Legal Aid Society (Orlando)

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. Students also are exposed to administrative hearings and civil trials. Students develop substantive knowledge in the areas of governmental benefits, family law and employment discrimination, real property and/or consumer law.

Prerequisites: Externs must have satisfactorily completed the 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 by the supervising attorney of the program, subject to the approval of the faculty supervisor. Selection is based on student's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, other externships taken.

Expenses: Periodically, there is grant money available for some transportation costs. This money, if available, will be distributed based on student need and grant availability.

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