Family Law Externship
1-4 Credit Hours
(variable credits available: each credit requires 42.5 hours)
Christine Cerniglia, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
Working closely with their assigned supervisors, students perform a variety of family-law related work. Students perform research and writing tasks, monitor case loads, examine files, review documents, and observe courtroom and/or mediation sessions.
Bay Area Legal Services (BALS) (Tampa and St. Petersburg)
Community Law Program (St. Petersburg)
Gulfcoast Legal Services (Bradenton and St. Petersburg)
Heart of Adoptions, Inc. (Tampa)
*Students' preferences for placement location are considered. However, assignments are made based on a number of factors and students may be assigned to any location listed above. If a student is unable to serve at a particular placement location, they must state their reasons in the cover letter attached to the application.
Please note: Placements with family law judges are made through the Florida Circuit Court (Trial) externship.
- 42.5 hours per credit;
- Weekly Externship seminar - Mondays, 4:55 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.;
- 3-4 reflective papers through the semester;
- additional requirements as determined by overseeing professor
- Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
- Be in good academic standing;
- Successful completion of Professional Responsibility (may be taken contemporaneously, at professor's discretion); and
- Successful completion of Family Law (may be taken contemporaneously, at professor's discretion).
- Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see the clinics and externship website); and
- Timely submit additional documentation as required for this program. (Students are notified by the overseeing professor of additional requirements after applying and being provisionally placed in the program.)