The Family and Education Law Clinic is a one-semester 5 graded credit clinic. By participating in the Family and Education Law Clinic, student interns learn the skills necessary to provide high quality legal representation for families and children.
The family law caseload may include divorces; establishment, modification and enforcement of child and spousal support; custody; visitation; relative placement and dependency. The education cases will include special education; school discipline and other proceedings pertaining to the education of children.
Cases are selected to provide student interns with a variety of experience in pretrial practice and procedure, including, but not limited to interviewing clients and witnesses, negotiation, discovery, mediation and courtroom practice. Student interns will handle a variety of cases and assume primary responsibility for their assigned cases under the supervision of the Clinical Professor, Adjunct and Staff Attorney(s) who are licensed by the Florida Bar.
In addition to direct representation of clients, the student interns will have opportunities to engage in community outreach to inform and educate parents, legal custodians and the general community on relevant topics.
- Credits: 5 graded credits
- Time Commitment: The time commitment averages 17 hours a week, including case work, supervision, and the seminar.
- Recommended: Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Family Law, and Professional Responsibility
- Selection Criteria:
1. Fourth-year part time students and Third-year full time students.
2. Second-year full-time students.
- Certified Legal Intern Certification Required: Yes