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Summer Law Clerk

Summer Law Clerks assist CIA attorneys on a variety of issues relating to intelligence and national security law and other routine practices of an executive agency.

  • Student/Internship
  • $65,431-$72,272 (annual equivalent)
  • Enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Expected Juris Doctor (JD) by Spring 2024.
  • All positions are located in the Washington, DC metro area.

About the Job

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) provides legal advice and policy counsel to the Director of the CIA (DCIA) and other CIA officers on a variety of legal issues, to include intelligence and national security law; procurement and acquisition law; employment and personnel law; government ethics; fiscal law; general administrative law; privacy and civil liberties, and legislative affairs.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives, and encourages applications from qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and persons with disabilities.

 

Summer Law Clerks work at CIA during the summer between their second and third years of law school. As a Summer Law Clerk, you will be responsible for:

  • Assisting CIA attorneys who provide legal advice and policy counsel to CIA leadership on complex areas of law affecting the CIA’s duties and responsibilities under authorities including the National Security Act, the CIA Act, and Executive Orders.
  • Working under the close supervision of experienced attorneys.
  • Conducting legal research and analysis on sensitive matters.
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with other OGC and Agency officers to further CIA’s mission.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with an expected Juris Doctor (JD) by Spring 2024.
  • For Summer Law Clerks with no work experience prior to law school, a law school GPA of at least 3.5 for schools on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation.

Desired Qualifications

All applicants are reviewed for the following competencies:

  • Legal analysis, reasoning, and writing, including the ability to effectively integrate and synthesize facts and law to make legally sound decisions, including in compressed timeframes.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a team member in a demanding environment.
  • The ability to exercise sound judgment in challenging situations.
  • Willingness to consider diverse perspectives and ability to navigate changing circumstances.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple work assignments and competing priorities concurrently.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships.

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcript that covers your first two years of law school.
  • A traditional cover letter [applicant will attach as a supplemental document] addressing your qualifications for this position, to include legal analysis and writing skills; interpersonal skills; and impact, leadership, and initiative. Please address why you want to work for the CIA.
  • Legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. You may include an excerpt from a longer document and provide a brief synopsis to provide context for your excerpt and redact any names for privacy. Please exclude any non-substantive portions from your submission (Table of Contents, Table of Authorities, etc.).  A writing sample from within the last three years that demonstrates legal analysis on a technical topic is preferred.
  • Three (3) legal references with full names, position/title, and contact information.

Applications submitted in 2022 are considered for employment during the summer of 2023.