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 2020 Documents
- Spring/Summer 2021 Fast Facts
- Summer/Fall 2020 Fast Facts
- Fall Externship Application
- Spring Externship Application
- 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 2021 will be as follows
For BOTH Summer and Fall* 2021 Semesters
Will open for Summer and Fall January 19, 2021. The closing date for collection of these documents is January 27, 2021.
*We may have a separate Fall collection if necessary. Spring 2022 collection dates will be provided in Summer of 2021.
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:
Spring 2021 Semester: December 31, 2020
Summer 2021 Semester: April 9, 2020
You may submit your internal application BEFORE you have received or accepted an Externship offer.
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Friday, January 24, 2020
- Professionalism Lunch and Learn - Office of Illinois Appellate Defender
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
- Diverse Law Student Reception - McDonald's Legal Department's Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Thursday, April 16, 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 are offered by Chipo Nyambuya, Director of Externships, each semester. You may watch a virtual session on this page or you may schedule an appointment with Director Nyambuya. During these sessions, students have the opportunity to learn about the various externship opportunities that are available to them, and 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 directly contact the approved sites. Contact information is included with the list of approved sites. Students should also monitor law school announcements, Law School Student Sakai Page, Career Services Pearson Weekly, and this website for new externship opportunities, news and information 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 required to work a minimum of 55 hours in the field. In order to earn 2 academic credits, students are required to work a total of 110 hours in the field. Students seeking to earn 3 credit hours are required to work a total of 165 hours in the field. 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/no pass.
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.
Conflicts and Disclosures
Employment, co-curricular or extracurricular activities or volunteer responsibilities that present actual or potential conflicts will not be approved. It is critical that you disclose any actual or potential conflicts that would jeopardize your duty of confidentiality and loyalty owed to your prospective externship placement. Students have a continuing obligation to update their conflict disclosures with the Director of Externships and Course Instructor during the semester you are engaged in an externship placement. Please be reminded that if you have accepted a position with the Circuit Court of Cook County, you are prohibited from working in any legal capacity, paid or unpaid. Working as a research assistant or tutor are exceptions to the court’s policy.
Students in federal judicial clerkships, externships, and internships are required to review and attest to their acceptance and compliance with the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, provided below: