High School, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Paralegal Opportunities
Within these various units students will be able to develop their time management skills and balance tight deadlines all while learning how to assist with the preparation and packaging of discovery, daily court calendars for the Assistant District Attorneys, and general work up of the prosecution’s case from the arraignment process all the way through a jury trial.
Upcoming Sessions & Application Deadlines:
Fall 2016 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, Undergrads and High School students
August 29, 2016 – December 16, 2016 (16 weeks)
Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
Spring 2017 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, 1Ls, 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, Undergrads and High School students
May 30, 2017 through August 18, 2017 (12 weeks)
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017
Overview of Paralegal Internship Program
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers a voluntary paralegal internship program to students who are currently enrolled in a paralegal educational program. The paralegal internship program will be offered year round. To participate in the paralegal internship program, the student must be available a minimum of twelve hours per week. We understand that some paralegal programs require a 120 hour duration for an internship and this may differ dependent on the paralegal program a student is enrolled in.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office paralegal internship program will give students an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system and obtain the knowledge of how instrumental a paralegal’s role is in assisting in prosecution. Paralegal student interns who qualify for the paralegal internship program will be assigned to work with experienced staff in the various Criminal Units within the office. Students will also be able to experience firsthand the work involved in providing justice, ensuring safety and implementing innovative and efficient solutions to protect victims, hold offenders accountable and resolve the underlying causes of crime.
Paralegal Internship Qualifications
If a student is interested in the paralegal internship program, the student needs to submit the following documents:
Cover letter stating the student’s reason for applying for a paralegal internship program and other relevant information regarding their interests and availability;
Documentation to show the student is enrolled in a paralegal program and in good standing (copy of transcript or enrollment letter from the registrar is sufficient) or
Documentation to show the student has graduated from a paralegal program. (Copy of the certificate is sufficient.)
Complete the Adult Background Form which is a separate attachment located at the bottom of this webpage (the background form can be typed in, saved as, printed and signed before adding to the PDF file.
A copy of photo identification
The documentation listed above may be mailed or submitted via email to:
SFDAInternship@sfgov.org - When submitting application via email please indicate in the subject line “Paralegal Internship”.
The District Attorney’s Office Address is as follows:
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Attention: Internship Coordinator Tyrene Labutan
850 Bryant Street Suite 322
San Francisco, CA 94103
All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form 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. We suggest applying as early as possible.
Deadlines for all paralegal applications will be on a rolling admissions policy. Applicant materials are processed and reviewed as they are received. Students will be notified of their acceptance on a continual basis. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing. Accepted applicants will begin their internship as soon as their background has been cleared.