Prosecution Clinic


Overseeing Professor:
Christine Cerniglia, Assistant Professor and
Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
Adjunct Professors:
Bernie McCabe, State Attorney
6th Judicial Circuit

Fred Schaub, Deputy State Attorney
6th Judicial Circuit


Program Description:
Students in the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Divisions will actively participate in the criminal justice system and perform the functions of a prosecutor through all facets of prosecution, including filing charges, performing investigations, responding to discovery, and conducting jury and non-jury trials. Students will further develop core competencies in advocacy skills and substantive knowledge required to serve as assistant state attorneys through a combination of experiential learning and classroom instruction.

Students in the Child Welfare Division will represent the State of Florida in civil dependency cases dealing with child abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. Students will appear in court, draft petitions and proposed orders, and attend staffings. The Child Welfare Divison works with Protective Investigators from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Case Managers from the community based care programs and Guardian ad Litems.  

Placement Locations:
• 6th Judicial Circuit (Criminal Justice Center, Clearwater: students select between Juvenile, Misdemeanor, and Child Welfare Divisions)
• 12th Judicial Circuit (Bradenton and Sarasota)

Program Requirements:
• 213 hours per semester;
• Weekly classroom component which meets on campus Mondays from 4:45-6:10 p.m. (summer session meets at Criminal Justice Center);
• 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, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Procedure (Criminal Procedure Investigations/adjudications OR Florida Criminal Procedure OR Federal Criminal Procedure); and
• 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.

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.)