The CTA Law Department’s Intern Program
"My practical experiences at the CTA helped to bolster my confidence as well as my resume."
-CTA Legal Intern
The CTA’s Legal Intern Program provides tangible skills and an opportunity to practice law under the supervision of a CTA attorney (after securing a 711 license). Interns will take depositions, represent the CTA in arbitrations, present motions in court, research/draft legal memoranda, review contracts, and participate in every element of the Law Department’s work. Interns will also gain an understanding of the diverse and complex legal issues addressed by the second largest transit agency in the country.
Interns can select their own projects and the areas of law they would like exposure to, including torts, employment/labor, corporate, appellate/policy, workers’ compensation, and subrogation. This provides Interns with a unique opportunity to explore a variety of practice areas and to develop expertise in those areas.
The CTA’s Legal Intern program runs throughout the year. In the fall and spring semesters, Interns work 15-20 hours/week. In summer, Interns work 40 hours a week for ten weeks. Summer Interns will attend a weekly series of seminars designed to enhance their legal skills and knowledge of the CTA, and will tour CTA’s rail/bus and other facilities.
Each Intern will be assigned a mentor, who will meet with the Intern on a regular basis and provide informal guidance. Interns will receive regular feedback on their work, including a performance evaluation one or twice every semester.
To qualify for the program, a candidate must meet the following criteria:
- Is a student in a law school that is approved by the American Bar Association and is eligible to work in the United States;
- If applying to the summer program, the candidate will have completed his/her 2nd year of law school; if applying to the fall/spring program, the candidate will be a 3rd year law school student; and
- Is a student in good academic standing and has a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0
Currently, the CTA pays Legal Interns $16/hour.
To apply for the Legal Intern Program, please submit a current resume and an official law school transcript to:
Law Department, 6th Floor
Chicago Transit Authority
567 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661
If you have any questions about the CTA’s Legal Intern Program, you can contact Nancy Isaac, Chief Administrator, Office of the General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org.