Learning by Doing: Legal Clinics
Each semester, more than 100 second- and third-year students work on actual cases in our in-house law firm under the close supervision of experienced practicing attorneys who serve on our faculty. In addition, some students work in our clinical programs with partner organizations.
The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent is our teaching law firm that provides high-quality clinical education to students while delivering competitively priced legal services to the public. One of the nation's largest in-house clinical programs, handling more than 1,000 cases annually, our firm serves people from every walk of life contending with a wide array of legal problems.
By participating in a clinical program, you'll learn the day-to-day responsibilities of lawyering—deciding which cases to take and what fees to charge, counseling clients, investigating facts, locating and interviewing witnesses, preparing motions, conducting depositions, filing court documents, writing briefs and selecting juries. Licensed 711 third-year student practitioners may also perform certain trial functions.
Spring 2014 applications are now available. They are located in the Law Offices in Suite 600, the third floor cafeteria or can be downloaded here.
Clinical Practice Areas
Provide criminal defense representation for all types of felonies and misdemeanors in trial and appellate courts at the state and federal levels.
Provide representation primarily on employment discrimination disputes and on civil rights cases in the federal and state courts and in administrative agencies.
Address issues that frequently arise for start-up companies, including but not limited to choice of entity, entity formation, contract review and drafting, corporate governance issues, review of leases, trademark searches and filing, and other transactional matters.
Represent clients with divorce and domestic relations disputes in negotiations and in court.
Represent clients in Social Security disability cases and other civil litigation matters that generally involve health, disability or discrimination issues.
Represent asylum-seekers, individuals seeking immigration benefits for themselves or family members, employers who are hiring non-U.S. citizens, and people facing deportation.
Work with patent attorneys from the law firm of K&L Gates LLP to research and write patentability opinions, perform clearance searches, and guide clients through intellectual property issues.
Practice alternative dispute resolution techniques involving juvenile court matters, criminal misdemeanors, employment discrimination cases, landlord-tenant disputes and small claims.
Help represent middle-income and small-business taxpayers before the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court; interview and counsel clients, conduct factual investigations and legal research, develop case strategies, prepare tax returns, and assist with litigation. Beginning with the Spring 2014 semester, students will also have the opportunity to assist with drafting wills, trusts and powers of attorney, counseling clients on estate planning, asset protection, and property disposition strategies, and administration/probate of testate and intestate estates.
Learn more about the Chicago-Kent Law Offices and its services.