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Law Student Volunteer, Spring, 2019

Hiring Organization
USAO Northern District of Indiana
Location:
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The USAO for the Northern District of Indiana is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. The criminal side of the Office conducts investigations and prosecutes criminal cases including political corruption, securities and healthcare fraud, terrorism, narcotics, commercial frauds, government frauds, violent crimes, public protection and appeals.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

Perform research projects and assist in trial preparation. It is likely that interns will work on an appellate brief. Interns will be assigned projects from both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Interns will work with several different AUSAs over the course of the internship. Through research projects and interaction with the AUSAs, interns will be introduced to the federal system and receive an introduction to federal procedures in both the civil and criminal settings. Interns are encouraged to attend court with the AUSAs during the internship and watch court proceedings. In limited instances, interns are allowed to represent the government in hearings before the various federal courts. Each Branch Office of the USAO for the Northern District of Indiana is located in a federal courthouse. This enables the interns to meet Judges, their clerks and network among federal officials. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their internship.

Internship Location:  Hammond, IN 

Minimum Hours Required:  135 spread over the entire semester

Web Site:  www.justice.gov/usao/inn

 

Qualifications

At the time of their internship, students must be second or third-year law students.  Must be a U.S. citizen. There is a required background investigation due to the sensitive nature of work performed.

Application Process

Cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript; legal writing sample, date when available, and telephone number(s) where a student can be reached in the day and evenings. If the applicant’s law school requires a contract as part of any program wherein the student will receive credit for the externship, then we also require a copy of any such contract.

USAO Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, IN 46320

ATTN:  Robin W. Morlock, Assistant United States Attorney, Law Clerk Coordinator
Telephone:  (219) 937-5500
Email:  Robin.Morlock@usdoj.gov (Applications by e-mail preferred)

 

Number of Positions
3

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated August 21, 2018