The Child Support Division of the State Attorney’s Office handles paternity, child support establishment, and enforcement cases. Responsibilities for clinical interns will include preparing and making appearances at bench trials; researching family law issues; drafting motions; coordinating hearing dates with opposing counsel; calculating child support guidelines and arrears; reviewing discovery requests and responses; and helping the Assistant State Attorneys with case management.
Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Cases are generally scheduled in the mornings; therefore, interns’ schedules should permit them to work at least 3 mornings per week.
To some extent, the experience the students can expect to receive will depend upon the particular assignment. In general, however, the student will receive experience in the following areas:
- Investigation and filing of cases
- Pre-trial procedures, including motion practice, discovery, depositions, legal research, and trial preparation
- Participation in the trial of a variety of cases