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Volunteer Law Student Intern Positions

Description
The Volunteer Law Student Intern program provides an exciting opportunity for highly qualified law students to work directly with Assistant United States Attorneys on civil and criminal litigation in either Baltimore or Greenbelt, Maryland.

Program Description
Projects assigned to volunteer law student interns often involve legal research and writing. Assignments are distributed based on an intern’s interests and the needs of the office. We seek to expose each intern to a variety of substantive matters and stages of criminal and civil litigation.

Interns in the Baltimore office often work on both criminal and civil matters, while Greenbelt interns work exclusively on criminal matters. The Office seeks to give students opportunities to contribute to and observe significant stages of federal investigations and judicial proceedings, such as witness interviews, depositions, motions hearings, trials, sentencing hearings and appellate arguments.

Some law schools allow students to serve as volunteer interns in connection with a class and earn credits toward graduation. Students also may be eligible for federal work study programs or for law school public service grants.

The Office organizes special events for law student interns. Events have included trips to the police firing range to learn firearm safety and practice shooting revolvers, machine guns and sniper rifles. Speakers have included Fourth Circuit Judges Diana Gribbon Motz and Paul V. Niemeyer, District Judge Marvin Garbis, District Judge and former U.S. Attorney Richard Bennett, Magistrate Judge Beth Gesner, and Federal Public Defender James Wyda.

Locations
The U.S. Attorney’s Baltimore Office is located across the street from the Northern Division federal courthouse, at 36 South Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The Greenbelt office is located across the street from the Southern Division federal courthouse at 6406 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland, a few miles from Washington, DC.

Summer
The Office hires 10 to 14 law students to serve as volunteer law student interns in Baltimore each summer. The Office hires 3 to 5 volunteer law student interns each summer for our Greenbelt office.

Fall & Spring Semesters
During the fall and spring school terms, the Office employs 4 to 6 law student interns in Baltimore and 2 to 4 interns in Greenbelt. Law students work for one or more days each week, with schedules arranged to accommodate classes and extracurricular commitments.

Qualifications

Each applicant must be a U.S. citizen and an active law student who will have completed one year of law school before the internship commences. Employment offers are contingent upon the completion of security forms and a satisfactory federal background investigation. No student will be allowed to work before the background investigation is successfully completed.

Application Process

If you would like to participate in our Volunteer Law Student Intern Program, please submit, by the applicable deadline: (1) a cover letter stating which term you would like to work and whether you are interested in Baltimore and/or Greenbelt; (2) a resume that includes your phone number and email address; and (3) your most recent official or unofficial law school transcript; and (4) a writing sample. Applications should be submitted by email to: usamd.lawclerkjobs@usdoj.gov.

Application Deadlines

  Applications Accepted Offers Made on or Before Background Forms Due Program Begins
SPRING September 1 to October 15 November 1 November 15 Mid-January
SUMMER November 1 to December 31 February 1 March 1 After Memorial Day
FALL March 1 to April 30 May 15 June 15 After Labor Day

 

If you would like to participate in our Volunteer Law Clerk Program, please submit, by the applicable deadline, the following: (1) a cover letter indicating whether you are interested in one or both of the offices (Baltimore, Greenbelt, or both); (2) a resume with a current phone number and email address; (3) your most recent unofficial law school transcript, and (4) a writing sample. Your application package may be sent via e-mail or mailed to:

Contact Information

Please e-mail applications to: 
usamd.lawclerkjobs@usdoj.gov

Baltimore Contacts: 
AUSA Molissa Farber
AUSA Seema Mittal
AUSA Rachel Yasser

Mailing Address: 
U.S. Attorney's Office 
36 S. Charles Street 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201 
Telephone: 410-209-4800 
Fax: 410-962-3124

Greenbelt Contact:
AUSA Lindsay Kaplan

Mailing Address:
U.S. Attorney's Office 
6406 Ivy Lane Suite 800 
Greenbelt, MD 20770 
Telephone: 301-344-4433 
Fax: 301-344-4516

Updated October 20, 2015