Student Career Success

Second year law student Rebecca McCorkle from Moline, Ill.

We help NIU students prepare for career success by offering internships to graduate and undergraduate students. Our internships will provide you with valuable hands-on experience in the legal field. You'll be an important member of our team and increase your legal knowledge by dealing with real-world issues. You'll also benefit from:

  • Mentoring and constructive feedback.
  • Opportunities to develop communication and relationship-building skills, as well as your discipline and self-confidence.
  • Participation in governance issues.
  • Attendance at Board of Trustees meetings, bar association meetings, and staff and law clerk meetings.
  • Resume critiques and work recommendations.

Graduate Students

We employ graduate students as legal interns and law clerks. In addition to a tuition waiver and stipend, your assistantship will provide you with professional law practice experience to add to your resume. Openings are posted in January for the following summer and academic year. Check the College of Law's Career Services for Students for listings.

Please note: To be considered for an assistantship, you must be eligible for an Illinois 711 license.

  • Ryan Armour
  • Karen Baker
  • Sarmistha Banergee
  • Megan Boan Hopkins
  • Eric Borneman
  • John Castlen
  • Raquel Chavez
  • Sri Chokalingam
  • Kenneth Cloyd
  • Thomas Connelly
  • Rebecca Dobbs
  • Mark Doherty
  • Diane Elliott
  • Whitney Francisco
  • Jenna Fredrick
  • Guillermo Gascue
  • Brian Gerken
  • Michael Hantsch
  • Matthew Hartman
  • Kevin Hendley
  • Jeremy Hogan
  • Ryan Maney
  • Sania Merchant
  • Tom O'Grady
  • Heena Patel
  • Candice Patrick
  • Victoria Von Bergen
  • James Zanayed
  • Jamie Ziemba

Undergraduate Students

We welcome undergraduate students from the Department of Political Science as interns. An internship with the Office of General Counsel will allow you to earn course credit while gaining valuable law practice experience. We also offer a summer fellowship for undergraduate students.

  • Edona Ajvazi
  • Sayra Contreras
  • Zakyra Harris
  • Joel Heilmann
  • Allonte Holliday
  • Jessica Jurevis
  • Joliben Patel

Summer Diversity Fellowship

The Office of General Counsel and Mayer Brown LLP Summer Diversity Fellowship in Law and Public Policy introduces diverse undergraduate students to careers in law and public policy. It provides opportunities for them to learn about the practice of law in both a large law firm and a university setting. Fellowship recipients work at Mayer Brown's Chicago office during the summer. They also have opportunities to engage with the staff of the Office of General Counsel.

Previous Summer Diversity Fellows

  • Libardo Coronado
  • Keyana Payne

Contact Us

Office of General Counsel
Altgeld Hall 330
815-753-7818 (fax)


8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.