Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
Suite 600, Richard Russell Building
75 Spring Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
About the Office: 

Attorneys in the USAO for the Northern District of Georgia investigate and prosecute federal crimes and represent the interests of the United States in both criminal and civil cases and matters in U.S. District Court, as well as in the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Criminal attorneys investigate and prosecute federal criminal violations of many types, including: terrorism, computer crime, fraud, public corruption, drug trafficking, organized crime, civil rights violations, money laundering, and violent crimes. Civil attorneys provide representation to various federal agencies in both affirmative and defensive litigation. Civil attorney are also active in asset forfeiture proceedings and the collection of fines and judgments.

Job Description: 

Interns will be assigned to one of two divisions: criminal or civil. Usual assignments will include legal research, drafting pleadings and responses and appellate briefs. Interns will also assist attorneys in all phases of criminal prosecution and civil litigation: including discovery, depositions, pretrial hearings, trials, sentencing hearings, and federal habeas corpus actions.

Internship Location:  Atlanta

Minimum Weeks Required:  9-10 weeks (highly qualified applicants interested in split-summer internships will also be considered)


First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, due to the sensitive nature of the work handled by the office.

Work-study credit possible. (No matching contributions available; all compensation must be provided by law school). We provide limited administrative assistance to students who qualify for public assistance grants, or who are interested in receiving law s
Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and day and contact information: including mailing address, email address, and current telephone number(s). If first semester transcripts are not available at the application deadline, that fact should be noted in the cover letter, and the transcript should be forwarded as soon as it is available.

ATTN: William R. Toliver, AUSA
Telephone:  (404) 581-6069
Fax:   (404) 581-6181

Application Deadline:  February 8 

Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.

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, 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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