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 Statesort descending Posted/ Updated
USAO District of Alaska Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Alaska June 22, 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
Antitrust Division (ATR) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year California February 15, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2018 (Civil Division- San Francisco, CA) California November 29, 2017
USAO Central District of California Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year, Civil Division California January 3, 2018
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Volunteer Law Clerk Intern - Fall 2018 California November 6, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2018 (Criminal Division- San Jose, CA) California November 29, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2018 (Criminal Division- San Francisco and Oakland) California November 29, 2017
USAO Central District of California Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year, Criminal Division California June 15, 2017
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Volunteer Law Clerk Intern – Spring 2018 California November 6, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2018 (Tax Division) California December 5, 2017
USAO Central District of California Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year, Tax Division California January 3, 2018
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Volunteer Law Clerk Intern - Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 (S.F.) California November 8, 2017
Antitrust Division (ATR) Law Student Volunteer, Summer California February 15, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (Tax Division) California December 5, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (Criminal Division- San Francisco or Oakland) California November 29, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (Criminal Division- San Jose, CA) California May 15, 2018
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (Civil Division- San Francisco, CA) California November 29, 2017
USAO Northern District of California Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2018, Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 (Civil Division- San Jose, CA) California November 29, 2017
USAO District of Colorado Volunteer Law Student, Fall 2018 Colorado March 8, 2018
USAO District of Connecticut Law Student Volunteer, Summer Connecticut April 10, 2018
USAO District of Connecticut Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Connecticut April 10, 2018
USAO District of Connecticut Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Connecticut April 10, 2018
USAO District of Connecticut Law Student Volunteer, Summer Connecticut April 10, 2018

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