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Real Cases. Real Experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clinics and Internships

Do students enjoy clinics and internships?
Yes! Students often report that a clinic or internship is one of their favorite experiences in law school. Working with the faculty and outside attorneys on real cases can be a great way to improve your professional skills and build working relationships in the legal community.
Do many students take clinics and internships?
Yes – most of our students participate in one or more clinic or internship.
Which courses will accept students after two semesters and LLM students?
  • Capital Punishment Clinic
  • Civil Rights Clinic
  • Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
  • Environmental Clinic
  • Human Rights Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Legislative Lawyering Clinic
  • Supreme Court Clinic
  • Transnational Worker Rights Clinic
  • Most internship programs
Do I need to be committed to the area of law covered in a particular course?
No – many students enroll in clinics and internships in order to build their skills and to explore subject areas that they will not pursue immediately following graduation.
Which courses are likely to give me the opportunity to appear in court?
  • Children’s Rights Clinic
  • Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Transnational Worker Rights Clinic
  • Prosecution Internship (if you have 43 credit hours)
Are any courses particularly suited for students interested in transactional and policy areas of law rather than in litigation?
Yes. The Entrepreneurship and Community Development, Environmental, Legislative Lawyering, and Human Rights clinics involve work that is non-litigation in nature. Many internship courses also have placements in non-litigation settings.
May I enroll in a particular clinic or internship more than once?

A small number of students may enroll in a clinic for a second time as Advanced Clinic students, subject to instructor approval. It is not possible to enroll in an internship course more than once (other than the U.S. Attorney Internship, which requires a two semester commitment).

Can I take more than one clinic or internship at a time?

It is possible but strongly discouraged because of the time commitment required.

Is there any limit to the number of clinics and internships I can take for credit?
No, although a student may count toward a J.D. degree no more than 21 hours of credit from internships, directed study, and non-law courses.
Do I have to pay tuition for an internship?

Yes – an academic internship is considered a course and you must register for it and pay tuition during the semester of your internship.  Financial aid is available as for any other course.

Are clinics and internships more work than classroom courses?

Many students report that a clinical course requires as much time as a challenging classroom course.  The workload often varies during the semester, depending on the demands of particular projects.  Most clinics and internships conclude prior to final exams.

Are there any full-time internships during the academic year?

Yes. There are three full-time internships offered for 10 credits during the fall and the spring: the D.C. Internship, the International Internship, and the Semester in Practice Internship.

How do I enroll in a clinic or internship?

All clinics and internships require an application.  Application information is available on the clinical website: (www.utexas.edu/law/clinics/applications.php).