Volunteer Legal Internships

Volunteer Legal Internships

Unless otherwise specified in a particular announcement below, these are all volunteer positions (without compensation). Some positions may be eligible for academic credit or work study depending on the policies of the applicant's law school.

Some DOJ agencies make their selection decisions on a rolling basis, i.e., they consider applications as received and may make offers throughout the application period and prior to their respective deadlines listed below. We therefore encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Application requirements vary by agency, so please refer to specific agency descriptions and entries below for details.

Sort Volunteer Legal Internships by the Column Headings

Hiring Organization Job Title State Posted/ Updatedsort ascending
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring 2022/Summer 2022 /Fall 2022, Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism District of Columbia May 14, 2021
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring 2022/Summer 2022 /Fall 2022, Counterterrorism Section District of Columbia May 14, 2021
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 & Summer 2022 (Civil Division- San Francisco, CA) California May 12, 2021
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 & Summer 2022 (Criminal Division- San Jose, CA) California May 12, 2021
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2022 (Civil Division- San Jose, CA) California May 12, 2021
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021, Spring 2022 & Summer 2022 (Criminal Division- San Francisco or Oakland) California May 12, 2021
USAO District of Arizona Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021, Tucson Office (Criminal/Civil/Appellate) Arizona May 4, 2021
USAO District of Arizona Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021, Civil Division Arizona May 4, 2021
USAO Southern District of Illinois Law Student Volunteer: Fall 2021 Illinois May 3, 2021
USAO Northern District of Indiana Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021 Indiana April 30, 2021
USAO Northern District of Indiana Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021 Indiana April 30, 2021
USAO Western District of Virginia Law Student Volunteer Virginia April 29, 2021
USAO Southern District of Iowa Law Student Volunteer, Fall Iowa April 28, 2021
USAO District of Arizona Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021, Criminal Division Arizona April 28, 2021
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- T-FTCA District of Columbia April 22, 2021
Office of Legal Policy (OLP) Law Intern District of Columbia April 7, 2021
Antitrust Division (ATR) Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021 International Section District of Columbia March 30, 2021
Criminal Division (CRM) Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2021, Office of Enforcement Operations District of Columbia March 29, 2021
USAO Eastern District of Louisiana Law Student Volunteer Louisiana March 23, 2021
USAO District of New Mexico Law Student Volunteer, Fall New Mexico March 17, 2021
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Fraud Section District of Columbia March 9, 2021
Office of Information Policy (OIP) Law Student Volunteer (Fall 2021, Spring 2022 or Summer 2022) District of Columbia March 5, 2021
Criminal Division (CRM) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year, Organized Crime and Gang Section District of Columbia March 2, 2021
Criminal Division (CRM) LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, Academic Year, FRAUD SECTION District of Columbia March 1, 2021
USAO Eastern District of New York Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2021, Civil Division New York February 25, 2021

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