To enable volunteers and students to become actively involved in the judicial branch of Government, and to improve the skills and experience of volunteers and students within the Fifth Judicial Circuit community. All applicants should have an interest in understanding the workings of the court system.
The following Fifth Judicial Circuit offices and programs actively recruit internships, externships, and volunteers:
__Case Management (Family law and Civil litigation)
__Alternative Courts (Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Veteran’s Court)
__Finance and Accounting (available in Lake or Marion County only)
__Court Interpreting (available in Hernando, Lake or Marion Counties only)
__Court Reporting (available in Hernando, Lake or Marion Counties only)
__Legal Department (either in the Office of the General Counsel or Staff Attorney Office)
All internships, externships, and volunteer opportunities are not paid. If an approved internship is offered through a school, college or university, course credit may be granted upon prior approval from the circuit.
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.
The number of interns, externs, and volunteers accepted each semester depends on the needs of the circuit at the time. Interested students and volunteers are required to submit a complete application packet prior to the deadline. Please note that application packet received after the set deadline will not be considered. Application packets are reviewed upon receipt. The earlier an applicant submits an application packet; there remains greater possibility of acceptance within the program provided the applicant meets the established criteria. An interview and a Level II background screening will be required.
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 set deadline will not be considered):
In order to be considered to volunteer or an internship, an externship, all applicants must submit a complete application packet of the following information:
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:
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.