Criminal justice externships range from 3 to 12 credits and are supervised by Professor Krieger. As program credit increases, students receive increasingly realistic litigation experiences that engage more professional judgment and practice skills. As a result, higher-credit programs require more prerequisites and planning, as well as clearance from the Florida Bar. In order to earn full credit, students must fulfill the learning objectives and methods for each program, and this will require the student to affirmatively pursue the casework specified for each program.
Each program has a perspectives segment, including regular reporting and reflective writing, to inform your field work and enhance your learning. The perspectives component also increases with the credit awarded to the program. The Litigation (30-40 hours per week) programs may often result in trial or hearing experiences for students, but be aware that none of these programs is primarily a “trial practice” program because the actual practice of criminal prosecution or defense involves many other activities and legal skills.
Interested students should be aware that these externships, like the actual work of a prosecutor or public defender, involve a large amount of case processing, pleas negotiations, and the like. A student’s time is therefore not primarily spent in trials, and this reflects the reality of a prosecutor of defender in practice. Because these are high-credit programs, during the externship semester there is also a substantial amount of reporting (daily journal, monthly reports, etc.), and online discussion with other students.
Download this table for a summary of all the criminal justice externships, including prerequisites, programs available to 2L’s or rising 2L’s, duration and weekly hours required, and locations available.
Criminal Litigation Skills
The Criminal Litigation Skills course is primarily for students preparing for a defense or prosecution externship, and provides training in the trial and pre-trial skills necessary to function as an effective prosecution or defense attorney. The course traces the criminal process from the time an accused is taken into custody or charged with a crime, through the determination of guilt and sentencing. Classes generally meet 3 hours per week during the term; the concluding mock trial meetings are 4 hours, usually in the evening.
State Court System Externships
In this program, students are placed in prosecution and public defense offices (including Regional Conflict Counsel in some locations) throughout Florida, and actively participate in the processing of cases in the criminal justice system. The 3-credit (maximum) clerking program may also be available at other locations throughout the United States, and students may identify an office interested in sponsoring their externship. Please contact Professor Krieger or Marianne Chan for details.
The State Court System externship is comprised of three distinct programs: Clerking, Certified Part-time, and Litigation. The programs differ in their credit awards, learning plans, time commitment, assigned responsibilities, and whether “CLI” certification is required or not, all explained below. Read the descriptions carefully to distinguish the differing credits, activities and responsibilities, eligibility, and prerequisites. All programs run for the full 13-week semester except as noted for some summer options.