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
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year DC August 23, 2016
Civil Division (CIV) Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Summer DC August 23, 2016
USAO Southern District of Georgia Law Student Volunteer, Summer GA August 22, 2016
USAO Southern District of Georgia Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year GA August 22, 2016
Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) Law Student Volunteer - 2016/2017 DC August 22, 2016
United States Trustee Program (USTP) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year DC August 19, 2016
USAO Western District of Louisiana Law Student Volunteer LA August 18, 2016
USAO Western District of Louisiana Law Student Volunteer LA August 18, 2016
USAO District of Massachusetts Law Student Volunteer, Summer MA August 18, 2016
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year CA August 17, 2016
USAO District of Nebraska Law Student Volunteer NE August 16, 2016
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Spring 2017 Law Student Volunteer VA August 10, 2016
Criminal Division (CRM) Law Student Volunteer DC August 4, 2016
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Spring 2017 Volunteer Law Clerk Position DC August 1, 2016
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Summer 2017 Volunteer Law Clerk Position DC August 1, 2016
USAO Northern District of Mississippi Law Student Volunteer MS July 28, 2016
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year, Office of Law and Policy DC July 27, 2016
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, Spring Semester DC July 25, 2016
USAO Northern District of New York Law Students Volunteer NY July 21, 2016
USAO Northern District of Alabama Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2017 AL July 12, 2016
USAO Western District of Washington Law Student Volunteer WA July 12, 2016
National Security Division (NSD) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year, Counterterrorism Section DC July 11, 2016
USAO Eastern District of Michigan Law Student Volunteer MI July 1, 2016
Criminal Division (CRM) Law Student Volunteer DC June 17, 2016
USAO Western District of Texas Law Student Volunteer TX May 24, 2016

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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 foremployment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment isalso contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligiblefor employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwiseindicated in a particular job advertisement, non U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary toaccomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenshipin the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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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