North Florida Center for Equal Justice (NFCEJ)

Credit: 4 credits
Number of Positions: 2

NFCEJ serves 16 north Florida counties and provides legal services to address housing and consumer problems that affect large numbers of low-income persons. Students will receive preliminary training about the particular project they will be working on (e.g., eviction, foreclosure, affordable housing preservation and development, consumer protection, predatory lending, employer abuse of immigrants) including procedural matters and substantive law, and then they will be assigned a caseload. In each assigned case, students will gather and review relevant information and evaluate it to determine claims and defenses. In collaboration with the supervising attorney, the student will form a case plan and process the case, which may include meeting with the client, informal fact gathering, formal discovery, additional legal research, negotiating with opposing parties, and drafting letters, motions and pleadings.

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed the first-year curriculum at the Florida State University College of Law and be in good standing. Students are not certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule.

Recommended Courses: Real Estate Finance, Land Transfer, Consumer Law, Civil Pretrial Practice or Florida Civil Practice.

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

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