Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
2100 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
Job Description: 
USAO Eastern District of Virginia
2100 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
The mission of the USAO for the Eastern District of Virginia is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the U.S. Attorney General and the United States Attorney, recognizing the value and dignity of all people and the importance of strong relationships with the members of the judicial and law enforcement communities.
Projected No. of Volunteers:  
Internship Location(s): Alexandria
Metro access via King Street Metro (blue and yellow lines)
Application Materials: Please submit a cover letter, resume with grade point averages for all academic work listed on resume, at least one writing sample, an official law school transcript, and 3 references who can speak to skills and abilities. (Transcripts and grade point averages should be updated as grades are available. So, if transcripts and grade point averages are not available at time of application, please update as information becomes available.) Please note preference – civil or criminal, in bold, on the upper left corner of your cover letter. Please send application packets and grade or resume updates via mail (not e-mail, and please no phone or e-mail inquiries).
Qualifications: First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a strong academic average. It is the policy of the USAO to require that a background review be conducted on all applicants who are hired. Therefore, it is imperative that all security forms be completed and returned in a timely fashion.
Application Deadlines: No applications will be accepted before or after the time frames announced below.
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Inquiries/Application Status: Applicants will only be contacted by the USAO, if more information is needed or if an interview is requested. In-person interviews are required. Many, if not all, of these interviews will take place at the USAO. Further, applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their own travel and accommodations. Unfortunately, we do not conduct phone interviews. Applicants interviewed will only be contacted if an offer is extended. For confirmation that materials have been received, delivery confirmation from postal carrier is suggested. No phone calls please. No e-mails please. No faxes please.
Minimum Weeks Required:  
Academic credit: Credit may be given for some school programs, or public law stipends also might be available through certain school programs. Students should contact their law school for specific intern or work-study requirements prior to applying for such a position.
Assignments: Responsible for assisting AUSAs with all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues, drafting/writing motions and responses and various pleadings, providing trial support to attorneys, and interviewing witnesses.
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Updated March 26, 2018

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