Attorney General - Consumer Protection (Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, West Palm Beach)

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1

Are you interested in fighting for consumers? The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit is mandated by Chapter 501, Florida Statutes to engage in civil litigation against companies and individuals that rip-off, defraud or mislead Florida consumers. The Consumer Protection Unit has successfully litigated against some of the world’s largest corporations and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution for Florida consumers. Students assist in the representation of the section in judicial proceedings. Students have an opportunity to develop competency in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying facts to law, developing case strategy, drafting legal instruments and writing legal documents. Because of the complexity of the cases involved, students are not assigned primary responsibility for cases and do not appear in court except to assist the lead counsel.

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed Evidence. Students are not certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule.

Recommended Courses: Consumer Law, Florida Civil Practice or Civil Pretrial Practice, State Constitutional Law, Corporations.  Work experience investigating businesses for fraud or other wrongdoing is helpful. Business experience also is helpful.  

Selection Process: Selection is based on student’s overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date and other externships taken. The selected student must complete the Attorney General Internship Program Application. The office may require an interview prior to placement.

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