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Legal Internships



Due to Covid-19, operations throughout our circuit, and the state of Florida, have changed drastically - court hearings are significantly limited to only essential proceedings and staff are working from home. As a result, we are unable to offer any internships or volunteer work until further notice. We are working closely with the internship programs at both FAMU and FSU. Please keep in touch with your school's internship coordinator for updates if you are interested in a future internship or volunteer opportunities.

The Public Defender’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit offers two types of internships for law students: certified legal intern (CLIs) and non-certified legal interns (research clerks/volunteers). Both programs afford invaluable experience working alongside our senior attorneys.

Certified Legal Interns (CLIs):

Students who are certified under Rule 11 will have exposure to a variety of legal environments and processes necessary in representing indigent clients in the criminal justice system. The majority of our CLIs will be assigned a caseload and be asked to manage that caseload in every aspect, from file review, consultation, law research, investigations, communication with the state attorney, until the proper disposition is met or the case is dropped. This is a tremendous opportunity if you are interested in gaining valuable experience working alongside experienced attorneys with real-world impact on clients while enhancing both oral and written skills, gaining confidence in your own knowledge of criminal law and procedure, as well as building and refining your courtroom presence.

Non-Certified/Clerks:

We also accept non-certified legal interns and those looking to fulfill their pro-bono requirements. Student will be assigned to an attorney and asked to assist with researching law, drafting motions and writs, and helping their supervising attorney prepare for upcoming court dates and trials.

We encourage any students from any University to apply (i.e. FSU, FAMU, UF, etc…). For more information, please fill out the information below and someone from our will be in touch.

Interested and have questions for us?