Course Information

Internship: U.S. Attorney

  • Taught by Matt Harding and Susan Klein
  • 4 credits (pass/fail) over two term – 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 United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. The internship component requires a commitment to work 10 hours per week for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 terms at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 903 San Jacinto Blvd., Suite 334 Austin, Texas 78701. Some of those hours can be completed at school or at home. Students must commit to a full academic year of internship study. You will assist in the prosecution of federal criminal cases under the supervision of Matt Harding, Dan Guess, and other Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Students will receive two credits “pass-fail” for the internship for each term, for a total of four units. Information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office is available at www.usdoj.gov/usao/txw/

Students are encouraged to enroll in the Fall 2022 three-unit Advanced Federal Criminal Prosecution seminar. This writing seminar, taught by Professors Susan R. Klein and Aleza Remis, will meet one afternoon per week to address the duties of federal criminal prosecutors and defenders, including grand jury procedure, drafting indictments, calculating sentences under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, designing undercover operations, offering immunity, responding to evidentiary and discovery motions, requesting bail, and entering plea and cooperation agreement negotiations. Students may also be interested in 3-unit Federal Criminal Law, a course taught by Prof. Susan Klein in the Spring of 2023. Neither is required.

Students interested in the internship for the Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 academic year are encouraged to stop by Prof. Susan Klein’s office at TNH 3.207. You may call her at (512) 203-2257 or send her an e-mail at sklein@law.utexas.edu. Alternatively, you may call Matt Harding at (512) 916-5858, or send him an e-mail at matthew.harding@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 Assistant US Attorney Matt Harding at matt.harding@usdoj.gov. Please also send copies of the above to usatxw.staffing@usdoj.gov.

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.