CSU College of Law's externship program offers externship placements with judicial, governmental, corporate counsel, and other agencies and organizations that serve the public interest. 

Some externships require background clearances. When a background clearance is required, you will need to apply well in advance of the term in which you wish to extern. Most sites do not allow work to begin until the background clearance has been completed, which can sometimes take as long as six to eight weeks.

Students are not eligible to apply for an externship until they have submitted an Externship Pre-Application and met with Student and Career Services to discuss their externship preferences. It is also expected that every student will read and understand the Externship Program Handbook prior to applying for an externship.

For every externship, a student must commit to work a certain number of hours and participate in the Externship Seminar. The number of credits you may receive depends total number of hours you agree to work at the externship site. Please see the Externship Program Handbook for complete information on credit hours.

Externships Available


Judicial externships are available at all levels of the judicial system. Judicial externs are integrated into the work of the chambers: writing bench memos, drafting opinions, researching issues during trials, observing settlement conference and mediations. Students also have the opportunity to observe proceedings in the courthouse, which may include trials, sentencing hearings or oral arguments.

Students interested in pursuing a judicial externship should familiarize themselves with the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, which extends to interns, externs, and other volunteers of the court, as explained in a March 2014 Advisory Opinion by the Committee on Codes of Conduct.

The following judges typically accept externs from CSU College of Law:

  • Supreme Court of Ohio (note that their application cycle is typically earlier than the published CSU|LAW application cycles; be in contact with Student and Career Services if you are interested in pursuing an externship at the Supreme Court; generally can be completed at least partially remotely)
    • Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
    • Justice Michael P. Donnelly
    • Justice Melody Stewart
  • Ohio Court of Appeals, 8th District
    • Judge Eileen T. Gallagher
    • Judge Cornelius J. O'Sullivan
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
    • Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams
    • Judge Ashley Kilbane
    • Judge Diane Palos
    • Judge John Russo
    • Judge William Vodrey
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Judge Philip Calabrese
    • Judge Donald Nugent
    • Judge Solomon Oliver
    • Judge Dan A. Polster (externs must work a minimum of three full days per week)

Government, Public Interest & Corporate Counsel

These externships provide opportunities in numerous subject areas, including civil, criminal, education, health, immigration, labor/employment, and tax. These externships allow a student to have the opportunity to delve into substantive areas of law, investigate claims, research and write motions or briefs, draft contracts, and participate in hearings, trials, settlement conferences and/or negotiations. 

The following sites typically accept applications each term for students from CSU College of Law, though specific opportunities can vary by semester:

  • Auto Services Unlimited
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland (Immigration Unit)
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland (General Counsel)
  • Children's Law Center, The (fully remote)
  • City of Cleveland Law Department
  • City of Lorain, Law Department
  • City of Mentor, Law Department
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Cleveland State University, Office of General Counsel
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Office of Legal Counsel
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division
  • Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
  • Cuyahoga County Law Department
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office
  • Eaton Corporation (Fall Only)
  • Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
  • Equality Ohio
  • Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal Trade Commission 
  • Hillcrest Food Service
  • Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
  • John Carroll University, Office of Legal Affairs
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Lorain County Prosecutor's Office
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio - General Counsel
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio - Cyber/Privacy
  • MetroHealth
  • Mid-American Conference
  • Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center
  • Office of Ohio Attorney General 
  • Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
  • ReCreation Sports and Entertainment
  • Scranton Road Legal Clinic
  • Slavic Village Development Corporation
  • State Industrial Products
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio (typically has application cycles that are earlier than the CSU|LAW cycles; be in touch with Student and Career Services if this site is of interest to you)
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
  • University Hospitals Health System, Ethics & Compliance Department
  • Weston


Students may also pursue opportunities outside of the pre-arranged externship placements. Once a student secures an offer from a qualifying organization, he/she must submit an application to receive academic credit for the placement through the College of Law's Independent Externship program. For complete information, please review carefully the College of Law's Independent Externship Policy.


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