Fourth Court of Appeals


The intern program offers law students in their second and third year the opportunity to improve legal research and writing skills while acquiring a “behind-the-scenes” view of an intermediate appellate court. Interns will be selected to work in the chambers of one of the court’s seven justices. Work will include cite-checking opinions, researching civil and criminal law issues, writing legal memoranda, discussing cases with the court’s justices and attorneys, and observing oral argument.

Three times a year, intern solicitations are posted to our website and emailed to the law schools in Texas. The selected applicants will receive a letter stating they have been accepted and may either email or call the staff attorney to schedule a start date. The letters issued will provide the contact information for the supervising attorney.

Intern Applications are accepted as follows:

  • SPRING interns August 17th – Sept. 30th
  • SUMMER interns January 17 – Feb. 29th
  • FALL interns April 18th – May 30th

Please do not send applications to the individual justices of the court. The court will base its decisions on the applications received, individual interviews, or both.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents, in the order listed below, as a single PDF to

  • a cover letter indicating you are applying for an intern position,
  • a résumé,
  • a law school transcript (unofficial),
  • a certification of class rank, and
  • a writing sample no longer than ten 8 1/2" x 11" pages.

The cover letter, résumé, and writing sample portions of the application must be electronically searchable; bookmarks are preferred, but not required. Where a signature is required, an electronic image signature is preferred, but a /s/ signature block is acceptable.

The file name must be the student’s last name, first name, middle initial (if any), the term applied for (i.e., Spring), 2023, and “Internship _Application” with each file name element delimited with underscores.

For example, Maria G. De Los Reyes’s application for a spring internship must be named as follows: