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Employer Information

The Field Placement Program is always excited to expand its pool of placements and advertise new opportunities to students. It is very important that the externship experience is educational and that our student-externs receive valuable supervision. The program requires students to be supervised by a licensed attorney (preferably with 5+ years of experience). It is also important that the placement is compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The employer signs an affiliation agreement at the beginning of the semester detailing the students duties, signs-off on the first two student progress reports, completes a mid-semester evaluation, and fills-out an evaluation form of the students work at the end of the semester.

Before the program posts a new placement, employers should complete a questionnaire (available in Forms for Employers below) and return it to the Field Placement Program Director. If the opportunity is a fit for DePaul, the Field Placement Program will advertise to students. Externship placements are typically posted for the entire year on Vincent, our electronic job database, unless an employer prefers it to be posted based on demand. With new placement opportunities, generally only one student-extern will be placed during the first semester of participation.

Special Requirements for For-Profit Placements

Before approving a for-profit placement (a placement with a private law firm or in-house counsel with a corporation) the Field Placement Program Director will speak with the supervising attorney to ensure they can provide substantive legal work, adequate supervision and a mentoring relationship.

Additionally, a private law firm must:

  • Have at least three full-time, licensed attorneys in good standing with malpractice insurance.
  • Not bill for the student's work or for the supervising attorney's time spent mentoring the student. (Students are allowed to work on pro bono and contingency fee matters.)

Student-Externs cannot:

  • Obtain or use a 711 license in for-profit placements.
  • Use student Westlaw accounts for externship research.

The Field Placement Program Director or faculty mentor may visit the law office or corporation during the course of the semester.​