Course Information

Federal Public Defender Internship

  • Taught by Susan Klein Horatio Aldredge
  • 2 credits (pass/fail) per semester
  • Students are encouraged to commit to both fall and spring semesters, but one semester applications will also be considered.
  • Students must intern in person at their placement; only incidental remote work is permitted.
  • This program is open to students who have completed their first two semesters.

This internship program offers students the opportunity to apply for “for-credit” internship positions with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Texas, Austin Branch. The office is located downtown at 504 Lavaca St., Suite 960, Austin, TX 78701. The internship requires a 10 hour per week commitment, but not all those hours need to be done at the Fed. Public Defender Office.

Students earn 2 credits (pass/fail) for the fall semester and, if they enroll in the spring, they earn another 2 credits (pass/fail) for spring semester. Students are encouraged to commit to a full academic year of internship study, but one semester applications will also be reviewed. This internship program is not available during either summer session.

Students may wish to enroll in the fall 2023 Adv. Fed.  Crim. Prosecution and Defense seminar, co-taught by Prof. Klein and Aleza Remis. They might also consider enrolling in Fed. Crim. Law, taught in the spring by Prof. Klein and in the fall by Judge Robert Pitman. Neither course is required. Applicants may benefit from having completed Criminal Procedure and Evidence courses.

The application deadline for the 2023 – 2024 academic year is March 27, 2023.

To apply, please email a copy of your cover letter, resume and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Prof. Susan  Klein at and to Assistant Federal Public Defender Horatio Aldredge at Please indicate which semester you are applying for. There is no additional application form.

Students interested in this internship should stop by Prof. Klein’s office at TNH 3.207, or call her at (512) 203-2257. You may also call Mr. Aldredge at (512) 916-5025. Interviews will be conducted at the Career Services Office or via Zoom.