The U.S. Department of Labor’s Los Angeles Solicitor’s Office seeks a law student extern for fall 2021. This position is open to 2L and 3L law students who seeking academic credit for their experience over the fall, possess an interest in protecting workers’ rights, and who have some coursework or other experience in labor and employment law. The student extern would work remotely with the Regional Solicitor’s Office in downtown Los Angeles.
Who We Are
The Solicitor’s Office provides litigation and legal services to U.S. Department of Labor agencies that enforce more than 180 federal employment laws. Solicitor’s Office attorneys regularly appear in federal court and before administrative law judges in enforcement actions against employers who fail to properly pay their workers, violate worker safety standards, misappropriate employee retirement savings, violate the rights of whistleblowers, or engage in discriminatory hiring practices. Outside the courtroom, the Solicitor’s Office provides advice to Department of Labor agencies on complex legal issues. In providing these legal services, the Solicitor’s Office seeks to ensure the fair treatment of America’s least fortunate and most vulnerable workers and to hold to account the most negligent employers.
An extern will research and prepare internal legal memoranda and court documents involving a variety of federal employment and labor laws. The extern may also have the opportunity to assist with litigation before federal administrative and district courts, participate in meetings with agencies, contact and interview witnesses, and help with trial preparation. To the extent possible, externs will be invited to attend hearings, depositions, and settlement conferences.
Law students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Department of Labor’s mission is to promote the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees, to improve working conditions, to advance opportunities for profitable employment, and to ensure work-related benefits and rights. Given this mission, the Solicitor’s Office is most effective when its composition includes individuals whose backgrounds reflect our nation’s richly diverse workforce. The Solicitor’s Office defines diversity as the unique perspectives candidates bring to the agency, including, but not limited to, national origin, language, race, color, ethnicity, disability, gender and gender identity, age, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, family structure, geographical background, education, and professional experience.
Applications are due on July 30, 2021. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to trial attorneys Karla Malagon and Rachel Uemoto at: Malagon.Karla@dol.gov and Uemoto.Rachel@dol.gov. Please use the following email subject heading: “Fall 2021 SOL-LA Internship Application.”