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Law Student Volunteer

Hiring Organization
USAO Southern District of Georgia
Hiring Office
U.S. Attorney's Office, Savannah
22 Barnard Street, Suite 300
Savannah, GA 31401 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The USAO for the Southern District of Georgia prosecutes federal crimes committed in the Southern District of Georgia, which includes 43 counties along the coast and into rural areas of southeast Georgia. Those crimes include, but are not limited to, mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; and internet predators. In addition, the office represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in district and bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Georgia. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of civil cases handled include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); bankruptcy; immigration; and Federal Tort Claims Act. Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff's counsel in areas, including Medicaid and Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed. The office also has an active appellate practice representing the United States in written briefs and oral arguments before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. There are 31 AUSAs who serve within the Criminal, Civil and Appellate Divisions within the office. The office is headquartered in Savannah and has a fully staffed Augusta branch office.

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.

Job Description

Interns assigned to the USAO conduct research and assist in the preparation of hearings and trials. To ensure that all interns finish the summer with a good writing sample, every intern will work under the guidance of an AUSA to prepare documents to be filed with the Court. Interns will also be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. Interns may participate in witness conferences and will observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working, or in which they are interested.


First year (second semester) and second-year law students are encouraged to apply. Superior research and writing skills, an eye for detail, a desire to work as part of a small team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity in the administration of justice are essential. Applicant must be a  U. S. citizen and must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for 8  to 10 continuous weeks between June and August of 2020. Requests for split summers will be considered. Applicants are subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.

Application Process

Applicants should email a cover letter addressed to "Legal Internship Coordinator", and include a resume, current law school official transcript, legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length, and desired location (Savannah or Augusta). The documents should be sent in .pdf format to the following email address: (link sends e-mail).  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after the application deadline. To be considered for a summer internship, applications must be received no later than midnight, December 13, 2019. Under NALP guidelines, we can only accept 1L applications.   Applicants who are veterans should provide a copy of the DD 214 in their packet.


Volunteer (uncompensated). Course credit, work study, and externship opportunities are available depending on school requirements.

Number of Positions
Summer Semester: 4 positions in the Savannah office and 2 positions in the Augusta office.
No travel requirements.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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, 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated October 2, 2019