Civil Practice Externship

This is a single semester externship, available part-time or full-time, which provides opportunities for students to observe and participate in lawyering at government agencies and non-profit, public interest settings. Typical placements include legal aid services, city and county attorneys, state and local government agencies, school boards, and healthcare facilities. Participation enhances the development of a broad range of lawyering skills, advance personal career goals, enable critical reflection of the legal profession and legal institutions, encourage self-directed learning through reflection, and promote core competencies and professional values that produce skilled and ethical lawyers and professionals in our society. Those students whose placement requires a Certified Legal Intern status must have completed four semesters (a minimum of 48 semester hours) and have received Florida Bar Notice of Registrant Clearance.

Students are required to attend the weekly class component.

Prerequisites: Successful Completion of First Year
Co-requisites: None
Course Credit: 8 or 4
Grading: Pass/Fail
Minimum Hourly Requirement: Fall/Spring (8 Credits): 32 hours per week OR Fall/Spring (4 Credits): 16 hours per week; Summer (4 Credits): 32 hours per week
Eligible Students: 2L’s and 3L’s
Florida Bar Notice of Registrant Clearance: No
Clinic Location: Miami-Dade; Broward; Palm Beach counties
Faculty: Adjunct Professor Jeff James

Jaimie Carlson

“I was a Legal Intern for U.S. Coast Guard’s District Seven Legal Office. My experience with the Coast Guard has forever changed how I will select future employment. The environment was supportive, protective and respectful. Students will gain experience in a variety of areas of law (e.g., environmental law, criminal law, military justice, family law). And, when students discover an area of interest, the office provides them with assignments, which build both their resume and their practical skills. Because of this externship, I am interested in joining the Coast Guard as a JAG Attorney after graduation. However, even if students are not interested in joining a military branch, this placement is extraordinary. Students will finish their term at this office with more certainty in what they want to study, and more practical skills in that area of practice.”