Law Clerk/Intern Position Description
Law Clerk & Legal Assistant Intern - District Attorney's Office (unpaid position)
Post bar law clerks will NOT be considered for this position. Post bar refers to anyone who has taken the bar exam, regardless of whether or not they are awaiting test results or have already been notified of the test results.
To apply for this position, please click on the "Internship Application Process" link listed below. If an opening is available, applicants may be contacted for an interview. If there are no openings the applicant's name will be placed on a waiting list for up to three months.
Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Law Clerk/Intern:
Orange County District Attorney's Office Offices located in Fullerton, Santa Ana, Orange, Westminster and Newport Beach.
Functions of Agency/Department:
The Office of the District Attorney represents the People of the State of California in some civil and in all criminal proceedings. The mission of the Office of the District Attorney is to enhance public safety and welfare and create a sense of security in the community through vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner.
Law Clerk/Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Duties will vary depending upon qualifications and academic level of the applicant. Law Clerk positions are reserved for law school students, and Legal Assistant Internships are reserved primarily for undergraduate students/recent graduates.
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college/university or law school, majoring in Law, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Ecology or related fields. Recent graduates will be considered.
Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and use good judgment. Ability to carry out projects and responsibilities to completion. Good computer skills.
Minimum 12 - 20 hours per week for 3 - 6 months (or during summer break). Hours must be scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.
Benefits Available to Law Clerk/Intern:
Although the position unpaid and does not lead to permanent employment, it is an excellent opportunity for students or recent graduates to gain knowledge in the fields of criminal and civil law, and insight into the internal workings of law enforcement and the California justice system. This is a great opportunity to enhance skills, build resumes, apply academic knowledge and explore career options.
Law Clerk and internship positions with the District Attorney's Office require a high degree of confidentiality and discretion due to the sensitivity of the cases.
Applicants who are selected for an interview must provide a copy of their state-issued driver's license and Social Security card. They must pass a background investigation to the satisfaction of the agency prior to placement. Background investigations require from one to four weeks to process.