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OFFICE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

 

Thank you for your interest in working as an intern at the District Attorney’s Office. Some general information about our program: 

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Program Time Application Deadline Earliest Start Date
Summer April 1st May 15th
Fall June 1st August 1st
Spring November 1st January 1st
To apply for the Office Intern Program, you will need to complete the Intern Program Application. You may complete the form electronically, or download and email your application to: SBCDALawClerkProgram@sbcda.org and please include a copy of your resume, cover letter and writing sample.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check and medical examination prior to starting in any position. Compensation is not provided for all volunteer positions and all positions listed do not include benefits. Depending on the position, a minimum weekly time commitment may apply.

If you seek school credit for the time you volunteer at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, 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 San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is not responsible for complying with the requirements of your educational institution.

The California Government Code prohibits local agency officers and employees from engaging in activities that are incompatible, inconsistent, or in conflict, or inimical with their agency employment. As an employee or volunteer in our office, you are bound by these laws. You may not perform any work, whether paid or unpaid, for any criminal defense attorney if you are a member of this office, even if the criminal defense work occurs in a different county.

If you have or will have outside employment/activity during the pendency of your position with our office, you must disclose this to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. If this employment or activity is inconsistent with the Government Code, you will not be able to work at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

We are currently seeking applicants for each category of interns described below. For any further questions about qualifications for the positions, please email: SBCDALawClerkProgram@sbcda.org

PAID LAW CLERK

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has a limited number of paid law clerk positions available at any given time. These law clerks are employees of the County and their wages start at approximately $20 per hour (for a maximum of 29 hours per week), with no additional benefits.

Applicants for this position must be eligible to qualify as a certified law student or a certified post-bar applicant, pursuant to the requirements of the State Bar of California. Law clerks are supervised by a Supervising Deputy District Attorney.

Duties of the law clerk position may include:

  • Conducting court hearings and motions
  • Research and legal writing
  • Drafting motions and misdemeanor appeals
  • Reviewing and organizing case evidence
  • Conducting misdemeanor trials.

To apply for the Paid Law Clerk Program, you will need to complete the Intern Program Application.

VOLUNTEER LAW CLERK

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is eager to work with volunteers interested in the field of criminal prosecution. These positions may qualify for school credit depending on the requirements of the law school.

Applicants for this position can either be uncertified law students that are currently enrolled in law school, certified law students, or post-bar applicants awaiting bar results. All volunteers are supervised by a Supervising Deputy District Attorney.

Duties of the volunteer law clerk position may include, depending on certification status and legal experience:

  • Conducting court hearings and motions
  • Research and legal writing
  • Assembling case evidence notebooks
  • Drafting motions and misdemeanor appeals
  • Reviewing and organizing case evidence

To apply for the Volunteer Law Clerk Program, you will need to complete the Intern Program Application.

VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office also recruits lawyers who are interested in learning more about criminal prosecution and making an impact helping the victims of crime. These volunteer positions are accepted on an on-going basis.

Applicants for this position are licensed attorneys able to practice law in the State of California.

Duties of the volunteer attorney position may include:

  • Extensive court hearings and motions
  • Motion & trial preparation, argument, and file notation
  • Research and legal writing
  • Assembling case evidence notebooks
  • Drafting motions and misdemeanor appeals
  • Organizing transcripts and case evidence
  • Conducting misdemeanor trials.

To apply for the Volunteer Attorney Program, you will need to complete the Intern Program Application.

GENERAL VOLUNTEER

 

The General Volunteer Position is for applicants that wish to take part in the office’s clerical functions, paralegal duties, assist with the office’s Victim Services division, or just have an interest in pursuing a career in criminal prosecution. A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary for these positions, while the paralegal program requires enrollment in a certified paralegal program or license as a practicing paralegal.

Duties of the Paralegal Volunteer position may include:

  • Legal research and motion drafting
  • Obtaining and organizing case discovery
  • Photo copying and witness contact as necessary

Duties of the Undergraduate Volunteer Intern position may include:

  • Answering phones, typing, filing, or delivering documents
  • Courtroom observation and case preparation
  • Scanning, photocopying, and data input
  • Assembling reports, documents, files, or notebooks

Duties of the Victim Services Volunteer position may include:

  • Contacting witnesses and community outreach programs
  • Accompanying victims and witnesses to court

To apply for the General Volunteer Program, you will need to complete the Intern Program Application.

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