Legal Externship Program

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The 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.

Please review the legal externship guide to obtain a detailed description of possible placements.  You are encouraged to speak directly with Professor Kotey, AFTER you review the guide but BEFORE you choose a placement, to assist you in choosing a placement that will provide you with an optimal experiential prospect.

Legal Externship Program Guide

Externship Courses

Civil45Professional Responsibility
Criminal48 and letter of clearance from the Florida BarProfessional Responsibility, Evidence and Criminal Procedure – Investigation
JudicialCompletion of Foundation Curriculum (includes all 1L courses).None
Advanced ExternshipHaving completed the initial externship

General Information

During the academic year (fall and spring semesters), the Criminal and Civil Externship courses are one semester for FOUR ungraded (pass/fail) credits.  The credit will be awarded based on the completion of the requisite hours per semester at the placement.   These credits are considered in classroom credits and do NOT count as credit for non classroom work.  Credit will also be awarded based on participation in a classroom component designed to encourage students to think critically, ethically and reflectively about the practice of law.  The criteria for admission will depend on the particular program; hence students must meet the admission criteria for the specified placement.   During the summer, all placements (excluding the Advanced Placement) will be comprised of two separate courses for TWO graded and FOUR pass/fail credits.

The courses offered through the Judge Aaron B. Cohen Judicial Externship program vary from four (4) pass/fail credit for most placements to six (6) for those selected for placements at Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.  Each Judicial Externship entails similar general duties, with some variation from court to court. Duties will be defined by the Faculty Supervisor and the individual Judge. Duties for judicial externships may include, but are not limited to:  performing legal research, preparing legal memoranda, and observing court proceedings.

The Advanced Externship Placement is an externship placement for variable (2 – 4) credit hours for those who have taken a previous externship and wish to continue at the same placement or switch to a different placement for additional experiential opportunities.

Phyllis Williams Kotey
Clinical Professor of Law
Director of Externship and Pro Bono Program

Zoraya Ledesma
Administrative Assistant