Externship Opportunity - Ascend Justice

Ascend Justice has a mission is to empower individuals and families impacted by gender-based violence or the child welfare system to achieve safety and stability through holistic legal advocacy and system reform. We are working toward strong communities where people have the power to navigate fair systems and overcome violence. Ascend Justice provides comprehensive services in the many areas.

Interns choose one of several practice areas for their internship. Specific duties vary by program, however general intern duties include interviewing and communicating with clients; performing legal research on related issues; drafting pleadings, motions, subpoenas, and client communications; working directly with attorneys in preparing for contested hearings; and other duties as assigned. Students licensed under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 may act as counsel in court under the supervision of an attorney.

Internships run for an entire academic term and can also elect to work for the entire school year.  An internship may be fully remote or partially in person depending on current conditions, state and local regulations, and individual preference. Interns must commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week during the semester to earn credit for the externship program. Order of Protection interns MUST be able to work from 9-4, 9-1 or 12-4 although full days are preferred. Ascend Justice offices are only open Monday-Friday. There are no evening or weekend opportunities.  Please view this document  for more detailed information on the program and for instructions for how to apply.