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Law Student pring legal internship/externship

USAO DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA

LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, SUMMER  2024 ACADEMIC SEMESTER

325 S. 1ST AVENUE, SUITE 300

SIOUX FALLS, SD 57104

UNITED STATES


About the Office: 

The Department of Justice has a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women.  Justice leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms.  If selected, you would be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens. 

The District of South Dakota is seeking outstanding candidates for a spring legal internship/externship to assist in our mission.  The internship/externship will be located in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, or Pierre, SD. The start and end dates are negotiable, but we ask that our interns commit to at least 8 weeks of service. 

For information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/.

Job Description: 

Typical assignments for law student interns involve all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues; drafting/writing motions, responses and various pleadings; providing trial support; interviewing witnesses; and assembling exhibits for trial. 

The interns become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the local rules of practice for the United States District Court – District of South Dakota, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, interns are generally afforded extensive opportunities to attend trials, hearings, attorney conferences, meetings, and other legal proceedings.   

Qualifications: 

To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following requirements must be met:

Law Student Status: Acceptance of applications for this announcement will be limited to first-year (second semester), second and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for law student volunteer positions. An eligible student is an individual who is enrolled in law school pursuing a Juris Doctor Degree and is taking at least half-time academic course load in an accredited university. Successful candidates must have outstanding academic records, superior writing skills, and be in good academic standing at his/her university.

Citizenship: Student Interns must be United States citizens or owe permanent allegiance to the United States.(Currently, natives of American Samoa, Swains Island and certain inhabitants of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are the only groups that owe permanent allegiance to the United States.)

Background Investigation: You must successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

Volunteer Agreement: All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement (will be completed later during the security process if selected).

Salary: This is a voluntary position without compensation or benefits.

Travel: Not required.

Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted via email to: USASD.Applications@usdoj.gov.  Applications must include the following items (in one consolidated .PDF file): Cover Letter, Resume, legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length, and a current unofficial law school transcript or proof of enrollment.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024.


Department Policies  AUTOFILLED IN DRUPAL

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other non-merit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.  


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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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