JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
SUMMER/FALL 2013 SEMESTERS
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (email@example.com)
if and when you are selected as an extern.
Summer 2013: Legal Externships with U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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
Application: Please submit a resume, transcript,
writing sample and cover letter indicating dates when available
to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com)
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
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
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
Mr. Miguel F. Figueras
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Applications may also be submitted by email (preferred)
Please notify Prof. Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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