Summer Law Clerk

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Job location
8245 Boone Blvd., Ste. 210
Tysons, VA 22182
United States
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Organization name: 
Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office
Street address: 
8245 Boone Blvd., Ste. 210
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Position Description: 

The Capital Defender Office of Northern Virginia (CDO) has an immediate opening for a summer law clerk. The CDO, located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and easily accessible via Metro’s new Silver Line, has been providing quality representation to impoverished defendants facing the death penalty since 2003. The CDO is charged with handling all facets of trial representation for capital cases arising in Virginia’s 22 northern jurisdictions, comprising one of the most active death penalty regions in the Commonwealth. The CDO seeks highly motivated law students with a commitment to the zealous representation of capital defendants. Each year, students spend a semester or summer at the CDO completing a variety of assignments under the supervision of experienced staff. The tasks to be performed are limited only by the ability and willingness of the interns. Typically, CDO interns research criminal and death penalty law, write legal memoranda, assist in investigating and organizing mitigation evidence, and perform other tasks necessary to aid in the defense of capital clients. These internships provide an invaluable opportunity to receive direct experience working in the rewarding and challenging field of capital defense. Interested students should email a resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references to Edward Ungvarsky, Capital Defender, at [email protected], and to Ashley Miller, Office Manager, at [email protected].


The law clerk should have excellent research and writing skills, an interest in factual development through investigation, and a desire to work creatively and collaboratively on long-term projects and on emergencies as they arise. Applicants with experience in criminal defense generally or capital defense specifically, particularly those who have participated in a law school clinic, are especially encouraged to apply; however, exceptional 1Ls and other students without such experience are also encouraged to apply.

To apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected], copying [email protected].

The CDO is an equal opportunity employer, equal without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
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