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Law Student Internship Program

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas (USAO-SDTX) invites qualified law students to apply for internships.  

ABOUT THE OFFICE:  The USAO-SDTX has offices in Houston, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Laredo, and McAllen.  The office handles criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, appellate proceedings, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.  In other words, our attorneys spend a tremendous amount of time trying cases in federal court.

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE:  The USAO-SDTX seeks law students of varied backgrounds, skills, and interests to assist Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs).  The law student internship program provides participants with supervised and direct responsibility for criminal, civil, appellate, and post-conviction litigation.  This includes conducting research and writing assignments, assisting AUSAs with trial and witness preparation, participating in moot courts prior to appellate oral arguments, attendance at depositions, mediations, and trials, and much more.  Some of the outstanding memoranda written by law student interns have been sent to United States Attorney’s Offices and government agencies throughout the country.  Internships are available in all of our offices.

EXPECTATIONS:  During the fall and spring semesters, our office expects interns to work a minimum of ten hours per week.  During the summer, interns are expected to work full-time for at least six weeks.  “Split summers” are permitted. 

ELIGIBILITY:  Law students from all three classes are welcome to apply; however, first-year students are only eligible for the summer internship program.  Individuals who have already obtained a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) are not eligible.  U.S. citizenship is required.  Additional information about eligibility and conditions of employment is available at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/conditions-employment

INTERNSHIPS ARE UNPAID:  Our internship positions are unpaid, but we gladly work with law schools and students to assist in arranging for any available course credit.  In addition, some students apply for and receive public service stipends from their law schools; others have been awarded a Blask Fellowship by the Federal Bar Association’s Southern District of Texas Chapter (www.fbasouthtexas.org).  

TIMING AND DEADLINES:  The USAO-SDTX is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2015 interns.  Summer interns may begin work as early as mid-May, and internships end by early August.  Under no circumstances may an intern work for more than six months, because of the limitations of the background investigation.  Applications for the Summer 2015 internship program are due by January 16, 2015

HOW TO APPLY:  To apply, applicants must send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (ten pages maximum), and unofficial school transcript to interns.usatxs@usdoj.gov.  No hard copy or faxed applications will be accepted.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Address cover letters to:
Michael W. Wright
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney’s Office
1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 2300
Houston, Texas 77002

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:  Internship offers are conditioned on the successful completion of a background investigation.  Applicants who are tentatively selected for internships with our office will undergo an investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  This investigation will address a variety of areas, including (among other things) credit history, drug usage, arrests, and mental health treatment.  Applicants who may have issues in these areas must be prepared to provide supporting documentation as part of the pre-investigation process showing that all matters have been resolved.  The completion of the background investigation can sometimes take several months.  The forms used in the background investigation is are listed HERE.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information, please contact Mitch Neurock, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, at (713) 567-9710 or by email at interns.usatxs@usdoj.gov.

COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:  Our office is committed to equal employment opportunity.  We are likewise committed to equal employment opportunity without discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran.  Additional information regarding the Department of Justice’s commitment to diversity is available HERE

OTHER RESOURCES:
Office of Personnel Management Web Site
United States Department of Justice Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management Web Site

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