From Professor Vivien Gross
Fall 2021 Semester Law Firm Associate Program
Chicago-Kent's Semester Law Firm Associate Program (SLFAP) is a unique for-credit non-graded program open to 2Ls and 3Ls with a cumulative minimum 3.2 GPA. Semester Associate externs work for academic credit (without pay) as "Associates" at one of the designated prestigious law firms listed below.
Semester Associate externs receive 6 credits and devote 24 hours a week during the semester to the fieldwork component. Students gain experience, skills and perspective from work on different aspects of litigation and transactions. The firms strive to expose students to a range of legal problems demanding varying skill sets and competencies. At this time, unless noted below, it is too soon to know whether the fieldwork with the firm will be remote, in-person or a hybrid. In conjunction with the fieldwork, there is an accompanying classroom component on designated Thursdays from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
This is a terrific opportunity to learn about life in a law firm, learn substantive law from highly qualified practicing attorneys, develop awareness about your own strengths and interests, and make an impression on the lawyers with whom you come into contact (even though there is no expectation of future employment).
To Apply for Fall 2021 SLFAP:
Below are the participating firms and legal practice areas. All 2Ls and 3Ls who wish to apply for an externship at any of the firms listed below, please email a current resume and unofficial transcript to Suzanne Blaz (email@example.com), assistant to Professor Gross by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. 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.
Participating Firms & Practice Areas:
Matrimonial Law (In-person only)
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Commercial Litigation (Hybrid)
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
IP Law (Patent & Soft IP)
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Litigation (commercial/possibly some toxic tort)
Please contact Professor Gross immediately if you are selected or if you have any questions.
Fall 2021 Legal Externship Program Opportunity,
For Credit Only (4 Credits)
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
As part of Chicago-Kent's Fall 2021 Legal Externship Program, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, will select a Chicago-Kent student extern. The extern essentially becomes a member of the firm's IP group for a semester, performing legal research and writing in copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, advertising, privacy, Internet, and other related IP issues. The position is not limited to people with technical backgrounds.
The selected extern will receive 4 (Pass/Fail) credit hours and must devote 16 hours a week to fieldwork, which will be performed primarily, if not completely, remotely depending on the circumstances. There will also be an accompanying non-graded classroom component on designated Wednesdays at 4 p.m. This is a great externship opportunity!
Prospective 2Ls and 3Ls must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2.
Please submit your resume and unofficial transcript to Suzanne Blaz (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Noon.
Do not apply directly to the law firm.
If you have any questions, contact Prof. Gross (email@example.com).
Judicial Externship Program – Summer/Fall 2021 Semester
Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge or designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judges.
JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by participating in drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe the judge’s day-to-day routine and to discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.
Summer/Fall Application Process
Applications for Summer and Fall 2021 Judicial Externships through Chicago-Kent’s program are closed. However, if you secure your own externship, you can still apply:
Please see the Summer application online here and note that the deadline to submit it is Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Please see the Fall application online here and note that the deadline to submit it is Monday, August 2, 2021.
If you have any questions about anything related to externship applications, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professor Nancy Marder
The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship application is now available.
The 2021 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship application is available online at Symplicity in the Career Services Office. The application is due by 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021, and should be submitted electronically to Professor Marder (email@example.com). Please note that you only need to submit an unofficial transcript, and it should be submitted electronically as part of your application. We anticipate awarding two fellowships ($8,000 each) to provide living expenses to two students who have obtained full-time non-paying public interest internships for this coming summer (for at least 8 weeks).