Course Information

Federal Public Defender Internship

  • Taught by Horatio Aldredge and Susan Klein
  • 4 credits (pass/fail) over two terms – Fall (2 credits), Spring (2 credits)
  • Students must commit to a full academic year of internship study.
  • Students register for Law 297P.
  • 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 Austin Federal Public Defender’s Office. Information on the Federal Public Defender Office is available at: Your supervisory attorney will be Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender Horatio R. Aldredge, 504 Lavaca St., Suite 960, Austin, TX 78701-2860. While the internship requires a 10 hour per week commitment, not all of those hours need to be done at the Fed. Public Defender’s office – many can be done at U.T.

Students earn 4 credits (pass/fail) over two terms (2 credits per term) – offered Fall and Spring every year. Students must commit to a full academic year of internship study.  Students are encouraged to enroll in the Fall 2022 Adv. Fed.  Crim. Prosecution and Defense seminar, co-taught by Professors Susan Klein and Aleza Remis, and to take a 3-unit Federal Criminal Law course taught by Prof. Susan Klein in Spring of 2023, but these are not required.

Students interested in the internship for the 2023 – 2024 academic year are encouraged to stop by Prof. Susan Klein’s office at TNH 3.207, alternatively, you may call Prof. Aldredge at (512) 916-5025, or send him an e-mail at You may call Prof. Klein at (512) 203-2257, or send her an e-mail at

The application deadline for the next academic year (Fall 2023 – Spring 2024) will be in March 2023. To apply, please e-mail a copy of cover letters, resume and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Professor Klein at and to Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender Horatio R. Aldredge at

Though students will know whether or not they are selected for the program before fall registration, the unique number for the Fall 2023 internship will not be available right away.