Cynthia A. Wilson

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Center for Externships
Director, Public Interest Center


Cindy Wilson is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Externships at the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Her teaching and research interests include experiential learning, ethics, and public interest law. She teaches Practicum externship seminars focusing on the federal judiciary and on public interest law. She has also been a faculty member for a course in legal ethics taught by clinical professors and Chicago area lawyers. Professor Wilson received the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2010. She is also the Director of the Public Interest Center at the law school. She is a recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation Leonard J. Schrager Award of Excellence, which recognizes an exemplary attorney in academia who has made significant and lasting contributions to improving access to justice for the less fortunate. She is a frequent national speaker on experiential education and externship pedagogy. She has served as Chair of the Planning Committee for the American Association of Law Schools annual Clinical Conference for clinical faculty from law schools across the country.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Public Interest Law
  • Professional Responsibility

Selected Publications

  • Externships, in Guide To Public Service Experiential Learning Programs In Legal Education (Consortium for the Advancement of Public Service in Law Schools 2011).
  • Hiring, in Employment Discrimination Law, 2002 Cumulative Supplement, edited by C. Geoffrey Weirich (BNA Books 2002) (with Charles H. Mishkind).
  • Disparate Treatment, Chapter Co-chair, In Employment Discrimination Law, 3d Ed., 2000 Cumulative Supplement (BNA: ABA Section of Employment and Labor Law 2000).
  • Representing Victims of Hate Crimes, 7 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Handbook 231 (1991) (with Gzesh and Shuman-Moore).

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  • BA magna cum laude, Knox College
  • JD cum laude, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, 2000-2013, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Director, 1990-2000, Employment Opportunity Project, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Associate, 1986-1987, 1988-2000, Sachnoff & Weaver
  • Law Clerk, 1987-1988, Honorable Seymour F. Simon, Illinois Supreme Court

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