Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-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 to 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.  


Application Process 

Applications for Spring 2023 Judicial Externships will be available electronically by Friday, September 16.

Completed applications should be submitted to Suzanne Blaz (sblaz@kentlaw.iit.edu) by Friday, October 14, 2022. 


Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, October 4, at 12 p.m., via Zoom, Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Spring 2023 Judicial Externship Program. To join the information session, please email Suzanne at sblaz@kentlaw.iit.edu for the Zoom information. A direct link will also be email via the SBA email newsletter, but cannot be published online.

Please note before applying that you must be able to commit 16 hours/week during the semester. For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Law School Website

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).