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Learning by Doing: Legal Clinics

Each year, almost 200 clinical placements are filled by second- and third-year students who work on actual cases in our in-house law firm under the close supervision of experienced practicing attorneys who serve on our faculty.

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 2017 Applications - Applications will become available in mid-October for the Spring 2017 semester.   If you have any questions, please feel free to email Tracy at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu. 

New Program:  Intensive Clinic

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.  (Offered in the fall and spring semesters).

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.  (Offered in the fall and spring semesters).

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.

Intensive Clinic

Intensive clinic is a twelve credit, one semester course in which the students will receive an enhanced, closely supervised and graded clinical experience and, in addition, satisfy their senior seminar paper requirement. Intensive Clinic has the potential to be the optimal means for law students to transition from law school to the practice of law in that it provides a natural progression from theory (doctrinal classes) to simulations to clinic to Intensive Clinic, where students engage in sophisticated lawyering activities on a full-time basis for an entire semester, with a safety net in place. The program will be available for a select number of senior law students. Each student enrolled in Intensive Clinic will receive ten graded clinical education credits and a separate grade of two credits for writing a paper that will satisfy the Senior Seminar paper requirement under the close supervision of the clinical faculty member who selected the student.

Areas of Law: Plaintiffs Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Vaccine Injury Litigation, Criminal Law, Entrepreneurial Law, Family Law and Tax Law.

To Apply:

Students will apply to Intensive Clinic via a written submission detailing their qualifications and their reasons for seeking admission. This submission will be the basis for discussion during a subsequent individual interview with each applicant. Please direct all written submissions to Tracy Kish at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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