Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Law Student Volunteer, Summer
271 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
About the Office: 

The Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York has primary responsibility for representing the federal government in civil litigation in the Eastern District of New York. Summer interns assist in the prosecution and defense of civil cases on behalf of the United States before the District Court, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Bankruptcy Court.

Job Description: 

Student interns are afforded the opportunity to participate in the wide range of work performed by our Assistant United States Attorneys. Intern assignments can include assisting in trial preparation, participating in witness interviews or civil depositions, and legal research and writing. Summer interns are also strongly encouraged to observe hearings and trials in the District Court, and even to participate.

Our summer intern program also features a number of exciting intern events. Traditionally, these include guided tours of the NYPD Ballistics Laboratory and the Metropolitan Detention Center (the local federal jail). Additionally, each week, we host an intern "brown bag luncheon" with speakers on a variety of topics of interest. Over past summers the speakers have included the United States Attorney, federal judges, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, notable criminal defense attorneys, an expert in polygraph examinations, a special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Office's various practice areas.

Internship Location(s): Brooklyn, Central Islip

Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks (full time only)

Web Site:


First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students are invited to apply to the United States Attorney's summer internship program. Our ten-week program offers unpaid internships in both the Criminal and Civil Division. Must be a U.S. citizen and have lived in the United States for a total of 3 years out of the last 5 years. Students will be subject to a background investigation.

Volunteer (without compensation) or work-study credit.
Application Process: 

Resume with current/valid address and email, law school transcript if available (official or unofficial), legal writing sample, and list of three (3) references and telephone number(s) where student can be reached both during the day and in the evening.

Only hard copy applications will be accepted by U.S. mail.

For the Brooklyn Office: (Please send to this addressee only if you are interested in Brooklyn Office)

ATTN: Orelia E. Merchant, AUSA
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of New York
271 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201

For the Central Islip Office:(Please send to this addressee only if you are interested in Central Islip Office)

ATTN: Diane Leonardo, AUSA
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of New York
610 Federal Plaza
Central Islip, New York 11722

Application Deadline:

February 1st For Summer Program (June – August) (Note: Applications accepted for Summer Program after December 1st only); Summer: 10 weeks (full time only)

For more information please see:

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Number of Positions: 
Brooklyn (20); Central Islip (5)
Updated April 7, 2016

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Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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