Externships listings

Externship Type: Federal Government

Externship SitePractice AreaDetails
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP)

SITE DESCRIPTION

The mission of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke. DHDSP uses primary and secondary data, published literature and practice-based evidence as well as a broad range of methodologies, including legal epidemiology, to develop tools, guidance documents, and evidence-based policy analyses for public health practitioners in the field. DHDSP staff collaborate with legal scholars to contribute to the emerging field of legal epidemiology by developing and applying novel methods to assess the role of law in the prevention and control of chronic disease in the US population. DHDSP public health JDs and legal analysts apply innovative technologies to conduct policy surveillance, track and monitor cardiovascular disease prevention law, and assess the impact of policies on public health.

This opportunity is ideal for externs with an interest in the application of law as a public health tool and the use of science to inform evidence-based policy.  The selected candidate will work directly with DHDSP JDs and legal analysts to identify emerging policy topics and novel methodologies for assessing the impact of law, track and monitor state and local laws, and facilitate engagement of subject matter experts. Externs will contribute to the development of tools and resources, provide presentations to diverse public health audiences, and potentially co-author peer reviewed publications. Additionally, candidates will be offered learning opportunities through the development of relationships with staff in other parts of CDC and other agencies as well as attendance at CDC-wide lectures.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year students or second year students with administrative law and/or health legislation & advocacy coursework.

Preferences: Background in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the College of Law.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For over 70 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuing a long, productive, healthy life for all people. The Office of General Counsel for DHHS-CDC is responsible for providing legal services to the CEC and to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The office deals with a wide variety of legal issues, including legal and public health issues related to AIDS, vaccine liability, environmental health, occupational safety and health, chronic disease, infectious diseases, emergency response an bioterrorism to name a few. The office handles CDC's and ATSDR's litigation portfolio and provides legal support to business and administrative offices across the agency.

The Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides externs with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of critical and cutting-edge legal issues. OGC provides representation and legal advice to CDC/ATSDR and supports the development and implementation of CDC’s programs by providing legal services to all Centers, Institutes, and Offices within the agency. Externs will conduct essential legal research, participate in client meetings, attend CDC-wide lectures, and work closely with OGC attorneys on other public health law-related matters.

 STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year law students
  • Background and/or interest in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a one paragraph statement (approximately 50 - 75 words) of why you want to take this externship and a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the College of Law.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Public Health Law Program

The CDC's Public Health Law Program (PHLP) exposes law students to the public health field and allows them to explore the critical role law plays in advancing public health goals. PHLP is a dynamic group of public health lawyers and analysts who work to advance the use of law as a public health tool. PHLP provides services and resources such as technical assistance, publications, and workforce development to CDC programs and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. This opportunity might be particularly appealing to individuals who have conducted public health or other scientific research, worked with data sets and coding processes, and have a proven ability to work independently and follow projects through to completion.

Externs will work on one or more core projects with mentorship from a CDC PHLP staff attorney, be involved in work projects that impact the mission of PHLP and CDC, actively participate in weekly PHLP staff meetings, have opportunities to co-author published articles and other materials, and showcase experiences in an end-of-externship presentation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year students only

Preferences: Background in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the CDC. If you are selected for an interview, be sure to allow at least 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time to complete the security clearance process.
  • Student should be available to attend team meetings.

 

Department of Homeland Security

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the office of ICE, under the supervision of the Chief Counsel and staff attorneys. This federal agency is responsible for work involving both administrative and judicial proceedings. Students will work with several attorneys during the course of the semester to provide a broad exposure to the variety of tasks that an agency attorney performs. Externs will be responsible for preparing and reviewing cases for hearings before an immigration judge, assisting with investigations, preparing all types of cases, taking appeals, reviewing proposed administrative decisions and researching in preparation and support of writing appellate briefs and memoranda to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, D.C. Where permissible, third-year students may present selected cases under the supervision of a staff attorney.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • Successful completion of Immigration Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at the time of application.
  • ICE rules required that students be United States citizens.
  • Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check. Becuase of this agency's lengthy background check process, this is a fall semester externship ony.

 

Environmental Protection Agency

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Accountability Division under the supervision of Senior Associate Regional Counsels and other staff attorneys. EPA is authorized to implement several environmental statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund and other statutes regulating toxics, pesticides, oil spills and ocean dumping. In addition to taking enforcement actions pursuant to these statues, EPA oversees delegated state programs, issues permits and works closely with other federal agencies.

Extern's assignments may include assisting with the development of civil and administrative cases, legal research, preparation of memoranda, reviewing pleadings including complaints, answers and motions, attending settlement negotiations and other meetings, and attending hearings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None, although Administrative Law and Environmental Law are helpful.

Preferences: Third-year students, but second-year students strongly encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A brief writing sample should accompany the student's resume at the time of application.
  • Students participating in this externship should plan to work at the EPA on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Litigation Unit

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Atlanta District Office (EEOC) is the lead enforcement agency in the area of workplace discrimination. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Pay Act. The EEOC investigates charges brought by individuals against employers for allegedly violating these laws. The EEOC also provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices and policies.

All externs will participate in the following: legal research and writing drafts of memoranda; reviewing and analyzing cases to determine whether there is cause to believe that an employer engaged in unlawful discrimination; drafting requests for information; drafting discovery plans; drafting interrogatories and requests for production; sitting in on intake with investigators while they interview charging parties; sitting in on mediations between the charging party and the employer; sitting in on depositions and facilitating deposition preparation; sitting in on meetings between attorneys and investigators; assisting with witness prep; assisting with trial prep; going on on-sites with investigators; and attending court hearings and trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Commitment to and passion for Civil Rights Law

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year student
  • Administrative Law and/or Employment Law

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hearing Unit/Legal Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Hearings Unit of the Atlanta District Office (ATLDO) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission conducts hearings and renders decisions with respect to EEO complaints that are brought by Federal workers. The ATLDO Hearings Unit employs five administrative judges who conduct hearings and render decisions.

The role of the extern in the Hearings Unit is similar to that of a judicial law clerk. The extern conducts legal research on specific topics at the direction of the AJ. The extern writes decisions in conjunction with the AJ. The extern attends hearings. Additionally, the AJs will try to give the extern some exposure to the work that is done in other areas of the ATLDO.

The extern will gain exposure to EEO law, administrative law and civil procedure.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Employment Law
  • Second and third-year students

Preferences: Third-year students

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample is required at the time of interview.

 

Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Regional Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the FAA Office of Regional Counsel, Southern Region, where they will address a variety of advisory and litigation legal issues presented by management officials and client offices located in the Regional Office Headquarters in Atlanta, GA as well as officials and divisions located in several surrounding states within the Southern Region and U.S. Caribbean Territories.

The primary areas of focus include employment and labor law, acquisition, real estate, torts, ethics, and release of information. The attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel litigate cases, evaluate administrative claims, participate in alternative dispute resolution, review legal matters including conduct/discipline, ethics, claims under the Federal Tort claims Act, and procurement and real estate matters involving services and property needed to support the FAA’s mission and the National Airspace System, advise clients, and provide training.

Duties externs can expect include working closely with experienced FAA attorneys in carrying out their assigned legal duties. Advisory duties may include legal research of case law, agency policy and procedures, and participating in legal review of matters indicated above. Litigation duties may include conducting legal research, preparing and reviewing discovery, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses. For cases that go to hearing, externs may have the opportunity to observe local proceedings. Much of the litigation handled by the office entails representing management officials before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; however, it is not uncommon for FAA attorneys to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as cases proceed in federal district court.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

· Second and third-year students may apply.
· Classes in Administrative Law and Employment Law are not required but are beneficial

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

· Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.

Federal Defender Program

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Federal Defender Program provides representation to indigent criminal defendants in Federal Court. The Federal Defender also represents some death-row inmates challenging their convictions and/or sentences in federal habeas corpus litigation.

Students working with the Federal Defender program will help in drafting documents, motions and briefs in U.S. District Court, the Court of Appeals, and occasionally in the United States Supreme Court. Students will help in interviewing witnesses, preparing cases for pretrial hearings, and will assist the attorneys in preparing cases for trial and sentencing hearings. Students are considered to be an integral part of the "defense team," and can do almost anything, short of actually speaking in court as the attorney of record.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Open to second and third-year students

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • At the time of application, students must submit a short paragraph or statement indicating why they want to work for the Federal Defender Program.
  • Students who choose to participate in this externship may have to work more hours than required by the school. Students must have flexible schedules to accommodate the court schedules of the cases on which the student is assisting.
  • Students who currently work or who are doing externship programs with any prosecuting or investigative agency are not eligible to participate in this externship.

 

Federal Highway Administration, Southeastern Legal Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) carries out the Federal highway programs in partnership with the State and local agencies to meet the nation’s transportation needs. Southern Legal Services, a field office of FHWA’s Office of Chief Counsel, provides advice and legal representation to fourteen division offices throughout the Southeast on a wide range of issues including environmental matters, employment law, requests for reasonable accommodations, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Federal Tort claims, ethics questions, federal land transfers and programmatic applications of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The Agency’s environmental work revolves primarily around issues related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. The office’s litigation case load varies but almost always includes 1) environmental lawsuits in U.S. District Courts throughout the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; and 2) employment suits constituting either Title VII discrimination or retaliation claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or appeals to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

Typical intern assignments range from researching, analyzing and providing recommendations regarding discrete legal issues to drafting dispositive pretrial motions. Interns participate in meetings with clients, conferences with opposing counsel, mediation and settlement discussions, and conferences with the Assistant U.S. Attorneys assigned to the Agency’s environmental cases. The resulting experience provides exposure to a broad range of legal issues and a better understanding of the work performed by FHWA attorneys. Student preference for either environmental or employment law is considered in assigning projects, but the office case load at the time of the externship ultimately determines the range of available assignments.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Classes in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and/or Employment Discrimination are helpful.
  • Second or third-year students with excellent writing and analytic skills are encouraged to apply.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Externs must be U.S. citizens.
  • Security clearance is required.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work in the Legal Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Legal Department supports all the functions of the Reserve Bank, both as bank regulatory counsel and as in-house corporate counsel. Students may work on a wide variety of matters, including banking regulations, payments system, contracts and commercial law, technology law, intellectual property law, employment law, litigation, and/or other matters. Students will attend meetings, participate in conference calls, and observe the workings of an in-house legal department and a bank regulatory agency. In addition, students will be asked to perform research tasks on current issues, and to write at least one substantial legal memorandum.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites: None

Preferred: Courses in Banking Law, Corporations, Commercial Paper, Secured Transactions, Employment Discrimination, Taxation, Copyrights and Trademarks, and/or Administrative Law

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A brief writing sample is required at the time of application.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Large and Mid-Sized Business (LMSB) Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Office of Chief Counsel represents the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States Tax Court, provides legal opinions and advice in a wide range of matters arising under the Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.), and makes formal recommendations to the Department of Justice concerning suits filed by and against the IRS. The externship permits law students to work for the Office under the supervision of experienced tax attorneys, which serves not only to prepare externs for a career in the field of tax law, but also provides an excellent view of what the practice of law is like at the Office of Chief Counsel.

The Special Trial Attorneys of the Large and Mid-Sized Business (LMSB) Division conduct litigation practice before U.S. Tax Court and provide legal advice on the most complex and difficult tax matters assigned to the LMSB Division, an industry-focused organization with an emphasis on global tax administration for corporations and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million. LMSB attorneys (whom the extern may be required to assist at times) are routinely involved in non-docketed cases in which litigation is anticipated and advise LMSB examining revenue agents on technical issues, along with additional responsibilities which include handling litigation in the U.S. Tax Court and working with the Department of Justice on refund, bankruptcy, or summons enforcement issues.

The principal objectives of the externship include practical experience related primarily to corporate and partnership tax law; development of research, writing, and drafting skills; and preparation of pleadings, discovery documents, stipulations of fact, and trial memoranda used in Tax Court cases. Assignments related to civil tax matters may further include legal research concerning evidentiary issues anticipated at trial, exhibit preparation, drafting responses to discovery, reviewing and analyzing documents produced during litigation, interviewing witnesses, drafting deposition outlines, assisting in the deposition preparation of witnesses, attending depositions and attending trial (to the extent scheduled and/or permitted).

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Federal Tax of Corporations
  • Third-year students only

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
 

Student must be a U.S. Citizen.

Internal Revenue Service, Individual Tax

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Atlanta offices of the Associate Area Counsel (Small Business/Self-Employed) for the Internal Revenue Service. Counsel's Office represents the Commissioner of Internal Revenue in the United States Tax Court, provides legal opinions and advice in a wide range of matters arising under the Internal Revenue Code, and makes formal recommendations to the Department of Justice concerning suites by and against the Service.

Student responsibilities may include: interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings, trial preparation, researching specific legal questions, drafting opinions in response to intra-agency inquiries, and attending civil and criminal conferences. Additionally, the Tax Court and the Service have entered into an agreement to allow the legal externs to try cases before the Tax Court, while under the supervision of an attorney.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Class rank in the top 1/3 of class (resumes that do not disclose GPA and/or class rank will NOT be considered)
  • Must be enrolled in or preferably have completed at least Basic Federal Taxation
  • Second-semester second-year students and third-year students may apply

Preferences:

  • Students should have an interest in tax law and have grades in tax law courses which reflect an ability to master tax law concepts
  • Work in the Tax Clinic is a plus

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Judge Jill A. Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Judge Pryor under the direct supervision of her career law clerk. The extern will perform legal research and analysis and will have the opportunity to observe oral arguments. The externship will provide valuable experience to students who plan to practice in federal court or who have a particular interest in legal research and writing.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Demonstrated academic success.
  • Superior research and writing skills.
  • The summer position is open to rising 2Ls only.
  • The fall position is open to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at time of interview.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Regional Office of the Chief Counsel which provides legal services to support the United States Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) activities in the eight (8) southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Regional Office's legal work is divided into program work, which is handled by the Health and Human Resources Branch, and into work affecting the general operations, which is handled by the General Law Branch. Major clients include the Administration on Aging, the Administration for Children and Families, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Civil Rights.

Duties externs may expect to perform include doing research on specific legal issues, preparing legal memoranda, assisting in drafting pleadings, providing assistance in putting together evidence for hearings and trials. When feasible, students will attend meetings with clients and opposing counsel, attend hearings, depositions and other discovery proceedings, attend conference calls and participate in other relevant activities of attorneys in the office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A resume, writing sample, and list of law school courses completed is required at the time of application.

U.S. Department of Labor

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Solicitor's Office is the legal office of the United States Department of Labor representing its various enforcement agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration, and Veterans Employment & Training Services. The Department of Labor has the second largest litigation department in the federal government and has individual litigation authority. The extern program provides students with a unique and exceptional litigation experience in the Atlanta regional office, which covers eight southeastern states. Attorneys in the Atlanta regional office further the Department's mission of protecting American workers' rights by prosecuting employers for violations of numerous federal labor and employment laws, including laws governing employee pension and benefit plans (ERISA), occupational and mine safety and health (OSHA & MSHA), wage issues (FLSA), protections for migrant farm workers (MSPA), rights of military service members (USERRA) Title VII type non-discrimination cases under Executive Order 11246, and numerous whistle blower statutes. In addition, attorneys provide advice and written opinions to our numerous client agencies.

Student externs perform a variety of legal tasks, depending on the office's particular workload at the time of the externship, but are typically exposed to numerous statutes and aspects of litigation. To the extent possible, we will accommodate students with a particular interest in a certain client agency or aspect of litigation. In addition to conducting research and writing memoranda, students are able to evaluate cases, participate in all aspects of discovery, negotiate settlements, prepare for and attend depositions, witness interviews or meetings with client agencies, and attend court hearings or trials. In addition, if their schedule permits, students are encouraged to participate in the office's weekly staff meetings and interact with a wide range of attorneys in the office.

More information about the Solicitor's Office can be found at www.dol.gov/sol. Specific information about the Atlanta office can be found by clicking on the link for "Regional Offices."

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: Administrative Law and Employment Law (can be taken concurrently with placement)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A short writing sample must accompany your resume at the time of application.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.

 

U.S. Department of the Interior - Office of the Regional Solicitor

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Department of the Interior is the nation’s principal natural resources management agency. It also has significant responsibilities in American Indian affairs. The Southeast Regional Solicitor’s Office in Atlanta provides legal counsel to Interior agencies and offices in the states located in the southeastern U. S., the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, including in the areas of public land use, Indian treaty and other rights, resource protection policies and park concession contracts, grants and other agreements, Endangered Species Act, water law, oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, coal surface mining regulation, matters pertaining to the U. S. territories, procurement, agreements, administrative law, employment law, ethics, intellectual property, FOIA and Privacy Act, water law, NEPA, Clean Water Act, natural resource damages, CERCLA, OPA, and torts. The office also works closely with the Department of Justice and U. S. Attorneys’ offices on litigation involving the Department.

The Regional Solicitor’s Office is located in the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U. S Courthouse in downtown Atlanta. Externs will be assigned work in the various areas of the regional office’s practice and can expect to draft discovery documents, motions, answers and other pleadings, draft legal memoranda, decisions and opinions, attend meetings with client agencies and agency officials on legal matters pending in the office, attend hearings (administrative and judicial), and attend and participate in witness preparation, negotiations and mediations.

Externs will also be assigned administrative litigation and will be expected to handle all phases of the litigation, including briefing witnesses, pre-hearing conferences and hearings. Externs will work directly with attorneys and their work will be supervised by senior attorneys in the office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:
None

Preferences: Second or third-year students are encouraged to apply

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students must submit a writing sample, transcript, and resume at the time of application.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Regional Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5, where they will address a variety of legal issues presented by Regional Office officials and the CEOs and staff officials of five (5) VA Medical Centers located within Georgia and South Carolina. The primary areas of focus include employment and labor law, medical malpractice, torts, contracts, collections, ethics, and release of information. The attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel litigate cases, evaluate administrative claims, participate in alternative dispute resolution, review proposals, advise clients, and provide training as necessary.

Duties externs can expect to perform include conducting legal research, preparing discovery, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses. When the hearing date arrives, externs have the opportunity to observe the proceedings. Much of the litigation handled by the office entails defending client facilities before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; however, it is not uncommon for VA attorneys to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as cases proceed to federal district court. Additionally, externs will have the opportunity to assist with administrative reviews of tort claims filed by veterans pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. In conducting an administrative review, VA attorneys evaluate submitted claims and supportive documents, pertinent medical records, and other documents to form a recommendation to the Regional Counsel for denial or authorization of settlement of the claim.  Finally, externs are also exposed to a variety of issues related to hospital administration. These issues may include informed consent, disruptive patients, guardianship, release of information, collections, contracts, and statutory interpretation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second and third-year students may apply.
  • Classes in Administrative Law and Employment Law are not required but are beneficial.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.
  • Students should plan to be at the VA on Wednesday mornings to attend staff meetings.
  • Students should allow an additional 15-20 minutes in commute time (to park in the VA's off-site parking lot and ride the shuttle).
U.S. Trustee

SITE DESCRIPTION

The United States Trustee Program is a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 586 and 11 U.S.C. 101, et seq. The Program consists of an Executive Office for United States Trustees in Washington, D.C., as well as 21 regional U.S. Trustee Offices nationwide. The United States Trustee Program acts in the public interest to promote the efficiency and to protect and preserve the integrity of the bankruptcy system. It works to secure the just, speedy, and economical resolution of bankruptcy cases; monitors the conduct of parties and takes action to ensure compliance with applicable laws and procedures; identifies and investigates bankruptcy fraud and abuse; and oversees administrative functions in bankruptcy cases.

Students will work at the Office of the United States Trustee. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop practical lawyering skills by participating in a broad range of activities. Interns review and evaluate case files, analyze and comment on legal documents and financial reports, prepare pleadings, conduct investigations, explore ethical issues, perform legal research, and attend meetings and hearings. Our goal is to provide students with a solid understanding of the role and function of the United States Trustee.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • The Statement of Interest should explain, with particularlity, the student's interest in bankruptcy law and the United States Trustee Program.
  • Eligibility:  Students enrolled at least half-time in law school may participate in volunteer legal internships up to the time of graduation from law school. Law school graduates who are enrolled in graduate law programs (e.g., LL.M. programs) at least half time may also serve as volunteer interns.Security and Suitability Issues: Prior to entry on duty, all interns undergo a suitability determination based on information provided in their security forms, a credit report, and fingerprint check.
  • Drug Testing:  It is the policy of the Department of Justice to achieve a drug-free workplace. Drug testing for volunteer internships may be required at the discretion of the employing office.
  • Citizenship Requirement: Only U.S. citizens are eligible for internships with the U.S. Trustee Program.
  • Residency Requirement:  For a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: (1) resided in the U.S.; (2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or, (3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas.
  • Withdrawal of an Offer:  The Department can withdraw an offer if the suitability inquiry reveals information that precludes a security and/or suitability clearance. Common problems that arise in background investigations that may result in the withdrawal of an offer include a history of unlawful use of drugs, failure to fulfill tax obligations, failure to comply with financial obligations, failure to register with the Selective Service, or misrepresentation on the security forms.
United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. Students are assigned to work either in the civil or criminal division for the entire two semesters. The first semester will serve as a foundation for the activities performed second semester.

Students working in the civil division engage in a variety of tasks including drafting pleadings, assisting in taking depositions and conducting hearings, and litigating before magistrates and the district court, subject to court approval.

Students assigned to the criminal division assist in investigations, respond to pre-trial defense motions, assist in the preparation of briefs and litigate before magistrates and the district court, subject to court approval.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Eligibility to practice under the District Court's Standing Order In Re: Legal Intern Program;** Criminal Procedure for Criminal Division Placement, which requries that a student (1) be in good academic standing (at least 2.3. GPA), (2) have earned at least two-thirds (58 hours) of the J.D. requirement in not fewer than four semesters or six quarters in residence, and (3) be of good moral character

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • This is a full year externship. Students must enroll in both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students interested in a Criminal Division Placement must indicate on the externship application if Criminal Procedure will be completed by the start of the externship.
  • Students participating in this externship must be available to attend in-house seminars on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m., and must meet with their attorney(s) at least twice weekly to receive and submit assignments.
  • Students participating in this externship may have to work more hours than required for other externships, and work hours may be less flexible during weeks students are scheduled to be in court.
  • Security clearance is required: Acceptance into this externship is tentative pending completion of an application and an extensive security investigation of extern, which includes a drug-use questionnaire. Selected externs must submit agency's application by June 1 in order to be eligible.
  • Students participating in the program are prohibited from maintaining outside employment at a law firm engaging in federal practice involving the United States, its officers or agencies, or in other employment that might pose a conflict of interest.