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Internship Opportunities

The State Appellate Defender encourages law students interested in the practice of appellate advocacy to apply to one of its intern programs. Interns gain valuable research and writing experience while serving the indigent community of Illinois. The State Appellate Defender has offices in each of the five appellate court districts of Illinois. Internship opportunities vary by office. Information regarding the respective offices’ programs and contact information can be found below.  List of State Appellate Defender offices.


The First District Office has year-round unpaid intern/extern positions. The fall and spring programs require a commitment of 12-16 hours per week, while the summer program is full time. Applicants must be current law students and possess excellent legal research, writing, editing, and oral communication skills; the ability to understand and present factual and legal issues clearly and concisely; and experience in computer-assisted legal research. Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated interest in public service, as well as course work in criminal law, evidence, and appellate advocacy.

The deadline for submitting applications is: January 31 for the summer program; July 31 for the fall program; and November 15 for the spring program. Please specify in your cover letter which program you are applying for, and submit your cover letter and resume to:

Intern Coordinator
Office of the State Appellate Defender
203 North LaSalle Street, 24th Floor
Chicago Illinois, 60601

Applications should be sent in PDF format.


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