The Office of Foreign Litigation (OFL) protects United States Government interests in litigation pending in foreign courts, whether civil or criminal, affirmative or defensive. Most OFL cases are defensive, and they reflect the wide range of the United States Government's international activities. OFL also conducts affirmative litigation, including litigation aimed at fighting cross-border fraud, such as telemarketing fraud, that targets American citizens. When appropriate, OFL represents the interests of the United States Government in foreign criminal proceedings.
The Office of International Judicial Assistance (OIJA) acts as the United States Central Authority for incoming requests for international judicial assistance in civil or commercial matters pursuant to several treaties. Each year, OIJA receives over 600 requests for evidence located within the United States from foreign courts. OIJA also serves as the Central Authority under the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory (1984), and the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory (1988), for purposes of service, and service requests received from non-Convention states through diplomatic channels.
Assignments: Although a student intern's responsibilities will vary depending upon the needs of the office, interns typically work on complex international legal topics related to OFL cases and conduct legal research and analysis prior to drafting memoranda. For OIJA, interns review incoming Letters of Request for judicial assistance from foreign courts for treaty compliance, preparing rejection or referral letters, as appropriate. Interns also conduct legal or factual research and prepare memoranda concerning issues arising from requests for judicial assistance or in the context of foreign litigation. The research often entails matters of customary international law.
Internship Location: Washington, DC
Minimum Weeks Required: 8 weeks (will try to accommodate splits)
Interns must be United States citizens and meet certain residency requirements. Students will preferably be rising 3Ls and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Interns must also demonstrate strong research and writing skills. Foreign language proficiency is helpful. Completion of a basic international law course is preferred.
Please send your cover letter, resume, transcript (official or unofficial), brief writing sample to OFLIntern@usdoj.gov. Indicate that you are applying for a full-time summer position in the subject line of your email.
Office of Foreign Litigation
Office of International Judicial Assistance
U.S. Department of Justice
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Coordinator
Application Deadline: Open on a rolling basis.