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Law Clinics and Externship Programs

In pursuit of purpose

Guaranteed High-Impact Training

Law clinics and externships are opportunities for you to enrich your legal 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 clinic or externship, 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 and externships set our students apart, both on their resumes and in practice settings.

In 2019: 

  • our students participating in clinics and externships logged more than 5,000 hours providing pro bono legal services
  • our students participating in externships spent more than 1,000 hours in courtrooms, making oral arguments and conducting trials
  • our students participating in externships spent more than 200 hours with clients
  • our clinic students spent more than 2,000 hours working on client cases for the ONU Legal Clinic
  • our clinic students spent more than 100 hours in court hearings or at trial
  • our clinic students spent more than 300 hours with clients

 

Registration for Clinics and externships

  1. Attend a Clinic and Externship Information Session in the Fall or Spring.
  2. Meet with Professor Kidder to select a placement site.
  3. Professor Kidder will approve your registration for your clinic or externship before formal registration starts.
  4. No other clinic or externship course registration is permitted.
  5. When you meet with your faculty advisor, let your advisor know that you are registered for clinic or externship.

The Clinic and externship Commitment

You may register for three or six credits for a clinic or externship, except for judicial externships which provide only two credits. To earn three credits you must work 135 hours at the placement site or the clinic; six credits, 270 hours at the placement site or clinic; and 90 hours for a judicial externship.  In addition to the hours worked, you must participate in a mandatory orientation, as well as additional classroom components throughout the semester. Keep in mind that registering for a clinic or externship is a commitment to real work in a law office setting. 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 Kidder. 

Questions, Contact:

Professor Melissa Kidder
Director of ONU Legal Clinics
 

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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 a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1407 (Pretrial Litigation). 

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 a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1236 (Business Organizations 1). 

EXTERNSHIPS

LITIGATION Externship:

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 a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1407 (Pretrial Litigation).

BANKRUPTCY Externship:

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 a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1224 (Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights).

ENVIRONMENTAL Externship:

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 a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1312 (Environmental Law) or LAW 1525 (Environmental Law Seminar).

GOVERNMENTAL Externship:

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 a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1407 (Pretrial Litigation).

NON-PROFIT LITIGATION Externship:

Under the supervision of practicing attorneys or administrators, providing assistance to non-profit agencies on legal issues confronting them. Prerequisites: Some placements may require 60 hours of law college credit and a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1407 (Pretrial Litigation).

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW Externship:

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 a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

PROSECUTION Externship:

Placement in prosecutor office, involving the representation of the state in criminal misdemeanors under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit and a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1407 (Pretrial Litigation).

PUBLIC DEFENDER Externship:

Placement in public defender office involving the representation of criminal defendants under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 60 hours of law college credit and a legal intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio; LAW 1407 (Pretrial Litigation).

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. Prerequisites: LAW 1670 (Judicial Externship). 2 credits.

Advanced Externship:

Students who have already participated in one externship and are accepted by a placement site to complete a second externship will be allowed to participate in the Advanced Externship course.