Externships are designed to expose 2L and 3L students to practical aspects of lawyering by allowing students to earn academic credit for performing uncompensated legal work, under the supervision of lawyers at approved non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, or judges. Students will complete assignments such as interviewing clients and witnesses; researching legal questions; preparing pleadings, discovery motions, and briefs; and, in some instances, trying cases.
The student must have his or her externship approved by the College of Law's Externship Director before beginning to work. The student earns one ungraded credit hour for each 60 hours of uncompensated work. Students with placements in Illinois may enroll for up to 4 credits; students with placements outside Illinois may enroll for up to 3 credits. The student must work for the same agency for at least 120 hours or 2 credits (minimum) during a single semester. No credit will be allowed unless the minimum hour limitation is satisfied in a single semester. There is a 9 credit hour maximum for the number of credits a student may earn over his or her entire law school experience, with only 4 credit hours being available in any one semester. The maximum and minimum credit hour limits are strictly enforced.
For more information, please visit the Externship page on the intranet.
Sequence and Prerequisites: Successful completion of all first year required courses.
Evaluation: In addition to meeting the hourly work requirements, the student must timely submit all required periodic time reports, reflection papers, and a final evaluation of his or her experience.