Circuit/County Court Program

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 2-3

Students are assigned to work directly with one of the circuit judges at the Second Judicial Circuit as an extern/judicial law clerk. Students prepare memoranda of law and draft opinions and orders. Students also have an opportunity to observe selected civil and criminal trials. The externship gives students an opportunity to improve research and writing skills as well as observe trial and motion practice skills. Students also learn about circuit and county court jurisdiction and procedure. Students gain exposure to a wide variety of substantive law.

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

Recommended Courses: Florida Civil Practice, Florida Criminal Practice, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Remedies are recommended.

Selection Process: The selection of the students is handled jointly by the faculty supervisor and the circuit court law clerk. Selection is based on a student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken.

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