Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Volunteer Law Intern

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
300 South Fourth Street, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States
About the Office: 

The 94 United States Attorney's Offices located throughout the country conduct most of the criminal prosecutions and civil litigation handled by the Department of Justice. These offices serve as the critical prosecuting arm of the Department of Justice, responsible for ensuring that the investigative efforts of the law enforcement agencies are pursued, and as the nation's legal advocates and defenders in civil suits brought by and against the federal government.

Minnesota's Criminal Division is comprised of four sections: Fraud and Public Corruption, Major Crimes and Priority Prosecutions, OCDETF and Violent Crime, and Special Prosecutions. It is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed in Minnesota, from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts.

Minnesota's Civil Division represents the United States in all civil actions brought to federal or state court in Minnesota in which the federal government is a party. Civil AUSAs represent the interests of the United States as a defendant whenever it or one of the federal agencies, its officers or agents is sued. These defensive matters include employment disputes, medical malpractice, wrongful death, auto accidents, other tort actions, etc. Civil AUSAs also represent the interests of the United States as a plaintiff in affirmative litigation. This work includes civil fraud litigation under the False Claims Act, and civil rights investigations and litigation.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The USAO for the District of Minnesota seeks part-time, volunteer law interns to join us to support the missions of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Office. Law interns perform research and writing projects, and assist in appellate work and trial preparation.  Interns will be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and case types. Interns also attend court proceedings and optional trainings provided by experienced AUSAs. The goal is for law interns to see the federal legal system at work, develop their legal skills and, above all, enjoy their experience.

Law interns are expected to volunteer with the Office a minimum of 15 hours per week.  The work schedule is flexible to accommodate each intern’s school commitments.  Interns may request to volunteer for one or both semesters, although the Office may prioritize students who are able to commit to both semesters.  The Fall term runs from early September until one week before final exams. The Spring term runs from mid-January until one week before final exams.


The USAO is seeking 2L or 3L students with excellent legal research, analysis, writing, and professionalism skills, with a demonstrated passion or interest in public service. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion of a required, thorough federal background check.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens

Not required
Application Process: 

Please submit:

  • Cover letter (Please indicate whether you are seeking a position for one or both semesters. If you are seeking a position for one semester only, please indicate whether you are available for Fall or Spring semester.)
  • Resume
  • Current law school transcript
  • Legal writing sample - NTE 10 pages
  • 2 letters of recommendation


Submit completed applications electronically to: usamn.hr@usdoj.gov

or in hard copy to:

Ms. Noelle Corbo

United States Attorney's Office

Attn:  Human Resources Office

600 United States Courthouse

300 South Fourth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55415


Deadline: January 15, 2019

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated November 30, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department 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 within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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