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Externship Overview - Loyola Externship Program: Intensive Field Placements
The Loyola Externship Program is designed to provide students with practical experience under the supervision of a judge or attorney and a supervising attorney from the School of Law. This program provides students with the opportunity to develop practice ready and problem solving skills while working at an approved field placement outside of the classroom.
Students may select from a variety of externship opportunities. Students may earn 2 or 3 hours of academic credit per semester. A student may earn up to 8 hours of academic credit after completion of all required first year course work. Students who have secured an externship field placement are also required to enroll in an extern seminar course. This course has been designed to complement the field work performed by the student. This course incorporates and emphasizes professional responsibility and ethics in all classroom assignments and activities.
Externship field placement opportunities are available to law students who have successfully completed instruction equivalent to 28 credit hours toward the award of the J.D. degree prior to participation in the externship field placement program. Certain approved sites may also have additional requirements which must be adhered to in order to apply to the site and to qualify for the externship field placement.
Externship Application Process:
The School of Law makes every effort to assist students throughout the school year in obtaining appropriate and approved externships. Information sessions, both group and individual are offered by Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning Josie M. Gough each semester. During those sessions, students have the opportunity to learn about the various externship opportunities that are available to students, as well as the application process. A list of approved extern sites is included below, along with the internal School of Law internal application and Field Supervisor’s Participation Agreement. In most cases, students will contact the approved sites on their own. Contact information is included on the list of approved sites. Students should also monitor law school announcements and this website for new externship opportunities as they become available.
The School of Law makes every effort to assist students throughout the school year in obtaining appropriate and approved judicial externships. Information sessions, both group and individual are offered each semester. During those sessions, students have the opportunity to learn about the judicial externship opportunities that are available to students, as well as the application process.
Students are expected to work at their extern field placement site a minimum of 110 hours for 2 academic credit hours and a minimum of 165 hours for 3 academic credit hours. In addition, students must attend and fully participate in the extern seminar course. This course is offered during the fall and spring semesters 3 times during the week in order to accommodate a student’s schedule. Students meet with their course instructor during the semester on a regularly scheduled basis for 50 minutes per class session. The extern seminar course is also offered during the summer semester. Additional information, including course descriptions of the various field placements may be found on the law school’s website http://luc.edu/law/registrar/registration. Students may earn a total of 8 hours of academic credit as an extern upon completion of all required first year courses. For additional information, please contact Professor Gough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXTERNSHIP - NEW SITES AND UPDATES
Please also see Law School Announcements for detailed information regarding these new field placements.
- Cook County-Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Spring 2015
- ABA Hispanic Commission Extern Opportunity - Spring 2015
- Cook County Department of Human Rights and Ethics
- Consumer Law/Antitrust: Illinois Commerce Commission, Office of Commissioner Sherina Mayes
- Corporate: Hillard Heintze
- Government Relations/Public Affairs: Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
- Intellectual Property: Law firm Placements with Bryan Cave LLP and Partridge IP Law, P.C.
- United States Department of Justice-Office of the U.S. Trustee Northern District of Illinois
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS
- Students interested in an externship field placement during the summer are required to attend an information session. The first two will be held on January 20th and 23rd, 2015. Attendance is mandatory for students seeking to participate in the externship program. Please also review Law School Announcements for additional details.
- Judicial Externships Only- The collection of documents through the Symplicity system begins on January 26, 2015 and closes on February 2, 2015 for the summer 2015 semester.
- It is not too early to begin your search for an externship filed placement. The deadline to submit your internal application is April 15, 2015.
FIELD SUPERVISOR’S PARTICIPATION AGREEMENTS-UTILIZED EACH SEMESTER
- SUPERVISOR’S PARTICATION AGREEMENT-LAW FIRMS
- SUPERVISOR’S PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT - ALL OTHER PLACEMENTS
- SYMPLICTY INSTRUCTIONS - JUDICIAL EXTERNSHPS ONLY/ SUMMER SEMESTER
- WASHINGTON, DC SUMMER EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
- SUMMER EXTERNSHIP APPLICATION-WASHINGTON, DC
- SUMMER EXTERNSHIP APPLICATION-CHICAGO
EDUCATION LAW FIELD PLACEMENTS
Field placements at approved sites in the category of Education Law will no longer be offered through the Externship Program. Field placements and related opportunities will instead be offered solely through the Education Law Practicum. More information about the Education Law Practicum and the placement sites available can be found here: http://www.luc.edu/law/registrar/registration/courses/d_h.html. For additional information please contact Professor Hillary Coustan at email@example.com.