The U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana, serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The U.S. Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal law, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties. Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) may prosecute cases that include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; and internet predators. The Civil Division attorneys handle civil cases that include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); bankruptcy; immigration; and Federal Tort Claims Act. Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff's counsel in areas, including Medicaid and Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed.
Our interns conduct research, draft/write motions, responses and various pleadings. The interns may assist in debt collection, trial preparation, assemble exhibits, interview witnesses and provide trial support. To ensure that all interns finish the summer with a good writing sample, every intern will work under the guidance of an AUSA to prepare documents to be filed with the court. Interns will also be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their summer.
First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students are encouraged to apply. Superior research and writing skills, an eye for detail, a desire to work as part of a small team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity is essential. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Interns must be able to commit to 8 to 10 weeks in the summer. Requests for split summers will be considered. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by this office.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to USALAW.HRO@usdoj.gov. The cover letter should be addressed to the Summer Legal Internship 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 no later than January 19, 2019. Under NALP guidelines, we can only accept 1L applications starting December 1.