Everything You Want to Know About the U.S. Department of Justice Legal Internships & Entry-Level Attorney Hiring at DOJ Spring 2012 The Bottom Line Up Front • • • • • • • Why Justice How We Hire Who’s Hiring Who We Hire What You Should Know What We Value What’s Next Why Justice? Place Photo Here, Otherwise Delete Box WHAT WE OFFER • Mentor Programs • Balanced work-life • Virtually every legal practice area • We’re BIG – with lots of opportunities each year • 1800 law student volunteers • 65 – 90 paid summer interns • 85 – 150 entry-level attorneys • 500+ experienced attorneys • Perks … Perks … PERKS! • Virtually every legal practice area • Immediate responsibility • Influence change and make a difference • Incredible training • Cutting edge legal issues and meaningful work • Offices nationwide How We Hire Volunteer Internships The Four DOJ Hiring Programs Summer Law Intern Program 2013 Attorney General’s Honors Program 2012-2013 Experienced Attorney Hiring • Apply 4 months in advance • Begin looking now for spring 2013 • Available for fall, spring & summer • Compensated internships, generally for 2Ls and 3Ls entering clerkships/fellowships • Apply online July 31 - September 4, 2012 • Entry-level attorney positions • Apply online July 31 - September 4, 2012 • Vacancies posted at www.justice.gov/legalcareers • Minimum of 1 year post-J.D. plus bar admission Visit www.justice.gov/legalcareers for information on all DOJ hiring programs. Who’s Eligible Volunteer Internships There are many career paths to Justice Summer Law Intern Program 2013 Attorney General’s Honors Program 2012-2013 Experienced Attorney Hiring • Law students with at least one semester of law school experience. • Law students with at least one semester of law school experience at the time of application (late summer); and •Law school grads entering judicial clerkships, legal fellowships, or full-time graduate law programs. • Law students graduating this academic year • Eligible judicial law clerks, legal fellows, and graduate law students whose terms end after December 2013 but before September 30, 2012 • Minimum of 1 year post-J.D. plus bar admission. Specific vacancies may require other experience or skills. Visit www.justice.gov/legalcareers for information on all DOJ hiring programs. Who’s Hiring: Anticipated HP Participants PERMANENT POSITIONS • Antitrust Division • Civil Division • Criminal Division • Civil Rights Division • Environment & Nat’l Resources Div. • National Security Division • Office of Information and Privacy • Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties • Tax Division • U.S. Trustee Program TERM POSITIONS • Office of the Solicitor General: 1 year • Must have federal circuit court of appeals clerkship PERMANENT USAO POSITIONS • • • • • • District of Arizona Central District of California Southern District of California Northern District of Illinois Northern District of Ohio Western District of Texas FELLOWSHIPS • • Federal Bureau of Prisons: 2-4 years Criminal Division Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering Fellowship: 3 years CLERKSHIPS • • Drug Enforcement Administration: 1 year Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Courts nationwide): 1-2 years Who’s Hiring: Anticipated SLIP Participants WASHINGTON, D.C. • Antitrust Division – • • • • • Washington, D.C. and field offices in major cities Civil Division Executive Office for Immigration Review Federal Bureau of Prisons Office of Information & Privacy Tax Division U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICES • District of Wyoming • Southern District of Alabama • District of Hawaii • Middle District of Pennsylvania RESTRICTED ELIGIBLITY POSITIONS • Office of the Solicitor General • Office of Legal Counsel (restricted to 3Ls who have accepted a judicial clerkship following law school graduation only). Who We Hire Each component has its own mission, culture, and values JUSTICE IS MISSION DRIVEN . . . Many attorneys and interns have: • • • • • Demonstrated interest in the work Commitment to public service Energy and enthusiasm Strong credentials Relevant educational or employment backgrounds Plus an application package that communicates all of the above! What We Value DIVERSITY • The greatest asset of the Justice Department is its dynamic and diverse workforce. • Justice welcomes applications from all qualified candidates whose backgrounds reflect the Nation’s rich diversity. • It is our goal to eliminate barriers and make available new opportunities for people with disabilities to contribute to and thrive at the Justice Department. What We Value INTEGRITY • • • • In the statements on your application … In your reported employment history … In your accomplishments … In stating your class rank, standing, and GPA … DOJ reserves the right to disqualify any candidate whose application materials contain false, misleading, or substantially inaccurate information and may report the factual basis for such action to the applicant’s law school for further review. What You Should Know Stepping Stones to Success Appealing to the hiring officials! Do your research Make a connection Public Service Be more than a GPA SUCCESS! What You Should Know Online Application Tips • Provide thoughtful, wellcrafted responses to shortanswer questions, such as: • “Why do you want to work for the Department of Justice and what attracts you to the components you selected?” • “If you could tell the hiring official one thing about yourself, what would it be? What You Should Know Online Applications Require You To Rank Your Choices Select 1-3 organizations Think through your ranking Use “Employment” screens to sell your skills What You Should Know More Online Application Tips • Use the “Employment” screens wisely • Take advantage of the “Additional Information” screen • Address sticky issues, such as a bad semester, etc. • Research the hiring offices • Be interested and interesting What You Should Know Security and Suitability POTENTIAL PROBLEMS • Credit issues • Drug use • Tax issues • Providing false or misleading information on your pre-employment forms • Advisory opinions on potential problems available post-offer. What’s Next? Top Takeaways There are many paths to DOJ including: • • • • • • • • Clerkships Federal Government State and Local Government District Attorney’s Offices Private Firms Public Interest Employers Academic Positions Legal Fellowships What’s Next? Top Takeaways • Volunteering pays off • Effective applications take effort. Do your research! • If at first you don’t succeed . . . Questions? Thank you for your interest in the Department of Justice. For more detailed information, visit our website at: www.justice.gov/legalcareers Updates for the 2012-2013 Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program will be posted in early summer 2012.