The Academic Externship Program comprises a range of clinics that guide students working in the field in every sector of government service, in public interest lawyering and non-profit venues, and in state and federal judicial chambers. Six major clinics form the externship program:

• Public Interest Clinic
• Government Process Clinic
• Judicial Process Clinic
• Criminal Process Clinic
• Hospital Law Clinic
• International Process Clinic

Academic externships offer a guided learning experience under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The student’s field work is supplemented with targeted skills and values development through the Lawyering Skills and Professional Values Seminar.

Our externship program is part of a long-standing tradition of service at the law school. For more than four decades, Houston College of Law students have interned in state, national and international placements, serving the traditionally disadvantaged, the courts, non-profit agencies, and government agencies.


Faculty Faculty   Staff  
Catherine Burnett
Vice President, Associate Dean,
Director of Clinical Programs,
and Professor of Law
Elizabeth Dennis
Assistant Dean,
Associate Director of
Academic Internships,
and Professor of Law
Ben Santillán
Clinical Programs

In addition to federal and state trial and appellate courts in the Houston area, Texas and across the nation, our interns can be found in a wide range of service organizations and government agencies. This list illustrates a handful of the more than sixty placements where Law School interns learn in the field:

  • Lone Star Legal Aid, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • District Attorneys Offices of Harris, Fort Bend and Galveston Counties
  • Federal and Harris County Public Defenders’ Offices
  • Children at Risk, Justice for Children, CASA
  • NAACP, Advocacy, Inc., Amnesty International
  • Cathedral Justice Project
  • Internal Revenue Service, EEOC, Texas Public Utilities Commission, Housing and Urban Development, United States Patent and Trademark Office