Local Government Clinic

5 Credit Hours

Overseeing Professor:
Christine Cerniglia, Assistant Professor
and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
Adjunct Professor:
Jeannine Williams, Senior Assistant City Attorney
City of Saint Petersburg

Program Description:
The goal of the clinic is to help students begin to develop the knowledge and skills required to become competent legal advisors to various city and county agencies. Students are exposed to governmental law practice and have the opportunity to work on a variety of governmental law issues, including municipal liability, zoning, ordinances, etc. Students will conduct research, write memoranda and pleadings, and attend hearings.  Tuesdays and Thursdays are court days so if you schedule allows please plan accordingly. 

Placement Locations:
• St. Petersburg City Attorney

Program Requirements:
• 213 hours per semester;
• Weekly classroom component which meets on Mondays;
• Five (5) reflective papers.

Eligibility Requirements:
• 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

Application Requirements:
• 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.)