Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Office of Enforcement Operations
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

OEO is a non-litigating section of the Criminal Division. OEO provides investigative and prosecutorial support, legal advice, and review and approval required by statute or policy in almost 40 distinct subject areas. OEO oversees the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools at the federal government's disposal, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, subpoenas to members of the news media in federal cases, subpoenas to attorneys, applications to search the premises of attorneys, and requests to immunize witnesses. OEO provides legal advice to federal prosecutors and agencies on the above-mentioned programs and investigative techniques, and assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues. OEO also responds to requests made to the Criminal Division for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and serves in a coordinating role for the Criminal Division with regard to victim and witness assistance. In addition, OEO supervises the International Prisoner Transfer Program.

Job Description: 

Legal interns will be responsible for research/writing projects on diverse, complex legal issues in highly-sensitive matters, working under the supervision of OEO attorneys.

Qualifications: 

All applicants must be United States citizens and currently enrolled in law school. Applicants must have a strong academic background, excellent writing skills, experience or a demonstrated interest in criminal law and/or a commitment to public service, and mature judgment. Because interns may be reviewing sensitive documents and confidential information from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, it will be necessary for interns to obtain a security clearance. The security background check requires a fingerprint submission and takes two or three months. Any offer is contingent on clearing the background investigation.

Salary: 
Volunteer (without compensation) or work study credit.
Application Process: 

Interested applicants must submit via email in a single .pdf document: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a short or partial writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages; (4) a list of three references; and (5) an unofficial or official law school transcript.

ATTN: Sandra Holland, Administrative Officer
Email: oeo.applications@usdoj.gov

Deadline: February 13, 2015. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 13, 2015
Number of Positions: 
3-4
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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