Civil Legal Services Clinic
3-5 Credit Hours
(variable option 3-5 credits. Each credit requires 42.5 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)
• 42.5 hours per credit;
• There are no specific scheduling requirements from Gulfcoast Legal Services (GLS); however, GLS conducts intakes on Tuesdays, and students will have greater frequency of client interaction if they are available on Tuesdays;
• Weekly classroom component scheduled Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.;
• Multiple 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 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; 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, visit our Clinics and Externships page); 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.)