Florida Rural Legal Services (Ft. Myers)

Credit: 6 - 12 credits as approved by Professor Gertz
Number of Positions: 1

Students are assigned as lawyers for indigent clients with general civil problems. Students assist in all aspects of representation of clients in judicial and administrative proceedings. Students are introduced to basic lawyering skills such as interviewing, fact gathering, field investigation, identifying and applying law to facts, diagnosing a client’s problem, and developing case strategy. In addition, students become familiar with the drafting of legal documents, with the discovery process, and with the negotiating and settlement of cases.

Prerequisites: Externs must have satisfactorily completed Civil Pretrial Practice, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and be certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule.

Recommended Courses: Family Law, Trial Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation.

Selection Process: The selection of externs is handled jointly by the faculty supervisor and the supervising attorney. Selection is based on the student’s overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken.

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