From Professor Vivien Gross
Fall 2020 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program
Access2Practice (A2P) Legal Externship is a 4-credit-hour non-graded program that enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas—private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
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.
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 public sector or public interest legal 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 U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies, Legal Aid Bureau, Chicago Board of Education, and Equip for Equality.
Students interested in criminal law may extern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.
Summer LEP also includes a significant number of private placements in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments, whereas fall and spring placements are almost exclusively in the public and not-for-profit areas. These private placements are supervised by designated alums and both the alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened and approved.
Summer LEP placement opportunities will be posted on Simplicity. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special private opportunities.
How to Apply
The information and application packet for Fall 2020 is available online. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If you have any questions about the program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fall 2020 Judicial Externship Program
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.
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 the 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.
The deadline to participate in the school’s fall 2020 judicial externship program has passed. Should you secure your own judicial externship placement, please complete the short form application available online available online and submit it on or before Monday, August 10, 2020.
Fall 2020 JEP forms are due on or before Monday, August 10, 2020.
If you have any questions about the program or the application itself, contact Professor Vivien Gross (email@example.com).