Closing Date: 1st November, 2023


About the Office:
The USAO represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. The Civil Division of the USAO for the Northern District of California prosecutes and defends federal civil cases from Monterey to the Oregon border.

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As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description:
Volunteer Legal Interns will draft motions, discovery responses, and appellate briefs. Additionally, they will also attend depositions, settlement conferences, trials, and other court appearances. Volunteer Legal Interns will be supervised by an AUSA.

Minimum Weeks Required:
Fall and Spring Programs are on a semester basis and require a commitment of 20-25 hours/week

First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students. In addition, Volunteer Legal Interns must be enrolled in an accredited law school at least half-time. Volunteer Legal Interns must complete a background check before beginning employment. Law school graduates are not eligible. Must be a U.S. citizen.

How to Apply:

Application Process:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and writing sample via e-mail. Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference should provide copies of their member 4 DD-214 and if applicable, SF-15 and Veterans' Affairs letter.

Please email your cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to:
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Valerie Smith

We review applications on a rolling basis so please submit them early.