The District of Colorado is an energetic, forward-looking district comprised of three staff offices: Denver, Durango, and Grand Junction. The office values diversity and seeks to provide an inclusive, rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds. The District contains a Criminal Division, Civil Division, and Appellate Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law - types of cases include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax, and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; assaults; and murders. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of cases include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); public land issues (quiet title, condemnation, land-use, access to public land, endangered species); bankruptcy; immigration; Federal Tort Claims Act (malpractice, etc.); and constitutional torts (Bivens).Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff's counsel in areas that include, but are not limited to: Medicaid and Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; the enforcement of CERCLA; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed.
The District of Colorado is seeking outstanding candidates for a spring 2019 legal internship to assist in our mission. The start and end dates are negotiable, but we ask that our interns commit to at least six weeks of service.
Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the local rules of practice for the Colorado United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, interns may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following requirements must be met:
- Law Student Status: Acceptance of applications for this announcement will be limited to first-year (second semester), second and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for law student volunteer positions. An eligible student is an individual who is enrolled in law school pursuing a Juris Doctor Degree and is taking at least half-time academic course load in an accredited university. Successful candidates must have outstanding academic records, superior writing skills, and be in good academic standing at his/her university.
- Citizenship: Student Interns must be United States citizens or owe permanent allegiance to the United States. (Currently, natives of American Samoa, Swains Island and certain inhabitants of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are the only groups that owe permanent allegiance to the United States.)
- Background Investigation: You must successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
- Volunteer Agreement: All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement (will be completed later during the security process if selected).
Applications must be submitted online and must include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and a current unofficial school transcript or proof of enrollment (e.g., letter from the registrar's office). Please use the link below to apply for a spring 2019 internship.
This announcement is open through Friday, August 10, 2018.