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Criminal Justice Field Placement

The Criminal Justice Field Placement provides students the opportunity to intern full-time in a prosecutor or public defender office supervised by practicing lawyers handling real issues arising from the criminal justice system. Students engage with criminal policy and procedural issues, enhance their research and writing skills, learn practical aspects of trial preparation, witness preparation, and ethical issues specific to criminal law while participating in actual trials, hearings or depositions.  Students are authorized as Certified Legal Interns (CLIs) during this field placement. Each semester begins with intensive classes taught on-campus which may include evenings and weekend days.


  • All required first year classes
  • Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Evidence; Professional Responsibility; and Trial Advocacy
  • Initial clearance letter from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners is required


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