You are invited to attend an Informational
Reception to find out more about law school certificate
programs that are being offered. It will be held on February
21 at 4:00 - 5:45 p.m. in Morris Hall.
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.
Placements include all public sector, public interest and
Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety
of places including, but not limited to, the City of Chicago
Law Department, 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 departments
as well as approved in-house private legal departments.
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 any of the surrounding counties.
Summer 2017 Access2Practice LEP/Fall 2017 LEP
Summer LEP differs from Fall/Spring 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 the placements
have been screened and approved by the Chicago-Kent Faculty
Externship Screening Committee specifically for this program.
As of Monday, February 20, Symplicity will start to post
many Summer LEP placement opportunities for which you can
apply. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer
for these special opportunities. You must apply directly
and independently to these placements.
Informational Meeting on Summer 2017 Access2Practice
LEP and Fall 2017 LEP
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., Room
TBA, Prof. Gross will conduct an informational meeting about
legal externships, Summer 2017 LEP and Fall 2017 LEP.
Information and application packets for Summer and Fall
2017 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.
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: FALL 2017
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 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.
Fall 2017 Information and Application packets will be available
as of Wednesday, February 22nd, 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
Completed applications for Fall 2017 must be submitted
in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to
Prof. Gross, Room 610, Law Offices, by Wednesday,
March 22nd, at noon.
If you have any questions about the program or the application
process, contact Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617. E-mail:
NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
For the first time, students can opt to enroll in the new
Joint LADR/Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program!
Applications will be made available shortly.
PROFESSOR KLING IN THE NEWS
Clinical Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by
WGN-TV about the legal bills incurred for Drew Peterson's
Former criminal clinic students Lydia Ness and Dalia Labrador
receive 2016 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in
Criminal Clinic. Read
C-K LAW GROUP NEWSLETTER
View the latest C-K
Law Group newsletter to find out what is currently happening
and hear from students who talk about their clinic experiences.
Intensive clinic is a twelve credit, one semester course
in which the students will receive an enhanced, closely
supervised and graded clinical experience and, in addition,
satisfy their senior seminar paper requirement. Intensive
Clinic has the potential to be the optimal means for law
students to transition from law school to the practice of
law in that it provides a natural progression from theory
(doctrinal classes) to simulations to clinic to Intensive
Clinic, where students engage in sophisticated lawyering
activities on a full-time basis for an entire semester,
with a safety net in place. The program will be available
for a select number of senior law students. Each student
enrolled in Intensive Clinic will receive ten graded clinical
education credits and a separate grade of two credits for
writing a paper that will satisfy the Senior Seminar paper
requirement under the close supervision of the clinical
faculty member who selected the student.
Areas of Law: Plaintiffs Employment Law, Civil Litigation,
Vaccine Injury Litigation, Criminal Law, Entrepreneurial
Law, Family Law and Tax Law.
Students will apply to Intensive Clinic via a written
submission detailing their qualifications and their reasons
for seeking admission. This submission will be the basis
for discussion during a subsequent individual interview
with each applicant. Please direct all written submissions
to Tracy Kish at email@example.com.
LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The due date has passed for the LADR certificate program
but we can still accept applications. Applications can be
and can be turned in to the receptionist in the C-K Law
Group, Suite 600.
CRIMINAL LITIGATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The due date has passed for the Criminal Ltigation Certificate
Program but we can still accept applications. Applications
can be found online
and can be turned in to the receptionist in the C-K Law
Group, Suite 600.
Student Argues Before Judge
Kudos to former C-K Law Group 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
In The News
Clinical Professor of Law Pamela Kentra, supervisor of
the Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic, explains
a Seventh Circuit decision that could chip away at the private
arbitration system in Crain's
Clinical Professor of Law Richard Kling, supervisor of the
Criminal Clinic, is interviewed by CBS
2 Chicago about the special prosecutor appointed in
the Laquan McDonald murder case.
Chicago-Kent College Clinical Professor of Law Richard
Kling is interviewed in the Chicago Sun-Times about former
Governor Rod Blagojevich’s resentencing hearing. Read Chicago-Kent's
Richard Kling's comments in the Chicago
Center for Open Government Director Clint Krislov spoke
to Investigators’ Notebook about his client’s taxpayer action
to enforce school district anti-nepotism policies. Read
Clint Krislov's comments in the Investigators'
Notebook, the blog of the Better Government Association's
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published
an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical
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
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the C-K Law Group 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.