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Law Student Volunteer Intern

Hiring Organization
USAO Eastern District of Wisconsin
517 East Wisconsin Avenue, Room 530
Milwaukee, WI 53202 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office is the principal federal litigator in the Eastern District of Wisconsin and is responsible for coordinating federal investigations within the district. The district is divided into two divisions with the main office in Milwaukee and a smaller office in Green Bay. The district is located in the Seventh Circuit.

The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties, among other things. There are approximately 38 Assistant United States Attorneys. The office is divided into a criminal section and a civil section. Law student volunteer interns work with attorneys in both sections of the office.

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.

Job Description

Law student volunteer interns will work with a number of different AUSAs in both the criminal and civil division over the course of the summer. The experience is largely research and writing oriented, with interns producing memoranda, briefs and various legal pleadings, and related documents. Interns may also have an opportunity to assist AUSAs with trial and hearing preparation, which may include interviewing witnesses, assembling exhibits, and in the case of trials, drafting trial briefs and jury instructions. Student interns who qualify to practice under the student practice rule may also have the opportunity to appear on the record under the supervision of an AUSA. All interns are encouraged to observe proceedings in the magistrate and district courts and we make an effort to provide an opportunity for interns to observe a day of appellate arguments at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.


Students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Law school graduates are not eligible for volunteer intern positions. Students should have strong legal research and legal writing skills. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office. No student will be allowed to begin work until the office receives notice of the security clearance.

Students should be available to work full time for 10 weeks, with some flexibility in start and end dates.

Application Process

Application deadline is March 1, 2015 for the 2015 summer program (June-August).

Applications should include a cover letter that includes dates of availability and daytime and evening telephone numbers, a resume, a copy of the most recent law school transcript, one legal writing sample and two letters of reference.

The application should be sent to AUSA Carol L. Kraft or AUSA Matthew D. Krueger at the above address. The application materials, including the reference letters, may, in the alternative, be e-mailed to the following: or


Law student volunteer positions are uncompensated. Some law schools offer public interest money or work study positions for volunteer interns, and our office will work with a student's school to help facilitate such stipends where available.

Number of Positions
Three full time student interns
None required.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 7, 2016