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Megan Bess

Director, Externship Program; Assistant Professor of Law


Building & Room:



300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Office Phone:

(312) 427-2737 ext. 179


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Megan Bess is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Externship Program at UIC Law School in Chicago. In addition to externship courses, she teaches Professional Responsibility and a leadership seminar. Her research and scholarship focus on professional identity formation, legal ethics, and the future of legal education. She serves as Co-Chair of the AALS Externship Committee, on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the AALS Section on Balance and Well-Being in Legal Education, and on CLEA’s Best Practices Committee. Prior to joining the UIC Law faculty in 2019, she served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she oversaw online degree programs and six graduate degree programs. Before entering academia, she practiced in the litigation department of an Am Law 50 firm in Chicago. She earned her B.S. from the University of Arizona and J.D. from Vanderbilt University.