Florida Supreme Court Program

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1 - 3

Students generally are assigned to work in a clerkship capacity in the chambers of a Justice under the supervision of the Justice’s clerk. Students also may be assigned to a staff attorney in the Clerk’s office. Students assist the Court in determining whether it has jurisdiction by reading the parties' jurisdictional briefs, conducting legal research, and drafting bench memos. Students also may conduct research for the Justices' administrative assignments, and review memos, orders, and opinions drafted by others. Students critically observe oral arguments, which take place only during morning hours.

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Evidence, three full semesters of law school, and must have obtained a character and fitness clearance letter from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Recommended Courses: Florida Criminal Practice, Advanced Criminal Procedure, State Constitutional Law, Florida Administrative Practice, Florida Civil Practice.

Selection Process: The selection of externs is handled jointly by the faculty supervisor and participating judges. Selection is based on a student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, research and writing skills and experience, expected graduation date, and other externships taken. Students generally are in the top quartile of their class. The selected student must complete the Supreme Court Internship Program Application.

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