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Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- National Courts Section

The National Courts Section is one of the largest, oldest, and most active litigating sections in the Department of Justice.  Its primary mission is to protect taxpayer dollars in lawsuits brought against the U.S. Government.  The National Courts Section handles a variety of cases involving government contracts, international trade and tariff matters, constitutional claims, government pay and personnel suits, and veterans' and other benefits appeals before the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the "national courts").  In a sense, the National Courts Section is the "U.S. Attorney" in these specialized courts of national jurusdiction.  Because these courts exercise nationwide jurisdiction, National Courts Section attorneys often travel outside of Washington, DC for trials and other matters.  The National Courts Section also handles occasional matters in other federal district and circuit courts, as well as in administrative tribunals.  For more information about the section visit, http://www.justice.gov/civil/commercial/national-courts/c-natcourts.html

Job Description: 

Intern assignments closely equate to the work that is routinely performed by National Courts Section attorneys.  Typically, this means that interns will be utilized to research and draft appellate briefs, dispositive court motions (e.g., motions to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b), motions for summary judgment pusuant to Rule 56), and legal memoranda.  Interns may also be assigned to assist attorneys in all phases of trial preparation and trial, and may attend depositions, moot courts and oral arguments.

Weeks/Hours: Academic semester interns must commit to work a minimum of 15 hours per week for a period of at least 10 weeks during the semester.

Position: Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year- National Courts Section
Organization: The National Courts Section of U.S. Department of Justice
Location: Washignton,  DC 
United States
Salary: Work-study credit possible. Transit subsidy is available. The positions are unpaid.
Posting Start Date: 4/30/2020
Date Posted: 4/30/2020
Requirements Must have completed at least one year of law school by the start date of the internship. Top third of class preferred. Candidates must undergo a background investigation. Candidates must also be U.S. citizens or nationals, and must have resided in the United States for at least three of the past five years.

Salary: Work-study credit possible. Transit subsidy is available. The positions are unpaid.

Travel: None

Application Process: 
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (official or unofficial), and a brief writing sample to nationalcourts.interns@usdoj.gov.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but positions are typically filled by May for the fall semester, and by October for the spring semester.

Relocation Expenses: No

Number of Positions: 5 per semester
Status: This listing expires on: 5/30/2020
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Organization Information
Name:
The National Courts Section of U.S. Department of Justice
Address:
PO Box 480

Washignton,  DC 20044
United States
Email:
nationalcourts.interns@usdoj.gov
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