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Public Interest Law Center


Founded in 1991, the Public Interest Law Center trains second- and third-year law students in legal advocacy, with an emphasis on mentoring, small group discussions and role playing. Students are certified by the Florida Supreme Court to practice under the supervision of attorneys. They interview clients, conduct discovery, draft pleadings and represent clients in a variety of legal forums.


Through its three live-client clinics — the Children's Advocacy Clinic, the Family Law Clinic and the Medical-Legal Partnership — the Public Interest Law Center provides students with practical skills training and management skills that they will continue to use as practicing attorneys. Students also gain a sense of professional responsibility and invaluable work experience.

Florida State's program is unique among law school clinical programs because of the wide variety of legal services provided. While other law school clinics specialize in one or two types of cases, the Public Interest Law Center handles everything from foster care cases to juvenile delinquency cases to immigration cases.

The Center's work on children in prison has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and featured by national and international media.






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"In the Public Interest Law Center, you get to assist clients right away; and these are clients that really need your help. It’s a great opportunity."Jessamy Cauthen, Second-Year Student