U.S. Attorney’s Office – MDNC
United States Attorney’s Office – MDNC. Students work an average of 11 hours per week for the entire semester. Placement at the U. S. Attorney’s Office fulfills BOTH civil and criminal law requirements of the Litigation Clinic. Normally, two students are selected each semester for this placement. Each student placed with the U. S. Attorney’s office must complete and pass a stringent national security clearance, INCLUDING responding to any “show stopper” issues that may arise from your background check. Fair warning that unresolved “show stoppers” WILL DERAIL a Clinic placement in this office. If you have concerns please consult with us before asking for this placement, and we will share the “show stoppers” list with you. The USDOJ is completely serious about these issues, and they absolutely must be successfully addressed or the student’s security clearance will be denied.
Students placed with the USAO write briefs and do research as assigned. They may also prepare witnesses, argue motions, and on rare occasions may participate in full trials in federal court. We instituted a new plan where the two students placed at the USAO have distinct rotations: one-half of the semester is spent primarily in Winston-Salem and the other half primarily in Greensboro. The students exchange places mid-semester, which reduces driving time and gives a broader view of the work and operations of a multi-city, multi-county legal organization with national oversight.