The Office of the Public Defender offers hand-on experience in a professional law office dedicated to providing service to indigent clients. The office offers several opportunities for both legal and investigative internships and volunteer assignments.
The Office of the Public Defender accepts applications for interns and volunteers on an ongoing basis. Interns and volunteers are placed into the program based on availability of positions. All interns and volunteers must successfully pass a background screening prior to placement.
To request an internship or volunteer position, please submit the screening volunteer application form to firstname.lastname@example.org . If preferred, hard copy documents may be submitted to: Volunteer Office, Office of the Public Defender, 407 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.
- TYPES OF INTERNSHIPS and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Legal Interns : Open to second and third year law students, this program provides supervised experience in meeting clients, legal research, writing memos and motions as well as assisting attorneys in the courtroom. First year law students will be placed in the Investigative Unit to gain experience in client contact through witness interviews.
Paralegal Interns: Open to paralegal students, this program provides experience in researching legal issues and providing various support services to attorneys. This program is not designed to teach research methods but rather to enhance the skills of a final semester paralegal student. Working knowledge of Westlaw is required.
Investigative Interns/Volunteers: Open to criminal justice students and first year law students, this program provides experience in legal investigative techniques, including witness interviewing.
- LINK TO INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY PROGRAM
Open to attorneys with limited courtroom experience, this program is designed to enhance the skills of new attorneys by providing hands-on support to the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Divisions. Volunteer attorneys are the only volunteers who are allowed to handle their own caseload and try cases.
Requirements: Volunteer attorneys must be licensed by the Florida Bar and successfully complete the interview process.