Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Law Student Volunteer, Summer
Richard B. Russell Building
75 Spring Street S.W. Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
About the Office: 

Attorneys in the USAO for the Northern District of Georgia investigate and prosecute federal crimes and represent the interests of the United States in both criminal and civil cases and matters in U.S. District Court, as well as in the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Criminal attorneys investigate and prosecute federal criminal violations of many types, including: terrorism, computer crime, fraud, public corruption, drug trafficking, organized crime, civil rights violations, money laundering, and violent crimes. Civil attorneys provide representation to various federal agencies in both affirmative and defensive litigation. Civil attorney are also active in asset forfeiture proceedings and the collection of fines and judgments.

Job Description: 

Interns will be assigned to one of two divisions: criminal or civil. Usual assignments will include legal research, drafting pleadings and responses and appellate briefs. Interns will also assist attorneys in all phases of criminal prosecution and civil litigation: including discovery, depositions, pretrial hearings, trials, sentencing hearings, and federal habeas corpus actions.

Minimum Weeks Required: 9-10 weeks (highly qualified applicants interested in split-summer internships will also be considered)

ontact: If you have any questions about the 2015 Summer Law Volunteer Program, please feel free to contact William R. Toliver Assistant U.S. Attorney at 404-581-6069 or via email at William.Toliver@usdoj.gov.

Qualifications: 

First-year and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, due to the sensitive nature of the work handled by the office.

Salary: 
Volunteer (without compensation)
Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and contact information: including mailing address, email address, and current telephone number(s). If first semester transcripts for first year students are not available at the application deadline, that fact should be noted in the cover letter, and the transcript should be forwarded as soon as it is available.

Academic credit only available if arranged by the student through the law school. The summer program is a volunteer and neither DOJ or the U.S. Attorneys Office, N.D. GA provide any salary or other compensation. However, we do provide limited administrative assistance to students who qualify for public assistance grants, or who have arranged to receive school course credit.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Number of Positions: 
10
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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