JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER/FALL 2012
Judicial Externship 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 a federal appellate, district or magistrate
judge or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court
Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity
while enhancing your marketability in the legal world. If
you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable
to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room
Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships
are now available in the Law Offices reception area (Room
600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the
Spakateria. Because the program requires a grade
point cutoff, the distribution of applications are necessarily
delayed until such time as current grades and ranks are
Completed applications for Summer Judicial Externships
should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor
Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Tuesday, February
21st, at 5:00 p.m.
Completed applications for Fall Judicial Externships should
be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor
Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Thursday, March 1st,
at 5:00 p.m.
Summer/Fall Judicial Externships – Circuit Court of Cook
County – Law Division (4 credit hours)
2Ls and 3Ls
The Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County at
the Daley Center is now accepting applications for students
interested in summer and fall externships.
The Law Division hears civil suits for recovery of monetary
damages in excess of $30,000 in the City of Chicago, and
in excess of $100,000 in the suburban districts, as well
as many types of administrative reviews. Cases heard include
wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, product
liability, commercial litigation, fraud, breach of contract,
premises liability, and others.
Externs perform a variety of tasks, including legal research,
the preparation of legal memoranda, document review, preparing
draft orders, and observing and assisting with the trial
process. Each extern works under the direct supervision
of a judge and, if applicable, the judge's law clerk.
Qualified rising 2Ls and 3Ls should submit a cover letter
and resume to Judge Maddux (see address below) no later
than Monday, February 27, 2012. Please send a hard
copy of your resume. No email submissions will be accepted.
Interviews will be conducted towards the beginning of March.
Judge William D. Maddux
c/o Jennifer Scifo
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Should you have any further questions, please contact Jennifer
Scifo at 312/603-6001, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
A2P Legal Externship 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 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
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.
Information and application packets for Summer and Fall
2012 are now available both on line as well as in front
of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room
600 Law Offices reception area.
Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting on
Legal Externships for Summer and/or Fall on Tuesday,
February 21, at noon in Room C-35.
SUMMER 2012 SEMESTER: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE – CHICAGO
The United States Department of Justice has openings for
externs with the Chicago Immigration Court for the summer
of 2012. All current first and second year law students
are eligible and encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge of
immigration law is helpful, but not absolutely necessary.
Strong research and writing skills are required.
Issues commonly before the Court include asylum, cancellation
of removal, and motions to reopen. The types of projects
assigned to externs will entail:
- Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal
- Drafting decisions on motions pending before the Court
- Drafting decisions on applications for relief from
Externs will work under the supervision of the Court's
Attorney Advisors, but will also have interaction with individual
All applicants must be United States citizens. A commitment
of 35-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks is required by the
If you are interested, please email a detailed cover letter,
resume, law school transcript (official or unofficial),
and writing sample of no more than fifteen pages, to:
Jonathan Calkins, Attorney Advisor
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday,
February 28, 2012.
Interviews will be held between March 5 and March 9. Externs
will be expected to start in May or early June 2012.
Please notify Prof. Gross (email@example.com)
if you are selected as an extern and wish to receive credit.
If you would like more information, please check the Externship
web page: http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic/ep.html.
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.