Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Law Student Volunteer, Summer
900 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

Appellate Section: The Appellate Section handles appeals of civil tax cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and participates with the Office of the Solicitor General in proceedings before the Supreme Court. The cases present a variety of legal issues involving federal tax law, bankruptcy law, constitutional law, and commercial law, as well as the panoply of evidentiary, procedural, and jurisdictional issues that are the staple of any litigation docket.

Financial Litigation Unit (FLU): The FLU pursues collection after the civil trial sections of the Tax Division obtain money judgments. The FLU investigates sources of collection and litigates to assert the United States' interests in the assets found through post-judgment discovery, supplemental court proceedings and foreclosure suits.

Job Description: 

Appellate: Legal interns work closely with Tax Division attorneys and are frequently asked to research legal issues that arise in pending cases. Interns may prepare legal memoranda and draft substantive motions or portions of a brief, or help attorneys prepare for oral argument. The Division attempts to ensure that interns assist in as many aspects of the Division's work as possible, and that interns are provided written or oral feedback on their assignments. Interns must be able to grasp issues quickly, conduct thorough and accurate research, and write clearly, concisely, and persuasively.

FLU: Working with attorneys and paralegals, interns participate in many aspects of civil litigation. They assist with post-judgment discovery, including drafting interrogatories, document requests and subpoenas, and gathering and analyzing judgment debtor's financial information. Interns also draft foreclosure complaints and motions and prepare research memoranda. There may also be opportunities to observe depositions and court hearings, help moot attorneys preparing for hearings or trials, and attend training sessions held for Tax Division attorneys.

Internship Locations:  Washington, DC

Minimum Weeks Required:  Six weeks full-time


Law students with a strong academic record and excellent legal research and writing skills.

Work-study credit only may be available.
Application Process: 

Please submit a resume, writing sample, and law school transcripts (official or unofficial) with a letter of intent via email to Intern Coordinator at If you have any questions, you may call (202) 514-6722.

Deadlines: Rolling but no later than March 1st

Number of Positions: 
2 positions (Appellate); 3 positions (FLU)
Updated December 1, 2014

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