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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.

Summer and Fall 2016 Applications - Applications will be available in mid-March for the Summer and Fall 2016 semesters.  Please send inquiries to Tracy at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Clinical Practice Areas

Criminal Defense Litigation

Provide criminal defense representation for all types of felonies and misdemeanors in trial and appellate courts at the state and federal levels.

Civil Litigation Clinic

This clinic concentrates in the areas of labor and employment law and medical malpractice and nursing home cases. Provides representation to both employers and employees in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage-hour disputes, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and whistleblower cases, and traditional labor law.

Plaintiffs Employment Clinic

Representation of employees in discrimination and wrongful discharge cases in the federal and state courts in the areas of gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination in the workplace, and equal pay issues.

Entrepreneurial Law

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.

Family Law

Represent clients with divorce and domestic relations disputes in negotiations and in court.

Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic

Vaccine injury practice is a fascinating and challenging area of federal litigation involving complex medical causation issues, scientific research (typically in areas such as immunology, neurology, and genetics), medical experts, and, often-times, detailed damages calculations.

Intellectual Property Law

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.

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Practice alternative dispute resolution techniques involving juvenile court matters, criminal misdemeanors, employment discrimination cases, landlord-tenant disputes and small claims.

Open Government/Government Watchdog Law (Center for Open Government)

Focus on cases challenging closed government processes, interview and counsel clients, conduct factual investigations and legal research, develop case strategies, collect and analyze documents, and assist with litigation.

Tax Law

Students who intern in the Tax Clinic help represent middle-income individual and small-business taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court. Specific tasks include interviewing and counseling clients, conducting factual investigations and legal research, developing case strategies, preparing tax returns, and assisting with litigation. Students also may become involved with community outreach, pro bono, and marketing activities of the clinic.

Learn more about the Chicago-Kent Law Offices and its services.