Internship Opportunities

Summer - Statewide

Intern Job Description:
The Office of the State Appellate Defender offers full-time, ten-week summer internships in the Chicago, Ottawa, Springfield, and Mt. Vernon offices. Interns will work on criminal appeals with experienced attorneys writing opening briefs, reply briefs, and petitions for rehearing that will be filed in the Illinois Appellate Court, as well as petitions for leave to appeal that will be filed in the Illinois Supreme Court. Interns may occasionally be asked to complete legal research assignments. 

Applicants must be current law students and possess excellent legal research, writing, editing, and oral communication skills, and the ability to understand and present factual and legal issues clearly and concisely. Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated interest in public service, as well as course work in legal writing, criminal law, evidence, and appellate advocacy.  The Office of the State Appellate Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion.

How to Apply:
Applications for the summer program will be accepted until January 31, or until all positions are filled. Submit a cover letter and resume as a PDF (preferably as one file, with the file name beginning with your name, e.g., "Jane Doe Application" or "John Doe Resume"), and a writing sample, to the e-mail address of each office to which you would like to apply:

School Year - Chicago

In addition to offering the summer internship described above, the 1st district office in Chicago offers the same position as 12-week fall and spring internships. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week during these terms. The application deadline is July 31 for the fall program and November 15 for the spring program, or until the positions are filled. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume as a PDF via email to