U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

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U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights

(Cleveland Office)

Location: 600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 750, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Credits: 4 or 6 Credit Hours for Fall or Spring Term; 5 Credit Hours for Summer Term (must work full-time during the summer for 12 weeks)

Prerequisites: RCC; minimum GPA 2.50; completion of at least 29 credit hours; background investigation; must be a U.S. citizen, in good academic standing and approval of site supervisor.

Externship placement is in the Cleveland office of the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability and age in educational institutions that are recipients of federal financial assistance from the Department and, with respect to disability, in certain other public entities.

OCR is also responsible for enforcing the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, which prohibits public elementary school or state or local education agencies from denying equal access to or discriminating against any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society.

Externs will participate in casework and legal research in a variety of OCR’s areas of practice. Past students with OCR Cleveland have worked on the following projects:

· In-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues

· Investigation of individual civil rights complaints, including witness interviews, data  analysis and drafting of case correspondence and dispositions

· Preparation and delivery of presentations to office staff on issues affecting the agency’s work

“The United State Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor”

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 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, career@law.csuohio.edu.  An Externship application, signed by Career Planning and student, a cover letter, resume and writing sample must be submitted for consideration through Symplicity.   The cover letter should indicate the dates and hours you are available to work.  The supervising staff at the Office of Civil Rights will make the final selections of students.

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