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Our Mission

OCPS Legal Services seeks to advance public education by providing legal support to the members of The School Board of Orange County, Florida and its employees. Our mission is to provide quality legal services with professionalism, integrity and respect for the community, the School Board and its employees.

Program Overview

Internship

OCPS Legal Services provides an opportunity for experiential learning. Those selected to participate will be supervised by the Staff Attorney Jared Brooks, and at the direction and supervision of the attorneys throughout Legal Services, will be assigned to work on various aspects of cases and projects. Assignments are made based on a combination of factors including the needs of our attorneys and the intern's skill set and expressed interests. Interns will perform a variety of tasks which may involve gathering legal research on a variety of legal issues including, but not limited to, contracts, labor and employment, local government law, civil litigation, and property and land use issues. Interns may also be responsible for drafting legal memoranda and reports, analyzing legal “crisis” situations and recommending plans of action and practical solutions. Successful candidates are selected to work on a term appointment of 15 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks. 

Internships are available for semesters during the school year as well as the summer semester. Our office recruits interns based on staff availability to supervise, available office space for interns, and available projects for interns.

Internship Location

The Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center in Orlando, Florida.

The Candidates

Prospective volunteer interns shall be current second or third year law students (or its equivalent if a part-time student) enrolled in an accredited law school. Ideal candidates must be able to communicate well, display a record of academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to public service and confidentiality, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Candidates shall also maintain a high standard of ethics and integrity in a work environment.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills (writing sample required).

  • Strong research and analytical skills.

  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products.

  • Proficiency in Westlaw and LexisNexis.

Application Process

OCPS Legal Services will accept applications from second or third year law students on a rolling basis.

Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (unofficial copies will be accepted) writing sample (5 page maximum) and two references (one professional and one personal) for consideration.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

Legal Internship Program Manager
Orange County Public Schools
Office of the General Counsel
445 W. Amelia St.
Orlando, FL 32801

Email: Doranda.jacques@ocps.net
Phone: 407-317-3200 Ext. 2002928

PDF Version: Legal Internship Program Description (rev 12.11.17).pdf


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