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Volunteer Law Student - Summer 2019

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    The Middle District of Florida is seeking outstanding candidates for a Summer Legal Internship to assist in our mission. The internship will begin in the Summer of 2019. The start and end dates are negotiable. We ask that our interns commit to at least 8 - 10 weeks of service.

    For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit

    As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
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    Assignments include, but are not limited to, drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memorandum of law, and appellate briefs. The interns become familiar with the Federal rules of Civil and Criminal procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the Middle District of Florida District Court, and the local and Federal rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, interns may attend dispositions, meetings with Agents and accompany attorneys to observe court proceedings.

    Practice Areas:
    • Appellate Litigation
    • Civil Litigation
    • Criminal Litigation

    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

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    0999 Legal Occupations Student Trainee

  • Requirements
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    • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
    • Background Investigation and credit check required.
    • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
    • You must be enrolled in an accredited law school and must meet half-time student enrollment requirements.
    • You must submit a transcript or proof of enrollment with your application.
    • You must submit a cover letter, resume, and a legal writing sample.
    • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

    To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following requirements must be met:
    • Law Student Status: Acceptance of applications for this announcement will be limited to second and third-year law students. Law school graduates are not eligible for law student volunteer positions. An eligible student is an individual who is enrolled in law school pursuing a Juris Doctor Degree and is taking at least half-time academic course load in an accredited university. Successful candidates must have outstanding academic records, superior writing skills, and be in good academic standing at his/her university.
    • Citizenship: Student Interns must be United States citizens.
    • Background Investigation: You must successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • Volunteer Agreement: All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement (this form will be completed later during the security process if selected).

    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see .

    Foreign Education Note: You may use foreign education to meet qualification requirements if you send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency in with your transcript. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

    Additional information

    Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming by checking the appropriate box in the assessment questionnaire to indicate your preference and submit the documentation as specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
    • Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire which is part of the online application on USAjobs. (This is not a separate form)
    • Required: Your cover letter (Note: If you are applying for the Tampa office, please identify which area of law you wish to be considered for in your cover letter (i.e., Appellate, Criminal or Civil).
    • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment
    • Required: Your legal writing sample
    • Required: Unofficial law school transcript

    Please note, if you do not provide all required information as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position.

    Required Veterans' Preference Documentation:
    -In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement
    , you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); or if you are a current Active Duty member you must submit a certification on appropriate military branch letterhead that indicates: 1) your service dates, 2) expected discharge or release date from active duty with a release/discharge date no later than 120 days from the closing date of this announcement, and 3) the character of service (e.g., Honorable); or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    -In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the parent of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," dated October 2013 and the required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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  • How to Apply
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    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/20/2019 to receive consideration.
    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.)
    3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online, contact Kayse Rivers at (813) 274-6008 or as soon as possible to arrange an alternative application process.

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    Agency contact information Kayse Rivers



    Middle District of Florida
    400 North Tampa Street
    Suite 3200
    Tampa, FL 33602

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    Next steps

    Once your completed application package is received, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the program requirements. Eligible candidates will be referred to the selecting officials for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check. Please be advised that background investigations can take up to 6 weeks to process. If selected, your initial security paperwork must be turned into the Middle District of Florida no later than Friday, February 22, 2019, to ensure sufficient time for processing. Final offers are contingent upon receipt of a favorable background check.

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    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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