Local Government Clinic
5 Credit Hours
Cynthia Batt, Associate Professor
Jeannine Williams, Assistant City Attorney
City of Saint Petersburg
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.
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
• Gulfport City Attorney (student will not be a Certified Legal Intern)
• 200 hours (fall and spring), 280 hours (summer);
• Weekly classroom component;
• Detailed weekly report and timesheets; and
• Electronic journal entries (minimum of five).
• 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 (see the Certification section of this Guidebook for more details); and
• Must be certified by The Florida Supreme Court before the beginning of the semester during which the student intends to participate in a clinic program.
• Tampa City Attorney's Office requires a background check and drug screening.
• 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.)