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Cleveland-Marshall's Engaged Learning 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 an OCSE adviser 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 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law:

  • Supreme Court of Ohio (note that their application cycle is typically earlier than the published C|M|LAW application cycles; be in contact with the OCSE 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 Melody Stewart
  • Ohio Court of Appeals, 8th District
    • Judge Patricia Blackmon
    • Judge Eileen T. Gallagher
    • Judge Timothy McCormack
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
    • Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams
    • Judge Michael Jackson
    • Judge Diane Palos
    • Judge Denise Rini
    • Judge Joseph Russo
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Judge Christopher A. Boyko
    • Magistrate Judge Jonathan Greenberg
    • 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 Cleveland-Marshall:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
  • City of Cleveland Law Department
  • City of Lorain, Law Department
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Municipal Court, Housing Division
  • Cleveland State University, Office of General Counsel
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Office of Legal Counsel
  • Cuyahoga County Agency of the Inspector General
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division
  • Cuyahoga County Law Department
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office
  • Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
  • Diebold Nixdorf
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
  • Equality Ohio
  • Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal Trade Commission 
  • Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
  • John Carroll University, Office of Legal Affairs
  • Legacy Health Services
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Lorain County Prosecutor's Office
  • MatrixPointe Software
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MetroHealth
  • Mid-American Conference
  • The Millennia Companies
  • MIM Software
  • National Interstate Insurance Company
  • NASA Glenn Research Center, Office of Legal Counsel
  • Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center
  • Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
  • Parker-Hannifin Corporation
  • ReCreation Sports and Entertainment
  • RPM International
  • Saber Healthcare Group
  • Slavic Village Development Corporation
  • SPIRE Institute
  • Towards Employment
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio (typically has application cycles that are earlier than the C|M|LAW cycles; be in touch with the OCSE if this site is of interest to you)
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Bankrupcty Court, Trustee's Office
  • University Hospitals Health System, Ethics & Compliance Department
  • University Hospitals Health System, Law Department


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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