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Week of February 4, 2013



Judicial Externship Program (JEP) 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.

JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by participating in drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe from a unique perspective that judge's day-to-day routine and to discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.

Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, February 12 at noon in Room C-25, Professor Vivien Gross will conduct an Informational Meeting for students who are interested in participating in the 2013 Summer or Fall Judicial Externship Program.

For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School website, "Law Offices/Clinical Programs", and scroll down to "Judicial Externship Program."

Application Process

Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships will be available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria as of Wednesday, February 6. 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 Summer Judicial Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Tuesday, February 19, at 5:00 p.m.

Completed applications for Fall Judicial Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Thursday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m.


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 in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria as of Wednesday, February 6.

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

Summer 2013 For Credit Only: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement

The Chicago office of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement is seeking summer externs who will receive law school credit.

The Commission is an independent, non-partisan federal agency that protects market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices, and systemic risk and fosters open, competitive, and financially sound markets. The Division of Enforcement investigates potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations and, at the direction of the Commission, prosecutes alleged violations in U.S. District Courts across the country and before administrative law judges. The Division of Enforcement also provides expert help and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys, federal and state regulators, and international authorities.

Primary duties include conducting legal research, writing memoranda, aiding in the preparation and filing of court pleadings and papers in U.S. District Courts across the nation, aiding attorneys and investigators who are preparing to take investigative testimony and depositions, working with exhibits, aiding with the discovery process, interacting with and/or interviewing customers or investors with complaints, and participating in educational training programs.

Prior to beginning the summer externship, applicants must have completed at least 2 semesters of law school, but applicants must not yet have graduated from their degree program. Offers are contingent on the applicant's ability to demonstrate U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete a background check.

To apply, interested students should email a cover letter and resume by Monday, February 4, 2013 to:

Ms. Stephanie Reinhart
Senior Trial Attorney
Division of Enforcement
Commodities Futures Trading Commission

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

Summer 2013: 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 2013
Previous or concurrent course work in immigration law helpful.
Must be a United States citizen.
Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed.

Description: The extern will research and write appellte briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals; research and draft motions in pending cases; assemble exhibits for trial; research foreign country conditions; and observe hearings of cases on which they are working or are interested in.

Application: Please submit a resume, transcript, writing sample and cover letter indicating dates when available to: no later than March 1, 2013. 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.

If you are selected, please contact Prof. Gross ( if you wish to do this as a for-credit externship.

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

Please notify Prof. Gross ( if you are selected as an extern and wish to receive credit..


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