Law Student Volunteer

Wheeling, and/or Clarksburg, and/or Martinsburg
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
Federal Building, Suite 3000
1125 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
United States
About the Office: 

The USAO for the Northern District of West Virginia is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes involving drugs, firearms, fraud and other criminal acts. Additionally, the Office is charged with representing the United States in civil actions, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority and recovering criminal and civil debts owed to the federal government. The headquarters office is located in Wheeling, with branches in Clarksburg, Elkins and Martinsburg.


Job Description: 


Perform research projects, produce written memoranda, and assist in trial preparation, all under the supervision of Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). Interns will also have opportunities to witness court proceedings in which the United States is a participant and learn about the role the Department of Justice plays in enforcing federal law.

Internship Location(s): Wheeling; and/or Clarksburg; and/or Martinsburg, WV.

Web Site:



First-year (second semester), Second-year and Third-year (first semester) law students.  Must be a U.S. citizen.  Students are ineligible for internships after graduation. There is a required background check due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO. Internships are 8 -10 weeks in length.

Volunteer (uncompensated). Work study credit may be available.
Application Process: 


Please send cover letter, resume, official law school transcript; legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages), date when first available to work, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings to:

USAO Northern District of West Virginia
Federal Building, Suite 3000
1125 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

ATTN:  Student Internship

Or to

Telephone:  (304) 234-0100
Fax:  (304) 234-0113

Application Deadlines:  Summer**: 1st round August 20th, 2nd round February 20th.

**Summer positions may be extended.

Please include the vacancy number (USAO-WVN-19-SV) on your resume and supporting documents.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
Estimated between 3-5 vacancies
Updated October 11, 2018

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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 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 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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