Loyola University Chicago

Career Services

School of Law

Getting Public Interest Experience During Law School

In addition to summer employment, there are opportunities to incorporate public interest and government work into your academic career and gain valuable skills and experience.

Volunteer for a public interest organization
Chicago Bar Foundation Pro Bono Opportunities https://www.chicagobar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Volunteer_Pro_Bono_Information&
Illinois Pro Bono https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/

Extern with a Government Office, Public Interest Organization, or Judge
School of Law Externship Program

Utilize Rule 711
If you have earned 43 credit hours and are working with a government or nonprofit organization, you can get a student practice license under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, which permits you to represent clients in court under attorney supervision.  See www.state.il.us/court/Administrative/forms/711/default.asp for an application and instructions.

Participate in Loyola's Clinical Programs

Contact Mary Bird, Director of Public Service Programs, for more information on public interest opportunities.