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Week of January 21, 2013

 

In-House Clinical Program - Spring 2013

Orientation for new Law Offices students will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 3:00 in room C20. Continuing students do not need to attend but please be sure to pick up a handbook on Wednesday morning because there are some changes from last semester.

Please feel free to contact Tracy Kish if you have any questions.

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 US 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 2013 will be available by Friday, February 8, both on line as well as in front of the Spakateria, in Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page: www.kentlaw.edu/externships.

Summer 2013 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 unofficial transcript, postmarked no later than February 8, 2013 to:

Mr. Miguel F. Figueras
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Midwestern Division
Suite 1475
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Applications may also be submitted by email (preferred) to Miguel.Figueras@ed.gov.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.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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