Law Student Volunteer- Summer

Criminal & Civil Division
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
880 Front Street, Room 6293 Attn: Angelina Amburgey
San Diego, CA 92111
United States
About the Office: 

The mission of the U.S. Attorney's Office is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the Attorney General and the United States Attorney.  The Civil Division is responsible for defending civil actions brought against the federal govenment, and taking affirmative civil actions to recover government money lost to fraud and to enforce civil rights statutes.  The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting cases arising from a vast array of federal criminal offenses. For more information about our office, please visit our websie: 

Job Description: 

This is an uncompensated law student internship for summer 2017.  The program will last 10 weeks ranging from May 14, 2017 through August 6, 2017.  Assignments are primarily reseach and writing, but interns are responsible for assisting attorneys with aspects of case preparation, including researching legal issues, assisting in or drafting pleadings, assembling exhibits for trial, and participating in witnesses conferences.  Interns will have the opportunity to observe hearings and trials.  They will have the opportunity to participate in available District- and court-sponsored training opportunities.  We offer tours with federal agencies such sa the United States Marshals Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Presentations are scheduled with speakers from the office covering diverse topics such as comparisons between public and private practice, border issues affecting the office, and networking in the legal community.  Applicants should contact their law schools about receiving class credit or a public interest stipend.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens actively enrolled in an accredited law school.  Prior to hiring, selected applicants must successfully complete a background review.

This is an unpaid internship
Travel will not be required
Application Process: 

Please submit a cover letter stating your preference for the Civil or Criminal Division, resume, most recent unofficial transcript (if available), and a writing sample of five to ten pages in length.  Application materials must be emailed to in a single combined PDF attachment using the file format LastnameFirstname (e.g., SmithJane.pdf).   Additional materials may be requested during interviews.  Applicants who submit early applications may be contacted regarding an interview before the application deadline.  Applicants will only be contacted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for additional information or to schedule an interview, not to confirm receipt of your application. In-person interviews will be conducted at the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego, or by Skype interivews. The Criminal and Civil Divisions will interview and make their hiring decisions separately.  

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 27, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized
Number of Positions: 
10 Criminal internships and 10 Civil internships
Updated January 9, 2017

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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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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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