CLI – Certified Legal Intern FAQ’s

CLI – Certified Legal Intern FAQ’s

Where can a CLI work?
A CLI may appear in court or in administrative proceedings in the state of Florida, on behalf of the state of Florida in criminal proceedings, or behalf of governmental officers or entities.

What are the benefits of becoming a CLI?
Students participating in the fieldwork component of a CLI may have their own caseloads and appear in court under the supervision of an attorney.  They are expected to handle a full range of cases and litigation responsibilities, including client/victim/witness interviewing, fact investigation, taking and defending depositions, writing and responding to pretrial motions, handling hearings, engaging in plea negotiations, and conducting jury and bench trials.

What are the educational objectives of this program?
Provide students with an environment in which to learn hands on practical legal skills and work with real clients and on real cases under the supervision of experienced attorneys;

  1. Increased knowledge of substantive law;
  2. Increased knowledge of litigation and trial practice;
  3. Give students insight into the legal system; and
  4. Teach students the many facets of professional responsibility and professionalism, including: civility, decorum, timely performance of tasks, punctuality and ethical considerations.

What should a student expect outside of the placement?
Students will attend seminars that complement the fieldwork and emphasize ethics and professional responsibility.