Hands-on learning permits students to develop practical skills and ethical judgment, to explore potential career paths, to reflect on their professional identity, and to observe how the justice system functions. FIU Law offers a broad range of learning opportunities by both in the classroom and out in the field. Students can not exceed more than 20 credit hours of experiential courses, with a maximum of 12 credit hours in trial advocacy courses, 12 credit hours of clinical courses, or 12 credit hours of externship placements.
The Legal Clinic allows students to represent clients in litigation and transactional work under the close supervision of the clinical faculty. Students wishing to enroll will be required to complete an application and meet with the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning and Engagement to discuss her/his academic and career plan.
- Veterans Project – Students will be working at the VA Hospital where they will provide intake services, application assistance for benefits and other legal matters that affect veterans.
- Domestic Violence Project – Students will be working with victims of domestic violence in a wide range of legal matters. This is a great opportunity for those interested in family law.
Externships allow students to work in non-profit law offices, governmental agencies, judicial chambers and general counsel offices. Students wishing to enroll will be required to complete an application and meet with Professor Phyllis Kotey, Director of the Legal Externship Program.
New Externship Placements
- Child Welfare Judicial Externship – Students will be mentored and supervised by Judge Alan S. Fine. Interns will rotate through three legal residencies with the Department of Children and Families, Regional Conflict, and Guardian Ad Litem Program.
Trial Adovcacy: Trial Advocacy is an intensive course of study that teaches the legal mechanics and human dynamics of trying a lawsuit.
- Appellate Advocacy: Participation as a member of the Appellate Advocacy Team helps to develop brief-writing and oral advocacy skills.
- Pro Bono Requirement: All students are required to complete 30 hours of pro bono service. Pro bono programs offer opportunities to learn about a lawyer’s role in providing access to justice by assisting in providing legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.