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OPPORTUNITES FOR ATTORNEYS

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania periodically recruits for Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) as vacancies occur. In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice maintains a current list of attorney vacancies at the following web site: Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree; be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction); possess superior oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills; and have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. Additionally, it is desired that the successful candidate have at least three years of post J.D. experience.

Vacancy announcements can be found at:
http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies

Required Form:

AUSA Supplemental Questionnaire (Word)

AUSA Supplemental Questionnaire (PDF)

LAW STUDENT POSITIONS

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania offers an outstanding legal externship program, one noted for its intellectual rigor and exceptional opportunities for practical skill development. Our program consistently attracts exceptional students from top law schools throughout the country. While externs are given challenging research and writing assignments, they are also included in meetings, hearings and many other non-research case litigation.

The Assistant United States Attorneys with whom the externs’ work are highly skilled litigators, averaging more than ten years of experience in federal practice. Overseeing all of the externs’ work is the extern coordinator, an Assistant United States Attorney committed to developing genuine mentoring relationships with the students. To ensure quality supervision, we do accept only a limited number of externs.

Mission Statement

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, through its summer externship program, strives to provide intellectual rigor and exceptional opportunities for practical skill development for law students through its highly skilled litigators by providing mentoring and supervision.

Law Student Opportunities

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania invites applications from first or second year law students for externships. Individuals with strong academic records and an interest in public service law are particularly encouraged to apply.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s mission is to litigate cases on behalf of its client, the United States of America. U.S. Attorney’s Office lawyers and staff use the following principles to guide their mission: (1) do justice; (2) be good citizens of the community and the bar; (3) effectively represent the federal government; and (4) be part of an effective, efficient government agency. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania employs roughly 75 people, including 33 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). Our offices are located in Harrisburg, Scranton and Williamsport.

Our office’s area of practice include (among other things):

CRIMINAL DIVISION CIVIL DIVISION
White Collar Crime FTCA Litigation
Narcotics Program Litigation
Violent Crime Affirmative Civil Enforcement
Anti-terrorism Environmental
Asset Forfeiture Immigration and Prison Litigation
Appeals Appeals

While working in one of our offices, externs are directly supervised by an AUSA who assigns projects, guides the externs and critiques their performance, as well as the AUSA handling the specific case giving rise to each project. These projects may include writing appellate briefs, drafting pleadings, legal research and memoranda, and working with federal agencies on cases. Externs will be expected to work 40 hours a week during the summer, and 10-40 hours a week (depending on situation) during the spring and fall. Starting and ending dates are flexible; however, externs are expected to make a commitment of at least 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.

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 60 days.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resumé, writing sample (no more than ten pages), current academic transcript, and three work-related references to Gail Dvornicky, Human Resources Assistant, United States Attorney's Office, 235 N. Washington Street, Scranton, PA 18501. Please specify one of our offices as your preference (Harrisburg, Scranton, or Williamsport) or rank offices if you have more than one preference. Application deadlines are posted below for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Well-qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or any other non-merit factors.

2018 Summer Extern Program Timeline

  • January 19, 2018: Deadline to submit 2018 summer externship applications
  • January 22-26, 2018: Summer externship interviews will be conducted
  • February 5-9, 2018: Summer externships will be offered
  • February 16, 2018: Summer extern commitment to U.S. Attorney's Office (on or before this date)
  • May - June 2018: Summer externships will begin
  • July - August 2018: Summer externships will end

 

2018-2019 Fall Semester and Full Academic Year Extern Program Timeline

  • March 2, 2018: Deadline to submit 2018-2019 Fall or Full Academic Year externship applications.
  • March 12-16, 2018: Fall/Full-year externship interviews will be conducted
  • March 19-23, 2018: Fall/Full-year externships will be offered
  • March 27, 2018: Fall/Full-year extern commitment to U.S. Attorney's Office (on or before this date)
  • August - September 2018: Fall/Full-year Externships will begin
  • November - December 2018: Fall externships will end
  • April – May 2019: Full-year externships will end
     

2019 Spring Extern Program Timeline
Please note: Spring externships may not be available if a high number of full-year externs are hired for the 2018-2019 Academic year.

  • September 4, 2018: Deadline to submit 2019 spring externship applications.
  • September 10-14, 2018: Spring externship interviews will be conducted
  • September 17-21, 2018: Spring externships will be offered
  • September 26, 2018: Spring extern commitment to U.S. Attorney's Office (on or before this date)
  • January 2019: Fall/Full-year Externships will begin
  • April – May 2019: Spring externships will end
     

2019 Summer Extern Program Timeline

  • January 11, 2019: Deadline to submit 2019 summer externship applications
  • January 22-26, 2019: Summer externship interviews will be conducted
  • February 4-8, 2019: Summer externships will be offered
  • February 13, 2019: Summer extern commitment to U.S. Attorney's Office (on or before this date)
  • May - June 2019: Summer externships will begin
  • July - August 2019: Summer externships will end
     

2019-2020 Fall Semester and Full Academic Year Extern Program Timeline

  • March 1, 2019: Deadline to submit 2019-2020 Fall or Full Academic Year externship applications.
  • March 11-15, 2019: Fall/Full-year externship interviews will be conducted
  • March 18-22, 2019: Fall/Full-year externships will be offered
  • March 27, 2019: Fall/Full-year extern commitment to U.S. Attorney's Office (on or before this date)
  • August - September 2019: Fall/Full-year Externships will begin
  • November - December 2019: Fall externships will end
  • April – May 2020: Full-year externships will end
     

2020 Spring Extern Program Timeline
Please note: Spring externships may not be available if a high number of full-year externs are hired for the 2018-2019 Academic year.

  • September 3, 2019: Deadline to submit 2020 spring externship applications.
  • September 9-13, 2019: Spring externship interviews will be conducted
  • September 16-20, 2019: Spring externships will be offered
  • October 1, 2019: Spring extern commitment to U.S. Attorney's Office (on or before this date)
  • January 2020: Fall/Full-year Externships will begin
  • April – May 2020: Spring externships will end

 

Extern Expectations
What you can expect from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

  • The U.S. Attorney's Office carefully selects and closely supervises externs. A detailed orientation is conducted on the extern’s first day discussing expectations, policies, ethics, accountability and dependability.
  • On a regular basis, the extern supervisor will meet with the extern in an informal setting to discuss his/her progress and projects.
  • The supervisor will fill out any required appraisal of the extern as required by the law school.

What the U.S. Attorney's Office will expect from you:

  • Externs will be expected to work from between 10 to 14 weeks per summer or semester, for 40 hours a week during the summer, and 10-40 hours per week during the academic year (depending on situation). Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Externs will be expected to dress in business attire.
  • Externs will be expected to work on a multitude of projects with different AUSAs in different offices.
  • Externs will be expected to work only on assignments receiving prior approval from the extern coordinator and will be expected to work with the coordinator to “tailor” their externship experience specifically to the extern’s goals.

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL POSITIONS

It is the police of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

For more information on diversity at Department of Justice, please go to: The Department of Justice - Equal Employment Opportunity Website.

The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Updated August 8, 2018

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