The United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia, covers 52 of the state's counties and employs approximately 25 Assistant United States Attorneys over four staffed offices. The main office is located in Roanoke, Virginia, with branch offices in Abingdon, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg. The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represents the U.S. government's interest in civil cases both affirmatively and defensively.
The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The typical criminal caseload for a attorney may involve major drug cases, gang-related violent crimes, other crimes of violence, computer crimes including child pornography, and sophisticated white collar offenses.
The Civil Division handles civil cases that include: 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.
More information is available at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/vaw/
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.
Intern projects include legal research and writing assignments. Interns also participate in witness interviews, meetings with law enforcement personnel, trial preparation, and courtroom proceedings. Students who have satisfied the requirements of the VSB Third Year Practice Rule are given the opportunity to participate in trial work and the presentation of cases in Magistrate Court.
Rising 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 not be considered. Law school graduates are not eligible for summer positions. Internships are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 January 15th, 2016.