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Law Student Volunteers

The U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unpaid internships for law students during the summer and the school year. Interns work in either the Criminal or Civil Division under the supervision of experienced Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs). For more information on the work performed by AUSAs and interns, please review our most recent internship posting here.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and a legal writing sample. The cover letter should identify (1) whether the applicant seeks to intern for the Criminal or Civil Division; and (2) the office (Las Vegas or Reno) to which the applicant is applying. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Space is limited during the summer and the school year.

Successful applicants display excellent academic credentials, superior legal research and writing abilities, and a strong commitment to public service.


The application deadline for Spring 2024 has closed.

The application deadline for Summer 2024 is February 5, 2024.

The application deadline for Fall 2024 is May 5, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

U.S. Citizenship and Residency Requirements
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have resided in the United States for three of the five years immediately prior to applying for an internship.

Background Check
Students who have been preliminarily selected for an internship position must thereafter complete a background check and be granted a favorable security clearance in order to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Law Student Status
Applicants must have completed their first year of classes by the beginning of the internship. Law graduates are not eligible.

Time Commitments
Summer interns must commit to working full time (40 hours per week) for a minimum of 10 weeks. School year interns must commit to working at least 12 hours per week throughout the Fall or Spring semester.

No Payment
All positions are unpaid, but we will gladly work with law schools and students to assist in arranging for any available course credit.


Contact the Volunteer Legal Internship Program Coordinator at (702) 388-6336 with any questions about the internship program or the application process.


Updated October 31, 2023