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Spring 2013 Volunteer Law Intern Program

600 United States Courthouse
300 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Darlene Gruenke


(No telephone calls please)

The USAO for the District of Minnesota seeks full-time, volunteer law interns to join us to support the missions of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Office. The Criminal Division of the Office is comprised of three sections: Narcotics, Economic Crimes, and Major Crimes. It is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed in Minnesota, from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts. The Civil Division of the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.

Projected No. of Volunteers:


Internship Location(s):

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Application Materials:

Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample (not exceeding 10 pages), and two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from a law school professor or instructor).


Students who will be second- or third-year law students next spring, with strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the Office, candidates invited to interview will be expected to consent to a credit check; all offers to candidates are conditioned upon the successful completion on a required background check.

Application Deadlines:

December 30, 2012

Minimum Weeks Required:

10 weeks

Academic credit:

Work-study credit possible


Law interns perform research and writing projects, and assist in appellate work and trial preparation. Interns will be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. Interns also attend court proceedings as well as monthly brown bag lunches at which AUSAs, the defense bar, the federal judiciary, and federal agents speak. The goal is for law interns to see the federal legal system at work, develop their legal skills and, above all, enjoy their experience.

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Updated May 1, 2015

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