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Week of February 20, 2017


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.


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.

Placements include all public sector, public interest and non-profit organizations.

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.

Application Process:

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 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.

Application Process

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 line.

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:


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.


Clinical Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by WGN-TV about the legal bills incurred for Drew Peterson's legal defense.


Former criminal clinic students Lydia Ness and Dalia Labrador receive 2016 Fleischman Family Awards for Excellence in Criminal Clinic. Read more.


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.

To Apply:

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


The due date has passed for the LADR 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.


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 suspicion.

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 Chicago Business.

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 Sun-Times.

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 Investigative Unit.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical education programs.

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:


For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the C-K Law Group Home Page at

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





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