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Law Clerkships

The Office of the Attorney General values the contributions made by law clerks. The office works with law schools at the University of Iowa and Drake University, as well as law schools outside the state, to ensure that law clerks are given the best experience possible and receive appropriate academic credit for their work.

The office benefits substantially from the work done by student law clerks as well and from the contributions these students make to the vitality of the workplace.

A number of unpaid law clerk positions are available to first- and second-year law students.  Positions are available year-round, although many law clerks work seasonally--particularly during the summer months.

Clerkships are available in the following areas of practice: Administrative Law Division, Area Prosecutions Division, Consumer Protection Division, Criminal Appeals Division, Department of Human Services Division, Environmental Law Division, Revenue Division, Tobacco Enforcement Unit, and the Tort Claims Division.

2020 Summer Internships

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking first- and second-year law students for 2020 summer internships.  The office is unable to offer paid internships. Recent interns have found the summer intern experience very educational and rewarding.  The office has openings for 10-15 summer interns.

Job Duties

  • First-Year Students: ​Interns who have just completed their first year in law school commonly are involved in the following types of projects:
    • Traditional legal research memoranda.
    • Drafting pleadings and briefs for filing with administrative bodies, district courts, and appellate courts.
    • Organizing files for criminal, district court, or administration proceedings, including spotting legal and factual issues, related research, and collaborative work with the attorneys in charge.
    • If possible, working with the lawyer during hearing preparation and the hearing.
    • Research in connection with drafting proposed administrative rules or laws.
    • Observing appellate arguments, with prior attendance at the “mock argument” when possible.
    • Observing hearings, trials, depositions, client meetings, depending on interest and availability.
    • Drafting administrative rulings.
  • ​​Second-Year Students: In addition to the work described above, interns in a clinical program after their second year are also allowed to participate in hearings and arguments under the supervision of a lawyer.

Subject Matter Areas

Internships are available in the following divisions:

  • Consumer Protection Division: Includes duties listed above and handling consumer protection complaints.
  • Special Litigation Division: Involves work on state tort, workers compensation, and employment litigation and legal issues for the Dept. of Corrections.
  • Regents and Human Services Division: Involves work on legal issues for the Board of Regents and Dept. of Human Services (e.g. juvenile appeals, child abuse registry appeals, and employment litigation).
  • Licensing and Administrative Law Division: Involves work on legal issues for a broad range of state agencies and licensing boards.
  • Environmental Division: Involves work on legal issues for the Dept. of Natural resources and various environmental issues.
  • Criminal Appeals Division: Involves legal research and drafting of criminal appeal briefs.
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator: Involves work with providing in-depth training programs for county attorneys in civil and criminal law.
  • Consumer Advocate (Utilities): Involves work with investigating the legality of rates and practices of all utility companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Iowa Utilities Board.

Interested students should send cover letter, resume, and transcript (when available) to Eric Tabor, Chief Deputy, Office of the Attorney General of Iowa, 1305 E. Walnut St., Hoover Building, Second Floor, Des Moines, IA 50319 or no later than February 1, 2020.  Selection decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students with an eight to ten week paid fellowship and the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial offices of attorneys general throughout the United States, including this office.
For more information, go to the American Bar Association's Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project page, which also provides a fellowship application.

For more information or to apply, contact:

Eric Tabor, Chief Deputy
Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
1305 East Walnut St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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