The Criminal Division of the USAO for the District of Arizona has primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes in and relating to Arizona. Our extensive criminal practice is broken into six sections:
(1) Violent Crimes (e.g., homicides and other violent offenses committed on Indian reservations, bank robberies, and firearms offenses);
(2) Financial Crimes (e.g., securities or mortgage fraud);
(3) Public Integrity (e.g., bribery of public officials);
(4) Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) (e.g., narcotics trafficking conspiracies);
(5) General Crimes (e.g., illegal re-entry of aliens after deportation, human trafficking, alien smuggling, and drug seizures at the ports of entry); and
(6) National Security (e.g., domestic and international terrorism, international smuggling and export violations, and economic espionage).
We also have an appellate practice, which draws cases from the six groups described above. We are seeking volunteer law student externs for the fall and spring semesters. Law student externs have opportunities for direct involvement in all of our practice areas.
Law student externs have unparalleled opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal criminal prosecution. Our law student externs frequently complete the following assignments: research legal issues in active cases; write briefs filed in the District Court or the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews; observe hearings, jury selection, and trial; and contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal criminal prosecution. To ensure that all externs have a strong writing sample at the conclusion of their externship, all interested externs will author a pleading filed with the court, under the guidance of an Assistant United States Attorney. Externs will receive assignments in as many different practice areas and with as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters and styles of practice. In addition to the externships discussed in this listing, there are externship opportunities in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Civil Division externship opportunities are described in a separate listing.
Internship Location: 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, 2020.