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Week of February 25, 2013



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 a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judge.

JEP enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by participating in drafting memoranda and opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may also have the opportunity to observe from a unique perspective that judge's day-to-day routine and to discuss with him/her the issues and problems that judges confront. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.

Application Process

Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, online, and in front of the Spakateria.

Completed applications for Fall Judicial Externships should be submitted to Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Thursday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m.

For additional information about and applications for the JEP, please visit this webpage.


A2P Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Why Extern?

To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work. Most students aren't fortunate enough to receive a paid clerking position or even a volunteer opportunity that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well approved in-house corporate legal counsel.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the US Attorney's Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State's Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Summer and Fall 2013 are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), online, in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page.

Legal Externship Applications can be found here


Summer 2013 Externship for Credit Only: Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
3Ls preferred

Applicants with prior expertise or experience in tax matters are preferred, but the IRS will consider all applicants.

Applications must submit a law school transcript, resume, writing sample, and a completed Form 6524 ( to:

Ms. Anna Lonigro
Administrative Clerk
Law Student Volunteer Admin. Coordinator
Office of Chief Counsel
Internal Revenue Service
Suite 2300
200 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Application Deadline: April 12, 2013.

Please contact Professor Gross ( if you are accepted or for more information about this externship opportunity.

Summer 2013: for Credit Legal Externship with the U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Externs will gain experience in immigration law in the areas of citizenship, asylum, and immigration benefits; will draft briefs on visa petition appeals and research issues in immigration law and criminal law; and will also have the opportunity to assist with federal litigation, primarily mandamus actions. The extern will rotate among the various departments within USCIS to observe citizenship, adjudications and asylum interviews.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Ms. Debra G. Gordon or Mr. Tom O'Malley
Associate Counsel, USCIS
101 W. Congress Pkwy.
Suite 560
Chicago, IL 60605

Applicants must submit their materials by March 1, 2013.

Please notify Prof. Gross ( if and when you are selected as an extern.

Summer 2013: Legal Externships with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Location: Office of the Chief Counsel
U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security ICE
525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60607

Qualifications: 2L or 3L during Summer 2013
Previous or concurrent course work in immigration law helpful.
Must be a United States citizen.
Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed.

Description: The extern will research and write appellte briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals; research and draft motions in pending cases; assemble exhibits for trial; research foreign country conditions; and observe hearings of cases on which they are working or are interested in.

Application: Please submit a resume, transcript, writing sample and cover letter indicating dates when available to: no later than March 1, 2013. The subject line of your email must indicate that you are applying for an extern position at Chicago's Office of the Chief Counsel. All electronically submitted documents must be in MSWord or Adobe Acrobat format.

Interviews will be conducted in person and/or by telephone.

If you are selected, please contact Prof. Gross ( if you wish to do this as a for-credit externship.

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