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Externships

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.

Eligibility

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.

Announcements, Events, and Deadlines

 Experiential Learning/Externship Information Sessions

Students interested in participating in the Externship Program for academic credit must attend one of the Information Sessions listed below.  It will be conducted by Professor Gough as follows at noon and 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters as follows:

September

2018

October

2018

November

2018

January

2019

February

2019

March

2019

April

2019

September 13

CLASSROOM

1202 

September 27

4pm only

CLASSROOM

1202

October 11

October 18

noon only

 

November 1

noon only 

November 8

noon only

 

January 17

January 24

 

February 7

February 21

 

March 14 

March 28

 

April 4 

April 18

 

The location of the sessions will be listed in Law School Announcements and on the website at https://luc.edu/law/currentstudents/externships/

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.

For the spring 2019 semester

September 7, 2018 through September 21, 2018 

For the summer 2019 semester

January 25, 2019 through February 6, 2019

Fall 2019-March 18, 2019 through March 29, 2019

 

Internal Loyola University Chicago School of Law School

Externship Application Deadlines

Students interested in participating in the Externship Program must submit their internal application for approval to Professor Gough by the following dates:

Spring 2019 semester:                November 26, 2018

Summer 2019 semester:             April 22, 2019  

 

The Sixth Annual Building a Community of Legal Professionals

Professionalism in the Legal Workplace Workshop 

Students who are enrolled in the externship or who plan to enroll in the Externship Program during the 2019-20 school year are required to attend this workshop.  Students who are working in any other legal capacity (as interns, volunteers, clinicians, or in compensated positions) during this time period are encouraged to attend as well.  Registration will be open from March 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019. 

Date:             May 10, 2019

Time:             8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:      Philip H. Corboy Law Center

                      Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

                      25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

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 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.

Academic Credit

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.

Location

Josie M. Gough
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Experiential Learning
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St.
Suite 1331
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Us

Ph: 312.915.7887
E-mail: jgough@luc.edu