The Vaccine Litigation Group represents the interests of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in all cases filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The cases involve claims of injury as a result of the receipt of certain vaccines.
More information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program can be found at
Interns work closely with attorneys and paralegals on substantive matters in all stages of litigation. Indeed, the position offers a unique experience in public service. The legal and medical issues at stake in each case vary greatly. Attorneys and staff in the group handle heavy case loads, and while streamlined procedures are utilized, cases frequently involve complex liability and damages issues. The Group is obliged to ensure that the Vaccine Trust Fund, from which damage awards are paid, is protected and, where eligibility criteria are met, that fair compensation is distributed to those whom Congress has intended. Attorneys appear frequently before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which affords interns the opportunity to gain experience in trial and appellate practice.
For the Fall semester, interns should be able to start in early September. For the Spring semester, interns should be able to start by early January. We accept both full and part-time students during the academic year, and ask that all interns commit to at least 16-20 hours a week, for approximately 12 weeks. Interested candidates may be offered the opportunity to continue their service into the Summer.
Applicants should have excellent academic credentials, writing, and interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and have an interest in health care litigation. Experience in science or medicine is strongly preferred but not required. 1L, 2L, 3L, and 4L evening students are eligible for the positions. Unfortunately, graduates are ineligible for the positions. This position is limited to U.S. Citizens only and successful applicants must also pass a background check prior to starting in our office.
For Spring internships, applications are due by December 15. For Fall internships, applications are due by June 30, 2016. Early applications are encouraged. Please reference either “Fall Law Clerk” or "Spring Law Clerk" in your cover letter, and indicate whether you are seeking a part-time or full-time law clerk position. Applicants should send a (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) transcript, (4) writing sample, and (5) a list of three references, preferably by e-mail (in PDF format), to:
Law Clerk Program
Office of Vaccine Litigation
Torts Branch, Civil Division
U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 146
Washington, D.C. 20044
No telephone calls please.