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Week of February 27, 2012


Applications for the LADR (Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution) and Criminal Litigation Certificate Programs are now available on the table outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria as well as in the Law Offices, Suite 600. The due date for both programs is Tuesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. For more information on these certificate programs, please visit our website. There is also an informational meeting for all certificate programs on Monday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Event Room. Snacks will be served.


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 judge.

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 617.

Application Process

Applications for the 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 announced.

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.

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 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
Suite 2005
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



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.

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 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 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.


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 issues
  • Drafting decisions on motions pending before the Court
  • Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal.

Externs will work under the supervision of the Court's Attorney Advisors, but will also have interaction with individual Immigration Judges.

All applicants must be United States citizens. A commitment of 35-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks is required by the Court.

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 ( if you are selected as an extern and wish to receive credit.

Summer 2012: Legal Externships with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Location: Office of the Chief Counsel
U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security ICE
525 W, Van Buren Street, Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60607

Qualifications: 2L or 3L during Summer 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: no later than Wednesday, March 21, 2012. 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.

Please notify Prof. Gross ( if you are selected as an extern.

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page:


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