Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
2 Renaissance Square
40 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

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.

Internship Location:  Phoenix

Minimum Weeks Required:  Flexible. Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks will be preferred.

Web Site:  www.justice.gov/usao/az/

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.

Salary: 
Possible work-study.
Travel: 
None
Application Process: 

Phoenix applications should be e-mailed to Jennifer.Green@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.

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

ATTN:  Jennifer Green, Phoenix Criminal Division Clerkship Committee, Chairperson

Application Deadlines:  Preference will be given to applications received by following dates:

  • Fall:   June 1
  • Spring:  November 1
Number of Positions: 
3 - 5

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Reasonable Accommodations:  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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  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.

Veterans:  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).

 

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