“In a judicial externship at a juvenile and probate court, I worked with the judge and interacted with attorneys, probation officers and local police. I used the research and writing skills I learned in class to see how the judge would apply the material.”Felicia Washington-Valentin, second year law student
Every year, our law students log hundreds of hours meeting with clients, making oral arguments in courtrooms, writing legal briefs, attending court hearings and trials, and more. In 2019, our clinic and externship students logged:
Gain experience providing legal assistance to non-profit organizations such as the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church (comprising roughly 1,300 churches) as well as other local non-profit organizations. You will be able to assist in a variety of issues, including real estate transfers, incorporations and risk management. You will also assist qualified low-income individuals with drafting basic estate planning documents and represent individuals in probate administration matters.
The ONU Legal Clinic functions as a traditional “legal-aid” clinic providing services to members of the surrounding communities. Here you will face a variety of issues including family law, social security disability and general civil litigation. The yearly caseload for this program is between 200 and 250 cases and you will be supervised by a licensed staff attorney.
Your legal career gets real through ONU Law clinics and externships.
You may be placed with bankruptcy trustees in the Lima and Toledo areas, as well as a judicial externship with a federal bankruptcy judge. These specialties allow you to actively research, draft pleadings, and make court appearances, giving you real-world experience.
Engage in research, draft pleadings and participate in other activities pertaining to environmental law through our program with the Ohio Environmental Council, a non-profit advocacy group located in Columbus, Ohio.
You will explore law in government settings with placement in facilities such as the Ohio Attorney General’s Office or the Ohio Pharmacy Board, and will work with municipal government solicitors or city law directors on civil litigation and criminal matters arising within local governments.
Here, you'll have the opportunity to be placed with a variety of judges in areas such as municipal court, juvenile court, probate court, common pleas court, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Appellate District Court, federal district court or federal bankruptcy court. You'll observe court proceedings and perform court-related duties assigned by a judge including research, writing and more.
You will work with practicing attorneys and administrators to actively assist legal aid and other non-profit organizations on a variety of legal issues. You will be supervised by attorneys within the organizations to conduct research, draft memos and engage in other law-related activities.
This program places you in a prosecutor’s office under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney representing the state in criminal prosecutions.
Through this externship, you will gain experience in a local public defender’s office representing defendants who cannot provide their own counsel.
Check out some of the places where our law students engage in externships. We will tailor an experience based on your interests and needs.