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Week of October 27, 2014


The Law Offices gives students the opportunity to learn how to practice law under the close supervision of a clinical faculty attorney - an experience that is available only in the law school’s in-house clinical programs.

Applications for the Spring 2015 semester of Law Offices are now available. and are on the third floor by the elevators, in the Law Offices, Suite 600 and online. The deadline will be announced at a later date but applications are usually due about a week or so before registration begins.


Why Extern?

Chicago-Kent has long recognized that classes and textbooks alone are not sufficient to complete the education of our students and their transformation into lawyers. Students also need practical experience in the real world to acquire legal skills not accessible in the traditional classroom and to gain insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of the legal profession.

Some students gain experience when they are hired as part-time clerks. But most students don't have access to paid or volunteer positions in a legal setting of their choice and/or one that teaches them the skills they want to acquire.

LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of law you are interested in and helps you significantly broaden your practical employment opportunities.

What is LEP?

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.

LEP externships are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and in the Summer session and consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class.

Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Fall/Spring semester for a minimum total of 224 hours.
In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

Where Can Students Extern?

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 U.S. and Illimois Environmental Protection Agencies.

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.

In addition, in Fall and Spring semesters, there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for LEP placements.

How to Apply:

The Information and Application packets for the Spring 2015 LEP are available on line at, or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area.

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


Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, will select a Kent student for a for-credit Spring 2015 Legal Externship in their IP division. The IP extern essentially becomes a member of the firm's IP group for a semester. He/she typically does legal research and writing (not usually formal memos) that would otherwise be "billable" work, except does not bill for their time. The work can be in any area of IP, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, advertising, privacy, Internet, or related issues and is not limited to people with technical backgrounds. Take advantage of this exciting and thrilling opportunity!

To Apply:

2L and 3L applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2.

Please submit your resume and unofficial transcript to Prof. Gross by Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Do not apply directly to the law firm.

If you have any questions, contact Prof. Gross (



Chicago-Kent's Semester Law Firm Associate Program (SLFAP) is a for-credit non-graded program open to 2Ls and 3Ls with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Semester Associate externs work for academic credit (without pay) as "Associates" for participating firms.

Semester Associate externs receive 6 credits and devote 24 hours a week during the semester to the fieldwork component. Students gain experience and perspective from work on different aspects of litigation and transactions, and firms strive, to the extent possible, to expose students to a range of legal problems demanding different skill sets or competencies. This is a terrific opportunity to learn about life in a law firm as well as 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. In conjunction with the fieldwork, there is an accompanying classroom component, scheduled on designated Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in applying for a Spring 2015 externship with one of the law firms listed below, email a current resume and unofficial transcript to Professor Gross ( no later than noon on Monday, November 3, 2014. Please indicate to which firm(s) you wish to apply, and, where appropriate, to which area of law.

Firms will conduct their own selection and screening process. If you receive an offer to extern, you must respond to that offer within 3 days. You cannot withdraw after you have accepted an offer. Please contact Prof. Gross immediately if you are selected.

Participating Firms
If a firm offers an externship in more than one division, please indicate your preference or whether you are applying for both.

Beermann, Pritikin, Mirabelli and Swerdlove LLP
Matrimonial Law (1)
Litigation/Corporate Law (1)

Deutsch, Levy & Engel
Commercial Litigation

Grund & Leavitt
Matrimonial Law

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
IP Law

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
IP Law (1)
Employment Law (1)

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, LTD
Litigation (primarily tort)

Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis

Commercial Litigation


The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical education programs.

Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by Fox 32 about the possibility that consumers may soon be able to shop for legal services via Groupon. Watch the interview here.

Remembering the 1963 March on Washington - A talk with Clinical Professor Richard Kling

Clinical Professor Ed Kraus spoke with Peoria's WEEK-TV about the needs of diabetic children in schools and the necessity of accommodation from and education of school staff, for a story about a local couple whose 10-year old son has struggled to perform needed care on the bus:

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.


For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at





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