Civil Legal Services Clinic
5 Credit Hours
Christine Cerniglia, Associate Professor
and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
Gulfcoast Legal Services
The goal of the clinic is to expose students to the unique and continuing legal needs for all persons, regardless of social status or income. The clinic handles a variety of legal issues normally facing the poor and disadvantaged. Students are introduced to the actual practice of law, representing low-income individuals primarily in the areas of domestic relations, child custody, landlord-tenant, consumer credit, collection matters, and government entitlement matters.
• Gulfcoast Legal Services (Saint Petersburg Office)
• 213 hours;
• Weekly classroom component scheduled in consultation with participating students at GulfCoast Legal Services' office;
• Five (5) reflective papers.
• 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.
• 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.)