Externship Program Information for Students

Externships broaden your employment opportunities by providing you with practical legal experience often not available through paid clerking or volunteer positions.

Serving as excellent preparation for post-graduate judicial clerkships, judicial externships acquaint you with the day-to-day operation of the courts as you work with trial and appellate court judges and their law clerks to research and write legal memoranda and draft opinions.

In legal externships, you'll work in civil or criminal practice in a specialized area of your choice with supervising attorneys in federal, state and local government agencies, corporate legal departments, or public interest organization.


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. 

For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the Externship Webage

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



What is LEP?

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour Pass/Fail program which enables Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal.  LEP externships are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and in the Summer session and consist of two separate components: fieldwork and class.  Externs must work 16 hours a week during the Fall/Spring semesters for a minimum total of 224 hours.  In addition, externs attend a series of classes that meet on designated Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Classes focus on different legal areas and the often complex realities at the core of law practice.

For additional information about LEP, you may also refer to the Externship Webage


More program information


If you have any questions about the Legal or Judicial Externships, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu). 



Recent Legal Externship Placements

American Dental Association Beerman Swerdlove Blair Caravelli Irmen Law
Center for Disability and Elder Law Center for Law & Social Justice Chicago Office Illinois Human Rights Commission
Cook County Public Defender Office Domestic Violence Legal Clinic Equip for Equality, Inc.
Federal Defender's Office FINRA Hinshaw Culbertson
Illinois Attorney General Illinois Pollution Control Board Int'l Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in New York
Internal Revenue Services Lane & Lane, LLC Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC
Merieux Nutrisciences Corporation Mintel Group Ltd. Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
Rosenbaum IP Saper Law Seyfarth Shaw
State's Attorney's Offices--Cook, DuPage, Lake & Will counties U.S. Attorney's Offices, Northern District of Illinois U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement U.S. Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
ULTA Beauty Walgreen Co. Brightstar Corporation