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Summer Law Clerk Program


Summer Law Clerk

(for law students, typically rising 3Ls)

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont is dedicated to the defense of indigent persons charged with federal criminal offenses.  The Federal Public Defender is authorized and funded pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act.

Each summer, one or more law students join the office as summer law clerks.  Summer law clerks will be immersed in federal practice, including immigration law; federal drug enforcement; internet fraud investigations; and, of course, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines (an area of administrative law).  Summer law clerks will gain exposure to federal courts, judges, and personnel while honing their skills in client interaction and a wide variety of research and writing areas.  In prior years, law clerks have worked on sentencing memoranda and advocacy, suppression and evidentiary motions, trial practice, appellate advocacy, and even Supreme Court practice.  Students from past years have gone on to clerk for U.S. Circuit and District Court judges as well as the Vermont Supreme Court. 

Interested candidates should have very strong writing and research skills, an interest in criminal defense practice, and a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons.  Candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Barclay_T_Johnson@fd.org.  Successful applicants will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and will be subject to a background check.  The selection process is typically completed by mid-October.