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.

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Hiring Organization Job Title State Posted/ Updatedsort ascending
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer Summer 2019 Washington February 22, 2019
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2019 - National Courts Section District of Columbia February 22, 2019
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Fall 2019 Law Clerk District of Columbia February 21, 2019
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Office of Immigration Litigation- Applellate Section District of Columbia February 21, 2019
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer Florida February 19, 2019
USAO District of New Mexico Law Student Volunteer, Fall New Mexico February 16, 2019
USAO Northern District of Illinois Law Student Volunteer Fall 2019 Illinois February 15, 2019
USAO District of Nebraska Law Student Volunteer Nebraska February 14, 2019
USAO District of the Virgin Islands Law Student Volunteer, Summer Virgin Islands February 14, 2019
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer Summer 2019 California February 13, 2019
USAO District of South Carolina Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year South Carolina February 12, 2019
United States Attorney's Office (USAO) Law Student Volunteer Utah February 11, 2019
Criminal Division (CRM) Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2019 (Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section) District of Columbia February 8, 2019
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Summer 2019 Judicial Intern Texas February 8, 2019
Tax Division (TAX) Volunteer Legal Internship (Fall 2019) Texas February 5, 2019
Tax Division (TAX) Volunteer Legal Internship (Fall 2019) District of Columbia February 5, 2019
USAO Southern District of Ohio Volunteer Legal Intern Ohio February 5, 2019
Civil Rights Division (CRT) Law Student Volunteer - Spring, Summer, and Fall Housing & Civil Enforcement Section District of Columbia February 4, 2019
Civil Rights Division (CRT) Law Student Volunteer - Summer 2019 - Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative District of Columbia February 4, 2019
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2019 Tennessee January 31, 2019
Criminal Division (CRM) Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2019 District of Columbia January 31, 2019
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2019 Texas January 29, 2019
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer Maryland January 24, 2019
USAO Central District of California Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year and Summer, Criminal Division California December 18, 2018
USAO Central District of California Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year and Summer, Tax Division California December 18, 2018

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