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Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Hiring Organization
USAO Eastern District of Texas
350 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 150
Beaumont, TX 77701 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil and appellate matters in the district.  The Eastern District of Texas is a large district consisting of six staffed offices that cover 43 counties in the eastern part of the state, spanning more than 50,000 square miles from the Oklahoma border to the Gulf of Mexico.  Offices are located in Beaumont, Lufkin, Plano, Sherman, Texarkana and Tyler.  Our district works closely with federal agencies and law enforcement personnel located throughout the district and in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston Metropolitan areas.

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

The U. S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas offers students a challenging and rewarding summer internship experience.  During their internships, students will have the opportunity to strengthen legal research and writing skills by applying them in practical settings, including drafting memoranda, motions in advance of and during trial, and appellate briefs to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Student interns will be exposed to a wide variety of practice areas and collaborate with a number of different Assistant U. S. Attorneys.  Additionally, volunteers will have the opportunity to observe numerous court proceedings, from initial appearances through all phases of trial.  This includes observing witness preparation sessions, defendant debriefings, and conferences with defense counsel and agents from a variety of local, state and federal agencies.  The goal is to introduce interns to the federal legal system and to develop practical legal skills. 


First-year (second semester), second and third-year law students are encouraged to apply.  Superior research and writing skills, and eye for detail, a desire to work as part of a team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity in the administration of the federal justice system are essential.  This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career as a federal prosecutor.  Must be a U.S. Citizen with a GPA of 2.8 or higher.  Will be subject to a background investigation prior to entering on duty due to the sensitive nature of the work performed.  Must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for 6 to 12 weeks in the summer.  Requests for split summers will be considered. 

Application Process

Applicant should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample (5-10 pages in length), location preference, and dates of availability via email to  The cover letter should be addressed to "Law Student Volunteer Coordinator."  It is best to send all documents in .PDF format.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after the application deadline.  To be considered for a summer internship, please submit your application materials by February 7, 2020.  For additional information, contact Joni Broussard, Human Resources Specialist, at (409) 839-2538 or   Website:


Volunteer (Uncompensated). Academic course credit may be offered depending on the applicant's law school.

Number of Positions
Summer internship: Beaumont, Plano and Tyler - Four positions each. Sherman, Lufkin and Texarkana - Two positions each.

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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 January 23, 2020