Florida Commission on Human Relations

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1

Program Description: Students externing at the Florida Commission on Human Relations work in a clerkship capacity for the General Counsel's office. Duties include legal research and writing, investigation of complaints, technical assistance to investigators, and the review of investigator's reports for legal sufficiency. Students also draft investigatory determinations for the commission, prepare bench summaries, critically observe administrative hearings, and draft final orders for the commission. Students have an opportunity to develop competency in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying facts to law, and writing briefs and summaries. Students also become familiar with Florida's employment discrimination laws and with the judicial and administrative process.

Prerequisites: Students are not certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule. Students must have satisfactorily completed Evidence.

Recommended Courses: Employment Discrimination (strongly recommended), Administrative Law.

Selection Process: The selection process is handled by the faculty supervisor in conjunction with the general counsel of the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken. A special emphasis in the selection process is placed on the student's interest in the area of employment discrimination.

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