The Office of the Associate Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs pertaining to a broad range of civil justice, federal and local law enforcement, and public safety matters. The Office oversees the following DOJ components: Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Tax Division, Office of Justice Programs, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Community Relations Service, Office on Violence Against Women, Office of Information Policy, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, and Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
Vanita Gupta is the 19th United States Associate Attorney General and serves as the third-ranking official at the Department of Justice.
Associate Attorney General Gupta previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the nation’s oldest and largest coalition of non-partisan civil rights organizations in the United States. Before serving in that capacity, from October 15, 2014, to January 20, 2017, the Associate served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and Head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
Prior to her tenure leading the Civil Rights Division, Associate Attorney General Gupta served as Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the Center for Justice at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In addition to managing litigation, Associate Attorney General Gupta created and led the ACLU’s Smart Justice Campaign aimed at promoting bipartisan justice reform while keeping communities safe. She began her legal career as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.
Associate Attorney General Gupta graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where later she taught a civil rights litigation clinic for several years.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
We are seeking one or more legal interns to work directly with attorneys and senior department leaders on a wide range of legal and public policy issues such as criminal justice reform, civil rights, consumer protection, antitrust, and environmental justice, among many others. Responsibilities include legal research, legal and policy analysis, legislative monitoring, and speechwriting.
Law clerks will be expected to perform in-depth legal work independently, thus third-year law students are encouraged to apply. Second-year law students will be considered. Law clerks may work full-time or part-time. If part-time, a minimum of 15 hours per week required and ability to work full days preferred. This position is unpaid. Because of the sensitive nature of the work, law clerks are subject to and must pass a background investigation.
Application Deadline: June 24, 2022
Interviews will be on a rolling basis and may be conducted either virtually or in-person, depending on circumstance.
Applicants for internship positions must be enrolled in law school and have: (1) a strong academic background; (2) excellent research and writing skills; and (3) experience or interest in public service.
Applicants must submit via e-mail a cover letter, resume, short or partial writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to the applicant’s professional qualities, and an unofficial law school transcript to: OASGVolunteer.LawClerkApplicants@usdoj.gov