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.

Some placements allow students to engage in direct client representation and court appearances with an Illinois student practice license. Other placements involve work that is transactional oriented or research and writing intensive. All placements allow students an opportunity to immerse in an active law practice and to develop perspectives and skills that can only be learned in the field.

Some organizations have already hosted ND Law in Chicago students and have expressed a willingness to have future students. Other organizations have specifically informed NDLS that they would be happy to entertain externship applications. Associate Dean Jones and Assistant Dean Laybold are working actively to expand placement options and will work with individual students to identify and approach new placement sites that may meet a student’s needs. Students should speak with Associate Dean Jones or Assistant Dean Laybold before beginning to approach placements.

The following is a partial list of placements that have hosted Notre Dame Law in Chicago students in the past or have specifically expressed an interest in hosting Notre Dame law students in the future (additional placements may be found on Symplicity):

Business – Financial Regulation

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

Business – Transactional

  • City of Chicago Law Department

Business – Corporate Counsel

  • AbbVie Pharmaceuticals
  • Stephan Chemical
  • Enlivant


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


  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Natural Resources Defense Counsel
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • City of Chicago Law Department


  • Center for Conflict Resolution


  • Cook County Circuit Court
  • Illinois Appellate Court
  • Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court
  • US Bankruptcy Court


  • Internal Revenue Service


  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • City of Chicago Law Department

Civil Rights

  • US Department of Education – Civil Rights division
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • City of Chicago Law Department

Low Income Legal Services

  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Consumer Protection Division – Illinois Attorney General


  • National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Health Care Regulation

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


  • Illinois Lieutenant Governor
  • Illinois Attorney General

Law Reform

  • Business & Professional People for the Public Interest
    (Housing, Education, Open Government)

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)

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