Department of Children and Families

Credit: 6-9 credits
Number of Positions: 1

The Florida Department of Children and Families is responsible for representing the state’s interest in juvenile proceedings, as well as protecting children from neglect and/or abuse. Students in this office are assigned their own caseloads under supervision. Students obtain a working knowledge of juvenile dependency law. Students interview clients and Department caseworkers, draft original petitions, motions, and orders; and argue the Department’s position at hearings.

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed Evidence and Professional Responsibility; and either Civil Pretrial Practice or Trial Practice. Students must be certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule.

Recommended Courses: Family Law.

Selection Process: Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken.

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