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From Professor Vivien Gross

Access2Practice Legal Externship Program--Spring 2021 Semester

Why extern?

Chicago-Kent has long recognized that classes and textbooks alone are not sufficient to complete the education of our students and their transformation into lawyers. Students also need practical experience in the real world to acquire legal skills not accessible in the traditional classroom and to gain insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of the legal profession.

Some students gain experience when they are hired as part-time clerks. But most students don’t have access to paid or volunteer positions in a legal setting of their choice and/or one that teaches them the skills they want to acquire.

LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of law you are interested in and helps you significantly broaden your practical employment opportunities.

What is LEP?

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.

LEP externships are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and in the Summer session and consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class.

Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Fall/Spring semesters for a minimum total of 224 hours.

In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

Where Can Students Extern?

You select and obtain your own externship. This program does not assign you to a particular placement. To gain access to the many available externship placement possibilities, consult Symplicity.

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, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies.

Students interested in criminal law may extern at the U.S. 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.

In addition, there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for Spring 2021 LEP placements. These externship opportunities will also be posted on Symplicity.

How to Apply:

The Information and Application packets for the Spring 2021 LEP are available online at https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skillstraining/externships/students.

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page. All applications to participate in the program must be received by Monday, January 4, 2021, in order to allow sufficient time for final school approval and registration.

Judicial Externship Program--Spring 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.

Application Process

Applications to participate in the Chicago-Kent Spring 2021 Judicial Externship program are closed. However, you may still obtain your own judicial clerkship; many judge advertise via Simplicity for judicial externs. If you do obtain a judicial externship independently, you will still need to send in an application to Professor Vivien Gross, via email on or before Monday, January 4, 2021.

Please note before applying that you must be able to commit 16 hours/week during the semester. For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website.

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).


 

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