Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Civil Division


PICS Organization Name
Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Civil Division 

Miami, Florida 

Organization Description
The Circuit Civil Division hears cases with damages in excess of $15,000 filed by an individual, business or government agency. The Circuit Civil Division has jurisdiction over a broad category of cases, including tort actions, contract disputes, products liability issues, malpractice matters, and infringements of intellectual property. 

Alan Fine is a judge in the civil division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. The work of the
intern can contribute to the effectiveness of the judicial process. Judge Fine will train the intern to be a law clerk/legal intern, and the Intern will prepare memoranda of law for his use in deciding cases. The intern will observe and prepare memoranda on pending cases. Prospective interns should contact prior interns to learn about their experiences.

Internship Description
The intern will monitor court proceedings, summarize court documents, and perform factual and limited legal research. The student will watch civil trails and assist the judge in preparing for hearings and trials
including legal research.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 10 Flexible between May 10 - August 27 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Demonstrated writing skill
  • Competence with Word and Excel
  • A working laptop 
  • Curiosity or experience in civil justice issues

**Writing sample required:  One paper of at least 5 pages .

Additional Info
If an in-person internship, there is student housing available at the University of Miami and there is a Metro train from there to the courthouse.

Rarely, preparation will be required outside work hours.

The Court HR will perform a background check.

Former Interns
Kate Liu '23, Bes Arnaout '20

Evaluation Excerpt

My best work experience was definitely working on my written assignments for Judge Fine. As someone who began this internship with a minimal understanding of the judicial process, Judge Fine was extremely helpful and supportive in teaching me various legal terms and concepts. Each week, I would intensely prepare for one hearing, analyzing the motions and responses from all parties involved and conducting research on WestLaw. It was really meaningful to approach an issue I had little to no background in and craft a detailed legal memoranda on that issue for the Judge—and hopefully seeing that the Court ruled the same way!  -- Kate Liu '23

My relationship with my supervisor, Judge Fine, was really great. He was always really interested in making sure that I had a rewarding experience - he kept me busy with assignments and research, always made sure I was watching a trial, and even arranged for me to meet the personal injury lawyer, take a tour of the morgue, and after the internship, spend a week in dependency court with another judge as well. Most importantly, though, he always answered all my questions and took my opinions seriously, engaging in really great conversations with me - about the law, but also about other things like religion, family, and politics (especially during lunch!).
—Maria Jerez '19

The internship was definitely educationally enriching, too, because I learned so much about legal concepts, legal research strategies, and the specific requirements of legal writing. My internship was amazing! —Shelby Shearon '19