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Week of October 10, 2011

 

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM: SPRING 2012 SEMESTER

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for designated federal appellate, district or magistrate judges or designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judges.

JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by participating in drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe from a unique perspective that judge's day-to-day routine and to discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.

Application Process

Applications for Spring Judicial Externships are now available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Gross.

Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Tuesday, October 11, at 5:00 p.m.

 

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SPRING 2012 LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

A2P Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables students to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas civil and criminal. Externships are available for the Fall and Spring semesters and in Summer session. Some public sector externships enable students to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Examples of civil law externships in governmental and public interest places: 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 as approved in-house corporate legal counsel.

Students interested in criminal law may extern at the U.S. 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.

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Spring 2012 semester will be available in mid-October in front of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

 

SPRING 2012 FOR CREDIT LEGAL EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Intellectual Property (IP) Legal Externship
Part of For-Credit Spring 2012 Legal Externship Program

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, will select a Kent IP Certificate student for a for-credit Spring 2012 Legal Externship in their IP division. Externs essentially become members of the IP group for a semester. They typically do legal research and writing (not usually formal memos) that would otherwise be "billable" work, except they do not bill for their time. The work can be in any area of IP, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, advertising, privacy, Internet, or related issues and is not limited to people with technical backgrounds.

To Apply:

2L and 3L applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.26.

Please submit your resume and transcript to Prof. Gross by Friday, October 28, 2011, at noon.
Do not apply directly to the law firm.

 

Environmental Law Externship
Part of For-Credit Spring 2012 Legal Externship Program

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLC
Environmental/Litigation Practice Group

The extern will be involved in legal research, fact investigations, drafting memoranda and legal documents, and assisting attorneys in case strategy and development.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Enrolled in Program in Environmental and energy Law (PEEL).
3L Grade Point Average 3.0.
Successful completion of law school courses Environmental Law I and II.
Familiarity with CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and administrative procedure.
Undergraduate science degree preferred.

Application Process/Deadline Date

Please submit via email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to Brett Heinrich at brett.heinrich@mbtlaw.com by October 28, 2011.

If you have any questions, contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu.

 

Corporate Law Externship
Part of For-Credit Spring 2012 Legal Externship Program

Accenture/DLA Piper Commercial Law (4 credit hours)
2Ls and 3Ls
G.P.A. 3.2

This corporate externship will expose a student to the daily operations of the Legal Department at Accenture, a commercial management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company for half of the semester (7 weeks); and to the corporate/commercial law practice area at DLA Piper, a leading global law firm, for the remaining 7 weeks.

At Accenture, the extern will be assigned to a client services group (e.g., Products, Resources, Communications & High Tech, Financial Services) and 1-2 areas of specialty (e.g., Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Compliance, etc.), thereby gaining experience in legal research, drafting and internal client management. At DLA Piper, the extern will participate in research, drafting or project management assignments in one or two of the following departments: Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Real Estate.

All interested applicants should submit their resume and transcript via email to Professor Gross no later than Friday, October 28, 2011, at noon. Professor Gross will then forward the materials to Accenture and DLA Piper, who will make their selection as quickly as possible to comply with law school pre-registration timelines.

If you have any questions, contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu.

 

U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Court

The extern will assist a panel of six immigration judges by writing legal memoranda, conducting in-depth legal research and analysis, and drafting judicial decision. This position offers extensive exposure to asylum and removal law and an excellent opportunity to improve research, writing and analytical skills. United States citizenship is required.

Location: Immigration Court EOIR
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of recent transcript (unofficial is accepted), and unedited writing sample (5-10 pages) via email to jonathan.calkins@usdoj.gov no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Interviews will be conducted in person.

Inquiries should be directed to Stephanie Thommes at (312) 855-2363, or at the email address listed above.

If you receive this position and are interested in doing this as a Spring 2012 for-credit Legal Externship, please contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) no later than December 16, 2011.

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Location: Office of the Chief Counsel
U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security ICE
55 E. Monroe St., Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603

Qualifications: 2L or 3L during Spring 2012
Previous or concurrent course work in immigration law helpful.
United States Citizenship

Description: The extern will assist in the representation of the U.S. Government in deportation, removal, and bond proceedings; provide advice and support to the various components of ICE; draft motions and briefs for practice before the U.S. Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and U.S. District Court; and prepare memoranda dealing with complex and novel legal issues.

Application: Please submit a resume, transcript and writing sample to: occ-chi-applications@dhs.gov no later than Thursday, October 13, 2011. The subject line of your email must indicate that you are applying for an extern position at Chicago's Office of the Chief Counsel. All electronically submitted documents must be in MSWord or Adobe Acrobat format.

Interviews will be conducted in person and/or by telephone. All externs must successfully complete a security background check.

If you are selected as an extern, please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) no later than December 16, 2011.

 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement

The Chicago office of the Division of Enforcement is seeking externs who will receive law school credit.

The Division of Enforcement investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. Violations may involve commodity futures or option trading on domestic commodity exchanges, or the improper marketing of commodity investments. The Division may, at the direction of the Commission, file complaints before the agency's administrative law judges or in the U.S. District Courts. Alleged criminal violations of the Commodity Exchange Act or violations of other Federal laws which involve commodity futures trading may be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. The Division also provides expert help and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other Federal and state regulators, and international authorities.

Primary duties include conducting legal research, writing memoranda, aiding in the preparation of court pleadings and papers in the U.S. District Courts across the nation as well as in an administrative forum; aiding attorneys and investigators who are preparing to take investigative testimony and depositions, working with exhibits, Freedom of Information Act responses; aiding with the discovery process and interacting with and/or interviewing customers or investors with complaints.

Applicants should be in their 2L or 3L year in the Spring 2012 semester. Offers are contingent on the applicant's ability to demonstrate U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete a background check.

To apply, interested students should e-mail a cover letter and resume by Wednesday, October 19, 2011 to:

Ms. Stephanie Reinhart
Senior Trial Attorney
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Division of Enforcement
525 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
SReinhart@CFTC.gov

If you receive this position and are interested in doing this as a Spring 2012 for-credit Legal Externship, contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) no later than December 16, 2011.

 
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a non-profit law and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote and protect the civil rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our community and nation. The Committee works on the cutting edge of the important civil rights issues of the day.

Transactional Opportunities:

The Law Project (TLP) is a long-standing project of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Since 1985, it has provided transactional pro bono legal assistance to community-based organizations involved in economic and affordable housing development. Its work has evolved to include transactional work for low-income entrepreneurs and first-time, low-income home buyers.. TLP clients need assistance with issues like: securing tax exempt status, selecting an appropriate corporate structure, drafting and reviewing contracts, protecting intellectual property, zoning, crafting employment policies, and creating joint ventures with for-profit corporations. For more information, please see http://www.thelawproject.org.

Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Molly Brooks at opportunities@clccrul.org.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at noon.

If you receive this position and are interested in doing this as a Spring 2012 for-credit Legal Externship, contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) no later than December 16, 2011.

Advocacy/Litigation Opportunities:

Externs can engage in both litigation and community advocacy in one or more of the Committee's three traditional areas of focus:

1) The Employment Opportunity Project, which represents women and minorities in mediation and in litigation as they attempt to find and retain employment;

2) The Project to Combat Bias Violence, which is the only comprehensive resource center on hate crime prevention and response in the Midwest; and

3) The Fair Housing Project, which promotes fair housing through testing, education and litigation, as well as through helping increase the availability of affordable, integrated and safe housing in the Chicago area.

Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Mollie Brooks at opportunities@clccrul.org. Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at noon.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you are selected as an extern.


U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex disability and age. OCR also enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001 that prohibits the denial of equal access or a fair opportunity to meet with, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Successful extern candidates will work with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.

The extern will observe and participate in complainant and witness interviews, participate in the drafting of all documents pertinent to an OCR investigation, including letters of notification, data requests and letters of finding. The extern may have the opportunity to participate in local on-site investigations and will assist with data analysis, engage in substantial legal research and be expected to adhere to the tight time frames of the Department. The team attorney(s) with whom the extern will work will supervise the extern's work. The extern coordinator, the deputy chief attorney and chief attorney will also be available to assist the extern.

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest along with a copy of your resume and writing sample, postmarked no later than October 14, 2011 to:

Ms. Leticia Magdaleno
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Citigroup Center
Suite 1075
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Applications may also be submitted by email to Leticia.Magdaleno@ed.gov.

If you receive this position and are interested in doing this as a Spring 2012 for-credit Legal Externship, contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) no later than December 16, 2011.


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