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 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 (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
Summer 2011 Semester: Externships with U.S. Attorney's
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
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
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.
For a complete description of all clinical
programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.