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Law Student Internships

An internship with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska offers a unique and challenging experience to work in criminal prosecution or civil litigation in the Last Frontier.  Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Interns become familiar with the rules of evidence and either the Federal Rules of Civil or Criminal Procedure depending on placement with Criminal or Civil Division. In addition, interns may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings.  By local rule, law students in their second semester of their second year of law school, or law students in their third-year of law school, have a unique opportunity to be approved to appear in court at hearings and participate in trials.

Projected No. of Volunteers: 5-6

Internship Locations: Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau

Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, transcript, e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening, two references with phone numbers and email address and preference for Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau and preference for Criminal or Civil Division.  Also include any specific interest in working in Alaska.

Qualifications: Law students that have completed their first year. Law school graduates are not eligible for student positions. Students chosen will be subject to a background investigation, which can take up to three months. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must provide information for a background investigation (includes inquiry into, suitability issues such as illegal activity such as drug use, outstanding debts, tax information, etc). Final approval for all applicants is then obtained from the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Deadline:  Applications for summer internships may be submitted beginning in September preceding the summer for which application is made. The deadline for summer internship applications is February 1 of the year for which application is made.  Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.  All decisions will be made by March 1.  If interested in an internship for fall, winter or spring, please provide an application at least six weeks prior to desired start date.

Minimum Participation Required: 8-10 weeks

Salary:  Volunteer (without compensation); work study, if available; fellowships; internships or externships (with credit).

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Please submit applications by email to:

Andrea Steward
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Legal Intern Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office District of Alaska

Tips for securing a volunteer legal Internship with DOJ:


Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

More information on Academic Year Internships can be found at  http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/usao-district-alaska

Updated September 2, 2018

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