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Law Student Volunteer, Term Fall 2022

Hiring Organization
USAO Eastern District of Arkansas
Hiring Office
United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Arkansas
Location:
425 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 500
Simmons Tower Building
Little Rock, AR 72201 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney’s Offices prosecute federal criminal offenses and represent the interest of the United States in civil cases.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas is located in Little Rock and covers 41 of the state’s 75 counties.  The office’s Criminal Division prosecutes federal crimes including acts of terrorism, public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, firearms crimes, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal offenses.  The Civil Division defends federal agencies in court, enforces regulatory agency authority, and recovers funds from violators of U.S. statutes and other regulations.  The Appellate Division researches and writes appellate briefs and conducts oral arguments on behalf of the United States before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  They also provide legal advice to the attorneys in the Civil and Criminal Divisions and help draft pleadings of first impression.  More on the district can be found at www.justice.gov/usao-edar.

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

We are offering internship opportunities for the Fall 2022 semester for law students.  Only current law students may apply.  Applications will be accepted until June 27, 2022.  Selected candidates may be assigned to work in the criminal, civil, or appellate divisions.  Our goal is to introduce students to the federal legal system and litigation.  Volunteers will perform various tasks in the office but will also be able to view court proceedings during their time in the office.  Volunteers within the Criminal Division may work on a wide variety of practice areas, including narcotics, public corruption, healthcare fraud, cybercrimes, terrorism, and other federal crimes.  Within the Civil Division, students may work in a wide variety of defensive and affirmative litigation, including employment discrimination, medical malpractice, general torts, constitutional torts, immigration, prisoner litigation, commercial, financial, and civil fraud.  In our Appellate Division, students may assist with appellate briefs. 

Qualifications

To be eligible for an 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), second-year, and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for law student volunteer positions. An eligible student is an individual who is enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school pursuing a Juris Doctor Degree and is taking at least half-time academic course load in an accredited university.
 
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen.
 
Background Investigation: You must successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment. Prior criminal arrests and/or convictions, illegal drug or alcohol use, and tax issues could disqualify the student.  Fingerprint and credit checks will be processed to verify eligibility.
 
Program start and end dates are negotiable, but we ask that our interns commit to at least 10 weeks.

Application Process

Interested persons should send a cover letter, legal writing sample, law school transcript, and detailed resume with references to: 

USAARE.AttorneyApplicant@usdoj.gov 

Electronically submitted applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on June 27, 2022.

Salary

Student Volunteer (uncompensated). If desired, the District will work with law schools that offer academic credit for students.

Number of Positions
Two or more
Travel
N/A
Relocation Expenses
None.

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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, 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 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, 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 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 June 15, 2022