Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),

Cleveland Hearings Unit


Location: Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th Street, Suite 3001, Cleveland, Ohio 44199

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

Prerequisites: RCC; minimum GPA 2.50; completion of a minimum of 29 credit hours; and approval of site supervisor.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an independent federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws, specifically Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Cleveland Field Office of EEOC has jurisdiction over cases arising in specific counties in northeastern, southwestern and mid-Ohio. The Hearings Unit of the EEOC adjudicates complaints of discrimination filed by federal employees or applicants for federal jobs. The federal complaints of discrimination are assigned to an administrative judge who adjudicates the claims.

An extern will participate in the administrative hearing process, working closely with EEOC administrative judges.

An extern will have extensive exposure to civil rights litigation and will have an opportunity to work with civil rights advocacy groups, plaintiffs’ attorneys and defense counsel. The extern will assist with prehearing and settlement conferences, prepare legal memoranda, draft orders, respond to motions and draft findings of fact and conclusions of law for use by the administrative judge in rendering a decision on employment discrimination cases.

The extern will have a rare and extensive opportunity to hone legal writing skills in real-life situations by drafting actual decisions. In preparation for some written assignments, the student will attend prehearing conferences and hearings, providing an opportunity to observe counsel present evidence and argue cases. Subsequent to the hearing, the extern will discuss with the administrative judge the evidence presented and the applicable law.  In addition to other assignments, one case will be identified for the extern to follow through its entirety, and the extern will have significant responsibility to draft findings of fact and conclusions of law.

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, 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 Supervisory Administrative Judge of the EEOC will make the final selection of students.