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EXTERNSHIPS A TO Z Your Guide to the Judicial and Public Interest Externship Programs.

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1 EXTERNSHIPS A TO Z Your Guide to the Judicial and Public Interest Externship Programs

2 Externship Opportunities Judicial Externships (Placements with Judges) Government/Public Interest Externships (Placements with Government Entities and Non-Profit Organizations) Students may not receive credit for paid work, including work for which they receive PILF funding. Students may apply a total of 8 externship credits towards graduation. Students may do more than one externship in each program, if they choose.

3 Judicial Externships - Basics Judicial Externships Perform unpaid work for a judge and his or her staff in chambers Participating judges include: United States Circuit, District, Bankruptcy, and Magistrate Judges; Ohio Supreme Court Justices; an Ohio Court of Appeals Judge, and Franklin County Common Pleas,Domestic Relations, Juvenile, and Probate Court Judges

4 Judicial Externships - Basics Offered summer, fall, and spring semesters Summer – May/June 2 credits Students work 8 hours per week for 8 weeks Fall – August to December 3 Credits Students work 8 hours per week for 14 weeks Limited to the number of judges willing to participate

5 Judicial Externships - Academic Component Graded “satisfactory”/ “unsatisfactory” Must attend mandatory one-hour class once per month (ABA requirement) Submit weekly journal entries discussing your experiences as an extern Write a 5 page reflective essay Submit a sample of work that you wrote for the Court during your externship

6 Public Interest and Governmental Externships - Basics Public Interest Externships Perform unpaid work for a governmental entity or non-profit organization that is approved as an externship placement by the law school. The law school has secured a number of placements with state and federal governmental agencies and Ohio-based non-profit organizations. Students may also find their own placements, provided space in the program is available and the placement obtains approval from the law school. Students may work at out-of-state placements.

7 Government and Public Interest placements with whom we have relationships CASA of Franklin County Columbus Bar Association Ethics Department Columbus Legal Aid Correctional Institution Inspection Committee Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Cuyahoga County Public Defender Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office Disability Rights Ohio Economic and Community Development Institute Environmental Law and Policy Center Fairfield County Prosecutor’s Office Federal Public Defender’s Office-Habeas Federal Public Defender’s Office-Trial Franklin County Municipal Court Small Claims and Dispute Resolution Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office-felony Franklin County Public Defender Franklin County Public Defender-juvenile Health Policy Ohio Jobs and Family Services

8 Industrial Commission Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ohio Attorney General Ohio Attorney General-Antitrust Division Ohio Civil Service Employees Association Ohio Department of Agriculture Ohio Environmental Council Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission Ohio Legal Assistance Fund (OLAF) Ohio Poverty Law Center Ohio Public Defender Ohio Supreme Court-Dispute Resolution, Master Commissioners Student Legal Services at OSU

9 Government/Public Interest Externships - Basics Offered summer, fall, and winter semesters Fall or Spring 3 Credits Students must work approximately 10 hours per week in the placement. Summer 2 credits or 4 credits Students must work 50 hours per credit at the placement. The hours may be worked over the entire summer or during half of the summer.

10 Government /Public Interest Externships – Academic Component Graded “satisfactory”/ “unsatisfactory” Must attend a mandatory orientation session and mandatory one-hour classes once per month Submit weekly journal entries Write a 5 page reflective essay Submit a sample of work that you wrote during your externship

11 Summer Externships - Pros Students who take the 4-credit externship will qualify for financial aid for tuition and living expenses. Some governmental entities and non-profit agencies will not permit students to volunteer. Earning externship credits will enable rising 2Ls to light- load during the academic year. Students who take classes both summers totaling at least 10 credit hours and meet all graduation requirements may be able to graduate in December.

12 Summer Externships - Cons You must pay tuition to participate in the externship programs. This makes externing during the summer expensive: During the summer you “pay per credit” instead of paying the semester full-time “flat rate.” Summer 2014 tuition for externships was as follows: Two credits: In-state - $3,500+ / Out-of-state - $5,400+ Four credits: In-state - $7,000+ / Out-of-state - $11,000+ You can earn 88 credits easily without earning credits during the summer, so you are essentially paying for “unnecessary” credits. You may be able to volunteer and get the same experience for free.

13 Special Considerations for Students Considering the Oxford Program You can complete a 2-credit judicial or public interest externship before you leave. This will enable you to receive your summer financial aid in May, as opposed to July. A word of caution: the amount of financial aid you receive will be exactly the same; you will just get it sooner. You can use your summer credits to graduate early, thereby defraying the cost of the externship and Oxford experiences.

14 Out-of-State Externships Students may obtain a public interest placement outside of the State of Ohio. Students who extern outside of Ohio will be required to participate in TWEN discussions in lieu of attending class. Students who extern in Ohio must attend the monthly externship class, even if the student is not externing in Central Ohio. Please be advised that non-resident students who extern outside of the State of Ohio during the summer will not be eligible for in-state residency for their 2L and 3L years.

15 The Application Process Application materials may be found at Complete an application and submit your resume and a 5-page writing sample with your application Be as specific as you want to be about preferred placements If you plan to find your own placement, you must ensure that your placement submits a placement application. Please note: There is no guarantee that your placement will be approved. Deadline: Monday, March 30, for preference assignments Later applications will be considered only after timely/complete applications have been considered.

16 Matching Students to Placements Students in both programs will be matched to placements by Student Services staff (except for students who have found their own placements). When matching students to placements, staff will consider student preferences, a students’ demonstrated interest in a relevant area of law, and the preferences of the placement. Students’ class rank and GPA will be neither irrelevant nor controlling.


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