Department of Natural Resources

Field Placement Supervisor
James Devitt

Field Placement Website

Field Placement Description
The Legal Division of the Office of the Secretary (Legal Division) serves as legal counsel for all primary divisions in the Department and its duties consist of, but are not limited to, reviewing contracts, cost-share agreements, and other documents which could have a legal or liability implication for the Department or the State, and to review in conjunction with the Public Information Office all requests for public records. Externs may observe day to day work of licensed attorneys, board meetings, legal proceedings, departmental meetings and other professional activites.  This externship provides an opportunity to extern in an office working on protecting the natural resources for the state. Students will extern along side attorneys who are drafting legislation, lobbying and following current case law to determine the best process to protect the state's resources. This externship will improve students statutory analysis, legal research and writing, substantive law analysis, and understanding of policy.  Students will also see ethical rules and professional conduct in the context of government lawyering.  

Externship Requirements
All students are encouraged to apply. Students interested in environmental law are encouraged to apply. 

Application Process

Interested students should contact Prof. Linares at to schedule an appointment. After speaking with Prof. Linares, students will be directed to fill out the Externship Application available at  Once cleared by OSEL to apply, students will be given instructions on submitting application materials to the placement.

Loyola's application deadlines for each semester are posted on the homepage of the Externship Program website. However, students should apply early as students are accepted on a rolling basis and placements may be filled prior to the application deadline.

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