LAW OFFICES - IN-HOUSE LEGAL EXPERIENCE
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.
LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
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 are due on Monday, March 28 at 12:00 p.m.
CRIMINAL LITIGATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
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.
Applications are due on Monday, March 28 at 12:00 p.m.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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.
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/Fall 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).
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 EXTERNSHIPS: FALL 2016
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.
The Deadline for Fall applications has been extended
to March 24th at 4:00 p.m.
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 Thursday, March 24th, at 4:00 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
Hear the argument here.
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.