The Appellate Staff of the Civil Division prepares appellate briefs and presents oral argument in all federal courts of appeals, representing the United States and its agencies and officers in some of the most high-profile and sensitive litigation in the country. The Staff also prepares recommendations for or against further review in cases that the government loses in the district courts or courts of appeals, as well as recommendations for or against intervention or amicus participation in cases in which the government is not a party. In addition, the Staff prepares draft certiorari petitions, briefs in opposition to certiorari petitions, invited amicus briefs (in cases where the Supreme Court calls for the government's views), and Supreme Court merits briefs on behalf of the Solicitor General's office. The Staff's litigation covers a wide variety of important legal issues, including cases involving separation of powers, federalism/preemption, First Amendment, Second Amendment, administrative law, False Claims Act, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act, commercial litigation, intellectual property law, tort claims, and representation of individuals charged with constitutional violations of a person's rights (Bivens cases).
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.
Interns typically perform legal research, write memoranda, and prepare initial drafts of appellate briefs. In addition to case law and treatise research, assignments often entail searching legislative history to aid in statutory interpretation issues. Interns also participate as judges in moot courts with staff attorneys, present moot oral arguments in cases for which they have completed assignments, and are encouraged to attend oral arguments in the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits.
Candidates must be current law students who will have completed at least one year of law school by the start of the internship. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and high academic standing. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or nationals, must have resided at least three of the past five years in the United States, and must successfully complete a background investigation.
Interns may work either full- or part-time. At a minimum, interns must work at least 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Interns may choose one of three options for their internship: (1) working at our Washington, DC office in person, (2) working remotely, or (3) working both in-person and remotely.
All applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript (unofficial versions accepted). Applicants who are current 1Ls are also required to submit an undergraduate transcript (unofficial versions accepted); an undergraduate transcript is optional for current 2Ls and 3Ls. Applications should be sent by email to Dana Kaersvang, Michael Shih, and Laura Myron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consolidate all application materials into a single PDF file labeled with your name in the following format: [LAST NAME], [FIRST NAME] - [Fall/Spring] Internship Application, [LAW SCHOOL] [CLASS YEAR]. Please use the same format for the subject line of your email.
Applications for fall- or spring-semester positions are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are typically filled several months in advance. For the fall semester, applicants are encouraged to apply by April 1; for the spring semester, applicants are encouraged to apply by October 15.