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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 descending
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Volunteer Law Clerk Intern - Fall 2018 California November 6, 2017
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Volunteer Law Clerk Intern – Spring 2018 California November 6, 2017
USAO District of New Hampshire Law Student Volunteer New Hampshire December 15, 2017
USAO Western District of Pennsylvania Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Pennsylvania December 29, 2017
USAO Northern District of Mississippi Law Student Volunteer, Summer Mississippi January 8, 2018
USAO District of South Carolina Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year South Carolina January 25, 2018
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Law Student Intern Virginia January 29, 2018
USAO District of Colorado Volunteer Law Student, Fall 2018 Colorado March 8, 2018
Office of the Pardon Attorney (Pardon) Volunteer Law Intern District of Columbia March 9, 2018
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Spring/Summer/Fall, Counterterrorism Section District of Columbia March 16, 2018
USAO Eastern District of Virginia Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Virginia March 26, 2018
USAO Eastern District of Virginia Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Virginia March 26, 2018
USAO District of Columbia Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2018 District of Columbia April 10, 2018
USAO Western District of Arkansas Law Student Intern Volunteer Arkansas April 10, 2018
USAO Western District of Arkansas Law Student Intern Volunteer Arkansas April 10, 2018
USAO Middle District of Tennessee Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year - USAO Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville) Tennessee April 10, 2018
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Vaccine Litigation District of Columbia April 18, 2018
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- National Courts Section District of Columbia April 18, 2018
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year/Summer- Civil Division District of Columbia April 18, 2018
USAO District of Maine Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Maine April 20, 2018
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- Consumer Protection Branch District of Columbia April 27, 2018
Criminal Division (CRM) Volunteer Intern District of Columbia April 30, 2018
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Summer- Consumer Protection Branch District of Columbia May 3, 2018
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer - York Immigration Court Pennsylvania May 3, 2018
Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 District of Columbia May 11, 2018


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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, nationalorigin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume toresume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com. Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).

Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/. Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicantseligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supportingdocumentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) totheir submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submitStandard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for thespecific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website,www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, whichlists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requiressupporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disabilitypensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement ordersfrom a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability orthat he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that thedisability is 10% or more).

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