DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Federal Defenders seeks to recruit law students who wish to work in an office dedicated to the zealous defense of the indigent accused. Interns will work with attorneys in preparation for trials, complete client visits, perform legal research, and go on investigations. Due to local court rules, law students are not permitted to represent individuals in court. Internships are unpaid and thus students are encouraged to seek alternate sources of funding.
Varies depending upon time of internship, during the school year minimum 15 hours per week commitment; during the summer, minimum 40 hours per week commitment
Applicants to the program must be attending an accredited law school. All levels of law students are considered. The program seeks applicants with strong written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated interest to public interest law.
Obtaining School Credit:
Many law school programs will award academic credit to participants in the Legal Intern Program. The requirements and procedures may vary depending upon the specific school. If credit is approved, Legal Intern is responsible for ascertaining what materials are necessary and the Intern Committee will submit the materials on behalf of the Intern. The number of credits that you can receive can vary greatly depending upon your school and major. Some schools will award a full semester's worth of credit, while others will only award the equivalent of one class. It is advised that you check with your school to determine what credits are available.
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample by email to the Legal Intern Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the entire application packet is received and reviewed, you may be contacted to schedule an interview. Interviews are conducted over the phone or in person, depending on where you are located. Decisions are generally made shortly after the interview. Please note that the hiring process is extremely competitive, particularly for the summer session.
Additionally, trial attorneys from FDSDI attend several career fairs, diversity fairs, and other large recruitment events across major cities in the United States to recruit the best potential participants for our Legal Intern Program. If you are interested in an internship in the office, it is strongly encouraged that you make an effort to meet with FDSDI at one of the career fairs. A schedule of upcoming events can be found on our Recruitment Calendar page.
FDSDI is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and actively encourages applications from people of varied and diverse backgrounds.
DEADLINE: Applications for the Legal Intern Program are accepted on a rolling-basis, however serious applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible.