The 94 United States Attorney's Offices located throughout the country conduct most of the criminal prosecutions and civil litigation handled by the Department of Justice. These offices serve as the critical prosecuting arm of the Department of Justice, responsible for ensuring that the investigative efforts of the law enforcement agencies are pursued, and as the nation's legal advocates and defenders in civil suits brought by and against the federal government.
The Criminal Division serves as the prosecutorial arm of the U.S. Department of Justice in the District of Minnesota. The Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division prosecute violations of federal criminal law. To accomplish that task, the lawyers, along with paralegals, legal assistants and others, work closely with grand juries as well as local, state, and federal investigative agencies. The Criminal Division is divided into four sections: Economic Crimes, National Security, Major Crimes, and OCDETF and Violent Crimes.
The Civil Division represents the United States in all civil actions brought to federal or state court in Minnesota in which the federal government is a party. Civil AUSAs represent the interests of the United States as a defendant whenever it or one of the federal agencies, its officers or agents is sued. These defensive matters include employment disputes, medical malpractice, wrongful death, auto accidents, other tort actions, etc. Civil AUSAs also represent the interests of the United States as a plaintiff in affirmative litigation. This work includes civil fraud litigation under the False Claims Act, and civil rights investigations and litigation.
The Appellate Division monitors the work done by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in both criminal and civil appeals. The Division is responsible for reviewing all appellate court briefs, writing some briefs, and overseeing moot court, which prepares Assistant U.S. Attorneys for oral arguments before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Appellate Division is also responsible for informing the lawyers in the Office of new developments in the law.
The USAO for the District of Minnesota seeks volunteer law interns to join us to support the missions of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Office. Law interns perform research and writing projects, and assist in appellate work and trial preparation. Interns will be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and case types. Interns also attend court proceedings and optional trainings provided by experienced AUSAs. The goal is for law interns to see the federal legal system at work, develop their legal skills and, above all, enjoy their experience.
- Summer Term. Summer interns serve as full-time volunteers with the USAO for a 10‑week term. Start and end dates may be flexible based on the intern’s school schedule.
- School Year Term. School year law interns serve as part-time volunteers with the USAO for a minimum of 15 hours per week. The work schedule is flexible to accommodate each intern’s school commitments. The Fall term runs from early September until one week before final exams. The Spring term runs from mid-January until one week before final exams.
The USAO is seeking 2L or 3L students with excellent legal research, analysis, writing, and professionalism skills, with a demonstrated passion or interest in public service. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion of a required, thorough federal background check. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
- Cover letter (Please indicate whether you are seeking a position for the summer term, the school year term, or are willing to work for either term.)
- Current law school transcript
- Legal writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages)
- 2 letters of recommendation – may be emailed or mailed outside of the application process
Submit completed applications electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or in hard copy to:
Ms. Noelle Corbo
United States Attorney’s Office
Attn: Human Resources Office
600 United States Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street