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Week of February 15, 2010

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS - APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Applications for the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Litigation certificate programs are now available outside of the cafeteria and in the Law Offices, suite 600. Applications for both programs are due on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER/FALL 2010 SEMESTERS

CURRENT 1L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.31.
CURRENT 2L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.27.

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.

Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world. If you are interested in a judicial externship but were unable to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

Application Process

Information/A pplication packets for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Tuesday, February 23rd, at 5:00 p.m.

Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Thursday, March 18th, at 5:00 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the US 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.

If you would like more information about externships, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up an appointment. There are many different types of opportunities in which you might be interested.

The externships below require you to apply directly. If you receive an offer to extern, please contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 

EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR CREDIT

Summer 2010: 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 time frames 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 February 15, 2010 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 Leticia.Magdaleno@ed.gov.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you are selected as an extern.
 

Summer 2010: Legal Externships in New Orleans

1) Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (formerly known as New Orleans Legal Assistance) offers free civil legal aid to the Greater New Orleans area. It has substantive law units in housing, employment and public benefits, family, homeless advocacy, consumer, foreclosure prevention, tax and successions/title clearing.

Externs assist in litigation, prepare research memos and briefs, take clients through intake, and a variety of other tasks.

If you are interested in applying to SLLS as a Summer extern, please e-mail a cover, letter, resume and writing sample to: Amanda Furst at afurst@slls.org.

Please include the dates when you are available to extern over the summer.

2) Orleans Public Defenders. If you are interested in applying as a Summer extern, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript (unofficial is accepted) and references to: recruit@opdla.org.

Applications must be received by Friday, February 26, 2010.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you are selected as an extern for either of the above positions.
 

Summer 2010: Legal Externships with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The extern will assist in the representation of the U.S. Government in deportation, removal, and bond proceedings; provide advice and support to the various components of ICE; draft motions and briefs for practice before the U.S. Immigration Court, Board of Immigration appeals, and U.S. District Court; and prepare memoranda dealing with complex and novel legal issues. Previous or concurrent course work in immigration law helpful. United States citizenship is required.

Location: Office of the Chief Counsel
U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security ICE
55 E. Monroe St., Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603

If you are interested, please submit a resume, transcript and writing sample to: chioccapplication@dhs.gov no later than Friday, March 5, 2010. Interviews will be conducted in person and/or by telephone. All externs must successfully complete a security background check.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you are selected as an extern.

 

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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