Judicial Externship Program – Spring 2024 Semester

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 2024 Judicial Externships will be made available electronically here and in paper on the 3rd floor, in career services, and in the C-K Law Group, Suite 600, by Tuesday, September 26. Completed applications must be submitted to Professor Jon Decatorsmith (jdecator@kentlaw.iit.edu) and Michael Oakes (moakes@kentlaw.iit.edu) by 12 p.m. on October 13th, 2023.

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 Jon Decatorsmith (jdecator@kentlaw.iit.edu).