The mission of the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Southern District of Florida (SDFL), is to enforce and defend the laws of the United States of America through the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal government and the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party. Interns are assigned to one of the Divisions within the office (Criminal, Appellate, Asset Forfeiture or Civil) for the duration of the internship. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law including narcotics, fraud, environmental, bank robbery, firearms, child exploitation, and human trafficking crimes. The Civil Division defends government agencies and employees who have civil actions filed against them. It also handles cases involving discrimination, bankruptcy, immigration and the Federal Tort Claims Act. The Appellate Division represents the government in both criminal and civil appeals. The Asset Forfeiture Division works in both the criminal and civil areas to seize property which has been identified as subject to forfeiture to the government. Within their respective sections, interns receive a variety of assignments and have the opportunity to work with numerous Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). The goal of the Office is to introduce interns to the federal legal system and to develop and refine their legal research and writing skills, and above all to make their time at the office enjoyable and worthwhile.
Interns will assist AUSAs with trial preparation, legal research, and drafting of court pleadings suitable for filing in the U.S. District Court. Interns will also work with AUSAs on a variety of subject matters within the section to which they are assigned. Interns are strongly encouraged to attend and observe court proceedings and to attend office training programs.
Internship Locations: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Fort Pierce, Florida
Minimum Weeks Required: 240 hours, 8 - 12 weeks
Web Site: http://www.justice.gov/usao/fls
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
First-year (second semester), second-year, 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.
Due to the nature of the work performed at the USAO, applicants who are offered an internship with the USAO must pass a required background investigation before beginning employment. This check can take up to three months to complete.
Applicant must be able to commit a minimum of 240 hours over the course of the semester.
Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and legal writing sample (no more than 5-10 pages in length) via e-mail to USAFLS.InternProgram@usdoj.gov.
All documents should be sent in PDF format. The subject line of the email should specify the semester for which the student is applying (e.g., Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester). The cover letter should be addressed to the Volunteer Law Internship Coordinator and should indicate the applicant’s location preferences (e.g., Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and/or Fort Pierce, Florida). Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Additionally, applications received after the application deadline will not be considered. Application deadlines for each semester are as follows:
Fall Semester Internship Applications must be submitted by April 17;
Spring Semester Internship Applications must be submitted by August 1;
Summer Semester Internship Applications must be submitted by January 9.
Start dates: Fall Semester program typically begins after labor day; Spring Semester program typically begins in mid-January; and Summer Semester program typically begins after Memorial Day.