A Practitioner Clinic is an innovative course that offers a hybrid between a clinic and externship.
Students in a Practitioner Clinic work closely on pro bono cases with an active legal practitioner licensed to practice law in Florida. Students are often invited to work on their cases in the practitioner’s office off campus. There is a course component to each practitioner clinic, which includes both substantive and skills related material. Practitioner Clinics are typically offered at two credits with an evening classroom component, which provides flexibility for students.
Students participating in a Practitioner Clinic will:
- Perform frequently recurring litigation and transactional tasks in a real time setting under supervision;
- Be exposed to the managerial requirements of practicing law in an actual practice setting;
- Learn how to collaborate with others in performing tasks and reaching solutions;
- Learn lawyering techniques that will prepare them to practice in an increasingly global society;
- Learn the value and importance of ensuring equal access to the system of justice for the underserved; and
- Expand their substantive knowledge in the practice area of the Practitioner Clinic.
Practitioner Clinics offered (vary by semester):
- Trusts and Estates Clinic
- Seal and Expungement Clinic
- Veterans Benefits Clinic
- Students may register directly for a two-credit Practitioner Clinic; there is not an application for practitioner clinics.
- Students will be assigned one of the following grades for the Clinic – High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, and Fail. Those students receiving the grade of “Fail” will earn no course credit or clinic credit for the course. Students earning “High Pass,” “Pass,” or “Low Pass” grades will be awarded the credits for which they registered. The credits awarded for Practitioner Clinics will count towards the non-course credit limit set forth in Section VI (D) of the Student Handbook.
- Each course will be scheduled to meet for 1 hour, 50 minutes once a week. During the class periods, the professor will review doctrinal material which the students need to know to work on their cases. At the professor’s option, some class periods may be replaced with conferences for students assigned to work on the same case; other classes may be canceled to provide students time to work on their cases.
- Students will be required to work a total of 25 hours per credit hour awarded. Time spent in class sessions will be counted towards the hours required per credit hour. Students must keep a time sheet documenting this time spent and submit this to the professor at the end of the semester for approval. Hours earned in excess of the registered credit hours may be applied to FCSL pro bono hours in accordance with the policies followed by the Clinical Professors.
- Each Practitioner Clinic is limited to 8 students.
- The Practitioner Clinic professor will be responsible for finding pro bono cases for students to work on; these pro bono cases may come from a legal aid organization such as JALA or from another case the attorney or the attorney’s law firm has accepted on a pro bono basis. The cases should be the type which can be completed within the span of the semester. Students may be, but are not required to be, assigned to work on cases in pairs.
- Students may not take a Practitioner Clinic and an externship during the same semester due to potential scheduling and client conflicts.