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.

More program information

Applications

  • Summer 2019 Applications 
    • Judicial Externship:  The deadline has passed; see below if you have secured your own Judicial Externship
    • Legal Externship:  Applications (see below) are now available and are due no later than Monday, May 6, 2019

Legal Externship Application - Summer 2019

  • Fall 2019 Applications
    • Judicial Externship:  The deadline has passed; see below if you have secured your own Judicial Externship
    • Legal Externship:  Applications are now available and are due on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., Room 618.

Legal Externship Application - Fall 2019

If you have secured an externship with a judge who is not a participating member in the Chicago-Kent Judicial Externship Program and wish to explore the possibility of converting that opportunity into a for-credit externship, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu).  In addition, you will need to fill out the below application.

Secured Own Judicial Externship Application - Summer 2019

Secured Own Judicial Externship Application - Fall 2019

Note:  Open forms in Adobe PDF ("Open With Different Viewer" once it opens in the browser) to fill them out.

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

Recent Legal Externship Placements

U.S. Attorney's Offices, Northern District of Illinois & Middle District of Florida U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Arlington, Virginia Council on American-Islamic Relations
State's Attorney's Offices--Cook, DuPage, Lake & Kane counties U.S. Navy, Trial Service Office East AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
Public Defender's Offices--Cook, DuPage, Lake & Kane counties Office of the Federal Public Defender, Washington, D.C. Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, Washington, D.C.
Internal Revenue Service Illinois Attorney General's Office Alaska Legal Services Corporation
National Labor Relations Board U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Federal Trade Commission Office of the Cook County Public Guardian Lawyers for the Creative Arts
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center Modern Asia Environmental Holdings Inc., Bangkok
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Zhonglun W&D Law Firm, Beijing
U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration Court City of Chicago, Law Department