About the Office
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.
Minnesota's Criminal Division is comprised of four sections: Fraud and Public Corruption, Major Crimes and Priority Prosecutions, OCDETF and Violent Crime, and Special Prosecutions. Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) are responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed in Minnesota, from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts.
Minnesota's 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, prisoner litigation, immigration, federal program litigation, etc. Civil AUSAs also represent the interests of the United States as a plaintiff in affirmative litigation. This work includes civil fraud prosecutions under the False Claims Act, and civil rights investigations and litigation.
The USAO for the District of Minnesota seeks full-time, 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 a number of Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Interns also attend court proceedings as well as monthly brown bag lunches at which AUSAs, the defense bar, the federal judiciary, and federal agents speak. The goal is for law interns to see the federal legal system at work, develop their legal skills and, above all, enjoy their experience.
Law interns are expected to volunteer with the Office 40 hours per week between approximately June-August, depending on class schedules. Interns may be located in either the St. Paul or the Minneapolis USAO offices.
The USAO is seeking law students who have completed their first or second year of law school, with excellent legal research, analysis, writing, and professionalism skills, and a demonstrated passion or interest in public service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, all offers are conditioned on the successful completion of a required, thorough federal background check.
How to Apply:
- Cover letter
- Law school transcript
- Legal writing sample - NTE 10 pages
- Two letters of recommendation (can be emailed or mailed separate from application)
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
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Deadline: January 15, 2019