International Externships

Each year, Florida State University College of Law students further their education and gain practical experience with international legal issues by enrolling in international externships. Students may receive academic credit for participating in an international externship at a government or not-for-profit organization where the student engages in legal work supervised by an attorney.

Approved externship programs:

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Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc.

Credits: 6-9

Students represent indigent clients in immigration actions, including petitions seeking asylum and defense of deportation actions. Bilingual students (Spanish and/or Haitian) are preferred for this placement. Practice focuses on interviewing, case analysis and strategy, and the drafting of pleadings and motions before the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

Human Rights First

Credits: 6
(New York, NY)

Human Rights First (HRF) is a non-profit, privately funded, nonpartisan human rights organization that seeks to protect refugees fleeing persecution, victims of crimes against humanity, victims of discrimination, those whose rights are eroded in the name of national security, and human rights advocates targeted for defending the rights of others. Students work in one of six core programs and assist by conducting research and drafting memoranda on substantive and procedural legal issues, analyzing legislation, conducting fact researching and reporting on human rights conditions; and editing legal filings and publications.

International Bar Association

Credits: 10 

The IBA is comprised of law societies, bar associations and individual lawyers engaged in international legal practice. Students at the IBA will assist in developing academic papers and research on legal topics of international relevance. Externs also will support the work of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute, as it promotes human rights worldwide, by researching and drafting policy papers, preparing background research for grants, and providing research support for the HRI’s technical assistance projects. 

Available summer, fall and spring. Students work full-time for 12 weeks.

International Justice Mission

Credits: 6
(Chiang Mai)

The International Justice Mission is a non-profit, human rights organization made up of more than 500 lawyers, investigators, social workers, and other staff. The internship program is 10 weeks long starting on June 3rd and ending on August 8th.  The program begins with a one week orientation in Washington D.C.  The student will then travel to Thailand and work full-time for nine weeks as a legal intern. The student will conduct client interviews and research for cases on Human Trafficking, admin law, and child sex abuse. The intern will then develop a new case model for that work.

*Available summer; students work full-time.

U. S. Immigration Court

Credits: 6

Students serve as extern law clerk for the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Immigration Court. Students work in a clerkship capacity with an executive branch judge who presides in formal, quasi-judicial hearings in deportation, exclusion, removal, rescission and bond cases. Typical assignments include drafting decisions on applications for asylum, researching and writing memos on whether a particular criminal offense renders a person subject to removal, and drafting decisions on motions to reopen cases in which a final order has been issued. Students will develop research and writing skills and gain increased understanding of immigration law and procedure. 

Below is a non-exhaustive list of international tribunals and organizations that focus on issues of cross-national import, including human rights, environmental concerns, and trade matters. All have established internship programs and many have hosted FSU law students. Students seeking international experience also may extern at domestic tribunals and non-profit organizations within a foreign country, for example the Botswana Court of Appeal, where two FSU students usually extern every year. While not guaranteed, for the past several years the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights has been able to provide financial assistance to students doing international externships promoting human rights. To enroll in an international externship, a student first should meet with one of the College’s externship faculty to discuss credits, work schedule, type of assignment, on site supervision, and prerequisite coursework. Next, the student should apply directly to the site(s) where he or she seeks to extern. Once accepted, the student may enroll in an externship, unless it is a new placement. If the placement is a new one for the College, the student and externship faculty will jointly prepare a proposal to the College’s Curriculum Committee which must be approved before enrollment is possible.

Non-Governmental Organizations (PDF, 309.69 KB)

International Tribunals (PDF, 341.72 KB)

International Organizations (PDF, 327.07 KB)

U.S. Governmental Organizations (PDF, 190.63 KB)