Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year or Summer

General Counsel's Office
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The General Counsel's Office (GCO) is a component of the EOUSA in the Department of Justice and is responsible for providing a full range of legal advice and services to the 94 United States Attorney's Offices (USAOs) throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. GCO provides timely and accurate legal advice and litigation support to USAOs and EOUSA on a wide range of legal issues including disciplinary or adverse actions, performance management issues, and any other employment-related issues; litigation before various administrative tribunals; government ethics matters, such as conflicts of interest, recusals, outside activities, and financial disclosure reports; questions concerning recusals of USAOs from pending cases or matters; property damage claims filed by Federal employees; and procurement and fiscal law issues.

Job Description: 

Interns will assist Assistant General Counsels (AGC) with preparing to respond to document production requests, written witness questionnaires, and legal research for draft pleadings in federal administrative proceedings. Interns will also work with AGCs on a variety of subject matters such as ethics, standards of conduct, and employment law. Interns will work with an attorney who will provide specific guidance and direction.



First-year (second semester) and second and third-year law students with strong academic record. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school at least half-time. Law school graduates are not eligible. Students interested in administrative law; federal employment law, or litigation are encouraged to apply. Interns must be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours/week for 14 weeks during the academic semester or 6-8 weeks in the summer. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Due to the nature of the work performed at EOUSA, applicants who are offered an internship with EOUSA must pass a required background investigation before beginning employment.

Volunteer (uncompensated). Course credit or work-study are available depending on school requirements.
Application Process: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and official or unofficial transcript by email to  The cover letter should specify the semester for which the student is applying (e.g. Fall, Spring, and/or Summer) and be addressed to:

Rebecca Mayer

Assistant General Counsel

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys / General Counsel’s Office

175 N Street NE, Suite 5.100

Washington, D.C. 20530


Application Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round but preferred deadlines are:

March 1 for Summer Program (June - August)

June 1 for Fall Program (September - December)

October 1 for Spring Program (January - May)


Number of Positions: 
Updated December 13, 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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