Beyond the Classroom
As a top 45 public law school, we understand that employers are looking to hire students with real and meaningful experience on their résumés. This is why we have made high-impact learning a core component of the Cincinnati Law curriculum. Our goal is to provide every student unique opportunities to refine their skills through real-life training experiences, to build relationships with key industry players through networking opportunities, and to offer a diverse curriculum that allows students to master their craft.
We offer more than 100 externship placements, 40 Summer Public Interest Fellowship Stipends, 50+ Fellowship opportunities through our nationally acclaimed centers and institutes, and a career center with more than fifty years of legal experience to help identity meaningful opportunities.
Cincinnati Law’s unique location in a major metropolitan area provides students with unparalleled externship opportunities. Externships allow law students to earn academic credit while gaining valuable supervised experience at a host of companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and judicial chambers.
Completing an externship during your law school career helps you add important practical skills as well as explore career options in the professional world.
Cincinnati Law’s legal extern 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. Cincinnati Law 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.
The University of Cincinnati Law School prepares students for their legal careers through a variety of clinics that provide invaluable work experience. Through our six law clinics, you will have the opportunity to work with domestic violence survivors, start-ups, clients accused of misdemeanors, intellectual property law, wrongfully convicted Ohioans, or the Sixth Circuit Court. Our clinics provide opportunities to help you learn and grow in your career as a lawyer.
Our six law clinics:
Centers & Institutes
The University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Centers allow students to gain first-hand experience in the practice and research of multiple legal areas. At Cincinnati Law, students benefit from our long history of attracting global scholars and practitioners to our prestigious centers and institutes. While each center has a specific focus and areas of expertise, they share deep commitments to promoting education, justice, and opportunities for all.
Each of our six law centers provides first-hand, experiential learning. In addition to the resources found in the Cincinnati legal community, these centers offer a chance for you to make a difference both locally and around the world. Whether you’re examining a case with the Ohio Innocence Project, fighting for human rights around the globe, or participating in a fellowship with the Weaver Institute, you gain indispensable law experience and knowledge.