OFFICE INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS


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Have you considered working as an intern for the district attorney’s office? We gladly welcome your application for consideration in being accepted into our office internship program.

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.


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 A 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

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 A VOLUNTEER LAW CLERK POSITION MAY INCLUDE

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

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, you must submit an application during the acceptance period listed in the table below.

SEMESTERACCEPTANCE PERIODINTERVIEWSCOMMITMENT TIME
SPRINGAUGUST 1ST – NOVEMBER 1STNOVEMBERJANUARY – APRIL
SUMMERDECEMBER 1ST – MARCH 1STMARCHMAY – AUGUST
FALL/POST BARDECEMBER 1ST – APRIL 1STAPRILAUGUST – DECEMBER
  1. Download and complete an application (button below).
  2. Send your resume, a writing sample, and the completed application during the acceptance period for the corresponding semester (see table above) to SBCDALawClerkProgram@sbcda.org.

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

DUTIES OF A 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

HOW TO APPLY:
  1. Download and complete an application (button below).
  2. Send your resume, a writing sample, and the completed application to SBCDALawClerkProgram@sbcda.org.

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 A PARALEGAL VOLUNTEER POSITION MAY INCLUDE:

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

DUTIES OF A 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

HOW TO APPLY:
  1. Download and complete an application (button below).
  2. Send your resume and the completed application to lawvolunteers@sbcda.org.

VICTIM SERVICES VOLUNTEER

DUTIES OF A VICTIM SERVICES VOLUNTEER POSITION MAY INCLUDE:

  • Assist victim advocates with accompanying crime victims and witnesses to court
  • Assist victim advocates with providing resources & case updates to crime victims
  • Assist victim advocates with community outreach events

HOW TO APPLY:
  1. Download and complete an application (button below).
  2. Send your resume and the completed application to vsvolunteers@sbcda.org.