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
Office of Information Policy (OIP) Law Student Volunteer (Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021) District of Columbia May 28, 2020
USAO Southern District of Iowa Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2020 Iowa May 27, 2020
USAO District of New Mexico Law Student Volunteer, Spring New Mexico May 18, 2020
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring 2021/Summer 2021 /Fall 2021, Counterterrorism Section District of Columbia May 15, 2020
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring 2021/Summer 2021 /Fall 2021, Foreign Agents Registration Act Unit District of Columbia May 15, 2020
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring 2021/Summer 2021 /Fall 2021, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section District of Columbia May 15, 2020
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring 2021/Summer 2021 /Fall 2021, Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism District of Columbia May 15, 2020
Criminal Division (CRM) LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, SUMMER District of Columbia May 13, 2020
Criminal Division (CRM) LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, ACADEMIC YEAR District of Columbia May 13, 2020
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring 2021/Summer 2021 /Fall 2021, Office of Law and Policy District of Columbia May 12, 2020
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- National Courts Section District of Columbia April 27, 2020
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Summer- Commercial-Intellectual Property District of Columbia April 27, 2020
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Commercial-Intellectual Property District of Columbia April 27, 2020
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Student Volunteer, Academic Year/Summer- Civil Division District of Columbia April 27, 2020
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Office of Immigration Litigation- District Courts Section District of Columbia April 27, 2020
Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 District of Columbia April 27, 2020
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Vaccine Litigation District of Columbia April 27, 2020
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2021 (Criminal Division- San Francisco and Oakland) California April 21, 2020
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer. Fall 2020, Spring 2021 & Summer 2021 (Civil Division- San Jose, CA) California April 21, 2020
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2021 (Criminal Division- San Jose, CA) California April 21, 2020
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 (Criminal Division- San Jose, CA) California April 21, 2020
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 (Civil Division- San Francisco, CA) California April 21, 2020
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2020 and Summer 2021 (Criminal Division- San Francisco or Oakland) California April 21, 2020
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Federal Programs District of Columbia April 17, 2020
Tax Division (TAX) VOLUNTEER LEGAL INTERNSHIP District of Columbia April 16, 2020

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