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Externship Overview for Potential and Current Externship Sites

The DePaul University College of Law Externship Program invites provides 2nd and 3rd year law students with the opportunity to work with judges (federal, state, or county), government agencies (federal, state or local), not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit entities, such as a private law firm or in-house counsel for a corporation to enable students to become an integral member of the Externship Site’s legal team. We welcome your interest in hosting a DePaul College of Law student as an Extern.​ 

ABA Requirements

  1. Substantial Lawyering Experience and Designated Externship Site Supervisor. An Externship should provide a student substantial lawyering experience that is reasonably similar to the experience of a la​wyer advising or representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks in a setting outside a law clinic under the supervision of a licensed attorney or an individual otherwise qualified to supervise. ​​
  2. Affiliation Agreement. An Externship must also include an Affiliation Agreeme​nt between the Externship Program and the Externship Site that describes both: 

    1. the substantial lawyering experience and opportunities for performance, feedback, and self-evaluation; and 

    2. the respective roles of faculty and​ the Externship Site supervisor in supervising the student and in assuring the educational quality of the experience for the student, including a clearly articulated method of evaluating the student’s academic performance. 

  3. Externship Site Supervisor Ov​​ersight. An Externship must include a method for selecting, training, evaluating and communicating with Externship Site supervisors, including regular contact between the faculty and Externship Site supervisors through in-person visits or other methods of communication that will assure the quality of the student educational experience. 

  4. Student Evaluation. An Externship must include an evaluation of each student’s educational achievement by the Externship Program. Sufficient Control over Student Experience.
  5. Sufficient Control over Student Experience. An Externship must include sufficient control of the student experience to ensure that the requirements of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools are met.  

Application Process Overview for Becoming a DePaul College of Law Externship Site

Current and potential Externship Sites should review the Externship Manual available on this website which will answer almost all of your questions and provide further detail. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Externship Director at lawexternships@depaul.edu. 

  1. Complete Externship Site​ Application. To become an approved Externship Site, the potential Externship Site must first complete an Externship Site Application applying to be an Externship Site (please s​ee below for the Externship Site Application).
    1. The potential Externship Site must meet the minimum criteria for approval. For more information on the minimum criteria, please see EXTERNSHIP SITE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS below​.

  2. ​Externship Director Follow-Up. After the Externship Director receives the Externship Site Application, the Externship Director will contact the potential Externship Site for a follow-up conference call or in-person meeting to​​ discuss the Externship Site Application and ask and answer any additional questions.

  3. Externship Director Approves or Rejects Externship Site Application. After the Externship Director completes the follow-up, the Externship Director will either approve or reject the application to be an Externship Site and will communicate this decision to the potential Externship Site. 

  4. Externship Site Must Execute Affiliation Agreement. After the potential Externship Site is approved, the Externship Program will send the now-approved Externship Site an Affiliation Agreement for execution. For more information on the Affiliation Agreement, please see Section I.C, ABA REQUIREMENTS, in the Externship Manual available via the links below.​

  5. Externship Site Posted as Approved for Student Applications. After the Externship Site has executed the Affiliation Agreement, the Externship Site will then be listed as an approved Externship Site for students.

Externship Site Minimum Requirements

  1. Prior Approval. Each Extern​ship Site must be approved by the Externship Director prior to the student beginning work and prior to the student being registered for the Externship.

  2. Minimum Number of Attorneys. Each Externship Site must have at least three (3) full-time, licensed attorneys in good standing.

  3. Externship Site Application. Each Externship Site must complete an Externship Site Application applying to be an Externship Site (please see below for the​ Externship Site Application).​​

  4. Malpractice Insurance. Each Externship Site must have current malpractice insurance.

    1. Note that government entities and judicial chambers are eligible to have this provision waived.

  5. Commercial General Liability Insurance. Each Externship Site must have a minimum general liability insurance.

    1. ​Note that government entities and judicial chambers are eligible to have this provision waived.

  6. ​Designated Externship Site Supervisor

    1. ​Each Externship Site must have a designated Externship Site Supervisor for each Extern. A single Supervisor can supervise more than one Extern, but each Extern must be assigned to a designated Supervisor.

    2. Externship Site Supervisor Qualifications

      1. The Externship Site supervisor must be an experienced attorney that is employed on an in-house, full-time basis at the Externship Site.

      2. Must have practiced for at least five (5) years, and

      3. Must be currently licensed and in good standing in IL or the jurisdiction where the Externship Site is located.

        1. Note that federal placements and those practicing federal law may be able to satisfy this requirement with being currently licensed and in good standing in another state.

    3. Externship Supervisor Supervision Requirements

      1. Monitor the Extern’s responsibilities on a regular basis.

      2.  Involve the Extern in meaningful legal work.

      3. Complete and submit within the required time frame, the two (2) evaluations of the Extern. Externship Sites that fail to comply with this requirement may be prohibited from continued participation in the Externship Program. 

      4. Immediately notify the Externship Director if the Supervisor will no longer supervise an Extern.

  7. Affiliation Agreement

    1. Each Externship Site must execute an Affiliation Agreement prior to the first day of class. If the Affiliation Agreement has not been executed prior to the first day of classes, the student will not be permitted to remain enrolled or earn credit in the Externship Program.

      1. ​For more information on the Affiliation Agreement, please see Section I.C, ABA Requirements in the Externship Manual available via the links below.

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