Volunteer Law Intern

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
145 N Street NE
Suite 5E
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of the Pardon Attorney assists the President in the exercise of executive clemency. Under the Constitution, the President's clemency power extends only to federal criminal offenses. All requests for executive clemency for federal offenses are directed to the Pardon Attorney for investigation and review. The Pardon Attorney prepares the Department's recommendation to the President for final disposition of each application. Executive clemency may take several forms, including pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, and reprieve.

For more information about the Office of the Pardon Attorney please visit: http://www.justice.gov/pardon/index.html

Job Description: 

Volunteer law interns will assist the Office's attorneys and paralegals in case-processing tasks, such as obtaining the reports needed to evaluate a clemency case, building electronic case files, preparing drafts of reports to the President on selected cases, as well as preparing responses to correspondence. Special research projects may be assigned by Office attorneys as need dictates, and may include historical and legal research.

Qualifications: 

Second-year law students (Summer students will have completed their first year of law school by start date). Must have word processing skills and ability to quickly learn new information technology. Students with an interest in criminal justice, constitutional law, administrative law, or prisoner rights would be good matches for this Office.

Salary: 
Uncompensated volunteers. OPA works with law schools that offer academic course credit and work-study.
Travel: 
Not applicable
Application Process: 

Interns are a year-round need for this Office.

Deadline for submitting applications for 2018 Fall Semester: June 1, 2018

Deadline for submitting applications for 2019 Spring Semester: October 1, 2018

Deadline for submitting applications for 2019 Summer Semester: March 1, 2019

Required start date for 2018 Fall Semester: September 4, 2018 (minimum of 16 hours per week and 12 week commitment)

Required start date for 2019 Spring Semester: January 22, 2019 (minimum of 16 hours per week and 12 week commitment)

Required start date for 2019 Summer Semester: May 28, 2019 (minimum of 40 hours per week and 10 week commitment)

All potential candidates should attach the following documents to their initial email and should be sure indicate "Volunteer Law Internship for OPA" in the subject line:

-Cover letter

-Resume

-Writing sample

-Transcript

Office of the Pardon Attorney
145 N Street N.E., Suite 5E.109
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Coordinator

Email: Pardon.InternVacancies@usdoj.gov

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Not applicable
Number of Positions: 
OPA will accept as many volunteer interns as it has space to accommodate.
Updated March 9, 2018

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