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DOJ Agencies | U.S. Attorneys’ Offices (USAOs)
Fall 2014 & Spring 2014

Unless otherwise specified in a particular announcement below, these are all volunteer positions (without compensation). Some positions may be eligible for academic credit or work study depending on the policies of the applicant’s law school.

Some U.S. Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) make their selection decisions on a rolling basis, i.e., they consider applications as received and may make offers throughout the application period and prior to their respective deadlines listed below. We therefore encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Application requirements vary by USAO, so please refer to specific USAO descriptions and entries below for details.

Click on the name of the agency for details. The term AUSA within the descriptions refers to an Assistant United States Attorney.


Participating USAO Location(s) Deadline(s)*

* Indicates selection made on a rolling basis
Alabama    
Middle District Montgomery Fall - May 1
Spring - Sept 1
Northern District Birmingham, Huntsville Fall - June 1
Spring - Nov 1
Alaska Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Arizona    
Civil Division Phoenix, Tucson Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Criminal Division Phoenix Fall - June 1
Spring - Nov 1
Criminal Division Tucson Fall - June 1
Spring - Nov 1
Arkansas Fort Smith

Fall - May 30
Spring - September 30

California    
Central District - Civil Division Los Angeles Fall: May 15
Spring: October 15
Central District - Criminal Division Los Angeles Fall: May 15
Spring: October 15
Central District - Tax Division Los Angeles Fall: March 31
Spring: August 31
Eastern District - Civil/Criminal Sacramento or Fresno

Fall: June 15th
Spring: October 15th

Eastern District - Civil/Criminal Sacramento or Fresno January 15
Northern District - San Francisco Office - Civil/Environment San Francisco, San Jose Fall: April 15
Spring: August 15
Northern District - San Francisco Office - Criminal Divison San Francisco Fall: April 15
Spring: August 15
Northern District - San Francisco Office - Tax Divison San Francisco Fall: April 1
Spring: Sept 15
San Jose Branch Office San Jose Fall - 4 months in advance**
Spring - 4 months in advance**
Southern District San Diego Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Colorado Denver Fall - May 30
Spring - Sept 30
Connecticut New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 15
District of Columbia Washington

Fall:  April 1 – May 1
Spring:  August 1 – September 1

Florida    
Middle District Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Ocala Fall - May 6
Spring - Oct 7
Northern District Tallahassee Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Southern District Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach Fall: May 7
Spring: September 15
Georgia    
Northern District Atlanta Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Southern District Savannah, Augusta Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Hawaii Honolulu Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Illinois    
Northern District Chicago, IL Fall: April 16
Spring: Sept 20
Indiana    
Northern District Hammond
Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Southern District Indianapolis Fall - June 1
Spring - Nov 1
Iowa    
Northern District Cedar Rapids, Sioux City

Fall – June 1st
Spring – November 1st

Kansas Wichita, Kansas City,Topeka Fall 2012 -June 1
Spring - November 1
Kentucky    
Eastern District Lexington, Fort Mitchell, London Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Western District Louisville Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Louisiana    
Eastern District New Orleans Fall - June 1
Spring - October 1
Middle District
Baton Rouge
Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Western District Shreveport, Lafayette Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Maine Portland, Bangor Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Maryland Baltimore, Greenbelt Fall - June 15
Spring - Oct 10
Michigan    
Eastern District Detroit February 28th
Western District Grand Rapids Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minnesota Minneapolis Fall - May 15
Spring - Oct 1
Mississippi    
Northern District Oxford Fall - June 1
Spring - Nov 1
Montana Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
New Hampshire Concord Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
New Jersey    
Camden Camden Fall - June 1
Spring - Nov 1
Newark Newark Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
New Mexico Albuquerque, Las Cruces Fall:  May 1
Spring: September 1
New York    
Eastern District - Civil Division Brooklyn, Central Islip
Fall - June 15
Spring - Oct 15
Criminal Division Brooklyn, Central Islip
Fall - June 15
Spring - Oct 15
Northern District Syracuse
Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Western District Buffalo
Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Western District Rochester

Fall: June 7
Spring: October 4

North Carolina    
Western District Charlotte, Asheville Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Ohio    
Northern District Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Southern District Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Oklahoma    
Northern District Tulsa Fall - July 15
Spring - Dec 15
Western District Oklahoma City Fall - June 1
September 15
Pennsylvania    
Eastern District Philadelphia Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Middle District Scranton Fall: June 1
Spring: Oct 1
Western District Pittsburgh, Johnstown Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Puerto Rico San Juan Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
South Carolina Columbia, Florence, Charleston, Greenville

Fall: June 4
Spring: October 14

Tennessee    
Middle District Nashville, Tennessee Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 15
Western District Memphis Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 15
Texas    
Eastern District Beaumont, Tyler, Plano, Sherman, Lufkin Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Northern District Dallas, Ft. Worth Fall:  April 13
Spring: October 1st
Southern District Houston

October 15th
June 15th

Utah Salt Lake City Fall - May 31, 2013
Spring - Nov 1
Virginia    
Eastern District - Alexandria Alexandria Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Newport News Newport News Fall - May 1
Spring - Nov 1
Norfolk Norfolk Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Richmond Richmond Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Western District Roanoke, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg Abingdon Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Wisconsin    
Eastern District Milwaukee Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Western District Madison Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
West Virginia    
Northern District Wheeling Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1
Wyoming Cheyenne, Yellowstone National Park in Mammoth Fall - June 1
Spring - Oct 1

 

USAO Middle District of Alabama
Human Resources Office
131 Clayton Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
ATTN:

Retta Goss, Administrative Officer

Telephone: (334) 223-7280
Fax: (334) 223-7524
The United States Attorney’s Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil action, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties among other things.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 2
Internship Location(s): Montgomery
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students are eligible to apply. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subjected to a security background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.
Application Deadlines: Fall: May 1
Spring: September 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 8 weeks
Academic credit: Work-study credit may be possible.
Assignments: Typical assignments will include assisting with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to Assistant United States Attorneys, interviewing witnesses, and assembling exhibits for trial
 

 

USAO Northern District of Alabama
Human Resources Office
1801 Fourth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Telephone: (205) 244-2075
Fax: (205) 244-2074
E-mail: Human.Resources@usdoj.gov (Applications by e-mail preferred)
The USAO for the Northern District of Alabama is charged with prosecuting federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The Appellate Division is responsible for handling the office’s appeals with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 8-10
Internship Location(s): Birmingham
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1 Spring: November 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 for the Spring and Fall Semesters
Academic credit: Course credit may be possible.
Assignments: Perform research projects, draft memoranda, and assist in trial preparation. Interns will be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. We host roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system and to help them develop their practical legal skills.
 

 

USAO District of Alaska
Human Resources Office
222 West 7th Avenue, #9
Anchorage, AK 99513
Telephone: (907) 271-5071
Fax: (907) 271-1500
E-mail: Aunnie.Steward@usdoj.gov
Applications may be sent via email to the above email address.
The USAO for the District of Alaska is charged with the primary responsibility of representing the United States in court. The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes ranging from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, gang and gun crimes, internet-related crimes, and environmental crimes. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 7
Internship Location(s): Anchorage (5); Fairbanks (1); Juneau (1)
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Second and third year students may appear in court. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 8-10 weeks
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Perform research projects and assist in discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation. To ensure that all interns finish the summer with a good writing sample, every intern will work under the guidance of an AUSA to prepare documents to be filed with the court. Interns will be given assignments with as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a wider variety of practice areas and professional contacts. We also have brown bag lunches at which AUSAs, the defense bar, the judiciary, and federal agents speak. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their summer here in the Last Frontier (with 20+ hours of daylight).
 

 

USAO District of Arizona
Civil Division
2 Renaissance Square
40 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
ATTN: Carrie Brennan
Civil Division Clerkship Committee, Chairperson
Telephone: (602) 514-7500
Fax: (602) 514-7760
E-mail: Carrie.brennan@usdoj.gov
The work of the civil division mirrors the varied activities of the federal government and offers perhaps the most challenging and diverse caseload of any law office, public or private, in the country. Civil Division AUSAs handle a great variety of defensive and affirmative civil cases at both the trial and appellate level. Defensive cases include tort and employment discrimination litigation; environmental, civil rights and novel constitutional claims; challenges to administrative or regulatory actions; immigration, bankruptcy and suits involving land in which the federal government has an interest. Affirmative civil cases include matters such as health care fraud, defense procurement fraud, and False Claims Act suits. The clerks selected for Civil Division assignments will assist primarily with defensive civil cases and will have an opportunity to perfect their research and writing skills in a myriad of ways.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3
Internship Location(s): Phoenix
Application Materials: Applications should be faxed, mailed or emailed to Carrie.Brennan@usdoj.gov, (Telephone: 602-514-7500). Applications should include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: (a) resume, (b) law school transcript, (c) legal writing sample, (d) dates of availability, and (e) telephone number(s) where the applicant can be reached in the daytime and evenings. A cover letter is optional.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second-, or third-year of law school. Must be a U.S. citizen. Strong grades, and excellent research and writing skills. A background check (covering criminal and financial history, among other things) is required because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney's Office.
Application Deadlines: Preference will be given to applications received by the following date:
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible. Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks will be preferred.
Academic credit: Possible work-study.
Assignments: Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal civil litigation. Our law student clerks:research legal issues in active cases; write motions to be filed in the District Court or assist with briefs to be filed in the Ninth Circuit; assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews; observe hearings, settlement conferences, mediation, depositions and trials; and contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal civil practice. Clerks will be given assignments in as many different practice areas and as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters and styles of practice. Additionally, interested individuals participating in the Summer Clerkship Program will have the opportunity to tour our federal courthouse and a federal prison. Clerkship opportunities in the Criminal Division are in an adjacent announcement.

 

USAO District of Arizona
Criminal Division
2 Renaissance Square
40 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
ATTN:

Christina Wu and Keith Vercauteren
Phoenix Criminal Division Clerkship Committee, Chairperson

Telephone: (602) 514-7500 
Fax: (602) 514-7693
E-mail:

Keith.Vercauteren@usdoj.gov   
Christina.Wu@usdoj.gov

The Criminal Division of the USAO for the District of Arizona has primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes in and relating to Arizona. Our extensive criminal practice is broken into five general subject matter areas: (1)Indian Crimes & Violent Crimes Section (e.g., homicides committed on Indian reservations, and bank robberies); (2) Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Section (e.g., securities or mortgage fraud, and bribery of public officials); (3) Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) (e.g., drug gangs, and narcotics trafficking conspiracies); (4) Southwest Border Crimes Section (e.g., illegal re-entry of aliens after deportation, human trafficking, and drug seizures at the ports of entry); and (5) Border and National Security Section (e.g., domestic and international terrorism, including crimes occurring on our border with Mexico, such as weapons smuggling, human trafficking and alien smuggling crimes).  We also have an appellate practice, each of which draws cases from the five groups described above.  We are seeking volunteer law student clerks for the fall semester and spring semester.  Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct involvement in all of our practice  areas. 
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3 - 5
Internship Location(s): Phoenix
Application Materials: Phoenix applications should be e-mailed to Christina.Wu@usdoj.gov.  Tucson applications should be e-mailed to Keith.Vercauteren@usdoj.gov.  All applications should include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: (a) résumé, (b) law school transcript, (c) legal writing sample, (d) dates of availability, and (e) telephone number(s) where the applicant can be reached in the daytime and evenings. A cover letter is optional.
Qualifications: Phoenix:  First-year (second semester), second-or third-year of law school.  Tucson applications:  Second- or third-year of law school.  Both Offices: Must be a U.S. citizen. Strong grades, and excellent research and writing skills. A background check (covering criminal and financial history, among other things) is required because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines:

Preference will be given to applications received by following dates:
Fall:   June 1
Spring:  November 1

Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible. Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks will be preferred.
Academic credit: Possible work-study.
Assignments: Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal criminal prosecution. Our law student clerks frequently:   research legal issues in active cases; write briefs to be filed in the District Court or the Ninth Circuit;  assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews; observe hearings, jury selection, and trial; and contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal criminal prosecution.  To ensure that all clerks have a strong writing sample at the conclusion of their clerkship, all interested clerks will, under the guidance of an Assistant United States Attorney, author a pleading that will be filed with the court. Clerks will be given assignments in as many different practice areas and as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters and styles of practice. In addition to the clerkships discussed in this listing, there are clerkship opportunities in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Civil Division clerkship opportunities are described in a separate listing.
Website: www.justice.gov/usao/az/

 

USAO District of Arizona
Criminal Division
405 W. Congress St.
Suite 4800
Tucson, AZ 85701
ATTN:

Rui Wang
Tucson Criminal Division Clerkship Committee, Chairperson

Telephone: (520) 620-7300
Fax: (520) 620-7320
E-mail:

Rui.Wang@usdoj.gov

The Criminal Division of the USAO for the District of Arizona has primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes in and relating to Arizona. Our extensive criminal practice is broken into five general subject matter areas: (1)Indian Crimes & Violent Crimes Section (e.g., homicides committed on Indian reservations, and bank robberies); (2) Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Section (e.g., securities or mortgage fraud, and bribery of public officials); (3) Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) (e.g., drug gangs, and narcotics trafficking conspiracies); (4) Southwest Border Crimes Section (e.g., illegal re-entry of aliens after deportation, human trafficking, and drug seizures at the ports of entry); and (5) Border and National Security Section (e.g., domestic and international terrorism, including crimes occurring on our border with Mexico, such as weapons smuggling, human trafficking and alien smuggling crimes).  We also have an appellate practice, each of which draws cases from the five groups described above.  We are seeking volunteer law student clerks for the fall semester and spring semester.  Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct involvement in all of our practice  areas. 
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3 - 5
Internship Location(s): Tucson
Application Materials: Applications should be e-mailed to Rui.Wang@usdoj.gov. Applications should include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: (a) résumé, (b) law school transcript, (c) legal writing sample, (d) dates of availability, and (e) telephone number(s) where the applicant can be reached in the daytime and evenings. A cover letter is optional.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second-or third-year of law school. applications:  Second- or third-year of law school.  Both Offices: Must be a U.S. citizen. Strong grades, and excellent research and writing skills. A background check (covering criminal and financial history, among other things) is required because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines:

Preference will be given to applications received by following dates:
Fall:   June 1
Spring:  November 1

Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible. Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks will be preferred.
Academic credit: Possible work-study.
Assignments: Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal criminal prosecution. Our law student clerks frequently:   research legal issues in active cases; write briefs to be filed in the District Court or the Ninth Circuit;  assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews; observe hearings, jury selection, and trial; and contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal criminal prosecution.  To ensure that all clerks have a strong writing sample at the conclusion of their clerkship, all interested clerks will, under the guidance of an Assistant United States Attorney, author a pleading that will be filed with the court. Clerks will be given assignments in as many different practice areas and as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters and styles of practice. In addition to the clerkships discussed in this listing, there are clerkship opportunities in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Civil Division clerkship opportunities are described in a separate listing.
Website: www.justice.gov/usao/az/

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
414 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith, AR  72901 (Headquarters)
Telephone: (479) 783-5125
Fax: (479)783-2442
Email: Cathe Bowman, Administrative Officer

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas is pleased to announce the Law Intern Program for the Spring and Fall terms. This is a volunteer (without compensation) program.  The United States Attorney's Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties. 

Projected No. of Volunteers: 2 per semester
Internship Location(s): Fort Smith, AR (primary); Fayetteville, AR (auxiliary)
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date when available, and contact information for student.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students.  Student must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney’s Office.
Application Deadlines:

Fall term – May 30
Spring term – September 30

Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible period. Length of service during the internship and hours of duty will be determined by agreement of the U.S. Attorney's Office Program Coordinator, the student and the law school Work-Study Coordinator.
Academic credit: Possible work-study credit. Student must make arrangements with his/her law school Work-Study Coordinator.
Assignments:

Typical duties will include assisting with all facets of case preparation including researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to AUSAs, and assembling exhibits for trial. Interns will become familiar with the Federal Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedures and Federal Rules of Evidence. In addition, interns may attend dispositions and meetings with agents, and accompany AUSAs to observe court proceedings.

 

USAO CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CIVIL DIVISION
Federal Building, Suite 7211
300 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ATTN: Julie Zatz, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Telephone: (213) 894-7349
Fax: (213) 894-7819
The USAO for the Central District of California provides extern opportunities to law students during the fall and spring semesters.  Duty is on a volunteer (non-paid) basis.   
Projected No. of Volunteers: 2 - 4
Internship Location(s): Los Angeles
Application Materials: Law students wishing to apply for an externship should submit, via email to AUSA Julie Zatz at the address above, a single pdf containing, in order, a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (if available) and writing sample.  The writing sample should be 10 pages or less.
Qualifications: Second- or third-year law students. Class ranking in the top 25%.  Must pass a federal background check and be a United States citizen.
Application Deadlines: Fall: May 15
Spring: October 15
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 – 12 (a minimum of 3 full days per week including Mondays)
Academic credit: Law school credit possible.
Assignments: Assignments may include assisting attorneys with legal research, writing pleadings, trial preparation, and completing appellate briefs. Externs are encouraged to observe  depositions, trials and other court proceedings in cases on which they have worked or in cases of general interest in the office. Externs are also encouraged to attend meetings with client agencies and to attend settlement conferences, site visits, and witness interviews.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/cac/civil.html
 

 

USAO CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
CRIMINAL DIVISION
Federal Building, Suite 7211
300 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ATTN:

Los Angeles:   AUSA Douglas Miller, c/o Georgina Moreno, USACAC.ExternProgram@usdoj.gov
Riverside: AUSA Antoine Raphael, Antoine.raphael@usdoj.gov
Santa Ana: AUSA Ivy Wang, ivy.wang@usdoj.gov  

Telephone: (213) 894-2434
Fax: (213) 894-6436
The USAO for the Central District of California provides extern opportunities to law students during the fall and spring semesters.  Duty is on a volunteer (non-paid) basis.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 5 – 7
Internship Location(s): Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Ana
Application Materials: Applicants should clearly indicate the location of preference in the subject line of the email submitting the application.  Applications should be addressed to the attention of those listed above, depending on location.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) second- or third-year law students. Class ranking in the top 25%.  Criminal procedure and evidence preferred.  Must pass a federal background check and be a United States citizen.
Application Deadlines:

Fall: March 15
Spring: September 15

Minimum Weeks Required: 6 – 10
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Assignments may include assisting attorneys with legal research, writing pleadings, trial preparation, and completing appellate briefs. Externs are encouraged to observe  trials and other court proceedings in cases on which they have worked or in cases of general interest in the office. Externs who have already completed courses in evidence and criminal procedure and who qualify to practice under the district court’s  student practice rules may be assigned to handle motion hearings and/or petty  offense  or misdemeanor trials.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/cac/civil.html
 

 

USAO CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
TAX DIVISION
Federal Building, Suite 7211
300 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
ATTN: Gavin Greene, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Telephone: (213) 894-4600
Fax: (213) 894-0115
The Tax Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California represents the United States in District Court, and engages in both civil and criminal litigation of tax matters.  Much of the work available to externs involves civil tax collection.  While law school tax classes analyzing the Internal Revenue Code are helpful, externs are much more likely  to draw on the lessons of Property, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Legal Writing.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 4
Internship Location(s): Los Angeles
Application Materials: Law students should email a resume, transcript, and writing sample.
Qualifications: Law school students with at last one semester of law school experience by the time the externship starts.  Class ranking in the top 50%. Must pass a federal background check and be a United States citizen.
Application Deadlines: Fall: March 31
Spring: August 31
Minimum Weeks Required: The duration of the externship corresponds to the academic semester.  The minimum requirement for fall and spring externships is two full days per week throughout the semester.
Academic credit:  Academic credit is possible.  Check with your school for specific requirements.
Assignments: Externs help the attorneys by researching and writing memos, and are encouraged to attend court hearings and trials, depositions, and settlement conferences.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/cac/tax.html
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
501 I Street, Suite 10-100
Sacramento, CA  95814
ATTN: Lauren Horwood, Law Clerk Coordinator, Sacramento, Criminal Division
Ben Hall, Law Clerk Coordinator, Fresno, Civil Division
Brian Enos, Law Clerk Coordinator, Fresno, Misdemeanor Unit
Telephone: (916) 554-2706; (559) 497-4000
Email:

Lauren.horwood@usdoj.gov
Benjamin.hall3@usdoj.gov
Brian.enos@usdoj.gov

The USAO contains a Criminal Division and Civil Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law, including white collar frauds such as investment fraud, tax fraud, government programs fraud, mortgage fraud, and health care fraud; drug trafficking crimes; firearms crimes; violent crimes; child exploitation; human trafficking; criminal violations of federal civil rights laws; and environmental crimes. Prosecutors in the Criminal Division actively participate in law enforcement investigations and prosecute cases in both district court and the court of appeals. The Civil Division is comprised of the Defense Litigation Unit and the Affirmative Litigation Unit. The mission of the Defense Litigation Unit is to represent the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide variety of trial and appellate cases. The case load includes defense of employment discrimination cases; medical malpractice, premises liability and other tort litigation; statutory and constitutional challenges to government programs; land management decisions challenged under NEPA and other environmental statutes; Administrative Procedure Act cases; and Bivens civil rights suits. The mission of the Affirmative Litigation Unit is to enforce federal laws in civil proceedings and to recover damages and fines for the United States. The cases are litigated almost exclusively in federal court, and include civil mortgage fraud enforcement, procurement fraud and health care fraud cases; tort actions to recover for destruction of federal forest land by fire; Medicaid and Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; the enforcement of CERCLA; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed.
Projected No. of Volunteers: varies
Internship Location(s): Sacramento or Fresno
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Students chosen will be subject to a background investigation, which can take up to three months.  Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines:

Fall:  June 15th
Spring:  October 15th

Students interested in law clerk positions in the Sacramento office should submit resumes to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814. Students interested in law clerk positions in the Fresno Office should submit resumes to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4401, Fresno, CA 93721. Resumes should be addressed to the attention of one of following individuals, depending on the location (Sacramento or Fresno) and Division (Criminal, Civil, or Misdemeanor) the student is interested in:

Lauren Horwood - Criminal Division (Sacramento) - (916) 554-2706
Brian Enos - Misdemeanor Unit (Fresno) - (559) 497-4058

Benjamin Hall - Civil Division (Fresno) - (559) 497-4040
Minimum Weeks Required: 6 weeks
Assignments: Externs help the attorneys by researching and writing memos, and are encouraged to attend court hearings and trials, depositions, and settlement conferencesAssignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the Eastern District of California United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, interns may attend depositions and meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/cae
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
501 I Street, Suite 10-100
Sacramento, CA  95814
ATTN: Lauren Horwood, Law Clerk Coordinator, Sacramento, Criminal Division
Ben Hall, Law Clerk Coordinator, Fresno, Civil Division
Brian Enos, Law Clerk Coordinator, Fresno, Misdemeanor Unit
Telephone: (916) 554-2706; (559) 497-4000
Email:

Lauren.horwood@usdoj.gov
Benjamin.hall3@usdoj.gov
Brian.enos@usdoj.gov

The USAO contains a Criminal Division and Civil Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law, including white collar frauds such as investment fraud, tax fraud, government programs fraud, mortgage fraud, and health care fraud; drug trafficking crimes; firearms crimes; violent crimes; child exploitation; human trafficking; criminal violations of federal civil rights laws; and environmental crimes. Prosecutors in the Criminal Division actively participate in law enforcement investigations and prosecute cases in both district court and the court of appeals. The Civil Division is comprised of the Defense Litigation Unit and the Affirmative Litigation Unit. The mission of the Defense Litigation Unit is to represent the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide variety of trial and appellate cases. The case load includes defense of employment discrimination cases; medical malpractice, premises liability and other tort litigation; statutory and constitutional challenges to government programs; land management decisions challenged under NEPA and other environmental statutes; Administrative Procedure Act cases; and Bivens civil rights suits. The mission of the Affirmative Litigation Unit is to enforce federal laws in civil proceedings and to recover damages and fines for the United States. The cases are litigated almost exclusively in federal court, and include civil mortgage fraud enforcement, procurement fraud and health care fraud cases; tort actions to recover for destruction of federal forest land by fire; Medicaid and Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; the enforcement of CERCLA; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed.

Projected No. of Volunteers: varies
Internship Location(s): Sacramento or Fresno
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Students chosen will be subject to a background investigation, which can take up to three months. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines:

January 15th
Students interested in law clerk positions in the Sacramento office should submit resumes to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814. Students interested in law clerk positions in the Fresno Office should submit resumes to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4401, Fresno, CA 93721. Resumes should be addressed to the attention of one of following individuals, depending on the location (Sacramento or Fresno) and Division (Criminal, Civil, or Misdemeanor) the student is interested in:
Lauren Horwood - Criminal Division (Sacramento) - (916) 554-2706 Brian Enos - Misdemeanor Unit (Fresno) - (559) 497-4058 Benjamin Hall - Civil Division (Fresno) - (559) 497-4040

Minimum Weeks Required: 6 weeks
Assignments: Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the Eastern District of California United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, interns may attend depositions and meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/cae
 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE (CIVIL and CIVIL/ENVIRONMENT)
450 Golden Gate Ave., 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
ATTN:

Annie Reding, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Civil Division
Telephone: (415) 436-6813
Fax: (415) 436-7169

Claire Cormier, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Civil Division
Telephone: (408) 535-5082
Fax: (408) 535-5081

The USAO represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. The Civil Division of the USAO for the Northern District of California prosecutes and defends federal civil cases from Monterey to the Oregon border. The Civil/Environment positions are offered in the San Francisco office only.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 4 (Civil, San Francisco), 2 (Civil, San Jose), 2 (Civil/Environment, San Francisco)
Internship Location(s): San Francisco and San Jose; San Jose applicants interested in both San Francisco and San Jose may apply to the San Francisco office.
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, and writing sample. No telephone inquiries, please.
Qualifications: Civil: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Civil/Environment: Applicants who will be third-year law students in the Fall. Applications received from others will not be considered or retained. Law school graduates are not eligible. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: Fall: April 15
Spring: August 15
Minimum Weeks Required: Fall and Spring Programs are on a semester basis and can be part-time
Academic credit: School credit possible at the discretion of the law school.
Assignments: Civil: Draft motions, discovery responses, and appellate briefs. Attend depositions, settlement conferences, trials, and other court appearances. Supervised by an AUSA.
Civil/Environment: Draft motions, discovery responses and pleadings in cases dealing with law of environment, natural resources, and real property. Attend depositions and court appearances. Supervised by an AUSA.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/can
     

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE (CRIMINAL DIVISION)
450 Golden Gate Avenue, Box 36055
11th Floor, Federal building
San Francisco, CA 94102
ATTN: Marc Wolf
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
Telephone: (415) 436-6748
Fax: (408) 436-6753
The USAO for the Northern District of California prosecutes all federal crimes from Monterey to the Oregon border. Approximately 100 AUSAs work in one of three offices: San Francisco, San Jose, or Oakland. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. The San Francisco Office contains approximately 60 criminal division AUSAs who prosecute a unique mix of economic, narcotics, violent, corruption, immigration, and other federal crimes.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 13 (Criminal Division)
Internship Location(s): San Francisco
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, and writing sample.
Qualifications: Law clerks must have completed one year of law school before beginning the clerkship. In addition, law clerks must be enrolled in an accredited law school at least half-time. Clerks must complete a background check before beginning employment. Law school graduation terminates eligibility for volunteer positions except for graduate law students who are enrolled at least half time and not practicing law. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: Fall: April 15
Spring: August 15
Please note that positions may be filled on a rolling basis prior to these deadlines
Minimum Weeks Required: The school year terms (Fall and Spring) require a commitment of 20-25 hours/week.
Academic credit: At the discretion of the law school.
Assignments: Prosecute individual caseload of misdemeanor and felony offenses. Research and write legal briefs and memorandums of law.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/can
     

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE (TAX DIVISION)
450 Golden Gate Ave., 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
ATTN: Thomas Moore, Chief, Tax Division
Telephone: (408) 535-5082
The USAO for the Northern District of California prosecutes all federal crimes from Monterey to the Oregon border. Approximately 100 AUSA work in one of three offices: San Francisco, San Jose, or Oakland. The Office also represents the united States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. The Tax Division contains 4 AUSAs who prosecute and defend federal tax cases in the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern District of California.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 2 (Tax)
Internship Location(s): San Francisco
Application Materials: Resume and writing sample.
Qualifications: We offer clerkships in Fall, Spring and Summer. Law clerks must have completed one year of law school before beginning the clerkship. Clerks must complete a background check before beginning employment. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: Applications and offers are made on a rolling basis. Please apply at least four months in advance of your desired term.
Fall: April 1
Spring: September 15
Minimum Weeks Required: The school year terms (Fall and Spring) require a commitment of 20-25 hours/week.
Academic credit: School credit possible at the discretion of the law school.
Assignments: Research and write legal briefs and memorandums of law.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/can
     

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SAN JOSE BRANCH OFFICE
150 Almaden Blvd.
Suite 900
San Jose, CA 95113
ATTN: Jeffrey Nedrow, Branch Chief (c/o Jeff Schenk or Dan Kaleba, AUSAs)
Telephone: (408) 535-5061
Fax: (408) 535-5066
The USAO for the Northern District of California prosecutes all federal crimes from Monterey to the Oregon border. Approximately 100 AUSAs work in one of three offices: San Francisco, San Jose, or Oakland. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. The San Jose Branch Office contains approximately 20 criminal division AUSAs who prosecute a unique mix of white-collar, high tech, drug/violent, fraud, and export cases. The Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) unit is also located in San Jose and it prosecutes all manner of cybercrime cases, including computer intrusions, software piracy, and trade secret cases.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 4 (Criminal)
Internship Location(s): San Jose
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, and writing sample.
Qualifications: Law clerks must have completed one year of law school before beginning the clerkship. Clerks must complete a background check before beginning employment. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: Applications and offers are made on a rolling basis. Please apply at least four months in advance of your desired term.
Summer:  January 15
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: At the discretion of the law school.
Assignments: Prosecute individual caseload of misdemeanor offenses. Research and write legal briefs and memorandums of law.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/can
 

 

USAO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
880 Front Street, Room 6293
San Diego, CA 92101-8893
ATTN: Joshua Silva, Law Clerk Coordinator
Telephone: (619) 546-9028
Fax: (619) 546-0620
The USAO for the Southern District of California is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes committed in the Southern District of California which includes all of San Diego County and Imperial County areas. In addition, the Office represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the Southern District of California.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 10 (Criminal Division)
9 (Civil Division)
Internship Location(s): San Diego
Application Materials: Cover letter (please indicate whether you are interested in the Criminal or Civil Division), resume, official transcript, and a 5-10 page writing sample.
Qualifications: Must have successfully completed one year of law school prior to commencing internship. Civil Division applicants must have successfully completed Civil Procedure; completion of Evidence, Constitutional Law and Torts is preferred. Criminal Division applicants must have successfully completed Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure; completion of Constitutional Law and Evidence is preferred. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Fall/Spring Programs - Full Semester/Trimester
Academic credit: Academic credit possible.
Assignments: Interns assigned to the USAO can expect to do research and draft motions in pending cases, research legal issues for indictments and investigations; participate in witness conferences; and observe hearings and trials of cases they are working on or they are interested in. Interns are also encouraged to attend office training on current legal issues, and participate in tours of federal agencies such as: FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S./Mexico border. For more information about our office please visit our web site.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF COLORADO
1225 17th Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202
ATTN: Cheriene S. Nowick, Law Clerk Coordinator

Supervising Attorney Stephen D. Taylor, Assistant United States Attorney
Telephone: (303) 454-0218
E-mail: Cheriene.Nowick@usdoj.gov
All applications go to Cheriene Nowick via e-mail. Cheriene will be happy to answer questions through e-mail or call her at (303) 454-0218.
The USAO contains a Civil Division, Criminal Division, and Appellate Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law – types of cases include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; assaults. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of cases include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); public land issues (quiet title, condemnation, land-use, access to public land, endangered species); bankruptcy; immigration; Federal Tort Claims Act (malpractice, etc.); constitutional torts (Bivens). Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff’s counsel in areas, which include, but are not limited to: medicaid and medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; the enforcement of CERCLA; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 8 - 11
Internship Location(s): Denver
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Students chosen will be subject to a background investigation, which can take up to three months. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: At least 3 ½ months prior to the semester the student wishes to work:
Fall:        May 30
Spring:   September 30
Minimum Weeks Required: 6 weeks
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the Colorado United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, interns may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/co
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Financial Center
157 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
ATTN: Michael McGarry
AUSA, New Haven
Tel: (203) 821-3700
Fax: (203) 773-5376
Lisa Perkins
AUSA, Hartford
Tel: (860) 947-1101
Fax: (860) 240-3291
Harold Chen
AUSA, Bridgeport
Tel: (203) 696-3000
Fax: (203) 579-5550
The USAO for the District of Connecticut is responsible for civil and criminal federal prosecutions. The District has three offices located in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport which cover a jurisdictional area of eight counties in the State of Connecticut. There are approximately 60 AUSAs who serve within the Criminal and Civil Divisions throughout the District.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 18
Internship Location(s): New Haven (10), Hartford (4), Bridgeport (4)
Application Materials: Cover letter stating preferred internship location; resume; transcript (including GPA); and writing sample.
Qualifications: Applicants must have completed at least one-full year of full-time law school before the start of the internship. Current first- year and second- year students are encouraged to apply for full time summer positions. For positions during the academic year, preference will be given to third-year and second-year students with strong academic background and relevant legal experience. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and each applicant will be subject to a background investigation prior to his or her start date due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks (full time)
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested. In addition, the office attempts to identify appropriate matters for the intern to handle in court under the supervision of AUSAs.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/ct/
     

 

USAO DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Room 5814 – Judiciary Center Bldg.
555 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001
ATTN: Ashley Patterson, Internship Coordinator
Phone: (202)  252-6628
The mission of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is to enforce the criminal laws of the United States and of the District of Columbia, represent the interests of the United States in civil litigation, and respond to the public safety needs of the community by leading an effective, well-coordinated law enforcement effort that contributes to the overall goal of improving the quality of life in the District of Columbia.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 30 – 40
Internship Location(s): Washington, D.C.
Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a school transcript before the indicated deadline.
Qualifications:

First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students.

Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  It is the policy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office that every student internship is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a security clearance.  Therefore, it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion.
Application Deadlines:

SPRING PROGRAM: The Office accepts applications for the Spring Program from August 1st to September 1st. The deadline for submitting a completed security application package is October 1st and the Program will begin on the first Monday after New Year's Day.

FALL PROGRAM: The Office accepts applications for the Fall Program from April 1st to May 1st. The deadline for submitting a completed security application package is June 1st and the Program will begin on the first Monday after Labor Day.
No applications will be accepted outside of these time frames.

Minimum Weeks Required: 10 Weeks
Academic credit: Course credit may be earned.
Assignments: Responsible for assisting Assistant United States Attorneys with virtually all facets of case preparation, including conducting legal research, drafting motions and responsive pleadings, and participating in witness conferences.
 

 

USAO MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
400 N. Tampa Street, Suite 3200
Tampa, FL 33602
ATTN: Casey J. Schaefer
Human Resources Specialist
Telephone: (813) 274-6043
Fax: (813) 274-6074
E-mail:

usaflm.law.intern@usdoj.gov (Applications by e-mail are strongly preferred.)

NOTE: We will not go to internet sites, such as Symplicity, to retrieve applications. All application packages must be submitted directly to District contact.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida is responsible for civil and criminal federal prosecutions. The District has five offices located in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ocala, and Fort Myers which cover a jurisdictional area of 35 counties in the State of Florida. There are approximately 119 Assistant United States Attorneys serving in the District.

Projected No. of Volunteers: 24
Internship Location(s):

Tampa Criminal Division (6); Tampa Civil Division (4); Tampa Appellate Division (1); Orlando (4); Jacksonville (6); Fort Myers (2) ; Ocala (1)

Application Materials: Cover letter stating preferred internship location (indicate only one city choice) and, if selecting Tampa, indicate 1st and 2nd division choices (from Criminal, Civil or Appellate) and including e-mail address and day-time telephone number; resume; transcript, including GPA (can be unofficial transcript); and legal writing sample. Additional required form provided upon request.
Qualifications:

First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Application (Firm) Deadlines:

Fall: First Friday in May
Spring: First Friday in October

Minimum Weeks Required:

Tampa: 8-20 hours per week (prefer more than 8 hours)
Orlando: 20 hours per week
Jacksonville: 20 hours per week
Ft. Myers: 16 hours per week
Ocala: 16 hours per week

Academic credit: Work-study credit possible (District provides no matching funds); volunteers responsible for all parking expenses incurred.
Assignments: Interns assigned to the Middle District of Florida USAO can expect to provide support to AUSAs by performing legal research, assisting in or drafting briefs and pleadings, assembling exhibits for trial and participating in witness conferences. They will have the opportunity to observe hearings and trials on which they are working or in which they are interested. Interns are encouraged to participate in available District and court-sponsored training opportunities.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/flm
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
11 N. Adams Street, Suite 400
Tallahassee, FL 32301
ATTN: Human Resources Office
Telephone: (850) 942-8430
Fax: (850) 942-8429
E-mail: USAFLN.Resumes@usdoj.gov (Applications by e-mail are preferred.)
NOTE: We will not go to internet sites, such as Symplicity, to retrieve applications. All application packages must be submitted directly to District contact.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida has jurisdiction over an area stretching from Pensacola to Gainesville, encompassing 23 counties. There are four staffed offices, one in Tallahassee, one in Pensacola, one in Panama City and one in Gainesville. The Northern District of Florida is responsible for civil and criminal federal prosecutions. There are approximately 32 Assistant U.S. Attorneys serving in the District.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 9
Internship Location(s): Tallahassee (3); Pensacola (3); Gainesville (3); no openings in Panama City
Application Materials: Cover letter stating preferred internship location (indicate only one city choice) including e-mail address and daytime telephone number; resume; transcript, including GPA (can be unofficial transcript); and legal writing sample. Additional required form provided upon request.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Application (Firm) Deadlines:

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1

Minimum Weeks Required:

8 – 10 weeks

Academic credit: Work-study credit possible (District provides no matching funds); volunteers responsible for all parking expenses incurred.
Assignments: Interns assigned to the Northern District of Florida USAO can expect to provide support to AUSAs by performing legal research, assisting in or drafting briefs and pleadings, assembling exhibits for trial and participating in witness conferences. They will have the opportunity to observe hearings and trials on which they are working or in which they are interested. Interns are encouraged to participate in available District and court-sponsored training opportunities.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln
 

 

USAO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
99 N.E. 4th Street
Miami, FL 33132
ATTN: Law Intern Program
Fax: (305) 530-7950
E-mail:

USAFLS.InternProgram@usdoj.gov
Applications by e-mail preferred
See Application Materials section below for application requirements.

The USAO for the Southern District of Florida is responsible for investigating and prosecuting federal crimes and representing the United States in civil matters in the district. The office also represents the United States in appeals before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Interns are assigned to one section within the Civil or Criminal Divisions of the office for the duration of the semester.  Within their respective sections, Interns receive a variety of assignments and have the opportunity to work with numerous AUSAs.  The goal of the Office is to introduce interns to the federal legal system, to develop and refine their legal research and writing skill, and above all to make their time at the office enjoyable and worthwhile.

Projected No. of Volunteers: 8 – 16
Internship Location(s): Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, FL
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, transcript (official or unofficial), writing sample, and dates of availability.  Applications should be submitted via email.  Please include the materials requested above in file.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) second- and third-year law students with strong academic record.  Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.  Applicant must pass a required background check due to the nature of the work performed at the USAO.  This check can take up to three months to complete.
Application Deadlines: Fall: May 7
Spring: September 15
Minimum Weeks Required: 240 hours, 8 – 10 weeks
Academic credit: Academic credit available with approval from student’s law school.  This internship is unpaid. 
Assignments: Interns in the SDFL will assist AUSAs with trial preparation, legal research and drafting of court pleadings suitable for filing in the U.S. District Court.  Interns will also work with AUSAs on a variety of subject matters within the section to which they are assigned.  Interns are strongly encouraged to attend and observe court proceedings and to attend office training programs. 
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/fls
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
Suite 600, Richard Russell Building
75 Spring Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
ATTN: William R. Toliver, AUSA
Telephone: (404) 581-6069
Fax: (404) 581-6181
E-mail: William.Toliver@usdoj.gov
Attorneys in the USAO for the Northern District of Georgia investigate and prosecute federal crimes and represent the interests of the United States in both criminal and civil cases and matters in U.S. District Court, as well as in the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Criminal attorneys investigate and prosecute federal criminal violations of many types, including: terrorism, computer crime, fraud, public corruption, drug trafficking, organized crime, civil rights violations, money laundering, and violent crimes. Civil attorneys provide representation to various federal agencies in both affirmative and defensive litigation. Civil attorney are also active in asset forfeiture proceedings and the collection of fines and judgments.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 10
Internship Location(s): Atlanta
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and day and contact information: including mailing address, email address, and current telephone number(s). If first semester transcripts are not available at the application deadline, that fact should be noted in the cover letter, and the transcript should be forwarded as soon as it is available.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, due to the sensitive nature of the work handled by the office.
Application Deadlines: February 8, 2013
Minimum Weeks Required: 9-10 weeks (highly qualified applicants interested in split-summer internships will also be considered)
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible. (No matching contributions available; all compensation must be provided by law school). We provide limited administrative assistance to students who qualify for public assistance grants, or who are interested in receiving law school course credits.
Assignments: Interns will be assigned to one of two divisions: criminal or civil. Usual assignments will include legal research, drafting pleadings and responses and appellate briefs. Interns will also assist attorneys in all phases of criminal prosecution and civil litigation: including discovery, depositions, pretrial hearings, trials, sentencing hearings, and federal habeas corpus actions.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/gan
 

 

USAO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
100 Bull Street, Suite 200
Savannah, GA 31401 (Headquarters)

600 James Brown Boulevard, Suite 200
Augusta, GA 30901 (Branch Office)
ATTN: Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney
Southern District of Georgia
Post Office Box 8970
Savannah, GA 31412
Telephone: (404) 581-6282, Guerry Notte, Deputy Administrative Officer
E-mail: usagas.LawClerkApps@usdoj.gov
The USAO for the Southern District of Georgia prosecutes all federal crimes committed in the Southern District of Georgia which includes 43 counties along the coast and into rural areas of southeast Georgia. In addition, the office represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in district and bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Georgia. There are 25 AUSAs who serve within the Criminal, Civil and Appellate Sections within the office. The office is headquartered in Savannah and has a fully staffed Augusta branch office.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Savannah and Augusta (see above)
Application Materials: Resume, transcript (official or unofficial), writing sample, and dates of availability should be provided via e-mail to address noted above.
Qualifications: First year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants are subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 8 weeks
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Interns assigned to the USAO can expect to do research and drafts for motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to participate in witness conferences; and to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working, or in which they are interested. Interns are also encouraged to attend office training on current legal issues.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/gas
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF HAWAII
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 6-100
Honolulu, HI 96850
ATTN: Human Resources Specialist
Telephone: (808) 541-2850
Fax: (808) 541-2958
The USAO for the District of Hawaii is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes in Hawaii. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in the U.S. District Court. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases in the federal district court and the federal court of appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 6
Internship Location(s): Honolulu
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, school transcript and writing sample directly to the above address. Applications post-marked after the due date, or sent by fax or e-mail will not be considered.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second-year, and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 11 weeks full time
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial, or observe hearings and trials of cases on which they working or in which they are interested.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/hi
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
219 South Dearborn Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
ATTN: Monica LeKostaj
Administrative Assistant for the Law Student Intern Program
Telephone: (312) 353-1091
E-mail: Monica.lekostaj@usdoj.gov
All application packages must be submitted via U.S. mail to the district contact by the indicated deadline.
The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its Departments and Agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit. The primary goals of the Law Student Program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice, and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist this Office in handling its multitude of cases.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 15
Internship Location(s): Chicago, IL
Application Materials: Resume, personal statement reflecting your background and your interest in participating in this program, legal writing sample, three letters of recommendation (preferably legal), and law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Recommendation letters, whether or not submitted in sealed envelopes, may be included by the student with the application materials. Please make every effort to include them with the application to avoid delay. First-year (second semester) law students must note when their grades will become available. They may be submitted at a later date.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion of a required background investigation. Interns are not permitted to work in a legal capacity – private or public – during the internship.
Application Deadlines: Spring- September 20
Fall- April 16
Minimum Weeks Required: 16 hours per week for 12 weeks
Academic credit: Work-study or academic credit may be available through a student’s law school. Students must make arrangements through his/her law school. This internship is not compensated. No matching contributions available; all compensation must be provided by law school.
Assignments: The work of the law student interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pretrial conferences and trials of civil and criminal cases.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/iln
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320
ATTN: Robin W. Morlock, Assistant United States Attorney, Law Clerk Coordinator
Telephone: (219) 937-5500
Email: Robin.Morlock@usdoj.gov (Applications by e-mail preferred)
The USAO for the Northern District of Indiana is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The criminal side of the Office conducts investigations and prosecutes criminal cases including political corruption, securities and healthcare fraud, terrorism, narcotics, commercial frauds, government frauds, violent crimes, public protection and appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: Fall: 3
Spring: 3
Internship Location(s): Fall: Hammond (3)
Spring: Hammond (3)
Application Materials: Cover letter indicating in which office(s) the applicant is interested, the particular internship the applicant is applying for, (i.e. fall or spring), resume, official law school transcript; legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings. If the applicant’s law school requires a contract as part of any program wherein the student will receive credit for the externship, then we also require a copy of any such contract.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Fall: 135 hours
Spring: 135 hours
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Perform research projects and assist in trial preparation. It is likely that interns will work on an appellate brief. Interns will be assigned projects from both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Interns will work with several different AUSAs over the course of the internship. Through research projects and interaction with the AUSAs, interns will be introduced to the federal system and receive an introduction to federal procedures in both the civil and criminal settings. Interns are encouraged to attend court with the AUSAs during the internship and watch court proceedings. In limited instances, interns are allowed to represent the government in hearings before the various federal courts. Each Branch Office of the USAO for the Northern District of Indiana is located in a federal courthouse. This enables the interns to meet Judges, their clerks and network among federal officials. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their summer.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/inn
 

 

USAO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
10 West Market Street
Suite 2100
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3048
ATTN: Human Resources Office
Telephone: (317) 226-6333
Vacancy Announcement # SDIN-VLI
The USAO for the Southern District of Indiana is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 1-2
Internship Location(s): 1-2 positions in Indianapolis, IN
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 10
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Perform research projects and assist in trial preparation. Interns will be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy the program.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/ins
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA
401 First Street SE, Suite 400
Cedar Rapids, IA  52401
ATTN: Scott McNamar (Human Resources Specialist)
Telephone: (319) 731-4071
Fax: (319) 363-1990
Email: USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov (Applications by e-mail preferred)
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa contains a Civil and Criminal Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law – types of cases include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes. Internet predators; etc. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of civil cases handled include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); bankruptcy; immigration; Federal Tort Claims Act; etc. Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff's counsel in areas, which include, but are not limited to: Medicaid and Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3 – 4 (law student volunteer opportunities may be available in the following legal areas: immigration; narcotics; social security; Americans with Disabilities Act; and general criminal matters). Selections will be made on a rolling basis dependent upon the needs of the office and availability of work.
Internship Location(s): Cedar Rapids, Sioux City
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages), date(s) when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings. Please combine all documents into a single pdf file attached to email.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students with strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills. U.S. citizenship required. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office, candidates invited to interview will be expected to consent to a credit check; all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion on a required background check which requires disclosure of any drug use, law enforcement and employment records, and financial credit information.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible period. Length of service during the internship and hours of duty will be determined by the student in conjunction with the Program coordinator.
Academic credit: Course credit may be possible.
Assignments: Assignments: Assignments include, but are not limited to, assisting attorneys with legal research; writing pleadings; trial preparation; and drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The law student volunteers will become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, they may attend depositions, meetings with investigative agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings in cases on which they have worked or in cases of general interest in the office. Law students who qualify to practice under the district court's student practice rules may also be assigned to handle motion hearings. Our goal is to introduce law students to the federal legal system and to help them develop their practical legal skills.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF KANSAS
301 N. Main, 1200 Epic Center
Wichita, KS 67202
ATTN: Jabari Wamble, Federal Practice Clinic Coordinator (Inquiries only)
Telephone: (913) 551-6730, Jabari.Wamble@usdoj.gov
Fax: (316) 269-6266
E-mail: USAKS.FPC@usdoj.gov (Applications only)
The United States Attorney’s Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties among other things.  Recruitment for this volunteer program is on a limited as need basis.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3 -- District-wide
Internship Location(s): Wichita, KS; Kansas City, KS; Topeka, KS
Application Materials: Cover letter (indicating major current legal interests & work location preferences), resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings; and e-mail address, if available.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law student applications only - when internship begins. Strong academic standing and research skills. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation (covering criminal, credit, illegal drug use, etc.) due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.
Application Deadlines: Selections may be made on a rolling basis:
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible period. Length of service during the internship and hours of duty will be determined by the student in conjunction with the Program Coordinator. 
Academic credit: Some law schools offer academic credit or stipend. Students should check with their school.
Assignments: Typical assignments will include assisting with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to Assistant United States Attorneys, interviewing witnesses, and assembling exhibits for trial.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/ks/index.html
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
260 W. Vine Street, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40507-1612
ATTN: Human Resources Officer
Telephone: (859) 685-4929
Fax: (859) 233-2498
E-mail: usakye.staffing@usdoj.gov Applications by e-mail preferred. Applications should include the materials requested below, all in one consolidated PDF file.
The USAO for the Eastern District of Kentucky is charged with prosecuting federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies authority, and recovering funds from violators of criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The Appellate Division is responsible for handling the office appeals with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 6
Internship Location(s): Lexington (4); Ft. Mitchell (1); London (1)
Application Materials: Applications should include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: (1) Cover letter (please note preferred internship location (Lexington - Criminal or Civil or Appellate; Ft. Mitchell; London), in bold, on upper left corner); (2) resume; (3) law school transcript with GPA; (4) one legal writing sample; (5) date available; and (6) telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evening.
Qualifications: Rising second and third year law students may apply. Students who will graduate prior to or during the course of the clerkship are not eligible. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO. This background check requires substantial input from the candidate, and it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion as applicants selected may not begin volunteer work until background check has been favorably completed (which may take up to 8 weeks).
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 8-10 weeks. Prefer 12-20 hours a week during the Fall and Spring semester.
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Interns will be assigned to one of three divisions in Lexington: criminal, civil, or appellate. Interns in Ft. Mitchell and London offices will be assigned criminal work. Usual assignments will include legal research, drafting pleadings and responses and appellate briefs. Interns will also assist attorneys in all phases of criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appellate litigation: including discovery, depositions, pretrial hearings, trials, sentencing hearings, and federal habeas corpus actions. They will have the opportunity to observe hearings and trials on which they are working or in which they are interested. Interns are also encouraged to attend office training on current legal issues.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/kye
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
717 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
ATTN:

AUSA Terry M. Cushing
Law Clerk Coordinator

Telephone: (502) 582-5911
The Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, gang activities, internet-related crimes, and drug-trafficking. The Office also represents the United States in civil suits filed against federal agencies and employees, as well as in affirmative civil actions to enforce compliance with federal law or protect the interests of the United States. The Appellate and Legal Resource Counsel Division is responsible for handling the office's appeals with the Sixth District Court of Appeals. The Western District of Kentucky covers fifty-three western counties in Kentucky. The main office is in Louisville, Kentucky, with a staffed office in Paducah and unstaffed offices in Bowling Green and Owensboro.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 4-6
Internship Location(s): Louisville, KY
Application Materials: Writing sample and resume that includes e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening. The student may also include a cover letter and transcript.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. Citizen. A background check is required due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 8-10 weeks.
Academic credit: Academic credit possible at the discretion of the law school. The internship is not compensated. No matching contributions available; all compensation must be provided by the law school.
Assignments: Interns will work closely with Assistant United States Attorneys on criminal, civil, and appellate matters. Interns perform legal research in a variety of areas, including tort and contract law, medical malpractice, immigration law, the federal sentencing guidelines, and substantive criminal law and procedure. In addition to conducting legal research, interns are routinely called upon to draft research memoranda, legal pleadings, and trial briefs. They may also play an integral role in responding to habeas corpus and other prisoner petitions. Students will also have opportunities to observe federal court proceedings and appellate arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/kyw
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
The Poydras Center
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1600
New Orleans, LA 70130
ATTN: Erin Novick, HR Specialist Telephone: (504) 680-3014 Fax: (504) 589-3576 The USAO serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties among other things. Projected No. of Volunteers: 8 Internship Location(s): New Orleans Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings. Qualifications: Second and third year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office. Application Deadlines: Fall:  June 1
Spring :  October 1 Minimum Weeks Required:

1 semester
10-12 hours a week during school year

Academic credit: Work-study credit possible. (Student must make arrangements through his/her law school) Assignments: Typical assignments will include assisting with all aspects of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to Assistant United States Attorneys, and assembling exhibits for trial. Students also observe trials in the District Court and appellate arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/lae  

 

USAO MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
777 Florida Street, Suite 208
Baton Rouge, LA 70801-1717
ATTN: Danette Willis, Secretary to the United States Attorney
Telephone: (225) 389-0443
Fax: (225) 389-0561
The USAO for the Middle District of Louisiana represents the interests of the United States in criminal and civil litigation in the Middle District of Louisiana. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and the authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the United States in civil actions, seek the enforcement of civil fines and penalties and collect debts owed to the United States.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 6
Internship Location(s): Baton Rouge
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, and telephone numbers where the student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants will undergo a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
For yearly planning, it is often necessary to consider Fall and Spring positions at the same time that the Summer positions are being filled (around March1). Please send applications for Fall and Spring as soon as possible.
Minimum Weeks Required: 2-3 days per week during Fall and Spring
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Typical assignments will include researching legal issues; drafting/writing motions, responses, and other pleadings; providing trial support to AUSAs; interviewing witnesses; and assembling exhibits for trial.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/lam
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
Human Resources Office
300 Fannin St.
Suite 3201
Shreveport, LA 71101-3068
ATTN: HR Officer
Telephone: (318) 676-3600
Fax: (318) 676-3641
The USAO serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties among other things.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 4
Internship Location(s): Shreveport (2), Lafayette (2)
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.
Application Deadline: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Typical assignments will include assisting with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to AUSAs, interviewing witnesses, and assembling exhibits for trial.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/law
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF MAINE
100 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
ATTN: Sandra J. Dow, Administrative Officer
Telephone: (207) 780-3257
Fax: (207) 780-3304
The USAO for the District of Maine is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes in the State of Maine. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases in the District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 5
Internship Location(s): Portland; Bangor
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
For any other time of the year, open until filled
Minimum Weeks Required: 8 – 10 weeks (20 hours per week minimum)
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials on which they are working or in which they are interested.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/me/
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF MARYLAND  
ATTN: Baltimore Greenbelt
36 S. Charles Street
4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
6500 Cherrywood Lane Floor
Suite 400
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Attn:

Jason Medinger, AUSA
Email: usamd.lawclerkjobs@usdoj.gov
Telephone: (410) 209-4800
Fax: (410) 962-2310

Robert Hur, Esq.
E-mail: usamd.lawclerkjobs@usdoj.gov
Telephone: (301) 344-4433
Fax: (301) 344-4516
The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland serves as the federal government’s lawyer in Maryland. The Northern Division is located in Baltimore, and the Southern Division is located in Greenbelt. The missions of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices are to:  (a) prosecute those who violate our nation’s criminal laws, including illegal drug distribution, public corruption, bank robberies, mail and wire fraud, firearms violations, environmental crimes and health care fraud, among others; and (b) defend the United States and its agencies in a full range of civil actions and to annually recover millions of dollars from persons who defraud the government, and from others against whom the government has claims. 
Projected No. of Volunteers: Greenbelt (4 - 6)
Baltimore (10 - 14)
Internship Location(s): Baltimore and Greenbelt
Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and an unofficial law school transcript.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. A background check must be conducted on all applicants before they can be hired.
Application Deadlines:

Spring Program - October 10
Fall Program - June 15

Minimum Weeks Required: 10 Weeks
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Law clerks are assigned to work with different attorneys on a variety of criminal and  civil matters.   The law clerks research legal issues, author motions and other responsive pleadings, provide trial support to attorneys, and attend different court proceedings.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/md/index.html
   

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226
ATTN: Rasheda Devaney, Human Resources Officer
Telephone: (313) 226-9130
Fax: (313) 226-2311
An internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated law student: an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today. Working with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and other staff, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and property of citizens. The United States Attorney’s Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of Federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties.
Projected No. of Volunteers: Fall: 4
Spring: 4
Internship Location(s): The majority of opportunities are expected to be located in Detroit, Michigan. Interns may also be available at branch office locations in Bay City and/or Flint, Michigan.
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached in the day and evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Law graduates are not eligible for Student Volunteer positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.
Application Deadlines: February 28th
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks
Academic credit: Academic credit for work experience possible.
Assignments: Typical assignments for law student interns involve all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues; drafting/writing motions, responses, and various pleadings; providing trial support; interviewing witnesses; and assembling exhibits for trial. Interns are generally afforded extensive opportunities to attend trials, hearings, attorney conferences, meeting, and other legal proceedings.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/mie
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
P.O. Box 208
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0208
ATTN:

Ellie M. Drumm
Human Resources Specialist

Telephone: (616) 456-2404
Email: Ellie.drumm@usdoj.gov
(E-mail or post mail applications accepted.)
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan is primarily responsible for prosecuting federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. The criminal side of the Office consists of several divisions and units including: political corruption, securities and healthcare fraud, terrorism, narcotics, commercial fraud, government fraud, violent crimes, public protection, and appeals.  Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.
Projected No. of Volunteers:

1 - 2

Internship Location(s): Grand Rapids , MI
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates of availability, and current contact information.  Please combine all materials into one .pdf file.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Students who will graduate prior to or during the course of the clerkship are not eligible. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney’s Office. This background check requires substantial input from the candidate and results are returned after approximately four weeks.
Application Deadlines: October 1 for Spring;  June 1 for Fall
Minimum Weeks Required: 12 weeks, 200 hours
Salary: Volunteer (without compensation) or for course credit
Assignments: Interns will prepare legal memoranda and briefs under the guidance of Assistant U.S. Attorneys in conjunction with pending cases. Interns will receive criminal and civil assignments depending upon interest and office needs. Interns who have completed their second year of law school may be eligible to gain significant in-court experience under local rules. The goal of the program is to introduce interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills, and to create an enjoyable experience.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/miw
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
600 United States Courthouse
300 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
ATTN: Ann Canessa / Human Resources Specialist
Telephone: (612) 664-5622
Email: Ann.canesssa@usdoj.gov
Please submit application materials by mail or email.
The USAO for the District of Minnesota seeks part-time, volunteer law clerks to join us to support the missions of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Office. The Criminal Division of the Office is comprised of three sections: Narcotics, Economic Crimes, and Major Crimes. It is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed in Minnesota, from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. The Civil Division of the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 8
Internship Location(s): Minneapolis/St. Paul
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample (not exceeding 10 pages), and two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from a law school professor or instructor).
Qualifications: Students who will be second- or third-year law students this fall, with strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, candidates invited to interview will be expected to consent to a credit check; all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion of a required background check.
Application Deadlines: Fall: May 15
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible; applicants should consult directly with their law school.
Assignments: Law clerks perform research and writing projects, and assist in appellate work and trial preparation.  Interns will be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. Interns also attend court proceedings as well as monthly brown bag lunches at which AUSAs, the defense bar, the federal judiciary, and federal agents speak. The goal is for law interns to see the federal legal system at work, develop their legal skills and, above all, enjoy their experience.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/mn
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
900 Jefferson
Oxford, MS 38655
ATTN: Jim Allen, Administrative Officer
Telephone: 662-234-3351
The USAO of the Northern District of Mississippi is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crime from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white collar crime organized gang activities, internet-related crimes and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division the office is charged with defending agencies of the United States enforcing regulatory agencies and recovering funds from violators of United States criminal, regulatory and civil laws.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3-4
Internship Location(s): Oxford, MS
Application Materials: Cover letter, Resume, Official Transcript, Legal Writing Sample, Availability, and Contact Information.
Qualifications: Second- and third-year current law students will be considered. All interns are subject to a background investigation prior to acceptance into the internship.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Spring and Fall 280 hours/14 weeks
Academic credit: Academic and work study credit are possible.
Assignments: Assignments include but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions memoranda of law and dispositive motions. Interns will become familiar with Federal Rules of criminal and civil procedures and Federal Rules of evidence. In addition interns may attend disposition, meetings with agents accompany attorney to observe court proceedings. In addition the office attempts to identify appropriate matter for the intern to handle under the supervision of AUSAs.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/msn
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF MONTANA
Questions about the program and all application materials should be forwarded to:
U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter
P.O. Box 1478
Billings, MT 59103
Telephone: (406) 247-4638
Fax: (406) 657-6055
The USAO has two goals for those who participate as interns within the Office: to supplement the students’ academic training with legal research and advocacy opportunities and to facilitate mentoring of new lawyers.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 12
Internship Location(s): Billings; Great Falls; Helena; and Missoula.
Applicants should indicate a geographic placement preference or limitation.
Application Materials: Resume, cover letter, and list of classes to be completed before the Spring of 2011.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must also be able to successfully pass a background investigation, which requires disclosure of any drug use, law enforcement and employment records, and financial credit information.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Law students with work-study status or those interested in volunteering are invited to apply.
Assignments: Law students will work with AUSAs on projects related to ongoing litigation and appeals or issues of significance in prospective litigation. Applicants should indicate a preference for civil or criminal assignments if the applicant has a preference.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/mt
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
James C. Cleveland Federal Building
53 Pleasant Street – Room 352
Concord, NH 03301
John P. Kacavas, United States Attorney
ATTN: Robert J. Veiga, Assistant United States Attorney
Telephone: (603) 225-1552
Fax: (603) 225-1470
The USAO for the District of New Hampshire consists primarily of two divisions, Criminal and Civil. The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the District. The Civil Division acts as the litigation counsel for the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. The office utilizes unpaid volunteer interns to assist in the preparation of both criminal and civil matters occurring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court., the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 2
Internship Location(s): Concord
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, legal writing sample, telephone and e-mail contact information.
Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen. Must be a member in good standing of an accredited law school and completed first and /or second-year of law school. Strong research and writing skills. All applicants must pass a background investigation to obtain necessary security clearance before entry on duty.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: All volunteer interns must commit to 10 weeks full time
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Interns can expect to: research and write memoranda and pleadings in pending criminal and civil cases; organize and summarize non-grand jury records; assist AUSAs in preparing and responding to discovery requests; assemble exhibits for trial; assist in research and writing of appellate briefs and motions; observe trials, sentencing proceedings and other hearings.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/nh
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
401 Market Street, 4th Floor
Camden, New Jersey 08101-2098
ATTN: Paul Blaine
Telephone: (856) 757-5137
The USAO for the District of New Jersey (the 8th largest in the nation, the Camden office being a small satellite of the main Newark office) is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes in New Jersey from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, drug importation through New Jersey ports, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The criminal side of the Office is broken into several divisions and units. These are: political corruption, securities and healthcare fraud, terrorism, narcotics, commercial frauds, government frauds, violent crimes, public protection and appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3
Internship Location(s): Camden
Application Materials: Resume, transcript and legal writing sample. Submit materials via U.S. mail to above address.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Minimum Weeks Required: All volunteers must commit to 10 weeks full time.
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Perform research projects and assist in trial preparation. Intern will likely answer, working under the guidance of an AUSA, a federal habeas corpus petition that will be filed with the court. Interns will also be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. We also host brown bag lunches at which AUSAs, the defense bar, the judiciary and federal agents speak. Interns who have completed four semesters of law school are permitted, at their option, to make appearances on behalf of the United States before the United States District Court in selected case matters. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their experience.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/nj
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102
ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCE UNIT
The USAO for the District of New Jersey (the 8th largest in the nation) is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes in New Jersey from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, drug importation through New Jersey ports, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The criminal side of the Office is broken into several divisions and units: National Security, Narcotic-OCDETF, Economic Crimes, General Crimes, Healthcare and Government Fraud, Asset Forfeiture, and Organized Crimes and Gangs.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 12 - 15
Internship Location(s): Newark
Application Materials: Resume, transcript and legal writing sample. Submit materials via U.S. mail:
Mary Gladney
United States Attorney’s Office
970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: All volunteers must commit to 10 weeks full time.
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Perform research projects and assist in trial preparation. Intern will likely answer, working under the guidance of an AUSA, a federal habeas corpus petition that will be filed with the court. Interns will also be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. We also host brown bag lunches at which AUSAs, the defense bar, the judiciary and federal agents speak. We sponsor weekly skill sessions focusing on trial practice (opening statements, cross-examination, etc) which culminate in a mock trial. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their experience.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/nj
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
Human Resources Office
201 Third Street, N.W. Suite 900
Albuquerque, NM 87102
ATTN: Audrey Sullivan
Telephone: (505) 224-1510
Fax: (505) 346-7279
The USAO for the District of New Mexico is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The criminal side of the Office is broken into several divisions and units, including immigration, white collar crime, narcotics, violent crimes, and appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 6
Internship Location(s): Albuquerque (4); Las Cruces (2)
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached in the day and evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.
Application Deadlines: Fall:  May 1
Spring: September 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Typical assignments include assisting with all facets of case preparation, such as: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to AUSAs, interviewing witnesses, and assembling exhibits for trial.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
CIVIL DIVISION
  271 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
610 Federal Plaza
Central Islip, NY 11722-4454
ATTN: Michael Goldberger, AUSA Diane Beckmann, AUSA
The Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York has primary responsibility for representing the federal government in civil litigation in the Eastern District of New York. Summer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of civil cases on behalf of the United States before the District Court, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 20
Internship Location(s): Brooklyn (10 – 15)  Central Islip (5)
Application Materials:

Resume with current/valid address and email, law school transcript if available (official or unofficial), legal writing sample, and list of three (3) references and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening. Applications must be mailed to the address above (no email). Please visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/nye/district/LawInternship.html for additional information.

Only hard copy applications will be accepted by U.S. mail.

Qualifications: First-year (second semester) second- and third-year law students are invited to apply to the United States Attorney's summer internship program. Our ten-week program offers unpaid internships in both the Criminal and Civil Division. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation.
Application Deadlines:

Spring:  October 15th   (January – May)
Fall:  June 15th  (September – December )

Minimum Weeks Required: 14 – 16 weeks  (12 – 20 hours per week)
Academic credit: Possible work-study credit. In addition, summer interns are eligible to apply for a limited number of summer stipends awarded by the Federal Bar Council and the Eastern District Association (an alumni organization of former Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Eastern District of New York).
Assignments:

Student interns are afforded the opportunity to participate in the wide range of work performed by our Assistant United States Attorneys. Intern assignments can include assisting in trial preparation, participating in witness interviews or civil depositions, and legal research and writing. Summer interns are also strongly encouraged to observe hearings and trials in the District Court, and even to participate.

Our summer intern program also features a number of exciting intern events. Traditionally, the se include guided tours of the NYPD Ballistics Laboratory and the Metropolitan Detention Center (the local federal jail). Additionally, each week, we host an intern "brown bag luncheon" with speakers on a veriety of topics of interest. Over past summers the speakers have included the United States Attorney, federal judges, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, notable criminal defense attorneys, an expert in polygraph examinations, a special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Office's various practice areas.

Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/nye
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
CRIMINAL DIVISION
  271 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
610 Federal Plaza
Central Islip, NY 11722-4454
 

Richard Tucker, AUSA
Una Dean, AUSA

Burton T. Ryan, AUSA
Demetri M. Jones, AUSA

The Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York has primary responsibility for representing the federal government in civil litigation in the Eastern District of New York. Summer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of civil cases on behalf of the United States before the District Court, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 30
Internship Location(s): Brooklyn; Central Islip
Application Materials:

Resume with current/valid address and email, law school transcript if available (official or unofficial), legal writing sample, and list of three (3) references and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening. Applications must be mailed to the address above (no email). Please visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/nye/district/LawInternship.html for additional information.

Applications will be accepted by U.S. mail or e-mail.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) second- and third-year law students are invited to apply to the United States Attorney's summer internship program. Our ten-week program offers unpaid internships in both the Criminal and Civil Division. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation.
Application Deadlines:

Spring:  October 15th   (January – May)
Fall:  June 15th  (September – December )

Minimum Weeks Required: 14 – 16 weeks (12-20 hours per week)
Academic credit: Possible work-study credit.  In addition, summer interns are eligible to apply for a limited number of summer stipends awarded by the Federal Bar Council and the Eastern District Association (an alumni organization of former Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Eastern District of New York).
Assignments:

Student interns are afforded the opportunity to participate in the wide range of work performed by our Assistant United States Attorneys. Intern assignments can include assisting in trial preparation, participating in witness interviews or civil depositions, and legal research and writing. Summer interns are also strongly encouraged to observe hearings and trials in the District Court, and even to participate.

Our summer intern program also features a number of exciting intern events. Traditionally, the se include guided tours of the NYPD Ballistics Laboratory and the Metropolitan Detention Center (the local federal jail). Additionally, each week, we host an intern "brown bag luncheon" with speakers on a veriety of topics of interest. Over past summers the speakers have included the United States Attorney, federal judges, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, notable criminal defense attorneys, an expert in polygraph examinations, a special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Office's various practice areas.

Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/nye
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
P.O. Box 7198 – 100 S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13261-7198
ATTN: Charles E. Roberts, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Telephone: (315) 448-0672
Fax: (315) 448-0646
The USAO for the Northern District of New York is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes in this district. This office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in the United States District Court. Student interns assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases at both the trial and appellate levels.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 9
Internship Location(s): Syracuse
Application Materials: Resume, writing sample and recommendations.
Qualifications: Excellent legal research and writing skills. Superior academic achievements. Fluency in Spanish is helpful. Must be a U.S. citizen. All legal interns must successfully pass a background check.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Work-study/academic credit may be available through a student’s law school.
Assignments: Law students assist their assigned attorneys as required. Assignments typically include legal research, preparation of memoranda of law, motions, and general assistance in trials. Occasional seminars, called law student luncheons, are conducted on topics ranging from legal writing to grand jury practice, federal death penalty cases, interstate domestic violence, and civil discovery. Guest speakers have included AUSAs, FBI agents, SWAT team members, law professors, and criminal defense attorneys.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/nyn
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
138 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
ATTN: Aaron Mango and Joseph Tripi, Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Telephone: (716) 843-5700 ext. 882 or 839
Fax: (716) 551-5563
The USAO for the Western District of New York is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes in Western New York, from acts of terrorism to public corruption, gang activities and many other criminal acts. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the Second Circuit. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 15
Internship Location(s): Buffalo
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening, email address.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- or third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks Part time 10 hours per week during school year
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested. Student Practice Rule participation.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/nyw
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
100 State Street
620 Federal Building
Rochester, NY 14614
ATTN: Lori Pietrzykowski
Telephone: (585) 263-6760 x 2228
Fax: (585) 263-6226
The USAO for the Western District of New York is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes in Western New York. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the Second Circuit. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3
Internship Location(s): Rochester
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 7
Spring: October 4
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks Part time 10 hours per week during school year
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/nyw
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
100 State Street
620 Federal Building
Rochester, NY 14614
ATTN: Lori Pietrzykowski
Telephone: (585) 263-6760 x 2228
Fax: (585) 263-6226
The USAO for the Western District of New York is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes in Western New York. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the Second Circuit. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3
Internship Location(s): Rochester
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 3 Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks part time 10 hours per week during school year
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/nyw
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
227 West Trade Street, Suite 1650
Charlotte, NC 28202
ATTN: Kevin H. Zolot, Assistant United States Attorney, Law Clerk Coordinator
Telephone: (704) 344-3167
Fax: (704) 344-6629
E-mail: Kevin.zolot@usdoj.gov
The USAO for the Western District of North Carolina is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes in western North Carolina. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution of criminal cases and the prosecution and defense of civil cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 5 – 9
Internship Location(s): Charlotte (8), Asheville (1)
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening.

Application should include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates of availability, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening. A cover letter is optional.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Course credit possible.
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions and briefs in pending cases, including appellate briefs; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; toto assist AUSAs in preparing for criminal trials, including assembling exhibits, drafting jury instructions and compiling exhibit and witness lists; and attending hearings and trials as work schedules permit.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ncw/
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
United States Courthouse, Suite 400
801 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
ATTN: Carole S. Rendon
First Assistant United States Attorney
The USAO for the Northern District of Ohio is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes in northern Ohio. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Sixth Circuit. Volunteer law clerks assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 14-15 (Students entering their third year are preferred)
Law Clerk Location(s): Cleveland (12); Akron (1-2); Youngstown (1)
Application Materials: Resume and cover letter indicating dates when available and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening. Application by e-mail is the exclusive method of providing the resume and cover letter. Applications should be submitted.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Law clerks can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested.
Contact: If you have any questions about the internship program, please feel free to contact.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ohn
 

 

USAO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
400 Atrium Two
221 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-4166
ATTN: Robert Behlen, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney
Telephone: (513) 684-3711
Fax: (513) 684-6385
The USAO for the Southern District of Ohio is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes in southern Ohio. There are offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in affirmative and defensive civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Sixth Circuit. Volunteer law clerks assist in the prosecution and defense of both criminal and civil cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 11-12 (students entering their third year are preferred).
Internship Location(s): Columbus (5); Cincinnati (3); Dayton (3-4)
Application Materials: Resume, writing sample, transcript, three references (names, contact information, and relationship to applicant), and cover letter indicating dates when available and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening. Mail is the preferred method of providing the resume and cover letter.
Qualifications: We expect that students will have successfully completed courses in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Legal Research and Writing, and Torts. Administrative Law is optional. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Open until filled.
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 8 to 10 weeks
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Law clerks can expect to research and write motions and memoranda in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/ohs
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
110 West Seventh Street
Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74119
ATTN: R. Trent Shores, Assistant United States Attorney
Telephone: (918) 382-2700
Fax: (918) 560-7954
The USAO protects and serves the citizens of the Northern District of Oklahoma through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States. As the principal litigator for the United States in the Northern District of Oklahoma, the United States Attorney prosecutes all criminal and civil cases brought by the federal government and defends the United States when it is a party in a civil case. Our criminal caseload includes violent crime, complex drug and money laundering activities, complex financial institution and corporate fraud, computer fraud, environmental crime, public corruption matters, organized crime, and crimes in Indian Country.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 4
Internship Location(s): Tulsa
Application Materials: Please submit a resume together with cover letter, an official transcript, writing sample (optional) and dates available to R. Trent Shores (above).
Qualifications: All full-time second- or third-year law students. Student should have excellent academic credentials, good writing skills and basic knowledge of criminal law and procedure.
Application Deadlines: Open until filled.
Fall: July 15
Spring: December 15
Minimum Weeks Required: 6 – 12 weeks
Academic credit: Academic credit possible (to be decided by each school).
Assignments: The internship is designed to give students the opportunity to gain first hand experience in working on challenging projects and cases principally involving issues of federal criminal law. Interns work closely with federal prosecutors in the USAO on a variety of diverse projects. Work may include legal research and drafting legal memoranda on a wide range of topics including Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues, federal Indian law, and due process. Also, interns will have the opportunity to attend criminal trials and various hearings in Federal court with prosecutors, as well as interact and work with a variety of federal, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/okn
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
210 Park Avenue, Suite 400
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
ATTN: Lisa Engelke, Human Resources Specialist
Telephone: (405) 553-8777
E-mail: Lisa.Engelke@usdoj.gov
 
The USAO consists of a Criminal Division, Civil Division and Appellate Division. The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal crimes involving, but not limited to, terrorism, firearms, bank robberies, gangs, narcotics, white collar, public corruption, health care fraud, child pornography, identity theft, bank fraud, and crimes occurring in Indian Country. The Civil Division represents the United States by defending suits against federal agencies and employees involving claims of employment discrimination, medical malpractice, torts, Bivens, etc. The Civil Division also enforces civil laws seeking to recover government funds lost to contract fraud and health care fraud, handles mortgage foreclosures and collection of debts owed to the United States, land condemnation, environmental cases, etc. The Appellate Division handles criminal and civil appeals and is responsible for researching and writing motions and appellate briefs for filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Students will work closely with AUSAs.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 6 - 9
Internship Location(s): Oklahoma City
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (limited to 12 pages). Also include e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening.
All application packages should be submitted to Ms. Engelke via e-mail. Questions should be directed to Ms. Engelke via e-mail or at the telephone number listed above.
Qualifications: Law students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer volunteer positions. Students chosen will be subject to a background investigation which can take up to two months. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: September 15
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Internships or externships (with educational credit) possible.
Assignments: Depending on the assigned division, students will assist with all facets of case preparation, such as researching legal issues, drafting motions and briefs, discovery, and trial preparation. Students will become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, students may have the opportunity to attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/okw
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
615 Chestnut Street, Suite 1250
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ATTN: Richard W. Goldberg
Telephone: (215) 861-8200
Fax: (215) 861-8218
The USAO serves as the principal litigator on behalf of the federal government in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and is responsible for coordinating agency investigations within the district. Among other responsibilities, the United States Attorney has the authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties. The office appears principally before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 25
Internship Location(s): Philadelphia
Application Materials: Cover letter and resume. Applications submitted by e-mail will not be considered. Please be sure to include a telephone number and e-mail address where you can be reached. A writing sample and transcript are required of those applicants selected for interviews.
Qualifications: Law students finishing their first-year or second-year (and third-year students in four year programs) are accepted. You must be a U.S. citizen and you must clear a background investigation (which includes inquiry into illegal drug use and bad debts) due to the sensitive nature of work performed by the office.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: The office participates in work-study programs but provides no matching funds.
Assignments: Assignments include all facets of case preparation: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses to various pleadings, providing trial support to AUSAs, observing hearings, trials, and arguments, interviewing witnesses, and assembling exhibits for trial. Interns also participate in a seminar program which teaches trial skills and exposes the interns to different parts of and participants in the court system.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/pae
 

 

USAO MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
235 Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Telephone: (570) 348-2800
Fax: (570) 348-2037
Email: Gail.Dvornicky@usdoj.gov
The USAO for the Middle District of Pennsylvania encompasses 33 counties throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, extending over 21,907 square miles. The district headquarters office is located in Scranton with branch offices in Harrisburg and Williamsport. The office represents the united States and has responsibility for the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal government; the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and the collection of debts owed to the Federal government which are administratively uncollectible.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 6 – 9
Internship Location(s): Scranton, Pa; Harrisburg, Pa; Williamsport, Pa
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript, legal writing sample; valid e-mail address, dates when available and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check due to the sensitive nature of the work performed in a United States Attorney’s Office
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 6 – 8 weeks
Academic credit: The office participates in work-study programs but provides no matching funds.
Assignments: Interns are routinely assigned to research and prepare initial drafts of memoranda of law. Interns are exposed to all stages of civil and criminal litigation except for grand jury matters. This includes, but is not limited to, responding to pretrial motions, conducting discovery, drafting jury instructions, responding to post-trial motions, and assisting on appellate briefs on a number of civil and criminal issues. While interns are not permitted to conduct proceedings in federal court, they are afforded the opportunity to attend and observe various court proceedings, such as detention and suppression hearings, arraignments, jury selections, trials and sentencings.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/pam
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 4000 U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
700 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
ATTN: Robert L. Eberhardt, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney
Telephone: (412) 894-7353
Fax: (412) 644-5870
The USAO represents the United States in criminal and civil litigation in Western Pennsylvania. The USAO prosecutes federal criminal cases and represents federal agencies and officials in a variety of federal program, federal tort claim, and other civil cases.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 10
Internship Location(s): Pittsburgh (9); Johnstown (1)
Application Materials: Cover letter and resume.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Interns perform legal research and writing assignments in federal criminal or civil cases. Interns work closely with AUSAs on case development and formulation of legal strategy. Interns also have the opportunity to observe civil discovery proceedings and civil and criminal court proceedings.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/paw
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO
350 Carlos Chardón Avenue
Torre Chardón, Suite 1201
San Juan, PR 00918
ATTN: Ms. Pura López - Human Resources Officer
Telephone: (787) 282-1873
Fax: (787) 766-6022
E-mail: c.pura.lopez@usdoj.gov
The USAO for the District of Puerto Rico is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the USAO is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. This office also represents the United States before the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 2 - 5
Internship Location(s): San Juan
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, and official law school transcript.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Status as a student in good standing at an accredited law school. Must speak, read, and write English fluently. Must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed. Applicants must complete paperwork providing information about residences, schooling, work, credit history, and fingerprints. Interviews will be conducted before selection.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Perform legal research and trial preparation for civil and criminal cases and/or appeal matters. Students will work closely with AUSAs in developing legal documents and will receive direction in honing research skills. Assignments will increase in difficulty as proficiency develops.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/eousa
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
1441 Main Street, Suite 500
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
ATTN: Legal Internship Program
Telephone: (809) 929-3000
 

Applications mailed through U.S. mail preferred.

The USAO serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties, and appeals. 

Projected No. of Volunteers: 9
Internship Location(s):

Columbia, Florence, Charleston, Greenville

Please note legal internship location preference in bold, on the upper right corner of your cover letter.

Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter noting location preference in bold on the upper right corner of the cover letter, resume with grade point averages for all academic work listed on the resume, at least one writing sample, an official law school transcript, and 3 references who can speak to skills and abilities. Transcripts and grade point averages should be updated as grades are available. If transcripts and grade point averages are not available at time of application, please update as information becomes available. 
Qualifications: Second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain strong academic credentials. It is the policy of the USAO to require that a background review be conducted on all applicants who are hired. Therefore, it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion. Selected interns will not be allowed to begin work until the office receives notification of security clearance.
Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 4
Spring: October 14

Applicants will only be contacted by the USAO if more information is needed or if an interview is requested.  Interviews will take place at the USAO.  Further, applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their own travel and accommodations.  Delivery confirmation from postal carrier is suggested.

Minimum Weeks Required: 12 weeks
Academic credit: Credit may be given for some school program, or public law stipends also might be available through certain law school programs.  Students should contact their law school for specific intern, extern, or work-study requirements prior to applying for the legal intern position. 
Assignments: Responsible for assisting attorneys with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to attorneys, and interviewing witnesses.  Our goal is to introduce legal interns to the federal legal system and to develop practical legal skills.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/sc/
 

 

USAO MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
110 9th Avenue South, Suite A-961
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
ATTN: Internship Coordinator
Telephone: (615) 736-5151
E-mail: Carrie.Daughtrey@usdoj.gov
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, online child exploitation, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies' authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.
Projected No. of Volunteers: Semesters: varies
Internship Location(s): Nashville, Tennessee
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and an e-mail address or telephone number where a student may be reached during the day.
Qualifications: Rising second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney's Office.
Application Deadlines: October 15th for Spring Program (January - May)
June 1st for Fall Program (September - December)
Minimum Weeks Required: 8 hours/week during semester
Academic credit: School credit as determined by the student’s law school.
Salary: Volunteer. Legal interns often receive academic credit or school stipends while working.
Assignments: Legal interns will be responsible for researching legal issues and writing responses in pending cases, jury instructions, and appellate briefs. Interns also will work with attorneys in responding to discovery, interviewing witnesses, assembling exhibits for trial, and negotiating settlements. Legal Interns are not assigned to a specific unit but rather receive assignments from throughout the office. Legal interns will be paired with an attorney mentor and participate in numerous field trips. All interns are encouraged to observe court proceedings as time permits.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/tnm/
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
167 N. Main Street, Suite 800
Memphis, TN  38103
ATTN: Lori Frederick
Telephone: (901) 544-4231
Fax: (901) 544-4230
E-mail:  
The United States Attorney’s Office represents the litigative and defensive interests of the United States.  Our office prosecutes violations of federal criminal law and defends the United States in civil law suits, seeking to recover from instances of fraud committed against the United States and taking affirmative civil enforcement action.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 2
Internship Location(s): Memphis, TN
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: Third-year law students.  (Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions.)  Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subjected to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office
Application Deadlines:

Fall – June 1
Spring – October 1

Minimum Weeks Required: 8 - 10 per week (negotiable)
Academic credit: School credit possible at the discretion of the law school.
Assignments: Interns for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee will perform research projects, and assist in discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation.  Interns can also be expected to assist in the assembly of exhibits for trial and drafting of briefs and pleadings.  Students may observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working on or interested in.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/tnw/
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
350 Magnolia Ave., Ste 150
Beaumont, TX  77701
ATTN: Princess Franklin, Human Resources Officer
Telephone: (409) 839-2538
Fax: (409) 839-2557
E-mail: Princess.franklin@usdoj.gov
The USAO for the Eastern District of Texas, represents the interests of the United States in criminal and civil litigation. The law student internship program provides students an opportunity for supervised direct involvement in criminal prosecutions, civil litigation, and appellate proceedings.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 6
Internship Location(s): Beaumont (2); Plano (4)
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), and second-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a grade point average of 2.8 or higher. A security clearance will be conducted on all applicants offered positions.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1 (available only in Beaumont and Plano offices)
Spring: October 1 (available only in Beaumont and Plano offices)
Positions may be filled on a rolling basis prior to these deadlines.
Minimum Weeks Required: At least 10 hours per week (Spring and Fall Programs)
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: The USAO for the Eastern District of Texas offers students a challenging and rewarding summer internship experience. During their internships, students have the opportunity to strengthen legal research and writing skills by applying them in practical settings, including drafting memoranda, motions in advance of and during trial, and appellate briefs to the Fifth Circuit. Student interns will be exposed to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of different attorneys, and typically have the opportunity to observe numerous court proceedings, from initial appearances through all phases of trial. Moreover, former student interns have also had the opportunity to observe and participate in witness preparation sessions, defendant debriefings, and conferences with defense counsel and agents from a variety of local, state, and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and the U.S. Secret Service.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/txe
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Burnett Plaza, Suite 1700
8801 Cherry St. Unit 4
Ft. Worth, TX  76102
ATTN: Amanda Booth
Telephone: (817) 252-5200
Fax:  
E-mail: Usatxn.slv@usdoj.gov
The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas is the principal federal prosecution authority for the North Texas area with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Amarillo.  The Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes all federal crimes in our jurisdiction including acts of terrorism, public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, firearms crimes, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal offenses.  The Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agency authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. statutes and other regulations.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 9 – 11
Internship Location(s): Dallas (5); Fort Worth (4 – 6)
Application Materials: Cover letter stating preferred internship location and preference between civil and criminal sections, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample (10 pages or less), email address, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached in the day and evenings.  Please send all documents as one PDF file.  Also indicate your dates of availability for work.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students.  Must be a U.S. citizen.  There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney’s Office.  Background check may take up to two months to complete.
Application Deadlines: Fall:  April 13 (September – December)
Spring: October 1st (January – May)
Positions may be filled on a rolling basis prior to the deadline.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be accepted until all positions are filled.  Interns in the Fort Worth Office may be hired for the entire school year.  Students interested in a full-year (September – May) should include that information in their cover letters.
Minimum Weeks Required: 6
Academic credit: Volunteer (without compensation) or work-study credit.
Assignments: The Northern District of Texas offers internship opportunities in both our Criminal and Civil Divisions, and selected candidates may be assigned to work in either or both groups, depending on preference and need. Our goal is to introduce law students to the federal system and litigation involving the United States.  We strive to assist students in developing their legal research and writing skills.  Volunteers in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions will perform legal research and writing; draft various pleadings, motions, briefs, and other documents; and assist with witness preparation, depositions, and hearings or trials.  All students will be provided with several opportunities to meet members of the judiciary, representatives of various federal agencies, and to participate in substantive programs to familiarize them with the federal legal system.  Within the Civil Division, students will be given assignments in a wide variety of defensive and affirmative litigation, including employment discrimination, medical malpractice, general torts, constitutional torts, immigration, prisoner litigation, commercial, financial, and civil fraud.  Volunteers within the Criminal Division will also be exposed to a wide variety of practice areas, including narcotics, public corruption, healthcare fraud, cybercrimes, terrorism, and other federal crimes. 
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn
 

 

USAO SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
1000 Louisiana Avenue, Suite 2300
Houston, TX  77002
ATTN:

Michael Wright – AUSA in charge of Law Student Program
Judith Cardona – Legal Assistant to the Law Student Program

E-mail: interns.usatxs@usdoj.gov
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas is the principal federal prosecution authority for the South Texas area with offices in Houston (headquarters), Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and McAllen. The Criminal Division prosecutes all federal crimes in our jurisdiction including narcotics trafficking, white-collar crime, national security, public corruption asset forfeiture, financial litigation, organization crime, immigration violations, violent crimes, and other criminal offenses. The Civil Division is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agency authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The Appellate Division is responsible for supervising the office's appeals with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Projected No. of Volunteers: Varies
Internship Location(s): Houston, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and McAllen
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and an e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subjected to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.
Application Deadlines: Spring: October 15th
Fall: June 15th
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 hours/week
Academic credit: School credit possible at the discretion of the law school. May apply for Blask Fellowship.
Assignments: Legal interns have the opportunity to research legal issues, draft pleadings/memoranda, assist with discovery, trial preparation, jury instructions, and appellate briefs. Interns may observe hearings and trials. Interns may observe and participate in witness preparation sessions, defendant debriefings, meetings with defense counsel, and meetings with agents from several federal agencies.
Web Site:

www.justice.gov/usao/txs

 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF UTAH
185 South State Street, Rm. 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
ATTN: Debra Parker
Telephone: (801) 524-5682
Fax: (801) 524-6924
E-mail: debra.parker@usdoj.gov
The USAO for the District of Utah is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed within the district, including acts of terrorism, white-collar crime, organized crime, criminal gang activities, internet-related crimes, drug offenses and other criminal acts. The Office also defends the United States, its agencies, officers, and employees in civil actions; enforces the regulatory authority of federal agencies, and recovers funds from individuals who violate criminal, civil and regulatory laws. The Office is divided into two divisions: the Criminal Division and Civil Division. The Criminal Division is divided into five sections: Appellate, National Security, Narcotics, White Collar, and Violent Crimes.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Salt Lake City
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: Second- and third- year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: May 31 for Fall program
Minimum Weeks Required: 250 hours
Academic credit: Volunteer (without compensation)
Assignments: Interns will be assigned to a specific section of the office to assist Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) by conducting legal research and preparing legal pleadings, memoranda, and briefs. Interns are encouraged to attend brown bag lunches which are sponsored by the office and which feature AUSAs speaking on various legal topics. The office also encourages interns to attend court proceedings handled by AUSAs to view civil and criminal trials and hearings and gain a better understanding of the federal legal system. The office goals are to introduce interns to the federal legal system, develop their legal research and writing skills, and provide a challenging and rewarding internship experience.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/ut/index.html
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
ALEXANDRIA OFFICE
2100 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
ATTN:  
The mission of the USAO for the Eastern District of Virginia is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the U.S. Attorney General and the United States Attorney, recognizing the value and dignity of all people and the importance of strong relationships with the members of the judicial and law enforcement communities.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Alexandria
Metro access via King Street Metro (blue and yellow lines)
Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter, resume with grade point averages for all academic work listed on resume, at least one writing sample, an official law school transcript, and 3 references who can speak to skills and abilities. (Transcripts and grade point averages should be updated as grades are available. So, if transcripts and grade point averages are not available at time of application, please update as information becomes available.) Please note preference – civil or criminal, in bold, on the upper left corner of your cover letter. Please send application packets and grade or resume updates via mail (not e-mail, and please no phone or e-mail inquiries).
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a strong academic average. It is the policy of the USAO to require that a background review be conducted on all applicants who are hired. Therefore, it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion.
Application Deadlines: No applications will be accepted before or after the time frames announced below.
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Inquiries/Application Status: Applicants will only be contacted by the USAO, if more information is needed or if an interview is requested. In-person interviews are required. Many, if not all, of these interviews will take place at the USAO. Further, applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their own travel and accommodations. Unfortunately, we do not conduct phone interviews. Applicants interviewed will only be contacted if an offer is extended. For confirmation that materials have been received, delivery confirmation from postal carrier is suggested. No phone calls please. No e-mails please. No faxes please.
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Credit may be given for some school programs, or public law stipends also might be available through certain school programs. Students should contact their law school for specific intern or work-study requirements prior to applying for such a position.
Assignments: Responsible for assisting AUSAs with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to attorneys, and interviewing witnesses.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
NEWPORT NEWS OFFICE
721 Lakefront Commons
Fountain Plaza Three
Newport News, VA 23606
ATTN: Eric Hurt for Criminal Law Student Internship Applications
The mission of the USAO for the Eastern District of Virginia is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the U.S. Attorney General and the United States Attorney, recognizing the value and dignity of all people and the importance of strong relationships with the members of the judicial and law enforcement communities.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 3
Internship Location(s): Newport News
Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter, resume with grade point averages for all academic work listed on resume, at least one writing sample, an official law school transcript, and 3 references who can speak to skills and abilities. (Transcripts and grade point averages should be updated as grades are available. So, if transcripts and grade point averages are not available at time of application, please update as information becomes available.)

Please send packets and grade or resume updates via mail or e-mail.
Qualifications: Second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a grade average of 3.0 or higher. It is the policy of the U.S. Attorney's Office to require that a background review be conducted on all applicants who are hired.  Therefore, it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion.
Application Deadlines:

Fall:  March 1st to May 1st
Spring:  September 1st to November 1stt

Inquiries/Application Status: Applicants will be contacted by the U.S. Attorney's Office if more information is needed or if an interview is requested. 
Minimum Weeks Required: 10 full weeks, starting the day after Memorial Day.
Academic credit: Credit may be given for some school programs, or public law stipends also might be available through certain school programs. Students should contact their law school for specific intern or work-study requirements prior to applying for such a position.
Assignments: Responsible for assisting attorneys with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to attorneys, and interviewing witnesses
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
NORFOLK OFFICE
101 West Main Street, Suite 8000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1671
ATTN:  
The mission of the USAO for the Eastern District of Virginia is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the U.S. Attorney General and the United States Attorney, recognizing the value and dignity of all people and the importance of strong relationships with the members of the judicial and law enforcement communities.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Norfolk
Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter, resume with grade point averages for all academic work listed on resume, at least one writing sample, an official law school transcript, and 3 references who can speak to skills and abilities. (Transcripts and grade point averages should be updated as grades are available. So, if transcripts and grade point averages are not available at time of application, please update as information becomes available.)

Please note preference – civil or criminal, in bold, on the upper left corner of your cover letter.

Please send application packets and grade or resume updates via mail (not e-mail, and please no phone or e-mail inquiries).
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a strong academic average. It is the policy of the USAO to require that a background review be conducted on all applicants who are hired. Therefore, it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion.
Application Deadlines: No applications will be accepted before or after the time frames announced below.
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Inquiries/Application Status Applicants will only be contacted by the USAO if more information is needed or if an interview is requested. In-person interviews are required. Many, if not all, of these interviews will take place at the USAO. Further, applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their own travel and accommodations. Unfortunately, we do not conduct phone interviews. Applicants interviewed will only be contacted if an offer is extended. For confirmation that materials have been received, delivery confirmation from postal carrier is suggested.
No phone calls please. No e-mails please. No faxes please.
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Credit may be given for some school programs, or public law stipends also might be available through certain school programs. Students should contact their law school for specific intern or work-study requirements prior to applying for such a position.
Assignments: Responsible for assisting attorneys with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to attorneys, and interviewing witnesses.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/vae
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
RICHMOND OFFICE
600 East Main Street, Suite 1800
Richmond, VA 23219-2447
The mission of the USAO for the Eastern District of Virginia is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the U.S. Attorney General and the United States Attorney, recognizing the value and dignity of all people and the importance of strong relationships with the members of the judicial and law enforcement communities.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s):  
Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter, resume with grade point averages for all academic work listed on resume, at least one writing sample, an official law school transcript, and 3 references who can speak to skills and abilities. (Transcripts and grade point averages should be updated as grades are available. So, if transcripts and grade point averages are not available at time of application, please update as information becomes available.) Please send application packets and grade or resume updates via mail (not e-mail, and please no phone or e-mail inquiries).
Qualifications: By the summer of 2011, applicants must be a rising Third-Year law student with a valid Third-Year practice certificate. Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a strong academic average. It is the policy of the USAO to require that a background review be conducted on all applicants who are hired. Therefore, it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion.
Application Deadlines: No applications will be accepted before or after the time frames announced below.
Fall: June 1 Spring: October 1
Inquiries/ Application Status: Applicants will only be contacted by the USAO, if more information is needed or if an interview is requested. In-person interviews are required. Many, if not all, of these interviews will take place at the USAO. Further, applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their own travel and accommodations. Unfortunately, we do not conduct phone interviews. Applicants interviewed will only be contacted if an offer is extended. For confirmation that materials have been received, delivery confirmation from postal carrier is suggested. No phone calls please. No e-mails please. No faxes please.
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Credit may be given for some school programs, or public law stipends also might be available through certain school programs. Students should contact their law school for specific intern or work-study requirements prior to applying for such a position.
Assignments: Responsible for assisting attorneys with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to attorneys, and interviewing witnesses.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/vae
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
BB&T Building
310 First Street, Room 906
Roanoke, VA 24011
ATTN: Jo Brooks, Secretary to the United States Attorney
Telephone: (540) 857-2977
Fax: (540) 857-2180
The Western District of Virginia ranges from the northern Shenandoah Valley (just 50 miles from Washington, D.C.) to the Cumberland Gap in the southwest. The USAO for the Western District of Virginia has four staffed offices. The main office is located in Roanoke with 15 attorneys. Branch Offices are located in Charlottesville with 4 attorneys, Harrisonburg with 2 attorneys, and Abingdon with 3 attorneys. The USAO is divided into two litigation divisions - a Criminal Division and a Civil Division. The Criminal Division is devoted to the prosecution of all federal criminal violations, including controlled substances, public corruption and fraud cases, and the Civil Division is devoted to cases representing the government involving bankruptcy, collections, affirmative civil enforcement, federal tort claims defenses, EEOC, and prisoner petitions. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution of criminal cases and the defense of civil cases in the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Projected No. of Volunteers: Fall: 9
Spring: 9
Internship Location(s): Fall: (5) Roanoke (5); Charlottesville (3); Harrisonburg (1) Spring: (5) Roanoke (5); Charlottesville (3); Harrisonburg (1)
Application Materials: Resume, transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and both day and evening telephone numbers.
Qualifications: Fall: Third-year students. Must be a U.S. citizen. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Academic Year: Fall and Spring Semester – subject to class scheduling
Academic credit:  
Assignments: Interns can expect to research and write motions in pending cases; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations; to assemble exhibits for trial; to observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working or in which they are interested. Students who have qualified for Third Year Practice will be utilized in court as much as possible.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/vaw
 

 

USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Federal Courthouse
517 E. Wisconsin Avenue, # 530
Milwaukee, WI 53202
ATTN: Carol L. Kraft, Assistant United States Attorney or
Lisa T. Warwick, Assistant United States Attorney
Telephone: (414) 297-1700
Fax: (414) 297-1738
The USAO is the principal federal litigator in the Eastern District of Wisconsin and is responsible for coordinating federal investigations within the District. The District is divided into two divisions, with the main office located in Milwaukee. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties among other things. There are approximately 37 AUSAs, most of whom work in the Milwaukee Office. The office is divided into a criminal section and a civil section. The judicial district is located in the Seventh Circuit.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Milwaukee
Application Materials: Cover letter (include dates of availability and daytime and evening telephone numbers), resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, two letters of reference.
Qualifications: Second- and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for intern positions. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office. No student will be allowed to begin work until the office receives notification of security clearance.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Possible work-study credit. We will work with law schools to ensure that interns earn appropriate academic credit where available. Some law schools offer public interest/public sector stipends and we will work with the student and/or school to facilitate such stipends where available.
Assignments: Student interns will work with a number of different AUSAs on both criminal and civil matters. The experience is largely research and writing oriented, with interns producing memoranda, briefs, and various legal pleadings. Interns may also have an opportunity to assist AUSAs with trial preparation, which may include interviewing witnesses, assembling exhibits and drafting jury instructions. Interns are encouraged to observe proceedings in the district and magistrate courts and we make an effort to provide an opportunity for interns to observe a day of appellate arguments in the Seventh Circuit.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/wie
 

 

USAO WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
660 West Washington Avenue, # 303
Madison, Wisconsin 53701-1585
608-264-5158
ATTN: AUSA Timothy M. O’Shea, tim.oshea@usdoj.gov
The USAO is the principal federal litigator in the Western District of Wisconsin and is responsible for coordinating federal investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties. There are approximately 20 AUSAs. The office is divided into criminal and civil divisions. The judicial district is located in the Seventh Circuit.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Madison
Application Materials: Resume and cover letter.
Qualifications: Second and third-year law students. Law school graduates are ineligible for intern positions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and agree to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work. Interns cannot begin until the office receives notification of security clearance.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: Applicants must generally agree to work for at least two periods of time–that is, two semesters or one semester and a summer.
Academic credit: Possible work-study credit. Some law schools offer public interest/public sector stipends and we will work with the student and/or school to facilitate such stipends where available.
Assignments: Interns work with a number of different AUSAs on both criminal and civil matters. The experience is largely research and writing oriented, with interns producing memoranda and briefs. Interns may also have an opportunity to assist AUSAs with investigations and trial preparation. Interns are strongly encouraged to observe proceedings in the district and magistrate courts.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/wiw
 

 

USAO NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Federal Building, Suite 3000
1125 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
ATTN: Betsy Jividen, First Assistant United States Attorney
Telephone: (304) 234-0100
Fax: (304) 234-0113
The USAO for the Northern District of West Virginia is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes involving drugs, firearms, fraud and other criminal acts. Additionally, the Office is charged with representing the United States in civil actions, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority and recovering criminal and civil debts owed to the federal government.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Wheeling
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript; legal writing sample, date when first available to work, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings.
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Work-study credit possible.
Assignments: Perform research projects, produce written memoranda, and assist in trial preparation, all under the supervision of AUSAs. Interns will also have opportunities to witness court proceedings in which the United States is a participant and learn about the role the Department of Justice plays in enforcing federal law.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/wvn
 

 

USAO DISTRICT OF WYOMING
J.C. O’Mahoney Federal Courthouse
2124 Capitol Avenue, Suite 4002
Cheyenne, WY 82001
ATTN: Edwarda (Eddie) Lee, Administrative Officer
John R. Green, Supervising AUSA
F. Lee Pico, Supervising AUSA (YNP)
Telephone: (307) 772-2124
Email: usawy.volunteers@usdoj.gov
All applications (both law and non-law) should go to the e-mail address above.

The USAO contains a Civil Division and Criminal Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law – types of cases include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; assaults. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of cases include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); public land issues (quiet title, condemnation, land-use, access to public land, endangered species); bankruptcy; immigration; Federal Tort Claims Act (malpractice, etc.); constitutional torts (Bivens). Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff’s counsel in areas, which include, but are not limited to: medicaid and medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed. In addition, in Yellowstone National Park, and to a lesser extent in Grand Teton National Park, the District of Wyoming USAO is responsible for prosecuting class A, B and C misdemeanors that arise in the Parks.
Projected No. of Volunteers: 1 - 4
Internship Location(s): Cheyenne (up to 2) & Yellowstone National Park in Mammoth (up to 2)
Mammoth Hot Springs is situated within Wyoming and within Yellowstone National Park, and is a community of about 600 persons located approximately 6 miles south of Gardiner, Montana, 55 miles south of Livingston, Montana, and 120 miles northwest of Cody, Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park consists of 2.2 million acres, an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction, and sees over 4 million visitors annually. It should also be noted that most roads crossing the Park are closed from October to May, when weather conditions make driving hazardous. During this time period, only the northern entrance, at Gardiner, Montana, provides access to the Park and the Park’s headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs, where the USAO is located. Based upon availability and arrangements made with the Park Service, government housing at Mammoth Hot Springs may be available, with the volunteer paying a share of utility costs and a modest fee. If housing is required and is available, the volunteer may need to share accommodations with another Park Service employee or contractor.
Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, most recent transcript, e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening.
Qualifications: For all volunteer opportunities in Cheyenne, candidates must be first-year (second semester), second-year or third-year law students. For fall and spring semester externships in Yellowstone, candidates must be undergraduate students in a criminal justice or related degree program. Students chosen will be subject to a background investigation, which can take up to three months. Must be a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadlines: 3 months prior to the semester the student wishes to work:
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Minimum Weeks Required: 8-12 weeks for Cheyenne and 10-12 weeks for YNP
Academic credit: Work study, if available; fellowships; internships or externships (with credit)
Assignments: In Cheyenne, assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Volunteers become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the Wyoming United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, volunteers may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings. In Yellowstone, volunteers will assist an AUSA with the processing and preparation of misdemeanors for prosecution and will assist with proceedings in U.S. Magistrate Court.
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/wy/
 


The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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 which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).