We offer placements with judicial, governmental, corporate counsel, and other agencies and organizations that serve the public interest. Some externships require background clearances that may take six weeks or longer. For these you need to apply well in advance of the term in which you wish to extern because you cannot begin your externship until you are cleared.
Students are not eligible to apply for an externship until they have submitted an Externship Pre-Application in CareerConnect  and met with an OCP adviser to discuss their externship preferences. It is also expected that every student will read and understand the Externship Program Handbook  prior to applying for an externship.
For every externship, a student must commit to work a certain number of hours and participate in the Externship Seminar. The number of credits you may receive depends on the semester and the externship placement. Please see the Externship Program Handbook for complete information on credit hours.
Externships Available for the SUMMER 2015 Term
Students may work for a federal district court judge or magistrate, a federal appellate court judge, or a state appellate court judge. Externs are integrated into the work of the chambers: writing bench memos, drafting opinions, researching issues during trials, observing settlement conference and mediations. Students also have the opportunity to observe proceedings in the courthouse which may include trials, sentencing hearings or oral arguments.
Students interested in pursuing a judicial externship should familiarize themselves with the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, which extends to interns, externs, and other volunteers of the court, as explained in a March 2014 Advisory Opinion  by the Committee on Codes of Conduct.
Applications for judicial externships for the Summer 2015 semester open on Monday, February 9, 2015. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 24, 2014. Any remaining externships after that date will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A completed Judicial Externship Placement Questionnaire must be submitted with your externship application; students are matched with judges based on the credentials sought by the judges and the preferences provided by the student in their Questionnaire. The following judges' chambers are accepting applications for the Spring 2015 term:
- Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Michael Astrab
Judge Deena Calabrese
Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams
Judge Michael P. Donnelly
Judge Stuart Friedman
Judge Michael Jackson
Judge John Russo
Judge John Sutula
- Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District
- Judge Timothy McCormack
- Judge Melody Stewart
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- Judge John R. Adams
- Magistrate Judge William H. Baughman, Jr.
- Judge Christopher A. Boyko
- Magistrate Judge Kathleen B. Burke
- Judge Donald C. Nugent
- Judge Solomon Oliver
- Judge Jack Zouhary
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th District
- Judge Karen N. Moore
This list will be updated periodically, so please check back. Last updated 2/9/2015.
Government, Public Interest & Corporate Counsel
These externships provide opportunities in numerous subject areas, includin civil, criminal, education, health, immigration, labor/employment, and tax. In one of these externships, a student may have the opportunity to delve into substantive areas of law, investigate claims, research and write motions or briefs, draft contracts, and participate in hearings, observe trials, hearings and settlement conferences and negotiations.
Applications for most of these externships open on Monday, March 16, 2015, and will close as they are filled by the externship sites. Some sites require background checks and/or security clearances; these sites generally post earlier and require applications to be submitted earlier. Any site preferences or required pre-requisites are also noted below.
The following sites are accepting applications for Summer 2015 Externships:
- City of Lorain Law Department
- Cleveland Municipal Court
- Cleveland State University, Office of General Counsel
- Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General
- Cuyahoga Community College, Office of Legal Counsel
- Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division
- Cuyahoga County Law Department
- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
- Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office
- Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
- Eaton Corporation
- Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
- Equality Ohio
- Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Ohio
- Forest City Enterprises, Office of General Counsel
- Lorain County Prosecutor's Office
- National Labor Relations Board
- Nueva Luz Resource Center
- Ohio Attorney General
- Ohio Civil Rights Commission
- Parker Hannifin Corporation
- ReCreation Sports and Entertainment
- Tremco Corporation
- U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Legal Counsel
- U.S. Dept. of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (applications open now and due February 28, 2015)
- U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
- University Hospitals Health System, Ethics & Compliance Department
- University Hospitals Health System, Law Department
This list will be updated periodically, so please check back. Last updated 3/30/2015.
Students may also pursue opportunities outside of the pre-arranged externship placements. Once a student secures an offer from a qualifying organization, that student may submit an application to receive academic credit for the placement through the College of Law's Independent Externship program. For complete information, please review carefully the College of Law's Independent Externship Policy .