Practicing as a Certified Legal Intern
Certified Practice as a Student
Externships that allow students to practice law (appear in court and deposition, sign pleadings, or give legal advice) require students to be Certified Legal Interns under the Student Practice Rule, Chapter 11, Rules of the Florida Bar. Certification is requested by the law school and granted by the Florida Supreme Court. Many externships do not require certification.
To be certified, a student must:
*It typically takes 4-6 months—sometimes longer—for the Florida Bar to issue notice. Students should apply by December of their first year of law school.
The Student Practice Rule provides that new graduates may be certified for law practice in a public interest or public agency setting before their admission into the Bar for up to one year after graduation from law school. This rule requires previous certification and successful completion of a clinical program during law school. Certification may help new graduates obtain employment. These students are attractive candidates to public sector employers because certified students can begin representing clients immediately upon hiring, before admission to the Bar.
To obtain After-Graduation certification, a student should submit a request to the FSU COL program that certified the student (externship office or PILC) by providing
1) a completed Student’s Request for Renewed Certification;
2) an offer letter on official letterhead from the office where the student will be employed verifying the date of hire and containing a request for renewal of certification.