Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Law Student Volunteer, Summer
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, 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 U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The criminal side of the Office conducts investigations and prosecutes criminal cases including political corruption, securities and healthcare fraud, terrorism, narcotics, commercial frauds, government frauds, violent crimes, public protection and appeals.

Job Description: 

Perform research projects and assist in trial preparation. It is likely that interns will work on an appellate brief. Interns will be assigned projects from both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Interns will work with several different Assistant U.S. Attorneys over the course of the internship. Through research projects and interaction with the AUSAs, interns will be introduced to the federal system and receive an introduction to federal procedures in both the civil and criminal settings. Interns are encouraged to attend court with the AUSAs during the internship and watch court proceedings. In limited instances, interns are allowed to represent the government in hearings before the various federal courts. Each Branch Office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana is located in a federal courthouse. This enables the interns to meet Judges, their clerks and network among federal officials. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their summer.

Internship Location:  Hammond, South Bend, and Fort Wayne

Minimum Weeks Required:  400 hours

Web Site:  www.justice.gov/usao/inn

Qualifications: 

First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background check because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney’s Office.

Salary: 
School credit possible at the discretion of the law school.
Application Process: 

Cover letter indicating in which office(s) the applicant is interested, the particular internship the applicant is applying for, (i.e. fall or spring), resume, official law school transcript; legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings. If the applicant’s law school requires a contract as part of any program wherein the student will receive credit for the externship, then we also require a copy of any such contract.

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320

ATTN:  Robin W. Morlock, Assistant United States Attorney, Law Clerk Coordinator
Telephone:  (219) 937-5500
Email:  Robin.Morlock@usdoj.gov (Applications by e-mail preferred)

Application Deadline:   At least 4 months prior to the semester the student wishes to work.

Number of Positions: 
6

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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.

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