A professor helping one of her law students. Experiential Learning

According to a 2010 report, employers surveyed said practical legal work experience, also known as experiential learning, is the most marketable attribute on law graduates’ resumes. At Coastal Law, we are committed to providing numerous hands-on opportunities for students to acquire real world skills in a variety of high demand practice areas.

Whether serving Jacksonville’s indigent community in our live-client legal clinics or gaining experience through internship, externship or clerking positions advertised in our online career center (Symplicity), practical legal experience can provide a healthy competitive edge when job searches begin. Coastal Law recommends students acquire at least 400 hours of legal work experience while in school.

All clinics and externships qualify towards the mandatory 6 credits of experiential learning (three of which must be in a clinic or externship). A student may take up to 15 credits of Experiential Learning courses at Coastal.

In addition the following simulation courses can count for 3 of your mandatory six credits:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 credits) - Every Fall & Spring
  • Appellate Advocacy (3 credits) - Every Fall
  • Environmental Law Practice and Procedure (2 credits) - Every Fall
  • Family Law Mediation (2-3 credits) - Every Fall
  • Intellectual Property Licensing (2 credits) - Every Spring
  • Interviewing and Counseling (1-2 credits) - Every Fall & Spring
  • Trial Practice Workshop for Mock Trial (2 credits) - Every Fall
  • Trial Practice and Trial Practice Lecture (3 credits combined) - Every Fall & Spring
  • Trusts and Estates Drafting Simulation (2 credits) - Every Fall & Spring
  • Symplicity – Coastal Law’s online career center 
If you have trouble accessing Symplicity, please contact the CSA at 680-7744 or csa@fcsl.edu

Additional Program Information

Summer 2018 Mini Handbook
Fall 2018 Mini Handbook