Employment & Internship
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Commitment to Diversity
The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is strongly committed to diversity and supports the advancement of women and people of color. We believe the office should reflect the population it serves. People of color, disabled individuals, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.
We are seeking energetic staff with the highest integrity, sound judgment, and sensitivity to human needs and diverse communities. Other desirable qualifications include fluency in a foreign language as well as prior criminal law experience. Once we have received your cover letter, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation, we will review your application materials and invite the best-qualified applicants to participate in personal interviews with our office. Not all applicants meeting minimum requirements will be invited for an interview.
Current Job Openings:
Assistant District Attorney Positions: Applicants who are current, active members of the California State Bar may apply for full-time attorney positions by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two letters of reference to:
Human Resources Manager
Office of District Attorney George Gascón
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103
INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We are seeking energetic staff with the highest integrity, sound judgment, and sensitivity to human needs and diverse communities. Other desirable qualifications include fluency in a foreign language as well as prior criminal law experience. Once we have received your cover letter, resume, and other required documents, we will review your application materials and invite the best-qualified applicants to participate in personal interviews with our office. Not all applicants meeting minimum requirements will be invited for an interview.
Volunteer/Loaner Attorney Program
Applicants who are current members of the California State Bar may apply for full-time volunteer attorney positions of limited duration. Volunteer Attorneys have the opportunity to manage a caseload, gain valuable courtroom experience, and conduct evidentiary hearings and jury trials. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to SFDAVolunteer.Loaner@sfgov.org. Volunteer positions will be offered to the best qualified applicants depending on the needs of the office and availability of open positions.
High school, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Paralegal Opportunities
The District Attorney's Office offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for eligible high school students, undergraduate,graduate and paralegal school students.As an intern with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, students have the opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system first hand. They work closely with all levels of staff, from deputy district attorneys to investigators to support staff, as well as have contact with other court and law enforcement staff. An intern working in our office, special units or Bureau of Investigation can be expected to assist with any of the following duties and will learn about the anatomy of a criminal trial:
- Collecting and analyzing statistics
- Doing research and special studies on issues affecting individual cases
- Assembling reports, documents or manuals for distribution
- Contacting witnesses -- civilian and law enforcement -- regarding court dates
- Assembling case evidence notebooks; sorting evidence
- Performing any related clerical work, as required, including answering telephones, photocopying and delivering documents, transporting media equipment and the like.
Legal Internship Program
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers a volunteer law clerk internship program throughout the year to students who have completed at least one full year of law school. The internship positions provide invaluable experience to individuals interested in a career in the field of criminal law. Interns have the opportunity to work closely with prosecutors in a wide variety of areas of prosecution. Interns may also attend the in-house trainings.
First,second, and third year law students are eligible to apply for part-time internship positions during their respective Fall, Spring,and Summer semesters.* Internships are unpaid. Students who havecompleted at least their first year of law school are placed in areas where they will be involved primarily in legal research-related assignments (subject to attorney approval and supervision.)
- Legal Interns may assist in the preparation of felony and misdemeanor prosecutions and be allowed to observe courtroom activities.
- Legal Interns will be responsible for a wide variety of both clerical and legal tasks including review of case files and production of discovery.
- Legal Interns may be asked to review transcripts and listen to tapes and or CDs.
- In addition, these volunteer legal interns may be asked to assist with any of the functions listed above for high school, undergraduate, graduate or paralegal interns, depending on the needs of the office or unit.
Although internships with the DA’s Office do not require a full-time commitment, a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required.
*Note: Third year law students are ineligible to apply for Summer positions.
Certified Legal Internship Program
The Certified Legal Intern Program of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers volunteer positions to law students who re interested in a career in the field of criminal law. Students must have completed courses in Civil Procedure and Evidence. Interns are expected to answer defense motions, conduct legal research, and appear in court with a supervising attorney. All Certified Legal Interns work closely with Deputy District Attorneys in all phases of prosecution. Students who apply for this program must be prepared to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in their assignments. While consecutive days are desirable, they are not mandatory.
Interns may be assigned to work in any one of a variety of divisions within the Office, as well as to any of the locations served by the Office, according to staffing needs. In addition to the Hall of Justice, branch offices are located at the Juvenile Youth Guidance Center, the Special Operations Department and the Community Justice Court. In an effort to broaden the legal experience, the Intern is given the opportunity to rotate into different assignments within the office to assist in their legal proficiency and expertise in particular practice areas.
All Certified Legal Interns are expected to apply with the State Bar fortheir certification. (Current requirements, instructions, and fees for certification can be found at: http://calbar.ca.gov.) Such certification status allows those Certified Legal Interns to research, write, and argue motions, present evidence at suppression motions and conduct hearings in the Superior Court under the direct supervision of an experienced prosecutor. Additionally a Certified Legal Intern may gain valuable experience in preparation of high profile cases or assist in the preparation of serious felony cases including such crimes as rape, felony assault, kidnap or murder trials.
Law School Fellows
Students attending participating law schools are eligible to apply for full-time internship positions during their respective Fall and Spring semesters. Internships are unpaid. Fellows typically receive academic credit from their respective law schools in exchange for their work for the District Attorney’s Office. These positions require prior approval from the student’s law school and eligibility for certification by the California State Bar. The goal of this program is to further the student’s understanding of and ability to apply legal principles learned in the classroom to actual legal issues. Law School Fellows will be assigned to specific units within the District Attorney’s Office but will be required to work on other matters when the need arises. Law School Fellows must be self-motivated, well organized and have the ability to efficiently manage a number of responsibilities. Law School Fellows are required to draft legal motions, conduct hearings, and help Assistant District Attorneys prepare cases for jury trial.
Summer Law Clerks
Second year law students applying for the Summer Law Clerk program at theSan Francisco District Attorney’s Office are eligible for certification by the California State Bar. The program is designed to expose Law Clerks to the different units within the District Attorney’s Office while providing them with the practical experience necessary to become effective litigators. Summer Law Clerks participate in an extensive 12 week training program that includes lectures on various aspects of trial work. Clerks perform legal research and writing, litigate motions, conduct evidentiary hearings, and assist attorneys in case preparation for trial. A limited number of Summer Law Clerks will be eligible to receive a stipend for successful completion of their duties.
For law school graduates who have taken the California Bar Exam and area waiting results, we offer an intensive full-time clerkship. “Post Bars” assist attorneys in every aspect of case preparation and advocate on behalf of clients in court proceedings (subject to attorney approval and supervision). All Post Bar candidates will need to be “PTLS certified” by the California State Bar. A limited number of Post Bar Clerks will be eligible to receive a stipend for successful completion of their duties.
Internship Application Process
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office receives applications forour Internship programs from candidates who have attended law schools in California and throughout the United States. The number of potential applicants well exceeds the number of interns accepted into each program. Students applying for any one of the programs must submit a completed packet at the time of application. A detailed list of the documents an applicant needs to submit is listed below.
California Government Code §§1125 through 1127 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 intern with our office, interns are bound by these sections of the Government Code. Students selected for any of the intern programs are advised that they may not perform any work (paid or unpaid) for any criminal defense attorney during the pendency of their internship with this office. This applies even if the criminal defense work is in a different county. Students who have other outside employment/incompatible activity during the pendency of their internship must disclose this to our office for review prior to accepting the internship.
Should an intern engage in outside employment/incompatible activity after commencing the internship, the intern must immediately advise the Program Director, Deputy District Attorney Wade Chow. If the outside employment/incompatible activity is deemed to fall within the prohibitions of California Government Code §1125 through 1127, the intern will not be able to remain in our program. If an intern has any questions concerning other employment/incompatible activity, they should contact the Program Director.
All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check.
Due to the high number of applications received for all of the programs, the following applications deadlines will be strictly enforced. Beloware the application deadlines for all internship positions. Deadlines apply to all current interns and new applicants.
All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined PDF file in the following order:
- Cover letter
- Adult Background Investigation Form or High School Background Investigation Form (The background form can be typed in, do a save as, print it and sign before adding to the PDF file)
- A copy of photo Identification
- Two-page Writing Sample (Optional - Not required for high school applicants)
UponAcceptance you may be asked to furnish the following:
- Current Unofficial Transcripts (PDF)
- Three References (PDF)
- School Verification
NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.
Fall 2016 Post-Bars only
August 8, 2016 – November 18, 2016 (15 weeks)
Application Deadline: Closed
Fall 2016 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, Paralegals, Undergrads and High School students
August 29, 2016 – December 16, 2016 (16 weeks)
Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
Spring 2017 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, 1Ls, Paralegals, Undergrads and High School students
January 9, 2017 – May 19, 2017 (19 weeks)
Application Deadline: January 6, 2017
Summer 2017 Session
May 22, 2017 – August 18, 2017 (13 weeks)
Application Deadline: November 18, 2016
1Ls, Paralegals, Undergrads and High School students
May 30, 2017 through August 18, 2017 (12 weeks)
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017
ANACTIVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
E-mail questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org
Internship Program Manager
Office of District Attorney George Gascón
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103