State Litigation Externship


Overseeing Professor:
Dorothea Beane, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute of Caribbean Law and Policy

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Program Description: 

Students work under the direct supervision of government attorneys from various state agencies. Students routinely draft and prepare pleadings, motions, legal memorandum, and appellate briefs. The classroom component of this Externship occurs approximately every three weeks and is generally scheduled on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. There will be an initial meeting which will be set by the supervising professor. These are mandatory classes. If you have more than one absence during the semester it will affect your final pass/fail grade.

Please note that students must be accepted by the Florida Office of the Attorney General prior to the start of the semester in order to participate in this Externship. Visit for more information about the Externship program.

Placement Locations:
• Florida Attorney General's Office, Children's Legal Services Division (Tampa)
• Florida Attorney General's Office, Civil Legal Services Division (Tampa)
• Florida Attorney General's Office, Child Support Enforcement Unit (St. Petersburg)
• Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa Regional Office

Program Requirements:
• 120 hours per semester;
• Classroom component; and
• 40 pages of research generated writing.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Minimum 2.7 GPA (for Florida Attorney General placements);
• Pass background check;
• Fingerprinting;
• Successful completion of Evidence (preferred); and
• Approval by the Florida Attorney General's Office.

Application Requirements:
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see; 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.)