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Florida State University

 

Civil Externships

There are more than 80 placements in this program, focusing on the following practice areas: business, environmental, land use, children and family, labor/employment, torts, health/disability, city/county government, administrative, and appellate practice. Most placements are in Tallahassee and award six credits. Professor Gertz is the faculty supervisor for these programs unless otherwise noted. The Perspectives portion of these programs involves submission of weekly journals and periodic papers and participation in a seminar.

General

  • Disability Rights Florida

    Credits: 6

    Disability Rights Florida litigates cases on behalf of people suffering mental or physical disabilities. Cases involve such issues as educational discrimination, Baker Act procedures, excessive restraints used against mentally disabled individuals, vocational rehabilitation, and Medicaid awards. The Center litigates individual as well as class action cases. 

  • Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

    Credits: 6

    AHCA is the state agency responsible for oversight of Florida’s Medicaid program. It also licenses and regulates health care facilities, such as nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, laboratories and home health agencies. Students work in the Office of the General Counsel and assist with cases related to administration of the Medicaid plan, including defending the agency’s denial of benefits to beneficiaries, and recovering overpayments to service providers. Students conduct factual investigation, draft pleadings and motions, conduct discovery, negotiate settlements and prepare recommended final orders. Students may represent the agency at informal and formal hearings.

  • Florida Attorney General - Administrative Law

    Credits: 6 

    Students externing in the Administrative Law Section assist in the various aspects of serving as legal counsel to numerous state boards. Students have opportunities to draft and defend proposed agency rules. Students will attend and observe board meetings and participate in administrative hearings and subsequent appeals. Students' duties include legal research, drafting of legal memoranda, agency orders and briefs, and case preparation for administrative hearings. 

  • Florida Attorney General - Antitrust

    Credits: 4

    Students externing in the Antitrust branch of the Attorney General's office assist in the investigation and prosecution of antitrust violations. Students engage in pretrial investigations through the division's civil investigative authority and formal discovery. Students participate in case planning sessions, and also participate in and atend settlement negotiations. Because of the complexity of the division's caseload, students are not assigned primary responsibility for cases. 

  • Florida Attorney General - Consumer Protection

    Credits: 6
    (Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, West Palm Beach)

    Are you interested in fighting for consumers? The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit is mandated by Chapter 501, Florida Statutes to engage in civil litigation against companies and individuals that rip-off, defraud or mislead Florida consumers. The Consumer Protection Unit has successfully litigated against some of the world’s largest corporations and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution for Florida consumers. Students assist in the representation of the section in judicial proceedings. Students have an opportunity to develop competency in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying facts to law, developing case strategy, drafting legal instruments and writing legal documents. Because of the complexity of the cases involved, students are not assigned primary responsibility for cases and do not appear in court except to assist the lead counsel. 

     

  • Florida Attorney General - Corrections Litigation

    Credits: 6 

    Students assist in representing the state against litigation by prisoners in Florida's prisons and jails. Students primarily defend against habeas and mandamus petitions challenging some aspect of the inmate's incarceration. Students engage in pretrial investigation, draft pleadings and motions, conduct discovery, and conduct motion hearings.

  • Florida Attorney General - State Programs

    Credits: 6

    Students assist in defending governmental agencies of the State of Florida against a variety of civil claims. Activities include researching and drafting memoranda, participating in all phases of discovery, drafting motions, and assisting in the general preparation of cases for trial. Students have an opportunity to develop skills in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying facts to law, developing case strategy, and drafting legal documents.

  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

    Credits: 6 

    The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (BPR) regulates a wide variety of businesses and professions. Students would engage in administrative litigation in various divisions: Alcohol, Beverage & Tobacco, Land Sales, Hotels and Restaurants, Pari-Mutual Wages, or Professions. Most of this litigation involves challenges to BPR’s licensing and/or regulatory decisions. Litigation assignments include pretrial discovery, motion practice, drafting pleadings. Students may have the opportunity to conduct hearings. 

  • Florida Department of Children and Families

    Credits: 6-9

    The Florida Department of Children and Families is responsible for representing the state’s interest in juvenile proceedings, as well as protecting children from neglect and/or abuse. Students in this office are assigned their own caseloads under supervision. Students obtain a working knowledge of juvenile dependency law. Students interview clients and Department caseworkers, draft original petitions, motions, and orders; and argue the Department’s position at hearings. 

  • Florida Department of Health

     

    Credits: 6

    Students externing with the Department of Health investigate and litigate complaints against medical practitioners in Florida. Students will work closely with an experienced senior attorney, and will have the opportunity to conduct factual investigation, draft administrative complaints, conduct pre-hearing discovery, participate in administrative hearings, and prepare recommended final orders. Students will also engage in settlement negotiation. 

  • Florida Department of Management Services

    Credits: 4

    Under the supervision of DMS General Counsel, the student will focus on bid protest law and the accompanying processes, including contracts and bidding. Responsibilities include attending a weekly meeting with General Counsel, coordinating with interviewing parties, and communicating with opposing counsel prior to motions.

  • Florida Department of Transportation

    Credits: 4

    This externship is for students interested in transactional work. Students assist the Department of Transportation with various transactions, including the review, analysis, and revision of Department  policies and procedures, forms, procurement documents, and the following types of agreements: professional services, purchase of commodities and contractual services, grants, local agreements, settlement agreements, intellectual property agreements, cell tower agreements, leases and other various agreements.

  • Florida Housing Finance Corporation

    Credits: 4

    Students will work with attorneys and staff to complete real property transactions and to procure and contract for goods and services and to conduct legal research for the general counsel on issues that arise in the course of the corporation’s business. Students may also participate in rulemaking and administrative hearings, if these opportunities are available. 

  • Florida Public Service Commission

    Credits: 6

    Students work in the Commission's General Counsel's office. Students duties include the preparation of legal memoranda and hearing preparation and execution. Students have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the advisory staff attorney's role and learn the law regulating utilities in Florida. 

  • Guardian Ad Litem

    Credits: 6
    (Tallahassee, Orlando, West Palm Beach)

    The Guardian Ad Litem program represents guardians who are appointed by the court to represent children in a variety of cases, including dependency cases, family law cases in which the child is a victim or witness, and in criminal cases in which the child is a victim or witness. Students are assigned a significant number of their own cases in which they represent the appointed guardian in court proceedings. Students will engage in a number of pretrial activities, such as drafting pleadings and motions, responses, and pretrial stipulations. Students will conduct hearings and prepare witnesses to testify. Students will also draft orders reflecting the court's decision. 

  • United States Senator’s Office (Washington, D.C.)

     

    Credits: 4 

    The student will work primarily under the supervision of a general counsel for a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C. The student will conduct research and draft memoranda on legal issues relating to legislation, Senate rules of administration, Senate ethical rules and issues arising in office administration. The student also will assist the general counsel with matters related to the federal judiciary; will help track legislation by attending legislative hearings and writing summaries; will provide support for the Senator’s legislative staff by gathering and organizing information for bills, speeches, special reports, questions for committee hearings, etc.; and will assist with constituent correspondence. The student may attend meetings with the senator and his staff, staff from other legislative offices, White House liaisons, constituents, lobbyists, special interest groups and others. Summer: Student will work 40 hours per week for 6 weeks. Fall and Spring: Student will work 20 hours per week for 13 weeks. 



Business

Business Regulation
  • Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

    Credits: 6

    AHCA is the state agency responsible for oversight of Florida’s Medicaid program. It also licenses and regulates health care facilities, such as nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, laboratories and home health agencies. Students work in the Office of the General Counsel and assist with cases related to administration of the Medicaid plan, including defending the agency’s denial of benefits to beneficiaries, and recovering overpayments to service providers. Students conduct factual investigation, draft pleadings and motions, conduct discovery, negotiate settlements and prepare recommended final orders. Students may represent the agency at informal and formal hearings.

  • Florida Attorney General - Antitrust

    Credits: 4

    Students externing in the Antitrust branch of the Attorney General's office assist in the investigation and prosecution of antitrust violations. Students engage in pretrial investigations through the division's civil investigative authority and formal discovery. Students participate in case planning sessions, and also participate in and atend settlement negotiations. Because of the complexity of the division's caseload, students are not assigned primary responsibility for cases. 

  • Florida Attorney General - Consumer Protection

    Credits: 6
    (Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, West Palm Beach)

    Are you interested in fighting for consumers? The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit is mandated by Chapter 501, Florida Statutes to engage in civil litigation against companies and individuals that rip-off, defraud or mislead Florida consumers. The Consumer Protection Unit has successfully litigated against some of the world’s largest corporations and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution for Florida consumers. Students assist in the representation of the section in judicial proceedings. Students have an opportunity to develop competency in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying facts to law, developing case strategy, drafting legal instruments and writing legal documents. Because of the complexity of the cases involved, students are not assigned primary responsibility for cases and do not appear in court except to assist the lead counsel. 

     

  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

    Credits: 6 

    The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (BPR) regulates a wide variety of businesses and professions. Students would engage in administrative litigation in various divisions: Alcohol, Beverage & Tobacco, Land Sales, Hotels and Restaurants, Pari-Mutual Wages, or Professions. Most of this litigation involves challenges to BPR’s licensing and/or regulatory decisions. Litigation assignments include pretrial discovery, motion practice, drafting pleadings. Students may have the opportunity to conduct hearings. 

  • Florida Department of Health

     

    Credits: 6

    Students externing with the Department of Health investigate and litigate complaints against medical practitioners in Florida. Students will work closely with an experienced senior attorney, and will have the opportunity to conduct factual investigation, draft administrative complaints, conduct pre-hearing discovery, participate in administrative hearings, and prepare recommended final orders. Students will also engage in settlement negotiation. 

  • Florida Public Service Commission

    Credits: 6

    Students work in the Commission's General Counsel's office. Students duties include the preparation of legal memoranda and hearing preparation and execution. Students have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the advisory staff attorney's role and learn the law regulating utilities in Florida. 

  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    Information coming soon!
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    Credit: 6 
    (Miami, Atlanta) 

    Students assist SEC lawyers with research and writing projects related to regulation of the financial markets. Students also attend seminars, workshops, and commission meetings. Opportunities exist in Washington, D.C. and 11 regional offices. In Washington DC, 11 divisions and offices participate. In the regional offices, students typically are assigned to the Division of Enforcement or the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

  • U.S. Trustee, Department of Justice
    Information coming soon!
Corporate Counsel
  • HD Supply
    (Orlando, Atlanta)

    More information coming soon!
  • International Speedway Corporation

    Credits: 4
    (Daytona Beach)

    International Speedway Corporation (ISC) is headquartered in Daytona Beach near the Daytona International Speedway. ISC works hand in hand with NASCAR to promote over 100 motorsports events annually. The student will work directly with assistant general counsel. In assisting the ISC attorneys with their work projects, the extern will gain experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts related to sponsorships, vendors/operations, multimedia coverage of events, insurance loss and control, and agreements with racing sanctioning bodies like NASCAR.

  • Jabil Circuit, Inc.

    Credits: 4
    (St. Petersburg)

    Jabil Circuit, Inc., is a global manufacturing solutions company headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. The extern will assist the in-house corporate attorneys with representation of the company, with an emphasis on drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts. The student also will work on matters related to corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, litigation, and intellectual property.

  • NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company

    The student will work with NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company’s Environmental and Land Use Group in Tallahassee and primarily conduct research and write memoranda to assist attorneys with matters relating to representation of the companies before the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection and other state agencies.  Students may assist with power plant siting, pipeline siting, endangered species issues, water and air regulations, and other environmental legal topics.   Students may attend meetings, hearings, trials or other appropriate events with attorneys from the office. 

    Credits:  4 credits
    Work Hours: 14 hours/week for 13 weeks in fall and spring; 20 hours/week for 9 weeks in summer
    Prerequisites:  Applicant must have completed one of these courses:  Environmental Law, Energy Law, or Administrative Law.  Students are not certified pursuant to the student practice rule.
    Recommended Courses:  Energy Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law
    Selection Process:  Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken.

  • Office Depot

    Credits: 4
    (Boca Raton)

    The extern will work with Office Depot’s in-house corporate attorneys who are divided into four teams: litigation; real estate; contracts, securities and benefits; and employer compliance. The student will assist attorneys with matters relating to representation of the company, with a heavy emphasis on transactional work. In addition to assisting with legal representation, the student will meet with corporate executives and will attend meetings of the litigation team. 

  • Southeast Toyota, LLC

    Credits: 4
    (Deerfield Beach)

    As the sole summer intern in the Southeast Toyota Distributors legal department, the intern will work directly with SET in-house attorneys, paralegals and support staff, as well as have routine exposure to other departments in the company. Students will conduct legal research and provide legal analysis in a variety of subjects including franchise law, automotive regulation, advertising law and intellectual property. Students also will assist SET attorneys in reviewing commercial contracts and marketing material. 

Courts
  • Circuit Court/Complex Business Litigation Court Program

    Credits: 6 
    (Orlando, Miami, Tampa)

    Complex Business Litigation Courts have been created in the Ninth (Orlando), Eleventh (Miami) and Thirteenth (Tampa) Judicial Circuits of Florida. Students are assigned to work directly with a judge in a Complex Business Litigation Court as an extern/judicial law clerk. Students prepare memoranda of law, draft opinions and orders, and observe proceedings. The externship gives students an opportunity to improve research, writing and analytical skills and to observe and critique trial and motion practice skills. Students also learn about circuit court jurisdiction and procedure and are exposed to a variety of substantive business law issues.  Students must attend the judicial externship seminar the semester before or after the externship. 

  • Florida Division of Administrative Hearings

    Credits: 6

    Students are assigned to serve as an extern law clerk for an administrative law judge at the Division of Administrative Hearings. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda, and preparing orders. Students have an opportunity to improve their research, writing and analytical skills and to gain an understanding of the jurisdiction and procedures of the Division of Administrative Hearings. Students gain exposure to a wide variety of substantive law. 

  • Florida First District Court of Appeal – Worker's Compensation Unit

    Credits: 6

    District Courts of Appeal are located in Tallahassee, Lakeland, Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach. Students generally are assigned to work in a clerkship capacity with one of the judges. At the First DCA (in Tallahassee), students also may be assigned to the Workers Compensation Unit or the Central Legal Staff. Duties include reviewing the briefs and the record below, conducting legal research, writing case summaries and drafting opinions. Students critically observe oral arguments, which take place only during morning hours.

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court

    Credits: 6

    The externing student is assigned to work in a clerkship capacity with the bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee). Students also have worked with judges in the Middle District of Florida (Orlando, Tampa), and other locations may be available. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda, preparing orders, etc. Students have an opportunity to observe Bankruptcy Court proceedings, improve their research and writing skills and gain exposure to general bankruptcy law. Students who enroll in this externship attend the Judicial Externship Seminar the semester before or after the externship. 

  • U.S. District Court

    Credits: 6 
    (Tallahassee)

    Externing students work in a clerkship capacity with a federal district court judge or magistrate judge. Duties include conducting legal research, drafting memoranda and preparing orders.


    Credits: 6
    (Outside Tallahassee)

    Externing students work in a clerkship capacity with a federal district court judge or magistrate judge. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda and preparing orders. Recently, students have externed with judges in Pensacola, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Miami, Macon, Albany, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. Students who enroll in this externship attend the Judicial Externship Seminar the semester before or after the externship. Most judges accept students every semester, but a few accept students only in the summer.

Government Contracting
  • Florida Department of Management Services

    Credits: 4

    Under the supervision of DMS General Counsel, the student will focus on bid protest law and the accompanying processes, including contracts and bidding. Responsibilities include attending a weekly meeting with General Counsel, coordinating with interviewing parties, and communicating with opposing counsel prior to motions.

  • Florida Department of Transportation

    Credits: 4

    This externship is for students interested in transactional work. Students assist the Department of Transportation with various transactions, including the review, analysis, and revision of Department  policies and procedures, forms, procurement documents, and the following types of agreements: professional services, purchase of commodities and contractual services, grants, local agreements, settlement agreements, intellectual property agreements, cell tower agreements, leases and other various agreements.

  • Florida Housing Finance Corporation

    Credits: 4

    Students will work with attorneys and staff to complete real property transactions and to procure and contract for goods and services and to conduct legal research for the general counsel on issues that arise in the course of the corporation’s business. Students may also participate in rulemaking and administrative hearings, if these opportunities are available. 

Tax Assistance
  • Legal Services of North Florida Low-Income Tax Clinic
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    Information coming soon!

Environmental/Land Use

  • City of Tampa-Environmental and Land Use
    Information coming soon! 
  • Division of Administrative Hearings - Environmental

    Credits: 6

    Students are assigned to serve as an extern law clerk for an administrative law judge who primarily handles environmental cases at the Division of Administrative Hearings. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda, and preparing orders. Students have an opportunity to improve their research, writing and analytical skills, and to gain an understanding of the jurisdiction and procedures of the Division of Administrative Hearings. Students gain exposure to substantive environmental law. 



  • Earthjustice

    Credits: 4

    Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund is an independent, nonprofit, environmental law firm with nine regional offices across the U.S. The office provides free legal services to citizen groups and environmental organizations in cases involving forests, public lands, wildlife and habitat, communities and health, clean water, coasts and wetlands, clean air, trade and the environment. Students will assist attorneys with investigation of facts by conducting interviews, doing on-site observations, requesting and reviewing government records, and conducting research at libraries and on the internet. They will assist with ongoing litigation by drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda, briefs, discovery requests, stipulations, final judgments and orders. Students will also complete legal research on assigned topics, and submit oral and written findings to supervising attorneys. 



  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Office of General Counsel

    Credits: 6

    Students work under the supervision of one of the Deputy General Counsels of DEP. Students handle cases that involve representing the Department in administrative hearings. Students gain experience in legal research, drafting of pleadings and motions, preparation of expert witnesses, depositions and settlement negotiations. 



  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

    Credits: 4

    Students externing at the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are assigned to work in the office of the General Counsel. Students primarily conduct legal research and draft memoranda. As available, students also may assist in judicial and administrative litigation, participate in agency rule making, attend commission meetings, draft agency legislation, and draft internal policies and procedures. Students have an opportunity to develop skills in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying law to facts, counseling a government agency, and drafting memoranda. Students also have an opportunity to become more knowledgeable in the substantive areas of the law regulating wildlife in the state of Florida. 



  • Florida Public Service Commission

    Credits: 6

    Students work in the Commission's General Counsel's office. Students duties include the preparation of legal memoranda and hearing preparation and execution. Students have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the advisory staff attorney's role and learn the law regulating utilities in Florida. 

  • Governor's Office of Policy and Budget - Environmental Unit

    Students work under the supervision of the policy coordinator or policy advisor of the Environmental Unit. During legislative session (spring semester), students will read and track bills filed, gather facts, discern legal issues within bills, attend committee meetings related to bills, attend internal and external policy-development meetings, and follow federal legislative developments. Outside of the legislative session (summer and fall semesters), tasks will be similar, but will involve proposed legislation rather than filed bills. Also, there are no committee meetings during the summer semester.

    Students may not assist with non-legal work, constituent correspondence, fundraising, or campaign-related activities as part of their externship experience. 

    Credit: 3 credits
    Number of Positions: 1 
    Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed first year curriculum and one environmental law course. Students do not have to be certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule
    Recommended Courses: All environmental law courses, Administrative Law, and Economics.
    Selection Process: Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken.

  • Humane Society of the United States

    Credits: 4
    (Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Seattle)

    Students are assigned to work in the Animal Protection Litigation Section in one of five core litigation groups:  Farm Animals, Companion Animals and Animal Cruelty, Wildlife, Legislation, and International Law & Trade.  Students also work with HSUS’ large network of pro bono attorneys.  Externs conduct research and write memoranda of law on a variety of legal issues related to the protection of animals.  They also assist with policy development by drafting comments on proposed legislation, and with litigation of cases. 

     

  • NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company

    The student will work with NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company’s Environmental and Land Use Group in Tallahassee and primarily conduct research and write memoranda to assist attorneys with matters relating to representation of the companies before the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection and other state agencies.  Students may assist with power plant siting, pipeline siting, endangered species issues, water and air regulations, and other environmental legal topics.   Students may attend meetings, hearings, trials or other appropriate events with attorneys from the office. 

    Credits:  4 credits
    Work Hours: 14 hours/week for 13 weeks in fall and spring; 20 hours/week for 9 weeks in summer
    Prerequisites:  Applicant must have completed one of these courses:  Environmental Law, Energy Law, or Administrative Law.  Students are not certified pursuant to the student practice rule.
    Recommended Courses:  Energy Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law
    Selection Process:  Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken.

  • U.S. Department of Justice - Environment and Natural Resources Division - Environmental Enforcement Section

    Credits: 10
    (Seattle, WA, Washington, D.C.)

    The Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) is responsible for representing the United States in federal civil enforcement of all major environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Students assist Justice trial attorneys by conducting research and drafting memoranda, discovery, motions and briefs. Students may participate in conference calls and strategy planning sessions with counsel and technical experts and attend depositions, negotiations or court hearings, if held in the Washington, D.C., area. This externship is available in the fall, spring and summer. Students are required to work 40 hours per week for 13 weeks.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
    (Washington, D.C.) 

    More information coming soon!
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Environmental Accountability
    (Atlanta)

    More information coming soon!
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Regional Counsel

    Credits: 6 

    The Office of Regional Counsel is the chief legal advisor to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws. Students will be assigned to one of nine legal offices and will conduct research and write memoranda of law on a variety of environmental legal issues. Students may also assist with policy development by drafting comments on proposed legislation, and with litigation of cases. Offices of Regional Counsel are located in Atlanta (Region 4); Boston (Region 1); Chicago (Region 5); Dallas (Region 6); Denver (Region 8); New York City (Region 2); Philadelphia (Region 3); San Francisco (Region 9); and Seattle (Region 10). 

     

Labor/Employment

  • Florida Attorney General — Employment

    Credits: 6


    Students assist in the representation of the State of Florida against state and federal civil actions and in administrative proceedings alleging unlawful adverse employment actions. Students should have a strong interest in Employment Discrimination Law. Students activities include drafting legal memoranda, participating in all phases of discovery, drafting motions and assisting in the general preparation of cases for trial. Students have an opportunity to develop skills in fact gathering and field investigations, identifying and applying facts to law, developing case strategy, drafting legal instruments and negotiating and settling cases.



  • Florida Commission on Human Relations

    Students externing at the Florida Commission on Human Relations work in a clerkship capacity for the General Counsel's office. Duties include legal research and writing, investigation of complaints, technical assistance to investigators, and the review of investigator's reports for legal sufficiency. Students also draft investigatory determinations for the commission, prepare bench summaries, critically observe administrative hearings, and draft final orders for the commission. Students have an opportunity to develop competency in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying facts to law, and writing briefs and summaries. Students also become familiar with Florida's employment discrimination laws and with the judicial and administrative process. 

    Credit: 6 credits
    Number of Positions: 1
    Prerequisites: Students are not certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule. Students must have satisfactorily completed Evidence. 
    Recommended Courses: Employment Discrimination (strongly recommended), Administrative Law.
    Selection Process: The selection process is handled by the faculty supervisor in conjunction with the general counsel of the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken. A special emphasis in the selection process is placed on the student's interest in the area of employment discrimination.

  • Florida Department of Corrections- Employment Litigation Section

    Credits: 6

    The Department of Corrections is one of the largest employers in the state. Students will work in the Employment Litigation Section of the Office of the General Counsel and will represent the Department in cases involving the Florida Career Service System, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Drug Free Workplace Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act, among other substantive areas. Students will gain experience in basic lawyering skills such as fact gathering, identifying and applying law to facts, developing case strategy, drafting pre-trial stipulations, anticipating evidentiary problems, and drafting documents used in the disciplinary process. Students will participate in administrative hearings and will prepare pre-hearing and post-hearing documents. 

  • Florida Public Employee Relations Commission Office

    Credits: 6

    Students externing at the Public Employee Relations Commission work in a clerkship capacity for the office of the General Counsel of the agency. Students duties include the preparation of legal memoranda and orders in judicial and administrative proceedings. Students work in conjunction with Commission staff attorneys on briefs when Commission orders are appealed. Students may also assist in handling elections. Students have an opportunity to develop drafting and research skills, and to become familiar with the rules and laws governing public labor law in the State of Florida. 



  • U.S. Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division
    (Washington, D.C.) 

    More information coming soon!
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – New York (EEOC)

    Credits: 6

    Students externing with the Legal Unit of the EEOC will be paired with an attorney and will assist her and other EEOC staff with investigating, analyzing and prosecuting charges of discrimination before litigation. The student will conduct legal research and writing relating to employment discrimination and general federal practice issues such as discovery, trial practice and evidence. Students will be involved with interviewing claimants, drafting discovery demands and responses, summarizing deposition testimony, attending depositions and court conferences, analyzing documents, using litigation support software, and assisting with outreach projects. The student will also observe any ongoing trials of the supervising attorney.

Local Government

  • City of Jacksonville Office of the General Counsel Municipal Law Clinic

    Credits: 6

    Students assist in representing the Municipal/County consolidated government as well as independent agencies and commissions, such as the Duval County School Board, the Jacksonville Electric Authority, the Jacksonville Port Authority, and the Jacksonville Housing Authority, in an array of practice areas, including commercial litigation, environmental law, labor and employment law, constitutional law, and personal injury litigation. Students with particular interests may request related assignments. The Office has an established law student clinic program that includes orientation, tours of government sites, task evaluations, and weekly meetings. Students will have some opportunity to appear in court. 



  • City of Tallahassee Attorney’s Office

    Credits: 6

    Students assist in representing the City of Tallahassee in cases involving animal control, subrogation, contracts, utilities, police forfeitures, eminent domain, land use, and writs of garnishment. 

  • City of Tampa Attorney's Office
    Information coming soon!
  • Leon County Attorney's Office

    Credits: 6

    Students will assist in representing Leon County in a variety of civil and administrative cases filed against, or, on behalf of, the county and its officials. Types of cases range from animal control actions to zoning disputes, Comprehensive Plan amendments, challenges to personnel actions and mortgage foreclosure hearings, as well as proceedings before the Code Enforcement Board and Contractor’s Licensing Board. Students will draft pleadings, argue motions if scheduling allows, and may be involved in aspects of pre-trial preparation, including witness interviews, interrogatories and requests for admissions, depositions and exhibit preparation. Students may also choose to attend Board of County Commission meetings, which begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

  • Palm Beach County Attorney's Office

    Credits: 6

    Students externing with the Palm Beach Attorney's Office assist in representing the County in litigation filed on behalf of or against the county and its officials. Students work in various divisions within the office, depending on their interest. Such areas include land use, contracts, environmental, and litigation. 

  • Sarasota County Attorney's Office

    Credits: 6

    Students externing with the Sarasota County Attorney's Office assist in representing Sarasota County in litigation filed on behalf of or against the county and its officials. Students assist in proceedings before the Board of Code Enforcement, and assist in condemnation hearings and mediations. 



  • Seminole County Attorney's Office

    Credits: 6

    Students externing with the Seminole County Attorney's Office assist in representing Seminole County in litigation filed on behalf of or against the county and its officials.



Legal Services/Legal Aid

  • Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
  • Disability Rights Florida

    Credits: 6

    Disability Rights Florida litigates cases on behalf of people suffering mental or physical disabilities. Cases involve such issues as educational discrimination, Baker Act procedures, excessive restraints used against mentally disabled individuals, vocational rehabilitation, and Medicaid awards. The Center litigates individual as well as class action cases. 

  • Florida Department of Children and Families

    Credits: 6-9

    The Florida Department of Children and Families is responsible for representing the state’s interest in juvenile proceedings, as well as protecting children from neglect and/or abuse. Students in this office are assigned their own caseloads under supervision. Students obtain a working knowledge of juvenile dependency law. Students interview clients and Department caseworkers, draft original petitions, motions, and orders; and argue the Department’s position at hearings. 

  • Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc.

    Credits: 6-9
    (Miami)

    Students represent indigent clients in immigration actions, including petitions seeking asylum and defense of deportation actions. Bilingual students (Spanish and/or Haitian) are preferred for this placement. Practice focuses on interviewing, case analysis and strategy, and the drafting of pleadings and motions before the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

  • Florida Rural Legal Services
  • Guardian Ad Litem

    Credits: 6
    (Tallahassee, Orlando, West Palm Beach)

    The Guardian Ad Litem program represents guardians who are appointed by the court to represent children in a variety of cases, including dependency cases, family law cases in which the child is a victim or witness, and in criminal cases in which the child is a victim or witness. Students are assigned a significant number of their own cases in which they represent the appointed guardian in court proceedings. Students will engage in a number of pretrial activities, such as drafting pleadings and motions, responses, and pretrial stipulations. Students will conduct hearings and prepare witnesses to testify. Students will also draft orders reflecting the court's decision. 

  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
  • Legal Services of Broward County
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • Legal Services of North Florida Low-Income Tax Clinic
  • North Florida Center for Equal Justice (NFCEJ)

    Credits: 4

    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.