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We offer placements with judicial, governmental, corporate counsel, and other agencies and organizations that serve the public interest.  Some externships require background clearances that may take six weeks or longer.  For these you need to apply well in advance of the term in which you wish to extern because you cannot begin your externship until you are cleared.

Students are not eligible to apply for an externship until they have submitted an Externship Pre-Application in Symplicity and met with an OCP adviser to discuss their externship preferences.

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 on the semester and the externship placement.  During the fall and spring semester, a student must commit to work 16 hours a week to receive 4 credits or 24 hours a week to receive 6 credits.  In the summer, a student must commit 24 hours a week to receive 3 credits or 40 hours a week to receive 5 credits.

Externships Available for the Summer 2014 Term


Students may work for a federal district court judge or magistrate, a federal appellate court judge, or a state appellate court judge.  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.

Applications for judicial externships open on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The preferred application deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014. Any remaining externships after that date will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The following judges' chambers are accepting applications for the Summer 2014 term:

  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
    • Judge Astrab
  • Ohio Court of Appeals, 8th District
    • Judge Timothy McCormack
    • Judge Melody Stewart
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Judge Adams
    • Judge Boyko
    • Judge Burke
    • Judge Gwin
    • Judge Harris
    • Judge Nugent
    • Judge Pearson
    • Judge Zouhary
    • Magistrate Judge McHargh
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Judge Harris
  • Erie County Court of Common Please, Erie, PA
    • Judge John Garhart

Government, Public Interest & Corporate Counsel

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

Applications for these externships open on Monday, March 3, 2014, and close on Monday, March 31, 2014. The following sites are accepting externs for the Summer 2014 term:

  • Attorney General of Ohio, Cleveland office (application deadline is March 14)
  • City of Cleveland Law Department
  • City of Lorain, Law Department
  • City of Sheffield Lake, Law Department
  • Cleveland Municipal Court, Housing Division
  • Cleveland State University, Office of General Counsel
  • Cuyahoga County Community College, Office of General Counsel
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division
  • Cuyahoga County Law Department
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office
  • Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
  • Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Forest City Enterprises
  • Lorain County Prosecutor's Office
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Nueva Luz Resource Center
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Tremco Corporation
  • United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor (Cleveland field 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, that student may 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.