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Student Enrollment Applications and Certificate Information
Applications for clinics are available directly from the Clinic Office, 105 Bruton-Geer Hall, in March (for summer and fall), and October (for spring), exact dates will be advertised.
Deadlines for submission are posted at the Clinic Office and published in FlaLaw. After the application period, Clinic Staff will email clinic offers to students and students must respond within 48 hours of the course schedule posting for that semester. Upon acceptance, students will be automatically registered in the course.
Wait lists often exist for entry into the clinics. Students who wish to maximize their likelihood for enrollment are advised to plan ahead, take appropriate prerequisite courses, and gain preference points by taking additional courses as listed for each Clinic.
Legal Intern Certification (CLI)
Students must become certified by the Florida Supreme Court for practice in the Criminal and most Civil clinics by applying to the Florida Supreme Court and by meeting the requirements of Chapter 11, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (aka “Student Practice Rule”).
Students who participate in the Mediation Clinic or Conservation Clinic are not required to obtain Legal Intern Certification.
1) To be eligible to become a CLI, students must first register with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive a “Notice of Registrant Clearance” Letter. This will take at least 3-6 months. A copy of this letter is required to be attached to the student’s application for any clinic that requires CLI certification.
When registering for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, students will have two options. The first option the student may choose is “student registration,” as part of the student’s normal application for the Florida Bar. As an alternate option, if the student does not intend to sit for the Florida Bar, the student may choose “Certified Legal Intern (CLI) Registration” only. For more information, please see the FAQ at http://www.floridabarexam.org/. Pay particular attention to the questions: “May I register as a first-year law student” and “How do I meet the clearance requirement for the Certified Legal Internship (CLI) program.”
2) After students have registered for a Civil or Criminal Law Clinic, they must complete an application for CLI certification with the clinic staff. After the Dean of the Levin College of Law certifies the student, the clinic staff will submit the CLI application to the Florida Supreme Court for approval.
After Graduation Certification
Certification can be renewed after graduation if: (1) you will be working for a public agency or legal aid office; and (2) you have previously been certified under the student practice rule and have successfully completed a Clinic.
County Court Mediator Certification
Students that complete the County Court Mediation Clinic are eligible for certification as County Mediators.
Certification is administered for the Florida Supreme Court by the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, lasts for two years, and entitles mediators to conduct county court mediation. Certification can be renewed and carries a continuing mediation education obligation.