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.
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.
Internship Locations: Lexington (4); Ft. Mitchell (1); London (1)
Minimum Weeks Required: 8-10 weeks. Prefer 12-20 hours a week during the Fall and Spring semester.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/kye
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).
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.
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Applications by e-mail preferred. Applications should include the materials requested below, all in one consolidated PDF file.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1 Spring: October 1