Cuyahoga County Law Department

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Cuyahoga County

Law Department


Location: 1219 Ontario Street, 4th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44113

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

Prerequisites: RCC, minimum GPA 2.50, completion of at least 29 credit hours, approval by the Director of Law, and a drug test and background check.


This externship offers students the opportunity to gain a wide range of legal and practical experience and to participate in Cuyahoga County’s newly reorganized government at its foundational stages.

Externs will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain legal and practical experience in labor matters, including helping prepare for and attending grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations, and fact-finding and conciliation hearings.
  • Gain legal and practical experience in employment matters, including drafting responses to charges of discrimination, attending Human Resource Commission (civil service) meetings, and researching FMLA, ADA, and FLSA matters, among many others.
  • Research complex legal questions and draft legal memoranda and opinions, including constitutional questions and issues of home rule under the County’s Charter.
  • Gain legal and practical experience in economic development, government contracting, and negotiation and drafting contracts.
  • Gain legal and practical experience in Ohio’s Sunshine Law governing public records.
  • Draft and review litigation, policies and procedures.
  • Attend County Council meetings, including the possibility of attending executive sessions.

Externs will be stationed at the Cuyahoga County Department of Law in the Cuyahoga County Administration Building.  It is also possible to have externs assigned at a different department if they are working on a department-specific basis.


Students may register for 6 credit hours (24 hours per week) in the fall and spring term; in the summer term, students may register for 5 credit hours (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,  The following must be submitted for consideration through Symplicity:  an Externship application, signed by Career Planning and student, resume, writing sample, and law and undergraduate transcripts.  Appointment is subject to a drug screening and background check.  The Law Director will make the final selection of students following an interview process.