Students may choose between three externship programs: the Judicial Externship Program, the Public Interest and Government Externship Program, and the Compliance Externship Program. The goal of each program is to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in an academic setting that monitors the quality of their placements and asks students to reflect critically upon their experiences.
Approximately 30 students per semester work as judicial externs in a number of courts in Central Ohio, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Tenth Appellate District, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Divisions, and the Franklin County Municipal Court.
The Public Interest and Government Externship Program places approximately 40 students per semester in federal and state agencies and with non-profit organizations providing legal services and advocacy in areas such as criminal justice prosecution, defense, and reform, disability rights, benefit assistance, human trafficking, immigration, health insurance, and housing.
The Compliance Externship Program provides approximately 12 students hands-on regulatory and compliance experience in a variety of placements throughout the university. Working closely with The Ohio State University’s Office of University Compliance and Integrity, students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience related to issues involving athletic, environmental, financial, privacy, research, and medical compliance.
Students or Host Sites with additional questions about these externship opportunities should contact Externship Director Halle Hara or Assistant Director of Externships Jillian Boone.