Legal Clinics

Meet the C-K Law Group

"C-K Law Group: The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent" is Chicago-Kent's unique in-house legal clinic. Known since the early 1980s simply as The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, our clinic was a pioneer in clinical legal education decades ago when it adopted a fee-generating model designed to replicate the experience of employment at a private law firm. That model, coupled with Chicago-Kent's large and dynamic legal externship program, made Chicago-Kent a one-of-a-kind in-house legal clinic.

Today, C-K Law Group is a giant among the nation's law school legal clinics. One of the nation's very largest, our clinic boasts 7 in-house practicing attorneys, 2 off-site adjunct attorneys, and—through Chicago-Kent's externship program—opportunities for our students to work with scores of practitioner-mentors, including judges, governmental agency attorneys, and private practitioners.  Our in-house practicing attorneys, however, are not just ANY attorneys—they rank among the top practitioners nationally in the fields of criminal defense, plaintiffs employment law, civil litigation, tax, domestic relations, federal healthcare litigation, and immigration, and boast a record of success for our clients that rivals that of Chicago's premier law firms.

Our clinic takes the concept of experiential learning-by-doing in a law school setting to an entirely new level. Consistent with the long-overdue trend within American law schools to provide students a more practice-based legal education, C-K Law Group introduces students to the experience of working on sophisticated litigation and transactional matters while exposing students to real-world experience within a superb "teaching law firm," allowing them to begin their experiential legal careers learning from highly experienced, competent and ethical practitioners, all the while enhancing their own resumes in preparation for their pursuit of post-graduation success. In addition, our robust externship program provides our students with a multitude of options, including externships with judges, governmental agencies, and prestigious private law firms

Spend some time reviewing the listing of our clinical offerings and the exciting possibilities available to you within C-K Law Group: The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent College of Law!

How to Apply:  Fall 2022 applications are now available here.  While the due date to submit an application for the Fall semester has passed, you can still apply. 

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

Represents plaintiffs in cases that involve employment discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour law, whistleblower actions, consumer law, class actions, and other complex litigation.

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.

Family Law

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

Immigration Law

Students will learn about U.S. immigration law and practice, with a particular focus on family-based immigration and removal defense.

Employee Benefit Claims Clinic

Students will be given an introduction to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") and applicable state law and will have the opportunity to work on benefit claims disputes in both the internal appeals process and in litigation. 

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 spring semester).

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.

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, reviewing tax returns, and assisting with litigation. Students also may become involved with community outreach, pro bono, and marketing activities of the clinic.

Special Program:  Intensive Clinic

Certificate Programs – Refine your Focus

Certificate programs are a great way to get an enhanced education in a specific area of law while gaining more marketable job skills. 

Criminal Litigation Certificate Program

Chicago-Kent's Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation is designed to give students a comprehensive and balanced professional education to prepare them adequately for the practice of criminal law.   

Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR) Certificate Program

For students who aspire to become litigators or mediators, Chicago-Kent's Certificate Program in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR) combines trial skills training, negotiation and mediation within a rigorous clinical curriculum.   

Workplace LADR

The Workplace LADR certificate program will yield a joint certificate, allowing students to market themselves to potential employers as well-versed in the highly complementary areas of litigation, ADR, and labor and employment law.

Learn More

Find out more about client services offered by the C-K Law Group in the Seeking Legal Help section of this website.