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Intern - Law Clerk Technical Graduate Student - Year Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692406

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a current law student to join our dynamic team as a Technical Year-Round Graduate Law Clerk!

This law clerk position offers the candidate the opportunity to gain experience in a corporate legal office through support of Sandia attorneys in a variety of legal subject matter areas, including labor and employment law; environmental, safety, & health; tax; government contracting; ERISA/employee benefits; transactional law; jurisdiction issues; and other corporate legal matters. Expected research covers not only multiple areas of law, but also multiple sources, federal and state common law, statutory law, and regulations. The law clerk is expected to exercise independent judgment concerning how the law will apply to specific facts and to communicate this determination to a supervising attorney in a concise manner with legal support. The law clerk prepares legal memoranda for attorney use both internally and occasionally for litigation. The law clerk is also expected to draft succinct and understandable educational materials for non-attorney Sandia employees, to help them comply with relevant laws and regulations that impact their work.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Conduct Legal research and writing

  • Support attorneys on a variety of legal subject areas and matters, including both transactional and litigation

  • Work collaboratively with legal staff on a range of initiatives and legal proceedings

  • Prepare for Board meetings and other significant visits, and perform other occasional administrative duties

Qualifications We Require:

You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Earned bachelor's degree

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in a related accredited graduate program

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 30 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizenship

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Enrollment as a full time first or second year student at the University of New Mexico School of Law, or a fully remote program at an ABA accredited Law School and located within commuting distance of Albuquerque, NM;

  • Ability to work 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer;

  • Demonstrated proficiency in legal research and writing;

  • Ability to work independently, strong writing, time management and communication skills;

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE-L security clearance.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

About Our Team:

Sandia's Legal and Prime Contract Division offers legal support and advice to leaders and subject matter experts at Sandia with respect to a wide variety of general law matters, including but not limited to litigation; corporate law issues; employment and labor; environment, safety and health; FOIA and Privacy Act; information, physical, and other security areas; state and federal taxation; employee welfare and retirement benefit plans; privacy; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; government and other contracting; and numerous other areas of the law applicable to a contractor to the U.S. Government. This position will be in Sandia's Litigation, Labor, & Employment Law Center, and will also receive projects and assignments from attorneys in the Regulatory & Contract Law Center.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

    World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 692406

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico