City of Sheffield Lake Law Department

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City of Sheffield Lake

Law Department


Location:  Sheffield Lake City Hall, 609 Harris Road, Sheffield Lake, Ohio 44054

Credits Hours:  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 .

The extern will gain practical experience in a broad range of municipal law, including criminal prosecution. The student will participate and work closely with the Law Director in drafting legislation, reviewing City contracts and advising the City Administration, Council, Boards and Commissions on a wide-range of legal topics. The student will also participate in complex litigation involving lakefront property rights and employment law.

The extern will gain experience in collective bargaining law, civil service law, local tax law, workers’ compensation, commercial real estate development and numerous other topics. Students will help research and draft zoning legislation and will be specifically working on projects with a “green” component, including wind energy. The extern will also assist in the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony cases, including witness/victim interviews, as well as preliminary hearing and trial preparation.

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 prosecute criminal 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 Symplicity. The Law Director will make the final selection of the student.