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Florida State University

 

Business Externships

Business Regulation
  • Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

    Credits: 6

    AHCA is the state agency responsible for oversight of Florida’s Medicaid program. It also licenses and regulates health care facilities, such as nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, laboratories and home health agencies. Students work in the Office of the General Counsel and assist with cases related to administration of the Medicaid plan, including defending the agency’s denial of benefits to beneficiaries, and recovering overpayments to service providers. Students conduct factual investigation, draft pleadings and motions, conduct discovery, negotiate settlements and prepare recommended final orders. Students may represent the agency at informal and formal hearings.

  • Florida Attorney General - Antitrust

    Credits: 4

    Students externing in the Antitrust branch of the Attorney General's office assist in the investigation and prosecution of antitrust violations. Students engage in pretrial investigations through the division's civil investigative authority and formal discovery. Students participate in case planning sessions, and also participate in and atend settlement negotiations. Because of the complexity of the division's caseload, students are not assigned primary responsibility for cases. 

  • Florida Attorney General - Consumer Protection

    Credits: 6
    (Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, West Palm Beach)

    Are you interested in fighting for consumers? The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit is mandated by Chapter 501, Florida Statutes to engage in civil litigation against companies and individuals that rip-off, defraud or mislead Florida consumers. The Consumer Protection Unit has successfully litigated against some of the world’s largest corporations and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution for Florida consumers. Students assist in the representation of the section in judicial proceedings. Students have an opportunity to develop competency in fact gathering and field investigation, identifying and applying facts to law, developing case strategy, drafting legal instruments and writing legal documents. Because of the complexity of the cases involved, students are not assigned primary responsibility for cases and do not appear in court except to assist the lead counsel. 

     

  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

    Credits: 6 

    The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (BPR) regulates a wide variety of businesses and professions. Students would engage in administrative litigation in various divisions: Alcohol, Beverage & Tobacco, Land Sales, Hotels and Restaurants, Pari-Mutual Wages, or Professions. Most of this litigation involves challenges to BPR’s licensing and/or regulatory decisions. Litigation assignments include pretrial discovery, motion practice, drafting pleadings. Students may have the opportunity to conduct hearings. 

  • Florida Department of Health

     

    Credits: 6

    Students externing with the Department of Health investigate and litigate complaints against medical practitioners in Florida. Students will work closely with an experienced senior attorney, and will have the opportunity to conduct factual investigation, draft administrative complaints, conduct pre-hearing discovery, participate in administrative hearings, and prepare recommended final orders. Students will also engage in settlement negotiation. 

  • Florida Public Service Commission

    Credits: 6

    Students work in the Commission's General Counsel's office. Students duties include the preparation of legal memoranda and hearing preparation and execution. Students have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the advisory staff attorney's role and learn the law regulating utilities in Florida. 

  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    Information coming soon!
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    Credit: 6 
    (Miami, Atlanta) 

    Students assist SEC lawyers with research and writing projects related to regulation of the financial markets. Students also attend seminars, workshops, and commission meetings. Opportunities exist in Washington, D.C. and 11 regional offices. In Washington DC, 11 divisions and offices participate. In the regional offices, students typically are assigned to the Division of Enforcement or the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

  • U.S. Trustee, Department of Justice
    Information coming soon!
Corporate Counsel
  • HD Supply
    (Orlando, Atlanta)

    More information coming soon!
  • International Speedway Corporation

    Credits: 4
    (Daytona Beach)

    International Speedway Corporation (ISC) is headquartered in Daytona Beach near the Daytona International Speedway. ISC works hand in hand with NASCAR to promote over 100 motorsports events annually. The student will work directly with assistant general counsel. In assisting the ISC attorneys with their work projects, the extern will gain experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts related to sponsorships, vendors/operations, multimedia coverage of events, insurance loss and control, and agreements with racing sanctioning bodies like NASCAR.

  • Jabil Circuit, Inc.

    Credits: 4
    (St. Petersburg)

    Jabil Circuit, Inc., is a global manufacturing solutions company headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. The extern will assist the in-house corporate attorneys with representation of the company, with an emphasis on drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts. The student also will work on matters related to corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, litigation, and intellectual property.

  • NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company

    The student will work with NextEra Energy/Florida Power & Light Company’s Environmental and Land Use Group in Tallahassee and primarily conduct research and write memoranda to assist attorneys with matters relating to representation of the companies before the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection and other state agencies.  Students may assist with power plant siting, pipeline siting, endangered species issues, water and air regulations, and other environmental legal topics.   Students may attend meetings, hearings, trials or other appropriate events with attorneys from the office. 

    Credits:  4 credits
    Work Hours: 14 hours/week for 13 weeks in fall and spring; 20 hours/week for 9 weeks in summer
    Prerequisites:  Applicant must have completed one of these courses:  Environmental Law, Energy Law, or Administrative Law.  Students are not certified pursuant to the student practice rule.
    Recommended Courses:  Energy Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law
    Selection Process:  Selection is based on the student applicant's overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, and other externships taken.

  • Office Depot

    Credits: 4
    (Boca Raton)

    The extern will work with Office Depot’s in-house corporate attorneys who are divided into four teams: litigation; real estate; contracts, securities and benefits; and employer compliance. The student will assist attorneys with matters relating to representation of the company, with a heavy emphasis on transactional work. In addition to assisting with legal representation, the student will meet with corporate executives and will attend meetings of the litigation team. 

  • Southeast Toyota, LLC

    Credits: 4
    (Deerfield Beach)

    As the sole summer intern in the Southeast Toyota Distributors legal department, the intern will work directly with SET in-house attorneys, paralegals and support staff, as well as have routine exposure to other departments in the company. Students will conduct legal research and provide legal analysis in a variety of subjects including franchise law, automotive regulation, advertising law and intellectual property. Students also will assist SET attorneys in reviewing commercial contracts and marketing material. 

Courts
  • Circuit Court/Complex Business Litigation Court Program

    Credits: 6 
    (Orlando, Miami, Tampa)

    Complex Business Litigation Courts have been created in the Ninth (Orlando), Eleventh (Miami) and Thirteenth (Tampa) Judicial Circuits of Florida. Students are assigned to work directly with a judge in a Complex Business Litigation Court as an extern/judicial law clerk. Students prepare memoranda of law, draft opinions and orders, and observe proceedings. The externship gives students an opportunity to improve research, writing and analytical skills and to observe and critique trial and motion practice skills. Students also learn about circuit court jurisdiction and procedure and are exposed to a variety of substantive business law issues.  Students must attend the judicial externship seminar the semester before or after the externship. 

  • Florida Division of Administrative Hearings

    Credits: 6

    Students are assigned to serve as an extern law clerk for an administrative law judge at the Division of Administrative Hearings. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda, and preparing orders. Students have an opportunity to improve their research, writing and analytical skills and to gain an understanding of the jurisdiction and procedures of the Division of Administrative Hearings. Students gain exposure to a wide variety of substantive law. 

  • Florida First District Court of Appeal – Worker's Compensation Unit

    Credits: 6

    District Courts of Appeal are located in Tallahassee, Lakeland, Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach. Students generally are assigned to work in a clerkship capacity with one of the judges. At the First DCA (in Tallahassee), students also may be assigned to the Workers Compensation Unit or the Central Legal Staff. Duties include reviewing the briefs and the record below, conducting legal research, writing case summaries and drafting opinions. Students critically observe oral arguments, which take place only during morning hours.

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court

    Credits: 6

    The externing student is assigned to work in a clerkship capacity with the bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee). Students also have worked with judges in the Middle District of Florida (Orlando, Tampa), and other locations may be available. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda, preparing orders, etc. Students have an opportunity to observe Bankruptcy Court proceedings, improve their research and writing skills and gain exposure to general bankruptcy law. Students who enroll in this externship attend the Judicial Externship Seminar the semester before or after the externship. 

  • U.S. District Court

    Credits: 6 
    (Tallahassee)

    Externing students work in a clerkship capacity with a federal district court judge or magistrate judge. Duties include conducting legal research, drafting memoranda and preparing orders.


    Credits: 6
    (Outside Tallahassee)

    Externing students work in a clerkship capacity with a federal district court judge or magistrate judge. Duties include legal research, drafting memoranda and preparing orders. Recently, students have externed with judges in Pensacola, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Miami, Macon, Albany, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. Students who enroll in this externship attend the Judicial Externship Seminar the semester before or after the externship. Most judges accept students every semester, but a few accept students only in the summer.

Government Contracting
  • Florida Department of Management Services

    Credits: 4

    Under the supervision of DMS General Counsel, the student will focus on bid protest law and the accompanying processes, including contracts and bidding. Responsibilities include attending a weekly meeting with General Counsel, coordinating with interviewing parties, and communicating with opposing counsel prior to motions.

  • Florida Department of Transportation

    Credits: 4

    This externship is for students interested in transactional work. Students assist the Department of Transportation with various transactions, including the review, analysis, and revision of Department  policies and procedures, forms, procurement documents, and the following types of agreements: professional services, purchase of commodities and contractual services, grants, local agreements, settlement agreements, intellectual property agreements, cell tower agreements, leases and other various agreements.

  • Florida Housing Finance Corporation

    Credits: 4

    Students will work with attorneys and staff to complete real property transactions and to procure and contract for goods and services and to conduct legal research for the general counsel on issues that arise in the course of the corporation’s business. Students may also participate in rulemaking and administrative hearings, if these opportunities are available. 

Tax Assistance
  • Legal Services of North Florida Low-Income Tax Clinic
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service
    Information coming soon!