Externships allow students to earn academic credit while working off campus in a law office or court. Students learn the role of attorney or judicial clerk while representing real clients and adjudicating actual cases. Florida State College of Law offers one of the most extensive externship programs in the United States. Externships are offered year round, and are available locally, throughout Florida, and in other national and international locations. In part-time programs students may take other classes while externing, while in full-time programs students spend the entire semester immersed in practice.

Program Descriptions


“I secured an internship at the International Bar Association in London working for the Executive Director, an FSU College of Law alum, and have loved every minute of it. I was even able to build my network of contacts here in London through other FSU alumni. It’s great to see Seminoles all over the world!”                              

— Margaret Spicer, Class of 2014

Externed at the International Bar Association

London, England


“Working as a corporate legal extern for Office Depot, Inc. is a great experience for any law student interested in pursuing a career in Corporate Law or as In-House Counsel. I received assignments in the following areas of the law: employment, commercial contracts, commercial and class-action litigation, I.P., privacy, securities, and real estate. My externship experience at Office Depot, Inc. was immeasurable!”

—Jeffery Sampson, Class of 2014

Externed with In-house Corporate Counsel for Office Depot

Boca Raton, Florida


“From meeting with federal agents to drafting an appellate brief, my externship at the U.S. Attorney's Office was an excellent training ground, especially given my interest in criminal prosecution. The FSU College of Law clinical externship program provided me with opportunities to apply classroom theory and knowledge under the supervision of experienced and qualified attorneys. I highly encourage students to expand their academic experience by choosing an externship that aligns with their professional interests and goals!”

—Vanessa Wheeler-Sanchez, Class of 2013

Externed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida



Notable Facts and Figures for 2012-2013

  • 130 externship participants in 45 different placement sites
  • 16 students placed with federal judges and federal agencies
  • Students placed in 14 cities including Tallahassee, Miami, Boca Raton,  Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, New York City, Washington, DC, Richmond, London, and Chiang Mai
  • 23 students in full-time litigation placements