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Externships and Summer Law Clerkships

As part of the City of Evanston Law Department's Internship Program, law students have the opportunity to gain exposure and experience in a dynamic municipal law practice through Law Department Externships and Clerkships. Externs and Clerks provide legal assistance to all Law Department attorneys and perform a variety of tasks, including research, writing, and attending legal proceedings. The goal of our internship program is to assist law students in meeting educational and professional goals. In addition, the City seeks to benefit from the interns’ work product.  If the candidate seeks externship credit, the Law Department will coordinate with the respective law school to ensure that the appropriate paperwork is filed prior to commencement of the externship.

Programs

Spring & Fall Semester Externship

The Law Department Externship is available to students who have completed their second year of law school and are eligible for coursework credit through participating law schools. This is a part-time, unpaid, semester-long, temporary position. This program takes place in accordance with timelines and requirements provided by the participating law school. Candidates must submit credentials at least three weeks prior to any course registration deadlines imposed by the law school if the candidate seeks to receive externship credit. One position is available each semester.

Summer Law Clerkships

The Law Department Summer Clerkship is available to students who have completed their second year of law school and are entering their third year. This is a part-time, unpaid, 10-week, temporary position. Candidates must submit credentials between January 15th and March 31st each year. Selections will be made by April 15th. Candidates must submit credentials at least three weeks prior to any course registration deadlines imposed by the law school if the candidate seeks to receive clerkship credit. One position is available each summer.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates may contact us for additional information and to submit an application. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, and writing sample for consideration to Mario Treto, Jr., Deputy City Attorney, mtreto@cityofevanston.org. The Law Department reviews all materials according to its selection timetable, and the most promising candidates will be contacted for interviews.  This review may occur over several weeks.