The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama provides representation to persons charged with federal crimes in the thirty-one northern counties of Alabama. The Birmingham and Huntsville offices offer an unpaid internship program to students who have completed their first year of law school.

Interns assist attorneys and investigators in the different stages of client representation, including, meeting with clients and witnesses, reviewing and organizing discovery materials, researching constitutional and criminal law issues, drafting motions and pleadings, and preparing cases for trial. Interns also have opportunities to observe hearings and trials.

Applicants are required to demonstrate excellent research and writing skills and a strong interest in indigent defense issues. Prior course work in criminal law and criminal procedure is encouraged.

The program requires a commitment of at least 10 hours per week for students seeking to work either during the fall or spring semester. The summer program requires a full-time commitment for six weeks.

Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Please specify when you are interested in working and whether you prefer to work in the Birmingham or Huntsville office. Students pursuing externship credit are welcome to apply. Please direct your application package to:

Allison Case
Assistant Federal Public Defender
505 20th Street North, Suite 1425
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Applicants for the Summer should apply by March 1, with applications accepted earlier. Applicants for the spring should apply by January 1, with applications accepted earlier.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal opportunity for all qualified people, regardless of age, sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.