National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

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National Labor Relations Board (NLRB),

Region 8, Cleveland


Location:  Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building, 1240 East 9th Street, Room 1695, Cleveland, Ohio 44199

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

Prerequisites:  RCC; minimum GPA 2.50; completion of a minimum of 29 credit hours; preference will be given to students who have taken at least one labor/employment or arbitration class or who have had some exposure to the subject area, either in undergraduate work or other relevant practical experience; approval by site supervisor.

The NLRB is an independent federal agency responsible for enforcing the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Region 8, as one of the more than 50 NLRB field offices, has two basic responsibilities:

(1) to investigate and, when necessary, to prosecute before an Administrative Law Judge violations of the NLRA (charges alleging unfair labor practices – conduct prohibited by the NLRA – that are filed by unions, employers and individuals).

(2) to process election petitions and, when appropriate, to conduct secret ballot elections among employees that resolve various questions concerning the representation of those employees.

An extern in Region 8 works under the direction of an experienced supervisor and is expected to assist Board agents in matters as diverse as interviewing witnesses, researching both substantive and procedural issues of law, preparing internal documents, taking part in settlement conferences and attending hearings and trials held in their offices. An extern might also be asked to assist in the conduct of representation elections outside the office.

The Region will provide basic training concerning its practice and procedures. The Region provides monthly training sessions for the entire staff relating to new developments in the law or presents video training modules concerning particular areas of practice and procedure  compliance, trial training, bankruptcy, etc.).

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 by consideration through Symplicity. The supervising staff at the NLRB will make the final selection of students.