The Pre-Law Program seeks to be an active member of the Jacksonville and Florida legal communities. Pre-Law staff actively assist students in securing internships and other positions with legal and public service agencies, nonprofit organizations, law firms, and summer law-related programs.
Program students have interned in prominent law firms as Foley & Lardner; Holland & Knight; Terrell Hogan; and Bedell Law. Students have also clerked or interned at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Office of the State Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Jacksonville Office of General Counsel, and numerous other state and local agencies. The Pre-Law Program also provides shadowing and mentorship opportunities with the clinical programs of some Florida law schools.
The UNF Pre-Law Program offers classroom and intercollegiate competitive Mock Trial opportunities.
Mock Trial, an undergraduate course, is typically offered in a summer term. Students learn and practice oral and written trial advocacy, pretrial drafting, and trial preparation skills as they work through a single case. This course was endowed by the law form of Coker, Myers, Schickel, Sorenson & Higginbotham, P.L. The trial scenarios featured in the course closely mirror those used in law school-level competitions.
The Intercollegiate Mock Trial Team is a competitive program requiring high-levels of student commitment to study, preparation, fundraising, and travel. Students must try-out for the teams and commit to at least one competition during the academic year. The UNF Mock Trial Team is coached by outstanding members of the Jacksonville trial law community who donate their time and talents to the Program.
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