The FIU College of Law Legal Externship Program provides an opportunity for students to: increase their legal knowledge, gain exposure to a real work environment and provide valuable support to a legal employer in the corporate, governmental or public sector.
There are four externships courses offered at FIU:
- Criminal Externship Placement
- Civil Externship Placement
- Judicial Externship Placement
- Advanced Externship Placement
The Criminal, Civil and Judicial Externships are one semester, six credit courses. These placements combine an academic classroom component for two graded credits with a clinical placement at an approved site for four pass/fail credits. Students work at the placement under the “field supervision” of a member of the Bar. The Advanced Externship Placement is an externship placement for variable credit hours who have taken a previous externship and wish to continue in the same area or a different placement.
The first step in indentifying the right kind of placement is to review the Externship Guide and Placement Handbook and Judicial Placement Guide. The lists in these guides are not exhaustive, but provide an excellent range of possible placements. Once you identify prospective placements, you should submit an externship application. If any of your desired placements require you to be a certified legal intern (CLI), you must submit the required forms with your application.