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Week of November 29, 2010


LEGAL EXTERNSHIPS

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 US 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 Spring 2011 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:

Summer 2011 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, January 3, 2011. 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 Summer 2011 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.
 

Spring 2011 Semester: Legal Externship with Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC (For Credit Only)

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.

Qualifications:
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.

To Apply:
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript (unofficial on-line transcript is acceptable) by either regular mail or email to:

Julie Schotanus
Manager, General Affairs
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC
Suite 1800
71 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60608
jschotanus@mrc-rail.com

Please note: cover letters should be addressed to:

Mr. Rudy A. Figueroa, Jr.
General Counsel
Director of Human Resources & Corporate Secretary
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

If you are selected to extern, please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) immediately for permission to register for Legal Externship (4 credit hours),


  

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