Candidates who wish to work as a legal student volunteer are invited to submit their applications at USAO District of Arizona, Phoenix.

About USAO

United States Attorney Gary M. Restaino leads the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. The office is composed of approximately 180 assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and approximately 160 support staff members spread out into two large offices in Phoenix and Tucson, and two small offices in Yuma and Flagstaff.

About the Opportunity 

Law student externs have unparalleled opportunities for direct, substantive involvement in federal criminal prosecution.

Externs will receive assignments in as many different practice areas and with as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters and styles of practice.  

Number of Vacancies

4-8 position

Mode of Internship


Roles and Responsibilities

Our law student externs frequently complete the following assignments:  research legal issues in active cases; write briefs filed in the District Court or the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; assist with trial preparation, evidence review, and witness interviews; observe hearings, jury selection, and trial; and contribute to a variety of other projects relating to federal criminal prosecution.  

Minimum Weeks Required: Flexible.  Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks will be preferred.

Eligibility Criteria

First, second, or third year of law school.  Must be a U.S. citizen.  Strong grades, and excellent research and writing skills.  A background check (covering criminal and financial history, among other things) is required because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney’s Office.


The externships are unpaid, and externs will not receive benefits; however, the office will work with law schools that offer academic course credit.

How to Apply?

  • Interested candidates should email all the below details to
  • Applications should include the following materials, all in one consolidated PDF file: (a) cover letter, (b) resume, (c) law school transcript, (d) legal writing sample, (e) dates of availability, and (f) telephone number(s) where the applicant can be reached in the daytime and evenings.


Phoenix, Arizona

Application Deadline

February 15, 2024

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