Any attorney who is an active member of the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction and has at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience is eligible to apply for an experienced attorney position.
Visit the Opportunities for Experienced Attorney site for more information on the hiring process and experienced attorney vacancies at the Department of Justice.
Attorney General Honors Program
Visit the Attorney General's Honors Program site for more information on eligibility and the hiring process.
Opportunities for Law Student Positions
The Consumer Protection Branch offers opportunities for law students through volunteer legal internships and through the competitive Summer Law Intern Program. Visit the Opportunities for Law Students site for more information.
To submit your application for a volunteer legal internship, submit a cover letter via email indicating your interest in the Branch, writing sample, and law school transcript to: Consumer.Protection@usdoj.gov. Include “volunteer legal internship” in the subject line of your message.
Student PositionsThe Consumer Protection Branch offers undergraduate and graduate students both paid and unpaid positions. Students are selected for these positions on the basis of their GPA, availability, and commitment to the Consumer Protection Branch’s mission. Students selected for a position with the Consumer Protection Branch must pass a background check prior to entering on duty. Individuals who have used illegal substances in the past twelve months are ineligible for a position with the Consumer Protection Branch.
Both paid and unpaid students are eligible for reimbursement of their commuting costs on the Washington Metro system. Effective January 1, 2014, transit subsidy recipients may receive up to $130 per month or his/her actual commuting cost, whichever is lower. The office of the Consumer Protection Branch is located on 5th Street, NW, between the Judiciary Square and Gallery Place Metro stations on the Red Line.
The Consumer Protection Branch hires students for paid positions through the Pathways Program. The Pathways Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. This Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
Visit the Department of Justice Pathways Program site for more information about the Pathways Program.
Unpaid InternshipsUnpaid student internships are available on a semester basis. In most instances, interns need to commit to working at least 28 hours per week. Interns work directly with Consumer Protection Branch paralegals and attorneys. Training is provided and learning opportunities are available throughout the internship. Consumer Protection Branch attorneys give weekly luncheon presentations to the interns about cases or practice areas. There are also opportunities to interns to observe U.S. Supreme Court arguments when the Court is in session. Students may acquire credit for internship experience with the Consumer Protection Branch where their school permits.
Other Paid PositionsOn occasion, the Consumer Protection Branch has a need for a paralegal, information technology specialist, or an executive assistant. When openings become available, they will be posted through USAJOBS.gov.
Information Required for All Participants
All candidates interested in a position with the Consumer Protection Branch must email the following information to Consumer.Protection@usdoj.gov:
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