Internship: Semester in Practice

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 Internship – APPLICATION REQUIRED. Contact the instructor for information about applying. Students must register for both Semester in Practice internship courses (one for 8 credits and one for 2 credits – for a total of 10 credits). Students must intern in-person at their field placements for this course, no remote internships will be approved.

Students in this clinical internship immerse themselves in practice, developing their professional skills and studying the role of lawyers and legal institutions. The course addresses topics relevant to public service lawyering in varied settings, including professionalism, ethics, advocacy, access to justice, the legal profession, and legal institutions.

For placements within the U.S., students intern full-time in government, nonprofit and legislative offices located outside of the Austin area. Placements within the Austin area are not eligible for this course.

For placements outside the U.S., students intern full-time with specialized courts, public institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.

Placement supervisors are experienced attorneys who expose students to the legal activities of their offices, oversee varied and demanding assignments, and provide regular feedback on student performance. Each student consults with the instructor to arrange his or her field placement, and each placement and supervisor must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. An international placement may be arranged independently or in consultation with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

Students are required to intern for 500 hours and may not receive a salary for their internship work, although they may receive a modest stipend to offset unusual living or travel expenses. Students are expected to complete written assignments and maintain close contact with the instructor during the internship.

Interested students should review the course website ( and then email the instructor (Eden Harrington, to arrange a time to discuss the course.

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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
03/30/2022 Experiential credit changed