USAO DISTRICT OF ALASKA

LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, SUMMER

222 WEST 7TH AVENUE, #9

ANCHORAGE, AK 99513

UNITED STATES

About the Office: 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska represents the United States and its agencies in civil and criminal litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Alaska and on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes ranging from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, gang and gun crimes, internet-related crimes, and environmental crimes. Through its Civil Division, the Office is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority, and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws. 

An internship with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska offers a unique and challenging experience to work in criminal prosecution or civil litigation in the Last Frontier.  Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Interns become familiar with the rules of evidence and either the Federal Rules of Civil or Criminal Procedure depending on placement with the Criminal or Civil Division. In addition, interns may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany attorneys to observe court proceedings.  By local rule, law students in their second semester of their second year of law school, or law students in their third year of law school, have a unique opportunity to be approved to appear in court at hearings and participate in trials.

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: 

Perform research projects and assist in discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation. To ensure that all interns finish the summer with a good writing sample, every intern will work under the guidance of an AUSA to prepare documents to be filed with the court. Interns will be given assignments with as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a wider variety of practice areas and professional contacts. We also have brown bag lunches at which AUSAs, the defense bar, the judiciary, and federal agents speak. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their summer (with 20+ hours of daylight).

Internship Locations:  Anchorage (3); Fairbanks (1); Juneau (1)

Qualifications: 

Law students that have completed their first year. Law school graduates are not eligible for student positions. Students chosen will be subject to a background investigation, which can take up to three months. Must be a U.S. citizen. Must provide information for a background investigation (includes inquiry into, suitability issues such as illegal activity such as drug use, outstanding debts, tax information, etc). Final approval for all applicants is then obtained from the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Minimum Participation Required: 8-10 weeks

Salary:  Work-study credit possible.

Travel:  None

Application Process: 

Application packages must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that addresses: (1) why you are interested in the District of Alaska, (2) a preference for the Criminal or Civil Division, and (3) geographic preference. Note that the geographic placement for the Civil Division is limited to Anchorage, whereas geographic placement for the Criminal Division is available in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau.
  • Law school transcript
  • Writing sample  
  • Application documents should be submitted in PDF format and combined into one document is preferable.

Please email application materials to: USAAK.InternApplications@usdoj.gov 

Application Deadline: 

Summer:  January 7th

The deadline for summer internship applications is January 7 of the year for which application is made.  Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.  All decisions will be made by February 30.  If interested in an internship for fall, winter or spring, please provide an application at least six weeks prior to desired start date.

Relocation Expenses: None

Number of Positions:  5

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