Bankruptcy Court Program

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1

The externing student is assigned to work in a clerkship capacity with the bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee). Students also have worked with judges in the Middle District of Florida (Orlando, Tampa), and other locations may be available. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda, preparing orders, etc. Students have an opportunity to observe Bankruptcy Court proceedings, improve their research and writing skills and gain exposure to general bankruptcy law. Students who enroll in this externship attend the Judicial Externship Seminar the semester before or after the externship.

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Bankruptcy. There are no minimum semester or credit hour requirements. Students are not certified under the Student Practice Rule.

Recommended Courses: Secured Transactions, Corporations, Unincorporated Business Entities, Accounting.

Selection Process: For the Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee), students apply to the Florida State Law externship program by the announced deadline. The selection of the extern is handled jointly by the faculty supervisor and bankruptcy judge. Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, other externships taken.

For other locations, 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 six 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 judges. In addition to applying directly to the judge, students must apply separately to the Florida State Law externship program by the announced deadline.

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