Thursday, January 16, 2014

Public Interest Opportunity of the Week – U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, located in Houston, handles criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, appellate proceedings, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The law student internship program provides participants with supervised and direct responsibility for criminal, civil, appellate, and post-appellate litigation. This includes conducting research and writing assignments, assisting AUSAs with trial and witness preparation, participating in moot courts prior to appellate arguments, attendance at depositions, mediations, trials, and much more.

Interns are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, beginning in May and ending by the end of August. Positions are unpaid, but they will gladly work with law schools and students to assist in arranging for any available course credit.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (ten pages maximum), and unofficial school transcript via email to Deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.

Law students must be U.S. citizens and will be required to successfully pas a background investigation adjudicated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The investigation will address a variety of areas such as credit history, drug usage, arrests, and mental health treatment. Applicants who may have issues in these areas must be prepared to provide supporting documentation showing that all matters have been resolved as part of the pre-investigation process.