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Opportunities For Law Students

Employment Opportunities for: Attorneys | Support Staff | Law Students | Non-law Students

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa provides employment opportunities to law students on summer recess and during the fall and spring semesters. This is known as an "intern" appointment and duty is on a volunteer (non-paid) basis. Internships may be available in the following legal areas: immigration; narcotics; social security; Americans with Disabilities Act; and general criminal matters.  Assignments include, but are not limited to, assisting attorneys with legal research; writing pleadings; trial preparation; and drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The law student volunteers will become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, they may attend depositions, meetings with investigative agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings in cases on which they have worked or in cases of general interest in the office. Law students who qualify to practice under the district court’s student practice rules may also be assigned to handle motion hearings.  Our goal is to introduce law students to the federal legal system and to help them develop their practical legal skills.

For an internship during the summer (June through August), applications should be submitted no later than February 28. For fall semester internships, applications should be submitted no later than June 1; for spring semester internships, applications should be submitted no later than November 1 of the prior year. 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 of a required background check which requires disclosure of any drug use, law enforcement and employment records, and financial credit information.

Law students wishing to apply for an internship should submit a cover letter, resume, official law school transcript, and a legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages), to:

Human Resources Specialist
U. S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Iowa
111 7th Ave SE, Box #1
Cedar Rapids, IA  52401
Or via email to:

General information for student employment opportunities elsewhere in the Department of Justice may be found at:

Updated February 24, 2015

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