The United States Attorney's Office serves as the principal litigator for the federal government in the District of Nevada. Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) in the District’s two offices (Las Vegas and Reno) have the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes and defend the government in civil actions.
AUSAs in the Office’s Criminal Division work with numerous federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, ATF, and DEA, to investigate federal crimes and build criminal cases. After charges are filed, these AUSAs represent the United States in federal court, from a defendant’s initial appearance through trial.
The Office’s Civil Division represents the federal government in virtually all civil litigation involving the United States in Nevada and offers perhaps the most challenging and diverse caseload of any law office, public or private, in the country. The AUSAs in the Civil Division defend agencies of the United States, enforce regulatory agencies’ authority, and recover funds from violators of federal criminal, regulatory, and civil laws on behalf of victims and taxpayers.
For more information, please visit the Office’s website (www.justice.gov/usao/nv).
An internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated law student: an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex, and visible cases being litigated today.
Interns in the Criminal Division will work with experienced AUSAs to:
- Research legal issues presented in the Office’s criminal cases.
- Draft indictments, motions, briefs, legal memos, and trial documents.
- Evaluate potential charges against targets of investigations.
- Prepare cases for hearing or trial.
- Participate in witness interviews and review evidence.
- Assist appellate attorneys with legal research, brief drafting, and oral argument preparation in Ninth Circuit criminal cases.
- Participate in hearings before a U.S. Magistrate or District Judge (if the intern has completed courses covering evidence and professional responsibility). Hearings may include detention hearings, evidentiary hearings, and oral arguments.
- Observe court proceedings, including trials, evidentiary hearings, and sentencings.
Interns in the Civil Division will work with experienced AUSAs to:
- Research substantive legal issues on a wide variety of claims including those arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act, constitutional torts, employment discrimination (Title VII), the False Claims Act, Administrative Procedures Act, and enforcement of public land management matters.
- Research substantive and procedural issues arising under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
- Assist attorneys in preparing responsive and affirmative documents, including but not limited to drafting complaints, answers, motions, briefs, discovery requests, declarations, and orders.
- Participate in and help prepare for depositions and hearings before a U.S. Magistrate or District Court Judge. (Interns may only make argument or take or defend depositions if they have completed courses covering evidence and professional responsibility.)
- Participate in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including early neutral evaluations, mediation, and court ordered settlement conferences.
To be eligible for this position, an applicant must (1) be a law student who has completed all first-year courses (law graduates are not eligible for this position); (2) be available to extern a minimum of 16 hours per week for at least ten weeks; (3) be a U.S. citizen who has lived in the United States for three of the last five years; and (4) pass a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office.
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and a legal writing sample by email to Tony Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org). The cover letter should identify (1) whether the applicant seeks to intern for the Criminal or Civil Division; and (2) the office (Las Vegas or Reno) to which the applicant is applying. The application deadline for Fall 2018 is June 15, 2018.