The work of the Civil Division mirrors the varied activities of the federal government, and offers perhaps the most challenging and diverse caseload of any law office, public or private, in the country. Civil Division AUSA's handle a great variety of defensive and affirmative civil cases, at both the trial and appellate level. Defensive cases include: tort and employment discrimination litigation; environmental, civil rights and novel constitutional claims; challenges to administrative or regulatory actions; immigration, bankruptcy and suits involving land in which the federal government has an interest. Affirmative civil cases include matters such as Health Care Fraud, Defense Procurement Fraud, and False Claims Act suits. The clerks selected for Civil Division assignments will assist primarily with defensive civil cases, and will have an opportunity to perfect their research and writing skills in a myriad of ways.
Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal civil litigation. Our law student clerks: research legal issues in active cases; write motions to be filed in the District Court, or assist with briefs to be filed in the Ninth Circuit; assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews; observe hearings, settlement conferences, mediation, depositions and trials; and contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal civil practice. Clerks will be given assignments in as many different practice areas and as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters and styles of practice. Additionally, interested individuals participating in the Summer Clerkship Program will have the opportunity to tour our federal courthouse and a federal prison. Clerkship opportunities in the Criminal Division are in an adjacent announcement.
Internship Location: Phoenix
Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible. Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks will be preferred.
First-year (second semester), second-, or third-year of law school. Must be a U.S. citizen. Strong grades, and excellent research and writing skills. A background check (covering criminal and financial history, among other things) is required because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney's Office.
Applications should be faxed, mailed or emailed to Katherine.Branch@usdoj.gov. Applications should include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: (a) resume, (b) law school transcript, (c) legal writing sample, (d) dates of availability, and (e) telephone number(s) where the applicant can be reached in the daytime and evenings. A cover letter is optional.
USAO District of Arizona
2 Renaissance Square
40 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
ATTN: Katherine Branch, AUSA, Civil Division Clerkship Committee, Chairperson