Each summer the Department hires approximately 20 volunteer and work-study law clerks who have completed either one or two years of law school. Students who attend a law school with which the Department has work study contracts may receive work study funding. Other students work as volunteers or receive grants from their law schools to work in our office.
Summer law clerks work with attorneys on their cases by researching and writing pretrial motions and performing a wide range of other research and case preparation duties. Interested students may be assigned to work closely with attorneys engaged in jury trials. Law students certified by the State Bar may have the opportunity to argue motions in court under the supervision of an attorney.
We strive to make the summer program as meaningful as possible for our summer clerks. In addition to providing diverse and challenging assignments, we encourage law clerks to accompany attorneys to the jail to visit clients, to view court proceedings, and to attend tours we organize of criminal justice facilities such as San Quentin State Prison and ContraCosta County
’s “Ranch” for juvenile offenders.
We accept applications for summer law clerk positions beginning in October and complete hiring in March.