The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa contains a Civil and Criminal Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law – types of cases include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; Internet predators; etc. 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; Federal Tort Claims Act; etc. Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff’s counsel in areas, which include, but are not limited to: 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.
Further information about the Northern District of Iowa may be found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndia
Assignments may include, but are not limited to, assisting attorneys with legal research; writing pleadings; trial preparation; and drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The law student volunteers will become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, they may attend depositions, meetings with investigative agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings in cases on which they have worked or in cases of general interest in the office.
Law students who qualify to practice under the district court’s student practice rules may handle motion hearings. Our goal is to introduce law students to the federal legal system and to help them develop their practical legal skills.
Duration of the volunteer service and hours of duty are determined by the student in conjunction with a representative from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
First-year (second semester), second and third-year law students with strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills. U.S. citizenship is required.
Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office, all offers are conditional based on the successful completion of a required background check. This requires disclosure of any drug use, law enforcement and employment records, and financial credit information.
Please submit cover letter, resume, law/graduate school transcript (unofficial), writing sample (no more than 10 pages), availability date(s)/hours, and a daytime telephone number. If applying via email, please combine all documents into a single pdf file attachment.
Interested persons should direct application materials to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney's Office
111 7th Avenue SE, Box 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
No phone calls please.
Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Monday, February 24, 2020; mailed applications must be postmarked by Monday, February 24, 2020.
Applications may be emailed to USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov
Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Monday, February 24, 2020. (NOTE: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)