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About the Law Library

The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire, and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors. Congress established its Law Library in 1832, recognizing its need for ready access to authoritative legal materials. The Law Library has grown over the years to become the world’s largest law library, with a collection of nearly three million volumes spanning the ages and covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world.

Opportunities

Law Librarian Internship

Program Description:  The Law Library of Congress serves the Congress by providing it with authoritative and authentic information and analysis on all legal systems of the world. It contains the world’s largest collection of law books and legal resources from all countries. The Law Library presents a unique combination of collections, comprehensiveness, and staff expertise. Over 140 languages are represented in our collections of approximately 5 million items.

The Law Library of Congress welcomes applications for internships from graduate students in library science or law-related professions and disciplines.

Internships are unpaid, but may be undertaken for academic credit and may last anywhere from one month to a year in duration.  Internships at the Law Library of Congress are highly competitive and demonstrated knowledge of the legislative process, judicial writings, scholarly research, and excellent written and oral communication skills are critical considerations in the selection process. Holders of JD degrees are not required to be admitted to any bar. Library school students do not have to have a law degree to be competitive for a placement with the Law Library.  Most internships are site at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, but some may occur off-site.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating the kind(s) of work experiences that the applicant is seeking and the expected duration and location of the internship(s).
  2. A résumé which lists relevant courses taken/anticipated at all academic levels and applicable work experience (paid or volunteer).
  3. A writing sample on a law or law-related topic.
  4. Foreign language skills and level of proficiency.
  5. The names and contact information for three references (references will NOT be contacted without first informing the applicant).
  6. Country of citizenship and immigration status, if applicable, in the United States.
    Applications for internships are accepted throughout the year and should be sent electronically.

Application Dates: October through February for summer positions; ongoing for fall/winter positions 

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship not required

Applications Open To: Graduate students pursuing a JD, LLM, library/information science, or related degree 

Contact & Application Information: Donna Sokol; [email protected]

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Global Legal Research Internship

Program Description:  The Law Library of Congress serves the Congress by providing it with authoritative and authentic information and analysis on all legal systems of the world. It contains the world’s largest collection of law books and legal resources from all countries. The Law Library presents a unique combination of collections, comprehensiveness, and staff expertise. Over 140 languages are represented in our collections of approximately 5 million items.

Foreign and U.S. trained attorneys respond to congressional, judicial, and federal executive branch inquiries related to U.S., foreign, comparative, and international legal and legislative research with background information, confidential memoranda, reports, and in-person consultations. A staff of experienced lawyers, law librarians, legal editors, and linguists are available to assist Members and staff at all times and remains on call whenever Congress is in session, ready to provide a wide range of legal research and reference services.

In addition to assisting Congress on legislative and representational matters, the Law Library provides service to the public in Congress’s name. The Law Library responds to all questions related to Congress.gov, which makes federal legislative information freely available. Law Library service also includes providing free and updated legal information to American businesses, state and local governments, and curious and concerned citizens.

The Law Library of Congress invites LLM students who are within a semester of graduating or who have graduated within the last two years to apply for internships. The Law Library of Congress provides a highly rewarding and flexible experience, with the opportunity to conduct legal research and prepare reports. Internships will be unpaid with the expectation that interns will secure all of their own funding. Internships are available year round with flexible durations.

LLM students interested in applying for a Law Library of Congress internship should submit a résumé, legal writing sample in English, and a letter of interest. The following information should be included in either the letter of interest or résumé:

  • List of LLM course titles either registered for or completed
  • Language skills and levels of proficiency
  • Career goals and reasons for wanting to come to the Law Library
  • Country of citizenship
  • Country of permanent residence, if different from country of citizenship
  • Contact information for three references
  • Dates of availability

Application Dates: October through February for summer positions; ongoing for fall/winter positions

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship not required

Applications Open To: LLM students who are within a semester of graduating or who have graduated within the last two years

Contact & Application Information: Donna Sokol; [email protected]

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Remote Metadata Internship

Job Summary:

The Law Library of Congress seeks interns for several exciting digital projects. These projects will provide open access to legal material on the Law Library of Congress’ website with searching and browsing capabilities. Interns will work remotely, reading the material and assigning keywords. Interns will be unpaid, but may use this position for volunteer hours or course credit, if applicable to their school’s requirements.

Current metadata projects include Statutes at Large, United States Treaty Series, and Code of Federal Regulations. Other projects may be available with the congressional hearings, reports for congress, educational pages, and research guides.

Requirements and Qualifications:

Interns must have reliable Internet access, an email address they regularly check, Microsoft Excel, and a PDF viewer. The ideal candidate will work online for at least 10 hours per week and commit to at least 10 weeks. Familiarity with US history, case law, and assigning terms from a controlled vocabulary is preferred, but all higher education students are welcome to apply.
U.S. and foreign students working toward advanced degrees in law or a related discipline may apply for an internship at the Law Library of Congress. Interns will be provided opportunities to perform independent projects or research (normally leading to an end-of-internship written product) under the general direction of a Law Library manager or staff member. Academic credit may be awarded if prearranged with the sponsoring academic institution.

How to apply:

Please send a résumé and cover letter addressing your experience and availability to [email protected] with the subject “Remote Metadata Internship.” Interns will be accepted and able to start on a rolling basis, so apply today!

For questions regarding this internship, please contact Jennifer Gonzalez at [email protected].

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Special Research Opportunity

Job Summary:

The Law Library of Congress seeks a 2017 summer intern for a specialized research project. The intern working on this project will explore Law collection materials and identify  items for possible inclusion in a future Law Library exhibit and related programming on baseball and the law. 

The Law Library of Congress welcomes applications for internships from graduate students in library science or law-related professions and disciplines.  Internships are unpaid, but may be undertaken for academic credit if prearranged with the sponsoring academic institution. 

The ideal candidate will work on-site for at least 30 hours per week and commit to at least 10 weeks. Familiarity with U.S. and foreign legal research and of areas of the law related to sports is preferred.

Foreign language skills are a plus.

How to apply:

Please send a résumé and cover letter addressing your experience and availability to [email protected] with the subject “Research Internship.”

For questions regarding this internship, please contact Betty Lupinacci at [email protected].

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Archiving and Special Collections Opportunity

Job Summary:

The Law Library of Congress seeks volunteers for an exciting digital project. The project will identify, catalogue, and digitize historical reports created by the Law Library of Congress with the ultimate goal of providing open access on the Law Library of Congress’ website with searching and browsing capabilities. Interns will wok on-site, searching the collections, compiling the data, preparing for digitization, digitizing, and assigning metadata to reports written on foreign by the Law Library of Congress staff.

Requirements and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will work on-site for at least 30 hours per week and commit to at least 10 week over the summer. This position is unpaid and initial stages of the project may require lifting of small boxes while searching for materials. Applicants should have an interest in library skills, legal research, history/international relations, and government. Applicants should also have an eye for detail, exceptional organizational skills, and experience with Microsoft Excel and Adobe Acrobat.

How to apply:

Please send a résumé and cover letter addressing your experience and availability over the summer to [email protected] with the subject “archiving opportunity.” Please note: this is an unpaid, full-time, temporary position for the summer.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Jennifer Gonzalez at [email protected].

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Last Updated: 05/04/2017