The Southern District of Alabama Federal Defenders Organization provides representation to people charged with federal crimes within the thirteen southernmost Alabama counties that comprise the Southern District of Alabama. This office offers paid internships to first, second, and third-year law students. Internship applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills and demonstrate an interest in providing services to indigent individuals in the federal criminal justice system.

Interns will receive a short orientation. Thereafter, they will help attorneys and office staff with client representation at various stages of a criminal case. Assignment of tasks will depend on the prior experience and skills of the individual intern. Duties may include general research; legal research; memo writing; motion/brief writing; assisting with client/witness interviews; organizing case materials; contacting community resources; and other office tasks.

Each intern is required to arrange a set schedule of in-office work hours with the intern supervisor. All interns must comply with office policies and procedures. If applicable, this office will comply with any supervision and/or record-keeping required for receipt of school credit. All interns must sign a confidentiality agreement and adhere to attorney-client relationship rules. All applicants must have a car, driver’s license, and appropriate motor vehicle insurance. Housing is not provided.

The Federal Defender Program is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Applicants may apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and at least 2 references, via email only, no later than February 28, 2023, to the intern supervisor, Patricia Kemp, Esq., at