Clinical and Experiential Education
Stetson Law offers students more than 300 clinic and externship opportunities annually.
Programs are designed to enhance classroom-based learning and give students opportunities to gain valuable, real-world experience while working closely with Stetson faculty.
These experiences allow students to observe and participate in the application of substantive law, and find solutions to problems that confront attorneys on a daily basis. With approximately 28 clinic and externship courses at 60 hosting organizations, Stetson joins a handful of other law schools across the country who guarantee that every student can participate in a clinic or externship course during law school. While this does not mean that every student is guaranteed his or her first choice of courses, it does mean that any student who has the prerequisites can participate in a clinical course involving real practice.
Externship programs place students in off-campus, legal environments where they observe and participate in the activities of host organizations. Externship placements vary widely and include state and federal courts, governmental agencies, and local corporations. Consequently, students enjoy the unique opportunity of observing how these entities operate from behind the scenes. Students routinely perform functions such as reviewing documents, conducting research, and writing memoranda of law.
Field Clinics place students in off-campus, legal environments where they are authorized to practice law under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Off-campus clinic placements include legal aid organizations, local governments, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Office of the State Attorney. Students routinely conduct research, interview clients and witnesses, write motions or memoranda of law, and advocate during hearings and trials.
Stetson currently has two on-campus clinics, the Veterans Advocacy Clinic and the Dick and Joan Jacobs Public Interest Law Clinic for Democracy and the Environment. Advanced options are available for each of these opportunities. The Veterans and Jacobs Clinics do not require students to be approved by the Florida Supreme Court as Certified Legal Interns (CLIs).