Unlike other externships, appellate students do not participate in seminars, nor write papers.
Civil Appeals Externships
Students will work with the Solicitor General and be exposed to appellate practice in both the state District Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Students review records on appeal, write briefs, and gain familiarity with appellate procedure and motion practice. Students also critically observe one or more oral arguments in the District Court and Supreme Court, and review them with an accompanying senior attorney. Students do not become certified legal interns.
Criminal Appeals Externships
Students will work with the Criminal Appeals section of the Attorney General's office and will be exposed to appellate practice in both the state District Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Students will review records on appeal, write briefs and gain familiarity with appellate procedure and appellate motion practice. Students will critically observe one or more oral arguments and review them with an accompanying senior attorney. Each student also will be given at least one opportunity to argue before a court or in a moot court provided by the agency, with the opportunity for videotaping and review.
Externing students work with attorneys in the Appellate Division of the Second Circuit Public Defender's Office, which handles indigent felony appeals from all 32 counties in the First Appellate District and cases on discretionary review in the Florida Supreme Court. You will serve your clients as an appellate advocate in cases involving constitutional issues such as search and seizure, right to counsel, confrontation of adverse witnesses, self-incrimination, and right to a jury trial. Externs read trial records, research potential issues, and prepare initial briefs under the supervision of an experienced attorney. Each student will be primarily responsible for briefs in several cases and should have the opportunity to orally argue at least one case each semester. In addition to working in a firm with more than 20 experienced appellate attorneys committed to public service, each extern will participate in the First District Appellate Inn of Court, which includes monthly programs focused on professionalism in appellate practice. Inn members include appellate judges and prominent appellate attorneys.