The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California represents the Federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of Federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The office places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourages applications from law clerks from all ethnic groups, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California is headquartered in Sacramento. The District includes the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains and encompasses most of the land mass of California – from the Coastal Mountain Range to the Nevada border, and from Bakersfield in the south to the Oregon border.
Sacramento, the state capital, is located in the heart of California. The city has been on the move since it became the capital in 1854 and is now one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Sacramento is home to professional ballet, opera, and theatre companies, including the Sacramento Music Circus, providing a wide range of cultural activities and events. Professional sports are represented by the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A baseball team, and the Sacramento Republic FC, a professional soccer team. Bound by two rivers, water recreation tops the list for outdoor activities such as salmon fishing, river rafting, and boating. Nearby Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma offer sailing and windsurfing. Sacramento is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and approximately 90 miles west of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, providing numerous recreational opportunities for skiing and boating enthusiasts.
Interns will be assigned to one of two divisions: Civil or Criminal. Every intern will work under the guidance of an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in conjunction with pending cases. Assignments will include legal research, drafting pleadings and responses and appellate briefs. Interns will also assist the AUSA in preparing for all phases of criminal prosecution and civil litigation: including discovery, depositions, pretrial hearings, trials, and sentencing hearings. The district will host informative lunch sessions which will include presentations from the AUSAs, the judiciary, and federal agents, as available. The goal of our district's intern program is to introduce them to the federal legal system, develop their legal skills and, above all, to provide a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following requirements must be met:
- Law Student Status: Acceptance of applications for this announcement will be limited to first-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for law student volunteer positions. An eligible student is an individual who is enrolled in law school pursuing a Juris Doctor Degree and is taking at least half-time academic course load in an accredited university. Successful candidates must have outstanding academic records, superior writing skills, and be in good academic standing at his/her university.
- Citizenship: Student Interns must be United States citizens.
- Background Investigation: You must successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
- Volunteer Agreement: All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement.
The Summer Intern program generally lasts for 10 continuous weeks with an expectation to work 40 hours a week during normal business hours.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume (to include email address and telephone number(s) where the student can be reached), current unofficial law school transcript or proof of enrollment, legal writing sample to:
United States Attorney’s Office, ATTN: Michele Beckwith, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814
This vacancy announcement is open until March 1, 2019. Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (19-EDCA-04A) on your resume and cover letter.
No telephone calls please.