Duquesne University School of Law

Externship Opportunities in US Attorney's Office, DOJ, and The Hague

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division
Atlanta, Georgia

This Office prosecutes a broad array of federal crimes, including terrorism, human trafficking, cybercrime, civil rights, identity theft, child exploitation, and large-scale drug trafficking cases. Attorneys aggressively investigate and prosecute corruption by those in public office, government service, and corporate boardrooms. The Office also litigates cases of fraud and theft from Medicare, the V.A., H.U.D., and other agencies.

Students work on criminal prosecutions assisting a Duquesne University School of Law alumnus. Placements include the potential for work on a jury trial.  Positions are full-time, unpaid, for 10 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to six law school credits or arranged without credit.

 

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch
Washington, D.C. 

The Commercial Litigation Branch both brings claims on behalf of the United States and defends claims brought against the U.S. Claims can involve billions of dollars in monetary damages. The Branch’s work falls into six major practice areas, each of which is overseen by a section: the Corporate and Financial Litigation Section, the Office of Foreign Litigation, the Fraud Section, the Intellectual Property Section, and the National Courts Section.

Semester placements are full-time, unpaid, for 14 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to 12 credits. 

 

Special Tribunal for Lebanon
The Hague, Netherlands

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is a tribunal of international character. The STL's primary mandate is to hold trials for the people accused of carrying out the attack of February 14, 2005 that killed 22 people, including the former prime minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and injured numerous others. The STL has four organs: Chambers, the Office of the Prosecutor, the Defense Office, and the Registry. 

Summer placements are full-time, unpaid, for 10 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to six credits or arranged without credit. Semester placements are full-time, unpaid, for 14 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to 12 credits. Summer placements may be eligible for public interest stipends. 

 

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
The Hague, Netherlands

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s. Since its establishment in 1993, the Tribunal has irreversibly changed the landscape of international humanitarian law and provided victims an opportunity to voice the horrors they witnessed and experienced.

Summer placements are full-time, unpaid, for 10 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to six credits or arranged without credit. Semester placements are full-time, unpaid, for 14 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to 12 credits. Summer placements may be eligible for public interest stipends. 

 
Hague Conference on Private International Law
The Hague, Netherlands

With 78 members (77 states and the European Union) representing all continents, the Hague Conference on Private International Law is a global inter-governmental organization.

Personal and family or commercial situations connected with more than one country are commonplace in the modern world. These may be affected by differences between the legal systems in those countries. With a view to resolving these differences, states have adopted special rules known as "private international law" rules.

The statutory mission of the Conference is to work for the "progressive unification" of these rules. This involves finding internationally-agreed approaches to issues such as jurisdiction of the courts, applicable law, and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in a wide range of areas, from commercial law and banking law to international civil procedure and from child protection to matters of marriage and personal status.

Over the years, the Conference has, in carrying out its mission, increasingly become a center for international judicial and administrative co-operation in the area of private law, especially in the fields of protection of the family and children, of civil procedure and commercial law. 

Summer placements are full-time, unpaid, for 10 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to six credits  or arranged without credit. Semester placements are full-time, unpaid, for 14 weeks, with students eligible to earn up to 12 credits. Summer placements may be eligible for public interest stipends. 

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