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
Antitrust Division (ATR) Law Student Volunteer, Summer Illinois February 15, 2017
Antitrust Division (ATR) Law Student Volunteer, Summer California February 15, 2017
Antitrust Division (ATR) Law Student Volunteer, Summer New York February 15, 2017
Civil Division (CIV) Law Student Volunteer, Fall 2017, Office of Immigration Litigation - Appellate Section District of Columbia February 15, 2017
USAO Northern District of Illinois Law Student Volunteer Fall 2017 Illinois February 13, 2017
Criminal Division (CRM) Law Student Volunteer, Summer District of Columbia February 8, 2017
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Volunteer Law Clerk Intern - Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 California February 7, 2017
USAO Middle District of Tennessee Law Student Volunteer, Summer Tennessee February 3, 2017
USAO Middle District of Tennessee Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Tennessee February 3, 2017
Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Fall 2017 Law Clerk District of Columbia February 3, 2017
USAO Eastern District of New York Law Student Volunteer, Summer New York January 30, 2017
USAO Eastern District of New York Law Student Volunteer, Summer New York January 30, 2017
USAO Southern District of Georgia Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Georgia January 26, 2017
USAO Southern District of Georgia Law Student Volunteer, Summer Georgia January 26, 2017
United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fall Intern Virginia January 26, 2017
USAO Western District of Arkansas Law Student Intern Volunteer Arkansas January 20, 2017
USAO Western District of Arkansas Law Student Intern Volunteer Arkansas January 20, 2017
USAO District of Maine Law Student Volunteer, Summer Maine January 12, 2017
USAO District of Maine Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Maine January 12, 2017
USAO District of Nebraska Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Nebraska January 11, 2017
USAO Middle District of Alabama Law Student Volunteer, Summer Alabama December 29, 2016
USAO Middle District of Alabama Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year Alabama December 29, 2016
Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) Law Student Volunteer, Summer District of Columbia December 29, 2016
Office of Legal Policy (OLP) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year District of Columbia December 28, 2016
Office of Legal Policy (OLP) Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year District of Columbia December 28, 2016

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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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