Family Law Externship


Overseeing Professor:
Cynthia H. Hawkins, Professor of Law

Program Description:
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.

New offerings for Fall, 2016, and beyond:
The Family Law Externship program is excited to announce a new partnership with General Magistrates Samis and Paullin of the 6th Judicial Circuit Defendancy division. In these placements, students will participate in the magistrates' judicial review hearings for child abuse/neglect cases, including reviewing social study reports, researching legal issues, and creating written reports for the magistrates. It is preferred that the student be available Wednesdays and/or Thursdays.

Placement Locations*:

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)
General Magistrate Keela Samis - Sixth Judicial Circuit - Dependency (Clearwater - Pinellas County Judicial Center)
General Magistrate Jennifer Paullin - Sixth Judicial Circuit - Dependency (Clearwater - Pinellas County Judicial Center)
Legal Aid of Manasota (Sarasota)

*Students' preferences for placement location are considered. However, Professor DeBose assigns students 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 statement of interest attached to the application.

Please note: Placements with family law judges are made through the Florida Circuit Court (Trial) externship.

Program Requirements:
• 128 hours per semester;
• Submission of detailed timesheets; and
• Submission of 10 pages of work product.

Eligibility Requirements:
• 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).

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 by the overseeing professor of additional requirements after applying and being provisionally placed in the program.)