Prosecution Clinic

Credit Hours: 5
Overseeing Professor: Christine E. Cerniglia

About The Program

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)
  • 12th Judicial Circuit (Bradenton and Sarasota)

Program Requirements

  • 213 hours per semester
  • Weekly classroom component
  • Five reflective papers