Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities

Office of Legal Policy (OLP) Fall 2022 Intern

About the Office: 

The mission of the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) is to develop and implement the Department’s significant policy initiatives, handle special projects that implicate the interests of multiple Department components, coordinate with other interested Department components and other Executive Branch agencies, and serve as the primary policy advisor to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General.  OLP also reviews and coordinates regulations promulgated by the Department and all of its components, and reviews draft regulations of other agencies that are circulated for review.  In addition, OLP assists the Attorney General and White House Counsel’s Office with responsibilities in vetting candidates for federal judgeships, and coordinates the judicial nomination and confirmation process with the White House and the Senate.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 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.

Internship Location: Washington, DC.  OLP is operating offers both remote work and telework options.  Please state your preference in your transmittal letter.

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

Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.

Qualifications: First- , second- , and third-year law students.  Excellent research and writing skills with Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw proficiency.  Demonstrated commitment to the Department’s mission and prior work experience with legal policy, legislation, regulatory matters, or judicial nominations preferred but not required.
Application Process: Please submit a cover letter (specifying the dates of your availability and preference for remote work or telework), resume, and your most recent law school transcript (can be unofficial) in a consolidated PDF file (the file name to be saved as: YourLastName_YourFirstName_Fall2022InternApplication) to the following address via e-mail (OLPinbox@usdoj.gov).
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022