Internship Opportunities

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTERNSHIPS

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Office of the Chief Counsel, Washington, DC
Unpaid Legal Intern Program
The FAA offers full-time summer and part-time fall and spring semester legal internships to law students. The internships are located in our Headquarters, close to the National Mall and the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. 

To apply, submit a current resume and copy of your transcript along with a cover letter identifying the principal practice area(s) you are interested in and a writing sample to: 9-AWA-AGC-Internship@faa.gov. The application deadlines are: December 12, 2014, for Spring 2015; February 6, 2015, for Summer 2015; and August 7, 2015, for Fall 2015. The FAA begins reviewing applications as they receive them and may make offers in advance of the stated deadlines, so it is to your advantage to apply early.

Visit www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/intern/ for more information and for complete application instructions.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
Bureau of Consumer Protection Law Clerk Program,

Interested in Consumer Protection?

Clerkships Available with the FTC

For information about opportunities with the FTC outside of Washington, DC, see the FTC's Regional Offices page.

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection is accepting applications for full-time law clerk positions from highly motivated first-year and second-year law students interested in litigation, investigation, and public policy in the areas of consumer protection, fraud, and privacy. Law clerks work directly with attorneys and investigators in conducting investigations, assisting with ongoing litigation, interviewing potential witnesses, performing legal research, and drafting legal memoranda. Law clerks are also afforded the opportunity to observe the judicial, administrative, and legislative process in action. The internships require a commitment of approximately 10 weeks.

Have you ever financed a car? Shopped online? Applied for a credit card? You are more familiar with the work of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection than you may think!

The Bureau of Consumer Protection's mandate is to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices. The Bureau enforces a variety of consumer protection laws enacted by Congress, as well as trade regulation rules issued by the Commission. Its actions include individual company and industry-wide investigations, administrative and federal court litigation, rulemaking proceedings, and consumer and business education. In addition, the Bureau contributes to the Commission's on-going efforts to inform Congress and other government entities of the impact that proposed actions could have on consumers.

Applicants should send a:
-Cover letter
-Resume
-Writing Sample
-and Transcript

To:
BCP Summer Law Clerk Committee
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
H-228
Washington, DC 20580
202-326-3392 (fax)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15 (2Ls); MARCH 15 (1Ls)
Visit www.ftc.gov/bcp/lawclerk/index.shtm for complete details.

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Law Student Opportunities at DOJ: (from http://www.usdoj.gov/careers/student_programs.html)

The Attorney General's Honors Program
The Attorney General's Honors Program (Honors Program) is the Department's recruitment program for entry-level attorneys and is the only way the Department hires graduating law students. The Honors Program is highly competitive; the Department reviews many elements of a candidate's background before selecting him or her for employment, including: academic achievement, law review experience, moot court competition, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department. The U.S. Attorneys offices do not hire entry level attorneys. Visit http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/hp/hp.htm for additional information on this program.

Summer Law Intern Program
The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's recruitment program for compensated summer internships. The SLIP is highly competitive; the Department reviews many elements of a candidate's background before selecting him or her for employment, including: academic achievement, law review experience, moot court competition, legal aid and clinical experience, specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department. The majority of the students applying for summer internships are in their second year of law school. Graduating law students are eligible for a summer internship before entering a judicial clerkship or full-time graduate law program. The U.S. Attorneys' Offices do not hire summer interns through the SLIP. Visit http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/sp/sp.htm for additional information on this program.

Legal Intern Programs:
In addition to the SLIP (the compensated program for summer interns), the Department also recruits legal interns through the Legal Intern Program. The majority of the internships are for unpaid, volunteer positions during the summer and/or during the academic year. A substantial number of these positions are located in Washington, D.C. Legal internship opportunities are available nationwide in the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices; in the 52 Immigration Courts with the Executive Office for Immigration Review; and in Department field offices.

Three types of legal internships are available under the Legal Intern Program:

Volunteer: The Department recruits approximately 1900 volunteer interns each year. Law students work as volunteers during the academic year and during the summer. These positions are without compensation but are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer.

Work-Study: Some Department organizations offer uncompensated positions for course credit or as part of a law school's work-study program. Interested students should contact their law school for specific requirements before applying for these positions.

Part-time: There are a limited number of paid, part-time positions (maximum of 20 hours a week) available at the Department.

Visit: http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/arm/int/legalinternjq.htm for additional information on these internship programs.

 

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER
Eastern District of Virginia -- Internship Program -- Alexandria, and

See http://vae.fd.org/internship-program for more information.

 

STATE GOVERNMENT INTERNSHIPS

 

MARYLAND OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Law Clerk Internship Opportunities - Summer, Fall and Spring -- Baltimore and Annapolis http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/Employment/lawclerks.aspx

 

MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Legal Intern Program -- Boston
See http://www.mass.gov/ago/about-the-ago/employment-and-internships/internships-at-the-ago.html.
Internships are also available in the areas of consumer complaints and mediation, and elder law.

 

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL
Law Clerk Program

www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/jobs/lawclerk_opps.html

Visit www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/jobs/index.html for an application.

 

RHODE ISLAND STATE GOVERNMENT INTERN PROGRAM 
Providence, RI
Visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/internship/pages/Home.aspx for more information.

 

OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Student Positions - New York City, Albany

Visit www.oag.state.ny.us/employment/students.html for details.

 

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA
Go to www.oag.state.va.us/OUR_OFFICE/Interns.html for internship descriptions and application instructions. The deadline for Summer internship applications is March 1.

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK CITY LEGAL AID SOCIETY
Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Divisions
Visit http://www.legal-aid.org/en/las/diversityandcareers/internships.aspx for details and to apply.

Denver City Attorney's Office
Legal Internships 
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/city-attorneys-office/jobs-and-opportunities.html 
Internship opportunities available in several departments: Airport Legal Services, Human Services, Litigation, Municipal Operations, and Prosecution and Code Enforcement.

Law Student Internships
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA)
Current law school students play an important role in all of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s branch offices. With a 68-county service area in Texas and an office serving migrant farmworkers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, TRLA offers numerous opportunities for current students to explore the world of legal aid. For more info on law student opportunities, go to http://www.trla.org/jobs/current-law-students.

TRLA Law Clerks 

TRLA law clerks perform traditional research projects, interview clients and witnesses, assist with litigation related activities, and help develop cases. Generally, a clerk works with more than one attorney in practice areas of interest to the student. Visit http://www.trla.org/jobs/law-clerks for locations, practice areas and application instructions.

Telephone Access to Justice (TAJ) Program

TRLA hires University of Texas and St. Mary's University law schools students for the Telephone Access to Justice Project (TAJ) in Austin and in San Antonio. The part-time position offers the opportunity to develop practical legal skills and assist clients with a variety of legal problems. The ability to speak in Spanish is strongly preferred. Law students who have completed their first or second year of law school and can work a minimum of 12-15 hours per week are eligible. For more information and application instructions please visit the following websites. For Austin, visit: http://www.trla.org/office/austin-taj. For San Antonio, visit: http://www.trla.org/office/san-antonio-taj.

Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
Law Student Opportunities

Paid, unpaid and work-study internships available.
See www.da.saccounty.net/em/interns.htm for complete details.

Bucks County District Attorney's Office 
Summer Internship Program for Law Students
Each summer the office hires six second-year law students to work as Certified Legal Interns and two first-year students. See http://www.buckscounty.org/government/RowOfficers/DistrictAttorney/Internships for details, including program descriptions and application requirements. Applications are due between November and February for the following summer.

District Attorney's Office - Washington County, Oregon 
Law Student Opportunities 

The Washington County DA's Office hires law clerks on a year-long basis. The interviewing process begins in early spring for positions that begin in May. Eligible law clerks should currently be enrolled in law school. Only second and third-year law students will be hired as law clerks. Visit §  http://www.co.washington.or.us/districtattorney/employmentvolunteer/ for more information and for application instructions.

Volunteer Law Student Opportunities
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. -- Serving an eight county region in central northeast Ohio  

Community Legal Aid Services (CLAS) is a non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low income and senior Ohioans in Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne Counties. 
Visit www.communitylegalaid.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=13&Itemid=76 for more information, plus links to the law student volunteer guide and application.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Law Student Internships

Interns assist Legal Aid attorneys in representing individuals and families in adversarial proceedings in D.C. Superior Court and before a variety of public agencies.  Law student interns are given substantial responsibility and engage in legal research and writing and extensive factual investigation of cases. Typical investigative tasks include witness interviews, home inspections, retrieving government agency files and review of documents. 
Visit www.legalaiddc.org/intern.html for more info.

Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office
Legal Internship Program 

The office offers certified (2nd and 3rd year students) and non-certified (1st year) internship opportunities on a volunteer or work-study/academic credit basis. Visit http://www.pdmiami.com/internshipsprobono.htm#Certified_Legal_Interns_ for details.