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February 2019 newsletter from the Public Interest Resource Center

Important information for students from the Public Interest Resource Center is contained in the first spring 2019 semester newsletter brought to you by Elizabeth Orr and Edgar Matias under the direction of Professor Vivien Gross.

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Professor Vivien Gross

Judicial Externship Program: Fall 2019 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.

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.

Fall Application Process

Applications for Fall 2019 Judicial Externships will be available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, online, and on the table by the third-floor elevators by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Completed applications should be submitted in hard copy to Suzanne in Room 618, by Thursday, March 7, 2019, no later than 5 p.m.

For additional information about JEP, you may also refer to the law school website is externship page.

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (

Summer and Fall 2019 Access2Practice Legal Externship Program

Access2Practice (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 in 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.

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 at 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, both the alum teaching supervisors and placements have been screened and approved.

Summer LEP placement opportunities will be posted on Symplicity. Please scroll to Access2Practice: Private Summer for these special private opportunities.

How to Apply

The Information and Application packets for the Summer 2019 LEP will become available online or in hard copy on the table by the third-floor elevators, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area by February 15, 2019.

Applications for fall will be released in the near future in the same locations.

Informational Meeting

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 3 p.m., in Room 345, Professor Gross will conduct an informational meeting for students interested in participating in the Summer / Fall 2019 Legal Externship Programs.

If you have any questions about the Program or the application itself, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (


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