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 Florida Supreme Court Justice under the supervision of the Justice’s clerk. Duties include legal research, jurisdictional summaries, drafting memoranda, preparing orders and opinions. There also may be some non-case related research for the Justices' administrative assignments. Students critically observe oral arguments, which take place only during morning hours.

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Evidence and three full semesters of law school. Students generally are in the top quartile of their class. Students are not certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule.

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. The selected student must complete the Supreme Court Internship Program Application, and must have obtained a character and fitness clearance letter from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

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