Federal Judicial Externship


Overseeing Professor:
Michael Allen, Professor of Law

Program Description:
Students extern with a member of the Federal Judiciary in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Each student is assigned to work with a federal district judge or a U.S. magistrate judge. Students perform numerous research and writing assignments under the auspices of the particular judges to whom they are assigned. Students are afforded the opportunity to attend judicial proceedings (e.g., jury selections, hearings, sentencings, trials, mediations, and arbitrations), and to obtain first-hand insight into the internal operations of a federal court. Students intern one day per week during the spring and fall semesters. Students extern two days per week during the summer semester. Students should expect to do some work outside of their time at the courthouse.

Placement Locations:
• District Judge Bucklew (Tampa)
• District Judge Covington-Hernandez (Tampa)
• District Judge Kovachevich (Tampa)
• District Judge Whittemore (Tampa)
• Magistrate Judge Jenkins (Tampa)
• Magistrate Judge McCoun (Tampa)
• Magistrate Judge Pizzo (Tampa)
• Magistrate Judge Porcelli (Tampa)
• Magistrate Judge Wilson (Tampa)

Program Requirements:
• 160 hours per semester

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Pass background check;
• Proficiency with Westlaw or Lexis is expected; and
• No legal employment/volunteering during Externship semester.

Application Requirements:
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see www.law.stetson.edu/clinics); and
• Timely submit additional documentation as required for this program. (Students are notified by the overseeing professor of additional requirements after applying and being provisionally placed in the program.)