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. And 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.
Summer Access2Practice LEP
Summer Access2Practice LEP differs from Fall/Spring LEP
in that summer students have a somewhat greater choice of
placements. Whereas Fall and Spring placements are predominantly
in the public and not-for-profit areas, Summer LEP includes
a significant number of private placements in law firms
and in-house corporate legal departments. These private
placements are supervised by Kent alums and both
the placement and teaching supervisor have been screened
and approved specifically for tthis purpose.
On Tuesday, February 17, Symplicity will be posting a large
number of Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you
can apply. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer
for these special opportunities. The applications will be
screened through a centralized data base and submitted electronically
to the placements on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Each teaching
attorney/placement independently screens and selects its
Informational Meeting on Summer 2015 Access2Practice
LEP and Fall 2015 LEP
On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at noon in Room 170,
Prof. Gross will conduct an informational meeting about
legal externships, Summer Access2Practice LEP and Fall 2015
Information and application packets for Summer and Fall
2015 will be available as of Friday, February 20,
in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career
Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators,
and on line.
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER 2015/FALL
Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low
Pass/Fail program that enables Kent students to do legal
research and writing for federal appellate, district or
magistrate judges as well as designated Illinois appellate
and circuit court judges included in our participating panel
Being a judicial extern is a unique and important learning
experience which is recognized as a significant achievement
by the legal community and will benefit you in pursuing
your future career goals.
Judicial externs work with a judge and/or the judge's law
clerks researching law, writing memoranda and participating
in drafting opinions. Externs also have the opportunity
to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom. In addition,
there is an accompanying classroom component which focuses
on various aspects of judicial decision-making, and how
those aspects affect the extern's work product.
Informational Meeting: Tuesday,
February 10, 2015 at noon
On Tuesday, February 10th, at noon (room to be announced),
Prof. Vivien Gross will conduct an informational meeting
on Summer and/or Fall 2015 Judicial Externships for all
interested students. Prof. Gross will describe the kinds
of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course
of a semester, as well as how to apply for a judicial externship.
Summer and Fall 2015 Information and Application packets
will be available as of Monday, February 9th, in the Law
Offices Reception Area (Room 600), in the Career Services
Offices, and on the table by the third floor elevators,
as well as on line. The information packets will give you
complete information about the program and application procedures.
In addition, if you have any questions about the program
or the application process, contact Prof. Vivien Gross in
Room 617. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed applications for Summer 2015 must be submitted
in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to
Prof. Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Wednesday, February
25th, at 5:00 p.m.
Completed applications for Fall 2015 must be submitted
in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to
Prof. Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Monday, March
19th, at 5:00 p.m. (note this is a day change from what
was previously published).
IN THE NEWS
Clinical Professor of Law Daniel Coyne is interviewed in
Sun-Times article about an upcoming fraud trial involving
state health grants.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published
an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical
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: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Mom-says-son-denied-to-properly-treat-diabetes-is-life-or-death-issue-200679431.html
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
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/legal-clinics
For a description of all externship programs, please visit
the Externship home page at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/externships.