Law Student Volunteer, Spring and Summer 2019

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is a component within the U.S. Department of Justice that investigates allegations of professional misconduct involving Department attorneys.  OPR investigations may involve matters from any component of the Department, including the 93 U.S. Attorney's Offices nationwide, Department Divisions (Criminal, Civil, Civil Rights, Tax, etc.), and components (FBI, DEA, ATF, etc.).  

Job Description: 

Legal interns work closely with OPR attorneys to investigate (collect and review information and interview witnesses and subjects), analyze the law and the facts, and assist in drafting reports of investigation.  OPR interns research legal issues related to the law and rules of professional conduct; conduct factual analysis, write memoranda and reports; and perform other tasks as required.

OPR currently has two legal intern positions available each for Spring 2019 and Summer 2019.  The Spring positions can be part-time (minimum 16 hours/week) or full time.  OPR will work with interns for clinical credit or extern programs.  The Summer positions are full-time (40 hours/week) and OPR asks for a minimum 8-10 week commitment.  The work schedule is flexible to accommodate the student's schedule. 



For the spring positions, students must be enrolled in an accredited law school and be in their second or third year at the time the internship starts.  For the summer positions, the intern must have completed their second year of law school.  An interest in criminal law, professional responsibility, or legal ethics is helpful.  OPR seeks students with excellent legal research and critical analytic thinking skills, and excellent writing capability.  Must be a United States citizen.

Volunteer (without compensation). OPR will work with interns for law school academic or clinical credit.
Application Process: 

If you would like to apply for a position in OPR's legal intern program, please send a pdf file that contains a cover letter, resume, three professional references, law school transcript (official or unofficial), and an analytic writing sample by e-mail to

The positions are open until filled. We encourage early enrollment as hiring is on a rolling basis.

For more information, please visit



Relocation Expenses: 
Not Authorized
Number of Positions: 
Up to 2
Updated August 30, 2018

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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.

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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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