Criminal Clinics

The Criminal Clinics provide students with experiences and skills that are transferable to any area of litigation practice.  These include interviewing and counseling clients, writing and arguing motions, and preparing for and conducting hearings and trials. In this comprehensive program, students will intern in the offices of the State Attorney or the Public Defender in addition to attending clinical lectures and simulation-based classes. Students will become familiar with all kinds of court proceedings, such as first appearances, bail hearings, arraignments, pleas, sentencing hearings, and jury trials; and will put their understanding of substantive law, procedural rules, constitutional dictates, and advocacy to the test in the complex world of criminal practice.

Applications and Enrollment

Clinic applications are available from Student Affairs during the end of February and the first week of March (for Summer and Fall), and during first week of October (for Spring). Generally, waiting lists exist for the Criminal Clinics. Students who wish to maximize their likelihood for enrollment are advised to plan as early as their 1L year.  They should apply for their bar clearance letter, take the appropriate prerequisite courses, and gain preference points by taking additional courses from the list of recommended courses. All students must have completed a minimum of 48 credit hours by the semester they will enter the clinic.

If there is a wait list, students will be given priority based on their semester:  6th, then 5th, then 4th. Students in the same semester will be given priority based on the number of preference points they have earned as opposed to the overall number of credit hours they have completed.

Students who have the same semester priority and the same number of preference points will be given preference based on when they submitted their completed application, evidenced by the time stamp placed on the application when it is accepted.

Students must submit their Initial Clearance letter from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners with their application.

CLI Requirements

To be eligible to become a CLI (Certified Legal Intern), you must first register with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive a “clearance letter.” A copy of this letter is required as part of your clinic application. You also must have completed 48 credit hours before the semester in which you intend to take the clinic.

Required Courses

  • Evidence
  • Police Practices or Adversarial Systems
  • Trial Practice or Trial Advocacy (Prosecution Clinic)
  • At least 3 credits from one or more of the recommended courses listed below. (Defense Clinic)

Recommended Courses

  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Criminal Law & Ethics Seminar
  • Criminal Law in Virtual Context Seminar
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Death Penalty Law
  • Florida Criminal Procedure
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Financial Crimes Seminar
  • Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law & Psychiatry
  • Mediation Advocacy
  • Prosecutorial Ethics
  • Race, Crime & the Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Practice
  • White Collar Crime

Credit Hours and Time Requirements

The Criminal Clinics are one-semester, nine-credit hour courses. Three of the nine credits will be graded, the remaining six are awarded on a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis. The summer Criminal Clinics are six-credit hour courses and are graded on an S/U basis only.

A mandatory orientation takes place the week prior to the beginning of regularly scheduled classes.  Students MAY NOT enroll in a clinic once orientation has commenced. Following orientation, each intern is required to account for a minimum of 25 hours per week of clinic-related work during the Fall and Spring terms, and 30 hours per week during the Summer term. In addition to this work requirement, each intern is required to prepare for and attend class each week.

Director

Michael L. Seigel
Associate Dean for International Programs,
Director of the Criminal Justice Center,
Alumni Research Professor of Law

Faculty

Professor George R. (Bob) Dekle
Sr., Master Legal Skills Professor and Director of the Criminal Prosecution Clinic
A retired prosecutor of thirty years’ experience, teaches the classroom portion of the Prosecution Clinic and will serve as a mentor and supervisor during the internship. Interns will be directly supervised by an Assistant State Attorney.

Professor Monique Haughton Worrell
Senior Legal Skills Professor and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic
A former assistant public defender and private defense attorney, teaches the classroom portion of the Defense Clinic and will serve as a mentor and supervisor during the internship. Interns will be directly supervised by an Assistant Public Defender.

Staff

Laura Blanton
Program Assistant, Criminal Justice Center and Criminal Law Clinics

Contact

The Criminal Clinics are located in the Criminal Justice Center, Room 100 Bruton-Geer Hall

Address:
PO Box 117626
Gainesville, Florida
32611-7626

Phone: (352) 273-0802  Fax: (352) 846-1027