Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Summer- Federal Programs Branch

Federal Programs Branch
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
1100 L St NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Federal Programs Branch specializes in defending the Federal Government, its agencies, and its officials in high-profile civil litigation at the cutting edge of constitutional and administrative law. The approximately one hundred attorneys in the Branch litigate in federal district courts across the country on behalf of over one hundred federal agencies, the President and Cabinet officers, and other Government officials. Cases often involve issues of national importance, including challenges to the constitutionality of statutes and regulations and a wide array of other claims challenging significant Government policies, programs, and decisions in the areas of national security, health care, education, economic policy, and government personnel practices and policies. Trial Attorneys in the Branch are generalists who participate in cases across this broad array of practice areas.

The Branch also engages in a limited amount of affirmative litigation to enforce statutes and regulations and to challenge state and local laws that are preempted by federal law.

Job Description: 

Interns will work closely with many Branch trial attorneys, and like those attorneys, may receive assignments in any of the Branch's practice areas. Interns conduct legal or factual research; prepare internal memoranda, client letters, and briefs; and assist attorneys with discovery and trial preparation. Interns also have the opportunity to attend client meetings, moot courts, oral arguments, depositions, and other litigation events.

Qualifications: 

Students must have completed at least one year of law school by the start of the internship. Candidates should have excellent writing skills and high academic standing. Candidates must also 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.

8 weeks minimum required (we will try to accommodate split summers for rising third-year students).

Salary: 
Uncompensated but eligible for transit subsidy and academic course credit (depending on school requirements).
Travel: 
N/A
Application Process: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript (if available; unofficial versions accepted). Applications should be sent by email to Michael Baer, Rachael Westmoreland, and Kevin Snell at FPB.Resumes.Interns@usdoj.gov.

1Ls: Under NALP guidelines, we can only accept 1L applications starting on December 1. To ensure consideration, please submit applications in early December; we are unlikely to consider applications received after December 15.

2Ls/3Ls: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To ensure consideration, please submit by October 15. Applications received later than October 15 will be considered if openings remain available.

Relocation Expenses: 
N/A
Number of Positions: 
6-8
Updated September 26, 2018

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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 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 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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