Law Student Volunteer, Summer- Federal Tort Claims Act Section

Civil Division (CIV)

The FTCA Section’s Summer Law Clerk Program is highly-regarded. Its interns (or “law clerks”) are given substantive “lawyer’s work” which is utilized in the office’s practice. On average, a summer law clerk will have completed six to ten substantive assignments which often include issues involving federal rules of procedure, evidence, and a variety of state law issues.
An extensive Summer Brown Bag Lunch Speakers Series features not only FTCA or Department of Justice lawyers but federal judges, Superior Court of the District of Columbia judges, White House Staffers, Senate Counsel, docents for the National Gallery of Art (NGA) and the National Air and Space Museum, and former law clerks in public service such as Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Honors Program Attorneys, and federal agency counsel. Topics range from substantive talks on how to conduct discovery in a case to an overview of the FTCA to discussions about how NASA got to the moon and why looking at art is instructive for attorneys handling cases. Virtual weekly coffees and meet ups are scheduled. Occasional in-person meet ups for a docent tour at the NGA, and gatherings over coffee or meals are some favorite events.
The office’s friendly and open-door atmosphere fosters and encourages mentoring relationships between FTCA attorneys and law clerks. Introductions are made via videos by FTCA Staffers and the law clerks. Clerks receive close review of their assignments and a candid written evaluation is provided.
Clerkship Location: Virtual, until further notice. Otherwise, 175 N Street, N.E. (Adjacent to NoMa/Gallaudet Metro Stop in Northeast Washington, D.C.)
Weeks/Hours: Law clerks work full-time (40 hours per week) for nine to ten weeks, minimum.


Students who will have completed at least one year of law school by the start of the clerkship. Candidates should be excellent writers in excellent academic standing. The office, however, considers the entire background and experience of applicants in assessing an application. Candidates must also be U.S. citizens or nationals, must have resided at least three of the past five years in the United States, and must successfully complete a background investigation.

Academic or work-study credit possible. Transit subsidies are available. Snacks provided.
Application Process:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no more than ten pages and mostly legal analysis), and law school transcript, where available. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Applications should be sent by email to Gail K. Johnson at
Please indicate that you are applying for a summer position in the subject line of your email.

Application Deadline: Applications for the summer are accepted on a rolling basis, December 1, 2021, starting deadline for first-year law students. Positions will typically be filled by early January 2022. Early applications are encouraged.

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