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Legal Externships 


The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon offers externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students throughout the calendar year. The Lieutenant Governor derives her duties from the Illinois State Constitution, executive authority, statute and personal initiative. These areas include, but are not limited to, government ethics and transparency, education reform, economic development support, rivers and water issues, rural affairs, budgeting for results initiatives, domestic violence prevention and policy, and military community and military host community support. Processes are used and it is the practice of the office to attempt to match student work assignments with individual areas of interest.


Externs are supervised by licensed attorneys. Assignments will consist of legal research and writing likely including policy research memos, policy proposals, legislative initiatives, compliance memos, drafting legislation, and legislative history memos. Students can apply to work in the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, or remotely. Time commitments or other requirements (e.g., work location) can accommodate existing programs or processes at participating law schools. Terms can be agreed up based on each law schools’ academic calendar.


A limited number of applicants will be offered interviews. Applicants should be prepared to consent to and cooperate with an Illinois State Police noncredit background check.


To apply, please email the following items to


• A cover letter, addressed as follows:

Leslie Reis

Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Simon

100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 15-200

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Cover letters should state the desired work location (Springfield, Chicago, or remotely) and estimated number of works hours per week.

• A résumé with two references

• An unofficial transcript, and


Please direct any questions to Leslie Reis at