Law Offices In-House Clinics - Spring 2016
Applications are now available and
being accepted for the Spring 2016 semester. They can be
picked up on the table by the third floor elevators, in
the Law Offices, Suite 600, or online.
Spring 2016 Semester Law Firm Associate
Chicago-Kent's Semester Law Firm Associate Program (SLFAP)
is a unique 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 designated prestigious 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 varying skill sets or competencies.
In conjunction with the fieldwork, there is an accompanying
classroom component, scheduled on designated Thursdays from
This is a terrific opportunity to learn substantive law
and 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).
To Apply for Spring 2016 SLFAP:
Below are the participating firms and legal practice areas.
If you are interested in applying for an externship at any
one of the listed firms, email a current resume and unofficial
transcript to Professor Gross (email@example.com) by
no later than Monday, November 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Also indicate to which firm(s) you are applying.
Each firm will conduct its own selection process. You must
accept the first offer you receive and cannot withdraw after
your acceptance with the respective firm.
Deutsch, Levy & Engel
Grund & Leavitt
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, LTD
Litigation (commercial/possibly some toxic tort)
Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis
Please contact Professor
Gross immediately if you are selected.
Student Argues Before Judge
Kudos to Law Offices student Tracy Harkins, supervised
by Professor Richard Kling, who argued in front of a 7th
Circuit Judges Kanne, Hamilton and Sykes in Federal Court
on Wednesday, October 7. The oral argument was based on
the appeal of the district court's denial of a motion to
suppress evidence. Tracy argued that the finding of reasonable
suspicion, in support of a "Terry" stop, at the
district court level was erroneous, on the basis that the
facts the district court found supported reasonable suspicion
were not articulable and reliable enough to confer such
Hear the argument here.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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 classroom.
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
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 2016
LEP are available online,
or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators,
in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices
If you would like more information, please check the Externship
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM - SPRING 2016
While the application process for Judical Externships has
passed, there is an application for those who have secured
an externship with a judge who is not a participating member
in the Chicago-Kent Judicial Externship Program and wish
to explore the possibility of converting that opportunity
into a for-credit externship. If you have secured your own
judicial externship, please contact Professor Vivien Gross
and fill out the application online.
For additional information about JEP, you may also refer
to the Law School Website, "Law Offices/Clinical Programs".
If you have any questions about the Program or the application
itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IN THE NEWS
Clinical Professor of Law Richard Kling is quoted in a
Sun-Times article about former Illinois Governor Rod
Blagojevich’s latest appeal efforts.
On May 6, as the nation grappled with anger and protests
over death of black men in custody or under arrest by white
police officers, Chicago’s City Council passed a nationally
ground-breaking ordinance awarding reparations to black
victims of police torture. Clinical Professor of Law
Daniel Coyne has been chosen to screen applications
for Burge reparations. Read
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.