Thank you for considering volunteering with San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office! Whether it is to gain valuable work experience, for school credit, or simply to help others, you can make a positive difference in improving the quality of life for the residents of San Bernardino County! Our office accepts applications for the following volunteer positions:
Victim Services Volunteers
Certified Law Student / Certified Post-Bar Volunteers
Law Student / Non-Certified Post-Bar / Undergraduate Student Volunteers
See below for a description of each, the application forms, and the contact information for each position.
Applications for all of the above volunteer positions are accepted throughout the year, with open positions being filled on a case-by-case basis, based on the needs of the office.
Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and pass a criminal background check prior to being accepted into any position. Volunteers under the age of 18 must receive written parental consent to volunteer at our office.
There is no compensation or benefits. Depending on the position, a minimum weekly time commitment may apply. The application process, including the background investigation, requires four to six weeks, and sometimes longer, to complete.
If you seek school credit for the time you volunteer with the District Attorney, you must check with your school’s policies and procedures in this regard and provide all necessary information and forms to your assigned supervisor in this office.
The California Government Code prohibits local agency officers and employees from engaging in activities that are incompatible, inconsistent, in conflict, or inimical with their agency employment. As a volunteer with our office, you are bound by these laws. You may not perform any work, whether paid or unpaid, for any criminal defense attorney while you are a volunteer with this office, even if the criminal defense work occurs in a different county.
If you have or will have outside employment/incompatible activity during the pendency of your position with our office, you must disclose this to us for review prior to accepting a position. If you accept outside employment/incompatible activity after commencing a position here, you must immediately advise your supervisor. If the outside employment/incompatible activity is deemed to fall within the prohibitions of the Government Code, you will not be able to remain a volunteer with our office. If you have any questions concerning the restrictions of the Government Code prior to preparing your application, please write to the appropriate email address below.
If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist in a general capacity with the office’s administrative and clerical functions, you may apply to become a General Volunteer. No special education or background is necessary. General Volunteers are typically assigned to a Supervising Office Specialist or a Supervising Office Assistant. Some of the tasks a General Volunteer may be asked to perform include:
- Answering telephones, typing, filing, and/or delivering documents
- Scanning, photocopying, and/or shredding documents
- Assembling reports, documents, or notebooks
- Other duties depending on education and skills
Click here to download an application to become a General Volunteer.
If you have any questions after reviewing or submitting an application, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VICTIM SERVICES VOLUNTEER
If you are interested in helping victims and witnesses of crime, you may apply to become a Victim Services Volunteer. These volunteers are assigned to our Victim Services Advocates. Some of the tasks a Victim Services Volunteer may be asked to perform include:
- Contacting victims and witnesses
- Accompanying victims and witnesses to court
- Clerical work
- Community outreach
If you are interested in becoming a Victim Services Volunteer, please email your contact information to: email@example.com. The Victim Services Volunteer Coordinator will contact you regarding your interest.
CERTIFIED LAW STUDENT / CERTIFIED POST-BAR VOLUNTEERS
LAW STUDENT / NONCERTIFIED POST-BAR / UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT VOLUNTEERS:
Depending upon State of California Bar admission, certification status under the State Bar of California’s Office of Certification/Practical Training of Law Students program, and level of legal or undergraduate education, Attorney Volunteers; Certified Law Student and Certified Post-Bar Volunteers; and Law Student, Noncertified Post-Bar, and Undergraduate Student Volunteers can be assigned a variety of duties, such as:
- Assemble case evidence notebooks
- Review and assemble documents in response to records requests
- Conduct preliminary hearings
- Draft trial motions and misdemeanor appeals
- Research and writing
- Review transcripts
- Sort and analyze evidence
- Try misdemeanor and felony cases
- Write and argue trial motions and misdemeanor appeals
All applicants are assigned to a Supervising Deputy District Attorney in a trial unit and/or the appellate unit. Please see below for a description of each type of volunteer position and a link for that position’s application.
In addition to the application, please submit a cover letter and your resume. All Attorney, Law Student, and Post-Bar Volunteers should submit two writing samples (approximately 10 pages or less). If appropriate to the assigned position, Attorney, Certified Law Student, and Certified Post-Bar Volunteers must be available to attend trainings in our office on matters such as how to present evidence in a criminal proceeding and how to conduct a preliminary hearing.
If you have any questions after reviewing or submitting an application, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Attorney Volunteer is one who is already licensed to practice law in the State of California who would like to gain valuable criminal trial and/or appellate experience. Attorney Volunteers will be specially deputized so as to appear in the California courts on behalf of the District Attorney.
Click here to download an application to become an Attorney Volunteer.
Certified Law Student and Certified Post-Bar Volunteer
Certified Law Student and Certified Post-Bar Volunteers are those enrolled in their second, third, or fourth year of law school who seek to gain valuable criminal trial and/or appellate experience. Certified Law Student Volunteers have either successfully completed or are currently enrolled in evidence and civil procedure, and are permitted to make appearances in the California courts under the supervision of a Deputy District Attorney under the State Bar of California’s Office of Certification/Practical Training of Law Students program.
Certified Post-Bar Volunteers have taken the most recent California Bar examination and are permitted to make appearances in the California courts under the supervision of a Deputy District Attorney under the State Bar of California’s Office of Certification/Practical Training of Law Students program.
Law student and post-bar applicants wishing to become certified under the State Bar of California’s Office of Certification/Practical Training of Law Students program should first speak with their law school and obtain the necessary materials from the State Bar of California. All certification paperwork and fees are the responsibility of the applicant.
Click here to download an application to become a Certified Law Student or Certified Post-Bar Volunteer.
Law Student, Noncertified Post-Bar, and Undergraduate Student Volunteers
Law Student Volunteers are those who have completed their first year of law school and remained enrolled in law school, who wish to gain valuable experience assisting our trial and/or appellate attorneys.
Noncertified Post-Bar Volunteers are those who have completed law school and have taken the most recent California Bar examination, but are not certified under the State Bar of California’s Office of Certification/Practical Training of Law Students program to appear in court.
Undergraduate Student Volunteers are students who are currently enrolled in a university or college who wish to gain some legal or criminal justice experience, typically for school credit.
Click here to download an application to become a Law Student, Noncertified Post-Bar, or Undergraduate Student Volunteer.