Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
414 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas is pleased to announce the Law Intern Program for the Spring and Fall terms. This is a volunteer (without compensation) program.  The United States Attorney's Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties.

Job Description: 

Typical duties will include assisting with all facets of case preparation including researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to AUSAs, and assembling exhibits for trial. Interns will become familiar with the Federal Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedures and Federal Rules of Evidence. In addition, interns may attend dispositions and meetings with agents, and accompany AUSAs to observe court proceedings.

Internship Locations:  Fort Smith, AR (primary); Fayetteville, AR (auxiliary)

Minimum Weeks Required:  Flexible period. Length of service during the internship and hours of duty will be determined by agreement of the U.S. Attorney's Office Program Coordinator, the student and the law school Work-Study Coordinator.

Qualifications: 

First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students.  Student 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: 
Possible work-study credit. Student must make arrangements with his/her law school Work-Study Coordinator.
Travel: 
None
Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, legal writing sample, date when available, and contact information for student.

USAO Western District of Arkansas
414 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith, AR  72901 (Headquarters)

ATTN:  Cathe Bowman, Administrative Officer
Telephone:  (479) 783-5125
Fax:  (479) 783-2442

Application Deadlines:  Fall term – May 30     Spring term – September 30

Number of Positions: 
2 per semester

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

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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