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From Professor Vivien Gross

Judicial Externship Program for the spring 2020 semester

The 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.

Application process

Applications for the spring 2020 judicial externships available through our program closed on October 17, 2019. However, other judicial externships are listed in Symplicity, including but not limited to externships with the Domestic Relations, Probate and Law divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

If you secure an offer to extern for a judge on your own and would like to receive credit, you will need to complete the Short Form Spring 2020 Judicial Information with Application packet located online and submit it to Professor Vivien Gross, with the application materials listed, on or before Monday, January 6, 2020.

Legal Externship Program for the spring 2020 semester

Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour pass/fail program that enables Chicago-Kent 2Ls and 3Ls to gain supervision/mentoring in a wide variety of legal areas – both civil and criminal. Externs must work 16 hours a week in addition to attending a classroom component.

Where can students extern?

You select and obtain your own externship. This program does not assign you to a particular placement. To gain access to the many available externship placement possibilities, consult Symplicity.

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 the U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies.

Students interested in criminal law may extern at the U.S. 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.

In addition, there are a small number of private law firms and in-house corporate legal departments which have been formally screened and approved for spring 2020 LEP placements. These externship opportunities will also be posted on Symplicity.

How to Apply

The Information and Application packets for the Spring 2020 LEP are available online and in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area in the near future.

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

All applications to participate in the program must be received by Monday, January 6, 2020, in order to allow sufficient time for final school approval and registration.



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