Criminal justice externships range from 3 to 12 credits and are supervised by Professor Krieger. As program credit increases, students receive increasingly realistic litigation experiences that engage more professional judgment and practice skills. As a result, higher-credit programs require more prerequisites and planning, as well as clearance from the Florida Bar. In order to earn full credit, students must fulfill the learning objectives and methods for each program, and this will require the student to affirmatively pursue the casework specified for each program.
Each program has a perspectives segment, including regular reporting and reflective writing, to inform your field work and enhance your learning. The perspectives component also increases with the credit awarded to the program. The Litigation (30-40 hours per week) programs may often result in trial or hearing experiences for students, but be aware that none of these programs is primarily a “trial practice” program because the actual practice of criminal prosecution or defense involves many other activities and legal skills.
Interested students should be aware that these externships, like the actual work of a prosecutor or public defender, involve a large amount of case processing, pleas negotiations, and the like. A student’s time is therefore not primarily spent in trials, and this reflects the reality of a prosecutor of defender in practice. Because these are high-credit programs, during the externship semester there is also a substantial amount of reporting (daily journal, monthly reports, etc.), and online discussion with other students.
Download this table for a summary of all the criminal justice externships, including prerequisites, programs available to 2L’s or rising 2L’s, duration and weekly hours required, and locations available.
Current students can find more information on the Criminal Externships here.