Law students can work as unpaid volunteers and gain invaluable training opportunities. Volunteering as a law clerk allows law students to gain experience researching issues; writing memoranda, briefs, and motions; and observing federal court proceedings. Students work in the Civil, Criminal, and Appellate Divisions in the main office in Birmingham.
The United States Attorney’s Office in Northern Alabama provides two summer sessions for law clerks. Each session lasts six weeks, with the first session beginning in late May. In addition to the opportunities mentioned earlier, during the summer sessions, AUSAs provide a number of presentations to the law clerks concerning notable cases and areas of interest. Additionally, opportunities are provided to visit local partners such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Probation Office.
During the spring and fall semesters, students at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University may earn school credit for working as volunteer law clerks. Students at the University of Alabama Law School may earn school credit for their volunteer work during the summer terms. Students must check with their school’s clinical advisor regarding the number of units earned. During the school year, a minimum number of hours per week is required.
Students interested in law clerk positions should submit resumes to
Robin Aldridge, Human Resources Specialist