Florida Circuit Court - Trial - Externship

4 Credit Hours

(variable credit enrollments may be available during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Overseeing Professor:
Brooke J. Bowman, Professor of Law
Director of Moot Court Board

Program Description:
Students are assigned to a state court judge who deals with civil, criminal, family, or probate issues. Students observe proceedings, draft memos and orders, and interact with judges and court personnel. This externship offers a unique opportunity to see life on the other side of the trial process and to get a judge's perspective on effective lawyering, motion practice, and much more. This externship is one of the best ways for students to prepare to practice law at the trial level.

Placement Locations:
• Sixth Judicial Circuit (Clearwater and St. Petersburg)
• Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Tampa)

Program Requirements:
• 170 hours per semester;
• Online classroom component;
• 15 pages of original written work; and
• Weekly journal

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Pass background check; and
• No legal employment/volunteering during externship semester.

Application Requirements:
• 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.)