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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 because most sites do not allow work to being 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 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 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: Fall 2016 Term


Students may work for a federal district court judge or magistrate, a federal bankruptcy court judge, a federal appellate court judge, a state appellate court judge, or a county common pleas 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 2016 semester open on Monday, June 13, 2016. The application deadline is Friday, June 24, 2016. 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 will be 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 Summer 2016 term:

  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
    • Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams
    • Michael P. Donnelly
    • Judge Stuart Friedman
    • Judge Nancy Fuerst
    • Judge Diane Palos
  • Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District
    • Judge Timothy McCormack (completed 2L/3LE year only)
    • Judge Melody Stewart
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Judge Christopher Boyko
    • Judge Donald Nugent
    • Judge Daniel A. Polster

This list will be updated periodically, so please check back. Last updated 6/13/2016.

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. 

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 2016 Externships:

  • City of Lorain, Law Department
  • Cuyahoga County Community College, Office of General Counsel
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office (applications open 6/13/16; application deadline of 6/30/16)
  • Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
  • Federal Trade Commission (application deadline of 7/8/16)
  • Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
  • John Carroll University, Office of General Counsel
  • Office of the Ohio Attorney General
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor

This list will be updated periodically. Last updated on 6/6/2016.


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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