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Week of April 2, 2012


IN-HOUSE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Applications for the Law Offices in-house clinics for the Summer and Fall 2012 semesters are now available outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria and the Law Offices reception area (suite 600). The due date will be announced later.


JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP

Summer/Fall 2012 Judicial Externship Part of For-Credit Summer/Fall 2012 Judicial Externship Program (4 credit hours)

Cook County Domestic Relations Court 2Ls and 3Ls

Enjoy this exciting opportunity to be an extern to a judge in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County at the Daley Center. You will not only be able to observe and participate in the day-to-day operations of a busy domestic relations courtroom but will also assist your judge in researching law, drafting orders, and resolving disputes.

Students who have either taken Family Law or Family Law Clinic or who will be enrolled in Family Law in the Fall are preferred.

If you are interested in either a Summer or Fall Domestic Relations Court externship, please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) as soon as possible to set up a meeting and to submit your resume and transcript.

Summer Application Deadline: April 13th
Fall Application Deadline: April 27th
 

FALL 2012 SEMESTER LAW FIRM ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Chicago-Kent's Semester Law Firm Associate Program began over one year ago. Students selected as Semester Associate externs work for academic credit (without pay) as "Associates" for participating firms, tackling a variety of litigation and transactional projects and learning about life in a law firm. This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about your own strengths, and to make an impression on the lawyers with whom you come into contact, even though there is no expectation of future employment.

Semester Associate externs receive 6 credits and will be expected to devote 24 hours a week during the semester to the fieldwork component. Students will gain experience and perspective from work on different aspects of litigation and transactions, and firms will strive, to the extent possible, to expose students to a range of legal problems demanding different skill sets or competencies. In addition to their fieldwork, externs will submit weekly time sheets, activity reports and journal entries for purposes of the accompanying classroom component, scheduled on designated Tuesdays from 4:00-4:55 p.m.

Application Process for Fall, 2012: If you are interested in applying for a place in one of the law firms listed below, as specified (and feel free to research first!), email a CV and transcript to Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) no later than Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Please indicate to which firm(s) you wish to apply, and where appropriate, what area of law. Firms will conduct their own selection and screening process.

If you receive an offer to extern you have three days to make a decision, and you cannot withdraw after you have accepted an offer. Please contact Prof. Gross if you are selected.

Beermann Swerdlove LLP
2L or 3L, min. GPA 3.2.
Matrimonial law.
Commercial litigation employment, construction, lender liability, insurance coverage, etc. Indicate your preference.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

2L or 3L, min. GPA 3.3.
IP only. The primary areas will be patent and trademark, with most work being litigation related.

McAndrews, Held & Malloy LTD
2L or 3L, min. GPA 3.25.
IP only.

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
3L only, min. GPA 3.25.
Insurance coverage, litigation and counseling (not insurance defense) only.

Michael Best & Friedridch LLP
2L or 3L, min. GPA 3.3.
One externship in IP law.
One externship in employment law. Indicate your preference.

Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone
2L or 3L, min. GPA 3.3.
Employment law.
Litigation. Indicate your preference.

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, LTD
2L or 3L, GPA 3.0.
Litigation (primarily tort).

Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC
2L or 3L, min GPA 3.2.
Commercial litigation, corporate and banking.


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: 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 Fall 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 10-12 hours per week 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:

Lorraine Gaynor, Judicial Law Clerk
lorraine.gaynor@usdoj.gov

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Interviews will be held between April 16 and April 20. Externs will be expected to start in mid-August.

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

 
FALL 2012 SEMESTER: CORPORATE LAW EXTERNSHIP
Part of For-Credit Legal Externship Program

Accenture/DLA Piper Commercial Law Externship (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 Monday, April 9, 2012. 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.

 
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 Tuesday, April 3, 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).

If you are selected, please notify Prof. Gross to register.

 
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.
 

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http:\\www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/legal-clinics 

 

 

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