Florida Supreme Court Internship

For one semester, the intern will function as a law clerk to an individual Justice or as a central staff law clerk working for all of the Justices. Duties will include the following: reviewing and making recommendations on petitions for discretionary review, attorney discipline matters, and extraordinary writ petitions; and conducting legal research and preparing memoranda on pending cases. The intern will have the opportunity to attend oral argument, discuss cases with staff attorneys and the assigned justice, and assist in the drafting of orders or opinions. The intern also will attend special lectures, group discussion, and training sessions. The intern will be awarded a certificate of recognition upon successful completion of the program. This Internship requires the student to have his or her Notice of Registrant Clearance.

The placement is based in Tallahassee and includes a stipend to assist with expenses associated with the Internship.

Prerequisites: Second- or third-year students with an outstanding academic record (generally top 25 percent) and exceptional research and writing skills. Students must have completed Civil Procedure and Evidence; Criminal Procedure and Florida Constitutional Law are recommended.
Co-requisites: None required
Course Credit: 12 or 6
Grading: Pass/Fail
Minimum Hourly Requirement: Fall/Spring (12 credits) 40 hours per week; Summer (6 credits) 40 hours per week
Eligible Students: 2L’s and 3L’s
Florida Bar Notice of Registrant Clearance: Yes
Clinic Location: Florida Supreme Court, Tallahassee, Florida

Catherine Yepes

“The moment I walked into the Supreme Court, I realized how fortunate I was to have this once in a lifetime opportunity. Prior to this distinguished internship, I did not have any legal experience. Now, I can say that I have been exposed to dissimilar fields, encompassing diverse factual scenarios as well as laws. Most importantly, I gained invaluable insight into the meticulous work that creates the foundation of our judicial process.”