The Federal Public Defender Office in Boston has filled their open positions for Fall 2023. They may consider a Spring 2024 student, deadline TBD. Students who are interested can email a resume to Liz Prevett at

The Federal Public Defender Office provides legal representation to persons charged with federal criminal offenses in the District of Massachusetts who cannot afford to hire their own attorney.  The Court appoints the office to represent defendants upon their arrest and through the completion of all appeals, including certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Seventeen attorneys, three paralegals, three investigators and five administrative persons work in the Office.  Federal crimes include major drug distribution conspiracies, bank robbery, fraud, embezzlement and various financial crimes, immigration offenses and weapons charges.

Our internships provide opportunities for students to develop their research and writing skills, to receive comments on their written work from experienced attorneys, to participate in the defense of criminal cases and attend the trials, bail hearings, appeals and arguments in both cases in which they assist and other cases in the office.

Students who wish to participate in this opportunity must complete the online independent clinical application which is available here:  

Students can earn 3 fall clinical credits (12 hours/week).
Deadlines: Fall August 18; (applications reviewed as received)

Please note that independent clinical projects are open to 2L and 3L students.  

J.D students in active F-1 student status cannot participate in Domestic Independent Clinicals because these opportunities are not eligible for CPT authorization.

Questions about the independent clinical application process may be directed to