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Law school students, if you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunity, consider applying to the Summer Law Intern Program through the U.S. Department of Justice. At the end of each summer, the DoJ opens applications for the SLIP program. Candidates are reviewed, selected, and interviewed by January of the next year and serve their internships the summer after application.

Who is eligible for the SLIP program?

Graduate students who have completed one full semester of law school at the time of application are eligible. If you're entering a full-time graduate law program, you'll need to read the SLIP eligibility rules carefully to be sure you qualify. If you're pursuing a J.D., L.LM, or a joint law degree with a masters or PhD in a non-law program, you must meet special rules. Good news: You do not need to pass a bar exam.

How many internships does the Department of Justice offer each year?

The DoJ and U.S. Attorneys' Offices hire approximately 100 students each year. You might work in the Office of the Solicitor General, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the tax or civil division, or about a dozen other branches of the government.

How do I apply for the DOJ Summer Law Intern Program?

Sign up and complete an online application form to apply for the SLIP program. You'll need a current resume, your most recent law school transcript, and a copy of your law school's grading policy. You'll also need to provide details about your undergraduate degree program, any non-law graduate programs you've attended, the law courses you'll be taking in the future, and other pertinent information. Go over the checklist carefully before applying to make the process go smoothly.

For more information on the Summer Law Intern Program, visit the official Department of Justice website at http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/summer-intern.html. Good luck!

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