Circuit Court/Complex Business Litigation Court Program (Orlando, Miami, Tampa)

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 2-3

Complex Business Litigation Courts have been created in the Ninth (Orlando), Eleventh (Miami) and Thirteenth (Tampa) Judicial Circuits of Florida. Students are assigned to work directly with a judge in a Complex Business Litigation Court as an extern/judicial law clerk. Students prepare memoranda of law, draft opinions and orders, and observe proceedings. The externship gives students an opportunity to improve research, writing and analytical skills and to observe and critique trial and motion practice skills. Students also learn about circuit court jurisdiction and procedure and are exposed to a variety of substantive business law issues.  Students must attend the judicial externship seminar the semester before or after the externship.

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

Recommended Courses:  Agency and Partnership, Corporate Finance, Creditors' Rights, Sales and Leases, Secured Transactions, Complex Litigation, Accounting

Selection Process:  In order to enroll in this externship, students must apply and be accepted as an extern by a business court judge. Students apply directly to the judge by sending a cover letter, resume, writing sample (10 pages or less) and transcript. A sample cover letter is available from Professor Gertz. Judges usually do not have established deadlines for externship applications, but applicants should apply at least three months before their intended start date. Selection is done by the judges and generally is based on a student applicant’s overall record, including courses, grades and career goals. Students interested in this externship should discuss it with Professor Gertz before sending their applications to business court judges. In addition to applying directly to the judge, students must separately apply to the Florida State Law externship program by the announced deadline.

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