internships

LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIPS

Prairie State regularly hosts school year and summer law student interns at its each of its local offices (Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, Waukegan, and West Suburban), and the following special projects: Legal Help for Homeowners Project (West Chicago and Waukegan); Low Income Tax Clinic (West Chicago); and Fair Housing Project (Waukegan, Rockford, and Peoria).

What will I do?

Law students perform a variety of duties at Prairie State depending on their experience level and the needs of a particular office or project. These duties may include client interviews and case investigation; drafting of pleadings, memoranda and briefs; legal research; and negotiations.  (NOTE: Law students with a limited practice license under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 will additionally have the opportunity to appear in state court.) All work is supervised by an experienced attorney. Prairie State provides frequent training opportunities to interns.

Compensation

Prairie State understands that many students who seek to work in a public interest setting are unable to accept an unpaid position.  Working together with PILI and other funders, we are able to offer a limited number of paid law student positions; the number and location of these positions varies depending on current funding opportunities. Prairie State also welcomes internship applications from law students who have outside funding or seek school credit, or who simply wish to volunteer their time.

To apply for a law student internship, please return to this page during our open application window, between December 15 and February 15. If you have questions, you may contact Prairie State’s internship coordinators for more information at [email protected].

 

UNDERGRAD AND PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS

Prairie State regularly hosts school year and summer interns at its each of its local offices (Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island, Waukegan, and West Suburban), and the following special projects: Legal Help for Homeowners Project (West Chicago and Waukegan); Low Income Tax Clinic (West Chicago); and Fair Housing Project (Waukegan, Rockford, and Peoria).

What will I do?

Interns perform a variety of duties at Prairie State depending on their experience level and the needs of a particular office or project. Paralegal interns may interview clients, draft pleadings, perform legal research, and assist attorneys in preparing for trial.

Compensation

Prairie State welcomes internship applications from undergraduate or paralegal students who have outside funding or seek school credit, or who simply wish to volunteer their time.  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer paid internships to undergraduate and paralegal students.

Contact Prairie State’s Director of Volunteer Services for more information. (e-mail: [email protected])

PLEASE NOTE: We are not accepting new undergraduate or paralegal student internship applications until we reopen our offices, as most staff are still working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.