009


Summer 2009: Externships 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 with, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Successful extern candidates will work with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.

The extern will 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. The extern may have the opportunity to participate in local on-site investigations and will assist with data analysis, engage in substantial legal research and be expected to adhere to the tight timeframes of the Department. The team attorney(s) with whom the extern will work will supervise the extern’s work. The extern coordinator, the deputy chief attorney and chief attorney will also be available to assist the extern.

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest along with a copy of your resume and writing sample postmarked no later than March 27, 2009 to:

Ms. Leticia Magdaleno
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Citigroup Center
Suite 1075
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Applications may also be submitted by email to

Please notify Prof. Gross ( if and when you are selected as an extern.


Spring 2009 Employment Opportunity – Clerk to Special Master in Federal Court, (Northern District of Illinois)

A former federal judge has been appointed by the court to serve as a Special Master in three intellectual property cases. The judge seeks to hire a law clerk to assist him in those matters. Salary: $20-25 per hour.

3Ls are preferred (no 1Ls). Student must have a strong academic law school record and be enrolled in the C-K IP Certificate Program.

Please submit your resume and transcript to Prof. Vivien Gross ( . Prof. Gross will forward your material to the judge, who will make his own selection.

Summer 2009 Semester: U.S. Department of Justice – Immigration Court

An extern will assist a 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.

U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603

– 2L or 3L
– Coursework and/or experience in immigration law preferred
– United States citizenship required

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of recent transcript (unofficial is accepted), and unedited writing sample (5-10 pages) via email or mail (Attention: Greta Hendricks, Judicial Law Clerk) to the address listed above. Applications must be received by March 2, 2009.

Interviews will be conducted in person.

Inquiries should be directed to Greta Hendricks at (312) 353-7313, ext. 232 or

To receive credit, please contact Professor Gross (


Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judge.

Information application packets for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as of Friday, February 6th. Because the program requires a grade point cutoff, the distribution of applications are necessarily delayed until such time as current grades and ranks are announced.

On Tuesday, February 10th, at noon in Room 165, Professor Gross will conduct an Informational Meeting on Summer/Fall 2009 Judicial Externships for all interested students.

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at




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