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.
Most 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
major corporations like Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and Rush
University Medical Center.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to set up an appointment. There are lots of different types
of opportunities in which you might be interested.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR CREDIT ONLY
Spring 2010: Disability Law For Credit
Legal Externship Opportunity
Equip for Equality (EFE) is a private nonprofit, statewide
organization whose mission is to advance the human and civil
rights of people with disabilities. EFE provides legal representation
in individual cases, and engages in impact litigation and
public policy advocacy seeking systemic change. Externs
can work in one of three programs: (1) Special Education
Clinic – assisting families with obtaining the education
and support that their children with disabilities need;
(2) Abuse Investigation Unit – investigating abuse and neglect
of people with disabilities and providing individual assistance
and advocating for systemic change; and (3) Community Living
Team – representing people with disabilities on a wide range
of issues, including discrimination, community integration
Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter
to Barry Taylor via e-mail at email@example.com.
The cover letter should indicate your preference, if any,
for one of EFE's three legal programs.
Please notify Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
immediately if you have been selected.
Summer 2010 Semester: 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 in Room 612
from Carole Ross, administrative assistant to Professor
Completed applications must be received at the Office of
the U.S. Attorney by Thursday, December 31, 2009.
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. Externship
applications for Summer 2010 will be available in mid-March.
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.
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.