The Office of the Solicitor General is responsible for supervising and approving all appellate litigation for the State of Texas and for ensuring consistency in legal positions taken by the state. The Solicitor General determines which division within the Office of the Attorney General will handle any appeal in a case. The Office of the Solicitor General is responsible for handling the appeals deemed most significant to Texas’s interests and the development of federal and state jurisprudence.
The Solicitor General is supported by two Deputy Solicitors General, 14 Assistant Solicitors General, two recent law-school graduates serving as Coleman Fellows, and a highly dedicated professional support staff.
The Office will accept applications for these positions only as specified in a given job announcement, which can be found when available.
Every year, the Office of the Solicitor General accepts applications for prestigious, one-year Coleman fellowships. Coleman Fellows work closely with Office of Solicitor General lawyers in representing Texas’s interests before appellate courts. Duties include preparing briefs and petitions in cases on appeal in the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and federal and state courts of appeals; preparing recommendations to the Solicitor General regarding authorization of appeals; and assisting attorneys in the Office in preparing for oral arguments. The Office also tries to ensure that Coleman Fellows who are licensed to do so have an opportunity to lead the briefing and then present oral argument in at least one appeal.
The fellowship is named after Gregory S. Coleman, Texas’s first Solicitor General and one of the preeminent appellate advocates of his generation. Coleman argued numerous high-profile cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and many federal and state appellate courts. Throughout his career in public service, private practice, and legal academia, Coleman earned a reputation for his work ethic, integrity, and professionalism. He was only 47 when his life was cut short by a tragic plane crash. His high standards of professionalism, integrity, and excellence in oral and written advocacy live on in the Office of the Solicitor General.
To apply for a fellowship, candidates must be rising 3Ls or graduates of accredited law schools and have excellent academic records. The typical candidate comes to the fellowship immediately after the completion of an appellate judicial clerkship. Applications will be accepted after June 1 for fellowships beginning in September of the following year.
The Office of the Solicitor General hosts highly qualified law students for paid clerkships during the summer or unpaid clerkships during school semesters.