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Week of March 5, 2012


CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

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.
 

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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.

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.

 
FALL 2012 SEMESTER: 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, writing sample and updated transcript (if available), postmarked no later than April 13, 2012 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.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you are selected as an extern and wish to receive credit.
 

SUMMER 2012 SEMESTER: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CHICAGO IMMIGRATION COURT

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
jonathan.calkins@usdoj.gov

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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) 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: occ-chi-applications@ice.dhs.gov 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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you are selected as an extern.


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

 

 

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