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Week of May 3, 2010

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 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 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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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:


EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR CREDIT

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 disputes.

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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) as soon as possible to set up a meeting and to submit your resume and transcript.
 

Summer 2010 Semester for Credit Only: Gulf Restoration Network

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, and more.

If you are interested in applying to GRN as a Summer extern, please email a cover letter and resume to: Nick Poggioli at nick@healthygulf.org.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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 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.
 

 
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
debra.gordon@dhs.gov

Fall applicants must submit their materials by Monday, May 3.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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

 

 

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