Certified Legal Internship

Ave Maria School of Law offers a part-time and full-time Certified Legal Intern (“CLI”) Program. A CLI is a law student who is approved by the Florida Supreme Court pursuant to Rule 11. CLIs may represent clients in court for certain state agencies or legal aid organizations under the supervision of a Florida licensed attorney. The CLI Program Benefits include:

  • Allows students to gain valuable hands-on legal experience working for government agencies and organizations.
  • Enriches education by allowing students to apply what they have learned in Trial Advocacy and Moot Court to real world cases.
  • Exposes students to trial practice that can serve as a critical tool for any student developing a career path, especially in litigation.

Certified Legal Intern opportunities are available in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Ave Maria School of Law has developed a track for students who express an interest in criminal prosecution or defense. Students must register their 1L year.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the Career Services office with any questions.

For more information on these programs, please contact:
Robert Ross, Seminar Professor, rross@avemarialaw.edu
Jennifer Lucas-Ross, Associate Dean of Career Services & Alumni Affairs (239) 687-5351, jlross@avemarialaw.edu

“Becoming a CLI has put me on the fast track to gaining real court room experience.  Regardless of your plans after law school, the CLI program is simply invaluable to any law student.” – David Jones, Class of 2018

 “Working as a CLI brought the law to life for me! Speaking in front of real jurors and judges helped me gain courage in my pursuit toward a career as an attorney.” – Andrea Phillips, Class of 2017