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: http://txw.fd.org/austin. 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 horatio_aldredge@fd.org. You may call Prof. Klein at (512) 203-2257, or send her an e-mail at sklein@law.utexas.edu.

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 sklein@law.utexas.edu and to Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender Horatio R. Aldredge at horatio_aldredge@fd.org.

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.