Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office

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Cuyahoga County

Public Defender’s Office


Location: 310 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 400, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Credits: 4 or 6 Credit Hours for Fall or Spring Term; 3 or 5 Credit Hours for Summer Term

Prerequisites: RCC; completion of at least 29 credit hours; minimum GPA 2.50; and approval of site supervisor . Students will have an opportunity to work in at least one of the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s four divisions: juvenile, municipal, felony, and appellate.

Externs will assist attorneys in all stages of trial preparation, including client interviews, legal research, and motion writing. Students will observe staff attorneys, work with them, and participate in, when possible, all stages of the trial process, including appellate proceedings before the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Students will be encouraged to practice problem solving skills within the context of various legal issues and engage in discussions and strategy planning with the attorney.

Ohio Supreme Court Legal Intern Certificate Third year students with certification from the Ohio Supreme Court allowing them to appear, with certain restrictions and limitations, as counsel on misdemeanor matters may be allowed to represent defendants in courts where such representation is permitted.

Students may register for 4 credits (16 hours per week) or 6 credits (24 hours per week) in the fall or spring terms; in the summer term, students may register for 3 credits (24 hours per week) or 5 credits (40 hours per week). Students in this externship also participate in an Externship Seminar conducted at the law school by the externship faculty supervisor. Graded Pass/Fail.

Interested students must contact Office of Career Planning, LB 137 in the Student Services Center, 216-687-6871,  An Externship application, signed by Career Planning and student, a resume and writing sample must be submitted for consideration through Symplcity. The supervising staff at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office will make the final selection of students.