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Legal Externships at UC Law

The University of Cincinnati legal externship 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. 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.

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 Director of Legal Externships and Public Service, Karla Markley Hall, at karla.hall@uc.edu or 513-556-0900.