Clinical Program

Barry University School of Law's clinical programs offer students the opportunity to participate in four in-house clinics (Children and Families; Collaborative Family Law; Environmental and Earth Law; Immigration) and several externships (Public Defender; Prosecution; Mediation; Judicial; Children and Families; Civil Government; Civil Poverty, Non-Profit Corporation; Legislative). The school is committed to clinics and externships which are consistent with the Barry Law Mission to provide experiential learning to the students and service to the community.  Prior to placing law students, supervising attorneys and judges must agree to provide the opportunity for experiential learning in accordance with the specified methods and objectives. Both clinics and externships also have a corresponding classroom component.

Students may apply for the various clinics and externships after they fulfill all appropriate prerequisites, usually in the second semester of or after their second year of study.

Certified Student Practice

Many of the externship programs require students to be certified as legal interns but some do not. The Immigration, Collaborative Family Law, and Environmental and Earth Law clinics do not require certification; the Children and Families Clinic does.  Qualified students are certified (CLI status) for such practice by the Florida Supreme Court pursuant to the Student Practice Rule, Chapter 11, Rules of The Florida Bar. The certification process is coordinated by the clinical program office. To be certified (CLI status), a student must:

  1. a. have completed legal studies amounting to four semesters for which he/she has received not less than 48 semester credits (Note: a minimum of six credits is required during the summer term to count as a semester for this purpose.);
  2. b. be certified by the Dean as being of good character and competent legal ability and as being adequately trained to perform as a legal extern;
  3. c. certify in writing that he/she has read and is familiar with the Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the Florida Supreme Court and will abide by these provisions; and
  4. d. apply to The Florida Bar and obtain The Florida Bar Board of Bar Examiners’ Notice of Clearance Certificate.

For further information on Externships, please contact: Jennifer White ( or Professor Marvin Rooks ( or call 407-681-5405.

For further information on the Children and Families Clinic, please contact: Lymaris Cruz ( or Professor Katherine Puzone ( or call  407-681-5405.

For further information on the Collaborative Family Law Clinic, please contact: Professor Brenda London at or Professor Marsha Freeman at

For further information on the Environmental and Earth Law Clinic, please contact Lymaris Cruz ( or Professor Rachel Deming ( )
or call 407-681-5405

For further information on the Immigration Clinic, please contact: Lymaris Cruz or Professor Kate Aschenbrenner ( or call 407-681-5405.

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