The Middle District of Georgia encompasses 70 of Georgia’s 159 counties and covers 25,471 square miles with a population of approximately 2,450,000. The district is home to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ft. Moore in Columbus, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, and has courthouses in Macon, Athens, Albany, Columbus, and Valdosta.
The Criminal Division of the USAO handles the prosecution of federal offenses, to include narcotics, firearms, white collar, public corruption, child exploitation, human trafficking, and more. Law student volunteers assist prosecutors with research, writing, and reviewing case files from law enforcement. Law student volunteers also provided ample opportunity to observe various federal court proceedings and, in some instances, may be able to personally appear in court through the Third Year Practice Act.
Prior law student volunteers from the USAO for the Middle District of Georgia have gone on to work in federal and state judicial clerkships, for the Department of Justice (including the USAO for the Middle District of Georgia), private law firms, and other legal organizations.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
Law student volunteers will be assigned to the Criminal Division and will perform research projects, draft pleadings and other court papers, and may assist in trial preparation and/or work on appellate briefs. Volunteers will work with numerous Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) over the course of the internship. Through research projects and interaction with the AUSAs, volunteers will be introduced to the federal court system and will learn the ins and outs of federal criminal litigation. Volunteers are encouraged to attend depositions, court hearings, and trials with AUSAs. Our goal is for our volunteers to gain an introduction to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills, and, above all, to enjoy their internship.
To be eligible for this position, an applicant must (1) be a rising third year (3L) law student; (2) be a U.S. citizen who has lived in the United States for three of the last five years; and (3) pass a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney’s Office.
For the year-long law student volunteer positions, a commitment to working 40 hours per week during the summer months (approx. May-July 2024) is required. The work hours would then reduce to 16-20 hours per week during the academic school year (August 2024-May 2025). Time away for vacations and other obligations is permitted.
Students interested in applying for the Year-Long 2024-2025 program must submit:
1. Cover letter
3. Law school transcript
3. Writing sample (10 pages maximum)
4. References (please list 2-3 with title, phone number, and email address)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than: October 2, 2023
Email applications to: email@example.com