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Week of March 25, 2013

 

LAW OFFICES
IN-HOUSE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Applications for the Summer and Fall 2013 Law Offices are now available. They are located outside of the third floor cafeteria, in the Law Offices reception area (Suite 600), and online. The due date has not yet been set but applications are normally due a few days before registration starts.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Applications for the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR) and Criminal Litigation certificate programs are now available outside of the third floor cafeteria and in the Law Offices reception area - Suite 600. For more information about these certificate programs, please visit our website. THE DEADLINE HAS CHANGED. Applications are NOW due on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 5:00.

 

IN THE NEWS

IIT Chicago-Kent Legal Fellow/Research Associate Sarah Blenner, who works with Clinical Professor Ed Kraus in the Health & Disability Law Clinic, discussed privacy and discrimination concerns surrounding a new policy in which CVS drugstores will require employees to submit to body weight and BMI testing or face higher health insurance premiums, in an ABC 7 News story. View the video.

 

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 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), online, in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

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

Legal Externship Applications can be found here

 

Fall 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 to, or discrimination against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Successful law extern candidates will work with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.

The law 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 law 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 timeframes 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.

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, law school transcript, resume and writing sample by Friday, April 19, 2013 to:

Miguel Figueras
U. S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Citigroup Center
Suite 1075
500 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661

Applications may also be submitted by email 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.
 

Fall 2013 Semester: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement
Part of For-Credit Legal Externship Program (4 credit hours)

The Chicago office of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement seeks applications from law students for Fall 2013 externships.

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. The Division of Enforcement also provides expert and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys, federal and state regulators, and international authorities.

Externs with the Division of Enforcement typically complete substantial legal research and writing projects, participate in civil case preparations and filings, assist attorneys and investigators with witness interviews, analyze investigative and discovery materials, attend depositions or hearings, and participate in educational training programs.

Prior to beginning the Fall externship, applicants must have completed at least 2 semesters of law school, but not yet have graduated from their degree program. Offers are also contingent on an applicant's ability to demonstrate U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete a background check. Finally, applicants must be able to receive course credit and/or work study funds for participation in the externship.

To apply, interested law students should email a cover letter and resume by Friday, March 29, 2013 to:

Stephanie Reinhart
Senior Trial Attorney
Division of Enforcement
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
sreinhart@cftc.gov

 
CORPORATE LAW EXTERNSHIP
Part of For-Credit Fall 2013 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 8, 2013. 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.iit.edu.
 

Fall 2013 Semester: Intellectual Property (IP) Legal Externship
For Credit Only (4 Credits)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP will select a Chicago-Kent IP Certificate student for a for-credit Fall 2013 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 Prof. Gross at vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu by Monday, April 8, 2013, at noon. Do not apply directly to the law firm.
 

Fall 2013 Semester: Externships with U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois

The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit.

If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office in handling its multitude of important cases and want to apply, please go to the following web site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/interns.html.

You must submit an application to the Fall Legal Externship Program by August 2, 2013. Externship applications for Fall 2013 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Legal Externship Program and/or the externship position with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
 

Summer 2013 Externship for Credit Only: Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
3Ls preferred

Applicants with prior expertise or experience in tax matters are preferred, but the IRS will consider all applicants.

Applications must submit a law school transcript, resume, writing sample, and a completed Form 6524 (www.irs.gov) to:

Ms. Anna Lonigro
Administrative Clerk
Law Student Volunteer Admin. Coordinator
Office of Chief Counsel
Internal Revenue Service
Suite 2300
200 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Application Deadline: April 12, 2013.

Please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu) if you are accepted or for more information about this externship opportunity.
 

 

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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