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PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY WITH RESPECT TO SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS. IN ALL CASES, A COVER LETTER AND RESUME ARE REQUIRED. ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, UPDATES AND INFORMATION REGARDING APPROVED EXTERN SITES ARE AVAILABLE ON SYMPLICITY, AS WELL AS THROUGH THE BEAZLEY INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH LAW AND POLICY AND THE CIVITAS CHILD LAW CLINIC. 

Judicial Externships
Resumes are collected in the fall semester for spring judicial externships and in the spring semester for fall and summer judicial externships. Resume packets are then sent to selected judges from the Northern District of Illinois, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Circuit Court of Cook County Law and Chancery Divisions, and the 18th Circuit Court of Du Page County. For more information on applying to Judicial Externships, see the Application Process page.

Non-Judicial Externships
Students interested in the following non-judicial externships should apply directly to the sites which are listed below. Please forward a cover letter to the site along with your resume. Some sites have additional submittal requirements, so please review each listing and its website for additional information very carefully.
 
Many of the sites listed below may be listed under more than one category of placement. Updates to this list, will be included on this website under Additional Approved Externship Sites on a regular basis. They will continue to be published in law school announcements as they are approved and come on-line. 

 


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION   

These listings may also be categorized as Government and Public Interest extern field placements.

Cook County Equal Employment Opportunity Office
Bureau of Human Resources
118 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602

EEO - The Cook County Bureau of Human Resources’ EEO Office is primarily responsible for resolving charges filed by Cook County employees involving issues of discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment).

Student externs will assist in the investigation of charges of discrimination and harassment filed by Cook County employees. Additionally, students will assist in obtaining the appropriate evidentiary documentation and testimony in order to support Cook County’s response to charges. Assignments will also include drafting responses (including verified response and position statement) to Cook County employee charges of discrimination and harassment filed with outside governmental agencies (including the IDHR, EEOC and CCCHR) and will include participation in fact-finding conferences, mediations and interview sessions.

Students interested in this field placement should have completed or be enrolled in any of the Employment Law courses offered by Loyola University School of Law or have work experience in this area of law.

LABOR-The Bureau is also responsible for classification and compensation, collective bargaining and labor-management relations.The extern may work under the direction of the Bureau Chief of Human Resources, Compliance Officer or Deputy Chief of Labor. Typical duties will include:

Candidates must work well individually and as part of a team, pay close attention to detail and accuracy, and exhibit self-motivation and strong problem solving and analytical skills.  Additionally, candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong research skills.  Familiarity with personnel and labor, a plus, but not needed.  Familiarity with MS Office Suite.  All candidates are needed for a minimum of 10-15 hours per week.

Students interested in the EEO or LABOR externship should submit a resume, transcript and cover letter no later than one month prior to the internal extern program application due date.  Please send these materials to Josie M. Gough, Director, Experiential Learning via email at jgough@luc.edu

 

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
500 W. Madison, Room 2800
Chicago, IL 60661
Attention: Mary Manzo, ADR Coordinator
Email: mary.manzo@eeoc.gov

Students interested in externship opportunities with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chicago District Office Alternative Dispute Resolution Division should apply as follows:

Email or mail a letter of interest and resume to Mary Manzo, ADR Coordinator, at the above listed address.


CHILD LAW

These listings may also be categorized under Government and Public Interest as may be applicable.   

Chicago Legal Advocacy For Incarcerated Mothers

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
Alexis Mansfield
Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Director
70 East Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Email: AMansfield@claim-il.org

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (“CLAIM”) provides legal and educational services to maintain the bond between incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers and their children. CLAIM advocates for policies and programs that benefit families of imprisoned mothers.

CLAIM’S externs’ will be involved in work, including but not limited to the following: conducting client interviews, visiting prisons and jails, making court appearances (if the student has his/her 711 license), policy advocacy, fact investigations, client correspondence, and researching legal topics as may be required.

This externship opportunity is open to students who have completed their first year of law school. Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Alexis Mansfield via email at the address listed above. Students may apply for academic credit for work performed at this extern field placement.

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Betsy Shuman-Moore, Director, Project to Combat Violence & Fair Housing Project
100 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
P: 312-630-9744
F: 312-630-1127

Cook County Public Defender's Office - Juvenile Division
Daynia Sanchez-Bass, Project Director
69 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
DayniaSanchez-Bass@cookcountyil.gov

In addition to your cover letter and resume, please submit a writing sample, unofficial transcript, and 3 professional references, preferably from the law school faculty. Please also include telephone numbers for your references.

Department of Children & Family Services
Camile Lindsay
100 W. Randolph Street, 6-200
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-633-3900

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
Attention:Margaret Duval, Director
555 West Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607
P: 312-325-9165
mduval@dvlcchicago.org  
dparisi@dvlcchicago.org

The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) is a civil legal service agency focusing on the practice of family law, with a specialization in domestic violence. DVLC provides immediate services at no expense to victims in the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse. Once a client receives a civil order of protection, the client is eligible for representation by DVLC's Divorce Division, which handles both divorce and parentage cases. For the Divorce Division, interested students should provide Ms. Duval with a cover letter and resume via email at the address listed above.

Students interested in assisting in the same-day Order of Protection Clinic should provide a cover letter and resume to Ms. Danielle Parisi Ruffatto via email at the address listed above.

Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

Heidi Mueller
Executive Director, Juvenile Justice Commission
Office of Community and Positive Youth Development
Illinois Department of Human Services
401 S. Clinton, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
Ph: (312) 793-3401
Fax: (312) 793-4666
E: heidi.mueller@illinois.gov

 

Appointed by the Governor and composed of 25 volunteers and professionals in the field of juvenile justice, the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) advises the Governor, the General Assembly and the Illinois Department of Human Services on policies and practices related to the Illinois juvenile justice system. The IJJC is designated as the state advisory group (SAG) to work in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Office in the U.S. Department of Justice.  The federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) requires every state to establish a SAG.  The IJJC develops and implements a three-year JJDPA plan and administers federal grant funds in the JJDPA’s Title II Formula Grants Program and Title V Community Prevention Grants Program.   Beginning in 2013, the Commission will also administer the state’s federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant programs. The IJJC is housed within the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and supported by DHS staff.Externs will be involved in the following work, including but not limited to the following:

This externship opportunity is open to students who have completed their first year of law school. Completion of courses in legal research and/or writing or similar experience is required .Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter (DESIGNATE THE SEMESTER OR SEMESTERS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN), resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Heidi Mueller via email at the email address listed above. 

 

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
Evanston Community Defender Office, Inc.
1123 Emerson, Suite 203
Evanston, IL 60201
Attention: Kathy Lyons, Executive Director
P: 847-492-1410
E: klyons@moran-center.org

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (the "Moran Center") provides integrated legal and social work services to low-income Evanston youth (21 and younger) and their families to improve their quality of life at home, at school, and in the community. Legal matters handled include juvenile delinquency, adult felony and misdemeanor, school discipline and special education, and ordinance violations. As an extern at the Moran Center, law students attend and observe at juvenile delinquency and adult felony proceedings. Externs also participate in conducting witness interviews, fact investigations, trial preparation, legal research, drafting of legal briefs and memoranda, and document subpoenas and review. Externs with a 711 license will have the opportunity to examine witnesses in court, make evidentiary arguments, and assist in any way as requested by the supervising attorney. Resumes may be sent to Ms. Lyons with a cover letter by email. Additional information may be found on the website at http://www.evanstondefender.org.

LIFESPAN (Domestic Violence Externship)
Djuana Oshin O'Connor, Legal Director
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604
Email:do'connor@life-span.org

Interested students should send a resume via regular mail or by email to Ms. O'Connor at the address listed above.  

Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County - Juvenile Division
Bernadette Phillips, Coordinator
2245 W. Ogden, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
P: 312-433-4300
F: 312-433-5129

The Family Defense Center
Diane Redleaf, Executive Director
70 East Lake Street Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
dianeredleaf@gmail.com

The Family Defense Center ("FDC") is a first-of-its kind legal advocacy organization focused on child protection systems, including, in particular, child protection investigations. To apply for an externship you may email a cover letter and resume to Ms. Redleaf at the address listed listed above.

 


CORPORATE LAW   

Additional corporate sites may also be listed under Health Law and Intellectual Property Law as may applicable.

Chicago Stock Exchange

Emily Kasparov
Associate General Counsel
440 S. LaSalle St. Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60614
E: ekasparov@chx.com 

The Chicago Stock Exchange’s Legal Department is the in-house counsel to the Exchange.  Among its responsibilities, the Legal Department drafts and files new Exchange rules with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), handles numerous other SEC interactions, provides corporate counsel to the Exchange, and retains corporate records.  The Externship Program at the Exchange is a hands-on opportunity to participate in the in-house counsel world to a securities exchange.  Among the many aspects of the externship, externs will learn about securities regulation as well as general corporate responsibilities of in-house counsel, such as evaluating current and proposed contracts and document retention policies.  Through the various assigned projects, externs will interact with various departments at the Exchange and  will be involved in the following work, including but not limited to the following:

Externs in the Legal Department will assist with challenging legal work, such as drafting rule filings, researching federal rules, the rules of national and potentially international securities exchanges.  Externs will also draft appropriate memoranda regarding rule applications and other matters.  Externs will also assist in other corporate matters including reviewing contracts, assisting with document retention, and other corporate research.  Extern observation of Exchange interactions with the SEC or Exchange Participants may be available dependent on projects assigned and timing. This externship opportunity is open to students who have completed their first year of law school. Experience or coursework in Securities or Business Law is preferred.  Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Emily Kasparov via email at the email address listed above.

Integrys Business Support LLC

Ms. Jodi J. Caro, Esq.
Vice-President, General Counsel
and Assistant Secretary
Integrys Energy Group, Inc.
130 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Students that are selected for this placement will work under the supervision of in-house counsel within the Legal & Governance Services Department. In-house counsel provide legal advice, action, and guidance on commercial transactions, claims, insurance, corporate governance, and compliance.

Students may apply for this placement by submitting a cover letter to Ms. Caro, along with two copies of their resume, writing sample and unofficial transcript. Deliver these documents to Josie M. Gough, Director of Experiential Learning, in Room 1317 no later than one month prior to the internal application deadline. Students who are selected for an interview by Integrys, will be notified by Ms. Gough.

NEW EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FALL 2013: LEVY RESTAURANTS LEGAL DEPARTMENT

The Legal Department of Levy Restaurants is seeking a candidate for an unpaid externship position starting in the Fall of 2013.  The extern will assist the in-house legal team with a wide array of sports & entertainment and food service legal issues.

Externs will be involved in the following work, including but not limited to the following: research, writing and counseling regarding all aspects of employment law, contract drafting and review, licensing, menu labeling and other food service regulations, etc.  

This externship opportunity is open to students who have completed their first year of law school.  Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Todd Church via email at the email address listed below.

Once selected for this externship opportunity, students must complete the internal Loyola University Chicago Law School application and submit it for review and approval to Josie M. Gough, Director, Experiential Learning on or by July 15, 2013.

Todd Church
Associate General Counsel- Employment Law
Levy Restaurants
980 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 397-5626
tchurch@levyrestaurants.com

National Association of Realtors®

Katherine Johnson, Esq.
National Association of Realtors®
430 North Michigan Avenue
10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Email:
kjohnson@realtors.org

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) will provide students with the opportunity to assist the legal affairs department with maintaining and enforcing the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® trademark protection program. The externs duties include contacting alleged infringers of the "REALTOR" trademarks, maintaining database of correspondence, investigating and analyzing specific complaints, and conducting legal research in a variety of areas related to intellectual property including trademark licensing, the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) procedures, and copyrights. Legal research and memo writing may also be required in other areas of law that are not specific to IP. Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, writing sample and resume to the attention of Ms. Katherine Johnson via email at the address listed above. 

Walgreen Company
Chris Murray
Senior Attorney
Employee Relations
Walgreen Company
102 Wilmont Road
MS #1259
Deerfield, IL 60015
Email: chris.murray@walgreens.com

Students who have successfully completed a course in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination or that have equivalent work experience with an administrative agency handling claims of employment discrimination are encouraged to apply.

Students will be assigned to assist the Department's Senior Attorney, other staff counsel and the Human Resources Specialists in a variety of employment matters including but not limited to internal investigations involving allegations of unfair treatment and employment law violations; reviewing policies; assisting with discovery responses; assisting with management interviews associated with Walgreen's Litigation Hold Program, and ultimately drafting a response to an administrative charge. Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume, writing sample and official transcripts to the attention of Mr. Chris Murray.

 


CRIMINAL LAW

These listings may also be categorized under Government and Public Interest as may be applicable.   

Cabrini Green Legal Aid
740 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
P: 312-738-2452 Ext. 408
E: marissaclaxon@cgla.net

Cabrini Green Legal Aid ("CGLA") is a not-for-profit agency that provides high impact, free legal services to low income Chicagoans in four areas of law: family, housing, criminal records, and criminal defense. Externs will be involved in all stages of litigation and client representation. Students conduct research, draft memoranda and motions, attend court proceedings, and meet regularly with clients. Please forward a cover letter and resume to the attention of Ms. Claxon at the email address listed above.

City of Chicago, Independent Police Review Authority

Independent Police Review Authority
Attention: Winkle Hong
Attorney
1615 West Chicago Avenue
4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Fax: 312-746-3589
Email: Winkle.Hong@iprachicago.org

The Independent Police Review Authority of the City of Chicago is the civilian oversight department that handles investigations related to allegations of misconduct surrounding the Chicago Police Department. Students will be assigned to a variety of legal tasks including research and drafting assignments, general office support and special projects.

Students interested in this externship opportunity should send a letter of interest, resume and transcript to Mr. Hong by regular mail, email or by fax to Mr. Hong.

Cook County Public Defender's Office - Homicide Task Force
Daynia Sanchez-Bass, Project Director
69 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
DayniaSanchez-Bass@cookcountyil.gov

In addition to your cover letter and resume, please submit a writing sample, unofficial transcript, and 3 professional references, preferably from the law school faculty. Please also include telephone numbers for all of your references.

Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Please submit applications in accordance with the instructions provided on the Cook County State's Attorney's Office website.
 

DuPage County State's Attorney's Office
Attention: Nancy J. Wolfe
503 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
P: 630-407-8200
F: 630-407-8001

Federal Defender Program

Federal Defender Program
55 East Monroe Suite 2800
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Attention: Sergio F. Rodriguez
Email: sergio_rodriguez@fd.org
Phone: 312-621-8300
Fax: 312-621-8399

The Federal Defender Program is a not-for-profit private corporation which provides free legal representation to all persons accused of committing federal crimes who cannot afford to hire private counsel. The Program was created in 1965. Their goal is to provide the highest quality legal representation to clients at all stages of their cases. Federal criminal cases include a wide variety of offenses such as drug and gun cases, kidnapping, bank robbery, embezzlement, forgery, counterfeiting, mail theft, mail fraud, interstate theft, and RICO. Externs work on many of these cases, and are involved in client interviews, both in the defender office and at the nearby Metropolitan Correctional Center. They accompany attorneys on case investigations; make numerous courtroom appearances with the assigned attorneys, and research and draft motions, memoranda appellate briefs, and possibly petitions for certiorari.

Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Sergio F. Rodriguez via email at the email address listed above.

Illinois State Appellate Defender
Emily Filpi, Assistant Appellate Defender
203 N. LaSalle Street, 24th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
E: 1stdistrict.internprogram@osad.state.il.us

Please submit your cover letter and resume either by email or regular mail to the address listed above.

Lake County State's Attorney's Office - Misdemeanor Division
Don Klienhubert, Chief of Misdemeanor Division
18 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
P: 847-377-3100

For additional information regarding this site, please refer to its website at http://www.co.lake.il.us/statesattorney/. All resumes and cover letters should be sent via USPS.


ENTERTAINMENT/CREATIVE ARTS/SPORTS   

Certain listings may also be categorized under Intellectual Property Law.

Intersport

Intersport
20 West Kinzie Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Attention: R. Erik Peterson
Vice-President International Business and Legal Affairs
Fax: 312-644-5165
Email: interns@intersportnet.com

Intersport, Inc. (“Intersport”) is a full-service media and event marketing company. Intersport produce all types of media properties ranging from on-line social media video to theatrically released film projects. This company started out working primarily in sports, but has expanded to other types of media production including reality and educational programming through our 20 West Productions group and short-form entertainment programming through our CelebTV.com platforms.

Intersport also produces non-media events and engages in mobile marketing tours for its sponsors. Additionally, Intersport acts in the capacity of a sports marketing consultant and serves as the agency of record for several high-profile sports sponsors.

The extern will be assigned tasks ranging from supervised review, negotiation and drafting of contracts to research on rights issues in media. The focus is primarily on work related to media and entertainment law, but there would be opportunities to also gain experience, assisting with employment law research and Human Resources policy drafting.

Intersport has been in business for 25 years as a leader in sports and entertainment marketing industries. Students interested in an externship with Intersport during the summer semester 2013 should send a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Mr. R. Erik Peterson, Vice President International Business and Legal Affairs at the email address listed above. Please note in your cover letter that you are interested in a legal externship for academic credit only. Additional information regarding Intersport may be found on its website www.intersport.com

Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Attention: Marci Rolnik, Legal Director
213 West Institute Place
Suite 403
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Email: mrolnik@law-arts.org

Lawyers for the Creative Arts provides pro bono legal services for the arts community. This opportunity will be available to law students beginning with the summer 2013 semester. This opportunity is open to rising 3L students.

LCA offers students the opportunity to work on a variety of legal matters including but not limited to intellectual property, contract, dispute resolution and litigation. Externs interested in this opportunity should provide a cover letter and resume to the attention of Ms. Rolnik. Students who have completed course work in business organizations, sales, copyright, entertainment law, trademark, licensing and/or advanced intellectual property litigation are highly preferred. Demonstrated interest or background in the art or entertainment industry is required. Please submit your request for consideration for the summer or fall term after Feb. 1 and designate for which term you wish to be considered. Applications should be sent to mrolnik@law-arts.org in pdf format.

Salvi Sports Enterprises, LLC

Salvi Sports Enterprises LLC
Attention: Beth Heffernan
Vice-President and General Counsel
22 West Washington Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Email: bheffernan@salvilaw.com

Salvi Sports Enterprises LLC is engaged in the business of sports and marketing specifically involving baseball. Students will have the opportunity to work with the General Counsel on both legal and business matters related to operating a professional sports organization. Students will be assigned writing and research assignments, and may participate in the legal analysis of contracts, leases, league rules, regulations and bylaws, as well as perform due diligence evaluations of potential acquisitions. Students who are interested in this placement should send a cover letter and a resume to the attention of Ms. Heffernan.

 


GOVERNMENT/PUBLIC INTEREST LAW

Americans United for Life
Denise Burke
310 S. Peoria Street, #500
Chicago, IL 60607
P: 312-568-4740
E: denise.burke@aul.org

Archdiocese of Chicago - Office of Legal Services
Jan Leonatti, Legal Administrator
P.O. Box 1979
855 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
P: 312-534-8319
E: jleonatti@archchicago.org

Chicago Board of Election Commissioners
69 W. Washington, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Attn: James Scanlon, General Counsel

Students should forward a cover letter addressed to Mr. Scanlon and include a resume and writing sample. Students should have completed a course in Election Law or have work experience in this area of the law prior to applying to this site.

Chicago Park District, Law Department
Legal Internship Program
541 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

Externships at the Chicago Park District ("District") offer law students the opportunity to learn and fine-tune legal skills, interact with fellow externs, attorneys, and judges, and work in a diverse and friendly environment. Externships with the District are available throughout the year based upon the following schedule and commitment:

Fall:
September - December
Requires a minimum 15 hour/week commitment.
Application deadline for Fall consideration is August 1st.

Winter:
January - April/May
Requires a minimum 15 hour/week commitment.
Application deadline for Winter consideration is December 1st.

Summer:
May - August
Requires a minimum 18 hour/week commitment for 8 weeks.
Application deadline for Summer consideration is April 1st.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All applicants must indicate the session they wish to attend and weekly time commitment to the Park District. For additional information, please review the District's website at http://www.cpdit01.com/resources/law.externship-program.

The District's Volunteer Application and Extern Availability Form is included on its website. If you have any questions, they may be directed to the District via email to katherine.latuszek@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Chicago Public Schools- Department of Law, Labor & Employee Discipline Unit
James G. Ciesil, Senior Assistant General Counsel
Fax or email resume to:
F: 773-553-1701
E: jciesil@cps.k12.il.uc.

Announcements for this externship are posted periodically with deadlines set by this agency.

Chicago Public Schools-Ethics and Policy
Andra Gomberg
Senior Policy Advisor
Chicago Public Schools
Office of the CEO
125 South Clark Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Under the supervision of an experienced attorney, the extern will be engaged in researching legislation and policies which impact the Chicago Public Schools. Drafting guidelines and training programs. Attending and participating in weekly CPS Ethics Committee meetings with Senior Policy Advisor and members of the General Counsel’s Office, as well as assisting with ethics inquiries, Ethics Committee agenda, and ethics process improvements. The extern will engage in special projects as assigned by Senior Policy Advisor. This opportunity is open to second and third year law students.

Submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial transcript to Ms. Gomberg at the address listed above.

Chicago Transit Authority

Anita Brooks
HR Special Programs Administrator
Human Resources, 3rd Floor
Chicago Transit Authority
567 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

The CTA’s Legal Extern Program enables law students to develop practical skills in a wide range of practice areas, including torts, employment, labor, corporate, policy and appeals, and workers’ compensation. Externs will work closely with experienced attorneys and will have the opportunity to attend trials, participate in depositions and arbitrations, prepare motions/briefs, and draft contracts. They will also have a unique vantage point into the diverse and complex legal issues addressed by the second largest transit agency in the country.

The Program runs throughout the year, with fall, spring and summer sessions. Through a series of in-house lectures and workshops given by CTA lawyers, externs will learn about topics such as legal research and writing, negotiations, labor arbitrations, and taking depositions.

Although Legal Externs are not paid, law students who participate in the CTA’s Legal Extern Program may be eligible to receive their 711 Licenses. This license enables law school students who are under the supervision of a CTA lawyer to appear in court, represent the CTA in contested matters, and counsel clients.

An applicant for the Legal Extern position will meet the following criteria:

To apply for the Legal Extern Program, please submit a current resume and an official law school transcript to Ms. Brooks at the address listed above. If you have any questions about the CTA’s Legal Extern Program, you can contact Nancy Isaac, Chief Administrator of the Office of General Counsel, at nisaac@transitchicago.com.

City of Chicago, Department of Aviation
Aviation Administration Building, 2nd Floor
10510 West Zemke Road
Chicago, IL 60666
Attn: Jonathan Leach, General Counsel

The City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) administers all aspects of two major airports - Chicago O'Hare and Midway International. The CDA is also charged with the management of the O'Hare Modernization Program. The extern will be assigned to assist the General Counsel and other attorneys on the City of Chicago's Department of Aviation's ("Department") staff with the coordination of operational activities. Work will include the formulation of legal advice, drafting legal opinions and recommendations, participation in litigation, participation in legislative activities, ensuring compliance with the City's procurement laws and ordinances and other legal functions affecting the Department. The extern will be assigned to work at the Department's offices located at the Aviation Administration Building, 2nd Floor 10510 West Zemke Road, Chicago, Illinois 60666.

For details regarding the City of Chicago's application process and this extern opportunity, please review the City of Chicago's website.

City of Chicago - Department of Law
Legal Recruiter
City of Chicago
Department of Law
121 North LaSalle Street
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60602
legalrecruiter@cityofchicago.org

The Department of Law is interested in highly qualified law students to participate in its Volunteer Program. The Law Department will select well-rounded applicants who have exhibited academic excellence and an interest in public service. Typically the participants will be assigned to one of the practice divisions within the law department.

The application process begins with your submittal of your resume, two references, official law school transcript, one writing sample and a cover letter indicating the division you wish to be assigned. Materials should be forwarded to the Legal Recruiter as listed above. Additional information is listed on Symplicity.

City of Chicago - Department of Procurement Services
Human Resources Division
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 400
Chicago, IL 60602
Attn: Maureen Volini, Administrative Services Officer

Please forward a cover letter and resume to Ms. Volini. If you are selected, you will be notified by Ms. Volini who will advise you of additional City of Chicago Department of Human Resources requirements, including the scheduling of interviews.

City of Chicago - Human Resources Department (Workplace Violence, Harassment)
Victoria Daniels, Deputy Commissioner
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 1100
Chicago, IL 60602

Please forward a cover letter and resume to Ms. Daniels. If you are selected, you will be notified by Ms. Daniels who will advise you of additional City of Chicago Department of Human Resources requirements, including the scheduling of interviews.

City of Chicago - Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Joseph Russo, Esq.
Deputy Commissioner
City of Chicago, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
121 North LaSalle Street
City Hall, Room 104
Chicago, IL 60602
E: joseph.russo@cityofchicago.org.

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for the City of Chicago is seeking students to assist with duties related to the various units that provide programs and services to people with disabilities. This includes Disability resources, Employment Services (Adult/Youth), Home Mod Program, Finance & Administration, Training, Public Information, Accessibility Compliance, Policy Analysis, and Prevention Program for Deaf Adults/Youth. Externs will work on new policy initiatives involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and a variety of issues related to Title I and II. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, current transcript and current enrollment verification letter to the attention of Joseph Russo, Esq. Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities via email at the address listed above.

All references to political sponsorship or recommendation must be omitted from any and all application materials submitted to the City of Chicago with respect to this announcement. If you are a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources at 312 744-4976 (voice) or 312 744-5035 (TTY). You may be required to provide information to support your reasonable accommodation request.

Cook County Board of Commissioners - 13th District

Brian Miller, General Counsel
Cook County Board of Commissioners
118 N. Clark Street, Room 567
Chicago, IL 60602
P: 312-603-6383
E: bmiller@suffredin.org

Cook County Bureau of Technology

Externs assigned to the Bureau of Technology for Cook County will work under the direction of BOT’s Senior Technology Counsel. Typical duties may include the following:

Students interested in this opportunity should submit a cover letter, resume and transcript to the attention of Josie M. Gough, Director of Experiential Learning at jgough@luc.edu

 

Cook County Department of Revenue

County Building
Bureau of Finance
Department of Revenue
118 North Clark Street
Room 1160
Chicago, Illinois 60602

The Cook County Department of Revenue (DOR) has an extern opportunity for a law student.  The extern will work under the direction of the Special Assistant for Legal Affairs.

Typical duties will include:

Candidates must work well as part of a project team, pay close attention to detail and accuracy, and exhibit self-motivation and problem solving skills.  Additionally, candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills, strong research skills, familiarity with state and local taxing ordinances, an extreme plus, but not needed, last, familiarity with MS Office Suite.  All candidates are needed for a minimum of 8-12 hours per week and the time committed to the Department of Revenue must be in a minimum of a block of four (4) hours.  Students interested in this placement and who wish to earn academic credit as an extern should send via email a letter of interest, resume and unofficial transcript  to Josie M. Gough, Director of Experiential Learning at jgough@luc.edu.  Materials must be issued no later than one month prior to the due date of the externship internal application.

Cook County Office of the Public Administrator

Cook County Office of the Public Administrator
69 West Washington Street
Suite 2640
Chicago, IL 60602
Attention: Janet Zlotek, General Counsel
Email: janet.zlotek@cookcountyil.gov

The Office of the Public Administrator investigates and administers estates for people who die in Cook County, Illinois intestate, where there is no person willing or able to administer the estate, or where the designated executor should not serve due to incompetence or malfeasance. Externs will assist the Public Administrator and his staff with legal research, and will draft memoranda, petitions, motions and orders. Additionally, the extern will have the opportunity to work directly with clients and to assist investigators assigned to these matters as may be necessary. Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Ms. Zlotek by email at the address listed above.

Cook County Bureau of Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Office

See also this listing under Alternative Dispute Resolution

Cook County Office of the Assessor

Cook County Assessor's Office
Legal Department - Room 301
118 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602
E: lmuszynski@cookcountyassessor.com

Resumes should be submitted to the office at the address listed above.

Cook County Public Guardian - Adult Guardianship Division
Submit cover letter & resume to:
Legal Intern Coordinator
Cook County Public Guardian
69 W. Washington, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60602
Attn: Alison Tobias

Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume to the address listed above.

General timeline for applying:
Spring Semester: Apply by November 15th
Summer: Apply by April 15th
Fall Semester: Apply by July 15th

Cook County Sheriff's Office
Suzanne McNamara, Esq.
Deputy Director, Grants Unit
Department of Fiscal Management
Cook County Sheriff's Office
E: Suzanne.McNamara@cookcountyil.gov

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office invites second and third year law students who are currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school to apply for an externship. Students will have the opportunity to engage in work under the supervision of attorneys in the legal, policy and jail reentry departments on a wide variety of legal issues, including but not limited to, the practice of Civil Rights law, Labor and Employment law, and Inmates’ Rights Litigation. Students may also be involved in policy, including social enterprise policy writing for the Corrections, Court Services, and Reentry departments. Students will participate in meetings with the Sheriff and his executive staff, and will work closely with the Sheriff’s attorneys and policy makers in order to accomplish the Sheriff’s goals and objectives for his office.  Students will perform their duties at the two Executive Office locations: 3026 S. California Ave., Chicago and The Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Room 704, Chicago. Students must be available to work 12-15 hours per week.

Students interested in this opportunity should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the attention of Suzanne McNamara via email at the address listed above.  Applicants will be contacted by Ms. McNamara or her designee. The successful applicant(s) will be subject to a criminal background check before placement.

Department of Human Services, State of Illinois Office of the General Counsel
Matthew Langer, Deputy General Counsel
State of Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Administrative Hearings and Rules
401 South Clinton Street, Sixth Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
E: Matthew.Langer@illinois.gov

The State of Illinois Department of Human Services Legal Fellowship Program provides law students the opportunity to experience the role of administrative law in furthering the public interest. Extern credit is available should you be selected by this department to serve as a fellow. All applications must include a resume, cover letter and an indication that you are in good standing with your law school, either by submitting an official transcript or a signed letter from the Registrar. Do not submit any political sponsorship references as they will not be considered. Applications should be directed to Mr. Langer by mail or email at the address listed above. Detailed information regarding the application process may be found on Symplicity.

Environmental Protection Agency
Tamara Carnovsky
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
P: 312-866-2250
E: carnovsky.tamara@epa.gov

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
500 W. Madison, Room 2800
Chicago, IL 60661

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Students should email or mail a letter of interest and resume to Mary Manzo, ADR Coordinator, at the above listed address or mary.manzo@eeoc.gov.

See also this listing under Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Enforcement Unit

Students should mail or email a letter of interest, resume, transcript, and brief writing sample to Ernestine Harris at the above listed address or ernestine.harris@eeoc.gov.

Legal Unit
Students should mail or email a cover letter, resume, and transcript to Ethan Cohen at the above listed address or to ethan.cohen@eeoc.gov.

Students are encouraged to carefully review the EEOC's website at www.eeoc.gov for additional information.

Federal Trade Commission - Midwest Region
Michele Smith
55 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1825
Chicago, IL 60603
P: 312-960-5592

Send cover letter, resume, transcript, and a writing sample presenting a substantive legal argument of ten pages or less to the attention of Michele Smith at the address above or via email to msmith@ftc.gov.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA's mission is to protect America's investors by making sure the securities industry operates fairly and honestly. All told, FINRA oversees nearly 4,535 brokerage firms, about 163,620 branch offices and approximately 631,640 registered securities representatives.

FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business - from registering and educating industry participants to examining securities firms; writing rules; enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws; informing and educating the investing public; providing trade reporting and other industry utilities; and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and registered firms. FINRA also performs market regulation under contract for the major U.S. stock markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Arca, NYSE Amex, The NASDAQ Stock Market and the International Securities Exchange.

Students interested in applying to FINRA may use the following link to access the site for specific information regarding its application process: http://www.finra.org/AboutFINRA/Careers/.

General Counsel to the Governor, State of Illinois

Third year law students should submit their resume, cover letter, and 5-15 page writing sample to:
Jessica Hunter at
jessica.hunter@illinois.gov

Illinois Attorney General

Visit the Illinois Attorney General's website to download the externship application and for additional information about the application process.

Illinois Attorney General's Office Application

Illinois Department of Human Rights, Office of the Chief Legal Counsel

Illinois Department of Human Rights
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 10-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Attn: Amalia Martinez, Supervising Attorney

This field placement will be available beginning in the fall of 2011. Cover letters should be addressed to Ms. Martinez. Students should be enrolled in or have completed course work including but not limited to Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, or Employment Law Counseling or should have equivalent prior work experience with the EEOC. Please deliver your cover letter and resume to Ms. Josie Gough (Corboy Law Center, Room 1317) for processing and delivery to this site. If you are selected, you will be notified by Ms. Martinez or her designee and advised of any additional requirements of the Department including the scheduling of interviews.

Illinois Department of Revenue

Illinois Department of Revenue
James W. Chipman, Assistant General Counsel
E: james.chipman@illinois.gov

Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs
Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Suite 5-570
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Attention: Jaime Martinez, General Counsel
Email: Jamie.martinez@illinois .gov

The Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs empowers veterans and their families by assisting them in navigating the system of federal, state and local resources and benefits. IDVA’s legal team is responsible for the recurring legal review of all policies; legislative and rulemaking interpretation and application; daily operational-legal support to four Veterans Homes and a variety of issues from employment to contract law; and case management of litigation involving complex legal issues before numerous venues, including federal, civil and administrative courts.

Students interested in this extern opportunity should provide the following documents to Mr. Martinez by email at the address listed above the following: a cover letter describing your interest in advocating on behalf of veterans; a 1 page resume with emphasis on legal studies and academic accomplishments and/or unique work experience and one legal or professional reference with contact information.

Internal Revenue Service - Appeals
Richard Anderson
200 W. Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60606
P: 312-582-6822

Internal Revenue Service - District Counsel
Patricia P. Davis
200 W. Adams Street, Room 2300
Chicago, IL 60606
P: 312-368-8545

Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois-General Counsel’s Office

Third year law students should submit their resume, cover letter, and 5-15 page writing sample to:
Jessica Hunter at
jessica.hunter@illinois.gov

Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, Health Insurance Exchange

Colleen Burns
Special Counsel for Health Policy
Illinois Department of Insurance
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

The Office of the Governor is looking for a law student interested in health policy to assist staff working on the Illinois Health Insurance Exchange (HIX). The student will be heavily involved in the day to day operations of the HIX team. Responsibilities will include research, policy analysis and evaluation. 

Candidates must have outstanding writing skills, strong communication abilities, be able to manage numerous matters and have the ability to function at a high level in an ever-changing environment. Students interested in this opportunity should provide a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript and writing sample to the attention of Ms. Colleen Burns at the address listed above. 

Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

Attention: Delio A. Calzolari, Esq.
Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Simon
100 West Randolph Street Suite 15-200
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Email: OLG.LegalExternProgram.Apply@parter.illinois.gov

Externs have the opportunity to work within the unit headed by the General Counsel and Legislative Deputy Chief of Staff. Assignments will include but not be limited to legal research and writing likely to also include policy research memos, policy proposals, legislative initiatives compliance memos, drafting legislation, and legislative history memos. Students may apply to work in the Chicago office located in the Thompson Building or at the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield. Students interested in the spring 2013 semester must submit an application to Mr. Calzolari at the email address listed above no later than November 5, 2012. Please see the website for additional information regarding the office’s internal application process. Students are required to submit a cover letter to Mr. Calzolari that includes a reference to the location they wish to be assigned to. Include also a resume with two references, an unofficial transcript and the Legal Extern Disclosure and Certification with attachments. Go to www2.illinois.gov/ltgov/Pages/LegalExternships.aspx for additional information. 

Office of Health Information Technology, Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois

Office of Health Information Technology
Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois
Thompson Building
100 West Randolph Suite 2-201
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-814-1600
Attention: Mark Chudzinski, Legal Counsel

 

The Office of Health Information Technology ("OHIT") was established in February, 2010 in the office of the Governor of the State of Illinois to oversee the State's development and implementation of health information technology initiatives, including the creation of a state-level health information exchange ("HIE"). OHIT is the recipient of a planning grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and is a part of a nation-wide effort to apply information and communication technologies to the improvement of our complex and fragmented health care system. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Mr. Chudzinski via email at chudinski@illinois.gov for consideration. Additional information regarding this site is also available on Symplicity.

See listing also under Health Law.

Public Building Commission of Chicago

Public Building Commission of Chicago
Richard J. Daley Center, Room 200
50 W. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Attn: Lori Ann Lypson, Esq., Director of Governmental Affairs
lori.lypson@cityofchicago.org

Recognizing the need for professional management of public construction projects, Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1956 formed the Public Building Commission of Chicago to oversee and help ensure quality facilities, an important goal that continues to lie at the heart of the organization. Since its inception, the PBC has enhanced education, safety and recreation across Chicago. Its clients include the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Cook County, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Park District and City Colleges of Chicago. Beginning with land acquisition, the PBC's professional staff manages each project through planning, financing, land acquisition, site preparation and remediation, design, construction and furnishing, functioning as a single point of responsibility for "turn key" development.

This externship opportunity will provide students with an exposure to legal issues in the context of legislative and governmental assignments. Interested students should forward a cover letter to Ms. Lypson, along with a current resume and transcript via email at lori.lypson@cityofchicago.org. If you are selected, you will be notified by Ms. Lypson or her designee about any additional Public Building Commission of Chicago requirements including the scheduling of interviews.

Securities & Exchange Commission
Law Student Observer Program
Emlee Hilliard-Smith
175 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60604
E: hilliardsmithe@sec.gov

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
Attention: Denise Diaz
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1075
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Email: Denise.Diaz@ed.gov

The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (OCR), enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex disability and age. OCR also enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001 that prohibits the denial of equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discrimination against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Successful law extern candidates will work with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.

The law extern will observe and participate in complainant and witness interviews, participate in the drafting of all documents pertinent to an OCR investigation including, letter of notification, data requests and letters of finding; the law extern may have the opportunity to participate in local on-site investigations, and will assist with data analysis, engage in substantial legal research and be expected to adhere to the tight timeframes of the Department. The team attorney(s) with whom the extern will work will supervise the extern's work. The extern coordinator, the deputy chief attorney and chief attorney will also be available to assist the extern. Law externs should be available to work a minimum of 12 hours per week during the externship. Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, law school transcript, resume and writing sample to Ms.Diaz by regular mail or by email at the address listed above.

OCR will accept applications and make offers on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applicants should indicate which internship period they are interested in applying for and submit applications to OCR for the spring 2013 semester on or by October 12, 2012. If you are interested for the summer 2013 semester, the deadline is February 1, 2013. If you are interested in the fall 2013 semester, the deadline is April 12, 2013.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Division of Enforcement


Chicago Regional Office

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Division of Enforcement
Chicago Regional Office
525 W. Monroe, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
P: 312-596-0700

Congress created the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The Division of Enforcement investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. Primary duties of externs includes conducting legal research, writing memoranda, aiding in the preparation of court pleadings the U.S. District Courts across the nation as well as in an administrative forum; aiding attorneys and investigators who are preparing to take investigative testimony and depositions, working with exhibits, Freedom of Information Act responses; aiding with the discovery process and interacting with and/or customers or investors with complaints. Students should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Ms. Romaniuk at the address listed above.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Office of the Chief Counsel 
Lynn K. Hollander, Assistant Chief Counsel
55 E. Monroe Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60657
P: 312-984-2400
E: occ-chi-applications@dhs.gov

Announcements from this agency are posted regularly with specific deadlines and requirements.

U.S. Department of Justice - Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives
Erika L. Ritt, Intern Coordinator
525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60607
P: 312-846-7200
E: erika.ritt@atf.gov
Apply 6 months in advance.


HEALTH LAW   

Please note that LLM in Health Law students seeking an externship must apply through the LLM procedures detailed on the Beazley Institute's website.

Detailed descriptions are available for each Health Law site.

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
P: 312-640-2100

*This site is also approved site for LLM students. For all other students please see the listing under Government/Public Interest

LLM students should apply through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Ken Walden, Managing Attorney, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu

Advocate Health Care - Office of the General Counsel
2025 Windsor Drive
Oak Brook, IL 60523
P: 630-572-9393

Advocate prefers externship candidates with significant health law course and/or practical experience. The organization prefers to receive applications through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Gail Hasbrouck, General Counsel, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.

Please note that this site is in the western suburbs and students must have access to a car.

Advocate Health Care - Corporate Compliance Department
1400 Kensington Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
P: 630-575-3200

Advocate prefers to receive applications through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Jeffrey Teske, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.

Please note that this site is in the western suburbs and students must have access to a car.

American Dental Association
Office of the Chief Legal Counsel
211 E. Chicago Avenue, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
P: 312-440-2524
Attention: Lisa Schnick, Assistant to the Chief Legal Counsel
E: schnickl@ada.org

The ADA is the professional association of dentists committed to the public's oral health,ethics,science and professional advancement; leading a unified profession through initiatives in advocacy, education, research and the development of standards.  ADA was founded August 1859, at Niagara Falls, N.Y., by 26 dentists representing various dental societies in the United States. The ADA today has more than 155,000 dentist members. As the world’s largest and oldest national dental association, the ADA is the oral health authority committed to both the public and the dental profession. The ADA Division of Legal Affairs actively and enthusiastically advances the ADA's Mission & Vision for the public's oral health by protecting, defending and advocating for the legal rights and interests of the ADA.

The extern’s work in the Division of Legal Affairs will be largely research, writing and legal analysis. The writing will be diverse. At times, the writing will be for lawyers; and other times it will be for dentists. The research will take the extern into areas that he or she has not studied in law school and should help to bridge the gap between what the extern was taught and what he or she will likely be doing when practicing law. The extern may be given legal assignments that will require legal analysis with reference to issues, often issues without direct legal precedent.

Externs must be enrolled with the School of Law for course credit or serve as an extern on a non-compensated basis. 

Externs must be enrolled with the School of Law for course credit or serve as an extern on a non-compensated basis.  Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter addressed to Lisa Schnick, Assistant to the Chief Legal Counsel, at the address above, to schnickl@ada.org.

American Medical Association
Barney Cohen & Andrea Cooper-Finkle
Office of the General Counsel
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
P: 312-464-5274

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter (with an optional, 500 word-or-less writing sample) directly to Barney Cohen at Barney.Cohen@ama-assn.org.

American Medical Association - Corporate Law Division
Barney Cohen & Andrea Cooper-Finkle
Office of the General Counsel
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
P: 312-464-5274

Mention interest in working for the Corporate Law Division in your cover letter. Students may submit materials directly to Barney Cohen at Barney.Cohen@ama-assn.org.

American Medical Association - Advocacy Resource Center and Private Sector Advocacy
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
P: 312-464-5000

Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter directly to the Advocacy Resource Center to the attention of Kristin Schleiter at Kristin.Schleiter@ama-assn.org.

Advocacy Resource Center
The Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) was created in 1997 as a partnership between the AMA and state medical associations. The ARC's mission is to enhance and advance the collective state legislative advocacy efforts of organized medicine. All state medical associations are members of the ARC.
The ARC coordinates the AMA’s state-level public advocacy agenda, both legislative and regulatory. These issues include state health system reform, preserving Medicaid budgets, fair and transparent private payer protection, scope of practice issues, medical liability reform, truth in advertising by all health care providers, and public health improvement. The ARC is staffed by governmental affairs attorneys with specific issue expertise.

The ARC influences state policymaking by partnering with the Federation of Medicine—the state, county, and specialty medical societies represented in the AMA House of Delegates—to advance a proactive, coordinated, and comprehensive state advocacy agenda. Upon request, the ARC attorneys provide medical societies, lawmakers and policymakers targeted support by aiding in legislative/regulatory drafting, crafting model legislation, testifying before legislative and regulatory committees and meeting with legislators and regulators on priority issues. The ARC also tracks comprehensive state legislation information, including real-time legislative developments, bill status, sponsors and amendments.

The ARC also supports the Federation by the development of legislative toolkits, which are distributed to states for implementation. These legislative resources include model legislative language; model talking points, testimony, and white papers; model communications materials; and analysis of state laws and legislative approaches; and legal and economic analyses.

Together with the Federation of Medicine, the AMA Advocacy Resource Center, works across the country, state by state, on important issues that affect physician's daily practice of medicine.

Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter directly to the Advocacy Resource Center to the attention of Kristin Schleiter at Kristin.Schleiter@ama-assn.org.

Private Sector Advocacy
Private Sector Advocacy’s primary objective is to achieve managed care reforms for physicians and patients by developing and promoting AMA initiatives and activities in coordination with the Federation.

The focuses of Private Sector Advocacy are:

• Ranking and profiles;
• Fair contracting;
• Accurate payment;
• Practice efficiency (administrative simplification in particular); and
• Defensible fee schedules.

The Private Sector Advocacy unit encourages AMA members to contact us with issues, which we address both on an individual level and on a higher level with the health insurer and alongside state and county medical associations and national medical specialty societies (what we refer to as the “Federation of Medicine”).

Private Sector Advocacy’s work includes:

• Challenging unfair health insurer business practices
• Monitoring and rapidly responding to marketplace developments and emerging trends
• Developing education tools for physicians
• Working with the Federation to identify and address private sector issues that impact patients and physicians

Externs will help with the development of AMA model contract, regulations that govern the relationship between health insurers and their contracted physicians.  Externs will continue with research on state laws and regulations governing the contractual relationships between physicians and health insurers.  The extern will be required to provide input in the drafting of several short explanatory documents that will be appendices to the model contract which will be released to the public.

Interested students should submit their applications directly to Private Sector Advocacy to the attention of Wes Cleveland at wes.cleveland@ama-assn.org.

Center for Disability & Elder Law
79 W. Monroe Street, Suite 919
Chicago, IL 60603
Attn: Thomas Wendt, Chief Legal Officer

Please forward a cover letter, resume, and transcript (unofficial) to Mr. Wendt. Students interested in this placement should have a demonstrated interest in the areas of law that the Center is involved in (elder law, guardianship, wills/advance directives, housing). Students fluent in Spanish or Polish and who have an interest in non-profit legal work as a career are encouraged to submit an application. If you are selected, you will be notified by Mr. Wendt or his designee of additional requirements of the Center including the scheduling of interviews.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dept. of Health & Human Services
CMS - Region V Office
233 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-886-0945

CMS offers opportunities to work in Medicare policy or Medicaid divisions. The organization prefers to receive student applications through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit materials to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.

Health and Disability Advocates
205 W. Monroe, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606

Interested students should email their resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to Amy Zimmerman, azimmerman@hdadvocates.org, and Stephanie Altman, saltman@hdadvocates.org.

Illinois Department of Public Health
Office of the General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 6-600
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-814-2608

Interested students may submit their materials directly to IDPH.

Illinois Department on Aging - Division of Planning, Research and Development
160 N. LaSalle Street, N-700
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-814-8153

Interested students may submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Dr. Janice Cichowlas, Policy Analyst, at janice.cichowlas@illinois.gov.

Illinois Hospital Association

Mark Deaton, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
1151 East Warrenville Road
Naperville, IL  60566
P: 630-276-5466 

The Illinois Hospital Association is a trade association representing more than 200 hospitals and health systems in Illinois.  The IHA Legal Department works in several key areas:

1)      Traditional corporate legal work, including compliance, contracting and transactions;

2)      Health care policy and advocacy, helping to represent member hospitals in the legislature, regulatory agencies, and courts;

3)      Education and information for member hospitals.

This externship offers a supervised experiential learning opportunity focusing on knowledge and skills needed by practicing in-house attorneys. IHA student externs will research state and federal laws that apply to the operation of the IHA and draft memoranda on compliance with these laws.  Externs will also research and prepare briefing documents on proposed or enacted state laws affecting Illinois hospitals and health systems.  Additionally, students will prepare educational materials for member hospitals.  Externs will have the opportunity to attend staff and member meetings on a variety of topics.

Interested students should apply directly to the IHA. Students must submit a resume and cover letter addressed to Mark Deaton, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, at mdeaton@ihastaff.org.

Illinois Office of the Attorney General - Health Care Bureau
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-814-3789

Interested students must submit materials through the AG's Office Law Clerk Program, at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/jobs/lawclerk_opps.html. The Health Care Bureau is part of the Consumer Protection Division. Students should indicate their interest in the Consumer Protection Division on the application and also list next to that indication that they wish to be placed in the Health Care Bureau.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Office of General Counsel
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
P: 630-792-5000

The Joint Commission only accepts student externs on an occasional basis. Interested students should contact Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu, for more information.

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago - Health Law Project
111 W. Jackson Blvd.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
P: 312-347-8331

Interested students should submit their materials directly to the LAF Health Law Project.

Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Legal Services Department
2300 Children's Plaza, Box 261
Chicago, IL 60614
P: 773-880-3411

Interested students should submit their resume, cover letter, and transcript via email to Donna Wetzler, General Counsel, at dwetzler@luriechildrens.org.

Norwegian American Hospital

1044 N. Francisco Ave.
Chicago, IL  60622
P: 773-292-8200

Norwegian American Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute care hospital.  Student externs will work with corporate counsel on a variety of matters, including physician contracting, Stark law, compliance issues, vendor agreements, electronic health records attestation and activation, employment issues, board and governance matters, and federally qualified health center (FQHC) issues. Students will be asked to research, draft opinions, review contracts, and develop policies. 

Interested students should apply directly to Norwegian American. Students must submit a resume and cover letter addressed to Shellie Karno, Corporate Counsel, at skarno@nahospital.org.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Office of the General Counsel
251 East Huron
Chicago, IL 60613
 
NMH prefers to receive student applications through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Mary Lucie, Associate General Counsel, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.
 
Office of the Governer, Health Insurance Exchange
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
 
The Office of the Governor is looking for law students interested in health policy to assist staff working on the Illinois Health Insurance Exchange (HIX). The student will be heavily involved in the day to day operations of the HIX team. Responsibilities will include research, policy analysis and evaluation.
 
Candidates must have outstanding writing skills, strong communication abilities, be able to manage numerous matters and have the ability to function at a high level in an ever-changing environment. Students interested in this opportunity should provide a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript and writing sample to the attention of Ms. Colleen Burns, Special Counsel for Health Policy, at Colleen.Burns@Illinois.gov.  

Office of Health Information Technology, Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois
100 West Randolph Suite 2-201
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-814-1600
Attention: Mark Chudzinski, Legal Counsel

The Office of Health Information Technology ("OHIT") was established in February, 2010 in the office of the Governor of the State of Illinois to oversee the State's development and implementation of health information technology initiatives, including the creation of a state-level health information exchange ("HIE"). OHIT is the recipient of a planning grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and is a part of a nationwide effort to apply information and communication technologies to the improvement of our complex and fragmented health care system. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Mr. Chudzinski via email at mark.chudzinski@illinois.gov for consideration. Additional information regarding this site is also available on Symplicity.

Presence Health
Julie Roknich, Assistant General Counsel
7435 W. Talcott Ave. #345
Chicago, IL 60631
P: 773-774-8000

Interested students should apply directly to Presence. Students must submit a resume and a cover letter that specifies (a) the semester for which they are applying and (b) which days of the week they are available to work at Presence, if known. Students will be asked to come to Presence for an interview and to submit a writing sample. Please send materials to Julie Roknich, Assistant General Counsel, via email at jroknich@presencehealth.org, or to 7435 W. Talcott Ave., #345, Chicago, IL 60631.

Provena Health - Office of the General Counsel
19065 Hickory Creek Drive, Suite 115
Mokena, IL 60448
P: 708-478-6364

Provena prefers to receive student applications from the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Jeffrey Mathis, System Director & Associate General Counsel, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Office of General Counsel
345 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
P: 312-238-1100

RIC prefers to receive student applications through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Tom Ferrone, Associate General Counsel, and Michael Rabkin, Assistant General Counsel & Associate Compliance Officer, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.

Rush University Medical Center
Stephanie Genuardi, Associate General Counsel
Office of Legal Affairs
1700 West Van Buren Street, Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60612
P: 312-942-6886
F: 312-942-4233

Rush prefers to receive student applications directly from the Beazley Institute. Externship offices include: (1) Legal Affairs (general law firm transactional and health law experience), (2) Risk Management (pre-litigation-medical malpractice experience), (3) Corporate Compliance/HIPAA Privacy (regulatory experience). Interested students should prepare a resume and cover letter addressed to Stephanie Genuardi, Associate General Counsel, which specifies (a) the semester for which they are applying, (b) for which Rush office they are applying, and (c) which days of the week they would work at Rush, if known. Materials should be submitted directly to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu. 

University of Chicago Hospitals & Health Systems
Office of the General Counsel
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
P: 773-702-1000

U of C prefers externship candidates enrolled in the LLM program or with significant health law course experience.  The organization prefers to receive student applications through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Marilyn Hanzal, Associate General Counsel, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.

University Health System Consortium
Legal Department
155 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

UHC prefers externship candidates enrolled in the LLM program or with significant health law course experience. The organization prefers to receive student applications through the Beazley Institute. Interested students should submit their resume and cover letter addressed to Thomas Kiser, Vice President & General Counsel, to Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu.

University of Illinois Medical Center
Office of the General Counsel
1740 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
P: 312-996-6970

UIC only accepts student externs on an occasional basis. Students must have significant health law course experience, preferably including the Risk Management course. Interested students should contact Professor Barbara Youngberg, byoungberg@luc.edu, or Megan Bess, Beazley Institute Assistant Director, at mbess@luc.edu, for more information.

United States Dept. of Health & Human Services - Office for Civil Rights (Region V)
233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-886-2359

Interested students should submit their materials directly to the OCR addressed to Kurt Temple, Equal Opportunity Specialist, at kurt.temple@hhs.gov or at 312-886-5893.

United States Dept. of Health & Human Services - Office of the General Counsel (Region V)
233 North Michigan Avenue. Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-886-1709

Interested students should submit their materials directly to the OGC, addressed to Jerry Meites, Chief Regional Civil Rights Counsel, via email at jerome.meites@hhs.gov.

Please note that this externship is only available during the summer.

 


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW   

Please see additional listings under Corporate Law.

Chicago History Museum

Gary T. Johnson, Esq.
President
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Email: gtjohnson@chicagohistory.org

The Chicago History Museum is a privately endowed, independent institution devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history, to the public through exhibitions, programs, research collections, and publications. During the externship, externs will be exposed to a general in-house practice within a museum environment.  The extern’s duties will focus on legal issues in a variety of areas related to intellectual property. Externs will gain hands-on-experience in serving the needs of a cultural institution.  Students are required to be currently enrolled in or have completed an Intellectual Property course. Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Mr. Gary Johnson at the email address listed above.

Mintel Group Limited
Douglas W. Colber
Vice President and General Counsel
Mintel Group Limited
Suite 1100
333 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Email: DColber@Mintel.com

Mintel Group Ltd. is a 40 year old, London-based market research and competitive intelligence services provider. The Chicago office is the beachhead for all sales and operations in the Americas with approximately 190 personnel. The legal department in Chicago consists of one lawyer, one paralegal and frequently, legal externs. Legal work at Mintel focuses on licensing soft intellectual property, whether as the licensor or licensee, registering and enforcing copyrights, and regularly researching diverse legal questions from the business, such as Fair Use, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Freedom of Information Act, use tax, and contract questions. Students will be assigned to projects, including but not limited to the following:

1. Preparing and submitting applications to register copyrights.

2. Reviewing, commenting, and tracking customer and vendor agreements, confidentiality agreements and
    content licenses.

3. Preparing legal memoranda as may be required.

This externship is available to students who have completed their second year of law school. Students interested in Intellectual Property are encouraged to apply directly to the site. Preference will be given to students seeking three (3) hours of course credit. Please submit a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to Mr. Colber at the address listed above.

Museum of Science and Industry

Jessica A. Garascia
Manager, Legal Affairs and Retail Operations
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (“MSI”) is one of the largest science museums in the world.  It is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hand-on exhibits.

The extern’s duties will focus on legal issues within a museum environment.  Externs will be assigned projects involving intellectual property and a variety of commercial transactions.  Externs will be exposed to a general inhouse practice while gaining hands-on-experience while serving the legal needs of a cultural institution.

Students must be currently enrolled in, or have completed, one intellectual property course.  Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter addressed to Jessica Garascia, Esq. at the address listed above, a resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample.  All documents should be delivered to Josie M. Gough, Director of Experiential Learning. Interviews will be conducted by Ms. Garascia or her designee. The successful applicant will also need to prepare an internal MSI application and successfully complete drug screening.


Professional Responsibility

American Bar Association

Center for Professional Responsibility
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL
Attention:  Angela Burke
E: angela.burke@americanbar.org

Since 1978, the Center for Professional Responsibility (“Center”) has provided national leadership and vision in developing and interpreting legal policy, national standards, professional consultation and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional and judicial branch regulation, lawyer and judicial disciplinary enforcement, competence, professionalism and client protection mechanisms.  Through its network of ABA Presidentially appointed entities, affiliate organizations and legal staff, the Center shapes legal policies that represent one of the core competencies of the ABA and its unique strength and ability to establish national standards in professional responsibility law.  Externs will be assigned to work on a variety of substantive legal research projects including, but not limited to, conducting research for ethics opinions, substantive legal articles, upcoming educational panels, or possible amendments to ABA model rules and standards.  This extern opportunity is open to students whohave an interest in legal ethics, regulation, professionalism, client protection, or specialization.  Students interested in this placement and who wish to earn academic credit as an extern should send via email a letter of interest, resume and writing sample (such as a short research memo) to Angela Burke, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility at the email address listed above.

Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Eva Tramutolo
Director, Human Resources and
Administrative Services
Illinois A.R.D.C.
One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Drive, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60601-6219

The mission of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC) is to promote and protect the integrity of the legal profession, at the direction of the Supreme Court, through attorney registration, education, investigation, prosecution and remedial action.

Externs will conduct legal research and prepare memoranda/pleadings regarding all areas of law for the litigation division of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; potential possibility for a 3rd year law student to handle hearing matters, including depositions and witness testimony, under the supervision of an attorney pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711. Externs will be assigned to the Chicago Office of the ARDC.

Students interested must provide a cover letter which includes specific information relating to research and writing classes (grade obtained type of class taken) or an unofficial transcript), resume and a writing sample to Ms. Eva Tramutolo by mail at the address listed above.

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Two Prudential Plaza
180 N. Stetson Ave.
Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60601
Attn: Jayne Reardon, Executive Director

Students should have strong research and writing skills. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Ms. Josie Gough, Director, Experiential Learning in Room 1317 for processing and delivery to this site. If you are selected, you will be notified by Ms. Reardon or her designee and advised of any additional requirements of the Commission including the scheduling of interviews.


Public Interest

Access Living
Staff Attorney
Access Living
115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654
kborowicz@accessliving.org.

Access Living is a non-profit organization established in 1980. Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully engaged and self-directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights, and champions social reform. Students will work with Access Living's Civil Rights Team, which provides legal advice, counseling, and representation to people with disabilities who allege discrimination in housing and/or access to government services/programs.

Attorneys handle matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and other civil rights/discrimination laws. The student will assist with case management. This will include intake, interviewing potential clients, case investigation, negotiation, letter writing, research, and other tasks involved in representing clients. He/she would likely become the point person (main point of contact) for clients in some cases and be responsible for gathering information/updates from clients and updating other staff about the clients. Students will also complete a writing project, which may be a legal research memo or a policy document.

Interested students should apply directly to Access Living by submitting a cover letter that describes your interest in the work of the agency and a current resume. Send the documents to Ms. Borowicz via email at the email address listed above.

AIDS Legal Council of Illinois
Ann Hilton Fisher, Executive Director
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2110
Chicago, IL 60601
P: 312-427-8990
E: ann@aidslegal.com

Americans United for Life
Denise Burke
310 S. Peoria Street, #500
Chicago, IL 60607
P: 312-568-4740
E: denise.burke@aul.org

Archdiocese of Chicago - Office of Legal Services
Jan Leonatti, Legal Administrator
P.O. Box 1979
855 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
P: 312-534-8319
E: jleonatti@archchicago.org

Cabrini Green Legal Aid
See also this listing under Criminal Law.

Catholic Charities
Dennis Trainor, Program Director
Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
651 W. Lake St., suite 403
Chicago, IL 60661
dtrainor@catholiccharities.net

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) is seeking a motivated, organized law student for an externship position. Fluency in Spanish is especially desirable, but not required.  CCLA is a program within Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago that provides pro bono assistance to clients in need of legal advice and/or representation. CCLA has four full-time staff attorneys and numerous volunteer attorneys who offer extensive legal advice over the telephone and in person at legal advice desks held at Catholic Charities locations throughout the Chicago area. Frequently, this advice equips clients to represent themselves in legal disputes. In-house representation is offered in a limited number of cases in family law, housing, immigration and debtor/creditor cases. In other areas of the law, referrals to a network of pro bono attorneys or other specialized legal service providers are made. Additionally, seminars on a variety of topics of concern to Chicago’s low-income population are periodically held. The extern will assist CCLA attorneys by answering clients’ phone calls, conducting preliminary interviews and entering clients’ case summaries into CCLA’s database. Attorneys or externs who have a 711license return phone calls to clients and provide requisite advice or referrals. Research on various legal issues may be requested and the development of resource files for use by the staff and volunteers may be part of this position. The ability to be patient and tactful with individuals from different backgrounds, including people with significant physical and mental impairments is necessary.

Students who are interested in being considered for this position should send a letter of interest, resume and transcript via email to Dennis Trainor, CCLA Director at the email address listed above.

Chicago Legal Clinic-Pilsen
Immigration Project
1914 South Ashland
Chicago, IL 60608
E: carolineshoenberger@clclaw.org

Founded in 1981, the Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. (“Clinic”) is a private, not-for-profit legal service organization. The Clinic provides low-cost legal services (sliding fee scale) to individuals in the Chicago area from its four neighborhood offices: South Chicago, Austin, Downtown and Pilsen. The Clinic offers representation in various areas of law, including: family law (divorce, adoption, visitation, paternity, etc.), aid to victims of domestic violence, guardianships of adults, social security disability claims, decedent’s estates, real estate closings, landlord/tenant disputes, immigration, and environmental law. There are no income eligibility or case type restrictions. Clients are charged on a sliding scale based on their ability to pay. The Clinic provides free legal seminars on topics of community interest in churches, schools and civic organizations.

Students interested in this extern opportunity will work closely with clients, conduct research and prepare a variety of legal documents under the close supervision of a senior attorney. Students will be assigned to work at the Pilsen office of the Chicago Legal Clinic. Students should apply directly to the Chicago Legal Clinic. Submit a cover letter and resume that describes your interest in the work of this organization and direct those documents to Caroline Shoenberger Esq. via email at the address listed above.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Margaret C. Benson
Executive Director
100 North LaSalle Street
Suite 900
Chiago, Illinois 60602
Email: MCB@cvls.org

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services offers students a wide variety of externship opportunities including the following:

1.     Students, 711-eligible, willing to work with experienced elderlaw attorney to handle elder abuse cases. The student will interview clients and interested persons, gather information about a case, prepare pleadings and forms, and handle court appearances for emergency and plenary orders of protection and related litigation. Student will be supervised by a CVLS staff attorney and an experienced elderlaw attorney working with CVLS pro bono.

2.     Students interested in children’s cases to work on CVLS’ Guardian Ad Litem for Minors Program. Student will interview parties, interested adults and child-clients, gather information about and for children, draft narrative GAL reports, and, if 711-eligible, appear in court for status calls and, if possible, contested hearings. .

3.     Students interested in elderlaw to work on CVLS’ Guardian Ad Litem for Disabled Adults Program. Students will interview parties and, in some cases, family members, conduct site visits at residence of alleged or adjudicated disabled adult, review medical and other records, draft narrative GAL reports, motions and pleadings and, if 711-eligible, appear in court for status calls and, if possible, contested hearings.  

4.     Student interested in mortgage foreclosure mediation to work with mediation staff attorneys. Student will help gather financial information, interview homeowners, help work up files, attend court calls and if 711-eligible, represent homeowners at mediation.

5.     Students interested in mortgage foreclosure and other Chancery Court  litigation to work with Chancery Court Access to Justice staff attorneys. Students will interview clients after court appointment, gather relevant documents and investigate case as necessary, draft motions, pleadings and orders and, if 711-eligible, appear in court on motions and, possibly, contested hearings. 

6.     Students interested in family law to work with CVLS’ Family Law Program, including divorces, adoptions, parentage, custody, visitation and child support cases. Students will work with program director to interview clients and gather information, draft pleadings and motions, research law, and if 711-eligible, represent clients at proveups and, if possible, contested hearings.

7.     Students interested in general non family litigation to work with CVLS’ Financial Issues Program which include evictions (both for landlords and tenants), collection defense, tort defense and consumer issues.

Students interested in this opportunity should submit a cover letter, resume (including two references) and unofficial transcript by email to the attention of Margaret C. Benson

at the address listed above.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Council on American-Islamic Relations
Rabya Khan
Staff Attorney
28 East Jackson Blvd. Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: 312.212.1520
Fax: 312.212.1530
Rabya.khan@cair.com

CAIR is a national organization committed to attaining equal opportunity for—and normalizes the image of—Muslims in America. The organization’s mission is to defend civil rights, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance. In externing with CAIR-Chicago students will have the opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a friendly and diverse environment. Externs will be trained and participate in resolving cases of discrimination reported to CAIR-Chicago by conducting intake and performing legal and policy research.

Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to the attention of Rabya Khan via email at the address listed above.

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic-Divorce Division
See also this listing under Child Law.

John Howard Association of Illinois

Mr. John Maki
Executive Director
John Howard Association of Illinois
375 East Chicago Avenue Suite 529
Chicago, Illinois 60611
E: jmaki@thejha.org

The John Howard Association ("JHA") is one of the oldest prison reform organizations in the country, and the only group that monitors Illinois' juvenile and adult prisons. Its mission is to achieve a fair, humane, and cost-effective criminal justice system by promoting juvenile and adult prison reform, leading to successful re-integration and enhanced community safety. Students assigned to this site will help perform legal and policy research on issues related to the prison system in Illinois. Students interested in this field placement should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Mr. John Maki via email at the address listed above.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

Samira Nazem
Staff attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
33 North LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602
snazem@lcbh.org

The Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (“LCBH”) believes that all persons have a right to safe, decent, and affordable housing on a non-discriminatory basis. We promote the availability of and access to such housing and support low and moderate-income households in Chicago through legal representation, individual and public advocacy, supportive services and education.

Law students will have opportunities to research legal issues, draft legal memoranda and correspondence, conduct discovery and investigation, meet with clients, and attend intake meetings. Students with valid 711 licenses will have opportunities to appear in court on behalf of clients. This externship opportunity is open to students who have completed their first year of law school. Preference will be given to students with a valid 711 license. Students interested in this extern placement should provide a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the attention of Ms. Nazem via email at the email address listed above.

Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services

Grace Lim, Pro Bono Coordinator/Attorney
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
1 N. Dearborn, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
P: 312-986-4011
F: 312-986-4016
E: LimG@metrofamily.org

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

Lisa Palumbo
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
111 W. Jackson Blvd., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
E: lpal@lafchicago.org

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Aaron Siebert-Llera, Staff Attorney
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund & Educational Fund
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60603
312-427-0701, extension 404
asiebert-llera@maldef.org

The Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) is the nation's premier Latino civil rights organization. Externs will perform legal research and writing in support of impact litigation on behalf of Latinos in the areas of education, employment, immigration, language rights, and political access. Applicants must demonstrate strong research and writing skills and a commitment to public interest. Spanish language fluency is preferred. Students may forward their cover letter, resume, writing sample and unofficial transcript to Mr. Siebert-Llera by email.

For additional information regarding MALDEF, please review its website at www.maldef.org.

National Immigrant Justice Center - The Heartland Alliance
Nick Wallace
Executive Administrator
National Immigrant Justice Center
A Heartland Alliance Partner
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1818
Chicago, IL 60604
(312)660-1326 (direct)
E: nwallace@heartlandalliance.org

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Dan Lesser, Director
50 East Washington Street
Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60602

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Center (“Center”) is a policy advocacy organization that works on behalf of low income people on a wide range of issues. The substantive topics that the Center works on include public benefits, health care, ex-offender issues, issue of concern to women and girls, asset opportunity, and housing.

Students will engage primarily in legal research, including social science research. They may also have an opportunity to write for one of the Center’s publications which range from its poverty law and policy journal, Clearinghouse Review to an on-line blog, The Shriver Brief. There may be occasional direct service work with clients. Interested students should e-mail a cover letter, resume, list of references and a writing sample to Dan Lesser, Director, Economic Justice Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, at danlesser@povertylaw.org. 

Uniform Law Commission

Uniform Law Commission
111 N. Wabash Street
Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60602
Attn: Casey Elliot, Legislative Assistant
E: casey.elliott@uniformlaw.org

The Chicago office of the Uniform Law Commission("ULC") provides states with non-partisan, well-conceived and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. The most well known products of the ULC include the Uniform Commercial Code, Uniform Probate Code, and Uniform Child Custody, Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.

Students working with the ULC will assist the legal staff in a variety of capacities. Students will be exposed to work with  business, commercial estate and family laws. Students will assist the legal staff with legislative advocacy projects through analysis of pending and proposed legislation. Students will also be asked to research developing areas of law, including criminal and international law as part of this externship.

Students should apply directly to the ULC. Please submit a cover letter and resume that describes your interest in the work of the ULC and direct it to Ms. Elliott by email at the address listed above.


Loyola

SCHOOL OF LAW EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Philip H. Corboy Law Center · 25 E. Pearson Street Suite 1317 · Chicago, IL 60611 ·
312.915.7887 · E-mail: jgough@luc.edu

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy