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LOYOLA'S EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM offers students practical experience under direct supervision of a judge or attorney and a supervising faculty 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.

During the Summer semester, the law school offers the program in Washington DC and Chicago (with remote opportunities available nationwide year-round at students’ option).

Information Sessions will be held during Fall and Spring Semesters. Information sessions for the Washington DC program start in late January. Specific dates for Information Sessions will be provided primarily in Law Student Sakai Page, and additionally in Career Services Pearson Weekly, and Law School Announcements.

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE AND RECEIVE CREDIT
  • All law students who have successfully completed all required first year course work
  • A student may earn up to 8 hours of academic credit through externship courses
  • Student has applied to approved sites (found on Pearson or as approved by the Director of Experiential Learning and Professional Development) according to the site’s requirements
  • Student has secured a field placement
  • Student has enrolled in and successfully completed an externship seminar course.

Information for Students

Externship Process

Info Sessions - In Person

As a reminder all students interested in securing an Externship/Experiential Learning and receiving academic credit are required to attend an Experiential Learning Info Session.  The Schedule of Info Sessions will be announced on the Law Student Sakai Page and Law School Announcements.

All students, including rising 2L (i.e. then current 1L students) are eligible in Summer Semester for any externship opportunities found in Pearson in all locations (Chicago, Washington DC, and other remote locations

Second and third year law students interested in securing an approved field placement are  required to attend an information session with the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development. 

Info Sessions will include:

  • A review of Experiential Learning requirements
  • Information regarding externship field placements
  • Information about clinics, and the various practica opportunities
  • Advice and guidance on how best to sequence course work with experiential opportunities

Individual meetings may also be scheduled with the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development.

Credit Hours

Total Hours During Semester at Field Placement Site

Estimated Weekly Work Hours

1

55

~ 4

2

110

~ 8 - 10

3

165

~ 12 - 15*

*Student work hours at the field placement site during Fall and Spring Semesters shall not exceed 15 hours. However, students may work full time during Summer Semester field placement

  • Approval of your application and your ability to register for selected seminar section will be indicated through Pearson and confirmed by the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development.
  • Upon notification of approval of your Internal Application, you must register on LOCUS for the seminar section and credit hours you indicated on your Internal Application.  NOTE: Ensure you select the appropriate number of credit hours, otherwise LOCUS will default to 1 credit hour.

Key Dates

Generally, key dates and deadlines in the Externship Process are provided below. Specific key dates and deadlines will be communicated during each semester via the Law Student Sakai Page, Law School Announcements, and Career Services Pearson Weekly.

  • Field Site Job Search - Typically begin searching two weeks after the start of the classes in the semester preceding the semester for which you are applying
  • Internal Application - Typically due two weeks before the start of classes of the semester during which you will be working
  • Judicial Collect - Typically the third week in January for Summer and Fall Semester Judicial Externships and by the second week in September for Spring Semester Judicial Externships
  • Washington D.C. Summer Externship Program - Typically due two weeks before the start of summer semester classes
  • Professionalism Workshop - Typically third week of April

Programs

  • Information sessions regarding all externship intensive field placements, including judicial field placements and placements will begin in early September and end in April every school year. The schedule of live sessions will be shared through the Law Student Sakai Page, Career Services Pearson Weekly, and Law School Announcements.
  • Annual Professionalism Workshop All students interested in enrolling in the externship program are required to attend this workshop.
    • Students interested in any and all of the experiential learning opportunities and who will be working as a legal professional during the summer or fall semesters, are encouraged to attend.
    • Generally, the workshop is held in late April, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom and via Zoom. The exact date will be announced in Law School Announcements and on the Law Student Sakai Page
  • Washington D.C. Summer Externship Program
    • Loyola University Chicago's Washington D.C. Summer Program offers the opportunity for students who want to work in the federal government and/or with the rich network of quasi governmental organizations, NGOs, public interest, think tanks, etc. upon their graduation and licensure. The program allows you to establish and build relationships with a professional network of people and institutions.

The Law Student Sakai Page will also periodically announce programs hosted by the Experiential Learning Programs, site supervisors, Professionalism, etc.

You may schedule an individual meeting with the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development with any questions about Experiential Learning.

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS

Judicial Externships are externships available in the chambers of federal, state, and local judicial chambers. Opportunities may be remote, in person or hybrid, depending on the rules of the chamber. As permissible, we also provide out of state opportunities. Judicial Externships fulfill students’ Live Client Experience Experiential Learning requirement. All opportunities may be found on Pearson.

Additionally, the Experiential Learning Program partners with Career Services to provide a Judicial Collect for Federal Courts and Higher State Courts.

  1. Students interested in a Federal or Higher State Court judicial externship for academic credit should submit their résumés and transcripts during the Judicial Collect Period using the Pearson.
  2. We will provide these materials to the judges with whom we partner. NOTE: Some judges may ask for additional documents which may include a request for a writing sample. If that is the case, please make sure that your writing sample has been carefully reviewed before you submit it to the judge. Always submit your best work.
  3. Judges who participate in the program will select students to interview (in person, Zoom, or by telephone) and extend offers.
  4. Judges’ schedules vary with respect to when they will begin the selection process.
  5. If you are extended an offer, the expectation (assuming no conflicts of interest), is that you will accept the offer and decline other interviews for judicial field placements that may be pending. Students must honor this commitment.
  6. Judicial Collect Process and Instructions

FAQs

  1. Can Weekend JD students participate in Externships or other Experiential Learning opportunities? Yes, WJD Students may participate in Externships. WJD students may contact the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development to discuss options.
  2. May I be compensated for my externship experience? Students seeking to earn academic credit for their work as externs may not be compensated by the host organization. Students may receive funding for their work from third party sources, including but not limited to PILI or other related sources of funding (i.e. PILI, third party grants, fellowships via an approved site, nominal stipends, etc.).
  3. Where can I find Externship Opportunities? All Externship Opportunities may be found on Pearson. If you identify an opportunity that is not on Pearson and has otherwise not been approved by Loyola, contact the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development to seek approval for the site.
  4. Where can I find State and County Court opportunities? All Externship Opportunities may be found on Pearson
  5. How can I learn how to use or troubleshoot Pearson? If you have questions about how to use Pearson, you may view the Pearson Tutorial or contact Career Services. 
  6. Are remote Experiential Learning opportunities permissible? Yes. LUC offers remote externships and students may contact the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development if they have identified remote sites that are not approved or on Pearson
  7. Are students permitted to directly apply to Cook County Sites? No, STUDENTS MAY NOT CONTACT THE COUNTY DIRECTLY. THIS WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THE COUNTY’S HIRING PROCESS under the Shakman Decrees. Students must be certified and approved by the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development who will then submit their application materials to the following Cook County office: 
    1. Cook County Health Systems
    2. Cook County Bureau of Labor
    3. Cook County Department of Revenue
    4. Cook County Department of Risk Management
    5. Cook County Commission on Human Rights and Ethics
    6. Cook County Department of Revenue
    7. Cook County Department of Risk Management
    8. Cook County-Office of Commissioner Larry Suffredin
    9. Cook County Office of the President
    10. Cook County Bureau of Technology
  8. What are Cook County application requirements for the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development to certify for Cook County Sites?  Email the following documents in PDF format to the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development
    1. Cover letter; motivation letter addressed to the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development
    2. Resume
  9. Where can I find the External Application? Log in to your Pearson account and go to the Experiential Learning Module and New Experience at the upper right corner.
  10. How do I obtain my 711 License? Complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's office to process.
  11. Is it possible to encounter scheduling conflicts? Yes, students may encounter scheduling conflicts between their skills/competition classes and their Externship Seminar. If you are taking both a skills/competition class and an externship, be sure to factor in your in class schedule, work schedule, and your skills/competition class and required practice schedules. Feel free to contact the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development to discuss this process.
  12. Is the Saturday Externship Seminar exclusively for WJD students? No, all students may register for the Saturday Externship Seminar section. That section is delivered during the WJD schedule and distanced learning modality.
  13. Where can I access Arizona Handbooks? The Arizona Handbooks offers federal and state clerkship, externship, and fellowship opportunities. You may access the Arizona Handbooks We use the Handbooks primarily for our Washington D.C. Summer Program. Also be mindful that since Loyola permits remote Externships, you may also apply for out of state opportunities during the school year and summer.

Information for Supervisors

Supervisor Overview

Thank you for considering being a part of and supporting Loyola University Chicago School of students through our Law Externship Program (“Program”).  You are a critical part in the success of the Program and in providing our students with the real life experience they need to attain before they become full-fledged attorneys.  

The Program seeks to provide students with practical experience under your supervision and an assigned supervisor from the School of Law. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Program, please review and/or submit our New Site Application and feel free to reach out to the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development.

Requirements and Timelines for Supervisors

Thank you for being a Site Supervisor.  Once you have completed the New Site Application, please contact the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development.

Upon approval of the Application and you are hosting students, during the work experience, Site Supervisors agree to the following:

  • Complete a Law School Supervisor Memorandum of Understanding - Generally at the beginning of the applicable semester
  • Law Firm Supervisors are prohibited from assigning student externs on billable work. Alternatively, you may assign externs to the following including but not limited to:  pro-bono projects, fully in your pro-bono department, general legal research on emerging issues for all of your clients, editing and reviewing document templates, foundational skills 

  Please feel free to contact the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development if you would like to discuss further

  • Orient the student to the workplace, including key policies and procedures - On commencement of work
  • Two student Performance Evaluations (Mid-Term and Final) - Mid and end of semester
  • Review and approve Monthly Timesheets
  • Communicate with student’s Academic Supervisor and Director of Experiential Learning and Professional Development as needed

Academic Supervisor

Thank you for your time and dedication to continuing to guide and mentor our students as they begin the burgeoning steps into practice.  Your guidance is invaluable in providing them with the practical tips and tools towards an ethical and inclusive practice.  

As an academic supervisor, you have a plethora of resources available to you on the Experiential Learning Faculty Sakai Page.  Please contact the Director of Experiential Learning & Professional Development for access.