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Civil Elder Law Clinic


Overseeing Professor:

Christine Cerniglia, Associate Professor
and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education

Adjunct Professor:

Jena Blair,
Gulfcoast Legal Services

Program Description:
This course is designed to help students develop the academic and practice skills necessary to provide legal services to elder clients. Students in this clinic represent clients who are at least 60 years old and meet income eligibility requirements. Students are responsible for all phases of client representation, including interview, investigation, drafting pleadings/documents, negotiations, administrative hearings, and trials.

Placement Locations:
• Gulfcoast Legal Services (St. Petersburg Office)

Program Requirements:
• 213 hours per semester
• Weekly classroom component at Gulfcoast Legal Services during time convenient for all students;
• 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;
• Successful completion of Elder Law (preferred); and
• 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).

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.)