Learning by Doing: Externships

IIT Chicago-Kent's Legal Externship Program

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IIT Chicago-Kent's Legal Externship Program (LEP), enables Chicago-Kent students to receive academic credit for externing with a designated supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas—private or public, civil or criminal. Externs integrate and assimilate the skills learned in the classroom with those acquired in a specialized law placement.

Chicago-Kent has long recognized that classes and textbooks alone are not sufficient to complete the education and transformation of our students into practitioners. To become a good lawyer, students also need practical experience in real-world legal work, and many students are not fortunate enough to receive a paid or volunteer position that exposes them to this type of experience. The Legal Externship Program (LEP) is a four-credit-hour program that allows externs to receive academic credit, not pay, for working in a school-approved curriculum in a specific area of law.