SLIP Application Checklist

The Summer Law Intern Program is a fantastic avenue to pursue employment at Justice but a well-written application for the Summer Law Intern Program takes time. Assembling the information listed below in advance will be a helpful time saver. Some of the information will not be relevant to every applicant, however, you may need to refer to much of the information listed below as you complete your application.   Allow yourself plenty of time to work on your application and submit it prior to the deadline.  To be considered for the program, applicants must submit an on-line application by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, in early September.  The deadline varies from year to year, so please double check for the current year.   Please review the eligibility criteria and instructions before starting the application.

Required Information

  • Email address:  Justice communicates with candidates via email; applicants should have an email address that will not change during the course of the application and hiring process (Septemver - February of the year you apply). 
  • References:  Names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references who may be contacted to provide information about you.

Educational Information:

  • Undergraduate:  Name of your college or university the type of Degree(s), your major(s), the year you graduated, any graduation honors, and the city and state or country where school is located. 
  • Law School (J.D. or equivalent):  Name of the law school, type of degree, dates attended, year J.D. received or expected, and, for graduates applying to intern prior to starting a clerkship, any graduation honors.
    • If you have a non-legal graduate degree or are pursuing a joint degree (e.g., JD/MBA), information about your non-legal graduate degree (e.g., type of degree(s), major, year expected/received, name of school, city and state where school is located)
  • Transcript:  You must attach a copy of your law school transcript (official or unofficial) in a format generated by the law school to your application.  Acceptable unofficial transcripts may not consist of an applicant-generated "grade report" or similar document. Transcripts may not be password protected.  To ensure Justice has the most current information, applicants may provide information relating to their law school’s official grading scale or evaluation process on the "Additional Information" screen.  Please note that you must attach your transcript to Part 1 of your application before proceeding to the second part.  Please attach only your law school transcript unless you are a joint degree applicant with an integrated transcript or you earned a law degree from a school outside the United States and attend/attended a U.S. graduate law program in order to meet U.S. bar admission requirements (attach the LL.M. transcript).

Employment Information:

  • Legal and non-legal experience:  Name of the employer or organization, names and telephone numbers of supervisor(s), dates of employment, brief description of responsibilities.
  • Legal internship or externship experience:  Names and telephone numbers of supervisor(s), organization name(s), dates of employment, brief description of responsibilities.
  • U.S. Department of Justice experience:  The name of the employing component or office, supervisor's name and telephone number or email address, start and end date, type of work (paid or unpaid), and brief description of responsibilities.

Post-Law School Activities:  Additional Information for Applicants Applying to Intern between Law School Graduation and Start of a Judicial Clerkship/Legal Fellowship

  • Judicial Clerkships:  Full name of the court, type of court (e.g., state, federal), anticipated dates of clerkship, name of judge(s), telephone number in chambers.
  • Legal Fellowships:  Please see the Legal Fellowship requirements for details.

Application Tips:

  • User ID and Password:  Keep a record of hte unique User ID and Password you must create to log on and access your application.
  • Review the eligibility criteria and instructions:  If you are eligible to apply to the Summer Law Intern Program, complete the acknowledgments page and click on "Apply to the Department of Justice."
  • Resume:  A resume is not required and will not be reviewed as part of the application, however, keep it handy as most of the information ordinarily listed is collected in the online application.
  • Law school career services staff:  Talk to them for guidance, including review of the two short answer essays.  Justice values thoughtful, well-crafted responses that demonstrate who you are, what you can contribute, and why you want to work for the specific components that you identified.  The standard short answer questions are:
    1. Why do you want to work for the Department of Justice and what attracts you to each of the components you selected?  (4000 characters maximum, including spaces)
    2. If you could tell the selecting official one thing about yourself, what would it be?  (2000 characters maximum, including spaces).
  • Submit only one application:   If you make an error prior to the application deadline, you may withdraw your application and submit a new one.  If you submit more than one active application, Justice will only consider the first one you submitted.
  • Take your time:  You do not have to complete the application in one sitting.  Prior to certifying and submitting your application, you may update or change information provided you save your changes on the application program.  You may print a blank application, a partially completing application, or your completed application.  If, after submission but prior to the application deadline, you want to make a change, you must withdraw your application and submit a revised one.
  • Save your information:  Always click the "save and continue" button at the bottom of each screen of the application.  Responses to some questions are required, and you will not be permitted to save your information or continue to the next screen if you do not answer and save your response.
  • Document veterans preference:  If you claim veterans' preference, attach documentation associated with your veterans' preference eligibility.
  • Do not attach unrequested materials:  We do not review unrequested materials, such as resumes.
  • Print and proofread:  Review your application to ensure it is accurate and free of typos or grammatical errors prior to submission.  Substantive changes cannot be made to a submitted application - you must withdraw your application and submit a revised one prior to the deadline to make corrections or changes.
  • Receive E-mail confirmation:  After submitting your application, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt.  If you do not receive one, check your status online.  If your status does not indicate that your application was submitted, check your online application to confirm you properly submitted it.  If you are unable to confirm submission, please contact Avue Digital Services using the "Live Chat" or "Concierge Service" links at the top and right of the application screen for assistance.

Although the deadline to submit your application is the Tuesday after Labor Day, we recommend you allow yourself plenty of time to work on your application and submit it before the deadline. The Department does not accept applications received after the deadline. We regret that we cannot grant exceptions.

A Clock!Applications for the 2020 Summer Law Intern Program are closed.  Applications for the 2021 Summer Law Intern Program will open July 31, 2020 for positions in summer 2021. 

The application closes at 11:59 p.m. EST. The deadline for other main U.S. time zones is: 10:59 p.m. Central Time | 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time | 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time


Updated January 8, 2020

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