Legal Intern

Washington D.C.
Apr 20, 2017
Jul 14, 2017
Full Time

This position is open until filled. The first cutoff date for review of applications will be May 11, 2017.

This is a part-time fall position. Temporary appointment not-to-exceed 12/31/2017 with possibility of extension into the spring semester.

The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. In addition to the federal benefits package, the Commission's location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Employees are required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Applicants must have completed at least two semesters of study at an accredited law school. Candidates must be currently enrolled in law school and must be in good academic standing, and possess excellent research, writing and cite checking skills. Resumes should include applicant's current grade point average, class rank (if applicable), writing experience (no writing samples), and relevant employment experience. Writing sample, law school transcript, and references to be provided upon request.

    Preference will be given to applicants who have law journal experience.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    The key responsibilities of legal interns in the Office of General Counsel are the review and analysis of appellate court decisions in criminal cases and identification and entry of data pertaining to the appellate arguments related to federal sentencing. Additional duties include, but are not limited to, supporting the Office of General Counsel with general legal research relating to criminal law and procedure, application of the federal sentencing guidelines, and operation of an independent judicial agency.

    Similar jobs