The United States Attorney’s Offices prosecute federal criminal offenses and represent the interest of the United States in civil cases. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas is located in Little Rock and covers 41 of the state’s 75 counties. The office has 62 employees, with 19 Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division and 4 Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division, as well as the United States Attorney, the First Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division Chief, Civil Division Chief, and Senior Litigation Counsel. More on the district can be found at www.justice.gov/usao-edar.
The Criminal Division of the USAO for the Eastern District of Arkansas investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The typical caseload for an experienced criminal prosecutor in our office may involve Fraud and Corruption, Computer Crimes and Child Exploitation, Violent Crime, Narcotics, and Monetary Penalties. Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct involvement in all of our practice areas. The clerk selected for Criminal Division assignment will assist primarily with criminal cases, and will have an opportunity to perfect their research and writing skills in a myriad of ways.
Law student clerks have opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal criminal prosecution. Our law student clerks frequently: research legal issues in active cases; write briefs to be filed in the District Court or the Eighth Circuit; assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews; observe hearings, jury selection, and trial; and contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal criminal prosecution. To ensure that all clerks have a strong writing sample at the conclusion of their clerkship, all interested clerks will, under the guidance of an Assistant United States Attorney, author a pleading that will be filed with the court. Clerks will be given assignments in as many different practice areas as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters.
Applicants should have excellent academic credentials, as well as writing, legal research, analysis and interpersonal skills. Any United States citizen law student enrolled at least half-time, and who has completed at least one semester of law school is eligible to apply. Graduates are ineligible.
Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office, placement is conditioned upon a satisfactory suitability determination. This requires the completion of a background investigation and includes fingerprint and credit report checks. United States citizenship is required.
Please send a cover letter, resume (including your law school GPA), writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and contact information for three professional references (academic references are acceptable) via email to: USAARE.AttorneyApplicant@usdoj.gov. (link sends e-mail)
Electronically submitted applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (noon) CST on May 7, 2018.
No telephone calls please.