Internship Placements for Legal Studies Students

Internships are important items for your resume and can boost your application for graduate education and professional schools. Because internships require you to put many hours per week into the field, they help employers and admission staff know that you have good time management skills because you can hold on to your GPA, do field work, and possibly even work part–time. If you are interested in an internship, see the information below for internship description and requirements.

The Legal Studies Internship is a cooperative effort between the Legal Studies program at the University of West Florida and a public or private law-related office. The purpose of the Internship is to give students the opportunity to apply their education to actual work situations. The student intern works under the overall supervision of a licensed attorney in a traditional paralegal internship or other legal professional in a non–traditional paralegal internship.


Students must have:

  • The permission of the Internship Coordinator to enroll.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the Legal Studies major, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 as calculated by UWF.
  • Successfully completed PLA 3703-Legal System and Ethics, PLA 4263–Evidence, PLA 4204–Civil Procedure and PLA 4103–Legal Research and Writing.

There are also several factors considered by the Internship Coordinator in determining whether a student qualifies for a particular internship opportunity. Those factors include, but are not limited to:

  • The number and type of law-related courses completed before the semester the internship is scheduled.
  • The nature of the internship.
  • Perceived ability of student to successfully complete the internship.

Internship Application Process

If you meet the above requirements and would like to be considered for an internship please follow the instructions below:

  • Application Form: Please contact Professor Susan W. Harrell at
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement

Internship Semester Application Deadline:

  • Fall-May 1
  • Spring-October 1
  • Summer-February 1*

*For internships with federal agencies, the application must be submitted a year in advance of the semester you plan to intern.

All main campus internship application materials should be turned in to Prof. Susan W. Harrell. Internships will be filled on a first come/first served basis and depend on availability from the agency, firm, or organization.

Potential Internship Placements for Legal Studies Students

  • Clerk of Court, First Judicial Circuit
  • Court Administration, First Judicial Circuit
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Legal Services of North Florida
  • Public Defender’s Office, First Judicial Circuit
  • State Attorney’s Office, First Judicial Circuit
  • UWF Office of General Counsel
  • Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC
  • Emmanuel Shepard & Condon
  • Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.
  • Shell Fleming Davis & Menge

If your company or organization is looking to create a UWF Legal Studies internship position, please fill out the Potential Internship Placement Site Form and return to Susan W. Harrell at

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