Job Overview


About the Agency

The United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency in the Judicial branch of the Federal government, was organized in 1985 to develop a national sentencing policy for the federal courts. The resulting sentencing guidelines structure the courts' sentencing discretion to help ensure that similar offenders who commit similar offenses receive similar sentences.

The United States Sentencing Commission consists of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies. Additional information about the Commission can be accessed via the Commission's website at


The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: Review and analysis of appeals court decisions in criminal cases and data entry of appellate arguments related to federal sentencing are the key responsibilities of legal interns in the Office of General Counsel. Additional duties include general legal research relating to criminal law and procedure and the application of the federal sentencing guidelines; monitoring and analyzing federal sentencing laws and appellate court decisions; supporting the Office of General Counsel and Sentencing Commissioners; and assisting with special projects and general legal issues relating to the operation of an independent judicial agency.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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