The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Western District of Washington (WDWA). This includes 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. WDWA has an authorized strength of approximately 72 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). The USAO is divided into two litigating Divisions (Criminal and Civil). The USAO's main office is in Seattle, Washington, with a branch office located in Tacoma, Washington.
The United States Attorney’s Office hires approximately 6 law students for our summer law clerk program, based in Seattle and Tacoma. The program lasts for 8-10 weeks. These clerkships are performed on an unpaid - volunteer basis.
During the summer, our clerks work in all areas of the office, both civil and criminal divisions. Law clerks research and draft civil, trial and appellate briefs and motions. The clerks work directly with Assistant U.S. Attorneys enabling them to meet and work with many different attorneys throughout the summer. Each summer clerk also has one mentoring attorney who provides assistance and support consistently throughout the summer.
The summer law clerk program also involves a series of “brown bag” lunches with a variety of speakers from the federal judicial/legal systems. In past years, speakers have included federal judges, public defenders, law enforcement agents, U.S. Marshals and probation officers. We have sessions hosted by AUSAs on career paths, appellate clerkships, and interview skills. We also regularly include the following opportunities:
- A trip to the Federal Detention Center, operated by the Bureau of Prisons, in SeaTac, Washington;
- A meeting with tribal prosecutors and investigators in one of the District’s 25 federally recognized tribes;
- A firearms “shoot” with ATF agents;
- A day of training in search warrant execution and takedowns;
- A visit with the Joint Base Lewis McChord JAG unit.
Applications will be accepted from students who have completed either their first or second year of law school. Applicants must have superior research and writing skills, be detail oriented, be dedicated to upholding and advancing justice and human rights, and have a commitment to fairness and integrity.
Must be a U.S. citizen.
Externships are subject to and must pass a background investigation.
Each applicant packet must include:
- A cover letter describing your interest in an externship with the United States Attorney’s Office;
- Your most recent available academic transcript; and
- A writing sample.
Applications can be emailed or mailed to the following addresses:
U.S. Attorney’s Office
ATTN: Summer Law Clerk Committee
700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220
Seattle, WA 98101
If you wish to apply for the externship program for credit at your law school, contact your respective Externship Coordinator at your law school to initiate the application process.
Applications must be received by January 5, 2019.