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College of Law

Florida State University


In-House Corporate Counsel Externship Program


The College of Law has close relationships with many large corporations located throughout Florida and the southeast region. 

In this summer externship, students work full-time for nine weeks under the supervision of in-house corporate counsel, many of whom are our alumni. Students begin work in early May (one week after finals end) 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 around the country 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.