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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 CareerConnect and met with an OCP 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 on the semester and the externship placement. Please see the Externship Program Handbook for complete information on credit hours.

Externships Available for the FALL 2015 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.

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.

Applications for judicial externships for the Fall 2015 semester open on Monday, June 29, 2015. The application deadline is Monday, July 13, 2015. Any remaining externships after that date will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A completed Judicial Externship Placement Questionnaire must be submitted with your externship application; students are matched with judges based on the credentials sought by the judges and the preferences provided by the student in their Questionnaire.

The following judges' chambers are accepting applications for the Fall 2015 term:

  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
    • Judge Michael Astrab
    • Judge Deena Calabrese
    • Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams
    • Judge Michael P. Donnelly
    • Judge John Russo
    • Judge John Sutula
  • Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District
    • Judge Timothy McCormack
  • Ohio Supreme Court (Note: These externships can be completed remotely, with only 2-3 trips to Columbus required.)
    • Justice William O'Neill
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Judge Christopher A. Boyko
    • Judge Donald C. Nugent
    • Judge Daniel A. Polster

This list will be updated periodically, so please check back. Last updated 6/24/2015.

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. 

Some sites require background checks and/or security clearances; these sites generally post earlier and require applications to be submitted earlier. Please see the Externship Handbook for full details regarding background checks, drug screenings, course pre-requisites, etc.

The following sites are accepting applications for Fall 2015 Externships:

Sites with applications opening on Monday, July 13:

  • University Hospitals Health System, Law Department (closes August 14)
  • National Labor Relations Board (closes July 31)
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division (closes August 14)
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office (closes August 21)
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (closes August 14)
  • Federal Trade Commission (closes August 7)
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio (Criminal Division) (closes July 31)

Sites with applications opening on Monday, July 27 and closing on Friday, August 21:

  • City of Sheffield Lake Law Department
  • Cleveland State University, Office of General Counsel
  • Cuyahoga County Law Department
  • Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
  • Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Ohio
  • Forest City Enterprises, Office of General Counsel
  • Lorain County Prosecutor's Office
  • Nueva Luz Resource Center
  • Saber Healthcare Group
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Legal Counsel
  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

This list will be updated periodically. Last updated on 6/24/15.


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.