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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Public Defender


Public Defender Internships

The DuPage County Public Defender's Office operates a volunteer internship program which provides the opportunity for college and law school students to assist investigators and/or attorneys with cases and meaningful work in the office.  This program runs year-round.

Undergraduate Students

Undergrad students generally assist in the investigations division.  Assignments may include client interviews, communication with clients at the DuPage County Jail, and other investigative duties as assigned.

For more information regarding investigative internships, contact Chief Investigator Jason R. Harvey at 630-407-8300.

Law Students

1st year law students

  • Interns may be assigned to a specific attorney or assist with trial preparation and research for all divisions:  juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony

Second and third year law students  

  • Interns who qualify for a license under Supreme Court Rule 711 may try cases under the supervision of a licensed attorney, and assist in
    • Case Management
    • Client Relations
    • Courtroom Work

For more information regarding law student internships, contact: Deputy Chief Public Defender Ruth A. Walstra at 630-407-8300.

Link to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 application


Contact Us

Public Defender:
Jeff York



Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(Closed on legal holidays)

View Court Calendar for closings 

Judicial Office Facility Annex
503 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187