Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2021

Description:
About the Office:
The Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, gang activities, internet-related crimes, and drug trafficking. The office also represents the United States in civil suits filed against federal agencies and employees, as well as in affirmative civil actions to enforce compliance with federal law or protect the interests of the United States. The Appellate and Legal Resource Counsel Division is responsible for handling the office's appeals with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Western District of Kentucky covers fifty-three western counties in Kentucky. The main office is in Louisville, Kentucky, with staffed offices in Bowling Green and Paducah and an unstaffed office in Owensboro.

Web site: www.usdoj.gov/usao/kyw

Job Description:
Interns will work closely with Assistant U.S. Attorneys on criminal, civil, and appellate matters. Interns perform legal research in a variety of areas, including tort and contract law, medical malpractice, immigration law, the federal sentencing guidelines, and substantive criminal law and procedure. In addition to conducting legal research, interns are routinely called upon to draft research memoranda, legal pleadings, and trial briefs. They may also play an integral role in responding to habeas corpus and other prisoner petitions. Students will also have opportunities to observe federal court proceedings and appellate arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Minimum Weeks Required: 8-10 weeks; Full-Time

Qualifications:
First-year (second semester) and second-year law students. Must be a U.S. citizen. A background check is required due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Salary:
Volunteer (without compensation). Academic credit possible at the discretion of the law school.


Closing Date: 29th January, 2021
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