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Criminal Practice Externship

This is a single semester externship for students who are eligible for Certified Legal Intern status by having completed four semesters (a minimum of 48 semester hours) and received Florida Bar Notice of Registrant Clearance. Both prosecution and defense placements are available. These placements provide intense exposure through actual trial experience. Students assigned to the U.S. or State Attorney's office receive a docket of cases, engage in plea bargain negotiation, and try cases to the court, or in some cases, to a jury. Students assigned to the Public Defender’s office defend indigent adults and minors charged with felonies and misdemeanor crimes. Issues often involve the legality of searches and seizures, identification procedures, or confessions along with defenses of insufficient evidence, mistaken identity, alibi, entrapment, or self-defense.

Students are required to attend the weekly class component. Students will NOT be able to take any other courses that are offered during the day, while taking the Criminal Practice Externship.

Prerequisites: Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Co-requisites: Trial Advocacy Practice or Mock Trial
Course Credit: 8 or 6 (summer)
Grading: Pass/Fail
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Minimum Hourly Requirement: Full-Time: 30 hours per week; Summer: 32 hour per week
Eligible Students: 3L's
Florida Bar Notice of Registrant Clearance: Yes
Clinic Location: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties
Faculty: Professor Ken Noto