Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





Position: Intern - Eastern Judicial Circuit


“The right of one charged with a crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours. From the very beginning, our state and national constitutions and laws have laid great emphasis on procedural and substantive safeguards designed to assure fair trials before impartial tribunals in which every defendant stands equal before the law. This noble ideal cannot be realized if the poor man charged with a crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.” Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 344, 83 S. Ct. 792, 796–97, 9 L. Ed. 2d 799 (1963).

The Office of the Public Defender, Eastern Judicial Circuit, located in Savannah, GA will host four law student interns during the summer of 2018. The Office of the Public Defender, EJC is located in downtown Savannah, GA within walking distance to the Chatham County courthouse. This internship program is designed to introduce promising students to the practice of criminal law and the honor of indigent defense. Interns will gain first-hand experience in criminal defense and client representation by observing every aspect of criminal court proceedings for felony cases; participating in the trial preparation and strategy meetings with trial attorneys, and completing general legal research assignments. Interns will directly interact with attorneys, support staff, and clients. Interns will also attend a week-long conference hosted by the Georgia Public Defender Council at which Public Defenders from across the state will be present.

The 10-week internship will begin in early June 2018 and conclude in early August 2018. Specific dates will be announced at a later time. Interns must be entering the 2L or 3L year. Accepted interns must provide their own accommodations in or within commuting distance of Savannah. The internship is unpaid. Accepted interns are encouraged to seek their own grant funding for pro bono student positions assisting non-profit legal entities.

Student applicants will be considered on a rolling basis during the months of February-April with interviews and invitations to participate in the intern program ongoing. To be considered for an internship position, interested students should forward the following materials to the attention of Intern Supervisor Amy Ihrig, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : (1) cover letter introducing yourself, (2) current resume including class standing and GPA, and (3) a legal writing sample of your choice (up to 10 pages in length). For purposes of the legal writing sample, please note whether the piece has been reviewed with editing suggestions made by someone else, such as a professor.

Contact Human Resources

Human Resources Manager
Georgia Public Defender Council
104 Marietta Street, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: 404-795-2440
Toll free: 800-676-4432