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.
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/
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.
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.
USAO District of Arizona
2 Renaissance Square
40 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
ATTN: Christina Wu and Keith Vercauteren, Phoenix Criminal Division Clerkship Committee, Chairperson
Application Deadlines: Preference will be given to applications received by following dates:
- Fall: June 1
- Spring: November 1