Students who participate in the Disability Inclusion and Advocacy Law (DIAL) Clinic (formerly known as the Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Law Clinic), the Children & Families Law Clinic or the Criminal Justice Field Placement may gain Certified Legal Intern (CLI) status from the Florida Supreme Court. It is extremely important for a law student to file their Florida Bar application early, preferably during the first year of law school, as they must receive an initial clearance letter from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and be enrolled in a credit-bearing clinical program to be eligible for the CLI program.
A Certified Legal Intern (CLI) is a law student approved by the Florida Supreme Court to represent clients in court under the supervision of an approved licensed Florida attorney according to Rule 11 of the Florida Bar. Representing clients in court on behalf of a governmental agency or legal aid organization and speaking on the record in court under the supervision of a licensed attorney provides certified students with valuable real life experience.
Students who become certified must be enrolled in a credit bearing clinical program or eligible externship program at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. Applications for Certification are submitted directly to the Florida Supreme Court by the Office of Clinical Programs. If you have any questions, please contact the Assistant Dean of Clinical Programs, Nancy Kelly Sanguigni.