U.S. Capitol

The American Law Division accepts volunteer law clerks for the fall and spring academic terms and for the summer. Working directly with attorneys in the division, law clerks research and explain legal issues of current interest to Congress, attend briefings, and assist in writing analytical reports and memoranda. As time permits, interns also may attend congressional deliberations and seminars.

Though law clerks are unpaid, CRS routinely works with law schools as necessary to facilitate public service stipends or academic credit, where available.


Clerkships are available to students who are in their second year of law school, or who have completed two years of law school. Strong research, writing, and analytical skills are critical. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Recruitment and Application Procedures

CRS accepts applications on an ongoing basis; there are no application deadlines. A complete application package, consisting of cover letter, resumé and writing sample, should be submitted to Jeanne Dennis at [email protected]. Initial offers for spring and summer clerkships are made by late fall, those for fall by late spring.

More Information

To learn more about the Law Clerk Program, contact Jeanne Dennis at [email protected].

Note: For volunteer internships in other CRS research divisions, see the Volunteer Internship Program.

Last Updated: 11/02/2020