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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, Chief of the Office of External Relations, [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, Chief of the Office of External Relations, [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.

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.

Application Dates: Ongoing/rolling basis, open to various schedules

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship not required

Applications Open To: All higher education students and graduates, especially in library science or law programs

Contact & Application Information: Jennifer Gonzalez, Digital Resources Division, [email protected]

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Law Library External Relations Assistant Volunteer Internship

Program Description: The Law Library External Relations Assistant Internship is a short-term volunteer internship intended for undergraduate or graduate students to gain experience as a program assistant in external relations.  The Law Library of Congress welcomes applications from students in Communications, Digital Media, Public Relations, and related majors.

Internships are unpaid but may be undertaken for academic credit and may last up to 4 months in duration. 

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating the kind(s) of work experiences the applicant is seeking and the expected duration of the internship.
  2. A resume listing relevant courses taken/anticipated at all academic levels and applicable work experience (paid or volunteer).
  3. A writing sample, including one or more of the following: press release; blog post; newsletter; article; script (up to 10 pages); Twitter tweet or FaceBook post in connection with a professional/school site (no personal posts).
  4. The names and contact information for three references (references will NOT be contacted without first informing the applicant).

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

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident; Visa Holder

Applications Open To: Community College, Undergraduate, and Graduate students pursuing a communications-related degree

Contact & Application Information: Donna Sokol, Chief of the Office of External Relations, [email protected]

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Last Updated: 11/03/2017