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Externship Overview - Loyola Externship Program: Intensive Field Placements

The Loyola Externship Program is designed to provide students with practical experience under the supervision of a judge or attorney and a supervising attorney from the School of Law. This program provides students with the opportunity to develop practice ready and problem solving skills while working at an approved field placement outside of the classroom.

Students may select from a variety of externship opportunities. Students may earn 2 or 3 hours of academic credit per semester.  A student may earn up to 8 hours of academic credit after completion of all required first year course work. Students who have secured an externship field placement are also required to enroll in an extern seminar course. This course has been designed to complement the field work performed by the student. This course incorporates and emphasizes professional responsibility and ethics in all classroom assignments and activities.

Eligibility:

Extern opportunities for academic credit are available to full-time and part-time law students. Full-time students are required to have completed all required first year courses, including Civil Procedure, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Property, Torts and Legal Writing. Part-time students are required to have completed Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts and Legal Writing. Certain field placements may also have additional requirements which must be adhered to in order to qualify for the externship.

Externship Application Process:

Non-Judicial Externships
The School of Law makes every effort to assist students throughout the school year in obtaining appropriate and approved externships. Information sessions, both group and individual are offered by Josie M. Gough, Director, Experiential Learning each semester. During those sessions, students have the opportunity to learn about the various externship opportunities that are available to students, as well as the application process. A list of approved extern sites is included below, along with the internal School of Law internal application and Supervisor’s Agreement. In most cases, students will contact the approved sites on their own. Contact information is included on the list of approved sites.

Judicial Externships
The School of Law makes every effort to assist students throughout the school year in obtaining appropriate and approved judicial externships. Information sessions, both group and individual are offered by Maureen Kieffer, Associate Director of Career Services each semester. During those sessions, students have the opportunity to learn about the judicial externship opportunities that are available to students, as well as the application process. Resumes are collected in the fall semester for spring judicial externships and in the spring semester for fall and summer judicial externships through Symplicity. The School of Law will prepare the resume packets and send them to the judges that participate in our externship program. The School of Law's internal application and Supervisor’s Agreement are included below.

Academic Credit:

Students are expected to work at their extern field placement site a minimum of 110 hours for 2 academic credit hours and a minimum of 165 hours for 3 academic credit hours. In addition, students must attend and fully participate in the extern seminar course. This course is offered during the fall and spring semesters 3 times during the week in order to accommodate a student’s schedule. Students meet with their course instructor during the semester on a regularly scheduled basis for 50 minutes per class session. The extern seminar course is also offered during the summer semester.  Additional information, including course descriptions of the various field placements may be found on the law school’s website http://luc.edu/law/registrar/registration. Students may earn a total of 8 hours of academic credit as an extern upon completion of all required first year courses.  For additional information, please contact Josie M. Gough, Director of Experiential Learning at jgough@luc.edu

APPROVED EXTERNSHIP SITES

EXTERNSHIP - NEW SITES AND UPDATES

Please also see Law School Announcements for detailed information regarding these new field placements.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

FALL 2014 Internal Externship/Field Placement Applications by Semester 

EDUCATION LAW FIELD PLACEMENTS
Field placements at approved sites in the category of Education Law will no longer be offered through the Externship Program.  Field placements and related opportunities will be offered through the Education Law Practicum only. For additional information please contact Professor Hillary Coustan at hcoustan@luc.edu and visit the Education and Policy Law Institute at www.luc.edu/law/centers/childlaw/institutes/child_education/

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