Chicago Chapter


The ACC Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Program places law students with diverse backgrounds from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments.  Selected law students work in the legal department of a Chicagoland company for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer.  

Interns are assigned a mentor in the company who is responsible for directing their day-to-day workload and ensuring that the students have a positive learning experience.  In addition, the interns are also assigned a mentor from the ACC Chicago Chapter and will attend seminars and networking events hosted by the Chicago Chapter and participating legal departments.  These seminars offer the students helpful tips on topics such as networking, interviewing and resume writing.

The Chicago Chapter places students from diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.  Additionally, the Chapter seeks diverse students who are eager to learn and are capable of thriving in a corporate environment.


Requirements (no exceptions):
- Currently enrolled in an Illinois law school
- Only open to 1Ls

For the summer of 2019 applications are due by January 10 and students are then chosen for summer internships. An application can be found at this link


The Chapter extends an invitation to member companies to participate as intern hosts in the Diversity Summer Internship Program.  The success of the program has led to increased visibility in and among the Chicago legal community and beyond and corporate interest in participating has never been higher.  All interested students are required to submit an application (see above), resume and essays as well as undergo extensive interviews with members of the ACC Chicago Chapter.  

We are very proud of this program and the success it has brought to many students who would otherwise have had no opportunity to work in the in-house community and gain valuable hands-on experience in addition to receiving invaluable career advice from seasoned veterans.  A notice will be distributed soon to the ACC membership announcing the 2019 hosting opportunities.

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