Summer Law Clerk Program
The United States Attorney's Office takes on approximately five law students, each summer, for our summer law clerk program. These clerkships are performed on an unpaid - volunteer basis.
During the summer, our clerks usually split their eight weeks between two of the various units or divisions within the United States Attorney's Office. A student may, for example, work for four weeks in the Violent Crimes and Terrorism Unit (Criminal Division), followed by four weeks in the Civil Division. Attempts are made to honor the students' desires regarding areas of interest (civil versus criminal, or units within the criminal division). The clerks work directly with Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the unit to which they are assigned, enabling them to meet, and work with several different supervising attorneys throughout the summer. Each summer clerk also has one mentoring attorney who provides assistance and support consistently throughout the summer.
The summer law clerk program also involves a series of "brown bag" lunches with a variety of judges from the federal judicial/legal systems. In past years, speakers have included federal magistrates, public defenders, law enforcement agents, and probation officers. We also regularly include a "field trip" to the Federal Detention Center, operated by the Bureau of Prisons, in SeaTac, Washington, and a firearms "shoot" with ATF agents.
Applications may be submitted beginning in September preceeding the summer for which application is made. The deadline for summer clerkships applications is January 30 of the year for which application is made. Clerkships are available to students who have completed either their first, or second year of law school. First year students are especially encouraged to apply.
Final hiring decisions for summer clerkships are made on February 15.
To Apply for the Summer Law Clerk Program
If you are a law student who wishes to apply for the summer law clerk program you must submit an application packet containing: