Chicago-Kent offers three avenues for students to pursue externship opportunities in the areas of government, public interest, private, and for-profit firms and corporations. Examples of externships include working for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney’s Office; public defender offices; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and numerous major law firms and nonprofits. All externships must be approved by Professor Vivian Gross. The three types of externships include:
Judicial Externships acquaint you with the day-to-day operation of the courts as you work with trial and appellate court judges and their law clerks to research and write legal memoranda and draft opinions.
Legal Externships allow you to work in civil or criminal practice in a specialized area of your choice with supervising attorneys in federal, state, and local government agencies; corporate legal departments; or public interest organizations.
The Semester Law Firm Associate Program is a unique six credit program during which students have the opportunity to work for academic credit as “associates” for prestigious Chicago-based law firms. Students must spend 24 hours a week at the firm that selects them and also attend a classroom component. This program is only offered in the spring and fall semesters.
Judicial Externship Applications
Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a four credit hour, pass/low pass/fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge, or designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judges.
JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by participating in drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe the judge’s day-to-day routine and discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.
For externships achieved through Chicago-Kent’s extensive legal network, follow our document on How to Apply for a Judicial Externship Placement. Students can find their own externships through Symplicity*, the Career Services Management System, or get placed with judges in various divisions via the Cook County application.
The Spring 2023 judicial externship application is now available! Please complete the application below and submit to Suzanne Blaz (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, October 14, 2022, for consideration.
Abridged Externship Application for students who have secured their own intership.
Legal Externship Programs
Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a four credit hour, pass/fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas—both civil and criminal. LEP externships are offered in the fall and spring semesters and in the summer session and consist of two separate components: fieldwork and classes. Externs must work 16 hours a week during the fall/spring semesters and 32 hours per week in the summer semester for a minimum total of 224 hours. In addition, externs must attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4–5:50 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.
For externships achieved through Chicago-Kent’s extensive legal network, follow our document on How to Apply for a Legal Externship Placement. Students can find their own externships through Symplicity*, the Career Services Management System. Newly posted externships will also be featured in The Record.
For those students who wish to apply for a legal externship in the spring, an informational session will be held in October, 2022.
Application forms are available below and must be submitted to Suzanne Blaz (email@example.com) by Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in order to enroll in the spring semester program.
Upon receipt of an externship in a legal and judicial externship placement, the extern must submit an application and be approved by Professor Gross before the extern can officially begin the program. This is because Professor Gross must contact the prospective supervisor to ensure that the placement and supervisor are informed of and able to comply with academic requirements.
Semester Law Firm Associate Program (6 credits)
The Semester Law Firm Associate Program is announced during the spring and fall semesters via The Record and email. Applications go to Suzanne Blaz (firstname.lastname@example.org). The program is six credits and 24 hours a week, compared to other externship programs, which are only four credits and 16 hours a week.