Appellate Employment:

Attorneys.  The Appellate Staff hires a small number of highly qualified attorneys each year.  Most Appellate Staff attorneys are hired directly out of a federal appellate clerkship or Supreme Court clerkship through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  Typically, 1-3 Honors Program attorney vacancies open each year.

The Appellate Staff occasionally laterally hires attorneys applying from law firms or other government offices.  Such openings are infrequent. When a lateral position is available, it is posted and advertised on the Legal Careers site.

Law Student Interns. The Appellate Staff accepts highly qualified law students as summer interns each year.  Interns typically perform research, write memoranda and prepare initial drafts of appellate and Supreme Court briefs.  The research often entails searching legislative history to aid in statutory interpretation issues, and may also include searching specialized libraries, the National Archives, or the Library of Congress.  In addition, interns are encouraged to participate in moot courts of staff attorneys and attend oral arguments in the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits

Paid Internships:  Second-year law students may apply for paid summer internships with the Appellate Staff through the Department’s Summer Law Intern Program.

Volunteer Internships:  The Appellate Staff also has unpaid volunteer internship opportunities for law students throughout the year.  For more information about the volunteer law student internship program visit OARM’s Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment webpage.

Paralegals.  The Appellate Staff periodically has openings for recent college graduates to be trained as paralegals under the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP).  These positions require a 2-year commitment.  Upon successful Program completion, the FCIP paralegal may be eligible for permanent placement, although many instead choose to go on to law school.  Candidates interested in future positions may submit via e-mail a cover letter, resume, and transcript (if available).

Undergraduate Interns.  The Appellate Staff periodically offers paid internships to highly qualified undergraduate students from local colleges and universities under the Student Temporary Employment Program.  The Staff seeks students with high grade-point averages who can make a commitment of 15 or more hours per week, along with full-time work in the summer, for at least one year.  Undergraduate intern duties include general clerical work and multiple other tasks in support of this busy litigation office.  Interested applicants should submit via e-mail a cover letter, resume, and transcript (if available).


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, regional, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation or on the basis of personal favoritism. DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. DOJ 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.


Updated October 23, 2014

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