The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting applications for the Law Student Volunteer Internship Program at its Washington, DC office.

About the Internship

Office of Legal Policy (OLP) law student interns will conduct legal and non-legal research and analysis, prepare memoranda and talking points, and assemble briefing books and other materials relating to legal and policy issues for the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, and other members of the office.

This is a substantive, hands-on internship: OLP interns attend and participate in Department meetings and calls, as appropriate, and will meet and learn from attorneys throughout the Department.

By the end of the internship, law students should have a better awareness of their legal interests, whether to pursue a career in government service, and how the Department and other government agencies operate.


This internship is open to all law students. Excellent research and writing skills, including Lexis+ and Westlaw proficiency, are required. The successful applicant will collaborate effectively with OLP and other Department colleagues, exercise sound judgment, and have a positive attitude.

Demonstrated commitment to the Department’s mission and prior work experience with legal policy, legislation, regulatory matters, or judicial nominations preferred but not required.


This position is unpaid. Applicants may be able to access law school, public interest, or other acceptable funding sources.


Minimum Weeks Required: 8, with at least 20 hours per week.

Number of Positions

Up to 3.

How to Apply?

Please submit a cover letter (specifying the dates of your availability), resume, references, and your most recent law school transcript (can be unofficial) in a consolidated PDF file (the file name to be saved as: YourLastName_YourFirstName_Spring2024InternApplication) to the following email address: (

Please note that OLP will review applications and extend offers on a rolling basis. Therefore, the hiring process may conclude prior to the November 1, 2023 deadline.

Internship Location

Washington, DC; on-site. Interns working a minimum of 35 hours per week may be eligible for a hybrid work option which OLP will determine on a case-by-case basis.

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