The Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes in and relating to Arizona. Our extensive criminal practice is broken into five general subject matter areas: (1) Violent Crimes (e.g., homicides committed on Indian reservations, and bank robberies); (2) White Collar and Public Corruption (e.g., securities or mortgage fraud, and bribery of public officials); (3) Narcotics and Organized Crime (e.g., drugs, gangs, and narcotics trafficking conspiracies); (4) Immigration (e.g., illegal re-entry of aliens after deportation, human trafficking, and hostage taking); and (5) Firearms and Asset Forfeiture (e.g., gun smuggling, and seizure of assets related to criminal activity). We also have a national security practice and an appellate practice, each of which draws cases from the five groups described above. We are seeking volunteer law student clerks for the summer, fall semester, and spring semester. Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct involvement in all of our practice areas.
Law student clerks have unparalleled opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal criminal prosecution. Our law student clerks frequently:
1. research legal issues in active cases;
2. write briefs to be filed in the District Court or the Ninth Circuit;
3. assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews;
4. observe hearings, jury selection, and trial; and
5. contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal criminal prosecution.
To ensure that all clerks have a strong writing sample at the conclusion of their clerkship, all interested clerks will, under the guidance of an Assistant United States Attorney, author a pleading that will be filed with the court. 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 a federal courthouse and a federal prison. In addition to the clerkships discussed in this listing, there are clerkship opportunities in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Civil Division clerkship opportunities are described in a separate listing.
Internship Locations: Phoenix
Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible. Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks will be preferred.
Web Site: www.justice.gov/usao/az/
First-year, 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 include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: (a) résumé, (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 N. Central Ave, Suite 1800
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Application Deadline: Vacancies will be filled as applications are received, and the latest application will be received March 15, 2019.