Robin Hamel, Human Resources Consultant

Lake County Judicial Center
550 West Main Street, 5th Floor
Tavares, Florida 32778

rhamel@circuit5.org

Program

The Fifth Judicial Circuit encourages the community to take advantage of the opportunities available to enhance their knowledge and careers. The Volunteer Program within the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida enables members of the community to become actively involved in their judicial branch of government while providing the public and judicial system with assistance by serving as administrative, informational, and educational liaisons between the courts and the community.

All internship and volunteer opportunities are non-paid positions. If an approved internship is offered through a school, college or university, academic credit may be granted upon prior approval from the circuit. The number of interns and volunteers accepted depends on the needs of the circuit at the time of application.

As a volunteer with the Fifth Judicial Circuit, you are required to maintain the Circuit’s high standards and mission as well as agreeing to comply with all relevant policies, procedures, rules and regulations in the conduct of your activities.

The Fifth Judicial Circuit is currently seeking interns, externs, and volunteers in the following areas:

 

VOLUNTEER
AREAS

Case
Management

Family law and Civil litigation

Mediation

County and Small Claims

Problem
Solving Courts

Drug Court, Mental Health Court,
Veteran’s Court, Teen Court, Youth Court

Finance

&
Accounting

Lake or Marion County Only

Court
Interpreting

Hernando, Lake or Marion Counties Only

Court
Reporting

Hernando, Lake or Marion Counties Only

Legal
Department

Office of the General Counsel or

Staff Attorney Office

Court
Administration

Office of the General Counsel Intern/Extern Program Requirements (available for non-credit and college credit)

Interested parties must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. An approved back ground check and security clearance is required with the selection process. Law school intern and externs applicants are required to be currently enrolled in an accredited ABA law school.

Law Student Interns/Externs work closely with attorneys from Court Counsel’s office on a myriad of legal issues, including criminal post – conviction motions, foreclosures, appeals, and lack of prosecution cases. Law Student Interns/Externs may not be assigned to specific case type division.

If your participation in the program is for course credit, approval by your school, college, or university and the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court must be obtained before your internship begins.

If your participation in the program is not for course credit but for experience there is no deadline for applications.

Applications Packet Deadlines (for college credit)

For a list of available positions that are eligible for college credit please click here (The legal department is always available for college credit)

(Application packets received after the deadline will not be considered):

  • Deadline: 30 days prior to start of course term
  • If your participation in the program is not for course credit but for work experience there is no application deadline. These applications can be submitted and will be considered at any time.

In order to be considered to volunteer or an internship, an externship, all applicants must submit a complete application packet of the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Internship/Externship/Volunteer Program Application (click here for form)

Legal Department: For an intern to be considered for any position within the Legal Department the volunteer/intern/extern must submit a complete application packet containing the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Internship/Externship/Volunteer Program Application (click here for form)
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

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