Public Interest Externships

These placements offer students the opportunity to help with individual clients. Under the supervision of an experienced lawyer, you will learn how to interview and counsel, figure out if your client has a “legal problem,” plan how to address it, and take the lead in doing it. If you are a certified legal intern, you may give legal advice, sign pleadings, mediate and appear in court. These are ideal programs for students who see themselves practicing at small or mid-size firms, or starting a solo practice. Students who want to practice family law, immigration, bankruptcy, estate planning or elder law, employment law, personal injury law, health or education law, real estate law, or other matters that require skillful client interaction and knowledge of civil practice across multiple substantive areas, will find this program immensely valuable. These placements provide beneficial experience for future politicians and judges because of the opportunity to see and understand the every day problems that people in the community face.    

Select Placements in Tallahassee 

Legal Services of North Florida (Tallahassee)  
Legal Services of North Florida Low-Income Tax Clinic (Tallahassee, Quincy) 
Disability Rights Florida 
Southern Poverty Law Center

Select Placements Outside Tallahassee 

Legal Services and Legal Aid Offices (throughout Florida, Atlanta, Nationwide) 
Americans for Immigrant Justice (Miami) 
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (Tampa)


Students, please visit the FSU College of Law Externships site on Canvas for the most current externships information and to apply.