Job Overview


Are you ready to contribute to matters of national importance that promote a competitive and productive American economy?

The Antitrust Division seeks to hire a Student Trainee (Legal Office Assistant) to join our dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working in the public interest to protect the competitive process. The Division’s work ranges over the entire spectrum of the U.S. economy. Its merger and civil enforcement cases can affect the structure and performance of an entire industry, and its criminal enforcement detects and punishes white-collar antitrust crimes that rob American consumers.

This position is located in the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Act (PA) Unit. The FOIA/PA Unit operates as a Division resource, and protects the Division’s interests with respect to confidentiality and disclosure issues by receiving, evaluating, and processing Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests, coordinating and conducting defensive FOIA and Privacy Act litigation, and advising Division sections on confidentiality and disclosure issues arising in civil and criminal investigations and litigation.  The FOIA/PA unit also defends the Division’s positions in administrative appeals under the FOIA and PA and serves as the official custodian of public antitrust documents and other matters of interest for the Antitrust Documents Group.


As a Student Trainee (Legal Office Assistant), you are responsible for assigned duties which can include any of the following:

  • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating data for response to information requests.
  • Reviewing and assembling proposed FOIA release packages.
  • Researching recent developments in the field of disclosure, to include recent department ad court decisions, legislative resolutions or problems encountered within the FOIA program.
  • Selecting and compiling information that provides insight on legal issues and situations.
  • Planning and coordinating educational training sessions on Privacy Act requirements.
  • Providing support in the verification of case citations, quotations, and legal references.
  • Preparing and organizing trial exhibits, including such items as the preparation of charts and reports, and coordinating photographic exhibits.
  • Utilizing litigation support software or database applications to manage, track and organize legal case information.
  • Maintaining legal files, including the filing of all motions, pleadings, and correspondence in major cases.
  • Screening telephone calls and visitor requests; answering procedural questions with personal knowledge of program activities.
  • Maintaining the office calendar and independently scheduling appointments, training sessions, and conferences.
  • Reviewing depositions, files, and other materials in order to locate information or documents in response to requests for interrogatories, requests for admissions, and other discovery requests.
  • Independently preparing responses that address clerical and administrative issues.
  • Reviewing non-technical materials prepared by others for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity of expression.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No