Law Student Volunteer – Summer 2021

USAO Northern District of Iowa

Assignments may include, but are not limited to, assisting attorneys with legal research; writing pleadings; trial preparation; and drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. The law student volunteers will become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, they may attend depositions, meetings with investigative agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings in cases on which they have worked or in cases of general interest in the office.

Law students who qualify to practice under the district court’s student practice rules may handle motion hearings. Our goal is to introduce law students to the federal legal system and to help them develop their practical legal skills.

Duration of the volunteer service and hours of duty are determined by the student in conjunction with a representative from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


First-year (second semester), second and third-year law students with strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills. U.S. citizenship is required.

Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office, all offers are conditional based on the successful completion of a required background check. This requires disclosure of any drug use, law enforcement and employment records, and financial credit information.

Uncompensated – Course credit may be available.
Application Process:

Please submit cover letter, resume, law/graduate school transcript (unofficial), writing sample (no more than 10 pages), availability date(s)/hours, and a daytime telephone number. If applying via email, please combine all documents into a single pdf file attachment.

Interested persons should direct application materials to:

Scott McNamar
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney’s Office
111 7th Ave SE, Box 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

No phone calls please. Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Friday, March 12, 2021; mailed applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 12, 2021.

Applications may be emailed to

Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Friday, March 12, 2021.

(NOTE: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)

Application Deadline:
Friday, March 12, 2021
Number of Positions:
We expect one to three (1 – 3) positions to be filled. As needed, additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
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