Learning on the job
From law firms to nonprofits to courtrooms, Loyola students gain practical experience in summer jobs
When 3L Justin Sia was asked to complete two significantly dissimilar assignments as a summer associate at the Chicago office of international firm McDermott Will & Emery, he used what he’d learned in the Loyola classroom as a basis for the work.
In one assignment, Sia assisted in editing a complex employment contract based on client negotiations. For a pro bono project, he helped an attorney who’s representing a young man escaping violence in Guatemala and seeking asylum in the United States. “For both of these starkly different tasks, I relied on skills I’d built in my Loyola courses,” Sia says.
Sia is one of the many Loyola law students who bring their classroom learning to life through summer associateships, internships, and externships. In law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and courts, students get valuable hands-on experience that builds practical skills and confidence.
students studied in China and Italy through the School of Law’s education abroad programs