The City Attorney’s Office is a proud participant in the University Of Miami School Of Law’s Clinical Skills Program and the Florida International University School of Law’s Externship Program. These programs place second and third year law students with our Office as interns for a semester. Many of these interns are certified by the Florida Supreme Court and earn educational credits for their service. Our Office also accepts interns from other law schools around the state and country with exceptional academic records.
The City Attorney’s Office provides law student interns with the opportunity to analyze advanced issues of municipal law on a variety of topics that affect the residents, businesses, and visitors in Miami Beach—a dynamic tourist and entertainment destination. Interns obtain valuable public sector experience in the areas of land use and zoning, contracts and transactional matters, constitutional law challenges, employment and labor union disputes, environmental law, personal injury, legislation, and ethics and election laws. Legal interns are assigned a variety of projects including legal research, litigation support, drafting memoranda of law and motions, and assisting attorneys with court hearings and trials in State and Federal courts. Interns also attend various City board meetings (historic preservation, design review, and zoning board of adjustment) and City Commission meetings to obtain insight into the workings of municipal government. Some certified interns have also had the opportunity to present oral arguments before the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Appellate Division and have handled code enforcement and administrative hearings.