- Semester: Fall 2023
- Course ID: 297P
- Credit Hours: 2
- Internship Type: other
- Grading Method: Pass/Fail Mandatory
- Experiential Credit: 2 credit hours
- Upperclass-only elective
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Instructors: Captain Andrew Lane and Prof. Susan R. Klein
No class meeting information is available for this class. Students will arrange their work schedules with their supervisors. They are expected to work about 10 hours per week during the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters.
This course is restricted to upper class students only. U.S. Army Externship – APPLICATION REQUIRED: https://law.utexas.edu/internships/u-s-army-internship/u-s-army-internship-course-information/
To apply, please e-mail a copy of your cover letter, resume and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Prof. Klein at email@example.com and Captain Andrew Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in the externship are encouraged to stop by Prof. Klein’s office at TNH 3.207 (her office hours are Wed. from 3:30 to 5:00 pm). You may call or text her at (512) 203-2257, or send her an e-mail at the above address. Alternatively, you may call Captain Lane at (770) 597-6542, or send him an email at the above address. You can reach the Fort Hood Trial Defense office at (254) 287-0476.
** This course meets the Professional Skills requirement for graduation. **
This externship program offers students the opportunity to apply for “for-credit” externship positions with the United States Army Trial Defense Service, Fort Hood Field Office. This course offers students a two-credit (pass/fail) externship to be completed over the fall 2023 semester and a two-credit (pass/fail) externship to be completed over the spring 2024 semester. While this externship program is not available during either summer session, students are welcome to apply for summer positions directly with that office. Students participating in this program must commit to both long semesters.
Students will assist defense counsels and paralegals in administrative separations and criminal proceedings pursuant to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Fort Hood Legal office is the largest and busiest office in the Army. Attorneys there have federal felony jury trials monthly, similar to those seen in a Federal District Court but often with crimes and facts unique to the military. Army JAG officers regularly change jobs, working as prosecutors, magistrate judges, defense attorneys, national security attorneys, and trial/appellate judges. This creates a level of collegiality and rapport not seen in criminal justice practice elsewhere.
Applicants may benefit from having completed or being enrolled in an upper-level criminal law course such as Adv. Fed. Crim. Prosecution & Defense, Federal Criminal Law, National Security Law, Cybersecurity Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, or Computer Law. None of those courses are required.
The externship component requires a commitment to work 10 hours per week, though not all hours must be completed at the office. Students should expect to spend one day per week at Fort Hood Trial Defense Service, 330 761st Tank Battalion Ave, Fort Hood, Tx 76544, working in the office or in court. Ft. Hood is located about halfway between Austin and Waco, a bit over an hour’s drive from the law school or about 50 minutes from Georgetown.
The application deadline for the next academic year is Friday, July 21, 2023. Interviews are conducted at the Career Services Office or over Zoom.
Additional information about the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, is available at: Trial Defense Service Public (army.mil).
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