Legal Clinics/ Experiential Education

A critical component of your legal training is taking the substantive knowledge from the classroom and applying it in real, practical, and professional settings with clients, other lawyers, judges, and policymakers. The experiential education offerings at FAMU College of Law enhance the classroom curriculum and provide a range of hands-on opportunities to impact the lives of people in need of legal assistance and prepare for your future success as lawyer. The experiential education program is committed to helping fulfill the College of Law’s mission to provide legal resources to undeserved communities.

Every student must complete six credit hours of experiential learning. The Experiential Learning Requirement may be satisfied by enrollment in a legal clinic, the field placement program, or a simulation course. These options are described below. Professional Responsibility (LAW 5750) is a prerequisite for all clinics and field placements. Clinics and field placements are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis only.  Students must have completed 48 hours of course credit to apply for a clinic.

If you have questions or need more information about clinical programs or field placements, please contact Director of Legal Clinics and Field Placements, Professor Mark Dorosin: 407-254-4043.

Legal Clinics

The Legal Clinical Program offers eligible upper-level students the opportunity to serve traditionally underserved clients under the supervision of a faculty member admitted to practice. Students wishing to participate in any Legal Clinic must have completed 48 credit hours and Professional Responsibilty, and submit a clinic application. The application is also available from the Legal Clinic. Students applying for Legal Clinics will be subject to a character and fitness evaluation. There are currently three clinics:

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Certified Legal Intern:

The College of Law strongly recommends that students interested in enrolling in a clinic or field placement become a Certified Legal Intern (“CLI”) pursuant to the requirements of the Student Practice Rule of the Florida Bar. Students who become certified can appear and argue in court, sign legal documents, and handle a range of case advocacy and litigation responsibilities. CLI is invaluable in maximizing your experiential learning opportunities and can improve the chances for employment after graduation.

To become CLI eligible students must register with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and receive a “Notice of Registrant Clearance.” Because this process takes time, students should file their application during the first year of law school. Students who are not sure or do not intend to sit for the FL Bar can also apply to become a CLI. Once you receive your clearance letter and are enrolled in a CLI eligible clinic or field placement, clinic faculty will assist you in completing the process.



Field Placements:

Field placements offer students semester-long opportunities to leave the traditional classroom setting and, under supervision of a clinic faculty member and a licensed attorney at an approved site, engage directly in the practice of law. Students may receive up to 4 credits during the fall and spring semesters, and up to 6 credits in summer (with clinic faculty approval). Students can earn no more than 9 total field placement credits.

The Field Placement course requires both direct legal work at the placement site and a seminar class that requires submission of weekly time logs, written assignments, and class attendance and participation. Students must timely complete both on-site hours required and all seminar assignments to get credit for the course. Professional Responsibility is a prerequisite to enroll in Field Placement.

Pre-approved placement sites include judicial externships, government agencies, public interest organizations, non-profit organizations, law firms, and corporate legal offices.  The College of Law maintains a regularly updated list of sites that are seeking students. Placements are not limited to those sites, but any other proposed field placement site must be approved by the Clinic Director. The field placement must offer activities similar to a lawyer representing a client; you cannot get credit for tasks normally completed by administrative assistants, paralegals, or legal assistants.

Students are responsible for applying directly to the site where they wish to serve their field placement. Once a student secures a field placement opportunity, the student must complete and submit a field placement application. The application must be signed by the student and the attorney who will serve as the placement site supervisor and include the student’s resume and transcript. If the application is approved, the student will then be authorized to register for the course. 



Simulation Courses:

A simulation course provides experience reasonably similar to a lawyer advising or representing clients, working with sets of facts and circumstances devised by a faculty member. The College of Law regularly offers the following simulation courses:

  • Contact Drafting
  • Domestic Violence Workshop
  • Environmental Practice Workshop
  • Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Pretrial Practice Workshop
  • Trial Practice
  • Advanced Trial Practice

In addition, the College of Law may offer other courses that may satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may designate other courses as meeting the Experiential Learning Requirement on a case-by-case basis where the designated course meets the standards for experiential learning.

FAMU Law Recognized with Partner in Service Award

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Community Legal Services Announces the Winners of the 2023 Pro Bono Awards 

Orlando, FL – October 31, 2023 - Community Legal Services (CLS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Pro Bono Awards, recognizing outstanding commitment and dedication to providing pro bono legal services to individuals and communities in need. These awards serve as a testament to the unwavering dedication of legal professionals who selflessly contribute their expertise to ensure access to justice for all. 

The Pro Bono Awards continue to honor legal practitioners and firms that have demonstrated exceptional pro bono work, making a significant impact on the lives of underserved individuals and marginalized communities. 

"We are proud to recognize the extraordinary efforts of these legal professionals who have gone above in their duty as lawyers" said Jeffrey Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of Community Legal Services. "Their commitment to serving those who lack access to legal resources has made a profound difference in our community and has exemplified the true spirit of pro bono service." 

This year's award recipients have displayed an exceptional commitment to addressing critical legal needs and advocating for the rights of vulnerable populations, contributing to the advancement of equitable access to justice. Their remarkable dedication and tireless efforts have significantly enhanced the capacity of Community Legal Services to provide crucial legal aid to those facing complex challenges. 

The recipients of the 2023 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Awards are: 

Brevard County: David Charitat 

Citrus County: Melissa Pendergrass 

Flagler County: Dayanna Lopez 

Hernando County: Louis Okun 

Lake County: Taylor Tremel 

Marion County: Shannon Mulkey 

Orange County: Eric Hernandez 

Osceola County: Melissa Hernandez 

Putnam County: Cindy Marvin 

Seminole County: Michael J. O’Neal 

Volusia County: Lisa Dawson 

After a keynote address from Florida Supreme Court Justice, John D. Couriel, additional awards were presented: 

  • Judge Robert Rouse presented the “Judge Robert K. Rouse, Jr. Pro Bono Service Award” to Judge Howard McGillin.  
  • Judge Belvin Perry Jr. presented the “Belvin Perry, Jr. Legacy of Justice Award” to Michael Duggar.  
  • Tim Moran presented the “Timothy A. Moran Champion of Justice Award” to Edward Wimp.  
  •  Courtney Jones presented the “Law Student of the Year Award” to Alice Cheng.   
  • Wynn Vickers presented the “Small Law Firm of the Year Award” to the Dwyer & Knight Law Firm.  
  • Judge Christine Arendas presented the “Large Law Firm of the Year Award” to Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP.  
  • Danielle Harris, CLS Chief Program Officer, presented the Partner in Service Award to Florida A&M University College of Law.  

 Also being recognized for their contributions were the 138 pro bono lawyers who make up the CLS Guardians of Justice.  

The collective efforts of these exceptional individuals and organizations serve as an inspiration to the legal community and reinforce the vital role of pro bono work as an investment in individuals, families, and the Central Florida community.  

Volunteer lawyers assist CLS with full representation matters, legal advice clinics, document drafting, and legal training and mentoring, among other activities.  If you would like to find out more about volunteering with CLS, please follow this link: 

About Community Legal Services 

CLS is a nonprofit law firm striving to remove barriers to justice by empowering vulnerable communities through legal advocacy and education. As the primary provider of free legal aid for low to moderate-income residents in Central Florida, we provide legal assistance and advocacy to help people obtain the necessities of life: food, shelter, health care, safety, and education. 

Legal Clinic Faculty 


Eunice Caussade-Garcia, Mark Dorosin, and Kim Crag-Chaderton



Mark Dorosin- Associate Professor of Law

Director of Legal Clinics & Field Placements