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Clinical Placement Programs

 

In pursuit of purpose

Guaranteed High-Impact Training

Legal clinics and externships are opportunities for you to enrich your education and add value to your degree. Three things set our programs apart: availability, flexibility, and student-centric guidance. Availability means 100 percent placement - plain and simple. If you want to enroll in a program, we take every step possible to find you a spot. Flexibility means we work with you directly to shape an experience that perfectly suits your needs. Student-centric guidance means that, throughout your time at ONU Law, you’ll develop close working relationships with seasoned attorneys who become advocates and mentors from day one.

 

The skills learned in our clinics set our students apart, both on their resumes and in practice settings.

In fall 2015, our students experience more that 1,500 hours of live-client meetings, courtroom practice, and document work

 

Registration for Clinics

  1. Attend the Clinic Information Session.
  2. Submit your Clinical Application.
  3. Meet with Professor Bartlett to select a placement site.
  4. Professor Bartlett will pre-register you for your placement site before formal registration starts.
  5. No other clinic registration will be permitted.
  6. When you meet with your faculty advisor, let your advisor know that you are registered for clinic.
  7. Do not put clinic on your course request.

The Clinic Commitment

You may register for three or six credits for clinic in most cases. To earn three credits you must work 112 hours at the placement site; six credits, 224 hours at the placement site; for a judicial externship, 77 hours. Keep in mind that registering for a Clinical Placement is a commitment to a real program. The program has real cases involving real clients. Professionalism requires that you follow through on your commitment. It is assumed that you will honor this commitment and will not drop the class without a serious reason and without prior discussion with Professor Bartlett.

Questions, Contact:

Professor Lauren Bartlett
Director of ONU Legal Clinic
 

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Instructions and forms for obtaining an Ohio legal intern certificate are maintained on the Ohio Supreme Court website.

IN-HOUSE CLINICS

ONU LEGAL CLINIC

Civil Litigation:

The representation of clients in civil litigation matters such as family law, housing, expungements, probate, and other general civil litigation matters at the ONU Legal Clinic in Lima, Ohio, under the supervision of a licensed staff attorney. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1248 (Civil Practice: an Introduction). 

CORPORATE TRANSACTIONAL CLINIC:

The representation of non-profit organizations and local churches in corporate matters including incorporating, obtaining tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service and real property issues. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1236 (Business Organizations 1). 

 

EXTERNSHIPS

LITIGATION CLINIC:

The representation of clients in civil litigation matters such as family law, landlord/tenant and other general civil litigation matters at a local legal aid organization under the supervision of practicing attorneys affiliated with the legal aid organization. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1248 (Civil Practice: an Introduction).

BANKRUPTCY CLINIC:

Under the supervision of a bankruptcy panel trustee or bankruptcy practitioner, the researching, drafting pleadings and making court appearances in Federal Bankruptcy Court. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 58 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1224 (Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights).

ENVIRONMENTAL CLINIC:

Under the supervision of licensed attorneys, placement with a non-profit environmental group in Ohio; engaging in research, drafting of pleadings and other activities pertaining to environmental law. Prerequisites: Some placements may require 60 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite
either LAW 1312 (Environmental Law) or LAW 1525 (Environmental Law Seminar).

GOVERNMENTAL CLINIC:

Under the supervision of attorneys from different governmental agencies, researching, drafting memos and engaging in other activities handled by the agency in question. Prerequisites: Some placements may require 60 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1248 (Civil Practice: an Introduction).

NON-PROFIT LITIGATION CLINIC:

Under the supervision of practicing attorneys or administrators, providing assistance to non-profit agencies on legal issues confronting them. Prerequisites: Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1248 (Civil Practice: an Introduction).

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT CLINIC:

Students work with Municipal Government Solicitors or City Law Directors on civil litigation and criminal litigation issues arising within the context of a municipal government. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1400 (Municipal Corporations).

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW CLINIC

Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, placement with a union or law firm engaged in labor and employment law that involves drafting of memoranda, briefs, participation in arbitration proceedings and other activities related to the field. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1376 - Labor Law; some placements may also require successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

PROSECUTION CLINIC:

Placement in prosecutor office, involving the representation of the state in criminal misdemeanors under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney. Prerequisite LAW 1296 (Criminal Practice: An Introduction) or LAW 1297 (Criminal Practice: Advanced) and successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit.

PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC:

Placement in public defender office involving the representation of criminal defendants under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney. Prerequisite LAW 1296 (Criminal Practice: An Introduction) or LAW 1297 (Criminal Practice: Advanced) and successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit.

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP:

Under the supervision of selected state and federal judges, performing research, writing and other court-related duties that the judge assigns. Prerequisites: None. 2 credits.

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP II:

This clinical course would entail placement with a state or federal judge during the course of the semester performing research, writing and other court related duties. Students may not be placed with the same judge who supervised them in Judicial Externship I. Students will be required to write a paper or submit a substantial draft opinion.