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
- Legal Externship Program Description
- Judicial Externship Program Description
- Types of Externships
- Applying for an Externship
- Externship Listings - Symplicity
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Information
- Fall 2018 Applications
- Fall 2018 Judicial Externship Application; use if you secured your own judicial externship - fillable application Deadline: August 20, 2018
- Spring 2019 Applications
- Judicial Externship applications will be made available at the end of September/beginning of October. Legal Externship applications will be made available at the beginning of October.
Note: Open forms in Adobe PDF to fill them out.
While the deadline has passed for securing a judicial externship through our office, students sometimes secure their own externship with a judge and want to earn credit. If you have secured your own externship with a judge, please see the above applications.
If you have any questions about the Legal or Judicial Externships, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (email@example.com).
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|