Course Information

Federal Public Defender Internship, 2020-21

Taught by Horatio Aldredge and Susan Klein
4 credits (pass/fail) over two semesters – Fall (2 credits), Spring (2 credits)
Students register for Law 297P.

This program is open to students who have completed their first two semesters.

This internship program offers students the opportunity to intern for academic credit with the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Austin. Information on the office is available at:

Students earn 4 credits (pass/fail) over two semesters (2 credits per semester) – offered fall and spring every year. Students must commit to a full academic year of internship study. Students may also take the “Indigent Defense: Theory and Practice” two-credit course in the fall, taught by Professors Peterson and Davidson. This course is strongly recommended for all interns. Students are also encouraged to take “Federal Criminal Prosecution, Advanced” (fall seminar taught by Professors Brown and Klein) and/or “Federal Criminal Law” (spring course taught by Prof. Klein).

Please review Federal Public Defender Internship Program and the course description for more information.

Students interested in the internship for the 2020-21 academic year should consult with Professor Klein or with Professor Aldredge.  Prof. Klein can be reached by stopping by her office (TNH 3.207), by phone (512/232-1324), or by email ( Alternatively, students may contact Prof. Aldredge by email (

The application deadline for the next academic year (Fall 2020-Spring 2021) is March 6, 2020.