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Week of February 29, 2016


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 both the Summer and Fall 2016 semesters of the Law Offices are now available on the table by the third floor elevators, in the Law Offices reception area and online.



Applications for the LADR certificate program are now available and can be found on the third floor table near the elevators, in the Law Offices, Suite 600 and online.


Applications for the Criminal Ltigation Certificate Program are now available and can be found on the third floor table near the elevators, in the Law Offices, Suite 600 and online.


A2P Legal Externship (LEP) 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, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 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 greater choice of placements. Whereas Fall and Spring placements are almost exclusively 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 designated alums and both the alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened and approved by the Chicago-Kent Faculty Externship Screening Committee specifically for this program.

As of Monday, February 22, Symplicity will post many Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you can apply. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special opportunities. The applications to the participating member placements will be submitted through a centralized data base and sent electronically to the respective placements on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Each teaching attorney/placement then independently screens and selects its own extern(s).

Informational Meeting:

Professor Gross will hold informational meeting for all of those wishing to get more information about the legal externship program. This meeting will take place some time during the week of March 7; check back here for details.

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2016 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, on the table by the third-floor elevators, and online.



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

Fall 2016 Information and Application packets are available in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and on the table by the third floor elevators, as well as online.

Completed applications for Fall 2016 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to by Wednesday, March 16th, at 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617 by e-mail:


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 suspicion.

Hear the argument here.

In The News

Clinical Professor of Law Richard Kling is quoted in a Chicago 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 more here.

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:

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

For a description of all externship programs, please visit the Externship home page at





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