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    Student Perspectives on Clinic

    Chicago-Kent has one of the largest clinical programs of any law school in the country and serves more than 1,000 clients a year.

    Students work on fee-for-service cases in a wide variety of clinical practice areas—criminal law, employment law, entrepreneurial law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, mediation, open government/government watchdog law, vaccine injury litigation, and tax law—under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty.

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Meet 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 only 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, we boast 18 full-time in-house practicing attorneys, 4 off-site adjunct attorneys, and - 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 18 in-house practicing attorneys, however, are not just ANY attorneys-- they rank among the top practitioners nationally in the fields of criminal defense, employment law, civil litigation, tax, domestic relations, vaccine injury, and entrepreneurship law 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!

Applications are now available for the Summer and Fall 2017 semesters.

Summer 2017 Application  

Fall 2017 Application

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Tracy at tkish@kentlaw.iit.edu.  Applications are also available in the reception area of Suite 600 and outside of the 3rd floor elevators. 

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 C-K Law Group and its services.