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Week of March 8, 2010


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.

If you would like more information about the above or other certificate programs, there will be an informational meeting on Monday, March 1, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Event Room.



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 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 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.


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 approved in-house corporate legal counsel.

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.

Information about Summer/Fall 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.

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

Listed below are some available for-credit externship placement opportunities:


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

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

2) New 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:

Applications must be received by Friday, March 5, 2010.

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

Fall 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 Gross.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the U.S. Attorney by Monday, April 19, 2010. 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. Externship applications for Fall 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.


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