Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida

Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1

Students are assigned as lawyers for indigent clients with general civil problems. Students are introduced to basic lawyering skills such as interviewing, fact gathering, field investigation, identifying and applying law to facts, diagnosing a client's problem and developing case strategy. In addition, students become familiar with the drafting of legal documents, with the discovery process and with the negotiating and settlement of cases.

Prerequisites: Externs must have satisfactorily completed Civil Pretrial Practice, Evidence, Professional Responsibility and be certified pursuant to the Student Practice Rule.

Recommended Courses: Family Law, Trial Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation

Selection Process: The selection of externs is handled by the supervising attorney of the program, subject to the approval of the faculty supervisor. Selection is based on student's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date and other externships taken.

Expenses: A travel expense reimbursement may be available, depending on student need and grant availabilities.

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