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Week of August 16, 2010


Orientation for the Law Offices fall 2010 semester will be held on Monday, August 23 at 4:00. The room will be announced at a later time.


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 Fall 2010 Legal Externships and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600).

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:


Fall 2010 Semester: Externships with City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection regulates all businesses in the City of Chicago, inspects retail establishments, investigates consumer fraud complaints, and enforces the Chicago municipal code. All violations are prosecuted by department attorneys. Externs could be involved in helping with trials as well as prosecutions of ordinance violations. They would also be exposed to administrative law and a government work environment. Because the Department prosecutes at the administrative level, a student need not have a 711 license to assist attorneys at trial, but if a student has a 711 license they will be given cases to try on their own.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume and transcript to:

Ms. Rosemary Krimbel
General Counsel
Deputy Commissioner
Department of Consumer Services
Suite #208
50 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

If you are selected to extern, you must notify Prof. Gross ( immediately for permission to register for Legal Externship (4 credit hours)

Fall 2010 Semester Legal Externship (For Credit Only)

To extern at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, LLP, a Chicago-based leading litigation firm, in the division of Insurance Coverage, Litigation and Counseling.

The extern will be involved in writing briefs, memos, parts of opinion letters, research as well as some litigation and ADR work.

3Ls (3.28 minimum GPA)

To apply:
Please submit resume and transcript (unofficial on-line version is sufficient) to Prof. Vivien Gross ( immediately. If you are selected, please notify Prof. Gross.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 5:00 p.m.


For additional 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




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