Lorain County Prosecutor's Office

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Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office


Location:  Lorain County Justice Center, 225 County Street, 3rd Floor Elyria, OH 44035

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

Prerequisites:  RCC; GPA of 2.5 or higher, excellent research and writing skills, Ohio Supreme Court Legal Intern Certificate or clinic experience preferred, proficiency in Lexis, approval of site supervisor, as well as a minimum GPA 2.50; completion of at least 29 credit hours; background investigation by the City of Lorain; and approval of site supervisor.

Students will have the opportunity to work in the criminal, civil or domestic relation divisions of the office. Externs will assist attorneys in all phases of trial preparation, including witness interviews, legal research and writing, and/or observing trials. Students will observe Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys and work with them in all stages of criminal proceedings, but primarily appellate proceedings, before the Ninth District Court of Appeals as well as the Ohio Supreme Court. Externs will be encouraged to practice problem solving skills within the context of various legal issues and engage in discussions and strategic planning with the attorneys.

 Students granted a Legal Intern certification from the Ohio Supreme Court are strongly encouraged to apply and will be allowed to represent clients in court where permitted

This externship placement also requires an individual who is organized and diligent.  Additional requirements include an individual who can take direction and work independently upon a project until completion.  Punctuality and professional dress are required. 

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 resume and writing sample must be submitted for consideration through Symplicity.

The supervising staff at the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final selection of the students.  Note that this externship may require a background check.