Law Student Volunteer
Boise, ID 83702 - United States
The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho invites applications from first year and second year law students for Summer 2022 externships. Individuals with a strong academic record and an interest in public service law are encouraged to apply. Openings are in Boise and Coeur d’Alene.
This externship provides tremendous opportunities for law students to learn how to practice in federal court. Externs work closely with Assistant United States Attorneys to investigate and litigate criminal and civil cases, provide legal advice to federal agents, and author pleadings, memoranda and briefs in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For externs interested in improving courtroom advocacy, there are opportunities to assist experienced Assistant United States Attorneys with hearings. Moreover, externs who have completed their second year of law school may apply for a limited license to practice in federal court and may have the opportunity to appear before federal magistrate, bankruptcy and district court judges.
The areas of practice are: The Criminal Division: White Collar Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Crime, Violent Crime, Crime on Tribal Lands, general Appellate work. The Civil Division: FTCA Litigation, Program Litigaiton, Affirmative Civil Enforcement, and Environmental.
Externs will be expected to work 40 hours a week in the District's main office in Boise or in the branch office in Coeur d'Alene. Starting and ending dates are flexible, however, we expect students to make a commitment of 10 to 14 weeks.
These are unpaid externships; however, we will work closely with participating law schools to ensure that externs earn appropriate academic credit, where available. Moreover, some law schools offer public interest/public sector stipends, and we will facilitate the stipend process for law schools with such programs.
To apply: E-mail a cover letter, résumé, writing sample (7-10 pages) and transcript to Laura Rodriguez, Extern Coordinator, United States Attorney's Office at Laura.Rodriguez@usdoj.gov
Please specify your preference for working in the Boise or Coeur d'Alene office.
Students selected for an externship will be required to pass a rigorous background investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The background investigation takes approximately five weeks.