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Week of March 19, 2012


PRACTICAL SKILLS TRAINING

Come and learn more about the Law Offices In-House Clinical Program as well as the the LADR and Criminal Litigation certificate programs on Wednesday, March 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room C20. Refreshments will be served.

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 and applications for these certificate programs, please visit our website. See above for the certificate program informational meeting on March 21.

 

ACCESS2PRACTICE
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 online as well as in front of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

 
FALL 2012 SEMESTER: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) LEGAL EXTERNSHIP
For Credit Only (4 Credits)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP will select a Kent IP Certificate student for a for-credit Fall 2012 Legal Externship in their IP division. Externs essentially become members of the IP group for a semester. They will work in any area of IP, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, advertising, privacy, Internet, or related issues.

The IP Legal Externship hours can be counted towards the IP Certificate, and the IP Legal Externship can also serve as a substitute for the IP capstone case.

To Apply:

2L and 3L applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2. Applicants do not need to have technical backgrounds to qualify.

Please submit a hard copy of your resume and transcript to Professor Gross in room 600 by Monday, April 2, 2012, at noon. Do not apply directly to the law firm.
 

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW EXTERNSHIP
Part of For-Credit Summer 2012 Legal Externship Program (4 credit hours)

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
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)
Rising 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 Monday, April 2, 2012.

If you have any questions, contact Profess Gross at (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 
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: 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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