Frequently Asked Questions about Internships
Why should I do an internship?
Students often report that an internship is one of their favorite experiences in law school. Working with the faculty and outside attorneys and judges can be a great way to gain experience, develop your professional skills, and build working relationships in the legal community.Back to top
Do many students take internships?
Yes – most of our students participate in at least one internship, and many take several.Back to top
Is any internship likely to give me the opportunity to appear at hearings?
Prosecution Internship (if you have 43 credit hours)Back to top
Are any courses recommended for students interested in transactional and policy work rather than in litigation?
Yes. Students work in non-litigation placements in many internship courses.Back to top
May I enroll in a particular internship more than once?
No, although the Federal Public Defender Internship and the U.S. Attorney Internship require a two-semester commitment.Back to top
Can I take more than one internship at a time, and is there a limit on how many I can take?
There is no limit to the number of internship courses a student can take, although a student may count toward a J.D. degree no more than 21 hours of credit combined from internships, directed study, and non-law courses. It is possible to take more than one internship at a time but it is discouraged because of the time commitment required.Back to top
Do I have to pay tuition for an internship?
Yes, an internship is treated the same as any other course for tuition and financial aid purposes.Back to top
When do internships begin and end?
Students generally begin internships at the beginning of the semester and conclude prior to final exams.Back to top
Are there any full-time internships during the academic year?
Yes. There are two full-time internships offered for 10 credits: the Semester in Practice Internship and the Legislative Internship. The Legislative Internship is offered as a 4-credit course and an optional 6-credit supplement. The supplement is available only during the regular session of the Texas Legislature (spring semester in odd-numbered years) and is only available for in-person work.Back to top
How do I enroll in an internship?
All internships require an application. Application information is available on the application information page.Back to top