Benjamin 'Ben' Odom is vice president, deputy general counsel at International Speedway Corporation. During summer semesters, he supervises FSU Law in-house corporate counsel externs. He is an FSU Law alumnus, earning his J.D. with honors in 2004.
The College of Law has close relationships with many large corporations located throughout Florida and the southeast region.
FSU Law has relationships with the in-house law departments of large, primarily publicly-traded companies that have agreed to host a student in the summer semester. Students work for nine weeks under the supervision of in-house corporate counsel, many of whom are our alumni. Students begin work in early May and finish in July.
Although every placement provides a distinct experiential learning opportunity, the common objectives are:
skills training (legal drafting, contract review, client counseling, fact development, program-oriented legal research and analysis)
problem-solving training (blending strategic, policy and ethical considerations with the doctrines of substantive law to devise solutions to client problems)
exposure to the realities of corporate practice
learning to critically evaluate the norms and institutional arrangements within which corporate counsels practice
instilling in students a sense of what professional and ethical behavior looks like in the corporate context
The College of Law currently places students in externships at locations including HD Supply (Atlanta and Orlando), International Speedway Corporation (Daytona Beach), NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company, and SBA Communications (Boca Raton).
Contact our Externships Office for a full list of placement locations.