Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Law Student Volunteer, Summer
441 G Street, N.W., Suite 6150
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) is a component of the Department of Justice and has the legal authority to appear in every bankruptcy case filed in the United States, from chapter 7 liquidations to major chapter 11 business reorganizations. As a result, USTP employees headquartered in Washington, D.C., and in our 95 field offices throughout the country handle a wide range of challenging and significant matters as we strive to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws and providing oversight of private trustees. Of particular importance of the Program’s efforts to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors, attorneys, and others in the bankruptcy system by taking formal and informal actions in a civil context and making criminal referrals to and working with the U.S. Attorneys.

Job Description: 

Field Office: Assist field office attorneys in: preparing for bankruptcy court appearances, developing bankruptcy fraud referrals, screening cases for debtor abuse of the Bankruptcy Code and filing motions to dismiss cases, reviewing documents in Chapter 11 cases and filing motions and objections in such cases, and monitoring Section 341 meetings between debtors and creditors. Please include your geographic preferences in your cover letter. Washington, D.C.: Assist EOUST Office of General Counsel (OGC), Appellate Practice and Civil Enforcement Unit attorneys in preparing litigation an appeals, providing advice on litigation matters to the field, interpreting the new Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, responding to Congressional inquiries, and other duties relating to policy and administration.

Internship Locations:  Field offices nationwide,, and the Executive Office for United States Trustees (EOUST), Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C.

Minimum Weeks Required:  8 weeks, but many students stay longer (full summer strongly preferred).


First-year (second semester) and second-year law students may apply for summer internships. Must be a U.S. citizen. Superior research and writing skills, an eye for detail, a desire to work as part of a small team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity in the administration of the bankruptcy laws are essential. Excellent opportunity for students with a background and interest in policy making, bankruptcy, administrative law, and legislative matters.

Work-study credit only.
Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript (official or unofficial). Please indicate in your cover letter or e-mail your geographical location preference.

U.S. Trustees Program
441 G Street, N.W., Suite 6150
Washington, DC 20530

ATTN:  Duane Currie, Human Resources Specialist
Telephone:  (202) 616-1020
Fax:  (202) 616-1192
Email: (Applications by e-mail highly preferred)

Application Deadline:  February 28th Applications may be considered on a rolling basis.

Number of Positions: 
Executive Office (2 – 3); Field Offices (varies by office)
Updated July 15, 2014

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