Eligibility, Credentials, Citizenship & Residency Requirements | Application Process
Application Status | Selection, Interview, and Offer Process | Conditions of Employment
Security and Suitability (Background Investigation) | Permanent Employment
The majority of the candidates who apply to the SLIP are second year law students who work at Justice during the summer between their second and third year of law school. Third year law students who will enter judicial clerkships, legal fellowships, Presidential Management Fellowships, or full-time graduate law programs in the fall after graduating are also eligible to apply. Please review the eligibility guidelines for specific information.
Generally, no. You must have completed at least one full semester of law school (equivalent to full-time study) before the application deadline in September to be eligible to apply to the SLIP.
National Association for Law Placement (NALP) guidelines prohibit prospective employers from contacting first-year, first-semester law students prior to December 1st. Justice is a member of NALP and abides by its guidelines.
First-year, first-semester law students who are interested in work experience at Justice should consider applying for volunteer, work-study and part-time legal employment. Learn more about Volunteer opportunities for law students at Justice.
The Department considers many elements of the candidate's background before selecting him/her for employment, including: academic achievement, law review experience, moot court competition, legal aid and clinical experience, specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience and extracurricular activities that relate directly to the work of Justice.
There are graduates from virtually every ABA-accredited law school working at Justice. Graduates from non-accredited law schools are eligible for employment provided they are admitted to practice before the bar of any State or federal jurisdiction. Click here to view a list of law schools whose graduates were hired through the 2011-2012 Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program.
No. SLIP applicants are not required to attend an ABA-accredited law school to work at Justice.
The Summer Law Intern Program currently accepts applications only from U.S. citizens and individuals who owe permanent allegiance to the United States (currently, natives of American Samoa, Swains Island, and certain inhabitants of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Dual citizens of the United States and another country may apply and are considered on a case-by-case basis. SLIP candidates are also subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two of the past five years may have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive.
No. If you are eligible for one, you are not eligible for the other. Justice has unified its applications into one system, and permits limited transfers from the Honors Program applicant pool to the Summer Program for several weeks after the application deadline to accommodate third-year law students applying to clerkships, fellowships, or to full-time graduate law programs. Initially, those applicants will be considered through the Honors Program for an entry-level position following law school graduation.
If, after the Justice application deadline, the applicant accepts a judicial clerkship, fellowship, (or is admitted to a graduate law program), then the system will permit that applicant to re-enter their application for the limited purpose of adding clerkship data (e.g., name of the court, name of the judge, start and end dates of the clerkship) or graduate law program data (e.g., the law school, type of degree program, start and end dates), and requesting transfer out of the Honors Program applicant pool and into the Summer Program pool. The components will be notified of the change electronically.
No. As a third year student, you would be considered through the Honors Program for an entry-level attorney position.
Component participation in the Summer Law Intern Program may have some variation from year to year. View a list of participating components for the current SLIP cycle and the estimated number positions they will fill.
Most of the SLIP positions are in Washington, DC. The Antitrust Division and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) often hire summer interns for positions in other parts of the country. U.S Attorney’s Offices hire for their specific district.Please refer to the current listing of participating components to identify available SLIP internships outside of the Washington, D.C. area.
We estimate that it will take most applicants about an hour to complete the online application. We recommend, however, that you spend as much time as you find necessary to gather the information required by the application and to craft your response to two brief essay questions. Please review the application checklist to ensure that you have the information that you will need to complete the application.
Once your application is received, the system will send you an e-mail message, to the email address you designate on your application, confirming receipt of your application. Alternatively, you can check on your status online using your password at www.avuedigitalservices.com/dojoarm/applicant.html. We strongly encourage you to maintain your same email address throughout the hiring process as that will be the means with which you receive communications and notifications regarding your application status. We also recommend that you add email@example.com to your personal address book. This reduces the chance that messages issued by the Department are not screened out by a spam or junk mail filter used by your school, internet provider, or security system. If you do not receive an email confirmation then your application was not properly submitted.
To protect the integrity of the information you submit on your application, the system generally does not permit substantive changes once an application has been certified and submitted. Only contact information (e.g., e-mail address, telephone number, address) can be updated. There is a limited ability to update the application to add judicial clerkship or graduate law program information. We regret that we cannot make any exceptions.
No. We do not accept these documents as part of the application or documents mailed separately to the Department. We process and review applications electronically. Candidates who are selected by a component for consideration for employment may be asked to provide writing samples and/or recommendations at a later time. You may also preview the Component Writing Sample, Résumé, and Transcript Requirements & Veterans’ Preference Eligibility Submissions on this web site; only candidates who are asked to provide writing samples should.
Individual applicants may check on the status of their applications through the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/dojoarm/applicant.html. Individual SLIP applicants will be able to see the following status updates: upon referral of applications to components for review, upon selection or non-selection for consideration for employment, upon selection or non-selection as a component finalist, and upon acceptance of an offer.
Not necessarily. Each hiring component determines whether or not to interview candidates for the SLIP. Some components hire on the basis of information in the application, references and other information specifically requested from the applicant. When a component nominates candidates for consideration for employment, the Department will notify those candidates that they are under consideration for employment by a specific component. PLEASE NOTE: This does not guarantee that a candidate will be interviewed or contacted by the component that is considering them for employment. Some components will conduct interviews by telephone, video teleconference or in field offices. Components will individually contact candidates.
Individuals are selected for the Summer Law Intern Program on the basis of multiple factors, including academic achievement, writing skills and experience (e.g., law journals), the ability to reason independently and creatively (e.g., moot court competition), clinical/volunteer and work experiences that relate to the specific work of the Department, and extracurricular activities that indicate a candidate's legal acumen. Successful applicants are those with well-rounded backgrounds, illustrating academic achievement, intellectual and analytical thinking, and commitment to the work of Justice.
The Department’s policy in excepted service legal intern hiring is to select the best qualified applicant for the position in terms of skills, background, knowledge, and relevant experience while complying with laws applicable to veterans preference eligibility. Excepted service legal intern positions within Justice are subject to the appointment procedures of 5 C.F.R. Part 302. If you are a veteran and wish to contact someone in the Department’s Veterans Employment Program Office, contact Cortez Puryear or call (202) 514-0349.
If you are notified that you were selected for consideration for employment for the SLIP, or a component has contacted you for an interview, please review the Component Résumé, and Transcript Requirements & Veterans’ Preference Eligibility Submissions and comply with the instructions for the selecting component. Questions regarding submissions or interviews should be directed to the appropriate component contacts.
No. Expenses associated with SLIP interviews (including meals, travel, and lodging) are the responsibility of the candidate.
There is no set schedule for offers of employment for the SLIP. The majority of offers will be made from mid-November through December. The offer process occasionally extends into January.
Justice adheres to the guidelines issued by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) regarding the time period that offers must remain open. Generally, offers will remain open for at least 28 days or until December 30, whichever comes first. Offers made after December 15 for the following summer should remain open for at least two weeks.
If hiring components offer a position for the following summer to candidates previously employed by them (e.g., current intern), then those offers remain open until at least November 1. Candidates should reaffirm these offers within thirty days from the date of the offer. The Department may retract any offer that is not reaffirmed within the 30 day period.
Summer internships are usually appointments of approximately 90 days, however, some components may permit shorter or longer periods.
Most but not all of the components allow summer interns to split their summer between Justice and other employers or between two Justice components. If you are interested in splitting a summer, you should ask your component contact about its policy for splitting summers and about the required minimum numbers of weeks (generally 6 to 8 weeks) when you receive your offer.
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace, and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test to screen for current illegal drug use prior to entry on duty/start date.
Yes. Candidates for the Summer Program are subject to a residency requirement. Any candidates who have lived outside of the United States for two of the past five years may have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department's Security Staff. Federal or military employees (or dependents of federal or military employees) serving overseas are excepted from this requirement.
When you accept an offer of employment, the component will ask you when you are available to work and how many weeks you would like to work. Most components are quite flexible about times between May and September. As long as you agree to work the minimum number of weeks required by the component, you may request a work period at any time during the summer.
SLIP candidates are subject to suitability review and adjudication that includes a fingerprint check, credit check, drug test and a thorough review of the summer candidates' pre-employment forms (which cover a period of seven to ten years). Some components require a National Agency Check with Inquiries through the Office of Personnel Management. The process normally takes at least two to three months.
The most common suitability issues that arise during the suitability review process are: past unlawful use of drugs, failure to comply with financial obligations, failure to register for the selective service (male applicants only), and misrepresentations or omissions on the security form. After an applicant has received an offer of employment from the Department, the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management can advise the applicant as to any issues regarding potential suitability problems. In a few unfortunate cases, the Department has withdrawn offers of employment when the investigation process revealed information that precluded a security or suitability clearance.
The Department can withdraw an offer of employment if the review process reveals information that precludes a security and/or suitability clearance.
Offers for Permanent Employment Following Summer Law Internships
The Department permits components to issue offers for permanent employment following law school graduation to interns hired under the SLIP through a “funnel offer” directly into the Attorney General’s Honors Program for the following year. Unlike the practice in private law firms, funnel offers are issued sparingly to a relatively small number of SLIP participants. Interns working at the Department through student programs other than the formal SLIP are not eligible for funnel offers.
Components may, at their discretion, issue funnel offers to SLIP participants at the end of the summer with a response deadline of November 1st. SLIP participants who receive a funnel offer and intend to accept it must still apply to the Attorney General’s Honors Program.
If you have already received a funnel offer at the time you complete your Honors Program application, you must list that component as an employment preference on your application. If you were an intern hired through the Summer Law Intern Program who has not received a funnel offer by the Honors Program application deadline, but think that you may receive a funnel offer, we strongly recommend you list the component as an employment preference. You may list other components as employment preferences also. If you receive a funnel offer, you must respond by November 1st, even if you were selected for an Honors Program interview by another component. The Department will not automatically extend the decision deadline on the funnel offer. If you elect to continue through the interview process, there is no guarantee that you will receive an offer from the component(s) that selected you for an interview or a second offer from the component that issued the funnel offer. If you accept a funnel offer, you will no longer be eligible to interview with any other component.