CLI Extension (Same Placement)

If you are a Florida Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern (CLI) as part of your clinic, you may continue to work as a CLI at the same placement after you finish your clinical semester until you graduate or up to 18 months from the date of certification, whichever comes first.

CLI Extension (Different Placement)

if you wish to work as a CLI but at a different placement, then you must apply to Externship Office for a “Change of Supervising Attorney” letter. This letter is then sent on your behalf by FIU Law to the Florida Supreme Court while you are still a student. NOTE: If you have/had character information to report and you are going to a different placement, the new placement must be informed. This is still required even though your personal information was previously disclosed to the Supreme Court and to your supervising attorney during the previous placement. The new supervising attorney must then sign the “Agreement to Supervise” form after reviewing your personal information and return it to the Externship Office. We will then submit the “Change of Supervising Attorney Letter” together with your new supervising attorney’s signed “Agreement to Supervise” form to the Supreme Court.

CLI Post Graduation

To continue to work as a CLI after you graduate, your certification must be renewed and you may not appear in court until the Court has acknowledged the renewal. If the “18 months from your certification date” arrives before you are due to graduate, then you may not work as a CLI until you graduate and apply for and receive an extension from the Florida Supreme Court. Post-graduate certification is good for a maximum of one year. It will expire earlier if a student is admitted to the Florida Bar Association.

Criminal Externship Placement (CrEP)

This placement enables students to gain a better understanding of the major issues involved with criminal law practice and the criminal justice system. In addition to legal research and writing tasks, externs can observe and participate in various criminal court proceedings under attorney supervision. CrEP externs develop their legal skills by representing defendants or the state in actual criminal cases.

The CrEP provides opportunities to:

  • Develop legal skills and get hands-on experience working with a licensed attorney.
  • Deal with issues of professional responsibility in a real practice setting
  • Gain insight into aspects of the legal system and the profession’s role within it.
  • Reflect upon what is learned to guide future professional development.
  • Provide work experience and job references that further your chances of becoming a public defender or prosecutor after graduation

Requirements: Students must have completed at least 48 credit hours. These placements require intern certification. Students must present a letter of clearance from the Board of Bar Examiners when they apply to the clinic. Priority will be given to students who have a serious interest in criminal law practice and have taken courses that will enrich the externship experience (i.e. Criminal Procedure, Evidence, or Trial Practice).

Civil Externship Placement (CEP)

This placement encourages students to explore careers in government law and public interest law by awarding credit for work experience in corporate, governmental or public interest venues. CEP extern opportunities include legal work assigned by the attorney-supervisor and an academic component assigned by the faculty member designed to encourage reflection on issues of ethics and practice. Certification is not required for many placements, but the placement provides students with an opportunity to think reflectively and critically about the practice of law and ethical issues, a challenging legal setting after the first year, the chance to explore a practice setting they might not have otherwise considered and professional contacts.