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From Professor Vivien Gross

Fall 2020 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” for one of the designated and 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. In conjunction with the fieldwork, there is an accompanying classroom component, scheduled on designated Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 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 2020 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 (, assistant to Professor Gross on or before March 26, 2020. 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:

Beermann LLP
Matrimonial Law

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.
Commercial Litigation

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
IP Law (Patent & Soft IP)

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Litigation (commercial/possibly some toxic tort)

Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC
Commercial Litigation

Please contact Professor Gross immediately if you are selected or if you have any questions.

Summer and Fall 2020 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour non-graded program that enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas—private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available in 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.

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 public sector or public interest legal 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, Legal Aid Bureau, Chicago Board of Education, and Equip for Equality.
Students interested in criminal law may extern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Summer LEP also includes a significant number of private placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments, whereas fall and spring placements are almost exclusively in the public and not-for-profit areas. These private placements are supervised by designated alums and both the alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened and approved.

Summer LEP placement opportunities will be posted on Simplicity. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special private opportunities.

How to Apply

The information and application packets for both Summer and Fall 2020 LEP are now available online or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 (Law Offices reception area).
If you have any questions about the program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (

Exciting and Prestigious Law Firm Externship Opportunities for
Fall 2020 Legal Externship Program
For Credit Only (4 Credits)

As part of Chicago-Kent’s Fall 2020 Legal Externship Program, the three prestigious law firms listed below will select a Chicago-Kent student extern. The extern receives 4 (Pass/Fail) credit hours and must devote 16 hours a week to fieldwork at one of the firms. There will also be an accompanying classroom component on designated Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Take advantage of these exciting opportunities!

Participating Firms & Practice Areas:

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
For rising 2L & 3L applicants
The selected extern will work in 3 groups: Business Litigation, Government Litigation and Insurance.

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
For rising 2L & 3L applicants
The selected extern will essentially become 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.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
For rising 3L applicants only
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is looking for an applicant with excellent legal research and writing skills, a keen attention to detail, and a passion for litigation. The firm has a diverse portfolio of practice areas, but most notably concentrates in complex civil litigation, including medical negligence, commercial disputes, products liability, and toxic tort litigation.

To Apply to One of the Above Firms:

Prospective 2Ls and 3Ls must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2. Current full-time 1L day students are considered rising 2L applicants. Current 2L day / 3L evening are considered rising 3L applicants.

Please submit your resume, unofficial transcript and writing sample to Suzanne Blaz ( by Friday, March 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Please indicate to which firm(s) you are applying.

Do not apply directly to the law firm.

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.

If you have any questions, contact Prof. Gross (

Summer and fall 2020 Judicial Externship Program

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

The deadlines to participate in the school’s summer and fall 2020 judicial externship programs have passed. Should you secure your own judicial externship placement, please complete the short form application available online available online  (or you can obtain a paper copy from Suzanne in Room 618).

Summer 2020 JEP forms are due on or before Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Fall 2020 JEP forms are due on or before Monday, August 10, 2020.

If you have any questions about the program or the application itself, contact Professor Vivien Gross (



From Professor Nancy Marder

The Justice Stevens Public Interest Fellowship needs to be submitted electronically only.

The 2020 Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Summer Fellowship application is available online at Symplicity in the Career Services Office and only needs to be submitted electronically to Professor Marder at You do not need to submit a hard copy. Also, you do not need to submit an official transcript; instead, you can submit an unofficial transcript electronically to Professor Marder.

The application is due by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. We still anticipate awarding two fellowships ($8,000 each) to provide living expenses to two students who have obtained full-time, unpaid public interest internships for this coming summer (for at least eight weeks).


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