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Legal Externship Program Description

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Academic Year and Summer Legal Externship Programs

Access2Practice enables Chicago-Kent students to receive academic credit (4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail), not pay, for working on an approved curriculum in a specialized area of law under the supervision of a designated attorney. Externs are placed in a wide variety of legal areas in the private or public sectors, which enables them to gain exposure to an area of law in which they are interested. In turn, externs integrate and assimilate the skills learned in the classroom with those acquired in law practice.

LEP is offered each fall and spring semester, as well as during summer session.

>> Program information and application packet, when available, can be found outside of the third floor elevators, the Law Offices reception area in Suite 600 and online.   

LEP consists primarily of a fieldwork experience with a supervising lawyer, accompanied by faculty supervision and a classroom component. Fieldwork allows students to have sufficient opportunity to see and work with lawyers as they practice on a day-to-day basis serving actual clients in an education-focused, yet real world, setting.

During the academic year in the 14-week fall and spring semesters, a student extern is required to:

  • Devote 16 hours per week to the fieldwork experience for a minimum of 224 hours.
  • Attend a series of classes (Perspectives in Lawyering) that meets during fall and spring semesters on Wednesdays from 4:00-4:55 pm. The class focuses on different practice areas and addresses the often complex and unpredictable realities at the core of the actual practice of law.
  • Maintain weekly activity reports and journals based on their fieldwork experience, as required by the law school and ABA rules.

Summer LEP, like the academic year programs, consists of fieldwork and classroom components. During the 8-week summer session, an extern is required to:

  • Devote at least 32 hours per week to the fieldwork experience for a minimum of 240 hours.
  • Attend a series of classes (Perspectives in Lawyering) that meets once weekly between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (day and time TBD). The class focuses on different practice areas and address the often complex and unpredictable realities at the core of the actual practice of law.
  • Maintain weekly activity reports and journals based on their fieldwork experience, as required by the law school and ABA rules.

3Ls that participate in externships are eligible for a 711 license, which enables them under certain circumstances to appear in court.

There is no letter grade for the program; it is graded on a pass/fail basis. Externs will be evaluated and graded by his/her supervising lawyer, as at the end of the semester, each supervising lawyer is asked to assess the extern's competence in performing various lawyering responsibilities, enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges, and general ability to turn out competent work professionally and efficiently.

Chicago-Kent offers a variety of externships in both the public and private sectors. See Types of Externships.

If you have questions about the LEP, please contact Professor Grosss at vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.