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Cincinnati Law’s unique location in a major metropolitan area provides students with unparalleled externship opportunities. Externships allow law students to earn academic credit while gaining valuable supervised experience at a host of companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and judicial chambers.

Legal Extern Program

The University of Cincinnati legal extern program enables our students to gain important practical skills, make valuable connections in the legal community, and develop their professional identity under the direct supervision of an experienced attorney. Second and third year law students may apply to work for academic credit at a variety of placement sites, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 corporations.

Each student is assigned an Attorney Field Supervisor at the placement site who supervises the student’s work and provides professional guidance and mentoring. UC Law students must complete a minimum of 100 hours at their placement site and enroll in the mandatory companion course.

Third year students are eligible to obtain a Limited License to Practice as a Legal Intern from the Ohio or Kentucky Supreme Courts. Externs with a limited license are able to make court appearances on behalf of their clients under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.

Sarah Mayher

Students can choose from a variety of placement sites. Recent University of Cincinnati Legal Externs have been placed at The Kroger Company, Macy’s, Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati, The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Office of the Cincinnati City Solicitor, Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Fifth Third Bank, ProSeniors, National Labor Relations Board, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Cincinnati Public School, Su Casa Hispanic Center, United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center, Center for Closing the Health Gap, Children’s Law Center, University of Cincinnati Department of Athletic Compliance, Internal Revenue Service, Procter and Gamble, Talbert House Fatherhood Project, and various county prosecutors and public defenders’ offices among many, many others.

Anyone with questions about the University of Cincinnati Legal Extern Program should contact the CPD at 513-556-6810.

Judicial Extern Program

The judicial extern program allows law students to perform essentially the same work as that performed by a law clerk to a judge. It usually involves preparing memoranda on cases, reviewing case files, drafting opinions and orders, and attending trials, hearings, and conferences. The precise tasks depend upon the type of court and style of the judge. Judicial externs also have an inside view of the judicial process, 

Sydney Safford '14 and Judge Nadine Allen, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas

learning not only how the courts function, but also what influences a judge to rule in a particular way.

Few law school experiences provide so many benefits related to the professional development of a prospective lawyer. For those students interested in a judicial clerkship, the program gives a taste of the work to help them decide whether to pursue a clerkship, as well as the most relevant training. A judicial externship also is a strong addition to a resume.

In assigning placements, a student’s interests and capabilities are matched with the needs of the judges. Opportunities are available in both state and federal courts. Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours at their placement site at a rate not to exceed ten hours per week. UC Law students must also enroll in the mandatory companion course. Academic credit is awarded for both classroom and placement components.

For more information about the UC Law judicial extern program, contact the CPD at 513-556-6810.