Due to COVID-19, the Internship Program has been temporarily suspended.

The John Richard Collins Legal Scholar Program

The 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app Attorney’s Office offers a limited amount of internships for recent law graduates, law students, and undergraduates who are considering a career in law. The program started in 2003 under the leadership of the late John Richard Collins, who served as 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app Attorney from 2003 until 2006. In addition to being 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app Attorney, Mr. Collins served 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app through a number of other public positions, including 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app School Board Attorney, General Counsel to the 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Assistant State Attorney, and adjunct professor at Florida Keys Community College and St. Leo’s University.  

In 2015, the 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app Commission formally named the internship program the John Richard Collins Legal Scholar Program in honor of Mr. Collins when it adopted Resolution 152-2015. Through that program, stipends are paid to law clerks and interns to help cover their living expenses. 


Law clerks and interns are assigned tasks commensurate with their experience and capabilities. Past clerks and interns have drafted ordinances and resolutions, contracts, and other documents, helped prepare cases for trial, conducted legal research, and assisted the attorneys and staff with a variety of assignments. Past participants have gone on to serve in a variety of public service roles including a 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app Court Judge, a county attorney in another county, a law professor, counsel for a public utility, counsel for a community college, as well as careers in the U.S. military and the Department of Defense. Other participants have gone on to successful careers in private practice. 


Individuals interested in applying to the program should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Preference is given to residents or those having a connection to 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app 皇冠体育官方app体育官方app. 

  1. Abra Campo

    Executive Administrator
    Phone: 305-292-3470