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.
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
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
Information about Summer/Fall 2010 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 (email@example.com)
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/Fall Externships – Cook County Domestic
Relations Court (4 credit hours)
Open to 2L and 3L students who have either taken Family
Law or Family Law Clinic or who will be concurrently enrolled
in either of these courses while doing the externship.
Enjoy this exciting opportunity to be a legal extern to
a judge in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit
Court of Cook County at the Daley Center. You will not only
be able to observe and participate in the day-to-day operations
of a busy domestic relations courtroom but will also assist
your judge in researching law, drafting orders, and resolving
There are currently two judges who are seeking a student
extern for Summer and Fall. If you are interested in either
a Summer or Fall externship, please contact Professor Gross
as soon as possible to set up a meeting and to submit your
resume and transcript.
Summer 2010 Semester for Credit Only: Gulf Restoration
Gulf Restoration Network is a New Orleans-based organization
which has positions for law students who are interested
in putting their legal skills to work. The externships are
typically focused on reviewing permit applications for wetlands
fills and pollution discharges, and then drafting GRN's
comments. Legal externship positions at the GRN also may
include researching case law and drafting memos, working
with others to develop corporate accountability shareholder
resolutions, making public comments at official hearings,
If you are interested in applying to GRN as a Summer extern,
please email a cover letter and resume to: Nick Poggioli
Please notify Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you are selected as an extern.
Summer 2010 Semester For Credit Only: Legal
Externship in New Orleans
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
Externs assist in litigation, prepare research memos and
briefs, take clients through intake, and a variety of other
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 email@example.com.
Please include the dates when you are available to extern
over the summer.
Fall 2010 Semesters For Credit Only: U.S. Dept. Of Homeland
Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Office of the Chief Counsel, Dept. Of Homeland Security,
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Externs will gain experience in immigration law in the
areas of citizenship, asylum, and immigration benefits;
will draft briefs on visa petition appeals and research
issues in immigration law and criminal law; and will also
have the opportunity to assist with federal litigation,
primarily mandamus actions. The extern will rotate among
the various departments within USCIS to observe citizenship,
adjudications and asylum interviews.
If you are interested, please submit a copy of your resume
and transcript to:
Ms. Debra Gordon
Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS
101 W. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
Fall applicants must submit their materials by Monday,
Please notify Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if and when 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.