Civil Poverty Clinic
5 Credit Hours
Cynthia Batt, Associate Professor
John Dubrule, Director of Litigation and Training
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.
• Bay Area Legal Services (Tampa Office)
• Gulfcoast Legal Services (Bradenton Office)
• Gulfcoast Legal Services (Clearwater Office)
• Gulfcoast Legal Services (Saint Petersburg Office)
• Gulfcoast Legal Services (Sarasota Office)
• 200 hours per semester
• Weekly classroom component which meets on Mondays from 4:45-6:10 p.m. at the Gulfport Campus Library Room 208;
• 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; 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).
• 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.)