Stetson University

Local Government Clinic

5 Credit Hours

Overseeing Professor:
Cynthia Batt, Associate Professor
cbatt@law.stetson.edu
Adjunct Professor:
Jeannine Williams, Assistant City Attorney
City of Saint Petersburg
   
   
 
 
   

Program Description:
The goal of the clinic is to help students begin to develop the knowledge and skills required to become competent legal advisors to various city and county agencies. Students are exposed to governmental law practice and have the opportunity to work on a variety of governmental law issues, including municipal liability, zoning, ordinances, etc. Students will conduct research, write memoranda and pleadings, and attend hearings.

Placement Locations:
Because some placement locations for this program alternate their participation, students should understand that the list of placement locations below and on the list on the online application system are merely a representative sample.
• Clearwater City Attorney
• Hillsborough County Attorney
• Largo City Attorney
• Manatee County Attorney
• Pinellas County Attorney
• St. Petersburg City Attorney
• Tampa City Attorney

Program Requirements:
• 200 hours per semester;
• Weekly classroom component;
• Detailed weekly report and timesheets; and
• Electronic journal entries (minimum of five).

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of four semesters and at least 48 credit hours;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Successful completion of Professional Responsibility;
• Must have received a letter of approval (sometimes called a Notice of Registrant Clearance) from The Florida Board of Bar Examiners or expect to receive one at least eight weeks before participating in a clinic program; and
• Tampa City Attorney's Office requires a background check and drug screening.

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 of additional requirements after applying and being provisionally placed in the program.)

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