Students Gain Experience Through Externships

Press Date
August 16, 2021
Smith and Judge Kidd

Rising 2L Brittany Smith (right) externed with the Honorable Embry Kidd (left), of the U.S. District
Court for the Middle District of Florida, during the summer of 2021.

This summer, many FSU Law students obtained valuable, hands-on work experience through externships located around the world. Some of the students performed externship responsibilities remotely due to COVID-19, while others worked in person. Eighty-two students externed for federal and state courts, including the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; for businesses, including Apple, Ecobank, and SBA Communications; for government offices, including the Executive Office of the Governor, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration; for non-profits, including the D.C. Justice Lab, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, and International Bar Association; and for a variety of law firms, public defender offices and state attorney offices. The experience and skills gained by students this summer will benefit them in their future careers and FSU Law is grateful to the alumni and other attorneys who supervised these important experiential learning opportunities.

"During the summer of 2021, I completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Embry Kidd of the Middle District of Florida," said rising 2L Brittany Smith. "During my externship, I researched procedural and substantive issues related to civil rights, international law, fraud and statutory violations. I also drafted reports and recommendations, court orders, and legal memoranda. My favorite part of the externship was discussing ongoing trials and cases with law clerks and judges. Overall, I loved my experience at the federal courthouse and am very thankful to my career services advisor, who told me about the judicial externship program and helped me prep for my onboarding interview."


Published on August 16, 2021