Document Sample
Internship Powered By Docstoc
					                                  CLINICAL SEMESTER

To:             Fall 2010 Clinic Students
From:           Nancy Kelly Sanguigni, Assistant Dean - Clinical Programs
Subject:        Internships
Date:           August 2010

Congratulations! You will soon have completed your intensive clinic classes. You should now be well
prepared to make a good impression at your clinic placement. I know that you will all make the best of
the wonderful opportunities that are coming your way this semester. Remember, if you experience any
problems, please do not hesitate to contact your Clinic Faculty Director at the Law Center or me.


        BP only = September 7, 2010 through December 3, 2010.
        ADR, C&F, CJ, ENV and PI = September 13, 2010 through December 3, 2010.

Please carefully review the following information:

        Intern Guidelines. Please familiarize yourself with the attached rules and regulations
        of the clinical program before beginning your internship.

        Clinic Meeting Schedule. Please follow the clinic meeting schedule, held every
        other week during your internship, as assigned by your Clinic Faculty Director.
        A quick reference sheet is included as a separate attachment.

        Be sure to submit a copy of the clinic meeting schedule as well as the Intern Guidelines
        to your placement supervisor when you arrive at your host office.

We request that all students provide photos of themselves in their new surroundings, showing where they
work and anything interesting they might be doing. These pictures are nice to share with future students
and with the people back at NSU Law Center. I would greatly appreciate your cooperation. Please email
your pictures to .

Many of you will be working away from the NSU campus. While we hope that you enjoy your internship,
we also would like you to take all necessary precautions to ensure your personal safety. When you arrive
at your placement office, please familiarize yourself with your surroundings and exercise prudence during
the workday and as you arrive and leave your workplace. Keep your insurance up to date, and take no
unnecessary risks.

I would like to hear how you are progressing during the internship portion of your clinical program, so
call me or email me to say hello from time to time. I wish you the best of luck for a wonderful clinical
Distant students: You will attend the clinic meetings via video conferencing or audio conferencing.
Every effort is made to provide good-quality electronic communications for these meetings; however,
should technical problems arise, please exercise patience and be cooperative with our technology staff.
Chad Moulder, Clinic Technical Support, may be reached at (954) 262-6491 or

Some distant students will be provided with video conferencing equipment and software. Each student
who receives such equipment and software bears the responsibility of returning it to the school. Please be
advised that no diplomas or transcripts will be issued until all equipment has been returned to the
school and the video conferencing software has been uninstalled. Chad Moulder will provide
information for returning the equipment and the procedure for uninstalling the software.

Students who will be linked to the class meetings by audio conferencing should be sure to provide Chad
Moulder with the telephone number the student will use to participate in the class. If the meeting is
scheduled after normal business hours at the office, the student must make sure that the line specified will
ring through from the switchboard. Also, the student should try to designate a speaker phone that is
isolated from other workers so as not to disturb anyone.

Post-Clinic Certification Extensions: If you are a Florida Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern (CLI)
as part of your clinic, you may continue to work as a CLI at the same host office after you finish your
clinical semester until you graduate or up to 18 months from the date of certification, whichever comes
first. All CLI certification expires upon graduation.

To continue to work as a CLI after you graduate, your certification must be renewed and you may not
appear in court until the Court has acknowledged the renewal. If the “18 months from your certification
date” arrives before you are due to graduate, then you may not work as a CLI until you graduate and
apply for and receive an extension from the Florida Supreme Court. Post-graduate certification is good for
a maximum of one year. It will expire earlier if a student is admitted to the Florida Bar Association.

To extend your CLI status following graduation, you must apply for a “Successful Completion
Certificate” from the Office of Student Affairs at NSU Law Center. It is recommended that you make the
application approximately 1 month before your scheduled graduation date. Student Affairs will mail the
certificate to your supervising attorney, who will in turn request an extension of certification on your
behalf from the Florida Supreme Court.

While you remain a student (and before 18 months have passed), if you wish to work as a CLI but at a
different host office from the office where you completed your clinical semester, then you must apply to
the Office of Clinical Programs (Room 144) for a “Change of Supervising Attorney” letter. This letter is
then sent on your behalf by NSU Law to the Florida Supreme Court while you are still a student;
however, if you have/had character information to report and you are going to a new host office, your
personal statement must first be sent by the Office of Clinical Programs to the new supervising attorney.
(This is still required even though your personal information was previously disclosed to the Supreme
Court and to your supervising attorney during the clinical semester.) The new supervising attorney must
then sign the “Agreement to Supervise” form after reviewing your personal information and return it to
the Office of Clinical Programs. At this point, the Office of Clinical Programs will then submit the
“Change of Supervising Attorney Letter” together with your new supervising attorney’s signed
“Agreement to Supervise” form to the Supreme Court. Please note: It is your responsibility to notify the
Office of Clinical Programs that you have personal character information to report to the new supervising
attorney. If you have any questions regarding these procedures, contact the Office of Clinical Programs.
                                            INTERN GUIDELINES

The following guidelines will provide you with the basic rules of the Clinical Semester Program. If any of these
instructions conflict with those of your Clinic Faculty Director, follow his or her directions or ask for clarification.


Student interns are required to work a regular, full-time 40-hour week. Part-time student interns are
required to work 15 – 20 hours per week at host offices; this schedule must be the same each week. This
will be computed by following the policies established by the host office concerning lunchtime, holidays,
and so on and is consistent with the theory that student interns are to be treated similar to new attorneys at
an office. All student interns are responsible for setting up a weekly schedule with their placement
supervisor in order to meet this hourly requirement. Hours must be evenly allocated throughout the term.
No student intern is permitted to complete his/her internship before the end of the term even if he or she
has met the hourly requirements.

Placement offices are encouraged not to work student interns excessive amounts of time, but student
interns must understand that proper work preparation often requires working late or on weekends. If a
student intern is required to work more than one hour longer than he or she is scheduled to on any day, the
student intern may deduct that amount of time from another scheduled day; however, student interns
should not routinely work extra hours in the hope of reducing the number of weeks at the placement
office. Failure to abide by clinical program rules will result in a student intern receiving a D or F for the
placement. Students with questions or concerns about the rules should speak to the Clinic Faculty


As in any workplace, unexcused absences are not acceptable. Each full-time student intern is, however,
permitted 20 hours of excused absences. Part-time student interns are permitted 10 hours of excused
absences. An excused absence may be taken for illness, death in the family, and similar emergencies as
determined by the Clinic Faculty Director. Should a student intern exceed these hours, he or she must
make up the time when it is convenient for the placement office. Holidays observed by the placement
office are considered excused absences but are not counted toward the total number of excused absences
that a student is permitted. Furthermore, student interns are expected to work at their placement office
during academic holidays and breaks. Students must perform their work at the office where they are
assigned. Even if a host office permits a student intern to work at home (not including overtime hours),
this is not permissible under the clinical program rules.


Student interns may be required to prepare a journal or memorandum during the placement. The student
intern’s Clinic Faculty Director will provide students with specific requirements for any assignments.


Program rules prohibit student interns from being paid a salary for their work.


NSU Law Center will send the student’s supervisor a form on which to evaluate the student intern at the
end of the term. The supervisor is also requested to meet with the student intern for an exit interview to
discuss the student’s work performance. If the supervisor does not offer the meeting, student interns
should initiate the conversation and ask for feedback on their work performance.


Before arriving at the placement office for the first day of work, students will need to contact their
placement office supervisor to discuss the details of their first day, such as where and when to report,
parking arrangements, and so forth.


NSU Law Clinical Semester Program requires that all students remain accessible to NSU officials. It is
the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of Clinical Programs of any change in their contact
information. Additionally, each student is responsible for obtaining access to the school’s email system
via the Internet. NSU does not pay for computer equipment or access charges. These expenses are solely
the student’s responsibility. Each student is responsible for regularly checking and reading NSU email to
be made aware of any important announcements. For questions relating to graduation, interviews, and so
on, students should contact Student Affairs and Career Services; students will not be individually
contacted regarding school functions such as graduation or OCI interviews.


Student interns and supervisors are expected to abide by all university, law center, and program rules and
regulations and all local, state, and federal laws. It is the intent of Nova Southeastern University to protect
all students from sexual harassment. Normal, non-coercive interaction that is acceptable to both parties is
not considered to be sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 and Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment undermines the integrity of
the employment and academic environment, debilitates morale, and interferes with the effectiveness of
the workplace. In accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s promulgated
guidelines, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for favors of a sexual nature, and any other
unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are considered sexual harassment.

Should a student intern at a placement office encounter this or any other especially difficult situation they
cannot rectify on their own and want to discuss it, they may contact the Clinic Faculty Director or
Assistant Dean Nancy Kelly Sanguigni at (954) 262-6063.


Distant students who are issued video conferencing equipment and software by the school are responsible
for its return. No transcripts or diplomas will be issued to them unless all equipment has been properly
returned to the NSU Law Center and software uninstalled.

Revised: August, 2010
F 10 - Clinical Info Packet Final – Internship