Criminal Law

Pro Bono Opportunities
Community Service Opportunities

PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES

Students interested in legal placements should contact Elizabeth Walsh at ewalsh@wulaw.wustl.edu for more information.

Missouri State Public Defender

The mission of the Missouri State Public Defender System is to provide high quality, zealous advocacy for indigent people who are accused of crime in the State of Missouri. The lawyers, administrative staff and support staff of the Public Defender System will ensure that this advocacy is not compromised. To provide this uncompromised advocacy, the Defender System will supply each client with a high-quality, competent, ardent defense team at every stage of the process in which public defenders are necessary.

  • Opportunities: legal internship opportunities in various public defender offices, including the youth division
  • Qualifications/Requirement: please call for more information

St. Louis City Office of the Circuit Attorney

The office prosecutes misdemeanor and felony cases, as well as offers services to victims, and collecting child support. Divisions include child support, delinquent tax/bad checks, family violence/sex crimes, homicide, misdemeanors, and victim services.

  • Opportunities: serve as legal intern and participate in bench trials for misdemeanors and preliminary hearings; research and writing in the areas of homicide, sex crimes, domestic violence; serve as second-chair for criminal trials; aid Victim Services' office
  • Qualifications/Requirements: criminal background check; takes approximately 2-4 weeks before a student can start work; time commitment of at least 10 hours per week, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

St. Louis County 
Prosecuting Attorney's Office

The office prosecutes misdemeanor and felony cases, as well as offers services to victims' of crime through the Victim Service Division, and collects child support money that is past due. Divisions include: arson, asset forfeitures, bad checks, child abuse, child support, civil, delinquent state taxes, domestic violence, election law, gangs/drugs, sexual assault, traffic, vice, victim services, and white collar crime.

  • Opportunities: legal internships (assist in trial and docket preparation, perform legal research and writing, appear in court if Rule 13 certified)
  • Qualifications/Requirements: interview after submitting resume and cover letter; time commitment of 15-20 hours per week required

U.S. Attorney's Office, 
Eastern District of Missouri

The United States Attorneys serve as the nation's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. The office prosecutes criminal cases brought by the Federal government; prosecutes and defends civil cases in which the United States is a party; and collects debts owed the Federal government which are administratively uncollectible.

  • Opportunities: legal intern working on child pornography cases (collect evidence both on and off the internet, assist in the prosecution of cases, obtain help for children victims), legal intern for environmental prosecution unit
  • Qualifications/Requirements: second or third year students during the school year (please note that there is also a summer program); full background check, which takes 3-4 weeks; call for more information; time commitment of 8 hours or more per week

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Illinois

The United States Attorneys serve as the nation’s principle litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office prosecutes criminal cases brought by the Federal government; prosecutes and defends civil cases in which the United States is a party; and collects debts owed the Federal government which cannot be collect through administrative means. 


Community Service Opportunities

None available at this time.  If you are interested in such a project, please contact Elizabeth Walsh (ewalsh@wulaw.wustl.edu ).


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