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Volunteer Legal Intern Positions

Each summer, approximately 1,000 law students from across the country come to the Department of Justice to work as volunteer legal interns. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of North Carolina welcomes candidates for this program. These positions are known as "extern" appointments and duty is on a volunteer (NON-PAID) basis. Legal interns may be assigned to work in any of the Divisions. Assignments may include assisting attorneys with legal research, writing pleadings, trial preparation, appellate briefs, or responding to habeas corpus petitions. Legal Interns are encouraged to observe trials and other court proceedings in cases on which they have worked or in cases of general interest in the office.

Please note that first-semester, first-year law students are not eligible to apply to this program. The guidelines of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), of which we are a member, prohibit prospective employers from contacting first-semester, first-year law students before December 1. First-year resumes, therefore, may be accepted after December 1.

Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation by the Department of Justice. This is a thorough investigation that includes reference checks with current and former employers, military records and credit bureaus. Final adjudication of security clearances can take from four to six months; therefore, the Department can grant a waiver for most positions, allowing the selectee to enter on duty, while the investigation is being conducted. United States citizenship is required.

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.

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.

To apply for a volunteer legal intern position, follow this link to the Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment web page.

No telephone inquiries, please.

Law students who are interested in employment in the Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program or in any other district should directly contact that office. For further information contact,

Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management
United States Department of Justice
Tenth & Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Room 7254
Washington, D. C. 20530

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Updated June 23, 2017

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