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Week of March 23, 2015

 

ASK-A-LAWYER ANYTHING

Law school equips you with the tools you'll need to think like a lawyer, but what is the actual practice of law like? Do you have any questions about choosing a career path?

We are offering law students a unique opportunity to ask practicing attorneys questions about anything related to practicing law and to find out what it is like to gain practical legal experience by enrolling in one of the Law Offices In-House Clinics!

Come join us for food, drinks and straight talk on Wednesday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 510 for food, drinks, and the opportunity to ask and get answers to your toughest, burning questions. Feel free to ask our practicing attorneys anything related to:

  • practicing law
  • specific areas and concentrations in the law
  • career paths
  • our in-house clinic program
  • their take on the Serial podcast
  • what it's like to prepare for a trial, etc.

Put them on the stand and gain some practical insight!

 

LAW OFFICES
IN-HOUSE CLINICS

Applications for the Summer and Fall 2015 In-House clinical experiences are now available outside of the third floor elevators, in the Law Offices reception are (suite 600) and online. The due date will be announced at a later time but it is normally a few days before registration starts.

 

LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (LADR)
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Applications for the LADR certificate program are now available outside of the third floor elevators, in the Law Offices reception are (suite 600) and online. For more information about this program, please visit our website.

The due date for applications is Tuesday, March 24 at 12 noon.

 

CRIMINAL LITIGATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Applications for the Criminal Litigation certificate program are now available outside of the third floor elevators, in the Law Offices reception are (suite 600) and online.   For more information about this program, please visit our website.

The due date for applications is Tuesday, March 24 at 12 noon.

 

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. 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 this purpose.

As of Tuesday, February 17, Symplicity will be posting the many Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you can apply. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special opportunities. The applications to the member placements will be submitted through a centralized data base and sent electronically to the respective placements on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Each teaching attorney/placement then independently screens and selects its extern(s).

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2015 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators, and on line.
 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) LEGAL EXTERNSHIP
FOR CREDIT ONLY: FALL 2015 LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
(4 CREDITS)

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, will select a Kent student for a for-credit Fall 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 a hard copy of your resume and unofficial transcript to Prof. Gross by Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Do not apply directly to the law firm.

If you have any questions, contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).
 

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: FALL 2015

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 of judges.

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.

Application Process (Application Deadline Extended)

Fall 2015 Information and Application packets are available 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: vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Completed applications for Fall 2015 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to Prof. Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Thursday, April 2, at noon.

IN THE NEWS

Clinical Professor of Law Daniel Coyne is interviewed in a Chicago 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 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: 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 the video.

 

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.

 

 

 

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