By Wednesday, October 25, students seeking to participate in the Public Defender Internship Program must submit an application online at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2726999 . The application consists of a cover letter, informal transcript, resume and writing sample. The cover letter needs to address each of the following elements: 1) explain your interest in and motivation for undertaking this internship, 2) share your experience in working with only a modest level of direct supervision, and 3) discuss your plans for accommodating participation in the internship in your schedule (including how many other credit hours you plan to carry, whether you will be studying for the LSAT, whether you have other significant time commitments). All of those materials will be reviewed for a decision on acceptance into the program by the departmental internship committee.
At a minimum, students seeking to participate in this program need (1) to have completed 45 credit hours by Spring 2018 (2) with at least one year of residence on this campus and (3) to have earned a cumulative UIUC grade point average of 3.0 or higher. They must (4) have completed PS 101: U.S. Government & Politics and (5) have no arrests or criminal convictions - as an adult or juvenile - or serious campus disciplinary violations involving campus or local law enforcement. In addition to work in the courthouse, students will need to attend a class for one hour per week on Wednesday afternoons. Submit all applications online at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2726999 .