Florida Circuit Court (Trial) Externship

Credit Hours: 4
Overseeing Professor: Brooke J. Bowman

About The Program

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

  • Clearwater Courthouse
  • 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
  • Weekly journal