Opinions Counsel

Virginia Attorney General

The Virginia Office of the Attorney General is accepting applications from 1L and 2L law students for the 2022 Spring Volunteer Legal Externship Program.

This application is intended for students interested in interning in the Opinions Counsel. This small division handles the requests for formal and informal opinions of the Attorney General that address various legal questions including local government law and interpretation of state statutes.

Legal externs in the Office of the Attorney General can expect to complete a multitude of various tasks during their assignment with the office. Interns are assigned to staff attorneys, who advise or represent one or more state agencies. Depending on the mentoring attorneys’ current case load, interns can expect to conduct legal research, draft memorandum, pleadings, and other legal documents, assist in organizing and collecting evidence, interview witnesses, and accompany attorneys to client meetings, board meetings, hearings, and court proceedings.

Please note that the applications are broken down by division. If you are interested in multiple divisions, you must submit an online application to each division in order to be considered.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school.

Preferred Qualifications

Special Requirements
The following documents must be attached to the application:

Cover Letter (please include your three preferred work areas)
Writing Sample
Law School Transcript
Your resume must include your current GPA and the name of the college or university where you obtained your undergraduate degree.

A criminal background check will be conducted on successful candidate.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please note that it is not required that you complete the work history portion of the application. It is acceptable to only include your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript.

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Applications will not be accepted via fax.

Applications will not be accepted via email.

Applications will not be accepted via U.S. Mail.
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