Course Federal Public Defender Externship: Trial Unit - Law 693B ยง2
Instructor Lorraine Gin
Units 3 (Pass/Fail)
Recommended Courses:

Advanced Legal Writing, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence


This externship is with the Trial Unit of the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Tucson, AZ.  The Trial Unit includes all of the Public Defender’s appellate sections with the exception of the Capital Habeas Unit. 

To apply, students will need to submit a resume and writing sample.  The externship is open to 2L and 3L students; we prefer students who have completed courses in Advanced Legal Writing, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence.  Students will have the opportunity to work as part of a team with trial and appellate attorneys at all stages of federal criminal litigation on a wide range of cases—including drug, immigration, and firearm offenses; major crimes committed on reservations (e.g., murder, sexual abuse, assault); and other crimes that fall within federal jurisdiction (e.g., crimes on federal land or having federal connections).  This work includes brainstorming, research and writing, in-court observations of hearings and trials, and participation in client interviews, field investigations, and moot courts. 


Students will work approximately 150 hours during the externship.  



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To apply:


Submit a resume and writing sample to Edie Cunningham at

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