Municipal and Administrative Externship


Overseeing Professor:
Dorothea Beane, Professor of Law

Program Description:
Students will perform duties for various municipal offices such as code enforcement, housing, and property management. Typical duties will include: conducting research into property ownership, compliance status, and the interrelation of municipal codes with state and federal law; attaching liens; and performing comparative studies on housing development patterns. Many duties can be performed remotely. Consequently, this program may be well-suited for part-time students. The classroom component of this externship occurs approximately every three weeks and is generally scheduled on Thursdays. There will be an initial meeting which will be set by the supervising professor. These are mandatory classes. If you have more than one absence during the semester it will affect your final pass/fail grade.  

Placement Locations:
• City and county attorneys' offices in Tampa Bay, Pinellas County, Clearwater, and with the St. Petersburg Police Department. Because some placement locations for this program alternate their participation, students should understand that the list of placement locations on the online application system are merely a representative sample.

Program Requirements:
• 128 hours per semester;
• Classroom component; and
• 40 pages of research generated writing.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing; and
• Pass background check.
• Tampa City Attorney's Office requires a background check and drug screening.

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