Local Government Clinic

3 - 5 Credit Hours

(variable credit options available: requires 42.5 hours per credit)

Overseeing Professor:
Christine Cerniglia, Associate Professor
and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
[email protected]
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:
• 42.5 hours per credit;
• Weekly classroom component which meets on Mondays 3:30 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.;
• Multiple 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, visit the Clinics and Externship 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.)Additional videos