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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
Fall 2010 Semester For Credit Only: Mitsui
Rail Capital, LLC
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC (MRC) is a railcar operating lessor
servicing customers throughout North America, including
Canada and Mexico. MRC's customer base includes many Fortune
500 companies in a wide variety of sectors, including energy,
mining, coal, steel, automotive, appliances, grain, plastics,
etc. MRC also provides rail and infrastructure advisory
services to its sister-companies in Amsterdam, Munich and
Sao Paolo, as well as affiliated sister-companies worldwide.
The extern will work directly with General Counsel on numerous
legal matters including but not limited to: equipment leasing
agreements; equipment financing and other financial documentation;
NDAs or other confidentiality agreements; corporate governance
documents including board minutes, consents/resolutions,
company and employee policies; matters relating to human
resources and employment; insurance claim handling and reporting;
various litigation matters; and other legal matters as needed
by the company.
Extern applicants can be either 2Ls or 3Ls. Students who
have had course work in Business Organizations, Commercial
and Secured Transactions and/or Employment Law are preferred.
In addition, the extern should have an interest or experience
in cross-cultural business environments.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample
and transcript (unofficial on-line transcript is acceptable)
by either regular mail or email to:
Manager, General Affairs
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC
71 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60608
Please note: cover letters should be addressed to:
Mr. Rudy A. Figueroa, Jr.
Director of Human Resources & Corporate Secretary
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC
Application Deadline Dates:
Fall Semester Legal Externship applicants must submit
their materials by Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
If you are selected to extern, you must notify Prof. Gross
immediately for permission to register for Legal Externship
(4 credit hours).
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 the Fall. If you are interested in a Fall externship,
please contact Professor Gross (email@example.com)
as soon as possible to set up a meeting and to submit your
resume and transcript.
Please notify Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if and when you are selected as an extern.
For additional Summer/Fall externship opportunities,
you may consult Simplicity or see Professor Gross.
For a complete description of all clinical
programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.