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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Traditional Unit Intern Information: This office utilizes volunteer interns. Typically, our interns are current law school students or recent law school graduates. We do not have any paid internships. If you are interested in an unpaid intern position, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to Administrative Assistant Adriana Limon by e-mail at, or mail your resume and letter to her at 727 E. Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, Suite B-207, San Antonio, Texas 78206-1205.

The Capital Habeas Unit is currently accepting applications from law students for our 2020 summer internship program. The Capital Habeas Unit was formed in late 2017 to represent death-sentenced individuals in federal habeas proceedings across the State of Texas. During the eight- to ten- week internship, students will have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of capital habeas representation. Students will:

  • Improve their writing through drafting and editing motions, memoranda, and briefs;
  • Improve their research skills through focused research projects under the guidance of highly-experienced attorneys;
  • Develop investigative skills through assisting mitigation specialists and expert fact investigators;
  • Learn client-centered, holistic advocacy;
  • Learn critical skills for interacting with clients;
  • Receive substantive training on all stages and facets of post-conviction litigation.

The positions are unpaid, but interns are free to seek funding through work-study or other public-interest programs, as well as class hours or other applicable credit at their law schools.  Please apply electronically, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no longer than 25 pages), and unofficial transcript addressed to Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas, care of adriana_limon@fd.orgThe CHU considers applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled

The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

For more employment opportunities, try US Courts Job Vacancies or Defender Services Employment.