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U.S. Department of Justice Internships

In NLLSA on November 14, 2011 by Public Relations Director

Special Counsel on Diversity Recruitment and Outreach for the U.S. Department of Justice shares some information about volunteer legal internship opportunities with Justice for the upcoming summer (Summer 2012).
Through its Volunteer Legal Intern recruiting, Justice selects approximately 1,800 volunteer interns each year. Of those interns, about 1,000 are summer positions in various offices throughout the country. These positions are without compensation but are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer.
A significant number of volunteer legal internships are with the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices located across the country, as well as with the DOJ litigation divisions and other offices located in Washington D.C..  In addition, there are opportunities with the Immigration Courts, the U.S. Trustees’ Offices, and other DOJ field offices nationwide.
A listing of upcoming summer opportunities along with information on eligibility and other requirements and on how to apply, is available at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/volunteer-intern.html.
PLEASE NOTE:
DEADLINES: These positions usually have early application deadlines, e.g., students interested in a position for the upcoming summer may need to apply as early as this December.  Each DOJ organization independently recruits its own volunteer legal interns, however, and has its own internal application requirements and deadlines.  Deadlines may extend into January and February 2012 for upcoming summer volunteer intern positions.  To be considered for a specific volunteer internship, applicants must apply by the applicable deadline.
 
Students should apply separately to each office in which they have an interest. Offices typically request a resume and a law school transcript. But application requirements vary and are outlined in the “Qualifications” section of each announcement. Some organizations request a writing sample, a cover letter listing times and dates of availability, and references.
Because you are a leader of NLLSA as well as of your law school class, I ask that you please share this information with the general NLLSA membership and your classmates.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding DOJ’s Volunteer Legal Intern recruiting or about Justice in general.  Moreover, if you or any NLLSA members would like to talk one-on-one with a DOJ attorney to find out more about Justice or a particular DOJ component or office please contact me with that request.
Warm regards,
Richard Parker
 
Richard L. Parker
Special Counsel on
Diversity Recruitment and Outreach
United States Department of Justice
450 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 10200
Washington, DC  20530 
Phone:  (202) 514-8912
Fax: (202) 514-0713
Email:  Richard.L.Parker2@usdoj.gov
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