Externship Programs

Barry University School of Law’s Clinical Placement Program, in conjunction with the Florida Supreme Court, permits primarily third-year law students to practice law as Certified Legal Interns under the direct supervision of an experienced Florida attorney, and the overall responsibility of the Law School's Director of Clinical Placements. Law students routinely work at government and other public sector law offices specializing in: Criminal Prosecution, Criminal Defense, Civil Poverty Law and Civil Government Law. Externs’ professional responsibilities include trying real life criminal and civil cases, advising clients, interviewing witnesses, and preparing all forms of legal documents. The Law School also offers placements in both Federal and State Court judicial chambers, and in a special mediation externship.

All externship students participate in a weekly seminar designed to address the practical considerations involved in their placements, and in overcoming the “gap” that exists between being a 3L and becoming a successful member of the bar. Students receive a letter grade on the seminar portion of their placements, and a pass-fail grade on the field portion.

For further information please contact Jennifer White, the program's Administrative Assistant (407-681-5405 or jwhite@barry.edu).

Prosecution (6 credits)

The student will be placed in a prosecuting attorney’s office (e.g., U.S. Attorney, State Attorney, City Attorney).  Placement opportunities are available in the Ninth Judicial Circuit covering Orange and Osceola Counties and by agreement with various other counties. To obtain a passing grade, students must satisfactorily complete both the field placement and classroom component of the externship. Students placed in the Prosecution Externship must:  have completed 4 semesters and received not less than 48 credit hours. Have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average, satisfactory completion of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Evidence, and trial skills or participation as counsel on a mock trial team. Students are required to spend a minimum of 30-40 hours per week at their placement, depending on the semester, and will receive six hours of credit for satisfactory completion. Attendance at a weekly seminar is also required. The seminar portion of the externship is graded; the field portion is pass/fail.

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Criminal Defense (6 credits)

Students placed in the State or Federal Public Defenders Office must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed four  semesters and received not less than 48 credit hours.
  • Have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Evidence, and trial skills or participation as counsel on a mock trial team.

Students are required to spend a minimum of 30-40 hours per week at their placement, depending on the semester, and receive six hours of credit for satisfactory completion. Attendance at a weekly seminar is also required. The seminar portion of the externship is graded; the field portion is pass/fail.

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Civil Government (5 credits)

Students placed in a Federal, County, or State agency’s legal department must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed four semesters and received not less than 48 credit hours.
  • Have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed Professional Responsibility, Evidence and Administrative Law.

Students are required to spend a minimum of 25-35 hours per week at their placement, depending on the semester, and receive five hours of credit for satisfactory completion. Attendance at a weekly seminar is also required. The seminar portion of the externship is graded; the field portion is pass/fail.

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Civil Poverty (5 credits)

Students placed in a not-for-profit law office, such as the Seminole County Legal Aid Society, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association or Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., provide legal services to this community’s disadvantaged and must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed four semesters and received not less than 48 credit hours.
  • Have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed Professional Responsibility and Evidence.

Students are required to spend a minimum of 25-35 hours per week at their placement, depending on the semester, and receive five hours of credit for satisfactory completion. Attendance at a weekly seminar is also required. The seminar portion of the externship is graded; the field portion is pass/fail.

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Judicial (3 credits)

Students placed in the Judicial Chambers of a State or Federal Court Judge must meet the following criteria:

  • Have the GPA as listed below
  • Have completed 48 semester hours of credit and have received a grade of at least “B” in Legal Research and Writing.

Students are required to spend a minimum of 15-20 hours per week at their placement, depending on the semester, and will receive three hours of credit for satisfactory completion.

Attendance at a weekly seminar is also required.

· Judicial Externship for federal courts and state appellate courts: 3.0
· Judicial Externship for state trial courts: 2.4

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Mediation (2 credits)

Students must have completed either the Law School’s Mediation Course, a certified mediation class or training program, and be a State Certified County Court Mediator. Students are required to spend a minimum of 6-7 hours per week at their placement and receive two hours of credit for satisfactory completion. Grading is pass-fail.

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Advanced Clinical Placements

Students who have satisfactorily completed a clinical placement or in-house clinic may apply for an Advanced Clinical Placement. This additional semester of practical experience allows students to build upon and enhance their previous skills training experience. Students may choose to work in the same agency or in a different agency. Credits and Hours per week will differ depending on the placement.

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Children and Families (6 credits)

Students placed in the Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Legal Services, Statewide Office of the Guardian Ad Litem or Orange County Legal Aid Society Guardian Ad Litem Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed four semesters and received not less than 48 credit hours by the beginning of the externship
  • Have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Have satisfactory completion of  Professional Responsibility and Evidence.

Students are required to spend a minimum of 30-40 hours per week at their placement, depending on the semester and will receive six hours of credit for satisfactory completion. Attendance at a pre-semester orientation and weekly seminar is also required. The seminar portion of the externship is graded; the field portion is pass/fail.

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Non-profit Corporate Field Placement (5 credits)

At these placements, students learn about various aspects of representing nonprofits.

Legal topics range may include taxation and finance, employment, permitting, contracts, and corporate governance issues. Depending on the placements, students may participate in staff meeting, client meetings, committee meetings, public hearings and board meetings, or depositions and trials. These placements allow students to learn about both the transactional and other requirements placed on corporate lawyers and the valuable service they provide to their clients across a wide range of topics.

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed four semesters and received not less than 48 credit hours.
  • Have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed Professional Responsibility and Business Organizations.
  • Depending on the placement, additional courses may be highly recommended.

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