Summer Law Intern Program

How would you like to get paid for the experience of a lifetime?

That is just what the Department’s Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) has to offer. The SLIP is the Department’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships.  Law students who participate in the SLIP benefit from an exceptional legal experience and invaluable exposure to the Department of Justice.  Interns represent diverse backgrounds and  interests, and come from a wide range of law schools throughout the country.

Eligibility for the Summer Law Intern Program

Law students who have completed at least one full semester of legal study by the application deadline are eligible to apply. Most successful applicants intern the summer between their second and third year of law school; however, graduating law students who will enter a judicial clerkship or a full-time graduate law program may intern following graduation.  Part-time law students are also eligible to apply. All applicants should review eligibility rules.

Participating Components

Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices hire students through the SLIP.  Justice annually hires approximately 70-90 SLIP interns. Check out the list of the components participating this year along with the estimated number of positions available.

Selection Criteria

Justice takes pride in the fact that it considers the “whole candidate” when making selections for employment. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background, including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the Department.

How to Apply

To be considered for the SLIP, you must apply via an on-line application. The application period for Summer 2015 will be between July 31st and the Tuesday after Labor Day (11:59 p.m., Eastern Time). We highly recommend that applicants read the application checklist and assemble requested information before stating the application. Apply now.

If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please contact Deana Willis (202) 514-3397 for assistance. If you have questions related to the on-line application or need technical assistance, please click the "Avue Dojo" link at the top right of the application or call the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 (available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time).

SLIP Deadlines & Key Dates

July 31 – Application Opens

  • Early September (day after Labor Day):  Application Deadline
  • Early October: Interview Candidates Selected
  • Mid. Oct – early November: Telephone Interviews
  • Late Nov. – January/ February:  Offers Extended

Next Steps

If you are notified that you were selected for consideration for employment for the SLIP, or a component has contacted you for an interview, see the list of component contacts and component-specific requirements.  Questions regarding submissions or interviews should be directed to the appropriate component contacts.

Additional Information

Applications for the Summer Law Intern Program (Summer 2015) are now closed.  We anticipate applications for Summer 2016 will open on July 31,2015.