Loyola's 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. An externship qualifies as Live Client Experience.
Students may select from a variety of externship opportunities at sites that have been pre-approved by the law school. Students may earn 1, 2 or 3 hours of academic credit per semester. After completing all required first year course work, a student may earn up to 8 hours of academic credit through the Externship Program. Students who have secured an externship field placement are also required to enroll in an externship seminar course. The externship seminar course has been designed to complement the field work performed by the student by incorporating and emphasizing professional responsibility and ethics in all classroom assignments and activities.
Externship field placement opportunities are available to all law students who have successfully completed all required first year course work. 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.
Summer and Fall 2019 Documents
- Externship Pearson Instructions (printed step-by-step instructions)
- Pearson Video Tutorial (a video tour of Pearson)
- Rule 711 of the Illinois Supreme Court allows law students to engage in the limited practice of law, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, subject to conditions. Students may be asked to complete a 711 application form for an externship.
- 711 Application forms are available through the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
- First-time 711 applicants should fill out the form titled Application for Certification-Senior Law Student. Note that students must have completed a minimum of 43 credit hours at the School of Law to apply. The Law School Registrar's Office will sign a student's application after verifying credit hours completed.
- Students already holding a 711 license who intend to use it under the supervision of another attorney or agency should fill out the form titled Notice of Additional or Change of Employing Agency/Supervising Attorney.
State's Attorney Externship Materials
Internal Revenue Service
Experiential Learning Variance Application (for Weekend JD students only)
Announcements, Events, and Deadlines
Experiential Learning/Externship Information Sessions
Students interested in participating in the Externship Program for academic credit must attend an information session. The location of the sessions will be listed in Law School Announcements and
If you are unable to attend an Information Session, You may watch a Virtual Information Session
Judicial Externship Collection Deadlines
Students interested in securing a judicial externship through the law school’s collection process must adhere to the deadlines listed below. The collection of these documents utilizes the Pearson System. Collection dates for the 2019-20 academic year will be posted during the summer.
For BOTH Summer and Fall* 2020 Semesters
Open January 20, 2020 with a closing date of January 24, 2020
We will notify students if there is an additional Fall collection period
Externship Application Deadlines
Internal Loyola University Chicago School of Law School
Students interested in participating in the Externship Program must submit their internal application for approval to Chipo Nyambuya by the following dates:
Summer 2020 semester: April 24, 2020
Fall 2020 semester: July 24, 2020
You may, however submit your internal application BEFORE you have received or accepted an Externship offer
External Externship Sites
The application requirements and deadlines for each externship site will be as identified in the individual posting in Pearson.
- United State of Women Presents: Pay Inequity Series Part 1: Self Empowerment
Friday, January 24, 2020
- Professionalism Lunch and Learn - Office of Illinois Appellate Defender
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
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 Josie Gough, Director of Experiential Learning and Professional Development, each semester. During these sessions, students have the opportunity to learn about the various externship opportunities that are available to them, as well as the application process. A list of approved extern sites is included below, along with the internal School of Law application and Field Supervisor’s Participation Agreement. In most cases, students will contact the approved sites on their own. Contact information is included with the list of approved sites. Students should also monitor law school announcements and this website for new externship opportunities as they become available.
Students may earn 1, 2 or 3 credit hours for their work as an extern. Students seeking to earn 1 credit hour are expected to work a total of 55 hours in the field. In order to earn 2 academic credits, students are expected to work a total of 110 hours in the field. A minimum of 165 hours in the field is expected of students seeking to earn 3 academic credit hours. All students participating in the Externship Program will also be enrolled in a seminar course during the semester that the student is working in an approved field placement. The seminar course is graded pass/fail.
Conflicts Policy-Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois
Students working in chambers for a state court judge (Circuit Court of Cook County) will need to disclose whether they also will be working or intend to work in any other legal capacity to the judge and law school. Students may not work in other legal capacity while working as an extern for a state court judge. This is a directive from the Office of the Chief Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County. Conflicts should be disclosed in all cases with prospective supervisors. Certain federal court district court and magistrate judges may also have similar policies in place. It is important that you disclose this information.
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. For additional information please contact Professor Miranda Johnson.