Chicago Placements

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Chicago Placements


The placement opportunities in the Chicago market are nearly as broad as your imagination. As the nation’s second largest legal market, Chicago is home to local, state and federal courts and governmental agencies, numerous major corporations, and scores of non-profit legal organizations. Students may seek placements in any court, governmental agency, corporate counsel office, or non-profit organization as long as that organization commits to providing substantial legal work and careful attorney supervision consistent with program policies.

Listed below are placement sites that have hosted Notre Dame Law in Chicago students in the past, have said they are willing to host an NDLS extern, or have established externship programs for law students. This list is intended to give an idea of the breadth of opportunities available in Chicago, and to spur thinking about the different options available. Application procedures for many of these sites can be found in the “Approved Sites in Chicago” document, found in the Information Documents section of the webpage.

Students should speak with Associate Dean Jones or Program Director Katelynn McBride before beginning to approach placements.

Business – Financial Regulation

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Child Law

  • Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
  • Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children
  • Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Cook County Public Defender
  • Cook County Public Guardian
  • Family Defense Center
  • James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • Legal Assistance Foundation

Civil Rights

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights

Commercial Transactions

  • Abbvie Pharmaceuticals
  • Enlivant
  • Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund
  • City of Chicago Law Department
  • Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
  • Stepan Company

Community Development

  • The Law Project
  • Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund
  • City of Chicago Law Department
  • Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority

Consumer Protection

  • Legal Assistance Foundation

Corporate Counsel

  • Abbvie Pharmaceuticals
  • Enlivant
  • Rush University Medical Center

Criminal

  • Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Cook County Public Defender
  • Federal Defender Program
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • United States Attorney’s Office

Disability Law

  • Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law
  • Cook County Office of the Public Guardian – Adult Guardianship Division
  • Equip for Equality
  • Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission
  • Legal Assistance Foundation

Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
    *Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy

Education Law

  • Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
  • U.S. Department of Education, Civil Rights Division

Environmental

  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Natural Resources Defense Counsel
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • City of Chicago Law Department
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Family Law

  • Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic
  • Legal Assistance Foundation

Financial Regulation

  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Securities and Exchange Commission

Health Care

  • Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children
  • Rush University Medical Center General Counsel
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services General Counsel
  • Illinois Department of Public Health

Health Care Regulation

  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Attorney General – Health Care Fraud division
  • AbbVie
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Enlivant

Housing

  • Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid
  • Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund
  • Latino United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) Law Project
  • The Law Project
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
  • Legal Assistance Foundation

Immigration

  • Centro Romero
  • Legal Assistance Foundation
  • National Immigrant Justice Center
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Intellectual Property

  • Abbvie Pharmaceuticals
  • Stepan Company
  • Rush University Medical Center General Counsel

Judicial

  • Cook County Circuit Court
  • Illinois Appellate Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Immigration Court

Labor and Employment

  • City of Chicago Law Department
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • Legal Assistance Foundation
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • U.S. Department of Labor
    *Working Hands Legal Clinic

Law Reform

  • Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
  • Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice
  • Family Defense Center
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Legislation

  • Illinois Lieutenant Governor
  • Illinois Attorney General

Litigation with 711 License (Illinois student practice license)

  • Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Cook County Public Defender
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Illinois Attorney General (Consumer Protection)
    *City of Chicago Law Department (Torts, Civil Rights, Environmental)

Local Government

  • City of Chicago Law Department
  • City of Evanston Law Department
  • Chicago Park District

Low Income Legal Services

  • AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
  • Carbrini Green Legal Aid Clinic
  • Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Consumer Protection Division – Illinois Attorney General
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • SSI Homeless Outreach Project
  • Working Hands Legal Clinic

Mediation

  • Center for Conflict Resolution

Non Profit Law

  • The Law Project (Economic & Affordable Housing Development)

State Government

  • Illinois Attorney General
  • IL Lieutenant Governor’s Office

Tax

  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Chicago Office of the Inspector General

Chicago News

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Housing Information

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Contact

Robert JonesRobert Jones
Program Director

P: 574.631.4863
F: 574.631.6725
E: rjones@nd.edu