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The Texas Legislature will be in session during the spring of 2009, which provides unique educational opportunities. Students in this program will participate in the legislative process by working on legal issues in offices connected to the Legislature. Students may intern with the Lieutenant Governor's Office, a Senator's office, a Representative's office, a committee office, the Legislative Council, or a legislative agency. A student must work under a supervising attorney with at least three years experience who agrees to expose the student to a range of activities and to provide the student with varied, demanding assignments that are primarily legal in nature.
This internship program is offered for 3 credits (graded pass/fail). Students may not receive compensation for their internship work. There are no pre-requisites.
Along with the internship, students will meet as a class for an orientation session at the beginning of the semester and twice later in the semester to discuss topics relevant to the legislative process and their internship experiences. Course requirements also include goal setting, reflective writing assignments and individual meetings with a course instructor. Students are required to work in their internship placements for at least 175 hours during the regular semester. Each intern will arrange a mutually convenient work schedule with his or her supervising attorney.
An application and instructor approval are required prior to registration for this program. The application is available in the Student Affairs Office and on the program website.
Before applying, a student must identify a legislative office and supervising attorney willing to host the student, and specify the proposed internship placement and supervising attorney in the application. An instructor will contact the student's proposed supervising attorney to verify the supervisor's agreement to host the student and participate in the program.
A list of legislative offices accepting internship applications will be posted on the program website. Students may contact either Professor Crouter or Professor Harrington to discuss other possible placements.